Interview With God

A while back, my friend Regina sent me this presentation entitled, “Interview With God.”  This wonderful and beautiful slide-show made an impact on me, and it’s stayed in the back of my mind as something I wanted to share.  Today, I visited the website, and I also located a video of the original presentation on You Tube.  Apparently, it has been around for a while, circulating the Internet.  However, just in case you haven’t seen it yet, I want to make sure you get the opportunity.  Also, if you have viewed it before, in some time past, you may very well enjoy seeing it again!

I just think it’s AWESOME–I really do!  Please take out a couple of minutes from your day and take a peek at this video. In case you are not able to actually view the video for any reason, I’m also including this excerpt:

(From:  Interview With God

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

God answered, “That they:

get bored with childhood,

rush to grow up,

and then long to be children again.

–That they lose their health to make money…

and then lose their money to restore their health.

–That they live as if they never will die…

and die as though they had never lived…” 

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I hope the message from this presentation has touched your heart as much as it has mine.  Whenever I view it, I find myself taking in a big, deep refreshing breath, and letting out a sigh of relief…  I feel reminded that my God is in control, and He is with me always!  Whatever you may be worried or anxious about, take a deep breath with me, as you lay it at His feet!  May you have a peaceful, God-centered, blessed day!   🙂

**Note: You may also visit the official website here.

Sweet Children Singing

Last Sunday, I was unable to attend my church, because I was sick with a stomach virus. However, thankfully, my husband Scott videoed the special Baptismal service, so I was able to watch it. The youth sang a couple of songs: “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Built This Church On Love.” While singing Jesus Loves Me, some of the kids also did some signing along to the words.

My two kids were on the front row, both trying to act a little shy. Sarah is usually anything but shy, but this particular day, apparently she was feeling a little shy. (She kept holding the song folder in front of her face). Sarah was dressed in her red and black dress and little Kerry was wearing his suit. I know, I guess I’m bragging a little…they both just looked especially cute and precious! Of course I was proud of all the youth and was so glad that Scott had taped them singing. It’s a blessing to see young people get up and sing about Jesus and His love.

Scott has put both the videos on our church website. You may view them at the church youth page– here and over here.

Glory Be To God–Hallelujah!

I woke up this morning warring in the Spirit. I wanted to be cranky, snappy, and snippy…and for a little while I was. The flesh is weak, I tell you…the flesh is weak! However, His Holy Spirit is stronger! Glory Be To God–Hallelujah!!

This is the song He gave me in the midst of my battle this morning, and this song has been with me all day long…to help carry me through…

Our Great God

By: Todd Agnew and Rebecca St. James

Eternal God, unchanging
Mysterious and unknown
Your boundless love, unfailing
In grace and mercy shown

Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight around Your glorious throne
They raise their voices day and night in praise to You alone

Hallelujah, Glory be to our great God

Lord, we are weak and frail
Helpless in the storm
Surround us with Your angels
Hold us in Your arms

Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm
Rise up, O Lord, and he will flee before our sovereign God

Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth

Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God who rules them by His word

What Can Each Of Us Do…

…to make a difference today? Mrs. Joyce was 95 and the oldest member of our church, and each day her goal was “to do something nice for at least one person.” Oh, how we could make a difference in our world, if each of us would make that our motto each day, huh?

Over at “Arms Wide Open,” as part of the “Surely We Can Change Something” campaign, Aaron has a special post about a boy named Johnny. This young man is a bagger in a grocery store, and he has found a wonderful and unique way to touch the lives of people. Johnny has put a challenge before all of us…I hope we take it…

Check out this video–it will bless your heart:

http://www.stservicemovie.com/

Pickin’ and Grinin’

My dad’s been playing guitar for over 50 years. Dad got his first guitar when he was 11 and was playing well by the age of 12.   I guess one could say “it’s in his blood.” It’s a joy to watch Dad play the guitar–he’s always had such a special talent, rhythm, “soul,” and enthusiasm. One of these days (soon I hope), I plan to post a video of just Dad pickin’ and grinin’ some of his favorite tunes, with some of his own unique arrangements. For now, I am posting an instructional video on beginning guitar (that my husband Scott shot and edited for Chestnut Photography):

**Note: More videos to come… and Dad’s still planning to do a lot more pickin’ and grinin’ !

**P.S. Yes, I’m the one speaking in the video. I laugh every time I see myself acting so serious and stiff. 😀

Praise From My College Days…

…in Campus Crusade for Christ. Well, I guess with this post, I’ll really be telling my age, huh? Regardless, I feel like sharing anyway–age is just a number, right?!

