Well I Declare!

I’m so excited; I’m going to a conference this weekend for Christian women who blog.  I’ve never been before, but I am expecting it to be so much more than just a conference for women who blog.  I’m expecting God to cover us with His mighty power and inspire us to spread His truth and His word in new and engaging ways.

So, here is a little about me.  I am married to Jim, we have been married nearly 28 years.  It is an amazing and wild ride to do life with your very best friend.  We have two kids Molly is 24 and Jacob is 19.

We are in a very new season of life and anticipate God to do some pretty big things real soon.

 

I was asked to answer some questions about myself, so here I go!

  1. When did you feel called to be a digital evangelist, what’s your main medium (podcast/ blogging/books/speaking/social media/etc.), and how long have you been doing it?  Oh my, so I’ve been writing and making up stories my entire life, but I didn’t start my blog until early last year. I also do some speaking, but I would like to do a lot more.  I am working on a book or many; I’ve started and not finished about 15 fiction books, a few of them I want to finish. I just need to schedule the time and make it happen.
  2. What is your life scripture? This has been a hard one for me; I have two. Micah 6:8, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” and Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  3. What are your passions? Super difficult to keep this one short and to the point.  I guess I would say my passion is people.  I just want to love on them and let them know they have hope, that God has it all planned out if we will just trust Him.  Yeah, it’s people.
  4. What is your favorite candy and/or food? Dark chocolate!  I love seafood.
  5. Where is your happy place and what’s it like? The beach. And Disney World.
  6. Are you working on any exciting projects that you can share? My exciting project as of late is that my husband is looking for a Pastoral position and we believe we will be moving soon.
  7. How can we pray for you as you prepare for this year’s conference? That I can receive all that God has for me while I am there and I’m still able to get completed what I need to do that doesn’t stop because I’m going to a conference.

Okay, that was a lot!  I’m looking forward to meeting a bunch of new friends and soaking in a whole lot more of God.

We Will Sing

I am very much inspired by music. I am not a musician, but God speaks to me through it just the same. About two months or so ago, I started writing down the songs I would wake up with; you know what I’m talking about, the worm hole sings, the ones that get stuck in your head. I only write down the part I’ve been singing and ask God to show me what he wants to tell me from the lyrics.

Yesterday, the song I was singing is Ever Be by Bethel. It’s the song that has been playing in the background. The chorus and bridge go like this:

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lip

 You will be praised You will be praised

With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

You will be praised You will be praised

With angels and saints we sing worthy are You Lord

 And it’s why I sing

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips

Often, when we are in the midst of life; not necessarily bad, but even if it is, we need to remember to praise. That is our design, we have been designed to give God praise. It should forever be on our lips.

Psalm 148:1-14 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.”

The psalms are full of these words, “praise the Lord”! It’s not something we just do when we get a good parking space at Wal-Mart or when a hurricane decides to turn at the last minute; it’s something we do when a person backs into our car at Walmart or we have two foot of water in our homes.

When we praise, not only does it bring joy to the Father, but it lifts us up, it renews us, it blesses us.

praise-graphic

You always want to tell people what you’re excited about. but what if you aren’t excited; what if your world seems very grim?

Shelena Griffith said, “One thing I learned going through a storm and that is, you can Praise God in the dark! If God makes light to shine out of darkness, well bless God, I can call forth light into my situation. I am the light of God. Praising Him is not determined by day or night. In whatever state I find myself in, I will continue to acknowledge Him. Then and only then, He will direct my path.”

 

My challenge to you, is to praise.

 

In the good times, praise; when things seem like they could get no worse, praise; when it’s just a normal day, praise.

 

You won’t regret it.

Just in case you don’t know the song, give it a listen.