Worship Wednesday – Forever Reign

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This song slayed me this past Sunday.  The words are amazing…you are good, you are good when there’s nothing good in me….yes Lord, when my thoughts are dark, when I turn to sin, you are good.  You are joy, you are joy, you’re the reason that I sing…you are life, you are life.  In you death has lost it’s sting!!!!  Because Jesus died for our sins, death has lost it’s sting to those who believe.  I sing because he is who he says he is!  I’m running to your arms, I’m running to your arms, the riches of your love will always be enough!  Nothing compares to your embrace.  Light of the world forever reign…..my heart will sing no other name, Jesus, Jesus.  Each time I sing this song, my prayer is that my heart would sing no other name but the name of Jesus…not the clothes I’m wearing, not the people who like or don’t like me, not my job, not this world, but that I would only sing the name of Jesus.  He is the one I long to please and no one else.  OK, that was a muddled paragraph…thanks for sticking with me…here’s the song and it’s powerful lyrics.  Turn off the lights, close your eyes and use this song as a prayer to the Lord.

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

Oh, I’m running to Your arms,
I’m running to Your arms.
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough

Do you believe that?  That God’s love will always be enough?  I do, and that’s why I lost it on Sunday.  I don’t deserve his love, none of us do yet we receive his gift by faith.  Thank you Jesus!!!  If you don’t have that assurance, I’d love to talk to you about that.  I hope you enjoyed this week’s Worship Wednesday!  What are you listening to these days??

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Worship Wednesday – Second Chances

I praise God that his mercies are new every day {Lamentations 3:22-23}.  There are countless times I’ve failed and yet he still cares deeply for me.  There are some dirty, dark, dingy places in my past, but he loves me all the same.  I make mistakes and take Him for granted….I’m always welcomed back with open arms.  This is the God we serve…this is the God we praise…this is the God who is jealous for us.  He makes beauty from the ash and turns the most broken of things into His complete master piece.  Countless second chances we’ve been given at the cross!

My future hangs on this
You made preciousness from dust
Please don’t stop creating me

Your blood offers the chance
To rewind to innocence
Reborn, perfect as a child

Oh Your cross, it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart

When sin and ugliness
Collide with redemption’s kiss
Beauty awakens by romance

Always inside this mess
I have found forgiveness
Mercy infinite as You

Oh Your cross, it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart

Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross
Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross

Fragments of brokenness
Salvaged by the art of grace
You craft life from our mistakes

Black skies of my regrets
Outshone by this kindness
New life dawns over my soul

Oh Your cross, it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart

Oh Your cross, it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart

Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross
Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross

Welcome to My Plexus Journey!

So unless you’ve been living under a rock or we are somehow not friends on facebook {remedy that right here :]}, you know I have started working for myself as a Plexus Worldwide Independent Ambassador.  I adore this company and all the amazing products we sell!  I started with the Plexus products in December and you can check out my journey up to this point by checking out my vlogs :]  From this point forward, each vlog will have it’s own post.  Check them out and let me know what you think!

So that’s it up till now but I’m not done! I feel great and my wallet feels fatter :] I’d love to help you get healthier and wealthier…ask me how!!

Worship Wednesday – Christ is Risen

Rise up from the grave my friends!  Love this song and I’ll let it speak for itself!  Enjoy!

Let no one caught in sin remain*
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled, for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he’s alive! he’s alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Rise up from the grave…

Resolutions vs Goals

new-years-resolutionsWe’ve all done it…made a New Years Resolution with a promise to follow through…this time!

Maybe you wanted to lose weight, maybe you want to read through your Bible in a year, maybe you want to spend more time with your kids and less time with your phone, maybe you want to watch what you eat or drink more water…no matter what the resolution may be, here we are, a month later…

Have you stuck to your resolutions?  Have you made those changes in your life?  Some people say it takes 21 days to create a new habit in your life, so have your new habits stuck?

This year I decided NOT to make resolutions!!!  GASP……she went against the grain!!

I decided to make GOALS this year!

The difference is this {to me at least}…Resolutions are made to be broken, goals are made to be achieved!

Let me explain.  New Years Resolutions are often some large life changing thing that needs to happen.  Like the resolutions in the picture.  We throw those things out into the universe and expect something to happen.  We haven’t exercised a day in our life, but now all of a sudden we are going to go running 4 days a week…we love our fast food restaurants and we eat there at least twice a day but we decide that there will be no more fast food this year…we want to Read 40 books this year but we end up reading only a few for who knows what reason.  Why do we fail at the resolutions we make?  Why have I failed at the resolutions I’ve made?  Lack of planning.  We put the end desire out there but don’t attack it with a plan.

