after the mountaintop



It's been one of those weeks where I need this reminder, a simple song with a powerful message:

Falling on my knees in worship
giving all I am to seek Your face
Lord, all I am is Yours

My whole life I place in Your hands
God of mercy, humbled I bow down
In Your presence at Your throne

I called, You answered...
and You came to my rescue and I
wanna be where You are...

My whole life I place in Your hands
God of mercy, humbled I bow down
in Your presence, at Your throne

I called, You answered...
and You came to my rescue and I
wanna be where You are...

In my life, be lifted high
In our world, be lifted high
In our love, be lifted high
-"Came To My Rescue" - Hillsong United



Nothing that we "accomplish" is of our own strength... God is in complete control of everything. This past Sunday, we were on the mountain. God showed Himself so clearly, yet today I confess that I have let "self" get the best of me... I am so thankful for His grace. I am so thankful for His unconditional love. Even when I mess up, He still loves me and accepts me the same.

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hopeless romantic...



I love romantic comedies. I would venture to say that most females (including myself) live for the “magic moment” in these movies… you know, when the perfect-looking “Ken” and the perfect-looking “Barbie” just “know” and then they kiss. Here are some of my favorite magic moments…
  • 27 Dresses – “I cried like a baby at the Keller wedding.”
  • 13 Going on 30 – after they jump off the swings
  • You’ve Got Mail – “I wanted it to be you SO badly!”
  • A Walk to Remember – “I think I might kiss you." “I might be bad at it.” “That’s not possible.”
And the list goes on and on… Especially today, on Valentine’s Day, I have wanted to watch whatever romantic comedies are on TV!!! Why is it that we like to watch stories about other people’s lives so much??

Obviously, real life is not like the movies… I am a firm believer that Hollywood is one of Satan’s biggest schemes. We can let ourselves get so caught up in the “perfect world” we love on the big screen that we miss the incredible life God has given us… I have been guilty of this many times in my life.

Just a challenge on Valentine’s Day to really think about and appreciate what you’ve got. I am a perfectionist (sometimes to the extreme), so this reminder is as much for myself as it is for anyone else… If we demand and expect too much perfection, we really can miss what is right in front of our faces. Life is hard, but God is good, and we all have SO MUCH to be thankful for! I don't know about you, but I want to be the "hopeless romantic" toward the wonderful man God has blessed me with!!
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Practice Makes Perfect



Make sure to read the thoughts below the song...


"Grace" by Laura Story


My heart is so proud;
My mind is so unfocused.
I see the things You do through me
as great things I have done.

But now You gently break me
and lovingly You take me.
You hold me as my Father
and mold me as my Maker.

I ask You, "How many times 
will You pick me up 
when I keep on letting You down?" 

And each time I will fall 
short of Your glory;
how far will forgiveness abound? 

And You answer, "My child, I love you, 
and as long as You're seeking My face, 
you'll walk in the power 
of My daily sufficient grace."

Sometimes I may grow weak
and feel a bit discouraged,
knowing that someone, somewhere
could do a better job.

For who am I to serve You?
I know I don't deserve You.
But that's the part
that burns in my heart
and keeps me hanging on.

I ask You, "How many times
will You pick me up
when I keep on letting you down?"

And each time I will fall
short of Your glory;
how far will forgiveness abound?

And You answer, "My child, I love you,
and as long as you're seeking My face,
you'll walk in the power
of My daily sufficient grace."

You are so patient with me, Lord.

As I walk with You, I'm learning
what Your grace really means.
The price that I could never pay
was paid at Calvary.

So instead of trying to repay You,
I'm learning to simply obey You
by giving up my life to You
for all that You've given to me.

I ask You, "How many times 
will You pick me up 
when I keep on letting You down?" 

And each time I will fall 
short of Your glory; 
how far will forgiveness abound? 

And You answer, "My child, I love you, 
and as long as You're seeking My face, 
you'll walk in the power 
of My daily sufficient grace."



When looking for a song to sing, I really try to seek what God wants for me...I feel so blessed that He allows me to sing for Him. There was a time that I sang for myself, and He has given me a second chance, as He has about so many things in my life...I have said this many times this week: "If ever there was a song that is my testimony, this is it."

As I was frantically trying to find sheet music, accompaniment, or at the very least some chords for the song I WANTED to sing this week, God literally put this one in my lap. It was one of those things you can't ignore and can't get out of your head. One of those God moments that gives you chills.

Today, little Jeffrey asked me, "Mommy, can we listen to 'How Many Times Will You Pick Me Up?'" Hmmm.... my little man had been listening to Mommy practicing. I thought about how "practice makes perfect" and how "little eyes are watching" and how ingrained in our minds things can become. Jeffrey knew the words because he had been LISTENING to it OVER and OVER again. What a life lesson from this precious little guy...

A good friend told me just last night that the Word has to become so much a part of our lives that it is ingrained in our minds and hearts. What if I focused on God's Word as much as I focused on practicing my song last week? What if my heart truly sought His heart? How many times will He have to "pick me up" when I keep on letting Him down? As I continue down this road of life, I learn more and more that practice really does make perfect...

"Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You." -Psalm 119:11

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