The Christmas Story from God’s View

The Christmas Story from God’s View

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I love Christmas time. The lights brightly hung outside homes, the presents glistening under the tree, the warm specialty drinks from Starbucks and the beautiful songs heard on just about every radio station. Christmas time is unlike any other holiday, but it is not because of any of the things I just mentioned above.  It is not because of a man in a red suit or the bustling Continue Reading

Redefining Blessings

Redefining Blessings

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As you know, I like to speak from the heart and I wanted to shed some light on what God has been revealing to me about being thankful and redefining the way that I see blessings. Truthfully, I have never been one to “buy in” to the cheap “prosperity” version of the Gospel because, honestly, it is so far from the reality of what centuries of believers experienced when boldly proclaiming, “I will follow Christ.” And for any folks who have tried to swim upstream against what history has proven to be true, it doesn’t take long for “this is your year” to be shattered by a harsh reality. Why do I know this to be true? Because I know that life is full of unforeseen circumstances. Yet, Jesus never promised that by being His disciples we would be blessed in the traditional sense of the word. In fact, I believe often times we see “blessings” as being “lucky” or having life merely go our way. However, that is not at all what being “blessed by God” really means. Continue Reading

The Ultimate Ghost

The Ultimate Ghost

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It’s the countdown to October’s most popular day: Halloween.  It’s a day where kids get all dressed up, candy overflows, and all the pretty pumpkins are picked. And, while I have noticed that year after year the décor and fuss about this day seems to grow, truthfully  I am more excited about what follows – Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, Halloween does mark two very cool events in my life: the day my adorable puppy Bailey was born (indeed a perfect treat) and the day I drove home with my first ever car (although my father refused to let me drive it home in fear that too many kids might be out trick-or-treating)! So, while I realize that everyone has an opinion about Halloween – some see no harm in it and others are more cautious of the evil that may surround its history – I want to focus on something that carries the utmost importance. I want to focus on a ghost that we all need in our lives… regardless of the month. Continue Reading

September's Must Listen List

September’s Must Listen List

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September marks the change in weather (unless you are in the south, which has been my stomping grounds lately) and with the wardrobe inspired weather change, also comes an array of beautiful melodies from artists that you know and love as well as some great new finds! As I spent time listening to so much great music this past September, I have a lot of things worth featuring. I know that your fall season will be blessed as you check out some of these artists. Continue Reading

Worship: What We Want vs. What We Need

Worship: What We Want vs. What We Need

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Did you know that if you were to go to church every Sunday this year and worship for 20 minutes, you will have spent a little over 17 hours singing to the God of all the Universe? Yet, if we are completely honest, would we say that these 17 (give or take a few hours) really change us as Christ-followers? Do we sing with conviction or are we just watching the PowerPoint slides flash across the screen as the lyrics to familiar words appear – leaving us to only sing along half-heartily? If you are maximizing your hours spent with God Continue Reading

August's Most Download-Worthy CCM Music

August’s Most Download-Worthy CCM Music

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I can’t believe that this year is flying by so fast! How are we already in September? Well, before we start counting down the days until the holiday season, let’s not forget to look back and reminisce about August’s Most Download-Worthy CCM Music. August was filled with great albums, and the songs that I have suggested for you, are sure to bring a great conclusion to the end of the summer! Continue Reading