That’s why I decided to make Goals this year instead of resolutions :]  Goals have a plan of attack with them.  Goals can be short term or long term and I have some of both.  The difference is that I have a plan this year!  One night I sat down and wrote down spiritual, physical, family and business goals.  Here are a few..

Spiritual:

Physical:

  • Attend 4 to 5 yoga classes per week
  • Take lunch to work rather than buy fast food

Family:

  • Get off the phone and get in the present with my kids/hubs
  • Date nights with hubs 1x/month in home or out

Business:

  • Hand out 5 business cards per day
  • Read testimonials each day to stay pumped

Now these are just a few of my goals, and I know it seems a bit much, but with a plan, this is doable!  I have people keeping me accountable, daily challenge apps keeping me accountable, motivation to change and more on my side!  I wanted to introduce these to y’all today and I’ll give updates periodically as to how I’m doing.  This is just another way to keep me on track :]

Did you make 2014 goals? Have you stuck to them?  Have you rethought the ones you made?  Are you ready to throw in the towel?

I give you permission to keep me accountable and I’m here for you should you want accountability!  I know this is kind of a cliff hanger..no “how to” on keeping your goals…no “what’s my game plan”, but if I gave everything out in one blog post, I couldn’t keep you coming back for more :]  I’ll leave you with this…

Last year I made resolutions…I broke resolutions…this year I made goals…goals are made to be achieved and I’m rockin’ it so far!

Worship Wednesday – Lord I Need You

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So sometimes I get to sing at church.  It’s still kind of surreal to me….that God would allow someone like me to be used for His glory…someone with a shady past…someone with sinful desires…someone who fails daily…that He would even want to use me is humbling and ridiculous.  That is neither here nor there :]

This past Sunday I got to sing some back-up on some awesome songs…this is one of those awesome songs!  Check it out!


Lord, I come, I confess

Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Prayer…do you do it? Do you think you should?  Do you think someone is listening?  Do you think you are being heard?

I do, I do, I do, I do.

Often I pray my laundry list of things I want or need at the moment.  I cry out to God to heal my friend’s father, bring a sweet baby home from the NICU, that my friends get a job, that my effort in the gym would pay off.  I come to God out of my desire, NOT out of my praise.

Lord I come, I confess…bowing here I find my rest.  When we confess to the Lord, it relieves the stress, it clears your mind to see God’s many blessings, it gets you in a place where you can talk to God without distraction….it gives you rest.

Without you I fall apart, you’re the one that guides my heart.  My favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 37:4…Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart {NIV Version}…When we are delighting in the Lord {praying to him, seeking his will over our own, learning about our father in Heaven} He will give us the desires of our heart….I’m not talking about a large house or  another cute outfit.  When we are delighting in the Lord, His desires become our desires..we want what he wants for us because we are in alignment with Him.  Without Him, our desires are not in alignment with His…we fall apart!  I’ve been there, have you?

Teach my song to rise to you when temptation comes my way.  When temptation comes your way, do you give in or do you give it to the Lord?  I admit I do both.  There was a time when I just gave in to temptation and didn’t consider the Lord….by God’s grace, I’m improving.  I want to come to the Lord when any temptation comes my way.  I don’t want to give in to sin.  I don’t want to say the Devil won and I spit in Jesus’ face.  Teach my song to rise to you Lord!!!

I lieu of all these ramblings, I’ll pray this…pleading with the Lord, letting Him know how much I need him….I cannot fight this battle alone…he’s my defense and righteousness!

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

I hope this song speaks to you as it does to me…I hope it blesses you as it does me…I hope you want to turn it up loud and sing at the top of your lungs like I do, and I hope it challenges you to adore our Lord even more than you already do…confessing to him and knowing that you need Him every hour of every day like I do.

He Gets Her

If you haven’t met my hubs, you are missing out!  Johnny loves the Lord, loves his neighbor, loves his wife, loves his kids and loves his strategerie…..he also loves making words up like “strategerie”, but that’s neither here nor there :]

If you haven’t met my oldest daughter, you are missing out!  Joey loves Jesus, loves her family, loves her “BFFs”, loves anything artsy, loves to sing her conversations, and she loves to think things out.

I get Joey on the artsy, music level {we can sing conversations for days}, and I even kind of get her on the thinking things out bit, but her father really gets her on the strategy thing…..I get bored with it :]

They play things like checkers and don’t freak out when one person takes tooooooooooo long to move because they are thinking 5 moves ahead!  Johnny enjoys teaching Joey the strategy of the game like “well if you move there, then I’ll move here then you can jump me here but then I’ll get a double jump and a king cause I’ll go here.”.  This makes me want to pull my hair out!  I play checkers and want to be done before we even started.

Checkers

Checkers 2

I’m so glad they have each other :]  He gets her!