Top Picks from Evangelle’s Playlist

One aspect of my childhood that I truly enjoyed was listening to lots and lots of great music. My dad loved to sing, and my brother, sister, and I grew up surrounded by the sounds of his favorite artists—Keith Green, … Continue reading

Getty CD Giveaway Winner

I’m so excited that I have the chance to send a taste of True Woman ’12 worship home with one of my readers. It’s still 2 weeks until the official release date of Keith & Kristyn Getty’s new album, Hymns for the Christian Life,  but I get to give away a copy today!

According to Random.org, the winning comment was…

 

 

Comment #8 which was posted by Veronica Warden.

 

 

Congratulations, Veronica! You’ll soon have 12 new Keith & Kristyn Getty songs to add to your list of favorites.

For the rest of us, October 9th will be here soon. Don’t forget to get a copy of the album then. If you order through Amazon, you’ll get an even better deal than the price offered at True Woman!

Reading & Singing about Jesus

Two of many things I hope to pass on to Evangelle are a love for books and a love for music. Thanks to author Sally Lloyd-Jones, I think Evangelle and I have gotten off to a pretty good start in both areas.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been enjoying Lloyd-Jones’s Bible storybook for itsy-bitsy children like Evangelle, Baby’s Hug-a-Bible. You may already be familiar with Sally Lloyd-Jones because of another more well-known book she wrote for little ones, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Since I love The Jesus Storybook Bible, I quickly ordered a copy of Baby’s Hug-a-Bible when I found out that Lloyd-Jones had written it as well.

A board book wrapped in a soft fleece cover, the Hug-a-Bible is just right for Evangelle’s size. Like The Jesus Storybook Bible, in Baby’s Hug-a-Bible, Lloyd-Jones focuses on God as the hero of every story instead of drawing attention primarily to the courage of David, the faithfulness of Daniel, or the obedience of Noah, for example, as many children’s Bible storybooks do. 

The 10 Bible stories included in the Hug-a-Bible are told in simple rhyme form that is much easier for younger audiences to follow.  

The colorful illustrations by Claudine Gévry capture Evangelle’s attention in a way that no other book has. When we read a story together before bedtime, her eyes stay riveted on the page while her little hand traces over the different elements of each picture.

The book is great, but I also mentioned music, didn’t I?

Recently, a group of various artists, including Sandra McCracken, recorded a children’s album using the text of the Hug-a-Bible for lyrics. Rain for Roots: Big Stories for Little Ones is a collection of folk music that both Evangelle and I are greatly enjoying.

You can download a free sample to get an idea of why I find myself singing these songs throughout the day. They’re very catchy, but not in a “This is the Song that Never Ends” kind of way. :) The music is truly enjoyable for children and parents alike.

It’s not often that you find a Christian kids album with good lyrics and good music, but Rain for Roots is one of the best. You can purchase the entire album for $8.99.

Hide God’s Word in Your Heart The Easy Way

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.”

Psalm 119:11

Throughout my life, I didn’t have to come up with my own plan for memorizing Scripture since it was part of my educational requirements all the way from kindergarten through college. Looking back now, I see what an incredible blessing that was.

As an adult, however, my attempts at hiding Scripture in my heart have been inconsistent at best, and I know I’m missing out because of it. I’ve recently started working on memorizing the book of Titus the old-fashioned way—with repetition, but I also thought I’d try committing other Scriptures to memory the easy way—with music. I purchased an album by Seeds Family Worship to help me, and I’ve not been disappointed.

Over these last couple of weeks when the delays in our adoption have weighed me down, it seems that the Seeds Family version of Psalm 55:22 from the album “The Power of Encouragement” has been playing on repeat in my heart. Needless to say, it’s been a great help to be constantly reminded of reassuring truths like these…

The Seeds Family has six albums so far, and I plan to add all of them to our music library. Evangelle and I are going to have fun singing and hiding God’s Word in our hearts together. 

Learn more about Seeds Family Worship HERE.

Be Born in Me

I tried to get the word out on Facebook and Twitter, and I hope some of you were able to watch the live-streamed version of The Story Tour online Saturday night. Even though my husband and I had the chance to see the concert in person two weeks ago during its stop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, I still enjoyed watching it for a second time online!

