All is Well – Voctave {Music Monday}

All is Well – Voctave {Music Monday}

I’m Lana, a native Oklahoman. Married 17 years to the first boy I ever dated. Mama to two amazing, darling girls. I’m a coffee-drinking, book-reading, home-educating night owl! An accountant in my life B.C. (Before Children), my dream job would be getting paid to read all day.And if you’re into Meyers-Briggs personality tests, I’m an ISTJ. Most important of all, I’m a follower of Christ.
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When the holiday hustle begins to stress me out, one of my favorite ways to unwind is to sit in the glow of the Christmas tree lights late at night. I turn off all the other lights in the house, wrap up in a cozy blanket, and make a cup of something warm and soothing–herbal tea or warm vanilla milk–and sit down to simply enjoy the peace and quiet.

This song by Voctave makes me think of the peace I experience during my late-night meditations.  The lyrics are soft and speak to my soul. When I get frazzled with to-do lists and too many activities, I can be still and remind myself that “all is well.”

All is well because…

All is well because…

Most of all, I can say that “all is well” because God loved this world so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Because of the birth of Jesus, the course of the whole world was changed. Jesus was willing to take on human flesh with its weaknesses and failings. Because of his willingness to obey his Father, he made himself nothing. He humbled himself so much that he was even willing to die for us! (Philippians 2:6-8).

I get chills when I stop to truly consider the last verse of “All is Well.” My spirit soars just like the notes of this song. And I can truly say, because of Jesus: All is well!

All is well all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix {Music Monday}

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix {Music Monday}

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Do you remember the parable of the bags of gold? This story, found in Matthew 25, is sometimes more commonly known as the parable of the talents. In it, a master gives three servants varying amounts of money. To the first servant, he gives five bags of gold. To the second, he gives two bags of gold. The third servant receives one bag of gold.

When the master returns from his journey, he assembles the servants to give him an accounting of the talents entrusted to them. The first servant took a chance with the master’s money and earned five more bags. Likewise, the second servant doubled his money. However, the third servant was afraid to take a risk and so he buried the money he was responsible for.

The master was angry that the third servant had wasted the opportunity he had been given with his talents, and so he took away all the servant’s responsibility.

What do you think that servant felt when he realized his foolishness? When he understood that he should have used the talents he had been given? Do you think he regretted not taking the chance of using his talents?

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From this story, we can draw the parallel that God has blessed us all with amazing gifts that we can put to use in so many ways.  Nothing we do for Him is too small.  He can take our smallest offering and multiply it in amazing ways.

Just like the little drummer boy, sometimes we think that we don’t have a gift that we can use in God’s kingdom. Or maybe we feel that our gift isn’t important enough. As you listen to this song, think about what gifts and talents you have.

How will you use the gifts He has blessed you with for His glory?

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{Music Monday} Matt Redman in Times Square

{Music Monday} Matt Redman in Times Square

I’m Lana, a native Oklahoman. Married 17 years to the first boy I ever dated. Mama to two amazing, darling girls. I’m a coffee-drinking, book-reading, home-educating night owl! An accountant in my life B.C. (Before Children), my dream job would be getting paid to read all day.And if you’re into Meyers-Briggs personality tests, I’m an ISTJ. Most important of all, I’m a follower of Christ.
Lana W

Picture this scene:

A crowd gathers, singing praises to God our Father. Everywhere you look, you see people lifting their hands and their voices in worship. You see men and women. Little children and those who are elderly. People of all skin colors and all ethnicities, joined together in the unity of the spirit.

Sounds like a scene that would take place in heaven, doesn’t it?

It reminds me of Revelation 5:11-14:

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 5:11-14

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Worship in Times Square

Would you believe the scene you just imagined actually happened in Times Square? This past summer, thousands of Christians gathered in New York City as Matt Redman sang “10,000 Reasons” live.  What an amazing sight to see this crowd of worshipers in one of the nation’s most secular locations!

As the camera pans around the crowd, it’s obvious that some of the onlookers are unfamiliar with such a public display of worship.  Perhaps this might even be their first exposure to the gospel. We can only hope that by hearing the words of this song and seeing so many believers glorifying God, the seed will be planted.

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Romans 10:17

Father, I thank you that we live in a country that still allows us to worship you publicly, without fear of persecution.  Thank you for this small glimpse of what heaven must be like, where those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior will spend eternity in praise and adoration to You. In this dark world, please help us as Christians shine your light and your glory to those around us.  Help us plant the seed of the gospel so that souls may be won over to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Cast Your Cares on Him–Not Control Them

Cast Your Cares on Him–Not Control Them

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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Cast Your Cares or Control Them?

I Peter 5:7 says, “…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”  I have read that verse so many times that I have memorized it.  We are supposed to give everything over to God, but that is so much easier said than done (especially for a control freak like me).  I knew I had to give my worries over to God, but I didn’t know how to do that.  After hearing the song “Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour on the radio so many times, I would cry when I heard it because I knew God was talking to me and I knew I was not obeying Him.

When my husband had his heart attack, I was so distraught.  I was trying to do everything and control everything.  I was having a very difficult time dealing with all that was going on in our lives.  It was at that time that I ran into a strong Christian friend.  (Funny how God does that.)  We started talking and I broke down.  She reminded me that I needed to give it over to God.  

What Does Casting Your Cares Look Like?

I looked at her and said, “I know I’m not supposed to worry, but I don’t know what that is supposed to look like.”

I could not believe that those words came out of my mouth.  Of course I knew what God’s word said.  So many times, I had quoted that scripture, 1 Peter 5:7, but I did not know how to live it.

