Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Your Worship Hat {giveaway}

Have you ever had a hard time getting into "worship mode"? Sunday mornings are hectic, with getting the kids ready and out door for church, that by the time we sit down for worship we are exhausted. Daily tasks and stresses have us running and rushing around so that calming our heart to worship can be difficult.

Worship leader Jenn Johnson shares of a time she was having a really bad mommy day. Yet she had to go and lead a church worship service. She said, "Time to take off the mommy hat and put on the worship hat." Her father-in-law and pastor replied, "The problem is, the worship hat should never have come off."

The worship hat should never have come off.

Worship is not standing up in a church service singing songs. It is a way of life. We can worship God in our every day tasks. Even those mundane things.

And whatever you do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not men.
Colossians 3:23

As you walk outside, notice God's artistry and praise Him for it.
As you fold your family's laundry, pray for each family member.
As you wash dishes, praise God for His provisions.
As you pay bills, praise God for your job.
As you snuggle with your children, share Bible stories.
As you go throughout your day, sing worship songs.
As your children run around laughing, praise God for their physical abilities.
Listen to worship music.
Take time out every single day to read the Bible.

Don't take your worship hat off to live life. Live a life of worship.

Hillsong United has a new cd, Empires. Hillsong is widely known for amazing worship music. A recent popluar song is Oceans. This new cd is full of incredible worship music to help you usher in the presence of God. I love having this cd playing in my home.

Here is one of my favorites from Empires

To help you keep a heart of worship all day long, check out Empires. To win a copy, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading {giveaway}

By now, most children are out of school. My youngest two finished a few weeks ago and my oldest two finished last week. So now we are in full on summer mode!

Summer means swimming, ice cream trucks, riding bikes, blowing bubbles, flying kites and so much more. However, kids often think it means tv, computers, and video games. And those things are okay, but not something that we should spend all day doing. One way our family is intentionally keeping our summer active, is by following these guidelines:
We printed this picture and it hangs above the computer, on the refrigerator and by the tv. For the printable version, click HERE.

Electronics may not be used until my kids have completed all of the items on the list. They must spend time with God, complete all of their chores, read (this can be books, Bible, newspaper, comic books, anything!), do physical activities, and practice their instrument. Once they have done all of these things, which will take them less than 3 hours, they are free the rest of the day to watch movies, play video games, etc. However, often times my kids get playing outside and 40 minutes turns into 2 hours. Or my daughter tries to master a song on the piano and 20 minutes turns into an hour. Or my girls get to reading and can't put the book down and read for hours! But the idea is to get them doing something spiritual, physical and mental before using electronics.

What are your family's rules for activities before electronics?

Today I want to share 2 fun books with you that your kids will love this summer. The Channing O'Banning books!

Summer reading adventures for your kids. #tommymommy #summerreading

Channing O'Banning and the Turquoise Trailis all about Channing finding something at her school. She thinks it's a great discovery but things don't turn out like she expected. Through a series of events, Channing learns that God's art is the greatest of all.

Channing O'Banning Book and the Rainforest Rescueis about Channing's best friend who goes a little crazy over new boy, Marco, at school. But Channing isn't wanting any of that! Marco ends up going on family vacation with Channing and she learns he's not so bad and that friendship is important.

To enter to with BOTH Channing O'Banning books, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Land of the Free

Memorial Day. A day when we honor those who have lost their lives while protecting ours. So, to those who have ever lost a loved one or have loved ones currently away, THANK YOU. Thank you for your sacrifice.

May God bless you.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Exhale {giveaway}

Today I want to share some new music with you. Plumb has a brand new cd, Exhale, which released earlier this month.

The defining concept of Exhale was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn't exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn't get to the notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in every way I can.”

I think it is time the church realizes this and begins to exhale!

My favorite song on the Exhale cd is Resurrection.

To win a copy of Exhale, complete each task in the rafflecopter below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Invisible Connection

Wifi avaiable.

We see it everywhere. Coffee shops, hotels, fast food chains, even churches. Everywhere we go, there is wifi available. Then we connect our device and  instantly have connection to the world wide web.

I know that when I hit that word, wifi, I will be connected with this mighty, yet invisible, force. I have no doubt.

Just the same, faith is available to us. It is invisible yet it still connects us to Who we need. We can know that when we exercise our faith, we are connected with a mighty, although invisible, force.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

#Wifi: an invisible, instant connection to what we want. #Faith: an invisible, instant connection to Who we need.

Today, exercise your faith.