My Soul Wells Up With Hallelujahs

This song has been on my heart for some time so I thought I would share it. How anyone can deny the presence of God with the beauty and majesty of His creation all around is beyond me.

Hallelujahs

by Chris Rice

A purple sky to close the day
I wade the surf where dolphins play
The taste of salt, the dance of waves
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

A lightning flash, my pounding heart
A breaching whale, a shooting star
Give testimony that you are
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O cratered moon and sparrow’s wings
O thunder’s boom and Saturn’s rings
Unveil our Father as you sing
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

The pulse of life within my wrist
A fallen snow, a rising mist
There is no higher praise than this
And my soul wells up
O my soul wells up
Yes my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

(This person did an excellent job with this video!)

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So Blessed

I know it’s been a long time since my last post.  I’ve just been crazy busy and will be the rest of this month so my posts may be sporadic.

Today due in part to my busyness and truthfully partially due to my laziness I am out of groceries and won’t be able to get more until tomorrow (unless I want to go at 10pm tonight which I don’t!).  I actually had to wash a dish by hand!  I joke that this is against my religion.  I do not like to wash dishes by hand at all, but I’m out of dishwasher detergent.  I’m out of several other things as well that are not necessary, but make life so convenient and it really makes me quite grateful.  My fridge is bare but not empty.  My kids are having Ramen noodles and fruit cups today but they are not hungry.  I’m out of juice, but I have tea bags and sugar to make tea for us to drink and have plenty of running water at my disposal that I can drink any time I’m even a little bit thirsty.  Wow.

We live in such a blessed land.  I am so blessed to have all the modern conveniences like washers and dryers and dishwashers and microwaves and grocery stores and cars and as you know the list goes on.  I may be out of fresh groceries but I have stores of canned and frozen food in my cabinets and freezer.  We may be juggling one vehicle, but we still have a car to drive.  How many times have I looked in my cabinet and said ‘I have nothing to eat’ when that is simply not true.  How many times have I looked in my closet and said ‘I have nothing to wear’ with a whole closet full of clothes staring me back in the face.  It may not be anything that I am interested in eating or anything that I’m wanting to wear, but I have them nonetheless and for that I am grateful.

There are so many people around the world that would love to eat that can of peas or chicken noodle soup in the cabinet (or the leftovers you’ve been eating on for 2 days) or wear that shirt that you’ve worn hundreds of times in the past 10 years.  There are people who would say I am so blessed just because I have water to drink not to mention to wash my hands with when they get the tiniest bit dirty or flush and indoor toilet with or even enough to spare to turn on the sprinkler and let the kids play away.  Wow again.

I know times get hard and sometimes bills start to pile up and there seems to be no end, or sickness goes on and on.  Truthfully when I am in times like that I struggle with being grateful!  We have so so so much to be thankful for though.  Instead of looking behind at everything that we don’t have, let’s try to look forward focusing on the things that we do have.  If it is something that we have no control over then we need to let it go and let God take control and just praise Him for the blessings He’s already given us and for the glory that He will bring out of your current situation.  This is not easy.  It’s easier for some reason to focus on the negative than the positive.  That’s flesh I guess.

Be blessed today and I leave you a couple of my favorite promises from the Word.

Psalm 37:25 – Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

Luke 6:31-33 – “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Real Hope for America

I hear a lot of negativity about our nation and our president and the upcoming election.  A loss of hope.  Yes, things are going in the horribly wrong direction, but don’t give up!!  Don’t lose hope!!  Please continue to pray for a good Godly president and Godly leaders.  Also, we should be praying for our current president too.  It kills me when people wish for his death or wish harm to his family!  Come on people.  President Obama has a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters.  Shame on us (me included) for saying such harmful things.

Please help me to continue to pray for this nation.  This nation was founded on God.  There is still so much good!  It seems like it is easier to dwell on the negative than the positive in all aspects of life.  I beg of you all to help me to keep hope for America.  If we all lose hope, she will die.  We live in such an amazing place and are so privileged and spoiled to the easiness of life we have.  Most of us have never wanted for water, something that is not available for many around the world.  This is still a great nation and I’m not giving up on her!  We have what it takes to make this nation great again.  Prayer.

