Sometimes “Happy Thoughts” are Hard to Find

Think “happy thoughts” and everything will be okay. As I’m sure you know, it doesn’t usually work that way. Life can be tough. Sometimes happy thoughts are hard to find – even harder to believe. God doesn’t promise a life of ease, a life free of suffering. Just think how shallow we would be if life was always easy, if we were always healthy and wealthy and comfortable. I believe God’s purposes are much greater than our personal comfort. Since the Garden of Eden, God’s greatest purpose has been to restore relationship. Sometimes, or most times, that comes through suffering. When we find we are out of answers, hope, strength, or resources, when we are empty, we turn to Him. When we’ve lost everything, we find that He is all we need. It is in our suffering our relationship with Him grows the most. At least that is what I have found true in my life.

Do God’s Work God’s Way

We just returned from the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville. What a rich time! We heard from speakers like Joni Eareckson Tada, Dr. Tony Evans, Raul Reis, Pete Briscoe, Nick Vujicic (Life Without Limbs-born without arms or legs) and two former jihadists. Through all the speakers, the message seemed to be the same-a challenge to be totally committed to Christ and to do “God’s work God’s way.” It’s a profound message not just for Christian media, but for all of us. I’ll be sharing more about the conference over the next several days, but one of the former jihadists warned that America is in a deep sleep and we need to come back to the first commandment, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).” He also talked about the many Muslim converts to Christianity and how that decision may well cost them their lives. He ventured how would making,
“I am willing to die for my faith,” part of the New Believers curriculum in our churches go over?
Good question. Are we truly willing to die for our faith?

Through Fire and Water

“We went through fire and through water, but You (LORD) brought us out to rich (abundant) fulfillment. Psalm 66:12
God doesn’t promise that we will not go through trials (fire & water), but He does promise to bring us out of those trials into a place of rich fulfillment. It seems we can learn things in trials that we could learn no other way. When I go through trials and difficulties and circumstances totally out of my control, my grip on the things of this world is loosened and I hold more tightly to Him. I get my focus off of my circumstances and temporal things and onto Him and things that will last for eternity. Thank for for the trials, and for bringing us through them to that place of “rich fulfillment.” -darla

What if our Yoke isn’t easy and our Burden isn’t light?

Jesus said His “yoke is easy,” and His “burden is light.” Honestly, there are times when the Yoke doesn’t seem easy and the burden doesn’t feel light! When I think of a yoke, I picture of team of oxen. What is the purpose of that yoke? It joins the oxen together, giving them direction as they share the burden, and helps keep them from falling. What if one oxen tries to run ahead, lags behind or turns aside? It gets out of step with the team and the yoke pulls hard. The load they carry is off balance and the wandering ox ends up carrying more than its share- the burden is heavy. I know the analogy is obvious, but so often I find myself like that ox, out of step with God – trying to run ahead and get things done or going off in my own direction. I find myself heavy-ladden, weighed down, worn out….needing His rest. Needing to get away with Him to hear His voice and to get back in step with Him, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. -darla

Welcome to a New Year and A New Beginning!

He makes all things new!
I love new beginnings! I hope that 2013 is getting off to a good start for you. For many, 2012 was a tough year – a year of struggle and pain and loss, it was also a year of growth and blessing. I for one am very glad to turn the page to a new year and a fresh start! I keep thinking at some point I’ll get it all right, but I keep failing and falling and God has to pick me back up, brush me off, steady me and get me going again. I’m just like that little toddler learning to walk, I fall and get frustrated and sometimes just want to give up. And God, our patient Heavenly Father, lovingly picks me up knowing that I am growing stronger and steadier with each step. He doesn’t expect me to take off running with record-breaking speed. No, He wants me to learn how to walk this life of faith step by step, day by day, and He is always there to catch me when I fall – as He is for you. So as we walk into this new year, may we learn to walk faithfully, knowing that He is making us new and that He will complete the good work He has begun in us. Blessings! -darla
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come (2 Cor. 5:17).” Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work inyou will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).”

