Podcast #183: “O God Forgive Us” by For King and Country

Praying Against the Invaders in Psalm 79

Today’s most popular songs, like the Psalms, are often reflective of the times. For King and Country’s song “O God Forgive Us” reflects the issues of our time, but includes an age-old prayer of repentance. We see a cry for deliverance from a very desperate situation in Psalm 79 this week. Perhaps you are crying out from a place of desperation, too.

You can reclaim your identity, cry out for deliverance, and promise praise right along with the psalmist.

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Podcast #182: “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” by Shane & Shane

Dwelling on the Challenge of Psalm 91

I love it when God weaves memories, music, and Truth together to reveal a beautiful tapestry. I often step back and think to myself, “You’ve had this picture planned all along.” Shane & Shane’s rendition of “Psalm 91 (On Eagle’s Wings)” takes me back in time. Only this time, God has something new to say through His Word in this season of my life.

We may barely get past the first verse of Psalm 91 this week, but slowing down has its benefits.

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Podcast #162: “In Jesus’ Name” by Darlene Zschech

Using a Song to Discover and Meditate on Scripture

The Russian proverb “doveryai no proveryai” is translated “trust but verify” in English. This is how we should approach our trusted preachers, teachers, and even Christian music. However, when you can verify that the lyrics you are singing through your favorite songs come from Scripture, you can now use the song to help you meditate on truths that God has gifted us. This week we will use Darlene Zschech’s version of “In Jesus’ Name” to inspire us to discover Scriptural proof of the lyrics, making this song a powerful tool to help us hide God’s Word in our hearts.

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Podcast #155: “Psalm 13” by Shane & Shane

From Sorrow to Singing in Psalm 13

Have you ever been in so much pain (physically or emotionally) that you practically howl? King David wrote what many theologians refer to as the “Howling Psalm” in Psalm 13. Shane & Shane has put this song of David to their own melody and titled it “Psalm 13” in their album of Psalms.

This song will help us meditate on this short and powerful Psalm this week.

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Podcast #147: “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Lauren Daigle

Beholding the Details of the Christmas Story

Have you ever read something in Scripture you have read before, but suddenly something new jumps out at you? This happened for me this week when a word from a familiar Christmas hymn sent me on a scavenger hunt through the Christmas story. This week, I use Lauren Daigle’s version of “O Come All Ye Faithful” to inspire to discover what the word “behold” calls us to pay attention to.

Come, let us behold Him, Christ, the Lord.

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Podcast #144: “Joy” by Jonny Diaz

Praying With Joy Through Psalm 47

Everyone expresses joy a little differently, but in my house everyone of the female variety tends to express it by singing at the top of their lungs! Jonny Diaz’ song “Joy” is the perfect song to belt it out and get inspired to read through (and pray through) a song in Scripture!

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Let’s get energized and try something new as we head over to Psalm 47!

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Podcast #140: “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz – Take 2

Discovering a Critical Secret in Philippians 4

I really, really, really don’t want my faith to be academic — I want it to be real and applied and life changing. The wonderful things God has given me to share with all of you have been just that for me — life changing. However, there is a time when what you have learned must be put to the test. That happened for me this week.

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In preparation for each week’s episode I spend several hours reading Scripture and putting into practice the Bible Interaction Tool Exercises I share with you. After I have completed this “research” phase, it takes approximately two hours of writing for me to prayerfully put all of my thoughts together in an orderly fashion. Finally, it takes another two hours to record the podcast, create the show notes and freebies, create the memory verse resources, upload to the appropriate servers, and prepare my weekly email that I send out to my subscribers. All of it is a joy. I have had listeners pray that it never becomes a chore. I am here to testify that God has answered that prayer. It is a joy each week — a crazy-fun adventure to think that God chooses to use little ol’ me to reveal truth and inspire others.

I have best friends and writing friends that I reach out to on a weekly basis for encouragement and prayer. I reached out to them this week suggesting that I was a little over-burdened and had not made significant progress on the next podcast and asked them to pray for wisdom and inspiration. You see, at my full-time job we had two evening meetings the first two days of the week and my middle-school daughter had an all-day-into-the-evening cross-country meet the next evening. I actually cooked dinner ONE NIGHT this week and we had a meal together as a family AT THE SAME TABLE…just one night. The next night we were all in different directions with football games and sleepovers. Needless to say, I had no margin this week and though I had spent a good deal of time in Scripture throughout the week, I never felt it had anything to do with what God wanted me to share on the podcast. Ugh. Square one.

One of my writing friends (she’s an amazingly talented poet and writer and you can find her work here) suggested I take a week off…that my listeners would understand. And perhaps you would understand. But I have made a commitment to myself and to God to be consistent! So, sorry Christina, I actually blew off the suggestion.

Then my bestie texted and said this…”I bet it would speak more to your listeners if you pulled out the Jonny Diaz episode ‘Breathe.’ Isn’t that where you are? Isn’t it an opportunity to share with the listeners God’s grace as we run the race?”

Why, yes, friend. It is such an opportunity.

Do you know what I did after I got the text and decided to take this path? I BREATHED. I put away my writing and listened to a political speech with my husband and then we discussed it afterward. I went with my husband and girls to the Sweet Dough Pie Festival (it’s a Cajun thing…and you are really missing out if you have never had one.) We wandered around the festival and I BREATHED. We welcomed my husband’s father and uncle over for coffee and a chat and I was able to stay and visit with them instead of sneaking off to write…and I BREATHED. I went back and re-read the area of Scripture I had been in (Judges 13-16 for those of you wondering) and didn’t worry about what I needed to write about it, I just pondered it for myself…and I BREATHED. I went to an LSU football game with friends (we won, Geaux Tigers!) and got stuck in traffic for FOUR HOURS and didn’t get home until three in the morning, but I knew I had created margin…and I BREATHED. We slept in and enjoyed coffee and cooking shows together as a family, I had a GREAT conversation with my 13-year old, made cookies with my 9-year old and even added some words to the manuscript of the book I am writing…and I BREATHED.

So, friend, I hope you take the same opportunity. Sit at the feet of Jesus and BREATHE. Listen to this episode replay for the first time, listen to it again, or skip it all-together. I give you permission. Whatever you do…slow down and BREATHE.

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Podcast #116: “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz

Discovering a Critical Secret in Philippians 4

Our society celebrates a lack of margin with hashtags and t-shirts while sacrificing health and relationships along the way. This week’s song, “Breathe” by Jonny Diaz reminds us that we need to stop and sit at the feet of Jesus and just be. This, however, will take a purposed effort on your part.

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Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, gives us a secret to contentedness. I can’t wait to discover it with you.

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