MercyMe Tour Bus Involved In Auto Accident
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Source: CMSpin

MercyMe rescheduled a stop on their current tour after the band’s tour bus was in an accident with a car. The accident claimed the lives of a male and female passenger and the driver’s unborn baby in the car. No band members reported any injuries.

The band was in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a Friday night show at Parkview Field. At approximately 1:15 AM Saturday morning , after going through a green light, the tour bus struck a car that made a left turn in front of them. MercyMe was headed for St. Louis for a concert at Six Flags when the accident occurred.

The band has made a statement (below) expressing their heartache concerning the events that have taken place.

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Following the accident earlier this morning involving their tour bus, MercyMe gave the following statement:

“MercyMe would like to express their incredible heartache over this horrible accident. They are praying for the families of all who this will affect, and are asking others to please pray as well. The band and crew sustained minor bumps and bruises, however their hearts are heavy. They appreciate the concern they have received from people all over the world.”

http://www.mercyme.org

Live the Dream

June 10, 2009

My friend opened her brand new bed and breakfast this week after dreaming about it and pursuing it for 25 years (Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill near Asheville).  I mean, she chased the dream hard:  she became a certified innsitter to learn the business; she found a mentor; 10 years ago she started a Dreambuilders fund and allowed friends and family to invest money toward a room at her inn that didn’t even exist (the money went to escrow), she formed an advisory board.  Then she got kicked out of the corporate world, and two years ago, started to heavily pursue her dream and purchased land in a new town, hours from where she was living.  One year ago, she broke ground on her B&B and June 5 it became a reality when she officially opened the doors and became an innkeeper.   Got me thinking, do I have a dream?  Like really, do I have a dream?  I have lots of things I’d like to do and accomplish but was convinced that I did not have a dream. Then it came to me.  I do have a dream and it feels impossible. Wonder if it will take 25 years to become reality.  I pray it doesn’t.

Do you have a dream?

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

This is one of two posts about spring cleaning ourselves. This one is spiritual and then next will be physical. Some of these are a work in progress for me.

While you’re cleaning out closets and sweeping under the furniture, think about this: Spring cleaning, while worth the effort, will only last for a season, but spiritual cleansing could have an eternal influence. So don’t just dust behind those book shelves, dust off that favorite Bible and get ready for a spiritual spring cleaning.

1) Cleanse Your Heart – Get Spiritually Healthy:
The Bible encourages us to draw close to God and allow our hearts and bodies to be cleansed. This is the first step in our spring cleaning project. We can’t clean ourselves. Instead we must draw near to God and ask Him to do the cleansing.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (KJV)
Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)

2) Clean Out Your Mouth – Deep Clean Inside and Out:
Spiritual cleansing requires deep cleaning — it is housekeeping that goes beyond what others see and hear. It’s a cleansing from within — inside and out. As your heart gets clean, your language should follow. This is not just talking about bad language, but also negative talk and pessimistic thoughts that contradict the Word of God and faith. This includes the challenge to stop complaining.

Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (NIV)
Philippians 2:14
Do everything without complaining or arguing… (NIV)

3) Renew Your Mind – Take Out the Garbage:
This is one of the biggest areas of struggle for most of us — removing the garbage from our minds. Garbage in equals garbage out. We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

4) Repent from Hidden Sin – Clean Out Your Spiritual Closets:
Hidden sin will destroy your life, your peace, and even your health. The Bible says to confess your sin – tell someone, and reach out for help. When your spiritual closets are clean, the heaviness from hidden sin will lift.

Psalm 32:3-5
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (NIV)

5) Release Unforgiveness and Bitterness – Get Rid of Old Baggage:
Any sin will weigh you down, but long kept unforgiveness and bitterness is like old baggage in the attic you just can’t seem to part with. You are so familiar with it, you don’t even realize how it is hindering your life.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore … let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress… (NLT)
Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

6) Involve Jesus in Your Daily Life – Let the Son Shine In:
What God wants most from you is relationship – friendship. He wants to be involved in the big and small moments of your life. Open your life, let the light of God’s presence shine into every part, and you’ll have no need for a yearly spiritual cleaning. Instead experience daily, moment to moment refreshing of your spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:9
God … is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (NLT)
Psalm 56:13
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light. (NLT)

7) Learn to Laugh at Yourself and at Life:
Some of us take life too seriously, or we take ourselves too seriously. Jesus wants you to enjoy yourself, and learn to have some fun. God made you for His pleasure!

