River Baptism Service and MINISTRY Thoughts

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We had such a great time Friday night with our Home Church family for our river baptism service! We have been so blessed to witness some amazing miracles through serving together and simply letting the word of God guide our steps as we seek to “be” the church.

He gave these words to us ALL…

“GO therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, TEACHING them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

This is what we have been blessed to witness and take part in over the last 2 years, and it has changed my whole life and the way I understand what ministry really is, and what it is not.

Ministry is not JUST:
– Putting together a great service or program
– Having a great time of worship
– Going to a great camp or retreat
– Talking about missions
– Fellowship and fun
– Working and striving to make church a wonderful experience

…and many other things that roll through my head…

But one thing I DO know that ministry IS…
– GOING and making disciples (as He Himself said in His Word)
– Baptizing them…(as He Himself said in His Word)…but not only that part…
– TEACHING them…(as He Himself said in His Word)…helping them grow

And His Word is chocked FULL of what He considers to be ministry! And we sadly miss it completely if we think we can just do church the way our modern culture says to do it. If we follow that pattern, we will constantly be striving to be bigger and better, and continually have the pressure to meet up to others standards of worship and events and sermons and salvations…And we forget about just sitting down and teaching, discipling, and meeting the deep needs of those right next to us. If we don’t see the importance of making disciples, we might as well just stop right where we are…and then check ourselves deeply. Jesus said to “Go and make disciples”. Why? Because disciples make other disciples, who make other disciples, and on and on. THAT’S how the gospel multiplies and really grows. It takes getting dirty. It takes spending time with people, and being available when it may not be convenient for our schedules. But it’s worth it…it’s our calling…our commission!

THIS is ministry…
THIS is changing a heart…
THIS is changing the world…
THIS is revival…

So simple…

Yet we confuse it with so much extra and then we find ourselves fearful of the basic call…

I encourage you, fellow Christians, to simply spend time in His word so that it’s in you as you naturally do life with those around you. And not to shy away from conversations you may have thought were awkward before. You can rest assured that Jesus hasn’t called us to anything that is not worth it, not possible, and that He won’t equip us for. 🙂

I encourage you, Pastors, to breathe…look around you…see the flock. Love them. Don’t get too bogged down in having to come up with a new strategy for preaching, or keeping up with another pastor’s great series, or numbers, or methods. Yes, preaching is a huge responsibility, but I know if you take care of your heart, what comes out of your mouth with transform those around you. And look out, because you must be ready when it does:) You’re right, there may only be one of you in your particular church, but there are many others in your flock who with the right discipleship and heart will go and change the lives of many…but only if you set the example in how you love and serve the ones God has given you. Please, let your flock love and serve and disciple because their hearts are going to bust when they understand this call! Encourage…and love.

I’m done:)

Also here’s a link to some worship time on the bank of the river singing “Down in the River” by Alison Krauss (as sung in O Brother Where Art Thou 🙂 )
And also here’s a clip of Sam’s baptism. 🙂

I’m so in love with Jesus and thankful for His call…

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Be blessed today!

Christy ❤

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Do Not Lose Heart – Thoughts on Galations 6:9

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This scripture has been on repeat in my heart and head for this past month. And I’m wondering as I sit here at my keypad how I’m going to get out what’s in my heart to this blog post! I will try my best. 🙂

We all go through seasons, they are unavoidable. Just as spring, summer, fall, and winter come and go, so do “seasons” and moments in our own lives. And it doesn’t matter if we are in what we would consider a good or bad season, they just happen. Sometimes it’s a season of crazy joy and happiness caused by certain experiences or situations that come. Other times it a season of pain, sorrow, or mourning. There are seasons of action, direction, and clarity about where we are headed…and then there are those wonderful seasons of waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and hoping, trying to be still, but anxious and tired.

