IF:East Texas

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IF:East Texas

The past few years, I have had the privilege of participating and hosting IF:Local. IF:Local is not a weekend away with the girls. It's not for women who are comfortable with status quo or have their affections set on things of this world. If you are longing for MORE, if you want to go deeper in, if you are scared of what God might call you to, but you are more afraid of "missing it"...Don't miss the IF:Gathering in your own city.

This Februaury, I will be hosting IF:East Texas. It is open to women of all ages, young and old.   If you are local to me, I'd LOVE to have you! You can register November 1st HERE or drop me a line for more details.  IF you are not local...don't worry! There are hundreds, probably thousands now, of IF:LOCAL events all over the US and the World. You can find a local host HERE.

You won't regret it!

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Autumn Change and A Giveaway!

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Autumn Change and A Giveaway!

Autumn is quickly approaching and the hot summer days have already cooled a bit here.  Out of doors time is so much more appealing when the temperatures aren't licking the 100 mark on the thermometer! Join me at Beyond The Nook where I am sharing what God whispered to my heart as I basked in the pre-autumn breeze and the Shadows Beckoned.

BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!

This past week I have had the privilege of previewing The After's new CD entitled Live On Forever! Live on Forever releases TODAY and to celebrate I'm giving away a copy to one of my readers! This album is full of God's faithfulness and love. True to their contemporary sound, The Afters, share with us their heart in the midst of tragedy below. I thought it was too beautiful not to share with you.


The heart of Live on Forever:

It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy. 

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says. 

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy. 

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Congratulations to J. Kindle!
You're the winner of the new CD, Live On Forever by The Afters!

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Summer Daze

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Summer Daze

In the grocery store, paper, crayons and lunch boxes have replaced the seasonal goodies that line the shelves when we first enter the store.  Walmart has put away summer floats and water guns to make room for folders and notebooks. School is right around the corner. All too soon a new smell will be on the breeze and the school year will be well under way. Football, bon fires and extracurricular activities will bring us out and about this fall.

As summer daze comes to a halt, it’s time to dust off the thinking caps and prepare for what we hope will be another successful year.  But spells success?  Won’t you join me at Beyond the Nook as I talk about Crayons, Teachers & New Clothes

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Lay It Down...AND Leave It!

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Lay It Down...AND Leave It!

Darkness seems to have swept over me the past few weeks…maybe a month. It’s something I can’t shake and I find myself reclusing into a cocoon of unproductively and isolation. It feels almost sad in this place.

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