Podcast #284: “Yes I Will” by Vertical Worship

Life’s full of choices, isn’t it? The funny thing is, even when we don’t intentionally choose a response, we have still made a choice. Vertical Worship’s song, “Yes I Will,” reminds us that we can choose to bless the Lord at all times.

King David made that choice, and this week we explore one of the songs he wrote to remind himself of God’s faithfulness.

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Podcast #283: “Spirit Lead Me” by Michael Ketterer

One of my favorite ways to understand Scripture is to consider the opposite. Whatever it IS becomes clearer for me when I think about what it’s NOT. Michael Ketterer does that for us in the song, “Spirit Lead Me,” when he reminds us that chasing feelings is the opposite of being led by the Spirit.

I want to be led by the Spirit, but I’ve learned in my studies that first I must “inquire of the Lord.”

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Podcast #282: “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Michael W. Smith

Sometimes you’re in a battle, and sometimes you just feel like a weight is bearing down on you, immobilizing you. The King James Version of the Bible calls this a “spirit of heaviness.” The English Standard Version calls it a “faint spirit.” No matter the description that fits you best, our Savior has given us a great exchange. Michael W. Smith sings about it in his song, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles).”

Explore Isaiah 61 with me as put on the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness.

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Meditate
    • Pray Scripture
    • Write out Scripture
    • Speak Scripture aloud
    • Journal
    • Follow the cross-references
    • Make a list
  • Michael W. Smith’s reference to Isaiah 61 in the opening of his song
  • The terrible exchange of a spring of living water for a broken cistern in Jeremiah 2
  • The glorious exchanges listed in Isaiah 61:1-3
  • The proven battle plan of leading out in praise – 2 Chronicles 20
  • Putting on the garment of praise through singing, speaking, journaling, praying and remembering
  • My “Garment of Praise” playlist on Spotify – Spotify link
  • Following the cross reference in Isaiah 61 to Luke 4:16-21
  • Considering the giver of the garment of praise in Isaiah 61:3
  • The expected result of this great exchange – Isaiah 61:3
  • Considering being rooted in Colossians 2 and planted in Psalm 1
  • How God’s greatest glory IS my greatest good
  • Making a list of who “they” are that these gift are for
  • Making a list of the expected accomplishments of the transformed “they”
  • Another great exchange in Isaiah 61:7
  • Our praise response in Isaiah 61:10-11

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This Week’s Challenge

Perhaps you are suffering from a faint spirit. Remember that Christ was anointed to bring you the good news and a gift…a garment of praise in exchange for your faint spirit. Read Isaiah 61 this week and explore all of the details it offers us while using the Episode 282 to give you the tools to do so. Put on the garment of praise this week. Ponder through singing, write out Scripture, speak out Scripture, incorporate Scripture into your prayers, and call out to God all that He has done for you.


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Podcast #281: “I’m Gonna Let It Go” by Jason Gray

When we were new parents we logged every aspect of our new baby’s life. Some family members mocked us, but for my husband and me it gave us a feeling of control — as if by writing it down we could influence the outcome. In his song, “I’m Gonna Let It Go,” Jason Gray sings of our desire to “control” things while God is patiently waiting for us to surrender to Him.

Through a quick look at the interchange between a prophet and a king, we can make some pretty profound conclusions.

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Podcast #280: “Greatness of Our God” by Newsboys United

It’s time. It’s time to get a little excited about how great God really is. Strike up the band (or at least Newsboys United’s song “Greatness of Our God”) and turn to Psalm 150, because it’s time to acknowledge the greatness of our God.

Do you keep a record of the mighty works of God?

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Podcast #279: “Do Something” by Matthew West

Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  This quote has been next to my computer for over 15 years.  I am reminded of it and of what James has to say about our faith being evident through our actions every time I hear Matthew West’s song, “Do Something.”

I want a faith that is vibrant and alive.  Don’t you?  We’ll discuss this and more on this week’s episode.

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Podcast #278: “Alive” by Big Daddy Weave

Have you ever read about people who have been given a new lease on life? Perhaps it was a medical breakthrough or second chance, but their lives changed completely. These examples pale in comparison to what happens when we are made alive with Christ. Big Daddy Weave sings about it in their new song, “Alive.”

Paul writes about it in his letter to the Ephesians. Let’s explore it together!

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Podcast #277: “Look Up Child” by Lauren Daigle

This week’s episode is in tribute to my mentor’s daughter. In life and in death she inspired others to lift their faces to the One Who could save them. That’s why Lauren Daigle’s song “Look Up Child” inspires us to explore Scripture today.

Let’s dive in to some key Scriptures where God’s people are called to look up and live.

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I am honored to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Complete in Christ Women’s Conference in Jonesboro, LA. We constantly seek to be fulfilled by others, when God desires us to be complete in Christ. Make unexpected connections with Scripture and establish and advance your interactions with the Word of God in practical and repeatable ways as we explore what Scripture has to say about our relationship with our Savior that leaves us lacking nothing.

Date: July 12, 2019—July 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event: Complete in Christ Women's Conference
Topic: Complete in Christ
Venue: First Baptist Church Jonesboro, LA
318 259-4467
Location: 500 S. Cooper Ave.
Jonesboro, LA 71251
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Podcast #276: “You Got This” by Love and the Outcome

There’s an impossible situation. You know the one. You lay it at the feet of Jesus only to pick it right back up again. Why do we do that? Perhaps we lack the faith to recognize God’s “got this.” Love and Outcome gives an encouraging message to remind us that God has it all in hand.

God proves Himself over and over again in Scripture. Let’s peek into a couple of true accounts.

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