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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Did Chris Pratt Ruin Jurassic World?

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Did anyone else think of this?

In Jurassic World 1, Chris Pratt’s character “Owen” should have known better…

He’s experienced… he’s trained raptors…
But yet, in the beginning of the movie, when they can’t find the extremely dangerous dinosaur in the extremely secure pen, what does “Owen” do? He investigates the pen – by going inside the pen. Yes, the censors didn’t detect the dinosaur’s body heat but still… he should have waited.
This is why the very dangerous dinosaur escaped, terrorized the other dinosaurs, people were killed and jurassic world was ruined… and caused the terrible events that followed in Jurassic World 2 and probably in Jurassic World 3.
About “Owen” investigating the pen with the other workers… they should have waited and not entered the pen. They should have checked all perimeters of the pen to see if there was breach (like a giant hole the dinosaur went through and could easily come right back through). An alert should have been sent to all staff, they should have closed down the park, sent the people home, saved everyone’s lives and kept the park in tact for the world to enjoy dinosaurs.
There you go. Problem solving for fictional characters with fictional extinct dinosaurs.
So there you go.
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Karate Kid 4 Movie with Ralph Macchio

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Recently watched all three Karate Kid movies with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita from the 80’s. Love Karate Kid 1 and the others are pretty interesting. Every movie somebody hates the Daniel LaRusso, AKA the karate kid, tries to destroy him and Daniel overcomes with the help of his karate teacher, mentor, surrogate dad and best friend Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). (Love seeing when good men become like fathers to boys and teach them to be good men! Good reminder of how important it is to have good friends!)

This is what it could have been like, but first, in case you missed them, here’s a recap of the first three movies:

Movie One: The high school bullies who also go to a karate glass led by an ego maniac villain try to destroy Daniel and he wins the karate championship.
Movie Two: Mr. Miyagi’s former best friend’s nephew in Japan challenges Daniel to a fight to the death and Daniel again rises to victory.
Movie Three: The ego maniac villain karate class teacher from movie one lost his business and now his even more evil war veteran friend wants to destroy Daniel but Daniel again wins the karate championship.
And of course, all with the help of Daniel’s karate teacher Mr. Miyagi. (On a side note, one of my sisters worked with Pat Morita on a film. Awesome!)

Wish they had done one more movie… with Ralph Macchio. Forget the current series that I quit watching because it is not family friendly or a good influence. Not recommending it.

So in my proposed movie story line, Daniel gets a lot more positive publicity and his story becomes even more famous around the nation. There’s TV interviews, book deals, a movie deal and Daniel opens up his own karate academy and trains boys who need guidance and discipline. Can he be married to his girlfriend from Karate Kid 1 and can it also be written that Mr. Miyagi married his lost love from Japan (from movie two) before he died? (Why didn’t he take her with him in movie two?!! She waited for him her whole life!) This time no enemies to overcome – just positive stories of Daniel helping teenage boys overcome and succeed in life. Wouldn’t that be nice?


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.

If you would like to know Jesus and for more important messages, please see:

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Wedding Review

Harry and Meghan Wedding CFirst question: Did you get up early to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Second question: Did you get up early years ago to watch the Royal Wedding LIVE of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Third Question: Do you even know what I’m talking about? (That was said in a British accent though you couldn’t hear it in this digital ink.)

I did – for both.

There’s something very exciting about getting caught up in the excitement and happiness of a Royal Wedding. Like the kind of fairy tales we’ve grown up watching: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty. Seeing a girl’s dreams come true and her being loved by handsome prince. And living happily ever after – though you never know for sure – but thankfully the cartoons always end after the wedding, so you believe it is true.

Years ago, my family and I got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Leading up to it we watched movies about the couple’s romance.

We did it again for Meghan and Harry’s wedding, which meant being up by 3:00 a.m. PST.

But it was exciting and fun. We of course also watched a movie about the couple’s romance, though you wonder how much of those private, secret conversations are actually true? We watched parts of documentaries and also coverage of Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. Which was sad…

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So now my thoughts on Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding…

First off, Harry sighed a lot. And he seemed like a nervous groom. Not Meghan, who seemed happy and to embrace the whole occasion.

