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I consider it a real blessing to be able to listen to Christian radio at work. Sirius FM plays throughout the clinic but there isn’t a speaker where I sit, so I have a radio on my desk and am able to tune it to anything I want.

Typically I run around and don’t get to sit at my desk for long periods of time during the day, but there is a span of about two hours when I am able to sit, listen, and sing along with the radio.  I very much enjoy that part of my day.

It’s during that time that I get to hear uplifting songs and sometimes a nugget of truth from God’s Word or a funny story…however, today was different.  There was a break in songs, and a local pastor came on the radio.  I figured he would share a short devotion or some insight, and I was intrigued by what God might say through him.  As I listened, I noticed that it became more and more difficult to hear, not only because of the noise of the clinic, but because his nugget of truth went on…

and on…

and on…  

It sounded much more like a sermon than a nugget, and I quickly became irritated…

and more irritated…

and more irritated…

So irritated in fact, that I sent an email to the radio station, admittedly not the nicest email, asking why there was preaching and not songs, because I listen specifically to Life 102.5 for the songs…but got no immediate response.

Time continued to drag as he continued to preach, and in his Southern preaching style began to get louder

and louder…

and louder…

(I could just see him pounding the pulpit with his Bible just to drive home his point!)

…which actually caused me to smile because I thought perhaps God was trying to get my attention.  Maybe, just maybe I should listen…but I shrugged it off, finished my work, and accepted the fact that I wasn’t going to hear any more singing.

At that point I had work to do elsewhere and I stepped away from my desk for a while.  When I returned, I could still hear the preaching echoing through the chart room and as I rolled my eyes and turned the corner and noticed a co-worker leaning on my desk.  I figured that she was finishing up some paperwork, but when I came closer I saw that she was leaning in, her ear pointed directly at the radio.

She was listening!!

She noticed that I had returned and immediately asked what station I was listening to.  I responded with “Life,” and she verified that it was 102.5.

It was at that moment when God stopped me in my tracks and you could’ve knocked me over with a feather.  This was exactly what I had prayed for this very morning!!

If you know me at all, you know that I don’t believe in coincidence.  I don’t believe in luck.  I don’t believe that anything happens by chance.  God orchestrates everything at every moment of every day, and each morning I pray for God to open my eyes so I can see His glory.  To reveal His working in my day and to see Him clearly, especially in the little things…

“…you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;”   Matthew 11:25b

…and I almost looked right past it!

I did finally get a response from the radio station:

“The answer to your question has not been resolved.  With our automation – something switched yesterday’s program from AM1190 to Life 102.5 this morning.
I believe that God wanted someone to hear that specific message!  
Sorry you missed your music, we do thank you for contacting us with your concern.”

Sure God tries to get our attention, and His power is more easily recognized through a sickness, a loss, a storm, a windfall, even a tragedy…

…but I think He prefers to be seen and receives more glory when we notice Him in the little things.

“And he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.’ And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.”   1 Kings 19:11-13

Not only was God trying to get my co-worker’s attention, but mine as well… and He even threw in some pulpit thumping!

Oh God I praise you.  Please don’t let me take you for granted…please open my eyes and help me to understand that in every situation you are there and you are always at work!  Thank you for allowing me to see you clearly!

The eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention.”   Isaiah 32:3

His Song

For any of you who know me…I can be somewhat of a procrastinator.  Sad truth…but still truth.  I have totally seen the power of God working in my life, and this particular plain old Thursday, wasn’t any different.

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”   Romans 12:11

But, I’ll start from the beginning…

(Genesis 1:1) In the beginning, March 28 1973, God created… well, Me.

My whole life, I have loved music.  ALWAYS.  As a kid I was always singing, and much to the chagrin of my Mom, Dad, and especially sister, it was mostly Annie songs…

“The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun…”

Over,

and over,

and over,

and over … well, you get the idea.

Now, just TRY to get that song out of your head!

I was in choir at school, played the alto, bass & soprano saxophone in band, took organ lessons… and boy does that sure come in handy!  Mmm-hmmm, use it all the time!  (Sarcasm fully intended.)  I was in musicals, swing choir & vocal jazz in both high school and college, and loved every minute of it. It gave me great pleasure to perform…music just always satisfied me.

“equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”   Hebrews 13:21

When I came to know Christ in ’95, and I truly understood the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross in MY place, was when the music that so filled my soul, actually FILLED MY SOUL!! Now, instead of singing for my pleasure, I sing for God’s pleasure.  I can express myself and my love to Him through song — and I love that!!

“Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”   Ephesians 5:19

Before following God’s call to attend the church in the community He placed us in, I served on the worship team at our old churches and received such blessing and joy from it.  Since we’ve begun attending Hillcrest, God has placed a longing in my heart to share my passion for music and to serve in the worship ministry there.

However in order to do that, God kept pestering me to contact either the Associate Pastor or the worship ministry leader. Well…like I mentioned earlier, I am a procrastinator, and every day I prayed that God would “push me” to contact one of those fellows.

I never did.

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.”   Ephesians 4:28

Honestly, it was mostly because I didn’t want them to tell me I wasn’t good enough to be on the team, or they didn’t need me.  It’s much easier to not try out and long for it, than to put myself out there and have my dream crushed.

However, God has a way of making things happen whether we like it or not.  Several months into attending, one day after service God really was pushing me to go talk to the worship leader.  I made all the excuses not to – he was busy, I was busy, it was too late, we needed to go, etc…

So, I told God “NO!”

“A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.”   Proverbs 26:3

Literally, at the very moment those words went through my head, God turned the worship leader to face me, making eye contact which pretty much seals the deal, and sent him in a bee-line DIRECTLY to me. I knew full well that God was sending him over, which touched me so much that I began to sob. Oh, and it wasn’t a tear or two it was shoulder-wrenching-snot-dripping sobs!!

When he finally reached me, I couldn’t even talk I was crying so hard!!  My husband and the worship leader just stood there dazed & confused, while looking at each other and back at me, simultaneously wondering “What the heck is her problem?” And with a shrug from my poor husband, the worship leader just looked at me sideways, asked if we needed anything, and graciously excused himself.

“serving the Lord with all humility and with tears…”   Acts 20:19a

Needless to say, I didn’t talk to him about worship and I went home defeated.

Over the next week God continued to gently suggest that I contact the Associate Pastor…but I made up all sorts of excuses not to.  Again, I told God “NO”…while still praying that He would “push me” to just suck it up and call…but I still didn’t.

Then it happened.  On just a plain old Thursday, I got home from running errands and there was a message from the Associate Pastor saying he had heard that I might be interested in being part of the worship team.

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”   Matthew 21:22

WHAAAAAAAT?!!!

Yeah, that was God…because CLEARLY I hadn’t said ANYTHING yet. Apparently He got tired of suggesting, and praise Him, made it VERY easy on me by working in the Associate Pastor’s heart to make it happen!! Oh Lord, thank you!! So, after I calmed down and stopped crying (this really has sort of become a theme with me since we started attending Hillcrest) I returned his call, set it up, and made plans to meet the following morning with he and the worship leader.

{gulp…}

God is so good.

My “audition” went well.  I absolutely love worshiping God in song, and that’s what I did with my brothers in Christ that morning.  It was amazing…and even if I wasn’t approved to serve on the worship team, I would give all my praise to God for how He works in my life, how incredibly wonderful He is, and I assure you I would most certainly continue to praise Him in worship with the congregation from the pews.

“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.”   Psalm 69:30

Thankfully, and for some crazy reason, God allowed those guys to momentarily lose all hearing or He allowed me to sound better than I am, because I was invited to join the team!!

Unbelievable.

It has been several years since that fateful moment that God worked so mightily to give me the desires of my heart, and I am still praising Him for allowing me to sing with such an amazing and talented worship team!

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”   Psalm 28:7

As for right now, I am cautiously awaiting the day God opens their ears to hear that I really can’t sing…and until then, I will continue to sing to the King!!

“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.”   Psalm 104:33

The Lorax

I mentioned in my Hunger Games post yesterday that our family went to a real, live, full priced, movie together.  Ok not actually the same movie together, but we did go to a real, live, full priced movie theater together.

If you’re questioning the drama of that statement, you probably don’t have four kids.  Paying full price for a family of six can be quite a hit to the pocketbook…not to mention if you want popcorn as well!!  {gulp…}  And after seeing those charming dancing condiments, how can you not go get some popcorn?!!

We are “cheap seat” movie goers; we have a theater here in Madison that charges $2.50 to see a movie.  Granted, the movies they play are in film purgatory; the place in between the heavenly high of newly released to the Sheol despair of home video.  But for a family whose chance to see a new release is few and far between, our “cheap seats” are equivalent to a two-hour Nirvana to us.

