Hope you are enjoying your week. It's been one of those off schedule weeks due to travel and fall break. Last weekend we were out on the road, so my boys (including Stu) went to the beach with our friends the Funks. They have a condo down in Rosemary. So poor poor me had to stay home:(
Here's some pics from their trip.
They said that the weather couldn't have been more perfect.
Actually we were traveling part of the time with our @GOGevent and singing in Pennsylvania. It was beautiful up there on our little drive from Baltimore. We made the most of our drive by entertaining ourselves. Michael Passons was in rare form and had us laughing our heads off. I still laugh out loud when I think about his "hee haw" donkey joke. One of the games we played in the car was that you couldn't speak anything. We had to talk like we were in a musical. So everything had to be sung not spoken. LOL! That is funny stuff. Too bad we didn't have the flip!!! I'm so happy that I have so much fun with the people I travel with:)
We've been in the studio a lot this week. Ian Eskelin is helping us get some amazing tracks and vocals. I'm starting to really get excited about the new record. Well, my boys are out a half day today and tomorrow, so I've got hustle and get some errands run. Hope you have a blessed day.
If you've been to a recent Girls of Grace event, you've probably heard about the upcoming film The Mighty Macs . In case you haven't, this is a new film releasing this Friday, October 21 that follows the story of Cathy Rush as she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. As the coach of tiny Immaculata College, Cathy’s challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams her Macs will face. While it appears they don’t have a prayer, all hope is not lost!
The Mighty Macs has been an awesome Girls of Grace sponsor and we wanted to make sure you knew about this new inspirational film that you can enjoy with your entire family!
"My family and I watched The Mighty Macs together. It was a wonderful inspiring movie that taught the values of friendship, dedication, and trust. Growing up loving sports, i enjoyed learning some history of girls basketball and was inspired at how one woman's love and perseverance could impact so many people's lives."
Learn more about The Mighty Macs HERE!
Today's post is for me as much as it is for anyone. Many of you know Dana, our band leader, and he is always saying "Words that hurt, words that heal...", to remind us to watch our mouths whenever the conversation turns gossipy. Our words have mighty power-for good and for bad. And we can't use the excuse that we just "can't help" what we say. If we have the power of God's spirit in us, we DO have the ability to choose how we use our words. It's about making the right choice. If we are striving to become more like Christ, we can choose to use our words to help and heal others, instead of to hurt them.
James 1:27 says: "If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless." Anyone else feel like their religion is a little "worthless" after reading that?? I do.
These are pretty strong words. James is telling us that even if we are religious in other areas of our lives, if we can't control what we SAY, our religion is worthless. He doesn't say this to discourage us from trying to control our tongues, but to remind us that if we DO, we will most likely have the discipline to control ourselves in every other way. The mouth is the hardest thing to guide, because it's just so easy... think about it today!
So sorry everyone but today was suppose to be my turn for a blog... we got in late Sunday evening, really Monday morning and I went to sleep woke up and went about my morning... It is Fall break for our kids in Franklin, Tn. and since we had been gone for several days I paid more attention to my daughter and my "list" than I did my POG responsibilities.
Hope you all understand... we however, had a fantastic time this weekend at our GOG event in Jacksonville, Fl. - the crowd was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo energetic and gracious -thanks girls!!!
We also had a sold out crowd in Atglen, Pa... We enjoyed sharing the stage with Bob Lenz - a fantastic story teller and a huge heart for Compassion International... He LOVES kids... Bob speaks all over the world at schools educating our teenagers about BULLYING. Thank you Bob for your passion and encouragement to this generation - helping them to be who God created them to be!!
Again, I apologize for my lack of remembrance but I guess this comes with aging - forgetting! Until next time, be safe and enjoy your loved ones!!!
Today it's my turn to encourage you. Well this is what has encouraged me this week. Most of you know this scripture, but read through about 3 times in a a row. Let God's truth and love pour over you. When you are discouraged that you've messed up. Whether it's a relationship with a friend, or as a parent, or as a co-worker. Remind yourself that even in our failures, GOD LOVES US SO MUCH. Yes, we have failed. Yes, he knew that and still made a way:) Thank you Jesus!!!! So go out and "LIVE" the way he has prepared you to live. You might even want to take a listen to "THE GREAT DIVIDE" if you get a chance.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
God Saved Us Because of His Great Love for Us
1You were once dead because of your failures and sins. 2You followed the ways of this present world and its spiritual ruler. This ruler continues to work in people who refuse to obey God. 3All of us once lived among these people, and followed the desires of our corrupt nature. We did what our corrupt desires and thoughts wanted us to do. So, because of our nature, we deserved God’s anger just like everyone else. 4But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. 5We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness[a] that saved you.)6God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. 7He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. 8God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. 9It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it. 10God has made us what we are. He has created us in Christ Jesus to live lives filled with good works that he has prepared for us to do.
Be blessed today:)