Her dress… first off, Meghan looked beautiful! But I was hoping for more with her dress. Maybe for more lace, more something, to be wrinkle-free and to fit better. If anyone’s wedding dress should fit perfectly, you think it would be hers. Hard to understand that one. Her veil was beautiful and her dress was pretty.

Meghan’s mother looked sweet and beautiful. She also looked concerned for her baby.

I was disappointed her father was not attending the wedding or walking her down the aisle. Prince Charles met her halfway though and filled in the gap.

As Harry spoke his wedding vows, I recalled the footage of Prince Charles making his wedding vows to Diana and hoped Harry would keep them. When Meghan gave hers, it was hard not to remember she had already broken her wedding vows from a previous marriage… and wonder, will she keep these?

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The looks on some of the faces during the ceremony… I just hoped people could keep smiling, happy, camera-friendly expressions on their faces during the whole wedding just in case they were caught on camera, because after all, much of the whole world was watching! How hard can that be?

Oh the Bishop. Anyone who watched the wedding knows about the Bishop. I just wondered… was he really allotted that length of time to speak at the wedding… or did he just run with it? Hey, after all, this is LIVE and a Royal Wedding and in England… who’s going to cause a scene to ask the Bishop to close? The Bishop said a lot of good things though and gave a great delivery!

I really do like the Christian faith incorporated into the wedding and ceremony.

And props to Harry for wearing a wedding ring, unlike Prince William.

And the cello player was so good! He did an amazing job on all three songs while the bride and groom signed the marriage license behind the scenes.

It would have been nice when Harry and Meghan returned to have the traditional announcement, “I now present to you Prince Harry and Meghan…” and also for a ceremony kiss.

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Also think the location, St. George’s Chapel was a great choice. The wedding carriage with the bride and groom riding through the charming streets looked lovely. And the weather was great. Oh now I’m talking about the weather…

So why do people love a Royal Wedding?

Because, whether they know it or not, they have a deep inner longing in their hearts they may not even be aware of to know the King of kings and the Prince of Peace. It’s a picture of God’s love for us and how when we join our lives with him, we join His kingdom. We become part of God’s royalty and receive a great inheritance. And He will never leave us nor forsake us or kick us out of His kingdom when we come to him with sincere hearts to ask for forgiveness and give our lives to Him through the gift of His Son Jesus, His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. And when we do, we’re invited to the great wedding supper of the Lamb. 

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Jeremy Roloff in Santa Barbara

You may have read the story of my family and I with Ray Romano at Disney on one of our family vacations to California here. Well, in 2011, my family and I were planning another trip to Southern California. Decided to pray again that we would meet a celebrity on the trip – just for fun. Also had particular specifications regarding this prayer request, although I didn’t know who it would be. It amazes me how God answers these prayers so it’s fun to share these stories!

God had our paths cross at just the right moment. This time, with Jeremy Roloff from TLC’s Little People Big World. My family and I have watched the show for years! So how did it happen? For part of our trip, we stayed in Santa Barbara by the ocean. After eating at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants by the ocean, instead of driving back to the hotel, I really wanted to walk back along the ocean. My Mom and sisters joined me while my Dad drove the van back to the hotel. As we passed a skate park, we noticed a guy riding a bicycle who looked like Jeremy Roloff. He parked his bike so we asked him. Sure enough, it was Jeremy. We had no idea he was in the area. Found out he had just moved from Oregon to Santa Barbara for college. He was really nice and chatted with us for a while, even letting us film home videos with him. Just like the Ray Romano story, God answered my prayer and the specifications for it! It was a really fun surprise since we enjoy watching the show.

My hopes and prayers for the Roloff family are that Matt and Amy will reconcile and remarry, for the sake of their kids, their faith, their testimony, their legacy and the sake of all the marriages they influence. (It’s really hard to watch the pain the divorce has caused their kids.) I hope they reconcile because it’s one of the best things they can do for themselves: love and forgive each other and keep their marriage vows to God. May they enjoy the wonderful blessings God has so graciously given them together: their amazing family, beautiful farm and TV show where millions follow their lives and journey. And please, don’t sell the farm! Jeremy really wants it and Matt promised it would stay in the family!

“’The man who hates and divorces his wife,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘does violence to the one he should protect,’ says the LORD Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful,” (Malachi 2:16).

“Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth,” (Malachi 2:15 NLT).