Don Moen did a lot of these praise songs back in the 80’s to early 90’s. Here’s a list of a few I remember singing:

Give Thanks

Shine, Jesus, Shine

I Will Lift Your Name On High

Shout To The Lord

You Are My Hiding Place

Below are also a couple of the Contemporary Christian songs that were very popular at the time. The first was my most favorite video and song. It’s my son’s now–he thinks it’s new–isn’t that cute?! 🙂

One can certainly tell from the style of the video that it’s from the 80’s. Michael W. Smith looks a little different, but so do I, and most of the rest of us, huh? 😉 (You may view the video, here). A-h-h-h, sure does bring back great memories… I still love the lyrics…

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Secret Ambition

(By: Michael W. Smith)

Young man up on the hillside
Teaching new ways
Each word winning them over
Each heart a kindled flame
Old men watch from the outside
Guarding their prey
Threatened by the voice of the paragon
Leading their lambs away
Leading them far away

Chorus:
Nobody knew His secret ambition
Nobody knew His claim to fame
He broke the old rules steeped in tradition
He tore the Holy Veil away
Questioning those in powerful position
Running to those who called His name
(But) Nobody knew His secret ambition
Was to give His life away

His rage shaking the temple
His word to the wise
His hand healing on the seventh day
His love wearing no disguise
Some say Death to the radical
He’s way out of line
Some say Praise be the miracle
God sends a blessed sign
A blessed sign for troubled times

Chorus:
Nobody knew His secret ambition
Nobody knew His claim to fame
He broke the old rules steeped in tradition
He tore the Holy Veil away
Questioning those in powerful position
Running to those who called His name
(But) Nobody knew His secret ambition
Was to give His life away

no, no
no, no
i tell you nobody knew,
until he gave his life away

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Here’s another of my favorites from that era, and to me, it’s also still a great song:


Great Adventure

(By: Steven Curtis Chapman)

Saddle up your horses

Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last

I opened up the Bible and I read about me
Said I’d been a prisoner and God’s grace had set me free
And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt
I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say “let’s go”!

CHORUS:
Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
We’ll travel over, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams

Yeah… oh saddle up your horses… come on get ready to ride

CHORUS

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Well, for some of you, I hope I brought back some good memories. Of course, a lot of you younger ones may know Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman too. They’ve still been out there singing their hearts out for quite a while now! I just want to say, I think these two guys are awesome–and I’m still praising Him too!

He Makes Everything Glorious

Have you taken out even a few minutes today to “smell the roses?” Hey, what about your lunch break? Here in the Carolinas, it’s right at noon–sunny, and a high of 70 is expected! Wherever you live though, I’m certain, if you take a look around, you’ll see the hand-print of His glory. For you see, He makes “everything glorious…”

While You Were Sleeping

Almost a week ago, I found the You Tube video to this song over at Yielded Heart.  I had saved the link and finally got around to watching the video today!  I’m so glad I did!  I promptly went and looked up the words as well:

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“While You Were Sleeping”

by:  Casting Crowns

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

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Jesus Loves Me

Check out our merry munchkins singing “Jesus Loves Me”:

More on “The Great Treasure Hunt”

Last post, I gave a brief synopsis of what the kids did on Christmas Day. Below are some comments from the hunters of “The Great Treasure Hunt“:

Born Cynic #1: “I bet Grand Daddy made this whole thing up!” —Rachel

Natural Cynic #2: “Is there really a treasure?” —Little Kerry

The Gung Ho One: “I TOLD you there was a treasure!” —Sarah

Madam Complains-A-Lot (nearing her birthday and feeling old): “This feels like a 3 mile trek through the Himalayas! I’m certain the treasure could have been hidden closer-by!” —Mommy

One Who Must Be 13: “Oh no!! I think I’m sweating!!” —Heather

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Scott got the video posted to You Tube, so I could embed it in this post. Check it out: