Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Pastor Steve Murrell!

My favorite preacher EVER. When he is in town to speak at a Sunday service, I go out of my way to attend a morning service even if I am scheduled to serve the evening services with my husband that same day. His insights challenge me to become a better follower of Jesus. He is pretty funny too.

He officiated our wedding. On the morning of the wedding, the first thing he asked me was "What can I do to help you?" Gotta love his servant leadership.

Last Friday evening, a group of people prepared a beautiful surprise birthday banquet for him in Every Nation building. Robert and I are honored to be a part of a celebration of a man's life who affected thousands by leading them to Jesus and making disciples out of them.

Happy 50th Pastor Steve!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kris Allen

I wanted Allison Iraheta to win Season 8 of American Idol. However, she got eliminated 2 weeks early.

I know she will be signed and will buy her CD anyway.

I watched the finale enjoying the performances but not really rooting for either Adam Lambert or Kris Allen.

Robert and I thought Adam had it in the bag. But when we watched the final performances, we knew that Kris became a real threat and it wouldn't become a landslide like everyone predicted.

When the winner was announced, I found myself extremely happy with the results. I was still stunned and would probably be just as happy if Adam won, but I knew Kris had every right to win the title as much as Adam did. And to credit Adam, I was extremely impressed on how he handled the announcement with grace and class.

Let me share with you a video of Kris. Definitely not the most popular one. It only had 300+ views when I first viewed it. His Idol songs usually generate hundreds of thousands of views, if not millions.

But there is nothing more beautiful than a person unabashedly worshipping his one and only Father. It just brings a smile to my face seeing that God catapulted him in a platform where He will use him to influence a lost nation.

Here is Kris Allen singing "God of this City" by Chris Tomlin.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day


10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

PROVERBS 31:10-31

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My 2009 Book Wish List

From Wish List

The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick

From Wish List

Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

From Wish List

Sacred Marriage by Gary L. Thomas

From Wish List

The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship (Worship Series) by Matt Redman

From Wish List

The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life by Louie Giglio

From Wish List

Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story by Sam Carchidi

From Wish List

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies and John MacArthur

From Wish List

I Am Not But I Know I AM: Welcome to the Story of God by Louie Giglio

From Wish List

Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost

From Wish List

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia

From Wish List

The Nest Home Design Handbook: Simple ways to decorate, organize, and personalize your place by Carley Roney

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Top Ten Workout Songs

Here are mine:

1) Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

"Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long..."

(I also like the original Tom Cochran version)


2) Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield

"You know, I wish that I had Jessie's girl..."


3) Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

"It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight..."

4) Boogie 2nite by Tweet

"I found a place yea, where we could boogie, boogie 2nite..."

(From the Southern Hummingbird album -- which one of the most awesome albums in every way. One of my all-time favorites. If you are looking for a Missy/Timabaland sound -- THIS IS NOT IT.)


5) Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

"Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten..."

(Pure 2000's pop from one of my favorite singers from this decade)


6) Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl

"Waiting for a star to fall, and carry your heart into my arms..."

(100% cheesy 80's pop)


7) Hungry Like a Wolf by Duran Duran
"Mouth is alive all running inside, and Im hungry like a wolf..."
(It's hard NOT to run fast with lyric like these)


8) Never by Heart

"Never let them shoot us down, never, never run away..."

9) Step by Step by New Kids on the Block

"Step by step, ooh baby..."

(Does this even surprise you?)


10) Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' by Michael Jackson

"I said you wanna be startin' somethin, you got to be startin' somethin..."

(No workout is complete without classic MJ)


I gotta add:

Great for Warm-Up

Chasing Pavements by Adele "Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements..."
Who Am I by Casting Crowns "Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth, would care to know my name..."


Great for Cool Down

Raincoat by Kelly Sweet "I'm gonna throw out my raincoat, I hope it's all right..."


What's yours?