We would be irrational to think that we won’t walk through any of these multiple times in our lifespan. So why do we get so down trodden and out of sorts when we face one of these seasons that is unexplained and uncomfortable for us? Hey, I’m no stranger to these feelings, as we are in an awkward season right now ourselves! And as easy as it is to feel down and out and full of wonder about what’s going on or what’s next, it’s just as easy for me to start to feel guilty about having these feelings. I’m learning that it’s totally normal to feel things, and to struggle with uncertainty, and direction, and timing. The key is that in the middle of these moments that we “don’t lose heart”.

Galations 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap IF we do not lose heart.”

Our heart for God and the reason we even do good will persevere long after our bodies tire out or our minds try to come up with reasons why we should quit. Our hearts know that there’s nothing to go back to, for we were made a new creation in Christ, born for good works. Not that our good works save us, but they are a result of a heart that loves Jesus.

Now I could go on longer than you’d like to read about this, so I’m gonna break this down real quick into 2 points I feel are important:

1) If you back up to verse 7, it says “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” We can rest assured that if we are sowing things of the Spirit, that is what we will reap….but we will reap it “in due season”, and only “if we do not lose heart”. So we can’t expect to sow ungodliness, and reap a wonderful harvest of peace and satisfaction…that’s contrary to His Word altogether. But we can have hope if we are sowing to the Spirit! Then we can rest and trust in what is coming, whether it’s next week, next year, 10 years from now, or in our last days…it will be worth it, because all God’s promises are yes and amen! And not to rain on anyone’s parade here, but the scripture above doesn’t even promise it in this lifetime…it says that we will “reap eternal life”. We deserve nothing else in this life, but eternal life is the gift! And very much worth all the sowing I can muster up! That’s not to say God doesn’t bless us here, He most definitely does. But we often need to be reminded that we are owed nothing, and we need to let God weed out the entitlement that makes us demand comfort and happiness here on earth. The eternal life that God offers is what gives us genuine hope and joy that allows us to endure and remain faithful even in the toughest of life’s circumstances.

2) Don’t forget the key…“if we do not lose heart.” Now I don’t have some secret method to tell you of how to not lose heart. But I do know this, that we have a gift to be treasured in this Word of God, our Bibles, a hopeful place to run when we are feeling discouraged, or maybe feel that we may be losing heart a little bit. This blog would be a mile long if I listed all the scriptures in the bible that speak of trusting God, and having hope, and obtaining joy, and being thankful, and pressing onward…it’s chocked full of help for our weary souls. I will share this one:

Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Amen to that! Praise God!

I encourage you, not to just try to put on your daily “happy face”, but to find real joy and love and hope in serving such a great God! When you love and serve His people you will find no greater joy and peace. The “happy face” will come when joy is lasting in your heart through any circumstance you may and will face. Remember Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

I hope you have a great week!

Christy ❤

New Prints on Etsy Shop!

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Just wanted to share with you real quick tonight the link to my Etsy Shop! I’ve been posting some of my graphic art prints today for sale and I’m quickly adding more! I’ll also be adding more acrylic paintings that I currently have in stock as well!

I’ll go into more detail in the next day or so about the direction I believe I’m headed in for my little art biz! It’s gonna take a little help from my great friends and family helping to spread the word, but I believe my goals are possible!

One of the main reasons I’m pushing a little harder in this season and in the seasons to come is for our missions and studio recording. Again, I’m gonna talk about this a little more in a few days, but I want my followers and buyers to know that every penny I make is going to fund our Guatemala mission trip and the needs down there, and any extra is going straight into our recording fund for the songs we are working on in the studio.

These are exciting, but trusting times. We are putting on faith, and trusting that God is in control!

Please check out my Etsy Shop and pass along on your Facebook pages, Pinterest, or whatever media avenue you enjoy! I so appreciate every one of you!

Be blessed!

Christy ❤

Help Us! Vote for “Your Table” on 91.5!

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Hey friends! We need your help! We have entered a Song Contest for Victory 91.5 radio station. Your votes count for 1/3 of the score for the contest, and we have entered very late in the contest and have some catching up to do!

