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.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:28 pmAnchor Of Peace
by North Point Inside Out
album Anchor Of Peace
 
10:25 pmLet Them See You
by JJ Weeks Band
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10:22 pmThe Loudest Voice
by Ginny Owens
album Love Be The Loudest
 
9:57 pmChurch (Take Me Back)
by Cochren & Company
album
 
9:53 pmImpossible Things
by Chris Tomlin
album Never Lose Sight
 
9:50 pmNever Lost
by Cain
album Never Lost
 
9:44 pmChild Of Love
by We The Kingdom
album Child Of Love
 
9:41 pmChain Breaker
by Zach Williams
album Chain Breaker
 
9:37 pmYou Keep Hope Alive
by Mandisa
album You Keep Hope Alive
 
9:33 pmI Still Believe
by 7eventh Time Down
album God Is On The Move
 
9:30 pmGood To Me
by Rhett Walker
album Good To Me
 
9:26 pmSymphony
by Newsboys
album United
 
8:56 pmGet Back Up
by TobyMac
album Tonight
 
8:52 pmAwaken Me
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
 
8:44 pmNo Weapon
by Pat Barrett
album No Weapon
 
8:41 pmMiracles
by Colton Dixon
album TBA
 
8:37 pmThe Healing Has Begun
by Matthew West
album The Story Of Your Life
 
8:32 pmThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
8:28 pmLove God Love People
by Danny Gokey
album Love God Love People
 
8:25 pmThe Waiting
by Jamie Grace
album Ready To Fly
 
7:56 pmWelcome To The Family
by Micah Tyler
album Welcome To The Family
 
7:52 pmI Lift My Eyes
by Mack Brock
album This Is Your Promise
 
7:49 pmYou Are More
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Light Meets The Dark
 
7:44 pmWalk With You
by Zach Williams
album
 
7:40 pmPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
 
7:37 pmFind You On My Knees
by Kari Jobe
album Where I Find You
 
7:32 pmChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
7:29 pmAmen
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
7:25 pmGive Me Your Peace
by Gateway Worship
album Give Me Your Peace
 
6:56 pmLouder Closer Deeper
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
 
6:52 pmYou're Not Alone
by Meredith Andrews
album The Invitation
 
6:45 pmCome To The Table
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
 
6:39 pmOver All I Know
by Building 429
album Remember: A Worship Collection
 
6:36 pmHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
6:31 pmAll You've Ever Wanted
by Casting Crowns
album Thrive
 
6:24 pmI Know
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
6:20 pmGiants Fall
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
6:16 pmMy Soul Longs
by The Neverclaim
album The Neverclaim
 
6:13 pmToday Tomorrow & Forever
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
5:52 pmMiracle
by Mosaic MSC
album Miracle
 
5:49 pmYou Found Me
by Switchfoot
album Unbroken
 
5:43 pmMy Hope Is In You
by Aaron Shust
album This Is What We Believe
 
5:38 pmAll My Hope
by David Crowder
album All My Hope
 
5:30 pmChild Of Love
by We The Kingdom
album Child Of Love
 
5:26 pmThe Father's House
by Noah Cleveland
album The Fathers House
 
5:23 pmWho Am I
by Needtobreathe
album Who Am I
 
4:56 pmNever Change Your Mind
by We Are Messengers
album Never Change Your Mind
 
4:53 pmHeart Wide Open
by Mack Brock
album Heart Wide Open
 
4:47 pmFaithful God
by I Am They
album
 
4:43 pmLove Lifted Me Up
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
4:40 pmWanted
by Danny Gokey
album Wanted
 
4:34 pmMy Weapon
by Natalie Grant
album My Weapon
 
4:29 pmHoly Water
by We The Kingdom
album EP Fall 2019
 
4:26 pmYes & No
by David Dunn
album Perspectives
 
3:55 pmWith Lifted Hands
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
3:52 pmGod Of Always
by Hilary Jane
album God Of Always
 
