SOTD: Forgiven | Sanctus Real

In this life
I know what I’ve been
But here in your arms
I know what I am
I’m forgiven

But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
– Psalm 130:4 (NIV)

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The Good News – Foster Teen Wants Real Thanksgiving Dinner, Ends Up With So Much More

All we hear is…

Doom

Gloom

Madness

Mayhem

I think it’s time for
a little GOOD NEWS!

19 year old Seth Miller was living in his car, after aging out of the foster care system, dreaming of a real Thanksgiving dinner–something he had never experienced.

A TV station near his home in Texas featured Sean’s story hoping to find a family willing to give him a seat at their table for the holiday.

Instead, remarkably, the family who had adopted the baby sister he’d never met, heard his story and reached out.

Ana and Robert Hunt have given Sean much more than a place to go for Thanksgiving. They’ve given him a home, a real family like he’d always dreamed of and a new name.

The Hunts have legally adopted Sean, who’s opted to formally change his name to Logan Robert Hunt.

As we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let’s remember how truly blessed we are. And, let’s look for ways we can impact the lives of those around us for good, too.

Let’s not be afraid to step out if our comfort zones and take risks to do something awesome!

No matter how bad or good things are, we have so much to be grateful for.

And that, my friends, is The Good News…


To learn more about Adoption and providing foster care in New England, visit:
Fostering Hope New England

Hat tip to my friend Tim E for sharing this story!

SOTD: Come Alive | Lauren Daigle

Ok, I haven’t been this excited about a new artist in a long, long time. This girl is really good! She doesn’t have an album out but she’s done some great covers (see below.) And check out this original song called Come Alive.  I think her writing is on par with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Laura Story, etc. Seriously.

As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive
And we call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive
Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise
We call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive!

Introducing, Lauren Daigle

Pretty awesome!

I’m gonna try to talk our Worship Leader into breaking down the chords/tabs and playing this sometime soon at our church!

In the meantime, if Adele sang Big Daddy Weave‘s Redeemed, it wouldn’t sound better than this…

Must See: The Robertsons – I Am Second [Duck Dynasty]

I saw this video a week or so ago and didn’t really think about blogging it at that time. But I’ve found myself telling so many people, “you’ve gotta see this,” I realized it makes sense to share it here as well.

Miss Kay found herself barely 20, with three kids under 3. Her husband Phil, a mean drunk who ran around on her, was on the run from the law.

Those boys would cry and miss their father, but Miss Kay stood firm. “That’s not your daddy, boys. That’s the devil in your daddy.”

Phil found Jesus a few years later and the changes were stark.

Dirt poor in those days, hear Phil’s testimony of struggling with being kind to the thieves who we’re taking what little he had. The humble (now) millionaire learned that choosing God’s way, although not easy, proved to be not only the right path, but the blessed one.

Son Jep and grandson, Reed, also share deeply intimate details of their struggles and how choosing to follow Jesus made all the difference in the world in their lives.

Quick Thought: Don’t Settle

Don’t settle for counterfeits, cheap imitations and knock offs. God has SO MUCH more for you…

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (NLT)

Chasing after the things of this world is the ultimate form of settling. Remember what really matters and risk it all in the pursuit of Him…

Be Careful Little Ears What You Hear

There’s a principle in computer coding called GIGO. It stands for Garbage IN, Garbage OUT. It’s a simple concept, if you write bad code, it’s not gonna work. Or it’ll be a buggy program.

In fact, the wikipedia definition of GIGO, says that it refers to the fact that, “computers will unquestioningly process unintended, even nonsensical, input data (“garbage in”) and produce undesired, often nonsensical, output (“garbage out”).

Sounds like the way we often deal with bad advice, insults or negative comments, right?

Even the stuff that we KNOW makes no sense. We’ll allow these things prime real estate in our minds. And that often produces, what? Undesired, often nonsensical conclusions, decisions and actions in our lives.

Papa John’s restaurant puts it this way, “better ingredients, better pizza.

The same is true for us.

What we feed our minds, to a large extent, determines our destiny.

Proverbs says, “He who walks with the wise, shall be wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

We have to be very careful who we listen to. And not only specific people, but what so-called ‘conventional wisdom’ we allow to mold our thought processes, as well.

Worldly ‘wisdom’ is bombarding us from all directions. The fact that it’s failing everywhere it’s applied doesn’t stop well-meaning, but misguided people around us from insisting it’s the way to go.

My friend, Jaime, posted a quote on Facebook that I wanted to share. In fact, this quote inspired this post.

Never let people plant “impossibilities” in your life. What they can’t do has nothing to do with what you can. Don’t let their failure talk you out of your success.
– Trent Shelton

Our friend Jessica added, “And what we can’t do, GOD CAN…it’s not that I have power on my own, but He is STRONG in me.”

I love that. It’s so true.

There’s no shortage of naysayers and doubters, who chirp from the sidelines about how it can’t be done, it’s impossible or even crazy. And they’ll give you a thousand reasons why, complete with fascinating anecdotes and tales of gloom.

Doctors will say you’ve got six months to live or tell you there’s nothing they can do for you.
Your professor will say, “it can’t be done that way.”
Your best friends will insist that because they failed, so will you.
Your pastor may tell you it’s time to bail on your marriage or give up on your prodigal kids.
Your own family may believe that you won’t amount to anything and remind you of it frequently.

And to all that God says, “Nonsense!”

Literally.

“Jesus replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
– Luke 18:27

The grown up version of the old children’s lyric, “be careful little ears what you hear,” was written by Mark Hall and Casting Crowns:

“Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will CHOOSE to LISTEN and BELIEVE the Voice of Truth.”

It doesn’t just happen on it’s own, though. We’ve gotta be intentional. It’s a choice, a decision. And it requires more than just listening, but believing.

How do we hear and listen to the voice of truth?

  • Pour God’s word into our hearts and minds. Scripture is an antidote to the warped reality of worldly wisdom.
  • Pray. Pray. Pray.
  • Follow the prompts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Surround ourselves with people who will speak life into us. Friends we can trust to speak the truth to us, in love, and give biblical counsel.
  • Make sure that we’re giving more weight to what God says vs. what’s coming at us from elsewhere. Recalibrate that ratio.

And, finally, because His advice is infinitely better than mine…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your path.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6

Maybe we need a new GIGO equation. GOD’s word IN, GREAT life (one that brings God glory and does good for others) OUT

Press on…

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Watch our Song of the Day, Voice Of Truth video