January Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

God doesn’t talk a whole lot about our future … in scripture … but He talks a lot about our character and calling.

-Craig Groeschel

Visit many good books, but live in the bible

– Charles Spurgeon

If you do not worship God seven days a week, you don’t not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday Worship and so on.

-A.W. Tozer

When you are living for God what you go through is never just for you. Someone else will be in your shoes and God will use you to lift them.

-Brittney Moses

Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit

-Unknown

We are meant to live in joy. This does not mean that life will be easy or painless. It means that we can turn our faces to the wind and accept that this is the storm we must pass through. We cannot succeed by denying what exists. The acceptance of reality is the only place from which change can begin.

-Demond Tutu

Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

-Joyce Meyer

I no longer look for the good in people. I search for the real because while good is often dressed in fake clothing, real is naked and proud no matter the scars.

-Unknown

The fingerprints of God are often invisible until you look at them in a rear view mirror.

-Levi Lusko.

My 20 Favourite Contemporary Worship Songs

I thought that I would share some of my favourite contemporary worship songs. I will share 20 of my favourite contemporary songs, but these songs will not be hymns. They are in no specific order.

1. Praise You In This Storm. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because I feel it represents my life right now. It is still “raining”, just like the song says. But the songs also says “every year you’ve cried. You hold in your hand. You never left my side.” Even though it still feels like it’s raining God hasn’t left me (or you.) Deuteronomy 31:8 says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” No matter what God will be praised in the good times and in the bad.

2. Blessings. This song is by Laura Story. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This is a song I’ve played on the piano for a long time, but it wasn’t until about 7 months ago that I actually looked at the words when I was playing. The words that struck me were “What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?” That was the line that made me love the song. It was a new way of looking at what I was going through, and also a new way of looking at life in general. Blessings can also come not in the way we expect, like as the songs says “through rain drops.” The song ends with saying “What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are your mercies in disguise.”

3. Come As You Are. This song is by David Crowder. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This song reminds me a lot of the story of the Prodigal Son. I like this song because it reminds you that if you are sad, broken hearted, if you have burdens, shame, brokenness, hurt, you feel hopeless, you’ve strayed, you feel weary or if you’ve wandered, it doesn’t matter, because you can come as you are, and you will be healed.

4. Whom Shall I Fear. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it reminds us that we don’t have anyone to fear, we know who goes before us, we know who stands behind us and we know who stands beside us. It also reminds us that He reigns forever and that He is our friend.

5. The Proof of Your Love. This song is by King and Country. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I first came across this song about a year ago, when I was playing in one of my piano books and the words just struck me. If someone was to ask me what my favourite Christian song in general would be, it would be this one. I like the song because the words in the verses are so true. There is so much to take out of those two verses. The chorus gives us a challenge on how to live our life to be a light to others.

6. Because He Lives (Amen). This song is by Matt Maher. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first verse is proclaiming what we believe. It also talks about in the bridge that “because He lives I can face tomorrow.” (which I know comes from the hymn Because He Lives) I don’t think I would have gotten through this past year without Him. The bridge also reminds us that “He holds my life my future in His hands.” Sometimes we often forget about that and start to worry about the future, but this song reminds us that there isn’t a need for that.

7. Just Be Held. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it says “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place”. Lots of times when life doesn’t go how we want we think it’s the end, but this song reminds us that when life isn’t going how we want, life is going just as it should.  This song also says “in the storm is where you’ll find me.” I like this lyrics because in the storms of life we are if we search for God we will find Him.

8. God of This City. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first sentence says “you’re the God of this city.” That can be true with whatever city you live in. I live in Regina, but whatever city you live in it’s true. In verse two it says that God is the light, hope and peace. In order for our city to see that, we need to be living that out so that people can see God’s light, hope and peace through us. In the chorus it tells us the greater things we still be happenjng in our city and if we keep our eyes open we will see the thing that are happening.

9. Healing is in Your Hands. This song is by Christy Nockels. If you would like to read you can click here. I like this song because no matter what kind of health issues you have,  this songs reminds us that healing is in God’s hands.

10. In Christ Alone. This song is by Staurt Townend. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in verse one it talk about everything that God is. In verse two and three, it is tells us about his death and reurection, and in verse four it says that we don’t have any fear of death because we are standing with Christ. It also says that until He calls us home, we will stand in the power of Christ.