Prayz Network Open House Pictures

We had a fantastic time last Friday! So many people came to our Open House, and it was so wonderful to meet everyone.
Here are a few pictures…

 

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

5:26 pmYou Are God
by Sanctus Real
album Run
 
4:57 pmWeakness
by Dan Bremnes
album Wherever I Go
 
4:53 pmYour Name Is Power
by Rend Collective
album
 
4:50 pmLove Is Action
by Tauren Wells
album Undefeated
 
4:48 pmJust The Beginning
by Greg Sykes
album Just The Beginning
 
4:43 pmThe Other Side
by Colton Dixon
album Identity
 
4:40 pmLay 'Em Down
by Need To Breathe
album The Outsiders
 
4:36 pmIn The Meantime
by Hannah Kerr
album Listen More
 
4:33 pmThe Joy
by The Neverclaim
album The Joy
 
4:27 pmOK
by Josh Wilson
album OK
 
4:24 pmPower
by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
4:21 pmCould've Been
by Matt Hammitt
album
 
4:17 pmFear No More
by Building 429
album
 
4:12 pmOne Awkward Moment
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
4:08 pmAlready Won
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
4:05 pmBeliever
by Rhett Walker
album Believer
 
4:01 pmInvisible
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
3:56 pmFeel It
by TobyMac
album This Is Not A Test
 
3:53 pmRevival
by Tori Harper
album Revival
 
3:51 pmHeart Wide Open
by Mack Brock
album Heart Wide Open
 
3:46 pmAlive
by Big Daddy Weave
album
 
3:42 pmMasterpiece
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
3:39 pmJust Say Jesus
by 7eventh Time Down
album Just Say Jesus
 
3:33 pmThis I Know
by Newsboys
album United
 
3:30 pmCome Back Home
by Kutless
album Believer
 
3:26 pmWrite Your Story
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
2:56 pmThe Lords Prayer
by Citizen Way
album Love Is A Lion (Fall '19)
 
2:52 pmGood Hands
by Finding Faith
album Good Hands
 
2:48 pmSlow Down
by Nichole Nordeman
album The Unmaking
 
2:45 pmHuman Condition
by Unspoken
album Human Condition
 
2:40 pmAlways Only You
by Building 429
album Always Only You
 
2:36 pmOrder Disorder Reorder
by Jason Gray
album I'm Gonna Let It Go
 
2:33 pmThe Gospel
by Ryan Stevenson
album The Gospel
 
2:29 pmMercy Is A Song
by Matthew West
album All In
 
2:24 pmMy Feet Are on the Rock
by I Am They
album My Feet Are on the Rock
 
2:20 pmLove Has A Name
by Jesus Culture
album Love Has A Name
 
2:17 pmThe Answer
by Jeremy Camp
album The Answer
 
2:13 pmHe Still Does (Miracles)
by Hawk Nelson
album
 
2:08 pmJesus Loves You
by Sanctus Real
album Jesus Loves You
 
2:05 pmYou Got This
by Love & The Outcome
album You Got This
 
2:01 pmMore Than Good Enough
by Joel Vaughn
album
 
1:56 pmConstant
by Andrew Marcus
album Constant
 
1:52 pmMine
by Hollyn
album Hollyn
 
1:48 pmPoint To You
by We Are Messengers
album Point To You
 
1:42 pmJust To Be Close
by Matthews Ntlele
album Just To Be Close
 
1:38 pmEven When You're Running
by Casting Crowns
album
 
1:34 pmI Still Believe
by Thrive Worship
album I Still Believe
 
1:28 pmThe Long Way Home
by Neon Feather
album
 
1:25 pmBeautifully Broken
by Plumb
album Beautifully Broken
 
1:22 pmFight On Fighter
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
1:18 pmYou Won't Let Go
by Michael W. Smith
album Sovereign
 
1:13 pmVictorious
by Third Day
album Lead Us Back
 
1:10 pmFearless
by Newsboys
album Untied
 
1:06 pmOne Day (When We All Get To Heaven)
by Matt Redman
album Glory Song
 
1:02 pmBuild Us Back
by Know Hope
album Know Hope Collective
 
12:56 pmIf We Only Knew
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
12:53 pmFreedom
by Francesca Battistelli
album Own It
 
12:50 pmFollow Your Heart
by Anthem Lights
album You Have My Heart
 
12:46 pmHolding On To Me
by Calling Glory
album Holding On To Me
 
12:40 pmLet It Be Love
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
12:37 pmLazarus
by Sanctus Real
album Lazarus
 
12:34 pmI Need You
by OBB (Oswald Brothers Band)
album I Need You
 
12:30 pmAnswers
by Caitie Hurst
album Answers
 
12:25 pmBeloved
by Jordan Feliz
album Beloved
 
12:21 pmHeaven's Here
by Mercy Me
album Lifer
 
12:18 pmRescue Story
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
12:13 pmIf You Ain't In It
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
12:09 pmWe Won't Be Shaken
by Building 429
album We Won't Be Shaken
 
12:05 pmScars
by I Am They
album
 
12:02 pmSecrets (Light Shine In)
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Things we've Been Afraid to Say
 