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (NIV)
Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (NIV)

by: mary fairchild, about.com

Too good not to post

May 13, 2009

Okay, I know that I seem to post a lot of song lyrics but when I read over these they were just too good not to share. Jesus holds us through the good and bad times, sometimes he just waits for us to notice. He is the truth!

“Red Sam” by Flyleaf

Here I stand
Empty hands
Wishing my wrists were bleeding
To stop the pain from the beatings

There you stood
Holding me
Waiting for me to notice you

But who are you
You are the truth (you are the truth)
Outscreaming these lies
You are the truth (you are the truth)
Saving my life

The warmth of your embrace
Melts my frostbitten spirit
You speak the truth and I hear it
The words are I love you
And I have to believe in you

But who are you
You are the truth (you are the truth)
Outscreaming these lies
You are the truth (you are the truth)
Saving my life

My hands are open
And you are filling them
Hands in the air
In the air, in the air, in the air

And I worship
And I worship
And I worship

You!

You are the truth (you are the truth)
Outscreaming these lies
You are the truth (you are the truth)
Saving my life

I received this today and thought I’d share. Thankful that I am so loved.

April 9, 2009
Worthless into Precious, Part 1
Gwen Smith
Today’s Truth
“You are precious and honored in my sight…” (Isaiah 43:4a, NIV).
Friend to Friend

Last winter, I bought my daughter a really cute jacket at the mall. It’s a hoodie that’s made of a cuddly fabric with cream, lavender, and mint green horizontal stripes. The jacket zips up in the front and is well crafted, stylish, and simply adorable.

When I bought it, I felt like the price on the tag was a fair one, so I gladly pulled out my wallet and paid the retail amount. I was like a kid in a candy store on the way home. I fully anticipated a shriek of happiness from my little bag of beans when I gave it to her. Delightfully, I wasn’t disappointed. Kennedy loved her new coat, and I was pleased with my purchase. Happy dances all around…until a week later, when I saw the same jacket in the same store at a greatly reduced price. Are you tensing up with me? Suddenly, I felt schnookered! Ripped off. Taken advantage of. As soon as I saw the red line on the price tag of the unsold coats, everything changed — Kennedy’s jacket wasn’t worth what I paid for it.

When we speak of the worth of something, we often consider it a relative term – one that has shifting factors. For example: last week the cute jacket was thirty-nine dollars, and now it’s nineteen ninety-nine. The jacket didn’t change, but its perceived worth did.

Now, consider the worth of a woman. Are the factors that determine her value based upon variable, shifting factors or are they based upon fixed factors? Seems to be a silly question, doesn’t it? Fixed, of course! But, if the answer is so glaringly obvious, why do we struggle so much as women with feeling worthless? Why do we walk around feeling like that red lined jacket? I think it’s because we often allow variable earthly factors to define our worth.

What kind of variable factors?
There are so many reasons why women feel worthless:

  • Because they’ve been abused (raped, molested, physically abused, verbally abused…)
  • Because they’ve been told that they’re worthless (by a parent, spouse, sibling, teenage child, or another…)
  • Because of choices they’ve made (divorce, infidelity, abortion, promiscuity, eating disorders, addictions, uncontrolled anger…)
  • Because they’ve been cheated on (infidelity, internet affair, pornography…)
  • Because they’re co-dependent (conclude their value based upon other people — “If my husband isn’t okay, I’m not okay.”)
  • Because they don’t collect a paycheck (stay at home moms that have left the work force, laid off employees, displaced employees, those on disability…)
  • Because they’ve battled an illness (unable to care for family, perform basic home duties, participate in ministry or Bible study like they once did, can’t drive, cook…)

Unfortunately, the variable factors that we use to define our worth are endless. Many of us feel worthless. Why? We’ve felt ignored, invisible, insignificant, useless, undesired, ugly, unloved, or forgotten. We girls are emotional, broken in many ways. Great portions of our identity and of our personal value are wrapped into combustible packages of emotion…how we feel about this or that. The truth is, our worth has nothing to do with our feelings.

