Friday, June 22, 2018

Be Anxious for Nothing How to From Philippians 4:4-8

It may not seem like it at times, but it is actually, honestly possible for us to "be anxious for nothing." Here are some key points to meditate on from Philippians...

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                           ~Philippians 4:4‭,6‭-‬7

As with many passages in the Word of God, this one packs a lot into a few lines, so I made these graphics to help me highlight and meditate on key points. I hope you find them helpful as well. Coming soon: how to keep the "peace that passes understanding" by choosing where to focus our hearts and minds.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Quickening

Romans 8:11

Quicken is not a word we use much in our modern English vernacular, in fact if you Google the title of this post you will find mostly just references to Sci-Fi and Fantasy stories. The word basically means "to make alive" and is usually rendered that way in modern translations of this verse. I prefer the old word tho...possibly because I am somewhat of a nerd, but I think more because it is a vibrant, healing word and it "quickens" this verse for me :-).

Meditations on Romans 8:11

The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead LIVES IN ME!

He is ever working to make me alive, not just my spirit, but also MY MORTAL BODY!

I can RECEIVE the healing He has already placed within me.

Translations of Romans 8:11
"When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!" (MSG) 
"And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up the Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you." (JUB) 
"Does the Spirit of the one who brought Jesus back to life live in you? Then the one who brought Christ back to life will also make your mortal bodies alive by his Spirit who lives in you." (GW) 
"And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you." (AMP) 
"And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:10-11 NKJV)

NOTE: Bible verses and translation abbreviations are from The Bible app available free for mobile devices and on desktop as well. Visit for more info.:-)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Perfect Protection Series by Keith Moore

Perfect Protection is one of Keith Moore's best series on the subject of fear- when you understand what the bible teaches about God's protection and how to walk in it, fear becomes a thing of the past!

Note: All of Keith Moore's teaching series are available online absolutely free through Faith Life Church websites:

Faith Life Church Branson, MO
Faith Life Church Sarasota,FL

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HopeFaithPrayer.Com ~ The Mechanics of Faith

God has been stirring me recently to establish begin a more scheduled routine for this blog and Im hoping to begin again in April, after our first big Renaissance Fair of the season.

In the meantime I stumbled upon a wonderful resource/blog this morning and want to share it with you all. deals with "the mechanics of faith" and features original posts as well as a wealth of articles by many of my most loved heroes of the faith: Smith Wigglesworth, E W Kenyon, Kenneth E Hagin and many more. Please stop over and take a look- and tell them I sent you;)

Monday, May 27, 2013

How to be Bold as a Lion

Understand your breastplate of righteousness...Jesus died so WE could be righteous. If we understand we ARE righteous, it's easier to act like it:)
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion."
                Proverbs 28:1 NKJV

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Plenty to Share

Yes, God wants to bless you...He wants YOU to be able to bless others :-)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

What Wondrous Love is This?

I love music, and I love Jesus and I love how God gave us song to praise Him with!

I first heard the beautiful hymn What Wondrous Love is This on one of Oysterband's recent recordings, The Oxford Girl and Other Stories, and instantly fell in love with the stark contrast between the joyful lyrics and the haunting modal harmonies. I decided to find out more about the origins of this song and came across two beautiful versions on You Tube (my favorite resource, lol).

The first one I found is a very informal "session" filmed on an Irish clifftop several years ago. I LOVE THIS~ like a little taste of what Heavenly jam sessions will be like:)

I have no information about who these people are, or anything else but would be happy to post it here, so if anyone knows please get in touch with me! The mandolin the young man is playing is an old Gibson A style, probably from around 1915-1920- it is very similar to the one I own (and fairly rare, so a cool coincidence;)

Some of the comments on the above video lead me to explore the Appalachian roots of the song. From the Hymnopedia site I discovered that it was originally published in both a Methodist and a Baptist hymnal in 1811, and the author is unknown. From the page entitled Hymns:What wondrous love is this O my soul O my soul , I was interested to learn that the hymn was also included in several Sacred Harp hymnals in the mid 1800's.

Sacred Harp, or shape note singing is an Appalachian a capella style of group singing that was designed to allow even untrained singers participate in choral harmony. I first heard about it when a friend and I were in Cades Cove TN and got to actually participate in a sing at one of the historic pioneer churches there. We sang Amazing Grace and other songs with a group of powerful voices in one of the places I had loved since I was young- talk about goosebumps! Sacred Harp singing is still practiced by many traditional singers, and sings and conventions happen all around the country every year. Here is a video of What Wondrous Love is This being sung at one such event last year in Minnesota:

This version is much closer to the Oysterband version and I LOVE the harmonies! There are a lot of different variations of the lyrics, but here are some of my favorite verses:

What wondrous love is this,
O my soul! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse, for my soul.

When I was sinking down,
Sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down;
When I was sinking down,
Beneath God's righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown,
For my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown, for my soul.

Ye winged seraphs, fly!
Bear the news! bear the news!
Ye winged seraphs fly! bear the news!
Ye winged seraphs fly! bear the news,
Like comets through the sky,
Fill vast eternity
With the news, with the news,
Fill vast eternity with the news!

To God, and to the Lamb,
I will sing, I will sing,
To God, and to the Lamb, I will sing;
To God, and to the Lamb,
Unto the great I AM,
While millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death we're free,
We'll sing on, we'll sing on,
And when from death we're free, we'll sing on;
And when from death we're free,
We'll sing, and joyful be,
And through eternity
We'll sing on, we'll sing on,
And through eternity we'll sing on.

Yes, when to that bright world
We arise, we arise,
Yes, when to that bright world we arise—
When to that world we go,
Free from all pain and wo,
We'll join the happy throng,
And sing on, and sing on,
We'll join the happy throng, and sing on.

Thanks for following along my little musical praise journey this morning...What are your favorite hymns or praise songs? Feel free to share in the comments and maybe I will include one of yours in another exploration one day:)