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Lauren Daigle’s Grandma Will Make You Think About What Really Matters

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Lauren Daigle is sad to see we may be losing the art of simple pass times – herself included. Read on to see how her sweet grandmother’s passion reminded her to make space for the still moments and real connections. And check out the video below!

Lauren says:

“Where is the beauty of this pastime? This is my 82 year old grandmother reciting Edgar Allen Poe, one of her favorite writers of all time. She told me she would memorize his works so that she could recite them to her baby sister as she put her to sleep.

What will we have to share with those coming after us? What will we leave behind? In a world where our heads are fully engulfed in all things technology and media (and no, I don’t think these things are bad, just loud), has something like memorizing poetry for the sheer enjoyment of the craft become too far gone, too removed from our digital era? Kinda makes me sad to see something this beautiful simply erased for the sake of what we all know as “advancement”.

I’ve seen kids walk in to social settings today unaware of how to communicate, unaware of how to carry on a conversation with an adult, unaware of how to actually engage and ask questions that are simply meant to hear another’s story, unaware of how to be confident without the device crutch (guilty of this at times myself). The art of listening can feel distant. It’s a disconnected connection these phones and social media spaces.

Just some thoughts that began sizzling under the surface as I saw this beauty, my sweet grandmother, come so full of life as she recalled a moment in her life’s history. Notice how the joy she exudes in this video was probably the same of that first time when she spoke it to her baby sister.

Why? This is passion of the soul.

And this, when all things fade, when everything else is loud and distracting, this remains.

This is my personal challenge: to keep that space open, to keep that space nourished and healthy, and to not pacify with things that have no depth. It’s time to watch the rain pour down and marvel at wonder of water droplets crashing to the earth from hundred foot clouds. Oh and that passion thing, yeah… she became an English teacher for the love of all things literature. See the connection?

So what is it that we are building? Xoxo”

Watch Lauren’s grandmother light up as she recites Edgar Allen Poe in this instagram video! How sweet is this??

Where is the beauty of this pastime? This is my 82 year old grandmother reciting Edgar Allen Poe, one of her favorite writers of all time. She told me she would memorize his works so that she could recite them to her baby sister as she put her to sleep. What will we have to share with those coming after us? What will we leave behind? In a world where our heads are fully engulfed in all things technology and media (and no, I don’t think these things are bad, just loud), has something like memorizing poetry for the sheer enjoyment of the craft become too far gone, too removed from our digital era? Kinda makes me sad to see something this beautiful simply erased for the sake of what we all know as “advancement”. I’ve seen kids walk in to social settings today unaware of how to communicate, unaware of how to carry on a conversation with an adult, unaware of how to actually engage and ask questions that are simply meant to hear another’s story, unaware of how to be confident without the device crutch (guilty of this at times myself). The art of listening can feel distant. It’s a disconnected connection these phones and social media spaces. Just some thoughts that began sizzling under the surface as I saw this beauty, my sweet grandmother, come so full of life as she recalled a moment in her life’s history. Notice how the joy she exudes in this video was probably the same of that first time when she spoke it to her baby sister. Why? This is passion of the soul. And this, when all things fade, when everything else is loud and distracting, this remains. This is my personal challenge: to keep that space open, to keep that space nourished and healthy, and to not pacify with things that have no depth. It’s time to watch the rain pour down and marvel at wonder of water droplets crashing to the earth from hundred foot clouds. Oh and that passion thing, yeah… she became an English teacher for the love of all things literature. See the connection? So what is it that we are building? Xoxo

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Balancing Father’s Day Grief and Joy This Year | Brandon Heath

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Not long before artist Brandon Heath‘s daughter was born, his dad passed away after a long illness. While this is his first Father’s Day as a dad himself, it’s also his first Father’s Day without his dad. He posted this heartfelt video expressing both joy and grief, plus how he’s honoring his dad’s memory everyday with his baby daughter, Palmer.

Brandon says, “Everything I learned from my dad, I’m putting into this little girl right now.” Here are the 3 things Brandon talks about learning from his dad and why they’re so important.

1. How to love and care for other people

In the video Brandon describes his dad saying, “He would do anything for anyone.” We hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words” so much that it’s easy to forget how true it is. Just loving and helping the people around you can speak volume to the kids in your life.

2. What it means to be a man

Sometimes we underestimate the importance and power of a strong, male role model in the life of a child. While not everyone has that in their father, Brandon did and it sounds like he’s not taking it for granted. Now he’s striving to be that for his daughter.

3. Take the opportunity set in front of you

Brandon just lost his dad, a guy he really loved. That would be hard on anyone. While the grieving process is a real and important thing, we love how Brandon is taking the memory of his dad and using it to become a better dad and a better man, himself. He’s not going to miss this opportunity to love his daughter well and also encourage other men out there to be the best role models they can be.

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Whether Father’s Day brings you joy or grief this year (or maybe a little of each), take Brandon’s words to heart. Pour into the children in your life. Model the kinds of things you know to be so important in a father figure. Use this day as a reminder of what it means to be a good man – and just a good human.

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Don’t Miss this Sermon on Love from The Royal Wedding

Monday, May 21st, 2018

You may not have heard, but there was a big worldwide event this last weekend. Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a ceremony that was like nothing seen in Windsor Castle before.

More than a billion people tuned in to watch the wedding, and they were in for a treat. There was a gospel choir that sang a beautiful rendition of “Stand By Me,” a 19-year-old musical prodigy performed, and Presiding Bishop gave a stirring sermon about the power of love.

