Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In The Garden, Kari Jobe's new CD and a GIVEAWAY

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If you are a Kari Jobe fan, her latest release will not leave you disappointed! Her hauntingly angelic voice on The Garden will have you hitting repeat on the entire CD. You will without a doubt discover some new favorites. I can't wait to see which ones get released on radio. 

My favorite(s) are The Garden, (#1), Heal our Land (#3), Speak to Me(#5), I Will Sing (#7), Miracles (#8), and The Cause of Christ (#11) ( can you tell I really liked this CD?). Her husband Cody Carnes joins her on a couple of tracts and their voices are truly harmonious.

In my opinion this CD touches on more deep human emotions and our desperate need for Christ in heartbreaking life situations than her past releases.

She's always been a spiritual powerhouse, but for some reason this CD struck more of an emotional chord with me. Life is indeed hard, and sometimes heartbreaking and Kari really did an amazing job with the song writing and music to create a project to inspire and give the listener hope for what God is doing even when we doubt.

One word comes to mind as I listen to The Garden, Powerful.

And guess what?!

I'm so excited to be able to give away ONE copy of The Garden!! Leave me a comment below of your favorite Kari Jobe song and I will randomly choose a winner next Wednesday (2/15).

About Kari: Grammy nominated Kari Jobe is the premiere female worship leader in Christian music. Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone," Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.

Kari Jobe

Buy The Garden today!

Stream it on Spotify.

(“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Who or What Do I Love?

What do I love?

This question has been floating around in my head the past few weeks. And then I read a post by Lisa Jo Baker titled, If You Are What You Love, What Are You?. In her post she wrote, "For me, my love is always in tension. My love of self in tension with my love of the Gospel and my desperate love to live up to the gifting God has entrusted me with."

I look within to search for what it is I put first and value most. What would those closest to me say that I value? Would it be that I love my alone time way too much? My phone or computer? Or, what about the book that I can't put down, and when my daughter beckons me to come help her with a project for the umpteenth time, I keep impatiently replying, "One second, let me get to the end of the chapter!"

What do I love? Really?

I love God and the idea of being radically different. But then when I'm misunderstood, I realize I love people-pleasing more.

Being different means I will be misunderstood because that is what being a Jesus follower is all about.

Oh, yeah. What I really love is the acceptance and approval of man, not God.
The Bible says to expect and welcome hard times, so I declare, "Bring on the rain! I've got the faith to handle what comes my way!" But then the downpour comes, and I cry and question, Where are you God?

I see very clearly how much my heart loves comfort and ease.

I'm over at God-sized Dreams today, click on over to read the rest...:)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Courage and Grace To Keep Dreaming

I'm jumping in here to share a guest post I have up over at God-sized Dreams today! My life is a little crazy at the moment, and I'm praying soon I will have the space to sit and write again. But for now, it feels good to be here and there. Let me know how you are!

If I had to say what I needed more of, it would have to be courage and grace

More courage to take those leaps of faith with my eyes open instead of sealed shut like a scared little child. 

Courage to hope, dare, and dream in spite of maybe looking stupid, even if it's only me that thinks so,...especially when there is the possibility to fail.

And grace for those times I do fail or come up short and want to beat myself up instead of starting over, again.

For a while dreaming with other like-minded dreamers began to feel like a curse, because it seemed like we all had similar dreams, to write. 

But as I read Holley's book I came to realize that "even if someone else's dream looks, sounds, or even feels like yours-it's not the same." 

Comparison was indeed nipping at my heels and I started to wonder why in the world would 

God give everyone the same dream?

He didn't.

As I looked closer, each of us on the team may want to write, but God has laid different plans on each of our lives. Some are writing on their journeys to adopt, some are dealing with painful pasts, some share through photography...etc. 

Please join me at God-sized Dreams to read the rest. See you there!

P.S. God-sized Dreams has a new linkup called #DreamTogether on Mondays. Everyone is welcome to linkup an encouraging post!



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