Trip Down Memory Lane: Christian Music Part 4

Some of the best music is in the past.

Love Audio Adrenaline growing up. One of my favorite bands.

Will let these songs speak for themselves.

Take a listen. I pray god touches your heart and impacts you through the music and lyrics.

I also pray some of these songs get stuck in your head haha.

Audio Adrenaline – Never Gonna Be As Big As Jesus:

Big House.

Can’t Take God Away

Hands and Feet

One of my favorite contemporary Christian music songs ever:

Hope that the youth today will be introduced to these songs!

Another awesome Christian song:

May this be true for all Christians today!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16, Bible

Now introducing you to a lovely singer – Twila Paris. Such a beautiful spirit with a true heart for God and Christian ministry. May God bless you through this beautiful song:

Trip Down Memory Lane: Christian Music Part 3

DC Talk.

Growing up, DC Talk was one of the coolest things ever.

Recently listened to some of their music again. Forgot how good it is!! And remembered how much I loved it! I hope teens today will take the time to listen… and that Christian parents will introduce it to their children.

Loved their CD “Free At Last” where I became a big fan.

Even joined their fan club and received their DC Talk t-shirt and dog tag necklace. (Still have the dog tag!)

Love their boldness for Jesus and message to live the Christian life and not worry what the world thinks about you.

This song is from that album. Take a listen:

(The video’s also worth watching to see their 90’s clothes and dance moves!)

Here’s another one of their songs from “Free At Last”:

Great anticipation came for the release of their following album: “Jesus Freak.” Couldn’t wait! Was so excited to hear the first single release on the radio. It was a big deal!

Here’s the official music video for the title song:

My sister Ashleigh and I used to skate to their music on Christian skate night at the roller rink. I often made requests for their songs.

This was some of the music that influenced my life.

The world needs true Christian artists who are bold for Christ, unashamed and singing for the right reasons.

Wonder how many people get saved at Christian concerts. My parents took me to many Christian concerts growing up and there were many altar calls, where people were invited to ask Jesus into their hearts.

My family and I got to see them in concert at Atlanta Fest – they were the headliner band. When the concert started, they appeared standing on a high platform that was slowly being lowered to the stage, with fog all around them. To my teen heart, it was so unexpected and so cool!

God blessed us with the opportunity to meet each of them individually at a big Christian music event one year. We were so excited!

After great success, the artists on DC Talk – Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith – eventually went their separate ways and did solo projects.

Michael Tait then went onto to become the front man of the Newsboys.

Kevin Max the lead vocalist for the new Audio Adrenaline.

And Toby continues his solo career as Toby Mac.

There’s no way for any human to measure the impact for Christ these guys are having on earth. Only in Heaven can we know.

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Trip Down Memory Lane: Christian Music Part 2

Steven Curtis Chapman was also a favorite of mine growing up. Love his The Great Adventure CD and music video.

Take a look:

As one who loves many pioneer and western stories, horses and the great outdoors since childhood, I loved the scenery and beautiful horses featured in this music video. Even thought his wardrobe was cool, with his colorful jacket. For me it was perfect! Though I didn’t quite understand the one bedroom in the middle of nowhere with collapsible walls haha.

Some family friends treated one of my sisters and I to his Great Adventure concert tour. Still remember seeing him at a distance from our seats at a packed out stadium with thousands of people.

Around that time, God blessed us with the opportunity to meet him when he was signing autographs at a store. He was sitting at a table, while we waited in line. When it was my turn, I approached him with a gift. A pencil drawn portrait of him with his first three children from a picture I had seen in a magazine. Believe I even framed it for him. He was very gracious and kind. Got a pic with him and it was a fun experience!

Still have my Great Adventure t-shirt.

Steven has really stood out as an artist who really loves Christ and wants to follow him. He also seems to be a very devoted and loving husband and father.

Two of his songs speak of his strong commitment as a husband to his wife. First song is titled “I Will Be Here.” Very popular at Christian weddings. Second is this beautiful love song.

Take a listen:

Another amazing song, speaking of commitment to do what God has called you to do, is a song titled “For the Sake of the Call.”

So thank you, Steven Curtis Chapman, for being a great role model and light in this world – of what it means to serve Christ – as a Christian, an artist, a husband and a father.

Next up, DC Talk. One of the coolest bands ever to hit Christian radio.

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Looking for Good Music? Look Behind You. Trip Down Memory Lane: Christian Music Part 1

Sometimes we forget amazing music from the past. Music that God worked through to touch us, inspire, encourage and help keep us on the straight and narrow path. Music – that in some ways – changes our lives.

We all need music like that.

Music is so powerful. It helps shape us and mold our views of life and the world.

I recently took a trip down memory lane, listening to Christian music I loved growing up. I forgot how much I loved some of these songs, how amazing some of them are and how powerful of messages they carry.

When I was growing up, my parents introduced me to a lot of Christian music:

D.C. Talk

Steven Curtis Chapman

Michael W. Smith

Audio Adrenaline

Twila Paris


Some of you know who I’m talking about. (Most of the artists God blessed us with opportunities to meet, some even with really cool stories!)

