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Weekly Song: Emily (It’s Love)

I recently heard this song by Francesca Battistelli and Dave Barnes, and I had to share. Both singers have beautiful voices and beautiful songs. This one is about how God loves you and he doesn’t give up on you.

Emily ( It’s Love)

Emily, I know you think it won’t get any better
Life has gone and gotten so tough
Emily you believe you will never ever
Never ever find that your enough

Circumstances can change your mind
But time will help you see

It’s love that hung the moon and stars for you
Above and stays awake to start the morning
If you feel you’ve had enough
He’s never given up
It’s love la la la it’s love

Emily you will see some stormy weather
Dark and cloudy days of rain (days of rain)
But Emily there will be summer laughter
Cause everybody the seasons change

Circumstances will turn out fine
And time will help you see


Can’t you see
I know you believe me
Everything is whispering this well known story
So listen in
It’s humbling
All of this done for you


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Weekly Prayer: For the victims of the Roseburg shooting

Yesterday in Roseburg, OR there was a tragic shooting at the community college. Why is it that the United States tops the list for shootings? … I think we need stricter gun control and more community support/education.

Today I offer a prayer for those victims of the shooting and for their family, friends, and for the community.

(This is adapted from a prayer for the victims of the Charleston, NC shooting in June)

LORD, we come to You on behalf of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. We pray for the victims, their family and friends, and the community of Roseburg, Oregon, that they find comfort in Your loving arms in the midst of such tragic loss. May Your grace and peace strengthen each one in the days and weeks ahead. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen

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Pope Francis’ Words On Faith & Renewal

I read a few of Pope Francis’ speeches that he delivered while he was in the US, and they were just so beautiful, I thought to share a few quotes regarding faith and renewal. Pope Francis reminds us that with faith, we are blessed.


“Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life grows in faith.” – speech at the mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia


We know in faith that Jesus seeks us out. He wants to heal our wounds, to soothe our feet which hurt from travelling alone, to wash each of us clean of the dust from our journey. He doesn’t ask us where we have been, he doesn’t question us what about we have done. Rather, he tells us: “Unless I wash your feet, you have no share with me” (Jn 13:8). Unless I wash your feet, I will not be able to give you the life which the Father always dreamed of, the life for which he created you. Jesus comes to meet us, so that he can restore our dignity as children of God. He wants to help us to set out again, to resume our journey, to recover our hope, to restore our faith and trust. He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realize that we have a mission, and that confinement is not the same thing as exclusion.

The Lord tells us this clearly with a sign: he washes our feet so we can come back to the table. The table from which he wishes no one to be excluded. The table which is spread for all and to which all of us are invited.

All of us have something we need to be cleansed of, or purified from. May the knowledge of that fact inspire us to live in solidarity, to support one another and seek the best for others.

Let us look to Jesus, who washes our feet. He is “the way, and the truth, and the life”. He comes to save us from the lie that says no one can change. He helps us to journey along the paths of life and fulfillment. May the power of his love and his resurrection always be a path leading you to new life.” – speech to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Prisoners


“All of us benefit from remembering our past. A people which remembers does not repeat past errors; instead, it looks with confidence to the challenges of the present and the future.

May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy. And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself.” – speech at the Philadelphia Independence Hall

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Weekly Song: Where Would Jesus Be?

Last week, Jeff Lowery visited our church and sang some of his songs that he performs for the youth in youth camp. This song, Where Would Jesus Be?, makes us reflect on how our lives can reflect Jesus and how we can share our love.

Where Would Jesus Be?

Where would Jesus be and how is Jesus calling me, to change my life
He is asking us, to take a leap of faith and trust
Come follow me, where would Jesus be?

Would he be at church on Sunday, would he greet you at the door?
Would he be behind the pulpit, singing in the choir,
Turning over tables or setting them up in the fellowship hall?
Are you asking, where would Jesus be?


Would he be at work on Monday,
Repairing neighbors homes, or seeking out the stranger, attending to their wounds?
Gathering people’s signatures or signing bills into law?
Are you asking where would Jesus be?