Trust me! I am not going to try to convince you that I know everything there is to know about feeling like a woman of worth. Or about being a woman of worth. I am in the trenches with you. I struggle with normal woman things. I don’t live a fancy schmancy, rose-colored wonder-life. I hit the snooze button several times each morning. I pack lunches for my kids. I spend countless hours of my life each year sitting in the car pool line. It’s a never-ending struggle for me to keep the laundry cleaned, and my kids often have to fish for a matching pair of socks in the clean-clothes basket. My husband is my soul mate, but is far from perfect. For that matter, Brad should win a lifetime achievement award for enduring the drama of me! And my kids bring me both great joy and great frustration on a daily basis.

Is this sounding at all familiar to you?

See — I’m just like you, and I’m walking this faith journey right beside you. In fact, the more I know God, the less inclined I am to pretend to have life or faith figured out. Amen? I’m constantly tempted to define my worth with activities, emotions, and accomplishments. I’ve come to realize, however, that way of thinking is a spiritual dead end road. Scripture tells us that anything we do in our own strength or of our own goodness is of no value to God. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6a, emphasis mine).

What I do know is this: because of Jesus Christ, I’m a woman of highest worth. Not because of anything else. I’m a grace girl. Not perfect by a long stretch. I’ve been changed by the unconditional love of God and restored to perfect beauty through the shed blood of Jesus. Because of love, we are His daughters, precious in His sight. In light of this, we need to set aside feelings that diminish our value, and embrace our proper identity: child of the King of Kings.

Hear this, friend: feelings of worthlessness are from Satan himself. It burns me up that the enemy has such a strong grip on God’s daughters in this area. We need to associate the word worthless with the word lie. That’s exactly what it is, a big, fat lie! I talk to women all the time who bend a knee to negative feelings and live defeated lives because they don’t quite know how to overcome their sense of worthlessness. God wants every one of us to experience healing and have an appropriate sense of self-worth.

So let’s go back to Kennedy’s new coat for just a moment. Imagine walking into God’s department store. There on the rack, you spy a coat that is just plain fabulous — I mean, stop-you-in-your-tracks fabulous! One-size fits all, the tag reads. Yeah, right, you whisper under your breath. Then you flip over the price tag and it’s crazy expensive. Way beyond what you could ever dream of paying…like, if you added up every dollar that ever passed through your hands — then multiplied that by ten thousand — that kind of expensive. Then imagine the storeowner walking over to you, slipping the coat off the rack and onto your shoulders.

“It’s a perfect fit,” He smiles.

“Sir,” you manage with a whisper, “I could never afford such a coat. This is meant for royalty and I’m, well, just an ordinary girl.”

“Oh precious woman, this coat is made especially for you, and the price has already been paid in full.”

As the owner straightens the sleeves on your arms and adjusts the collar around your neck, you notice his hands…nail pierced hands. And suddenly you realize that this is the covering you were meant to wear all along.

You see, the Bible tells us that because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can be clothed with the “robe of righteousness.” The apostle Paul tells us that when we are reconciled to God, we become His righteousness. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). There’s no way we could ever afford or earn such a robe. But Jesus gave His life for us – He earned it for us. He paid the price and we receive the gift. Why? Because you’re worth it. You are precious and highly valuable in the eyes of the One who sees. And you never, never, never have to worry about being on anyone’s bargain rack again.

Let’s Pray
Holy Father, I’m humbled at the very thought that I could be viewed as precious in Your eyes. Thank You for taking on my sin so that I could take on your righteousness. Please help me to see myself as You see me. Help me to thrive in Your beauty!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
What came to your mind as you read today’s devotion? Grab your journal and write about it.
Are you held captive by feelings of worthlessness? Spend a few moments in prayer and ask God to reveal truth to your heart about how He sees you.

Print or write out this verse: “I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16, NASB). Set it to memory and allow it to serve as a reminder that you are precious to God.

Perfect

February 27, 2009

“Perfect” by Flyleaf

Sick of circling the same road
Sick of bearing the guilt
Open the windows to cool off
Heat pours in instead

Perfect in weakness.
I’m only perfect in just your strength alone

All my efforts to clean me.
Leave me putrid and filthy
How can you look at me,
When I can’t stand myself?

I’m tired to be honest… I’m nobody.

Perfect in weakness.
I’m only running in just your strength alone.
Perfect in weakness.
I’m only running in just your strength alone.

I tried to kill you. You tried to save me.
You save me. You save me. You save me.

Perfect in weakness.
I’m only running in just your strength alone.
Perfect in weakness.
I’m only running in just your strength alone

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 12:9:  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

This song really hits home.  I’m so thankful that Christ’s strength moves in on my weaknesses.