11. Who Am I. This song is by Casring Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because of what it mentioned in the video, it says “not because of who I am, but because of what you’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who you are”. It’s not from anything we’ve done in our lives, it’s all because of who God is and what He’s done. Also, at the end of the song, it says we have nothing to fear because we belong to God.

12. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it can be related to our everyday life. We don’t know where God is calling us, but we have to step out in faith and keep our eyes on God. And like the song says “spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”, we will be lead sometimes to uncofortable places, which is what this song is saying, and that we just need to trust.

13. Same Power. This song is by Jeremy Camp. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, the same power that commands the dead to wake, lives in us.” God’s power lives in us. Lots of times that isn’t really something that gets a lot of thought. The song ends with “he lives in us.” God lives in us and so does His power.

14. Mighty to Save. This song is by Hillsong. If you would like to read about the song you can click here. This was one of my favourite songs when I was younger. I like this song because in the chorus it talks about how “he can move the mountains and he rose and conquered the grave”. It also says that “He is might to save”, and He is going to save us.

15. This I Believe (The Creed). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it proclaims what we believe.

16. Eye of the Storm. This song is by Ryan Stevenson. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because even in the very middle of a storm God remains in control just like what it says in the song. Just like the song says “My only hope is to trust in you”, and sometimes that’s all we can do during the storms of life.

17. God is on the Move. This song is by 7eventh Time Down. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here, and start watching the video at 15 min. I like this song because it can be a reminder that God is still on the move even with everything that is going on in the world today.

18. Forever (We Sing Hallelujah). This song is by Kari Jobe. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it paints a picture of Jesus’s death and reurection. In the chorus it says “forever he is glorified, forever he is lifted high, forever he is risen, forever he is alive”. And the song ends with saying “you have overcome”.

19. You Will Never Run. This song is by Rend Collective. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “you will never run away”, and that can be taken on both sides. God will never leave us, and we can never run away from God no matter how much we try. Then in the verse it says “love wide as galaxies, love deeper than the sea”. No one has ever been to the ends of the galaxy and no one has been to the very bottom of the sea so it’s saying that we cant even comprehend all that God loves us which is an incredible thought if you actually think about it.

20. Even If. This song is by Mercy Me. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “I know your able and I know you can save through the fire with your mighty hand but even if you don’t my hope is you alone,” God sometimes chooses not to heal and even if he doesn’t heal we still have hope in God because we have seen what He is capable such as an example like this. If we read through the lyrics of the song, it is about someone saying that they are struggling right now, but as we go along we see that things are getting better for them because the very last lines of the song say “it is well with my soul it is well, it is well with my soul”.

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These are my Top 20 Contempoary worship songs. Do you have a favorite contemporary worship song?

December Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

-Ezra Taft Benson

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.

-Todd White

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…

-Unknown

If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.

God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.

-J. S. Park

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

-Tony Robbins

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

-Andrea Dykstra

Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late

-God’s Not Dead

I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.

-Unknown

We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

-A.W. Tozer

Twenty Seventeen

2017 was a different kind of year for me. Instead at looking at the negative things that have happened this year, I look at the positive things that happened this year.

This year I went to Cuba with the University of Regina Choirs. The top 5 things of the trip for me in no specific order was, since it was a choir trip we could sing anywhere, and we ended up singing in the airport. There was also one day where supper was half an hour late in opening so we sang while we waited for supper, and people came out of their rooms just to listen to us. That was a supper cool experience. Another top 5 was visiting a music school that had a developed choral program. As well, 6 of us rented a paddle boat when we went to the ocean one day. We also made a day trip to Vinales. The last top 5 was when we were able to perform at the end of the week with the Cuban choirs we had worked with.

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During the day trip to Vinales we went to a orchid Garden with almost 700 different types of orchids.

This one smelled like chocolate. (It really did)

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In Cuba we also went to the beach one day, amd 6 of us rented this paddle boat.

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The concert at the end of the week.

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I also attended the very first Rider game at the new Mosaic Stadium. Even though it ended in a tie.

I later attended my very first Rider game where they won. (July 7)

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My neighbour’s cat had kittens.

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I got my license.