All you have to do is follow this link (from your computer): http://victory915.com/contest?v=67

…and vote for our song…EVERY DAY! Yes, you can vote every day and that’s what it will take for us to catch up!

Here’s our hearts behind this: First of all, we love 91.5 and what they bring to our area through radio ministry, so we want to support whatever they do! Brad and I are at a place with our music that we really feel led to share it more than ever. I’ve been guilty over the last several years of just gathering all these songs that God puts on my heart, and just letting them take up space in my iPad. God has really impressed on our hearts to share the songs, and let Him minister through them. So, this contest comes along at that time! Since we are currently in the studio recording, we chose a song that is still in the “raw” stages and not headed toward production yet. Something brand new!

Grand Prize for the Winner of the Contest:
* $1,000 Cash
* Production of 1 Song by Uphill Studios
* Play at their Fall Live Worship Event
* Worship on Rise & Stein morning show
* Song will be added to the 91.5 playlist

Also, if you don’t currently subscribe to my YouTube Channel, please do! I’m so excited about the new songs we are going to posting there continuously during this season!:)

Thank you soooo much for voting! And please help spread the word if you would be so kind!:)

Be blessed!

Christy ❤

Art Catch Up!

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I got to work on some art this week miraculously! We’ve been leading worship a lot and recording, and I’ve felt like I’m just zipping from week to week lately! Anyone else feeling the effects of that this summer? God has blessed us to be able to worship at many different churches this past year, and it continues and never gets old! I love getting to do what God made me to do, along with making art!:) Sometimes when things get busy, music or art will outweigh the other…but currently it’s overlapping in a big blob, and that’s fine with me too:)

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We will be leading worship at Set Free Church in Dahlonega, GA tomorrow morning! Love that place! Hope you have a great day worshipping Jesus and enjoying the rest of your weekend!

Be blessed!

Christy ❤

Update on “So Free” Studio Recording!

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If you’ve been following me at all lately on any form of social media or this blog, you’ve probably heard me go on and and about “So Free”! That’s because it’s one of the most important and meaningful songs to date that God has given me. We’ve prayed long and hard during this current season we are in, as God has continued to pour in new music as He’s flooded us with His love and urging us to GET THIS OUT…and that’s what we are working toward.

For years and years now, as we’ve led our own original songs, I’ve been frustrated by my answer to this common question: “Where can we buy your CD? Are you on iTunes?”…and any other way it could be asked. Don’t get me wrong, this is sooooo encouraging to hear! I am overwhelmed that people want this music, and give all glory to God that I even get to sing what He’s given. But I hated that I always had some excuse as to why we haven’t recorded these yet. Cost too much money…yes. Takes a lot of time…yes. But God has really seemed to get us in gear this year, and I’m happy to say that we are about halfway through the process of having our first single, “So Free” finished! We’ve been working with a producer in Hiawassee, GA named Tony Ford, and Saturday was time for vocals! We went in, and I sang for a few hours, and now we just await the next step! The track will be sent to Nashville for some final drum work and mastering, and we should have it ready to share before long! It just feels good to be able to say, it’s actually on the way. 🙂

Be blessed!

Christy ❤

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July Celebrations: ‘Merica / Anniversary!

We’ve had a busy July so far, complete with our 13 year anniversary and a fun July 4th ‘Merica Day with the family around the house! First of all, on the anniversary, we keep things simple. I’m a cheap date and love to eat at Chili’s, or really just about anywhere with lots of meat…so that’s what we did:) We are so blessed to have each other and consider each day a special blessing to count!

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Then, I’d like to share this video with you from our silly, Beasley ‘Merica Day Celebration…I think it would be fitting to call it that…you’ll know why after watching the short video;)

Brad and I went out and performed some crazy activities for our niece and nephew, Canyon and Cade. It got out of control:)

Here’s the link to YouTube…just watch it:
‘Merica 2013 Video

Hope you all had a great 4th as well!

Be blessed!

Christy ❤