But how God orchestrated it so we were able to go to a real, live, full price movie theater was just so sweet…

First off, when my husband and my oldest daughter finished reading The Hunger Games, God allowed the release of the movie that following weekend!!  My daughter’s class planned an informal outing to see it together and planned to discuss the movie in class on Monday, however because of time restraints she wasn’t able to join them.

So her father said he and she would go together before Monday, and because God had provided a generous gift card as a Christmas gift several months before, to the real, live, full price, movie theater, the whole family could go!

When we got there, we decided that we would spend a little money for popcorn and soda.  Don’t worry, we were going to go for the large size so we could get a free refill…but still, that was going to cost us practically what we pay for the whole family to see a movie at the cheap seats!  But, we bit the bullet and stood in line to order our popcorn.

“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.”   Luke 12:29

As soon as we placed our order, the cashier told us that there was a $10 credit on the movie deals card we presented and we would be upgraded to the large size for the price of a medium, so that credit took care of our snacks!!

Woo-hoo!

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”   Job 9:10

We went to our separate ways, my hubby and my daughter to The Hunger Games, and my other daughter, the boys and I went to a movie more my size:

The Lorax.

Now, I was a bit apprehensive about this movie…because I have seen other Dr. Seuss movies and have not been overly impressed…but with The Lorax, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a very cute movie and I enjoyed it very much!

Although one of the songs from the movie really saddened me.  It very accurately portrayed this world we live in, and hit very close to home; (just read my recent post I’m a whine-o).   How we as sinful creatures want more, think we deserve more, we watch out for ourselves, and are willing to hurt other people to get what we feel we deserve, and then convince ourselves it’s ok…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”   Proverbs 14:12

Ed Helms – How Bad Can I Be? [from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Animation (2012)] 

How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
I’m just following my destiny
How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
How bad can I possibly be?

Well there’s a principle of nature
That almost every creature knows
Called survival of the fittest
And check it this is how it goes
The animal that eats has got to scratch and fight
And claw and bite and punch
And the animal that doesn’t
Winds up someone else’s lunch

There’s a principle in business
That everybody knows is sound
It says the people with the money
Make this ever loving world go ’round
So I’m biggering my company
I’m biggering my factory
I’m biggering my corporate sign
Everybody out there can take care of yours
And me? I’ll take care of mine mine mine mine mine

Satan wants us to live for ourselves, because that is the direct opposite of what God’s Word tells us to do.  Our enemy tries to convince us that if we don’t already have it we need it, we need a lot of it, we need bigger versions of it, and we need it now!

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”   Ephesians 4:17-24

But God’s way is best, and it’s obvious that deep down we are built to know that too… and praise the One in whose image we are created!!


My 12 year old daughter, Sami and her father have started reading “The Hunger Games” together.  They both have told me how great these books are and have recommended that I read them as well, but I’m ok with not intriguing myself with children who have to maim and maul other children to survive.

It really puts a whole new spin on survival of the fittest!!

After they finished reading the first book, God worked it out so the Hunger Games movie was released that very weekend plus we had a gift certificate to the theater from Christmas to use, which is an I Spy God all in itself!!  A family of six going to a full priced movie theater needs to take out a loan to even walk in the door, so it is a real treat when we are all able to go to the movies together!!

And no, I didn’t go see Hunger Games.  Instead, Sam and her Dad went to Hunger Games, while I went to a movie more my style with our other three…

The Lorax.

Since seeing The Hunger Games movie, both Sam and her Dad have read the second book “Catching Fire,” and Sam has been bugging her Dad about wanting to read the third book, “Mocking Jay.”  She continually checks with the library, but because of their popularity the books are constantly checked out.  She is on a waiting list, but who knows how long it will take for the book to come in.

Sam noticed that the third book was available for purchase, and even on sale on her Kindle, so she asked her Dad if she could get it.  He questioned her a little bit about it, but he didn’t actually say “no,” and he didn’t give her the “ok” to purchase it either.

As a parent, I’m sure you know the feeling when you’re not sure if you have the money to get something your child really wants, but you would like to find a way to get it for them if possible.  I’m guessing that was the basis of the lack of answer from her Dad.  But Sam graciously put her Kindle away, got ready for school, and mentally prepared for her next how-to-convince-Dad-I-need-this-book encounter.

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38:9

That very day, while Sam was at school and standing at her locker, a girl in her class approached her and handed her the book.  Apparently God’s waiting list is shorter than the library’s.

Isn’t that just how God works??!!  He gave Sam a reminder that He is always watching and wants to provide for even our smallest desires.  Praise Him!!

“who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number”   Job 5:9

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