It was really smart of my parents to do this. Because it’s like there’s a music compartment in each of our lives and it might start out void, but we’re going to fill it with some kind of music. Teenagers especially seem to look for music role models in their lives. So be sure to fill the “music compartment” in your life and if you have children, in your kids’ lives, with the right kind of music and the right role models to look up to.

So if you will, take a trip with me, down memory lane… to meet these artists and great songs, or for some of you, to re-visit.

First up, Michael W. Smith.

Michael W. Smith’s song “Secret Ambition” seemed to be at the time one of the coolest songs/videos ever in Christian music at the time! I hope kids and teens today will be introduced to it and enjoy it!

Take a look:

Such a powerful message of Christ’s work of salvation on the cross, to bring us to God!

When watching 1990’s Christian music videos, it’s also fun to see the style and fashions that were popular in the day. My sisters and I use to make music videos of some of our favorite songs, lip syncing to the artists, using the home video camera to record.

Another great favorite of Michael’s in this time was “Place In This World.”

One of my family’s favorites was his album “Lead You Home.” We listened to it over and over again on cross country move.

Another one of my favorites was a song called “Live the Life,” a song I heard him play LIVE at huge youth conference DC/LA. It was awesome to be with 10,000 teens singing about living your life for God.

Later on. Michael W. Smith came out with his first worship album titled “Worship.” One of the best worship albums ever! God blessed my family and I with the opportunity to be part of the recording when Michael W. Smith recored the album at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland FL, a church that holds thousands. Still remember see Michael at the piano from our seats near the front and singing along with the songs, worshipping God.

Thank you, Michael W. Smith, for using your gifts and talents to bring people closer to God, to help point people to Jesus and stay on the straight and narrow and to be a positive influence in this world!

God blessed my family and I with the opportunity to meet Michael W. Smith in the 1990’s. We were visiting Franklin, TN and drove past Michael’s club for youth called Rocketown. There he was, standing out side in the parking lot. We pulled in, got out of the car and met him. He was so gracious and nice. We got a pic with him, and he invited my older sister and I to come to his youth club that night, putting us on his guest list. So thankful to God for such a cool experience!

It’s so important to have Christian singers who are doing it for the right reasons. They’re such a light in this world!

Next up, Steven Curtis Chapman.

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The End of the World

So many movies depict end of the wold type scenarios. If you really want to know what happens at the end of the world, read the book of Revelation. See these specific chapters shown here:
1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

The Judgment of Satan

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison
8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
10And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

The Judgment of the Dead

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.
12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.
14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.
16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubitsthick.
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.
19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,
20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

John and the Angel

6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.
9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.
11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
15Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.
19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

Who Cares?

Who cares what the world thinks of you?

Here’s a reminder not to care what “they” think of you. Whether we’re successful in the world’s eyes.

Care what God thinks of you. Are we successful in God’s eyes?

God reminded me of this recently.

The world is not my god. The Lord Jesus is my God.

I’m not even supposed to care whether my friends or relatives view me as successful or how they value me in regards to the world’s standards either.

What matters is: Am I pleasing to Jesus? Am I successful in His eyes?

And not just pleasing in the sense of that because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection I have right standing with God through faith and am completely righteous and forgiven in Him. Everyone who has made Jesus the Lord of their life has that by being “in Christ.”

Am I pleasing to Him in:
– my behavior
– my thought life
– my words
– obedience

That matters. It counts to God. Our behavior can be pleasing or displeasing to God.

Reminding me to get back to the heart of Jesus – just wanting to serve and follow Him, with eyes on eternity. Valuing what He values. Valuing what He thinks. Using His measures and standards and not the worlds.

Scripture tells us: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever,”
(I John 2:17).

If you have the choice right now to follow Christ OR try to live your own life and make your own dreams come true, choose to follow Christ. It’s worth it. If you decide to not follow Jesus and go your own way, what if the world ends soon? Then what will that be worth? You can trust Jesus to follow Him. He will not lead you astray.

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Jesus tells us we’re either for Him or against Him. There’s no middle ground.
Your life is worth SO much that Christ gave His life to save you. Nothing is worth more than that. You don’t need worth from the world. You get your worth from Christ.
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Who Are Your Friends?

Who we hang out with can have a big influence on our lives. Who are your friends? Not only people you hang out with in person, but who are your “media” friends? Who you follow on twitter, on facebook, who you watch on TV, who you spend time with through books – fictional and real life people.

The Bible says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm,” (Proverbs 13:20).

In this interview with recording artist Clay Crosse, we discuss the importance of who you hang with as friends. Who you hang out with can actually be a matter of life or death.

In the life of Jehoram king of Judah, we see:

The Importance of Who You Marry:

“He followed the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD,” (2 Chronicles 21:6).

In the life of Ahaziah king of Judah we see:

The Importance of Who You Let Influence You and Whose Counsel You Take

“Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem one year. His mother’s name was Athaliah, a granddaughter of Omri.
He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.
He also followed their counsel when he went with Joram son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth Gilead. The Arameans wounded Joram;
so he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds they had inflicted on him at Ramoth in his battle with Hazael king of Aram. Then Ahaziahson of Jehoram king of Judah went down to Jezreel to see Joram son of Ahab because he had been wounded,” (2 Chronicles 22:2-6).

