Wedding Flowers and Songs

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I took these flower pictures awhile ago…the daughter of a friend of mine had pretty bouquets in mason jars displayed at her wedding reception and I couldn’t resist taking pictures of one of them. As I was going through my photos last month, I came across these pictures and was going to post them, since it was June…because June is the most popular wedding month, right?

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Well, I discovered that is changing…July has been the most popular wedding month in recent years, followed by August, September and October. So it seemed appropriate to post these pictures in July!

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As I was thinking about some of the weddings I’ve been to, I remembered some songs I really liked that were sung at them.

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None of these songs I’m mentioning are very new, but they are beautiful songs–maybe you’ll remember some of these.  Click on the song titles if you want to listen to them.

God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts; this was also recorded by Selah, and their version is more like what I heard at the wedding I went to.

The Prayer by Josh Groban, performed with Charlotte Church

I Will Be Here and Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

Remember Me by Mark Schultz, performed with Joy Williams (sung when the bride and groom took communion)

What are some of your favorite wedding songs? What songs were sung at your wedding?

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The Wonderful Cross

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When I survey the wondrous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
 
See from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did e’re such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown
 
Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
Oh the wonderful Cross, Oh the wonderful Cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless Your name…
 
From THE WONDERFUL CROSS

The lyrics to When I Survey the Wondrous Cross were written by the well-known author of many hymns, Isaac Watts in 1707 (he also wrote Joy to the World and O God, Our Help in Ages Past). The hymn was set to more than one tune; the most popular was written in 1790 by Edward Miller.  An updated version of this hymn, The Wonderful Cross, has been performed by several contemporary artists including Micheal W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. You can listen to a version by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman by clicking here.

Hope you have a blessed Easter Sunday!

Hosanna!

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And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.

MATTHEW 21:8-9 KJV 

If you’re wondering what “Hosanna” means, I found a great explanation here. Hosanna comes from the Hebrew words Hoshiya na! (“Save now!” or  “Save, please!”), an expression the people would use when asking a king to help or save them in times of trouble (see 2 Samuel 14:4 and 2 Kings 6:26). Over the centuries, Hosanna gradually became an expression of hope and exultation: “Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come!” The crowd of people shouting Hosanna in the verse above were recognizing Jesus as their Savior and Deliverer, the prophesied Messiah. And believers use it now as an expression of praise and gratitude to God and His Son Jesus for the gift of Salvation.

I thought this would be a great time to tell you about a song I like called Hosanna. It’s by the Canadian group Starfield, from their CD I Will Go. Filled with hope and praise, it really expresses the meaning of the word Hosanna. Click here to listen to it.

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful, restful Palm Sunday!

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Christmas Joy

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When I hear or see the word “joy” at Christmas, I’m reminded of the beautiful traditional German carol, HOW GREAT OUR JOY.

While by the sheep we watched at night, 
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.
 
(refrain) 
How great our joy! Great our joy! 
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! 
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
 
There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today.
(refrain)
 
There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.
(refrain)
 
This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.
(refrain)

These simple words echo the prophecy from Micah 5:2: Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who will be Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.*

This Christmas, as we celebrate the One who came, may your heart be filled with joy!

How Great Our Joy, translated to English by Theodore Baker, arranged by Hugo Jungst.
*Scripture from New International Version [NIV] Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.

Peaceful Moments

I was busy at home one day and decided to play one of my Casting Crowns CDs, Until The Whole World Hears. When one of the songs called At Your Feet started playing, I just had to stop what I was doing and listen. The music and lyrics were so soothing and beautiful. The song is about laying everything down from our past, present, and future–our mistakes and burdens as well as our hopes and dreams–laying it all down at the feet of Jesus. And as hard as doing that seemed to be for some things, it actually felt wonderful to “let go,” release everything to Him, and spend peaceful moments resting in His presence.

If you’d like to listen to the song, click HERE. I’ve also posted the lyrics below. Hoping you, too, will be refreshed and renewed from spending peaceful moments at His feet.

Here at Your feet, I lay my past down

My wanderings, all my mistakes down

And I am free

Here at Your feet, I lay this day down

Not in my strength, but in Yours I’ve found

All I need, You’re all I need

Jesus, Jesus at Your feet

Oh, to dwell and never leave

Jesus, Jesus at Your feet

There is nowhere else for me

Here at Your feet, I lay my future down

All of my dreams, I give to You now

And I find peace, I find peace…

Here at Your feet, I lay my life down

For You my King, You’re all I want now

And my soul sings…

Cause I am free (here at Your feet)

All I need (is at Your feet)

I find peace (We’re at Your feet, we’re at Your feet)…

Here at Your feet, I lay my life down.

