Monthly Archives: June 2013

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So in less than 24 hours I will be loading up with my 6 year old son and headed to Belize to help lead VBS and do whatever God has planned for us for the next 7 days.  I am praying that His Spirit is moving there already, and that when I come back, I continue to be as excited about spreading the gospel here, with my neighbors as I am in another country.  For a while now, I have prayed for God to break me.  Make me not want the mundane everyday routine, but to follow where He leads, and take advantage of opportunities He offers.

I would say that I’m not normally a worrisome person, but I’ll have to admit that I went into full Momma mode last night.  My son and I went over everything I could think of that he would need to know (even though we have been talking about this for a year).  How he has to stay with me, he’s going to have to keep up.  He’s got to follow directions.  What to do if we get separated.  What information is in his bag.  What to expect on the plane.  In the airport.  Etc., etc., etc….

But as I sit here this morning, reflecting on what God is doing in my life, I am more and more amazed by Him.  This past Sunday, our whole group was commissioned before heading out on the mission field.  We all gathered up at the stage, and while I couldn’t tell you who all was around us, I know of two friends who were there.  These two have become very close friends of mine over the past year, and I am forever grateful for the relationship I have with them.  As our student pastor began to pray over us, these 2 ladies began praying aloud.  I caught only glimpses of things that these three people said in the midst of my own prayer, but the thought occurred to me that this was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard.  It was the words of believers crying out to God for protection, for boldness, and for whatever else was said.  The most beautiful sound.  What was even more beautiful to me was the fact that my God heard every bit of it.  He could distinguish each syllable that was spoken aloud and in silence.  I so often get caught in the trap of more than one of my kids trying to tell me or ask me something, and my mind cannot comprehend the chaos of utterances that echo from their mouths.  I must take the time and listen to each one individually in order to understand and comprehend what it is they are trying to tell me.  But thankfully, we don’t have to wait our turn with God.  He hears us all the time, no matter whether it is a groan (like I get from my almost 2 year old), or we speak with eloquence and grace like a dear lady in our office (I love to listen to her pray).

But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:4

Please pray for our team.  We have a lot of people traveling together, and logistically it could be a nightmare.  But God has already shown that He is in control of all of this (as if we had to wonder).  There have been so many things already that have happened to prove that we are doing the work that God has set before us, and that Satan doesn’t like it.  But our God has prevailed, and His name will be made known among the nations.  He will be glorified!

New App From Yancy

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My friend Yancy has a new album out.  This time it’s more geared for the adults (mom and dad).  In addition to that, she’s got a great, and I do mean GREAT app for the kids to go along with it!  I don’t know about your kids, but mine inhale anything that includes great music and my iPad! Best of all, its FREE! You can get it for the iPhone, iPad, or Android. This is a great resource for us as parents to teach Biblical truths in a fun and interactive way!

Here’s a little more info for you about this wonderful jewel!

When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?

So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parents teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children. Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:

  • Sam Luce
  • Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)
  • Gina McClain
  • Beth Guckenberger
  • Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)
  • Johnny Rogers (KidMo)
  • Jonathan Cliff
  • Jenny Funderburke
  • Jason Martin
  • Jen Galley
  • Sara Richards
  • Brian Dollar (High Voltage)

Amanda White from www.ohamanda.com did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.

An added bonus for parents are articles on parenting, from Yancy’s Dad and Children’s Ministry Pioneer, Jim Wideman and the founder of the Orange Conference, 252 and First Look Curriculums Reggie Joiner.

Yancy started off making a lullaby record based on scriptures that she wanted to pass on to her son. Through the recording process she realized the Bible is true whether you’re an infant or a grown up these songs have more potential then to just be lullabies. The musical audience grew larger and broader. “When I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears or need answers I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says.” says Yancy. The story deepened with the resources provided in the app. “I want to help communicate, underline and reinforce the hope these scriptures provide us. I want to help a child deepen their faith and trust in God while on their journey of life.” Will you be a part of the story? Will you allow God’s Word to be the roots you need for your journey?

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.(NIV)

  • Learn more about the app from Yancy here and about the album here.

Want to download the album?  I thought you might 🙂  You can get it on iTunes or on Yancy’s website.  Use the promo code yancylovesme for free shipping!

 

Learn more about Yancy atwww.YancynotNancy.com