Notice it says “He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father’s death they became his advisers, to his undoing.” He listened to his advisors and soon after was his downfall and death. Be careful whose advice you take and who you let advise you! Notice also it says “He too followed the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother encouraged him to act wickedly.”

Don’t let rotten friends ruin your life! When speaker and author Jimmy Evans became saved, he knew he had to get away from his friends in order to continue in his faith and follow Christ.

For more on what kinds of friends to avoid and people to stay away from, please see Proverbs 1 and Proverbs 2. (The Bible actually gives us permission not to hang out with people!)

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us … do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths,” (Proverbs 1:10,11, 15).

Where’s that 1980’s ad “Just Say No” when you need it? It’s okay to say no.

For teenage girls and young adult girls to hang out with good friends, please see my post about some “great friends.” They just might change their lives forever in a good way.
Be sure to check out Clay Crosse’s book “Dashboard Jesus.” It’s a book for men but one of my all time favorites because it’s so true, practical and helpful for anyone’s walk with Jesus.

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Love – What Does It Mean To Love?

Many people don’t know what it really means to love.

What is the true definition of love? What does it mean to really love someone?

We need taught how to love. We need an example to follow.

We are told to love, but what does that actually look like to love?

Love produces results. Love requires action.

I get really frustrated when I hear Christians say, “The only command we have is to love.”

God’s Word tells us in 1 John 5: 2-3 says:This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands…”

So we see that love for God and love for one another equals obeying God’s commands.

So how can our only command be to love when the Bible clearly says love is obeying God’s commands? Commands being plural.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will obey what I command,” (John 14:15).

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” (John 14:21).

“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching,” (John 14:23).

Jesus also said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love,” (John 15:9-10).

So again we see that love equals obeying God’s commands.

Look at what Jesus tells us in Matthew 22 after he was asked, “‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’”

Jesus didn’t say they were the only commandments. He said the first and greatest, and the second.

Love Determines Actions

I also get frustrated when I feel like people are picked on for promoting the Ten Commandments: do not steal, do not lie, do not commit adultery, do not covet your neighbor’s wife, do not give false testimony against your neighbor, do not murder, etc. (Exodus chapter 20).

Why not promote them?

If we love someone, we will not steal their husband. If we love someone, we will not make up lies about them. If we love someone, we will not murder them.

We are under grace but that does not change the meaning of love.

Romans 13:8-10 says:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

So when you say you love someone, take a look at how you are treating them. Do your actions, words and behavior line up with the true definition of love?

Don’t Rely on Feelings

It’s great when we feel love in our hearts. But what happens when we don’t feel it? Do we use that as an excuse not to love?

Love isn’t just some feeling. Sometimes true love means the right actions with no feelings at all.

We can’t let our feelings determine whether we will love. We can’t let our feelings determine what love is.

Sometimes love is a decision to do what is right and to treat people right. Sometimes love goes against a person’s feelings, for sometimes feelings deceive them into believing a lie about love. A single person could say they love a married person and therefore must have them. But that is a lie. It is not true love. True love would leave the married person alone to their spouse. A single person could say they love someone who is also single and want to sleep with them. But true love would be to commit their life to them in marriage before sleeping with them. Love is more than a feeling. It is treating a person right.

Loving an unborn baby means giving them a chance to be born and to live life. Anyone alive was given that chance to be born, so why should anyone have the right to take that away from anyone else? A woman may not feel like being pregnant. She may not feel like giving birth. But when she gives her baby that chance, she is choosing love.

Jesus said:My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” (John 15:12-13).

When a woman continues her pregnancy and gives birth, she is laying down her life for her baby.

God is our example

God showed us His love by giving us His son:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8).

God shows us how to love. He is our example. For after all, God is love and love comes from God. Want to learn more how to truly love? Study the life of Jesus by reading the Gospels and study how he treated people. How he loved people.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God,” (I John 4:7).

(For more on love, please read I John 4:7I John 5:5 and I Corinthians 13.

God Never Expires

Have been reading through Anne of Green Gables books lately as a way to relax, enjoying the night time reads as I follow the fictional life and stories of enthusiastic, dramatic Anne in picturesque landscapes with colorful characters and interesting experiences. Becoming emotional attached to her world, friends and way of life, I felt a tinge of sadness thinking that the stories would come to an end. Then what would I read? Especially since Anne books were finding a special place in my heart.

The books would end. Just like favorite TV shows. Rereads and reruns are good if spaced far enough apart… but the stories run out. They end.

Then I came to thinking… God never expires. He never ends. Never leaves. He’s always there to love, discover more of and is full of wonderful surprises. Stories with Him never end. New joys are waiting with Him all the time. I found comfort in that as I readjusted my gaze to the eternal. When Jesus is your Savior, your story with God never ends. Isn’t there great comfort in that?