A Thrill Of Hope...

My favorite Christmas Carol of all times is O Holy Night. The lyrics bring me to tears at least once a year around Christmas time. 

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees. O hear the angel voices! O night divine! O night when Christ was born

Truly He taught us to love one another. His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother, and in His name, all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we. Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! Oh praise his name forever! HIs power and glory evermore proclaim..

Those are such beautiful lyrics! I think it's my favorite because it is a worship song that is also a Christmas song. 

Anyways, because I love this song, I wanted to make it a picture on my wall. This is what I pictured when singing this song. 

Blueberry Birthday Party!

My darling daughter turned one. 

I wasn't sure what her theme should be. 

There are so many options, but then I remembered what she loves more than anything in the world.

Blueberries.

So, why not make her a blueberry themed party?

I had a lot of fun and it was super easy to find everything I needed. Blue and Purple...easy colors to find. 

I used the Baby Pics app to put her months over each picture. Free!

I used the Baby Pics app to put her months over each picture. Free!

Breathe Oh Breath Of God Now Breathe

I thought I would copy all of my chalkboard verses from someone else. I have always thought copying others art was relatively easy, but I had absolutely no talent for creating my own art. 

I don't know that you would call drawing on a wall with chalk "art," but it's the closest I will ever come to doing my own artwork, and as silly as it might sound, I feel like God put the image in my head.. 

It happened when I was listening to Lauren Daigle's song "Dry Bones-Behind The Story" where she explains why she wrote it...

The song is in reference to Ezekiel 37, where God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to these dry and very dead bones, and that when he does, God will breath life into them. 

She wrote the song about a friend who had walked away from God. He had left, just like the prodigal son.

When she read Ezekiel, she and the person she co-wrote with realized that God was in fact breathing the life into the bones, and making everything happen, but he was allowing Ezekiel to be a part of it by prophesying to the bones. 

Lauren and her co-writer set out to write this song for all of the moms in desperate prayer for their lost children, and for people who's friends have left the Lord and gone to do their own thing.

The prodigal son.

She tells the listener to pray with belief that if God can bring dry bones to life, he can bring your friend or loved one back to Him. He asks us to be a part of it by interceding on their behalf. 

I immediately thought of our friend who has recently turned from God and his family to do his own thing. He is in a dark and lost place, and I had honestly gotten tired of praying for him. I was feeling hopeless, but this song reminded me that hope is not lost. God can save him. God can bring him back to life, and he can be the prodigal son who returns to the Lord.

So as I have these words on my wall for the next few weeks, it will be a reminder that God can breathe life back into my friend's soul and I can be a part of it by interceding on his behalf.

What a mighty and powerful God we serve. 

Ezekiel 37 has been one of my favorite chapters in the Bible for a few years now. It is so poetic and magnificent to read. I feel like it's one of God's many mic drops in the Bible. 

"The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and sour hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

Gah. How amazing is that?! What an awesome and powerful God we serve. 

If you haven't heard it, take a minute to listen to Dry Bones by Lauren Daigle. Worth your time.