11:54 amRemember to Remember
by Steven Curtis Chapman
album
 
11:51 amYou Are The Truth
by Greg Sykes
album No Greater Love
 
11:47 amKnow You More
by Chris August
album Everythying After
 
11:44 amThe Beautiful Things We Miss
by Matthew West
album All In
 
11:39 amUp Again
by Dan Bremnes
album Whereever I Go
 
11:36 amChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
11:33 amSplit The Sea
by Hannah Kerr
album Split The Sea
 
11:30 amKingdom
by August Rain
album Party At The End Of The World
 
11:25 amSafe Here
by Tasha Layton
album Love Running Wild
 
11:22 amGuilty
by Newsboys
album Love Riot
 
11:19 amLightning
by The Afters
album Lightning
 
11:14 amOne Step Away
by Casting Crowns
album The Very Next Thing
 
11:11 amHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
11:08 amMore Than Anything
by Natalie Grant
album
 
11:05 amYou Are The Truth
by Greg Sykes
album No Greater Love
 
10:56 amUnstoppable God
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
10:53 amFreedom Hymn
by Austin French
album
 
10:50 amChoose To Love
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
10:46 amGod's Not Done With You
by Tauren Wells
album Hills And Valleys
 
10:42 amO Come To The Altar
by Elevation Worship
album Here As In Heaven
 
10:40 amGold And Glory
by We Are Messengers
album Honest
 
10:35 amPress On (Wrecking Ball)
by Building 429
album We Won't Be Shaken
 
10:32 amUndeniable Love
by Charlie Rey
album Charlie Rey
 
10:29 amRed Letters
by David Crowder
album
 
9:55 amAnchor Of Peace
by North Point Inside Out
album Anchor Of Peace
 
9:52 amI'm Gonna Let It Go
by Jason Gray
album I'm Gonna Let It Go
 
9:49 amSymphony
by Newsboys
album United
 
9:44 amAll The Things
by Caitie Hurst
album All The Things
 
9:41 amReason
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
9:38 amCompletely
by Ledger
album
 
9:32 amFootprints
by Matt Hammitt
album Footprints
 
9:29 amChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
9:25 amGood Grace
by Hillsong United
album People
 
8:56 amStart Right Here
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
8:52 amThe Power Of A Prayer
by Matthew West
album Into The Light
 
8:49 amLet The Light In
by Francesca Battistelli
album Own It
 
8:45 amThe Broken Beautiful
by Ellie Holcomb
album As Sure As The Sun
 
8:41 amI Believe
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
8:38 amAnchor
by Skillet
album Save Me
 
8:33 amAlive
by Big Daddy Weave
album
 
8:29 amI Belong
by Tim Timmons
album
 
8:26 amThe God I Know
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
 
7:56 amYour Name Is Power
by Rend Collective
album
 
7:52 amStrength To Let Go
by Switchfoot
album Native Tongue
 
7:49 amDrops In The Ocean
by Hawk Nelson
album Diamonds
 
7:43 amBe Thou My Vision (Surrendered To You)
by Firma Collective
album Be Thou My Vision
 
7:38 amAmazing God
by Lincoln Brewster
album God of the Impossible
 
7:34 amBorn Again
by Native Kingdom
album Born Again
 
7:29 amThe Lords Prayer
by Citizen Way
album Love Is A Lion (Fall '19)
 
7:25 amWhat If I Gave Everything
by Casting Crowns
album The Very Next Thing
 
7:22 amYour Love Never Fails
by Newsboys
album God's Not Dead
 
6:57 amWeakness
by Dan Bremnes
album Wherever I Go
 
6:53 amWalk With You
by Zach Williams
album
 
6:50 amWalking on Water
by Need To Breathe
album
 
6:47 amStill Alive
by Jeremy Camp
album Still Alive
 
6:41 amWarriors
by Noah Cleveland
album Warriors
 
6:37 amAngel By Your Side
by Francesca Battistelli
album Hundred Years More
 
6:34 amBeliever
by Rhett Walker
album Believer
 
6:29 amI Know
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
6:26 amConfidence
by Sanctus Real
album Framework
 
6:20 amSave Us
by JJ Weeks Band
album All Over The World
 
6:17 amYou Cannot Be Stopped
by Laura Story
album I Give Up
 
6:14 amStrong Enough To Save
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Light Meets The Dark
 
