Music Mondays- The Broken Beautiful by Ellie Holcomb

That Your love will never change
That there’s healing in your name
That You can take broken things
And make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
And make them beautiful

I love these lyrics in The Beautiful Broken by Ellie Holcomb. Jesus takes our broken lives and makes something beautiful in our lives. He brings healing and forgiveness to us. He defeated death for us and through the power of his resurrection we can have new lives.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Special Surprise Before Surgery

This was me in the waiting area at an outpatient surgery center. I had minor surgery yesterday. Something made a huge difference for me. After I was taken back to the room to be prepped, I noticed Christian music was playing. They had a local Christian radio station on.

As I laid in the prep area listening to worship songs, it was a blessing to pray for people. It was the calmest I have felt in years in a medical facility. Being able to listen too worship songs before surgery was a special suprise.

This weekend will be blogger chat Saturday morning in Zoom, relaxing at home the rest of the day Saturday, church Sunday morning, and coffee shop Sunday afternoon. It will be a weekend to take it easy.

What are your weekend plans?

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Music Mondays- A Woman/Faithful by Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb

Imagine watching as the man who delivered you of seven demons, welcomed you into his group of friends, brought healing to your life, and took you from outcast to member of his group, die on the cross. Imagine how you would feel.

Now picture yourself being her at the empty tomb feeling confused and distraught eyes full of tears so you can’t see straight. A man asks you, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

You don’t recognize him because of the tears in your eyes. Then he says your name:

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

When he says your name, you immediately know who it is.

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” 

Then he tells you to go tell the men.

That was the experience of Mary Magdalene the first Easter Sunday morning. Jesus bestowed upon her the honor of being the first to see him after his resurrection.

I love this song which is about the experience of Mary Magdalene that first Easter Sunday.

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Music Mondays-As Sure As The Sun by Ellie Holcomb

There is good news,
There’s a promise,
That no matter where you go,
You will never be alone.

No matter where we go, we are never alone. Jesus is with us everywhere we go. After his resurrection, he promised-“I am with you always.”

Whatever we face in life, we are never alone. Jesus is always with us/

Whatever difficulty life throws at us, we are never alone. Jesus is always with us.

May this gentle song bless you as you begin your week.

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Music Mondays- You Are Loved by Ellie Holcomb

But you are loved oh
Not because of what you’ve done no
Even when your heart has run the other way
Nothing’s gonna change His love
And you are wanted
Not because you are perfect
I know that you don’t think your worth that kind of grace
Look into His face you’ll know that you are loved oh

Ellie Holcomb is an artist whose music I have come to appreciate recently.. I love her upbeat music and her videos. I love how in her videos one can tell she is a mom. In this video we see many children playing with their moms. Moms with their children conveys LOVE.

We are loved by Jesus. His love for us does not depend on what we do or who we are. He loves us because he love us. We cannot earn his love or do anything to make him love us more.

Whatever we are going through, we can know one thing that will never change. Jesus loves us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Hold Onto Me by Lauren Daigle

I shared the lyric video for Hold Onto Me a few weeks ago. I love Lauren Daigle’s heart for helping others. I already knew she was supporting a school in the Congo. I watched a video about the reasoning behind the rooms in her music video for Hold Onto Me where she also shares about teaming up with charities that help people. So I want to share both the short explanation video and her new music video.

My plan for my book will be to donate some of the proceeds to help fight human trafficking. It is my personal conviction that if Christians would give money to boots on the ground efforts that actually help people instead of to televanglists so much more could be done to reach people. help them, and share Christ’s love.

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Music Mondays- Stayed On Him by Terrian

There’s a world full of mercy and peace
Mercy and peace, waiting for me
There’s a land for the lost and the least
Where they dine with King, waiting for me
Yeah, His holiness fills up the temple
Still He took my sin and my shame
I didn’t deserve to be rescued
But still He has called me by name

I love the lyrics of Stayed On Him by Terrian. No matter happens in this life, the struggles, the problems, the difficulties, we can know that God is with us and will never leaves us. We can also know that in eternity we have a future in the presence of God. So through it all we can keep our eyes on him knowing he loves us.

Her song is based on Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

I hope this upbeat and uplifting song blesses you as much or more than it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Hold On To Me by Lauren Daigle

,Hold on to me when it’s too dark to see You
When I am sure I have reached the end
Hold on to me when I forget I need You
When I let go, hold me again

God is faithful even when we are not. Jesus is always with us even when we falter in life. There is never a moment that Jesus will leave us. Nothing can separate us from his love.

I LOVE this new song by Lauren Daigle-Hold Onto Me. No matter what difficulties come in life, God will hold onto us. It reminds me of what Corrie Ten Boom, who suffered in a Nazi concentration camp, said:

There Is No Pit So Deep That God’s Love Is Not Deeper Still

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Music Mondays- Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans

In honor of Black History Month, I want to share a beautiful song by Ce Ce Winans. Our black brothers and sisters in Christ have contributed so much to our Christian faith over the years. I think of preachers like Tony Evans one of my favorites.

Musically Andrea Crouch paved the way for many contemporary Christian musicians. He was one of the pioneers in Christian music that today’s artists owe a debt of gratitude to.

Ce Ce Winans has such a beautiful voice and her song Alabaster Box poignantly shares the experience every Christian must go through which is to experience the forgiveness and love of our Savior Jesus. The song focuses on the Mary who poured out her expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus and wiped them with her hair out of appreciation for his forgiveness and love.

I hope this song blesses you as much or more than it did me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Face to Face by Natalie Grant

My feet are tired from the runnin’
My strength is gone for overcomin’
My lips are silent, I don’t know what to pray
So I’ll wait, I’ll wait for You

In this life we face struggles that can drain us. It can get to the point that we do not know what to pray. I have had moments in prayer that all I could was mutter-ugh- and say I need your help Lord.

Waiting on the Lord, spending time in his presence, can renew our strength as Isaiah 40:31 says:

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Whatever our struggle in life is, we can know:

1- God loves us and nothing can separate from his love.

2- God knows what we need.

3. Jesus has overcome the world.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.