Many times in my life I thought I had given my problems to God, but I had either given them to Him temporarily or not at all.  I would hold on to it.  I did not know what I needed to do to achieve this.  We are not being obedient to God if every time we pray and “give” him a problem, we turn around and five minutes later “pick it up” and start worrying about it again.  We are telling God that we do not need Him and we do not have faith that He will take care of us and provide for us.

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Do You Pray About Your Cares?

Pray without ceasing!  1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NASB)

Prayer is always the answer.  If we are praying and talking to God about our problems, then we cannot be worrying about them.  This is a constant struggle.  When we go to God with our problems, we should not just say a prayer and move on.  Ask Him to take them away.  Then in five minutes, when you want to “pick that problem” back up, pray again.  Continue to do this until you stop “picking it back up.”  God is bigger than all of us.  He can handle all of our problems.  (Of course, I say all this as I write this at 4:00 a.m.)

I will not say that I am at a point where I cast my cares on Him and am immediately over it.  That is going to be very difficult for a control freak like me.  I am working on it, though.  I have made great strides within the last few weeks.  It becomes easier each day.

 

Is there a care that you are not giving over to God?

Are you holding on to past struggles?

Are you ready to cast your cares on Him?

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Soul on Fire

Soul on Fire

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Need a little a spark to ignite the fire in your soul?  The answer on how do to that is easy…run to the one who ignites the fire of our souls!

He Knows

In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  This same God created you.  He knows you better than you know yourself.  How many hairs do you have on your head?  We know how many fell out this morning, but He knows how many we have left!

He cares for us so much that he knows every last detail.  He knows the deep, dark sins hidden in the corners of our hearts and yet, He still holds His arms open to us calling us back to Him. Isn’t that the amazing part?  No matter what we have done, no matter how badly we have messed up, Christ’s blood will cover our sins.

What a God we serve!  His love is endless.  He calls us to repentance.  When we humble ourselves before Him, His forgiveness washes over us

Bring me through til all I see is you!

Soul on Fire

Listening to Third Day’s Soul on Fire reminds us to not run away from our Lord but run to Him.

“Lord let me burn for you again!
Let me return to you again!”
– Soul on Fire by Third Day

 

Return to Him

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
– John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.–

Whether you’ve been running from God, been stagnant for a while or are on fire for our Lord, keep returning to Him.  He is the only one who can keep our fire going.  And if you feel like your fire is extinguished, rejoice and return to the One who can fan the flame and create a burning passion for Him in your soul.

We can keep the fire going by reading the Bible, praying, singing, memorizing scripture, worshiping, serving others as if we were serving the Lord.  There are so many ways.

What ways do you find helps ignite the fire in your soul?

 

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What To Do While You’re Waiting

What To Do While You’re Waiting

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Are you waiting on God to answer a prayer right now?  
Are you in the middle of a situation that has you crying out to God? 

The other night I read and reread Psalm 77.  Then in Bible class today we covered Psalm 34.

These two Psalms put together teach us a valuable lesson, no matter what stage of life we are in.  Whether we are in distress, waiting for something to happen, or just needing to refocus, these Psalms guide us in how to focus our attention.

What the Psalms reminds us to do while we are waiting:

1. Shift your Focus

In Psalm 77, Asaph is distraught and distressed.  In the first several verses, he is overwhelmed with his situation.  He pleads and groans to the Lord.

“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Psalm 77:7-9

Then, he makes a very distinct shift.  It’s a shift that we should follow as well.  When we start to feel overwhelmed by our situation, instead of focusing on the trouble, focus on our great God, who is the same yesterday and today.

2. Remember the deeds of the Lord

This shift in focus from Asaph’s troubles to who the Lord is and all he has done, gets him out of the stinkin’ thinkin’ mode and brings him to a place of remembering how awesome God is.

“Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?…
You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
Psalm 77:13 & 20

Another way Psalm 34:8 puts this is

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

I really like this imagery.  In taste testing, we are reminding ourselves of how delectable and nutritious the word of God is and how we need to run to him when we are “hungry.”

3. Worship & Glorify God

In remembering his great deeds, we start to become in awe of our Lord again.  We remember that he is the same God yesterday and today.  He is mighty and faithful to all he has created.  He will be faithful to us too.  Will we remain faithful to him as we patiently wait for him to provide? When we start to glorify God and worship him in the midst of our troubles, the joy that can only come through him starts to course through our veins. It continues that mental and spiritual shift from our problems to our amazing Lord who is greater than all our problems.

“My soul will boast in the Lord:
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.”
Psalm 34:2-3

When we start to glorify God and worship him in the midst of our troubles, the joy that can only come through him starts to course through our veins.

4. Seek the Lord / Cry out to Him

Sometimes, we cry out to the Lord and demand an answer, but are we ready to listen?  Seeking the Lord and being willing to accept his provision whatever that maybe is a necessary way we need to prepare our hearts.  Yes, our Lord will answer our prayers.  He may not do it exactly in the way we believe we need, but he will do it in his providential ways.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit”
Psalm 34:17-18

5.  Fear the LORD and lack nothing

In fearing the Lord, we will love him with all our heart, mind and soul and love our neighbors as ourselves. In this way, we will readily turn from our sinful ways.

“Fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.”
Psalm 34:9

As we walk through life’s challenges and wait on the Lord to answer our prayers, let’s not forget that he is God.  If we are struggling and don’t know what to do, let’s focus on this great list from Psalms to help get us through while we are waiting.

What has helped you keep your focus on the Lord while you are going through a difficult time or waiting on God to answer your prayer?

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While I’m Waiting by John Waller 

Along with the Psalms above, this song has been playing in my heart as well.  Soak in the lyrics as you think about what the Psalms have taught us to do.

I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

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