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Happy Easter from Denise

Happy EASTER!!!

I'm so thankful for this season for sooooo many reasons. The sun has started to shine more, flowers are blooming all over, grass is getting green. All of which are great for my attitude. Long winter seasons are hard on me. God bless all of you who live in the north and still have snow. I have a great respect for you. Now it's Easter and I look forward to so many things. Easter candy, bright colors, a new outfit possibly are a few of those things. We get to go out to JoJo's farm with lots of family friends every year. So much fun! Spend Easter day at some other friends with lots of GREAT food. The only downside is not seeing my family from Oklahoma. However, my mother n law is here this Easter, so I'm excited about that. She's always lots of fun. BUT, this season for whatever reason, I am more aware of God's love for me than ever before. Of course we know what Easter is about, but l have just been overwhelmed with how far GOD went in allowing Jesus to be the sacrifice for my sinful self.

I'm attaching this link because it just really hit me hard this year. It's a song that I absolutely love redone by Avalon while my dear friend Michael Passons was in the group. It is a Christmas song, but really should've always been an Easter song as far as I'm concerned. It is put together with bits from "The Passion of the Christ" so I realize it's gruesome and realistic. Not your Happy EASTER type feeling, but it is the reason we celebrate this season. If you don't want to watch it at least read through these words as a great reminder. Here is the link if you want to watch and listen. http://youtu.be/qrPAZbD6fG0

Happy Easter to all of you. I pray that this season you will be AMAZING by how much you are loved by THE great and mighty GOD Almighty.
Love you,
Denise

WE ARE THE REASON

As little children we'd dream of Christmas morn
And all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by we learned more of our gifts
The giving of ourselves and what that means
On a dark and cloudy day a man hung crying in the rain
Because of love
Because of love

*Chorus

I finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to Him (every part to Him)
And all that I do every word that I say (you know I’ll be saying)
I will give all my life just for Him, just for Him (every thing for Him)

We are the reason that He gave His life
We are the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give (all that he could give all)
To show us the reason to live

Merry Christmas From Denise

Well, it's getting close to the actual day!! Are you ready? I am definitely not. I started the week off only having bought 3 presents. The kids are home and I can't exactly take them with me everywhere that I need to go. But ya know what? It's okay!! I'm doing my best to not stress about it. What needs to get done will get done. It's so nice to be home with my family. December is always a challenging, but good month for us. After we get off tour, it's just wonderful to be home. Who cares that I just now got the tree decorated or that my house is a wreck? i think I realize more and more every year how much I just cherish being home.

Speaking of home. I consider two places home. One, is of course here in Nashville. We will be celebrating Christmas morning in a new house this year. IT will be fun to develop new memories for this home. Then we will go to Oklahoma (the place that built me). My boys are soooo excited to go and be with their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. I love that they love Oklahoma and that it is a part of them even though they weren't born there and have never lived there. We will get to ring in the New Year there. I can't believe this year has already gone by. It just seems a few months ago that we were on the Mark Schultz tour. Spence is now 3 inches taller than me. Price plays guitar way better than me. I mean, it's just unbelievable how fast they are growing.

God has walked with me this year. I pray that I'm growing in the ability to find calmness in Him. I am so thankful for many things this year, but I'm looking forward to what lies ahead in next year as well.

Have a wonderful time being with the people you love as you celebrate the One who loved us most of all. As I reflect on our newly recorded song "The Giver and The Gift". He truly is our all in all. Without him we would have nothing. Thank you Jesus for giving us the ability to even believe in you. It's truly amazing.

Have a Merry Christmas!! Happy Birthday Jesus!
Love,
Denise