3:47 pmI Believe In You
by Finding Favour
album Believe In You
 
3:43 pmLord I'm Ready Now
by Plumb
album Need You Now
 
3:39 pmFaith
by Jordan Feliz
album
 
3:32 pmLove Has Won
by Citizen Way
album Love Has Won
 
3:29 pmJericho
by Andrew Ripp
album Jericho
 
3:25 pmLove Like Thunder
by Richlin
album Love Like Thunder
 
2:54 pmNo Doubt About It
by We The Kingdom
album God So Loved
 
2:51 pmJust Give Me Jesus
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
2:47 pmYou're Not Alone
by Meredith Andrews
album The Invitation
 
2:38 pmBlessing I Can't See (W/Brooke DeLeary)
by Building 429
album Fear No More
 
2:35 pmWho Can
by Cochren & Co
album Who Can
 
2:33 pmWake Up Sleeper
by Austin French
album
 
2:30 pmjoy.
by for KING & COUNTRY
album
 
2:27 pmLove One Another
by Newsboys
album United
 
2:22 pmWildest Dreams
by Ryan Stevenson
album Wildest Dreams
 
2:17 pmIt's Gonna Get Better
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
2:15 pmDon't Sweat It
by Sidewalk Prophets
album The Things That Got Us Here
 
2:09 pmJust Hold On
by Citizen Way
album 2.0
 
2:05 pmHear From You
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
 
2:01 pmThis I Know
by Carrollton
album Carrollton
 
1:56 pmNew Today
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
1:53 pmTurn Around
by Anthem Lights
album You Have My Heart
 
1:50 pmSplit The Sea
by Hannah Kerr
album Split The Sea
 
1:45 pmI Know
by Steven Holland
album Broken Not Dead
 
1:42 pmGave You My Heart
by Chris August
album Gave You My Heart
 
1:38 pmYou're Not Alone
by Owl City
album Mobile Orchestra
 
1:32 pmSing It From The Shackels
by Rend Collective
album Sing It From The Shackels
 
1:29 pmHe Is With Us
by Love & The Outcome
album Love & The Outcome
 
1:25 pmThe Same Jesus
by Matt Redman
album The Same Jesus
 
12:56 pmMy Weapon
by Natalie Grant
album My Weapon
 
12:52 pmFight On Fighter
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
12:47 pmChanged
by North Point InsideOut
album NP103
 
12:44 pmRise Up
by Cain
album Rise Up
 
12:41 pmLove
by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
12:35 pmA Time To Dance
by Elias Dummer
album A Time To Dance
 
12:32 pmOne Day
by Cochren & Co
album One Day
 
11:53 amAlive & Breathing
by Matt Maher
album Alive & Breathing Vol 2
 
11:50 amAll In
by Matthew West
album
 
11:46 amGreater Than All My Regrets
by Tenth Avenue North
album Greater Than All My Regrets
 
11:41 amReal To Me
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Real To Me
 
11:37 amSlow Down
by Nichole Nordeman
album The Unmaking
 
11:33 amThe Only Name (Yours Will Be)
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
11:29 amYour Love Feels Like Home
by Jonny Diaz
album Your Love Feels Like Home
 
11:25 amHope In Front Of Me
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
 
11:21 amWay Maker
by Michael W Smith
album Waymaker
 
11:16 amMagnify
by We Are Messengers
album We Are Messengers
 
11:13 amThe Answer
by Jeremy Camp
album The Answer
 
11:08 amOver All I Know
by Building 429
album Remember: A Worship Collection
 
11:00 amSparrows
by Jason Gray
album Where The Light Gets In
 
10:55 amPsalm 139 (Far Too Wonderful)
by Shane & Shane
album Psalms, Vol. 2
 
10:51 amLose My Soul
by TobyMac
album Portable Sounds with Bonus Remixes
 
10:45 amRescue Story
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
10:42 amHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
10:39 amOur Only Hope
by Dara Maclean
album Wanted
 
10:34 amNot By Might
by All Things New
album Not By Might
 
10:30 amI Remember
by Planetshakers
album I Remember
 
10:27 amLove Like Thunder
by Richlin
album Love Like Thunder
 
9:57 amSomething To Sing About
by Carrollton
album Carrollton
 
9:53 amStronger
by Mandisa
album What If We Were Real
 
9:48 amThe God Who Stays
by Matthew West
album The God Who Stays
 
9:45 amLive Alive
by Rend Collective
album Campfire II: Simplicity
 
9:41 amAlmost Home
by Mercy Me
album Almost Home
 
9:35 amBorrow (One Day At a Time)
by Josh Wilson
album Borrow (One Day At a Time)
 
