My Top Five Favorite Inspirational Easter Songs

Easter is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tunes for this holiday.

Here’s my TOP FIVE FAVORITE Inspirational Easter Songs (in no particular order):

I love both the Keith Green version as well as the original performed by the group 2nd Chapter of Acts. But could not find a very good version of the latter so here you go…Keith Green singing, The Easter Song!

I think Dolly does a great rendition of this Don Francisco classic, He’s Alive!

How could I leave out one of the most popular inspirational hits of all time? Here’s Dallas Holm singing, Rise Again!

This is another gem by Keith Green. The record is great, but seeing a live performance from back in the day is a treat. Enjoy listening to The Victor!

Finally, this Matt Papa tune reminds us why the Easter message is so important and challenges those of us who say we believe Jesus is alive, to live like it. Take a moment and be blessed by This Changes Everything!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EASTER SONG?

The Bible – What’s In It For Me?

Have you ever had a day (or a month) when the cares of life weighed heavy around your neck? Yes? I’ve been there too. And I’m sure most of you would agree with me that you found comfort and strength in the Word of God during those times.

And you’d also agree there are many other benefits to the Bible. As a matter of fact, it’s the greatest source of inspiration we could ever find.

But did you know?

The American Bible Society in their 2013 State of the Bible Report says that,

“While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 58% say they don’t personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible and about the same amount (57%) read it fewer than five times per year.” (AmericanBible.org)

Makes sense, huh? We think the Bible is good for us, we just don’t want to take advice from it.

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Maybe folks have just forgotten how good life could be if we lived by Good Book.

Maybe the Me Generation is wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

So I thought I’d make a short list to answer that question.

5 Things We Get by Getting Into the Word and Letting the Word Get Into Us

1. Hope and Encouragement:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. Tools for Living:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3. Direction:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

4. True Success:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

5. Peace

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” Psalm 119:165

And the list goes on. All the things we yearn for – knowledge, wisdom, purpose, joy and fulfillment, just to name a few more – can be found in the Holy Pages.

But the ultimate benefit?

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name. John 20: 30-31

May we all be inspired to open the Bible and open our hearts to what we find there. Because, what’s in it for me and for you and for all who believe?

Life!

Abundant Life!

Eternal Life!

Now who wouldn’t want that?

Question: Do you think more people would make time for the Bible if they knew what was in it for them?

 

My Top 7 Cool Summer Activities

We are already hitting triple digits in my neck of the woods so, naturally, I have been dreaming up ways to stay cool.

The easy thing to do would just be to stay home but that’s not very realistic. So here are 7 ideas for activities to help us beat the heat this summer.

1. Museum – so many options depending on your interest from science and natural history to art

2. Planetarium – escape the heat by taking a trip to the stars

3. Family Entertainment Centers – bowling, arcade games, lazer tag, etc.

4. IMAX – exciting and educational films can be seen on the giant screen

5. Craft Center – classes can be found on everything from everything from pottery painting to cake decorating

6. Water – the most obvious way to stay cool is to find a pool or lake or river or water park or…you get the idea

7. Mall – when all else fails, go to the mall where you’ll find enough shops and restaurants and entertainment to keep you indoors for hours

These are a few ideas off the top of my head. Let me know if you have any to add by leaving your cool comment below. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

How to Remember on a Word-Filled Wednesday

Are you like me? Prone to forget?
Well, then, here is a “how to” list that is sure to help us remember. A God-designed method for searing into our souls that which is most important.

So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.
 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21

 

God knew the people would have a hard time remembering His commands. He understood that, once they entered the promised land, there was a very real danger of forgetting what they had learned in the desert.
 
And so came stern warnings. Why? So that they and their children might live and flourish in that land of promise.
And isn’t this what we desire as well? Then, let us commit ourselves wholeheartedly to His word. Today, wherever we go, whatever we do, let us immerse ourselves in the remembering. 





5 Ways to Find Your Smile

“Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Mark Twain

If you happen to be working on overcoming a challenge today, here are 5 ways to find your smile in the process via a journey through the five senses:

1. Look for the beauty outside and inside. When your eyes are open, you see the beauty in nature. When the eyes of your heart are open to the Word of God, you might be surprised to see something you’ve never seen before. Something that might transport you in that moment to a place of gratitude, which is a key ingredient for smiling.

2. Listen to something that lifts your spirit. Perhaps hearing an inspirational song in the morning. A gurgling fountain at mid-day. The soft-flowing breeze whispering to you through the trees after sunset. Cut out the noise and listen to the sounds that soothe you.

3. Savor the sweet things in life. Since I have a sweet tooth, I like to look at this both in the physical and spiritual sense. A little cookie with my coffee makes me smile. And so does a taste of the goodness of God. Realizing He loves me no matter what, that is a sweet truth that always satisfies.

4. Take time to Smell the roses. You’ve heard that one before but it’s important. We can’t forget to pause. To breathe. Allowing ourselves to rest from our labors will restore balance to our lives and a smile to our face.

5. Reach out and Touch the world around you. Be active. Go for a walk and feel your heart beating inside you. Realize your heart is beating for a reason. Whatever we’re going through can help us to help others if we allow ourselves to be engaged. When we touch the lives of others with kindness and hope, we open the door to receive the same and that is something to smile about.

Have a blessed day and Keep Smiling!

Photo courtesy Linda Moyer.