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How You Live

Well the results are in on the vote for "Turn up the Music". "HOW YOU LIVE" was the winning vote!! It is a well deserving song for sure:) I think that song resonates with so many of us because it's one of our biggest struggles..... Living in the moment. Or maybe it's just my struggle. I'm always thinking about what I need to do tomorrow or looking ahead to getting ready for the next tour. Worrying about my boys futures instead of just enjoying them today. Thinking about what Stu and I will do when boys go off to college instead of just loving each other moment by moment. My pastor said this weekend in his sermon. "Worry and anxiety steal and borrow from our future, always leaving a debt behind.

God gives us a very special gift called today. I'm tired of letting worry rob me of that gift. How we live today is what matters. We have the opportunity to be a blessing to our husbands, wives, kids, friends, and others. People matter to God, not our "to do lists". Listen to the song once again today. As you head into the holiday season. Don't rush through it to get it done. Enjoy it. Put out the china, love those around you the way God intend you to. AND most of all remember to sit at the feet of Jesus to remember how much you are loved.

As in the story of Mary and Martha... Luke 10:41 Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.

CHOOSE THE GOOD PORTION TODAY!!!!

Turn up the Music, turn it up loud
Take a few chances, let it all out.
You won't regret it, looking back from where you have been
It's not who you knew, it's not what you did, it's "HOW YOU LIVE".

Love you,
Denise

Back Home... For Now

It's Sunday afternoon and we just returned from 2 fantastic shows - Jamestown, N.Y. and Grand Rapids, MI. You may have read about Jamestown in Shelley's blog below, however the Grand Rapids show was our last GOG event for 2011. Bittersweet of course, but we will start back up again in 2012 with a brand new conference. Please stay connected with us on our website or girlsofgrace.com for more updates.

The girls and the chaperones were a gracious crowd and we loved getting to meet so many of them. As a matter of fact, we would love for you to submit your pics on our Facebook page. We took over a 1000 pictures and we would love to see some of them.

Thanks again to a very successful weekend and safe travels... A huge thanks for ALL the hard work from our record label Word Entertainment - David, Dara, Rann, Katie, Curtis, Marcus, CeCe, Mark and so many more - these peeps never stopped!! WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DID - AND THANKS!!!

Now... as I mentioned earlier in the blog, it IS Sunday afternoon and I would LOVE a much needed nap before my work week begins on Monday 9 am sharp. Until next time - nite nite!!!

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's, Leigh Capp

Shelley Says...

Hello from Jamestown, NY. We are doing a show here tonight with Jason Castro!

It was a long drive and we just arrived, ate a quick lunch of lasagna inside the hall, and I came back on the bus to write my blog. I think the girls went to the hotel, but one can never be sure about internet there, so here I am.

There were 3 bags of these things sitting in the catering room. We decided they must be a local favorite and since we are visitors, we thought it would be ok to open one. They were DELISH.

Don't those just look so inviting. We thought so.

So apparently Jamestown, NY is the birthplace of Lucille Ball. Check it out...

They have a cute little theater named after her, too.

I seriously love when we sing downtown. Even though it snowy and FREEZING outside, it's so fun to look around and see what it's like. Today we are going to practice Christmas music for our upcoming Christmas shows. Check out here if we are heading your way. We have a new acapella Silent Night that we are working on. It's sounds pretty bad right now, but we are getting there! HA!

Just wanted you to see a little of what we were up to today.

Ya'll have a great weekend!

Shelley

Room In the Inn

Denise is so right... Christmas is everywhere and everything is out!!! As a matter of fact, I spent this week decorating my home (most of it). I actually went to a decor class this Sat. to learn a few tips to stretch out my craftiness as well as update a much needed Christmas look. I love the new colors for Christmas - especially the celery green. I think it looks fabulous with red. Anyway... I crafted and crafted until I could craft no more.

The end result was 2 large wreaths, my mail box and my entrance both outside and inside. I am pooped!!! It takes so much work... how do people do so much more than I did... where do they find the time and the "elf's" to help? ( I will try to have some pics next time).

In the end, I am glad I took the time to go to the class and to finish most of my home. Since we are on the road most of December, the month of November is our time to truly enjoy our home at Christmas time. (Dana wanted me to put it up Oct 1st). And the decor does put me in the "Holiday" frame of mind.

Our Sunday school class got started on a Christmas tradition just this Monday. Our church helps support a fantastic organization called, Room In the Inn. A tremendous outreach to those less fortunate during these difficult times. Room In the Inn is a crisis support, hospitality, education, shelter and long-term solutions ministry. For more info. you can go to roomintheinn.org.

So every Monday through the month of March our church provides shelter, meals and clothing for those that come. We never know exactly who will come but it is not uncommon for us to have women (because we have separate shower facilities ) as well as men. However, this time we had a family - Mom, Dad, a 4 yr. old, and a 2 yr. old. We also had a pregnant woman whose baby was to be born in 10 days. Please pray for these people, our prayers are indeed an extension of His hands and feet.

Each year we encourage our kids to come with us and help serve, etc... and BOY, did our kids serve. I think they took more of a blessing home with them than anyone!!

First the kids prepared a bag with notes, letters, scripture and candy for each person, while we adults were finishing up the food prep.

Next, we all sat and ate together with our guests. The kids took over the side of the table where the family and the children were (of course they did)... At first everyone was shy and then as time went on, you heard giggling and then more giggling.

After our meal our awesome S.S. teacher prepared a quick devotional but before he came one of our kids shared a song on guitar. Cooper, is a very talented musician already... he wrote this song and shared it with all of us that evening. The song was entitled, "Through it all". Perfect message gracefully done...

During clean up we noticed ALL our kids were"entertaining" the toddlers... one of our parents allowed the use of their I phone to take "silly" pictures. Once the children saw themselves on the phone, they just laughed and laughed...they thought that was so funny...However, once I started taking pictures, the 2yr. stopped laughing. I don't think she liked me getting in the way of "kid time". They are so cute!!!

If you are like me and are super busy during this time of year - remember to make "room" for those you love and take the time do something for someone else.

Many blessings, leigh

Shelley Says...

Your Weekly Encouragement From Point Of Grace

Over the past several weeks my Bible study has been in prep mode to begin reading the Bible chronologically. Which is not how it is written exactly. We are all really really excited about this, because we've admitted that even though we know isolated stories throughout the Bible, that not one of us have correct broad range understanding of the bigger perspective. I think most normal people could say that, actually. It's probably not until later in life that you would even be presented with opportunity to do a more chronological historical study. At first, I was thinking that it sounded really boring and that I was so far removed what happened at the beginning of creation that I wouldn't be able to stay focused or interested. But it's so weird how the opposite has happened. And we really haven't even cracked the surface.

There is one quote I read that really stood out to me, so I wanted to share it with you- if you have ever felt dumb about God and Bible history, or disinterested, or unmoved by it all, today's POG blog is to challenge you to jump back in and try again. See where you fit into God's big story-his redemption plan for the world. There's only one way.

"Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending or thinking about it, which will advance you one step. You must positively read...The words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind." -J.C. Ryle

Blessings to you!
Shelley