9:32 amNew Day
by Danny Gokey
album
 
9:28 amAnother In The Fire
by Hillsong United
album People
 
9:23 amSurvival
by Sanctus Real
album Changed
 
9:20 amLove Lifted Me Up
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
9:17 amStill
by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
album Love Remains
 
9:14 amHurry Up And Wait
by MercyMe
album Hurry Up And Wait
 
9:08 amFootprints
by Matt Hammitt
album Footprints
 
9:04 amForever On Your Side
by Need To Breathe
album
 
9:01 amProvider
by Cade Thompson
album New Normal
 
8:56 amHallelujah
by Casting Crowns
album The Very Next Thing
 
8:52 amHills & Valleys
by Tauren Wells
album Undefeated EP
 
8:49 amI Have This Hope
by Tenth Avenue North
album Followers
 
8:43 amWho Am I
by Needtobreathe
album Who Am I
 
8:40 amThe Way
by Dan Bremnes
album The Way
 
8:37 amYou Make Me Brave
by Laura Kaczor
album You Make Me Brave
 
8:32 amPower
by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
8:29 amStay
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
8:25 amEchoing Holy
by Elias Dummer
album Echoing Holy
 
7:56 amI'm Listening
by Chris McClarney W/Hollyn
album Breakthrough
 
7:52 amOpen Hands
by Laura Story
album Open Hands
 
7:49 amSmile
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Smile
 
7:44 amKing Of My Heart
by Kutless
album King Of My Heart
 
7:40 amThe Strength To Let Go
by Switchfoot
album Native Tongue
 
7:37 amWhere I Belong
by Building 429
album Listen To The Sound
 
7:29 amDown
by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
 
7:26 amWasted Time
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
7:22 amStrangely Dim
by Francesca Battistelli
album Hundred More Years
 
6:56 amBusted Heart
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Crave
 
6:53 amAlways Gonna Be
by Selah
album Firm Foundation
 
6:51 amToday Tomorrow & Forever
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
6:46 amGlorify
by Jordan Feliz
album Glorify
 
6:42 amFollow You Anywhere
by Kristian Stanfill
album Follow You Anywhere
 
6:39 amTake Heart
by Matthew West
album Take Heart
 
6:35 amLove Never Fails
by Ellie Holcomb
album As Sure As The Sun
 
6:30 amDay Of Victory
by Rend Collective
album Day Of Victory
 
6:27 amNever Lost
by Cain
album Never Lost
 
6:23 amAmerican Jesus
by August Rain
album American Jesus
 
5:56 amWelcome To The Family
by Micah Tyler
album Welcome To The Family
 
5:53 amAgain
by Nathan Sheridan
album Again
 
5:48 amFight For You
by Jason Gray
album Disorder
 
5:44 amWarrior
by Hannah Kerr
album Warrior
 
5:40 amResurrection Power
by Chris Tomlin
album
 
5:35 amLove Moved First
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
 
5:31 amOver And Over
by Riley Clemmons
album Over And Over
 
5:28 amNo Hold On Me
by Matty Mullins
album No Hold On Me
 
5:21 amYou Are The One
by JJ Weeks Band
album All Over The World
 
5:18 amJesus Is
by Carrollton
album
 
5:14 amWhile I Wait
by Lincoln Brewster
album While I Wait
 
4:55 amChild Of Love
by We The Kingdom
album Child Of Love
 
4:50 amAnthem
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
4:47 amStarting Now
by David Dunn
album Starting Now
 
4:41 amAnchor Of Peace
by North Point Inside Out
album Anchor Of Peace
 
4:38 amWhere You Begin
by Mandisa
album Overcomer
 
4:34 amThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
 
4:29 amPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
 
4:25 amTruth Be Told
by Matthew West
album Truth Be Told
 
3:56 amFaithful God
by I Am They
album
 
3:53 amHe Knows My Name
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
3:49 amPoint To You
by We Are Messengers
album Point To You
 
3:44 amSecrets (Light Shine In)
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Things we've Been Afraid to Say
 
3:40 amOn Fire
by Sanctus Real
album The Dream
 
3:38 amBest News Ever
by Mercy Me
album Lifer
 
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