Assurance-No Matter What!
I have to admit that I blow it daily. Actually several times daily. And daily, I need to be assured of God's grace. I need to be reminded that he loves me, NO MATTER WHAT! Think of the "no matter whats" in your own life. You know what I'm talking about... The words you said. The lie you told. The thing you did. The secret you are holding inside. Geez, sounds like I'm describing myself-hahahaha. You need someone in your life who will assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what. And you need to be the kind of person who assures other people in the same way.
In 1 Peter, Peter was writing to believers who were undergoing severe persecution, assuring them that "no matter what" happened to them, they were not alone. God was with them, and His grace surrounded them. So no matter what happens to you, God is right beside you. He doesn't always take the pain away, but He cries with you.
Are you the kind of friend who encourages others to look to God's grace when the no-matter-whats of life start pressing in? Do you have friends who help you do the same? If you don't have friends like that, the choice is up to you. Remember, be that kind of friend, and you will attract that kind of friend.
1 Peter 5:12 says "My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what happens."
Happy Hump Day,
I am typing my blog as we speak on the airplane...we r returning from Tucson, AZ and Newport News, VA.- we went coast to coast in just 2 1/2 days.
We had a fantastic time in Newport News!! It was a very early airport call so no time for hikes or other adventurous exercise, however, we did have time to eat lunch thanks to our driver Tommy.
Our show was on the campus of Christopher Newport University named after the original Captain Hook (according to Tommy) but you might want to check your history books just to be safe.
We had a matinee with Jaci V. and Salvador- good times and great peeps!!! Shelley took a picture on her camera...sorry.
It was great visiting with our dear friends, Brennan and Sarah...we loved visitation and the deluxe choc chip cookies they brought us ...hee hee! So "sweet" of them.
Later that evening we joined our efforts with a wonderful international church planting ministry called, ICM. We had the honor and privilege to meet some tremendous heroes of the faith...from all over the world - Pakistan, China, Peru, Columbia, Korea and so much more. It was our delight to celebrate 25 years with them that evening in song! We send our prayers and our sincere gratitude for all ICM is doing to build the Kingdom for Christ!!!
We took so many pictures that night but not with my camera...I wished I had one for you to see...
Our next early morning airport call would bring us to Tucson, AZ. Once we landed we grabbed our two rental cars and headed to our hotel. The girls and Michael had some extra time to maybe do some sightseeing... Shelley did some snooping around via internet and found this great organic restaurant. It was located in the city -right near the AZ University. Such a cute place...lots of shops and cafe's. However, the first destination did not meet our appetite needs (healthy of course) so we had to venture off to another location and so glad we did. We found a jewel of a joint called Wilko...whew wee!!! It was so unique and delicious!!
Take a look at what I had.
A chicken breast sandwich with mint slaw drizzled with curry garlic mustard- yee haw that was some good eatin!!! Oh, and for an appetizer we had rosemary mint cashews - who would have ever thunk it?....crazy good!!
Nothing like a great meal to get u ready for a great show! The people of Tucson were absolutely FANTASTIC!!! They had to have been one of the most enthusiastic crowds in some time.
As a matter a fact we got to see Penny again.
We met Penny 15 years ago in Seattle, Washington where she shared her story of being on the brink of suicide, heard our song "The Great Divide" on the radio and from the actual location...she said the Lord ministered to her heart through song and now 15 years later we see her again sharing another great story.
If you notice in the picture her hair is blue, she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and on Wednesday will be having surgery (a brand new type of surgery) to stop the disease. She wanted to go all out by coloring her hair blue.
Would you join POG in praying for Penny this Wednesday? If this surgery works, it could change the lives for millions of people. Amen!!!
I can't think of a better note to end on than PRAYER!!!
Thanks again to our fans in Newport News, Tucson AZ., ICM and the wonderful volunteers that help our shows run smoothly!! God bless you all and God Bless America!!!! Amen and Amen!!
Hallelujah!! I'm so happy. We are TIRED. Getting up for school this morning was not easy. Lost our ballgame last night, but it was okay. It was a very close game and made for an exciting ending. Just wish the points would've made it up on the board to get the win, but that's okay. This morning I went to my Mom's prayer group at school. I'm always amazed that they Lord will share things with me and then reinforce them again by a speaker or sermon or something. Same thing happened to me this morning. As I spent some time with the Lord this morning I was just feeling quite overwhelmed. There is so much pain in this world. It seems like more and more people I know are struggling with major illnesses or a death in the family. Then you take time to think about 9/11. I can't believe it's been 10 years. All of that to say, life can be overwhelming. Here is a scripture that I was reminded of this morning.
Ps. 91:14-15 The Lord says, "I will save the one who loves me. I will keep him safe, because he trusts in me. He will call out to me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in times of trouble. I will rescue him and honor him."
He hasn't forgotten us. He is with us every moment. When the roar of the waves in your ears threatens to drown out the sound of His voice, let Him pull you into His arms and tell you how much He loves you. Remember the song we recorded years ago "God is With Us"? I LOVE this song. We pulled it back out and put it on our newest CD. Take a listen and let it minister to you today.
After our prayer group, I got to go to Leigh's house for an awesome brunch. My parents had never been to Dana and Leigh's house, so I had asked if we could drop by sometime this week. Well, she went way overboard, but made the Baked Oatmeal and her Sausage Casserole from our cookbook. YUM!! Here's Dana, Leigh, my Mom and Dad.
So sweet of her. Thanks Leigh!
We are so excited because we are in the "Country Weekly" this edition. Make sure that you stop by the grocery store and pick up a copy. It was really fun because our kids got to be in the article. Here is a picture of the cover and the article, so that you can find it.
Now here is some pics that I took that are behind the scenes that didn't make it into the cover.
They had sooo much fun. Thought they were so cool to get to be in a magazine. That's all for today. I pray you have a great weekend. And as you remember those who lost so much in the sad day of September 11th, remember to thank God that he is still with us every second of every day.