6:10 amBetter
by Pat Barrett
album Pat Barrett
 
6:07 amWhere I Belong
by Building 429
album Listen To The Sound
 
5:56 amPriceless
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong
 
5:53 amYou Lead
by Jamie Grace
album One Song At A Time
 
5:47 amThe God Who Stays
by Matthew West
album The God Who Stays
 
5:44 amLord I Will Follow You
by New Vision Worshp
album Lord I Will Follow You
 
5:40 amSpend A Life
by David Dunn
album
 
5:33 amMy All In All
by Phil Wickham
album Children Of God
 
5:29 amKing Of Kings
by Hillsong Worship
album King Of Kings
 
5:25 amThe Bridge
by Casting Crowns
album
 
4:57 amSay Yes
by Josh Wilson
album That Was Then, This Is Now
 
4:53 amMiracle
by Shane & Shane
album The One You Need
 
4:48 amI Give Up
by Laura Story
album I GIve Up
 
4:45 amBreathe
by Jonny Diaz
album Everything Is Changing
 
4:42 amNobody
by Casting Crowns
album
 
4:33 amLove Is Making A Way
by Sixteen Cities
album Love Is Making A Way
 
4:30 amOK
by Josh Wilson
album OK
 
4:26 amHope In Front Of Me
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
 
3:55 amWho You Say You Are
by Britt Nicole
album Gold
 
3:52 amFear No More
by Building 429
album
 
3:46 amDays Like These
by JJ Weeks
album Days Like These
 
3:43 amSymphony
by Switch
album
 
3:39 amWith You Always
by The Afters
album Life Is Beautiful
 
3:33 amJesus Loves You
by Sanctus Real
album Jesus Loves You
 
3:30 amWorth It
by Francesca Battistelli
album Hundred More Years
 
3:27 amOne Word
by Newsboys
album Restart
 
2:56 amLet The Light In
by Francesca Battistelli
album Own It
 
2:52 amLaugh Out Loud
by Jason Gray
album Love Will Have The Final Word
 
2:48 amLord I Need You
by Matt Maher
album All The People Said Amen
 
2:43 amUntil The Whole World Hears
by Casting Crowns
album Until The Whole World Hears
 
2:40 amGood Day
by Natalie Grant
album Be One
 
2:34 amChild In Your Arms
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
2:30 amIn The Meantime
by Hannah Kerr
album Listen More
 
2:26 amControl (Somehow You Want Me)
by Tenth Avenue North
album Followers
 
1:56 amPower
by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
1:52 amI Am With You
by Calling Glory
album From Heaven To Earth
 
1:48 amRescue Story
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
1:44 amFind You Here
by Ellie Holcomb
album RedSea Road
 
1:40 amI'd Never Know
by Hawk Nelson
album Miracles
 
1:37 amAlready Won
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
1:32 amThis Place
by Building 429
album This Place
 
1:28 amKeeper Of My Heart
by Avalon
album Keeper Of My Heart
 
1:25 amLightning
by The Afters
album Lightning
 
12:56 amMove (Keep Walkin')
by TobyMac
album This Is Not A Test
 
12:52 amGod's Not Dead!
by Newsboys
album God's Not Dead
 
12:45 amFree
by Mandisa
album What If We Were Real
 
12:41 amOne Awkward Moment
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
12:38 amRevive Us Again
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
12:33 amFight On Fighter
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
12:29 amSymphony
by Switch
album
 
12:25 amAll My Hope
by David Crowder
album All My Hope
 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

11:56 pmThe Salvation Poem
by Matt McPherson
album Slow Down
 
11:53 pmEvery Giant Will Fall
by Rend Collective
album As A Family We Go
 
11:49 pmWhat Are You Waiting For
by Shawn McDonald
album The Analog Sessions
 
11:46 pmForgiveness
by Matthew West
album Into The Light
 
11:41 pmWord Of Life
by Jeremy Camp
album Word Of Life
 
11:37 pmFaith
by Jordan Feliz
album
 
11:34 pmWhy God
by Austin French
album Why God
 
11:28 pmGrave
by Cochren & Co
album
 
11:24 pmGood Grace
by Hillsong United
album People
 
11:21 pmIf We Only Knew
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
11:17 pmLove Your Neighbor
by Jamie Kimmett
album Love Your Neighbor
 
11:11 pmFollow
by Mark Schultz
album Follow
 
11:08 pmHe Knows My Name
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
11:05 pmYou Got This
by Love & The Outcome
album You Got This
 
10:57 pmSave A Life
by Manic Drive
album Epic
 
10:53 pmSay A Prayer
by Veridia
album Pretty Lies
 
10:49 pmShame Doesn't Live Here Anymore
by Building 429
album Live the Journey
 
10:46 pmAll In (Apologize)
by Stellar Kart
album All In
 
10:42 pmEvidence
by Citizen Way
album Love Is The Evidence
 
10:38 pmWhere The Light Is
by Dan Bremnes
album Where The Light Is
 
10:34 pmGreatness Of Our God
by Newsboys W/Peter Furler
album United
 
10:30 pmWild Crazy Beautiful
by Ayiesha Woods
album Wild Crazy Beautiful
 
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