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Faith Without Borders

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I love this song. Take the time to read the lyrics. 🙂 I attached a Youtube video link (my link to text thingy isn’t working) so you can hear how beautiful it is.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Ddy9nwe9_xzw

“Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
[x6]

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Random Thoughts, Uncategorized, Worldview

 

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“There’s pride in every American heart.”

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“I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died and gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today. But there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.”

The first time I heard that song was when Kristy Lee Cook sang it on American Idol in 2008. (Watch the video of her performance here.) I was 13. It gave me chills, I have never been that emotionally moved by a song sung on American Idol before. However, the words really didn’t mean that much to me.

My home church does an ENORMOUS 4th of July celebration every year. We had never been before, but in 2010, unfortunately the last year they did it, I happened to be in the choir that sang during the fireworks show. I had a fun rehearsing the patriotic songs we would be singing. It was a blast to take part in. I am so thankful I had that opportunity. At one point, they had each of the different branches of the military stand, active duty and veteran. Again, it really didn’t mean anything to me.

To be honest, I have always been fairly patriotic, but never really thought or cared much about our service men and women. Only recently has that changed.

During the last two years we have become friends with a family with three boys, one Army veteran, one in active duty Army, and one who was enlisted into the Army. I didn’t know the older two sons very well, but the common obsession with horses grew a general friendship between me and the youngest son. I also am really close to his momma. Because I knew that he’d be leaving soon, I kind of grew an interest in all things military. (Not an obsession yet, but pretty close. 😉) I have become extremely patriotic through all of it. I honestly get chills walking past a man (or woman) in uniform in the airport. Once you know someone in the Army, it suddenly becomes very real. Especially, watching his family deal with his absence now. You realize, that these men and women put their life on the line and go through a lot of hard work, with families at home, simply to protect our freedom. What a gift this is! Why don’t we ever take the time to thank them in person? (I must admit, I have a hard time going up to people, so I am guilty of this too.) It really means a lot to them to be thanked. Being in the military takes a toll on them, physically and mentally. They have given up a lot. For you.

So, I want to thank you, men and women, of all military branches, for putting your lives on the line, for us, for our freedom. I am praying for you and your families. 🇺🇸

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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When in Texas…

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When Mom and I travel, we try to find places to eat that you can’t find anywhere else. A friend posted on Facebook about her trip to Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. It looked like the kind of food I love to eat, so we thought we’d give it a go.

Your first reaction is regarding the scenery. It’s like PopRocks for your eyes! You can’t ignore it! (The lighting is really dark inside, so excuse the poor quality of photography.)

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Pictures don’t do it justice. Very unique and complete awesomeness.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the food. You don’t get a menu to order off of. Instead, your waitress tells you the 5 choices of meat, chicken tenders, chicken fried steak, catfish, fried chicken or grilled chicken. Each meat costs $11.99, unless you order the catfish which costs $12.99. (Kids meals are the same meat choices but smaller portions and cost 3.99.) Along with your meat you get served unlimited biscuits (with sorghum and honey), green beans, corn and mashed potatoes and gravy. We ordered the catfish and the chicken fried steak. Both were great, as well as all of the sides. We don’t normally order a dessert, but we did end up getting apple cobbler. We decided they needed wheelchairs to roll us out on, because we were so stuffed!

If you are ever in Texas, be sure to check out the great food and awesome decor at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House! The one we were at was in downtown Arlington, next to Mellow Mushroom (our North Carolina fave), but they have 9 other locations scattered about Texas.

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Lasting First Impressions

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You’ve got to admit, we’ve all had good first impressions, and BAD first impressions. Sometimes, rarely, there are amazing first impressions, the kind that you will likely not be forgetting anytime soon, that make you want to spend the entire day with those people. It’s like you’ve always known them. And sometimes, those kinds, that just make your day brighter, can also make the way you view life brighter.

Every Sunday morning our church does a time of prayer for healing down at the alter. There is a prayer team lining the bottom of the platform. People with illnesses or other problems/needs in their life who walk forward are thoughtfully placed with an appropriate couple (I.e. if it is a woman coming forward, she will likely be placed with a set of two women, a family with a married couple, etc.) They are then anointed with oil and prayed for following the example set in James 5:14-15a, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will heal the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” (I should clarify that we are not in the belief that the oil heals, or that the person will be healed right away. God will heal in His timing, though not always in the way we would want. But, He DOES heal.)

My parents are on this prayer team. Every Sunday, they pray for all sorts of requests, bringing them before the Throne of God. They have a had a couple coming forward for a while now, both with terminal cancers. They have been unable to make it to the church recently, so, today we went over to their house, with a copy of today’s incredible sermon on John 5. We decided that if they couldn’t make it to church, we would bring church to them.

When we walked into their home there was a very warm and inviting welcome. It was truly incredible to hear their stories. Although they’re both in pain, more often than not, excruciating pain, such a countenance of love and joy shines on their faces. They both wore constant smiles.

You know, we all have to die. It’s part of life. Sometimes, though, it comes through much harder circumstances, such as cancer. But God uses EVERYTHING for His glory, and this couple knows that. They are using their pain as a tool, an opportunity, to do God’s will, to bring people to Him. They’re witnessing in the hospitals! They are choosing to see past the pain to the plan God has for them and the people around them. I’m sure it’s not always easy for them, but what they have done will surely be counted towards them in the end.

We went there to pray for them, but we/I got so much more out of it. I don’t believe I have honestly met a more godly couple in my life. I believe this is because they are simply trusting God for His plan for their future, whatever it may be.

If you would, join me in praying for this couple.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Songbird: Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

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It doesn’t take much for me to be impressed by a Tricia Goyer book; she just has a way of completely capturing her audience. However, I was not only impressed with Songbird, no, impressed is not an adequate enough word. Simply said, I could not put it down!

Categorized as a Romantic Thriller, it has everything from a budding romance to a hold-your-breath, page-turning mystery. Set in Germany, after World War II has ended, we follow USO singer, Betty Lake and US Army Combat Photographer, Frank Witt as they join together to solve the mysterious disappearance of actress and USO singer, Kat.

The cool thing is that the WWII era is something I have never been interested in. I liked Tricia Goyer’s Amish fiction books, so I thought I would give her WWII stuff a go. She managed to keep my interest in an area I’m not interested in! That, I would say, is proof of a great author!

You can buy Songbird: Under a German Moon
on Amazon. The Kindle version costs $7.69 and the paperback costs $12.99.

I was not compensated for this review.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Book Review, Uncategorized

 

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