This is a spiritual battle and we need to stand up and fight!  Countless men and women have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy.  We are engaging in another battle for that freedom.  This one will only be won with prayer.  Please don’t stand idle just watching America slip away wondering what in the world is happening.  Please join me in fighting this spiritual battle.  Let’s call down angels over this nation.  Let’s pray for our local, state and federal leaders by name.  Let’s sound the alarm far and wide that we refuse to give up on her and refuse to speak negatively about her and that no matter what anyone says or how bleak the situation may seem that we will keep hope.  With God ALL things are possible!

I don’t even know why I’m writing this really.  I guess I’m just tired of all the negative things being said about America and the hateful gestures toward our current president who though we may totally disagree with, should still be lifting up in prayer if nothing more than praying that he causes no more harm.  Will you fight with me?  Will you pray with me that God will once again place His hand on American.  God knows the plans He has.  His timing is perfect and whatever happens we can know that we did our best and fought our hardest and didn’t just lay back and say what will be will be.

So the next time you fill up your gas tank and want to complain about the high prices instead say a prayer for America.  Let those things that remind you of how bad this nation is getting remind you to pray for her.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:21

I’ll get off my soap box now. God bless you all and God bless America the land that I love!

Love Like There’s No Tomorrow

I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth.  We have no idea what tomorrow holds.  It may sound a bit morbid, but love everyone like they are going to die tomorrow.  Don’t end up living with regret.  If your friend or family member were to die, whatever argument you had would not seem so important then would it.  Be quick to forgive.  Be slow to hate.  It takes time and effort, but they would be well spent.  Be sure to take the time to give your kids and spouse a hug and kiss and tell them you love them before they walk out the door.  Call your friend or send them an email just to let them know you are thinking of them.  Witness and love on that lost soul before it is too late.  Even love on your pets a little bit more.  None of us are promised tomorrow.  To my friends and family who read this I love you all and am grateful to have you all in my life.

Happy New Year!

I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year.  May it be filled with blessings!  I can’t believe that it is already 2012.  I love the new year though.  Even though it is just another day it feels like a new beginning.  A chance to do things differently.

I don’t do new years resolutions.  I prefer to call them new years goals.  I quit making any plans a long time ago since all my plans were replaced with better ones by God, so I make goals.

This year my first goal is to read the Bible more.  I really don’t have a problem with praying.  I am doing it constantly throughout the day.  When it comes to reading God’s Word though, I am lacking.  It seems like it’s hard to find the time while taking care of a house and 4 kids!  I know that things would work out better if I would make myself take the time, but it’s just hard to do.

My next goal is to be healthier.  I mostly need to exercise and just take better care of my body in general.  I hate to exercise!  I know I need to but I just don’t want to put the time and effort into doing so!  Again I know the benefits and I know that if I would do it I would feel better, but really I’m just lazy!  I plan to work on discipline this year.

My next goal is to read more books!  I would like to read at least 10 books this year.  That may not seem like that many, and hopefully I can do more than that, but I know my life and schedule (and discipline) and want to be realistic.  Right now I am trying to focus on books that will help me to be a better mom, wife, home-school teacher and daughter for my Lord.  I read several excellent books last year that really helped me and I am looking forward to continuing that again this year.

My last goal is to finish writing my book.  It will be a project that will take a few years to accomplish to get to the finished product, but I would really love to at least get it written this year.  I discovered that I love to write and have about 3 book ideas that I hope to get published, but finding the time to write is difficult.

I love this season of my life.  I love being a wife and mother and pianist and singer and writer.  God has blessed us so much.  I am glad to see 2011 go and looking forward to what God has in store for this year of new beginnings!  May God bless you all with the best year of your life!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  –  Proverbs 3:5-6

Christmas Cookies!

Christmas is one of my most favorite times of the year.  One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is to bake cookies.  Today, by popular demand, I wanted to share a cookie recipe with you.

Danish Wedding Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature unsalted butter

1 cup crushed pecans

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2  1/2 cups sifted self rising flour

Powdered sugar (for outside after baking)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together all ingredients.  Roll in to 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 9-10 minutes.  Allow to cool for a few minutes then shake in a bag of powdered sugar to cover.  Enjoy!