Friday Finds: On Repeat

Friday Finds Music

This song.

These lyrics.

I awake in the middle of the night and I hear it. I know these words are going to fill my head and heart when I’m fighting through labor. This song was the first one I added to my delivery playlist. First one.

Even if you’ve heard this a million times, I hope you’ll listen once more and be blessed by Lord I Need You once more this week.


Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heartLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need YouWhere sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in meLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Happy Friday, Friends.



I’ve received many questions and e-mails over the past few weeks from you, Bloggies. I am touched by your vulnerability and so thankful for your honesty in sharing your hearts and stories.

Care to know the most common phrase utilized in your messages?

“I don’t like how I feel or look… help me.”

As I was writing some of my responses, a friend shared the following video on Facebook. And while I do not believe our looks are the source of our happiness, this film by Dove’s latest Beauty Campaign has given me much to think about.

More to come.


Friday Finds: Joy for your Weekend

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What a week of ups and downs. I wanted to share a video that I saw months ago, but was reminded of just yesterday by my mother-in-law. What joy the music brings. After watching again I couldn’t help but look up the English translation to Beethoven’s masterpiece. Watch. Listen. Read. Have a wonderful weekend full of joy!


O friends, no more these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs,
more full of joy!

Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Thy sanctuary.

Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.

Whoever has created
An abiding friendship,
Or has won
A true and loving wife,
All who can call at least one soul theirs,
Join in our song of praise;
But any who cannot must creep tearfully
Away from our circle.

All creatures drink of joy
At nature’s breast.
Just and unjust
Alike taste of her gift;

She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine,
A tried friend to the end.
Even the worm can feel contentment,
And the cherub stands before God!

Gladly, like the heavenly bodies
Which He set on their courses
Through the splendor of the firmament;
Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
As a hero going to conquest.

You millions, I embrace you.
This kiss is for all the world!

Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving Father.

Do you fall in worship, you millions?
World, do you know your creator?

Seek him in the heavens;
Above the stars must He dwell.

“Ode to Joy”, by Ludwig Van Beethoven (Translated)


Friday Finds: The Whole Sweep

I have a beautiful video to share today. It’s worth the 7 minutes it will take to watch. Promise. The only catch? You have to follow the link below to get there.

The Whole Sweep of Scripture,

by N.T. Wright


“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” -Charles H. Spurgeon

Happy Friday,

Friday Finds: Loving this Video

You’ve seen this video, right?

I think it’s not only a beautiful picture of marriage, but it also demonstrates sacrificial love in a radically inspiring way.

This Friday let love move you to tears, and to doing…

My children, our love should not be only words or talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do. 1 John 3:18

Happy Weekend,

Thursday Tips: Pull out the Markers

My friends.

I once made a video about one of my favorite ways to pray. It was one of my favorite videos I have ever made.  And to this day it is the 2nd least viewed video in the history of ever.

I’m sharing about “Praying in Color” again today because this avenue for prayer gave me such freedom in my prayer time!  I was just telling another friend about it this week and I became so excited that I knew I wanted to share the video again.

I tried my best to create a short clip to help you understand the process developed and written about by SybilMacBeth.  Sybil has lots of her own videos, books, seminars and other helps on the Praying in Color website and blog that I would encourage you to check out if this at all speaks to a creative side of you.

Let’s face it: we were made by a Creative God to increase His goodness in this world.  Since we are indwelt by His Spirit and made in His image, we can also claim creativity as one of our defining traits… even when we don’t feel particularly gifted in this area.

I can tell you that some of my friends and co-workers panicked when we tried this together.  They wanted more rules and structure.  That’s fine!  This isn’t for everyone.  This is hopefully just another suggestion to get us out of our usual patterns and into some much needed time of communion and communication with the Father.

Here goes nothing!

Praying in color,

Friday Finds: Fix Your Eyes

Run the race with perseverance.

Make the most of your time.

Fix your eyes on the prize.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Today’s Friday Find is a visual picture of everything we discussed this week. A video by Elevation Church…

Run fast and run hard, my friends.

Running, following & listening,


For today’s Thursday Tip we are setting our eyes on the prize…

More of HIM.

Check out the video below and let’s catch up.

“You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.” 1 Timothy 4:8-9, The Message

Happy training, friends.

Following and listening,

God is Good.

God is good, but the truth is that I don’t always believe it.  It’s not a conscious decision NOT to believe, but my affections, choices, and responses would point to the fact that I don’t believe that God is good.

Because if God is good, I don’t have to look anywhere else for satisfaction.

I readily declare that God is good, but I definitely live as if I need something more.  Sound familiar?

Most of my life I’ve struggled with over-eating.  I love food.  I really enjoy it.  Sometimes it’s just an added bonus to a rough day, but other times I look to it as a means to fix my problems and fill me up.  I’ve used entertainment, relationships, and even the pursuit of success in similar ways.  I keep seeking things rather than seeking Him.

I want to share a video with you today that spoke volumes to my heart.  I’m continuing to let the words and illustrations used to remind me that God is good… that He is my overwhelming and overflowing portion.  I hope Lauren’s story blesses you today.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26, NIV

God is good.

May the truth and the power of the gospel (that sponge of truth!) strengthen you today and every day.

Listening and following,


Why spend even one more day talking about setting goals?

Because most of us need to be pushed to live a better story.

Check out today’s video Thursday Tip below when you have a free minute… or four.



“So here’s what I think: The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart’s been in the right place all along. You’ve got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can’t.” 2 Cor 8:10-12 The Message

Living out His story,