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We also went to Hodgeville to see a display of 900+ nativity sets. Here are my top 10 in no specific order.

Every room told a different part of the Christmas story.

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The boy is playing a flute.

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Made out of popsicle sticks.

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Protected by the angel wings.

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No room at the Inn.

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Good reminder that we are always in God’s hands.

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Veggie Tales!!

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Marshmallows.

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Carved from glass.

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Older baby Jesus.

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This year I also got a fish.

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Thanks to everyone who was willing to be a part of my 2017!

The Christmas Shoes

Christmas is very fast approaching. 10 days to be exact. The time of year decorations get put up, stores get busy, the radio changes songs to Christmas carols, Christmas baking happens, and the time of year where everyone is looking forward to Christmas.

But none of those things is really what Christmas is all about.

Something I have learned this Christmas season is that you don’t need all the decorations for Christmas. We have 3 different sets of Christmas lights that we normally put up outside, and this year because of all of the circumstances that have gone on, we didn’t put up any lights. Now just because we don’t have our lights up doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate Christmas. Two days ago all we had on our Christmas tree was 3 decorations(There are more on now), but just because we haven’t done all the decorating and the baking, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas will still be celebrated the same if you have your Christmas tree up, or if you don’t,  if you bought lots of presents for family, or if you didn’t, if you got your hair to look like a Christmas tree, or if you didn’t, even if you didn’t bake Christmas cookies, Christmas will still be celebrated the same. Because Christmas is about Jesus Christ, not about the tree or presents, or cooking, or decorating, or shopping. I personally don’t think that when Jesus was born Mary and Joseph put up a tree in the stable.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t put up decorations, or bake cookies, or go Christmas shopping. I’m saying, don’t make that the centre of the Christmas season. Since we didn’t have a lot of decorations on our tree, or put a tree up until a few days ago, it was starting to bother me, not because we didn’t have a tree up, but because people were making it out to seem like you couldn’t celebrate Christmas without any of the things I have mentioned. Which is entirely not true, Christmas can still be celebrated because all that you need at Christmas is Jesus and the hope He brings.

I quote I have recently seen says “it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -anonymous. We can even take the word “give” out and put in other words, such as bake, shop… you can fill in the blank.

Yesterday as I was playing some Christmas songs on the piano I came across this song called “The Christmas Shoes” By Leonard Ahlstron and Eddie Farewell. I hope the words encourage you, and remind you the Christmas season is not all about yourself.


It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out 
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight






November Quotes Part 2

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen. Part 2

 

Don’t let the loudest voice in your life be critics. Let the loudest voice in your life be God.

-Greg Laurie

 

We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think we are worshipping God.

-A.W. Tozer

 

If God showed you all He has planned for you, it would boggle your mind. If you could see the doors He’s going to open, the opportunities that will cross your path, and the people who will show up, you’d be so amazed, excited and passionate, it would be easy to set your mind for victory. That is what faith is all about. You got to believe it before you see it. God’s favour is surrounding you like a shield. Every setback is a setup for a comeback. Every bad break, every disappointment, and every person who does you wrong is part of the plan to get you where you’re supposed to be.

-Unknown

 

Patience with family is love, patience with others is respect. Patience with yourself is confidence and patience with God is faith.

-Unknown

 

Live beyond “what if.” Find joy in “what is.”

-Unknown

 

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

-Unknown

 

Long before Zaccheaus couldn’t see Jesus the tree was already planted to meet his need.

-Unknown

 

November Quotes Part 1

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

I will be doing two parts because I have enough quotes to make into two separate blog posts.

Here is Part 1, and part 2 will be posted later in the week.

If you wish to know the mind of a person, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.

-Lisa Prosen

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually be planted.

-Christine Caine

Jesus called Peter a “rock” long before Peter was stable and mature. He leads us by calling out what he sees, not our failures.

-International House of Prayer

No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he choose’s God’s Will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.

-Oswald Chambers

You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and whatever you choose will attract the same kind back to you. Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy.

-Rhonda Byrne

God has put enough into the world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.

-Ravi Zacharias

A person uses their lips for truth, their voice for kindness, their ears for compassion, their hands for charity, and their heart for love. For those who do not like them, they use prayer.

-Unknown