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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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

9:56 amDone
by Tauren Wells
album Citizen Of Heaven
 
9:53 amLove Steps In
by Calling Glory
album Love Steps In
 
9:50 amChosen
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Chosen
 
9:44 amOne Awkward Moment
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
9:41 amStand Strong
by Moriah Peters
album Brave
 
9:37 amNever Been A Moment
by Micah Tyler
album Different
 
9:32 amSing It From The Shackels
by Rend Collective
album Sing It From The Shackels
 
9:29 amChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
9:25 amO Lord You're Beautiful (Keith Green)
by Mike Rathke
album O Lord You're Beautiful
 
9:20 amNot Today
by Matthew West
album Brand New
 
9:17 amBetter For It
by Riley Clemmons
album Better For It
 
9:13 amThe Cross Forever Speaks
by Matt Maher
album Echos
 
9:08 amNo Hold On Me
by Matty Mullins
album No Hold On Me
 
9:05 amFight For You
by Jason Gray
album Disorder
 
9:01 amYou Keep Hope Alive
by Mandisa
album You Keep Hope Alive
 
8:56 amMiracles
by Colton Dixon
album TBA
 
8:52 amYour Word
by Aaron Shust
album Nothing To Fear
 
8:47 amSee The Light
by TobyMac
album The Elements
 
8:42 amGive Them Jesus
by Jaci Velasquez
album Diamond
 
8:38 amSomething Real
by Shawn McDonald
album Closer
 
8:33 amWe Got The Light
by Ryan Stevenson
album Yesterday, Today, Forever
 
8:30 amPushing Back The Dark
by Josh Wilson
album Carry Me
 
8:26 amStrong Enough To Save
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Light Meets The Dark
 
7:56 amNew Today
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
7:53 amBrand New
by Matthew West
album Brand New
 
7:47 amThe Lords Prayer
by Citizen Way
album Love Is A Lion (Fall '19)
 
7:44 amTrust And Obey
by Big Daddy Weave
album Wow Hymns
 
7:39 amYou Are God
by Sanctus Real
album Run
 
7:30 amRevive Us Again
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
7:25 amRevival
by The Neverclaim
album The Neverclaim
 
7:22 amLove Lifted Me Up
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
6:54 amGod Of This City
by Chris Tomlin
album Hello Love
 
6:50 amAnchor
by Skillet
album Save Me
 
6:47 amEye Of The Storm
by Ryan Stevenson
album Fresh Start
 
6:42 amThrone
by Remedy Drive
album Commodity
 
6:39 amChanged
by Jordan Feliz
album Changed
 
6:35 amJesus Our Hope
by Fellowship Creative
album Eclipsed
 
6:30 amBe One
by Natalie Grant
album Be One
 
6:27 amJesus Is
by Carrollton
album
 
6:23 amNobody Like You
by Lincoln Brewster
album Nobody Like You
 
5:56 amGrace Upon Grace
by Matthew West
album Grace Upon Grace
 
5:52 amDo Life Big
by Jamie Grace
album Ready To Fly
 
5:48 amCast My Cares
by Finding Favour
album Reborn
 
5:44 amResurrecting
by Elevation Worship
album Speak Revival
 
5:39 amGreater Than All My Regrets
by Tenth Avenue North
album Greater Than All My Regrets
 
5:36 amThe Way
by Dan Bremnes
album The Way
 
5:32 amSee The Light
by TobyMac
album The Elements
 
5:29 amTurn On The Light
by Big Daddy Weave
album Turn On The Light
 
5:23 amResurrection
by Jason Gray
album Where The Light Gets In
 
5:19 amAll My Hope
by David Crowder
album All My Hope
 
5:16 amNever Walk Away
by Elevation Rhythm
album Never Walk Alone
 
5:13 amJust Say Jesus
by 7eventh Time Down
album Just Say Jesus
 
4:56 amIsn't He (This Jesus)
by The Belonging Company
album Isn't He (This Jesus)
 
4:53 amI Got You
by Aaron Bucks
album I Got You
 
4:48 amOne Day
by Cochren & Co
album One Day
 
4:45 amI Wanna Go Back
by David Dunn
album I Wanna Go Back
 
4:41 amHe Will
by Ellie Holcomb
album Red Sea Road
 
4:37 amGrave Clothes
by Stephen McWhirter
album Grave Clothes
 
4:31 amThe Only Name (Yours Will Be)
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
4:28 amLove
by We Are Messengers
album Power
 
