Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Adoring Him.... all season long.

I love Christmas music.
I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to turn on the Christmas radio station, but the kids have been begging, so I put it on earlier than usual.

It was great.... for the first few days.
I'm convinced they just rotate the same 20 songs every year.... and most of them give more honor to Rudolph than my Savior. I've tried to be really been strategic this year to re-focus our family on the love of Christ and Christmas music is a perfect avenue.

Here is our New Life Family Ministries Grooveshark Christmas Playlist.... for those who are tired of hearing about hippopotamuses and would rather hear about Emmanuel.

Some of my personal favs this holiday:
"Adorn" and "We Sing, Immanuel, Thy Praise" by Allie Rogers
 "O Come Let Us Adore Him" by Shane & Shane
"My Soul Magnifies the Lord" by Chris Tomlin
"He is the Reason" by Fred Hammond

Friday, November 8, 2013

any given Sunday...

I received these pictures this week from one of our amazing teachers in our Preschool/Kindergarten class. It's just a wonderful reminder of some of the incredible things that are going on around our church on any given Sunday morning. Teachers preparing rooms that will facilitate children learning about the love of God, numerous kids excitedly running down the hall trying to get to class faster and parents checking their kids in with confidence that their children will be poured by adults and teens that are invested in their kid's lives way beyond that next 2 hours.
It's fascinating.
It's vital.
It's making a difference.
So although these pictures are just a small snapshot of what goes on every Sunday, they remind us that God is allowing each of us to be a part of raising up a generation that loves Him deeply. What is a bigger calling than that?
(thanks Michelle R. for the pictures... and for loving our kids like Christ loves them!)