From Genesis through Revelation, The Story retells a number of the well-known stories of Scripture, showing how God’s theme of redemption is woven throughout them all. Nichole Nordeman penned the album’s 18 songs, and I was deeply moved by her powerful lyrics as well as by the vocal talents of Francesca Battistelli, Steven Curtis Chapman, Natalie Grant and the other artists involved in the tour.

You can get a taste of both the album and the concert tour with the following video featuring Francesca Battistelli’s beautiful performance of the story of Mary, “Be Born in Me.” 

Be Born in Me
Everything inside me cries for order
Everything inside me wants to hide
Is this shadow an angel or a warrior?
If God is pleased with me, why I am I so terrified?
Someone tell me I am only dreaming
Somehow help me see with Heaven’s eyes
And before my head agrees, my heart is on its knees
Holy is He. Blessed am I.

Be born in me, be born in me
Trembling heart, somehow I believe that You chose me
I’ll hold you in the beginning, You will hold me in the end
Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem
Be born in me

All this time we’ve waited for the promise
All this time You’ve waited for my arms
Did You wrap yourself inside the unexpected
So we might know that Love would go that far?

Be born in me, be born in me
Trembling heart, somehow I believe that You chose me
I’ll hold you in the beginning, You will hold me in the end
Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem
Be born in me

I am not brave
I’ll never be
The only thing my heart can offer is a vacancy
I’m just a girl
Nothing more
But I am willing, I am Yours

Be born in me, be born in me
I’ll hold you in the beginning, You will hold me in the end
Every moment in the middle, make my heart your Bethlehem
Be born in me

Lyrics: Nichole Nordeman
Video: Creative Media Group 

Star of Wonder by JJ Heller

“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?
For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:2

JJ Heller singing her completely charming version of “Star of Wonder” live
for K-LOVE…

Star of Wonder

There were kings of the orient
Bringing gifts to the child
Through the fields and deserts they came 
Messiah was worth every mile

Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Gold and frankincense, myrrh the perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrow, sighing, bleeding and dying
Sealed in the stone cold tomb

Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Allelujah, Allelu
Sounds through the earth and the skies

Photo: ChristArt

 

10 Years Later…There She Stands

It doesn’t seem possible that a decade could have passed since the day when my friend rushed into the classroom where I was teaching an art class to tell me that two planes had just crashed into the Twin Towers. I can still vividly remember the look on her face and the gestures she used to try to describe to me the severity of what was taking place. Even after hurrying back to my dorm room to watch the news for myself, I struggled to believe that the horrific images I saw on the screen could actually be real.

10 years later it is still hard to believe.

This weekend, I’m praying that many will seek the Lord as we look back on the day we’ll never forget…

 

Photo: Thomas E. Franklin/The Bergen Record

7×70

“‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him,
‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’”

Matthew 18:21-22

Over the past few months, it seems I’ve heard Chris August’s popular song “7×70″ on the radio probably somewhere close to that same number of times, but I never understood the story it told until watching this video.

There is a powerful message of hope in these lyrics for those familiar with the pain of living in a broken family…

Chris August’s album No Far Away is currently available to download from Amazon for $4.99.

Video: Ryan Lynch
Photo: ontanu mihai

Motion of Mercy

“The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy…”

Psalm 119:64

Great song by Francesca Battistelli…

The Motion of Mercy

I was poor I was weak
I was the definition of the spiritually
Bankrupt condition
So in need of help

I was unsatisfied
Hungry and thirsty
When You rushed to my side
So unworthy
Still You gave yourself away…

[Chorus]
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart

Now I’m filled by a love
That calls me to action
I was empty before now I’m drawn to compassion
And to give myself away

[Chorus]
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart

Living for the lost
Loving ‘til it hurts
No matter what the cost
Like You loved me first
That’s the motion of mercy

God give me strength to give something for nothing
I wanna be a glimpse of the Kingdom that’s coming soon

[Chorus]
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart

Photo: kslyesmith

You Are My Treasure

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:21

Where do you find security when your world seems to be falling apart around you? Matt Hammitt explains the comforting truth that steadied him during a time of suffering and inspired him to write the song “You Are My Treasure”… 

Download the song on iTunes.

Photo: Billy Alexander