In fat, Jesus could be in any of those places,
And none of us can claim to have Jesus only in our spaces
We need to look and see, where else Jesus would be
And we’ll find, that’s where God is calling,
God is calling, God is calling us to be


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Embrace God’s Gifts and Share

“The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders; and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied. Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad, were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp. They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent; yet the spirit came to rest on them also, and they prophesied in the camp. So, when a young man quickly told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,’ Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses’ aide, said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them.’ But Moses answered him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!’” -Numbers 11:25-29

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10

In Numbers, we see that some men are upset that God gave two men the gift of prophesy, even though these men weren’t in the tent, weren’t doing it right like everyone else who received the gift. Numbers reminds us that we should be grateful for anyone who receives blessings, no matter what the situation.

And 1 Peter reminds us that we can’t just take in God’s gifts and accept them apathetically, hoarding them for ourselves. God blesses each of us with gifts! These gifts are to be cherished and appreciated. Not only that, they are to be SHARED.

It is best when we:
1. Praise God for the gifts that He generously provides all of His people.  
2. Go out and share these gifts with others.

Pope Francis in his recent speech to US Congress says this:

​”Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”

What gifts we receive, we need to give back out to our neighbors. What blessings we value, we need to realize the value of them to other people. 

We need to embrace gratitude and joy for every gift that God provides the world.

We need to stop comparing, stop complaining, stop acting jealous, stop being selfish. I admit that sometimes I see a friend blessed with something special and feel a twinge of sadness and jealousy. Instead, I need to see all the good in my own life, see that my life is just as special. I need to realize that my friend deserves happiness just as much as me, and I should rejoice with her in her blessing. We need to be more happy for each other and share in our blessings. 

Remember to love. Embrace God’s gifts and SHARE! We are a part of one big body of Christ. We need to share our gifts, share God’s goodness with those around us, so that the whole body can be nourished by good.

Lord, I am grateful for what You have given me today! And I am happy that You gave my neighbor gifts as well. May we rejoice together for all the gifts that You provide, and may we share Your gifts and blessings with each other. Amen.

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Weekly Prayer: For All Babies

Our lives are blessed with babies – our cousin recently gave birth to a baby girl, and Krista is due in less than three weeks for her baby girl. Here is a prayer for all babies, that they may be blessed with good health, faith, and happiness.

Prayer for all babies

How we praise and thank You for the precious little lives of all new-born babies, little toddlers and young children, knowing that each one is special to You and was known in Your heart, even before conception. Thank You that You have scheduled every day of each little life, and we praise and thank You for the special plans and purposes You have for every single new-born child – for all babies and infants.

We pray Your loving protection over all babies and their families, that they may be healthy and happy. We pray that many may be brought up to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Give parents and grandparents and all those that are in any way connected with young babies the wisdom and grace to care for them in a loving and secure environment.
Guard and protect, guide and provide for each innocent little baby and protect their the hearts and minds from a society that has grown far from the God Who created them and sent His Son to die  – so that they might live – this we ask in Jesus name,

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Outlander and True Love

I have been enjoying reading the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon…for the sense of history, culture, adventure, and more…However, I’d like to reflect specifically on Diana’s message of love throughout the series.

She constantly emphasizes, through the words and actions of the characters, the importance of love and obligation in ones relationships.

True love expands boundaries and time.

True love requires sacrifice and commitment, forgiveness and dedication.

True love means working hard every day to care for and protect another.

True love is a special bond, uniting people together, making them more complete as one.

True love is more than romance, it’s intimacy, opening our souls to another.

What does true love mean to you? How can you better share your love to your significant other?

Some lovely quotes from the Outlander series:

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone, I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.” -Outlander

“’I was crying for joy, my Sassenach,’ he said softly. He reached out slowly and took my face between his hands.’And thanking God that I have two hands. That I have two hands to hold you with. To serve you with, to love you with. Thanking God that I am a whole man still, because of you.’” -Outlander

“’We are bound, you and I, and nothing on this earth shall part me from you.’” -Dragonfly in Amber

“‘You are my courage, as I am your conscience…You are my heart – and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone.'” -Drums of Autumn

“‘Your face is my heart, and love of you is my soul. But you’re right, ya canna be my conscience.'” -Drums of Autumn

“’So long as my body lives, and yours — we are one flesh,’ he whispered, ‘And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire — I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.’”  -Drums of Autumn

“‘When I take ye, when I lie in your arms–my wounds are healed, then, my scars forgotten.'” -The Fiery Cross

God gave us love! He is the ultimate example of love. Sometimes the best things God gives us are hard to describe; they are just so beautiful and heartfelt. God wants true love to encompass our hearts and our lives. I pray that we may find our soulmate and experience what true love is. Love is so much apart of our whole selves…we can’t just pinpoint love into one adjective.