Making Music with iPads and iPhones

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Yet another use for the popular iPhone and iPad…my friend Rick sent me a link to a “concert” video on You Tube, and I wanted to share it with you! This video is of the iBand from North Point Church in Atlanta…they use iPads and iPhones as their instruments–it’s pretty amazing what they can do! This particular video is from their recent Christmas performance (the photo above is a clip from the video). Take a few minutes if you can and click HERE to watch it!

Pretty incredible, isn’t it?

There’s A Place For Us

I recently saw the newest Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and thought it was great! I actually sniffled at the end when…well, I won’t tell you in case you haven’t seen the movie yet! :)  I love the song that Carrie Underwood co-wrote (with David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey) and recorded for the movie, There’s a Place For Us…it plays at the end when the credits are rolling. You can click here to listen to it. Hope you get a chance to see the movie!

…A world where you and I belong

Where faith and love will keep us strong

Exactly who we are is just enough

There’s a place for us.

Love The Lord Your God

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 

DEUTERONOMY 6:5 (NIV)

A song by Lincoln Brewster, Love The Lord, was playing on the clock radio alarm as I woke up this morning…what a great song to wake up to! If you haven’t heard it before, take the time to listen to it by clicking here. I had to ask myself if I was really living my life that way…am I spending each day loving God with all my heart, soul, and strength? The Message translates Deuteronomy 6:5 this way: “Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love Him with all that’s in you, love Him with all you’ve got!” The Lord has been showing me in different ways that I need to focus on Him more…so this song and scripture were a very timely reminder for me. It’s easy for me to get busy and distracted with unimportant things and lose focus…but I am learning that nothing is more important than focusing on God, keeping Him first in my life, and loving Him with all my heart!

Scriptures from New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica and The Message (MSG) Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.
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Take My Life and Let It Be

TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE by Frances R. Havergal, 1874

Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
 
Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
 
Take my voice and let me sing Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee.
Filled with messages from Thee.
 
Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
 
Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own, It shall be Thy royal throne.
It shall be Thy royal throne.
 
Take my love, my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee.
Ever, only, all for Thee.

The words to the classic hymn Take My Life and Let It Be were written in 1874 by Frances R. Havergal. I found the story behind the hymn at Cyberhymnal.org. There was an excerpt written by Frances herself:

I went for a little visit of five days (to Areley House). There were ten persons in the house, some unconverted and long prayed for, some converted, but not rejoic­ing Christians. He gave me the prayer, “Lord, give me all in this house!” And He just did. Before I left the house every one had got a blessing. The last night of my visit after I had retired, the governess asked me to go to the two daughters. They were crying, &c.; then and there both of them trusted and rejoiced; it was nearly midnight. I was too happy to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own consecration; and these little couplets formed them­selves, and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with “EVER, Only, ALL for Thee!”

Chris Tomlin recorded a beautiful version of this hymn in 2004; I hope you can take the time to listen to it…just click on this link, Take My Life, to see his video performance of it on You Tube.

From The Inside Out (Everlasting)

This is such a beautiful song and I love the lyrics! If you haven’t heard it, click on this link, From The Inside Out, to see a video performance of it by Hillsong United on You Tube.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT by Hillsong United

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I’m caught in Your grace
 
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
 
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
 
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
 
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
 
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
 
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out, O my soul cries out
 
My soul cries out to You
My soul cries out to You
to You, to You

The Power of His Name

We sang this song at church today…it beautifully expresses the power and authority of Jesus and His great name!

Listen to this song by clicking here:

YOUR GREAT NAME
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Lost are saved, find their way
At the sound of Your great name
All condemned feel no shame
At the sound of Your great name
Every fear has no place
At the sound of Your great name
The enemy, he has to leave
At the sound of Your great name
 
Jesus, worthy is the Lamb
that was slain for us
Son of God and man
You are high and lifted up
And all the world will praise 
Your great name
 
All the weak find their strength
At the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace
At the sound of Your great name
The fatherless find their place
At the sound of Your great name
The sick are healed, the dead are raised
At the sound of Your great name
 
Redeemer, My Healer, Lord Almighty
Sustainer, Defender, You are my King

In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”     REVELATION 5:11-13 NIV

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