Curry’s sermon is probably the most heard sermon in the history of the world, and seized on the opportunity to proclaim the message of Jesus:

He didn’t die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He didn’t — he wasn’t getting anything out of it. He gave up his life. He sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the good of the other, for the well-being of the world, for us.

That’s what love is. Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial, and in so doing, becomes redemptive. And that way of unselfish sacrificial redemptive love, changes lives and it can change this world.

Bishop Curry spoke with boldness and hope about the power of Jesus’s love to change the world. His words are even more poignant when you remember that he was in the same room as several heads of state, powerful media members, and speaking live to billions around the world!

 

Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace

 

17 Song Ideas for Your Graduation Ceremony or Party!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Finding songs to match the range of emotions that come with graduation can be challenging. Excitement, celebration, sadness, nostalgia, disappointment…it’s all there! So, here are 17 song suggestions ranging from happy/feel-good songs to more sentimental lyrics.

We hope you find something to add to your playlist as you celebrate this next phase of life for you, your friends, and loved ones!

Do you have any songs you would add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!

Inspiring

1. “This is Your Life” by Switchfoot

 

2. “Every Moment” by Joy Williams

 

3. “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot

 

4. “Legacy” by Nicole Nordeman

 

Feel Good Anthems

5. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

 

6. “Ready or Not” by Britt Nicole, feat. Lecrae

 

7. “One Shot” by Hawk Nelson

 

8. “Good Time” by Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Nostalgic/Sentimental

 

9. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

 

10. “Friends are Friends Forever” by Michael W. Smith

11. “Good Ol’ Days” by Macklemore feat. Kesha

 

12. “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins

 

13. “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann

 

14. “Long Live” by Taylor Swift

 

15. “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly

 

16. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

 

17. “Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jill Warnes (Dirty Dancing)

 

Beth Moore on How God Used Her #MeToo Story for Something Beautiful

Monday, May 21st, 2018

When Beth Moore of Living Proof Ministries joined the #MeToo conversation, sharing that sexual abuse was part of her story, people took notice. But the depth and purpose of her message is even more powerful than you might expect.

We caught up with Beth Moore at the Dove Awards where she explained why speaking up about the hard parts of our stories is so important. Here’s what she said:

I hope so much I no longer smell like that smoke, but it is vital that I tell people I’ve been in that fire…It‘s got to be said. This was very unusual when I was a young woman. I was told early on, “Don‘t you tell that…people cannot handle that.” But how do you have authenticity?

It‘s not who I am, but it is part of my story and it shaped so much about the ministry. And it‘s not a ministry to people who are abused. It‘s a ministry to anyone! But people need know – that there is absolutely nothing that Jesus cannot bring you through and use in such a way that it‘s redeemed. I think that’s how you get back at the enemy.

To read more on what Beth Moore has to say about the #MeToo movement within the church, check out her post called A Letter to My Brothers.

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Afraid of Dying? | Pastor Dave

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

This is a topic that may hit home for you. Whether you’re afraid of losing someone you love or maybe you’ve lost someone, you’re not alone in feeling fear or dread when coming face to face with death.

In today’s video, Pastor Dave (from WAY-FM’s Prayer Wall) talks openly about this topic. He’s walked through this with some of his own friends and tells the story of one in particular that can really help as you battle your own fears.

 

This video is part of the World’s Biggest Small Group! If you’ve ever dealt with feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear in any capacity, this 15 day study is for you. It’s called, Fear: What it is and how to live beyond it.” We’ll send you inspiring stories right to your inbox from Christian artists and personalities who have been there, too.

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Watch Tori Kelly Bring the House Down with Her Cover of “Reckless Love”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Mainstream pop singer, Tori Kelly, is known for her powerful (and practically flawless) vocals. She continues to live up to the hype in this performance of Reckless Love by Cory Asbury and Bethel Music.

Trusting God when things feel out of control | Jordan Feliz

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Singer/Songwriter, Jordan Feliz, tried to take control when God asked him to take a big step of faith. But when Jordan’s plans fell through, he only had one option left. And that’s where he learned a beautiful lesson about God.

 

This video is part of the World’s Biggest Small Group! If you’ve ever dealt with feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear in any capacity, this 15 day study is for you. It’s called, Fear: What it is and how to live beyond it.” We’ll send you inspiring stories right to your inbox from Christian artists and personalities who have been there, too.

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How to walk into a situation that makes you fearful | Justin Paul

Friday, April 13th, 2018

When walking into a football stadium just days after a tragic shooting, Justin Paul (from WAY-FM) was reminded of something his mother used to tell him. It was surprisingly relevant to every adult struggling with fear.

 

This video is part of the World’s Biggest Small Group! If you’ve ever dealt with feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear in any capacity, this 15 day study is for you. It’s called, Fear: What it is and how to live beyond it.” We’ll send you inspiring stories right to your inbox from Christian artists and personalities who have been there, too.

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What if I miss out on something great? | CJ

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Not only is CJ a hilarious storyteller, but what brought him to the CJ & Joy show in the first place took courage – and a big step of faith. In fact, it took him driving 5 hours away from home just to say one prayer! Hear all about it in today’s video.

 

This video is part of the World’s Biggest Small Group! If you’ve ever dealt with feelings of anxiety, worry, or fear in any capacity, this 15 day study is for you. It’s called, Fear: What it is and how to live beyond it.” We’ll send you inspiring stories right to your inbox from Christian artists and personalities who have been there, too.

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