Remember that God loves you truly, His love expands boundaries and words!

1 Corinthians 13:
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a ringing brass gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and I know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I parcel out all my possessions, and if I hand over my body in order that I will be burned, but do not have love, it benefits me nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not jealous, it does not boast, it does not become conceited, it does not behave dishonorably, it is not selfish, it does not become angry, it does not keep a record of wrongs, it does not rejoice at unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will pass away. If there are tongues, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but whenever the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I set aside the things of a child. For now we see through a mirror indirectly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know completely, just as I have also been completely known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”​

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Weekly Song: Give a Little Whistle

My husband and I watched a PBS documentary on Walt Disney this past week, and I thought to pick this week’s song from one of the classic Disney movies. Give a Little Whistle song comes from Pinocchio, and I think it’s an uplifting song. When you are in a tough situation, don’t get angry or confused; rather, take a deep breath (or a little whistle), let go of the negative thoughts and let in some happy thoughts.

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
When you meet temptation and the urge is very strong,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
Not just a little squeak,
pucker up and blow.
And if your whistle’s weak, yell “Juminy Cricket!”

Take the straight and narrow path
and if you start to slide,
give a little whistle!
Give a little whistle!
And always let your conscience be your guide

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Tame your tongue

James 3:5-12 “A big forest fire can be started with only a little flame. And the tongue is like a fire. It is a whole world of evil among the parts of our bodies. The tongue spreads its evil through the whole body. The tongue is set on fire by hell, and it starts a fire that influences all of life. People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water.”

This past Sunday in church service, our Pastor discussed James 3 and how we should tame our tongue. I think that is something more people should focus on. It seems these days that it’s more acceptable to curse and say inappropriate words, but it should not be this way.

How can you tame your tongue? THINK about it!

T – is it True?

H – is it Helpful?

I – is it Inspiring?

N – is it Necessary?

K – is it Kind?

God calls us to be kind to one another, to support one another, and lift each other up, not just by action but by your words! I think of Hawk Nelson’s song Words:

“Words can build us up, words can break us down, start a fire in our hearts or put it out. Let my words be life, let my words be truth. I don’t wanna say a word, unless it points the world back to You. Let the words I say, be the sound of Your grace.” 

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Weekly Prayer: Welcome Jesus’ Light

Our weekly song post discussed being a light in the world, as written in Matthew 5:14-16. Today’s prayer is for the church and the world, to welcome Jesus’ light in our lives.

Ever present and loving God, help all who confess your name, to be united in your truth, live together in your love, and speak your glory in the world.

Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good.

Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.

Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.

We commend to your mercy all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.

Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love. Amen.

(written by Pastor Dan of Madras United Methodist Church)

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Weekly Song: Go Light Your World

Jesus is our Light in our life, and to follow his example, we should be a light for others.

In Matthew 5:14-16, he teaches us to be the light for others: You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven.”

Chris Rice’s song, Go Light Your World, is an inspirational call for us to go be stewards of Christ and be the light for others.

There is a candle in every soul
Some brightly burning, some dark and cold
And there is a spirit who brings a fire
Ignites a candle and makes his home

Carry your candle, and run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
And hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Frustrated brother, see how he’s tried to
Light his own candle some other way
See now your sister, she’s been robbed and lied to
Still holds a candle without a flame

So carry your candle, and run to the darkness
Seek out the lonely, the tired and worn
And hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

‘Cause we are a family whose hearts are blazing
So let’s raise our candles and light up the sky
Praying to our Father, in the name of Jesus
Make us a beacon in darkest times

Carry your candle, and run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, deceived and poor
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

Carry your candle, run to the darkness
Seek out the helpless, confused and torn
Hold out your candle for all to see it
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world
Take your candle, and go light your world

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Calm My Anxious Heart

I found this resource from and thought to share. It’s a great resource to go to when you are anxious, glum, or uncertain – the Bible can calm your anxious heart!

40 Bible Verses to Calm an Anxious Heart

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