4:24 amPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
 
3:56 amLove Moved First
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
 
3:53 amRise Up
by Cain
album Rise Up
 
3:49 amProvider
by Cade Thompson
album New Normal
 
3:44 amHaven't Seen It Yet
by Danny Gokey
album
 
3:41 amThis Could Change Everything
by Francesca Battistelli
album
 
3:34 amHow Great Is Your Love
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
3:30 amGood
by Elias Dummer
album Good
 
3:27 amFear No More
by Building 429
album
 
2:56 amNew Today
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
 
2:53 amDead Man Walking
by Jeremy Camp
album Dead Man Walking
 
2:51 amChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
 
2:45 amI Know
by Steven Holland
album Broken Not Dead
 
2:42 amTake Heart
by Matthew West
album Take Heart
 
2:39 amListen More
by Hannah Kerr
album Listen More
 
2:33 amEmpty Grave
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
2:30 amGood To Me
by Rhett Walker
album Good To Me
 
2:26 amI Need You God
by Consumed By Fire
album I Need You God
 
1:57 amThrone Room
by Kim Walker-Smith
album On My Side
 
1:54 amI Will Fear No More
by The Afters
album The Beginning and Everything After
 
1:50 amOver And Over
by Riley Clemmons
album Over And Over
 
1:46 amSatisfied
by Chris Tomlin
album Nobody Loves Me Like You
 
1:43 amMy Arms
by Ledger
album My Arms
 
1:39 amFaith
by Jordan Feliz
album
 
1:31 amDown
by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
 
1:27 amDo It Again
by Elevation Worship
album There is a Cloud
 
1:23 amRemember to Remember
by Steven Curtis Chapman
album
 
12:56 amIn the Hands of the Potter
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
12:51 amRun To The Father
by Matt Maher
album Alive And Breathing
 
12:48 amFearless
by Jasmine Murray
album Fearless
 
12:44 amNever Change Your Mind
by We Are Messengers
album Never Change Your Mind
 
12:40 amTruth Be Told
by Matthew West
album Truth Be Told
 
12:37 amWalking Away
by Unspoken
album The World Is Waking
 
12:31 amGrace That Changes Everything
by All Things New
album Grace That Changes Everything
 
12:28 amThe Loudest Voice
by Ginny Owens
album Love Be The Loudest
 
12:25 amEdge Of My Seat
by Tobymac (W/Cochren & Co)
album The St Nemele Collab Sessions
 

Monday, June 1, 2020

11:56 pmThe Salvation Poem
by Matt McPherson
album Slow Down
 
11:53 pmHands Of God
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
11:50 pmNo Matter What
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
11:45 pmWarriors
by Noah Cleveland
album Warriors
 
11:41 pmJust Hold On
by Citizen Way
album 2.0
 
11:38 pmBorrow (One Day At a Time)
by Josh Wilson
album Borrow (One Day At a Time)
 
11:31 pmAnother In The Fire
by Hillsong United
album People
 
11:28 pmThe Future
by Tenth Avenue North
album No Shame
 
11:24 pmAlive
by Big Daddy Weave
album
 
11:21 pmMy Weapon
by Natalie Grant
album My Weapon
 
11:15 pmDon't Sweat It
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Don't Sweat It
 
11:11 pmSong In My Soul
by Phil Wickham
album
 
11:08 pmThe Sound Of Freedom
by JJ Weeks
album The Sound Of Freedom
 
11:05 pmYou Can
by Building 429
album
 
10:56 pmYou Found Me
by Switchfoot
album Unbroken
 
10:53 pmYou Make Me Brave
by Laura Kaczor
album You Make Me Brave
 
10:49 pmNo Hold On Me
by Matty Mullins
album No Hold On Me
 
10:46 pmStarting Now
by David Dunn
album Starting Now
 
10:41 pmA Million Ways
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
10:39 pmAmen
by Micah Tyler
album Amen
 
10:35 pmThe Beautiful Things We Miss
by Matthew West
album All In
 
10:30 pmGrave
by Cochren & Co
album
 
10:26 pmI Choose To Worship
by Rend Collective
album Choose To Worship
 
10:23 pmKeep Me In The Moment
by Jeremy Camp
album Keep Me In The Moment
 
9:55 pmWho You Say You Are
by Britt Nicole
album Gold
 
9:52 pmHelp You Stand
by Anthem Lights
album You Have My Heart
 
9:48 pmNo Longer Slaves
by I Am They
album No Longer Slaves
 
9:42 pmThe Word Is Alive
by Casting Crowns
album The Altar and the Door
 
9:38 pmFamous For (I Believe)
by Tauren Wells
album Famous For (I Believe)
 
