Monday, September 8, 2014

Music Share: Out of Hiding by Steffany Gretzinger

Steffany's new album, The Undoing, is still my favorite right now. Here's another song that's running through my mind and heart: Out of Hiding. The lyrics show a loving Father and a passionate Savior. See if this encourages you:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Music Share: Morning Song by Steffany Gretzinger

Steffany's music touches me. She has a sincere, anointed, and raw style. Her first solo album (following all her work on Bethel's albums) came out a week ago. The whole album is so creative. I love it. The very first song is moving, helping us see God the way Chris Rice's "Smelling Coffee" did about fourteen years ago. God is with us as we awake in the morning. He's so near. Listen to the words, see if they make you consider God and His love in a different way.

Check out "Morning Song" from the album The Undoing here:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Music Share: We Dance by Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger & Bethel Music

Here's an encouraging song for your day and your walk with Jesus. (From Bethel's You Make Me Brave album.)


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Music: Today is Beautiful by David Dunn

Sometimes you just need a bit of encouragement, yes? This song speaks to me right now. See if it blesses you.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sighs and Prayers


How often do you sigh? 

Recently I realized I was sighing a lot. And God spoke to me and said to pray every time I do. Generally when I sigh, I’m doing one of four things: 

1) Reliving an ugly moment in my life. 

2) Worrying about a future moment in my life. 

3) Needing a deep breath. 

4) Feeling content. 

Another question for you: is sighing a sin? 

No, I don’t believe it is. If it were, contented sighs would be ungodly, and that’s ridiculous. (grin) 

But I love God’s invitation: pray whenever I sigh. First, that causes me to stop and think about why I did. Was I feeling regret? Worry? Contentment? I could pray about all of these. I could leave the past in the past, extracting the lessons. I could trust God with the future—that upcoming situation that could require what I couldn’t give. I could thank Him for the current blessings that made me feel grateful. What an invitation. 

Oftentimes we sigh because we’re under a burden. By turning those things over to God, we let Him take the burden—which leads to less stress in our lives. 

Do you ever pray about something and “leave it with God,” only to fret about it later? 

This invitation to pray every time I sigh is a great exercise in praying without ceasing, in releasing my burdens to the Lord, in living out my trust. 

How has God graciously helped you lately? 

* Photo credit: "Daisies" by Gualberto107