9:33 pmI'm Leaning On You
by David Crowder
album I Know A Ghost
 
9:30 pmStrangely Dim
by Kathleen Carnali
album Strangely Dim
 
9:26 pmBecoming
by Jason Gray
album Order
 
8:56 pmProdigal
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
 
8:52 pmI Give Up
by Laura Story
album I GIve Up
 
8:48 pmAlmost Home
by Mercy Me
album Almost Home
 
8:44 pmI Surrender All
by Newsboys
album Hallelujah For The Cross
 
8:41 pmThe Kind Of Man
by The Color
album
 
8:37 pmEverything Comes Alive
by We Are Messengers
album We Are Messengers
 
8:32 pmWhole Heart
by Brandon Heath
album Whole Heart
 
8:29 pmWalking Miracles
by Matthew West
album Walking Miracles
 
8:25 pmJesus I Believe
by Big Daddy Weave
album Beautiful Offerings
 
7:56 pmJoy Unspeakable
by Building 429
album Live The Journey
 
7:53 pmHe Knows My Name
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
7:48 pmGood
by Elias Dummer
album Good
 
7:44 pmI'm Listening
by Chris McClarney W/Hollyn
album Breakthrough
 
7:40 pmWelcome To The Family
by Micah Tyler
album Welcome To The Family
 
7:35 pmHeaven Help Me
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
7:31 pmNeed You Now
by Addison Road
album Stories
 
7:29 pmHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
7:26 pmThis I Know
by Carrollton
album Carrollton
 
6:56 pmBattle Is The Lord's
by Rebecca St James
album
 
6:51 pmCome As You Are
by David Crowder
album Neon Steeple
 
6:45 pmJoy Of The Lord
by Rend Collective
album As Family We Go
 
6:41 pmDifference Maker
by Need To Breathe
album Rivers In The Wasteland
 
6:37 pmThis Is Amazing Grace
by Phil Wickham
album The Ascension
 
6:31 pmGrace Wins
by Matthew West
album Live Forever
 
6:28 pmI Still Believe
by Thrive Worship
album I Still Believe
 
6:22 pmJoyful Noise
by Matt Maher
album Alive & Breathing
 
6:17 pmGave You My Heart
by Chris August
album Gave You My Heart
 
6:14 pmFalling Into Place
by Love & The Outcome
album You Got This
 
5:54 pmJust Give Me Jesus
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
5:50 pmPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
 
5:46 pmRise Up
by Cain
album Rise Up
 
5:39 pmWay Maker
by Michael W Smith
album Waymaker
 
5:35 pmMy God
by Jeremy Camp
album Reckless
 
5:30 pmBeliever
by Rhett Walker
album Believer
 
5:27 pmWarrior
by Hannah Kerr
album Warrior
 
5:23 pmUnstoppable God
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
4:55 pmImpossible
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
 
4:52 pmYou Are The Truth
by Greg Sykes
album No Greater Love
 
4:47 pmMy Hope Is In You
by Aaron Shust
album This Is What We Believe
 
4:42 pmGood News
by Mandisa
album Out Of The Dark
 
4:39 pmRise
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
4:34 pmI'm Gonna Let It Go
by Jason Gray
album I'm Gonna Let It Go
 
4:29 pmYour Love Changes Everything
by Big Daddy Weave
album When the Light Comes
 
4:26 pmOnly One
by Avalon
album Called
 
3:55 pmWhen I'm With You
by Citizen Way
album 2.0
 
3:52 pmLove Steps In
by Calling Glory
album Love Steps In
 
3:47 pmJesus Paid It All
by Newsboys
album Hallelujah For The Cross
 
3:43 pmI Believe In You
by Finding Favour
album Believe In You
 
3:41 pmThe Happy Song
by Jamie Grace
album The Happy Song
 
3:36 pmThe Answer
by Jeremy Camp
album The Answer
 
3:31 pmThe Bridge
by Casting Crowns
album
 
3:29 pmToday Tomorrow & Forever
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
 
3:25 pmYour Name Is Power
by Rend Collective
album
 
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