Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Rest We Need

By: Melissa Baker

Rest. We all need it, yet it seems like we never do it. We are all so busy, going nonstop that we forget to rest. We have work, church, school, our kids sports, extra curricular activities, etc. All of that can wear us down very easily, especially if we don't learn to balance everything. This world is chaotic enough without us making it more complicated with our schedules and to-do lists. A lady by the name of Alli Worthington once said "We have to start breaking busy before the busy breaks us." Isn't that the truth! If we don't learn how to rest and take a breather, we will never accomplish anything other than being busy. We need to take a break. We need to rest!
There are several different types of rest. Spiritual rest, physical rest and mental rest. Jesus modeled all of these types of rest. YES, even Jesus needed rest! So if Jesus needed rest, don't you think we need to rest too? First, Jesus modeled spiritual rest. He took time to be alone with God. In Mark 1:35, it says "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed." He knew this was extremely important because He needed to hear God's voice. He needed to rest in God's presence. If you make time to pray and rest in God every day, you will be renewed and refreshed.
Jesus also modeled physical rest. He fell asleep on the boat with the disciples in the middle of a storm. Mark 4:38 says " Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him , "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"Even when others were desperately needing his help, Jesus was willing to take a nap and get physical rest. He knew the importance of physical rest. If we don't get the proper rest our bodies need, we are irritable, grouchy and our bodies suffer. We are supposed to take care of the bodies that God has given us.
Lastly, Jesus modeled mental rest. He was not afraid to step away from the crowds. He was willing to go to the other side on a boat, away from everyone who so desperately needed Him. Jesus was clear on what God was calling Him to do, so the needs and desires of others didn't distract Him from the mental rest He needed. Lets remove ourselves from the busyness and chaos and mentally rest.
God doesn't want us to be constantly exhausted and overwhelmed. How can we accomplish all that God is calling us to do if we cannot physically or emotionally function. We cannot function properly unless we have all the required rest our body needs. We need spiritual rest (time with God), we need physical rest (our bodies literally still) and we also need mental rest (time away from the chaos). God wants us to slow down and use our gifts and talents without the worrying or the busyness. We need to fully rest in God. When we do this, our bodies will be energized and our minds will be clear and open to what God wants us to do.  So today, be sure to get all the rest your mind and body is begging you for. Only then will be at your best. And that is what God wants from us, our very best!

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

Have a great day!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Comparison Trap

By: Melissa Baker



When I was growing up, we weren't extremely "well off". Since my family didn't have a lot of money, that meant we usually didn't have all the fashionable clothing, accessories and latest trend items. I remember often thinking, "I wish I had her clothes", or "she is so much prettier than I am". I was insecure as it was, so having less than flattering clothing and hand me downs, didn't help much. I looked up to certain people, weather it be for their style, status or looks. But that often lead to comparing myself to those people. So I ended up in the comparison trap.  And if we are not careful, falling into that comparison trap can happen easier than we think. This isn't just a "teenage" problem. Grown adults have this problem as well. Sometimes, we compare ourselves to other women without even realizing we are doing it. The comparison trap does not have a specific target. Anyone at any age can fall victim to it if we allow ourselves to.

Wanting what others have is the ultimate thief of joy and it will leave you disappointed with your own life. When you compare yourself to others, what you are really doing is taking your own gifts and blessings for granted. When you are worried about what everyone else has or is doing, you become jealous, discontent, and you often cannot see what God is doing in your own life, because you are blinded by theirs.

In Galatians 6:4, we are instructed to examine our own lives, and who God has made us to be as an individual. What talents do you have that someone else does not? How can God use you for something that no one else can do? How can your testimony be used to reach someone, that no one else can reach? Each and every person was given a certain skillset that He wants to use in a specific way. Once you realize your own purpose or talents, let God use you! Place your focus on those things that God has blessed YOU with.  


"Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else."
Galatians 6:4

There is a  powerful phrase that someone once wrote and I find it very helpful. It reads: "Someone else's success does not rob you of anything." If we can just remember that the next time we fall into the comparison trap, we can focus on the calling God has in our own lives, instead of what we don't have or where we are lacking. Don't fall into the comparison trap, let's be happy for other people's success and work on making our own!



Have a blessed day! 


Friday, September 29, 2017

Matt Redman: Glory Song CD Review and Giveaway!!!

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I have really come to like Matt Redman's music. He is consistently inspiring and he's an incredibly talented artist. I just love how his heart for God comes forth through the songs he sings. The songs on this album paint a picture of worship and the love of God. My favorite song on this album is "Gracefully Broken". However, the whole CD is amazing! It has powerful messages and soothing sounds that are perfect for worshipping or having quiet time with God. If you want to be encouraged and refreshed, I highly recommend that you purchase this album. It is wonderful! You can't go wrong with Matt Redman!

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith. 


View the Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video) HERE.
View the Gracefully Broken (Song Story) HERE .
If you would like to pick up a copy of the album, you can do so HERE.


And Now for the giveaway!!!

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.





Friday, September 22, 2017

Matthew West: All In CD Review and Giveaway!!

By: Melissa Baker
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Matthew West is such an inspirational musician. Every song in this album seems to have bits and pieces of his testimony. He encourages the listeners to get out of their comfort zone and really live their lives. We can't just simply exist. Our lives should be lived to the fullest and that is exactly the message behind this album. The songs on this album really hit you in the heart. They are so relatable and touch you right where you are. Several of these songs really spoke to me and have given me the motivation to truly be "All In". God has made us to be more than just spectators sitting on the sidelines, watching our lives go by. In every area of our lives, we need to give it our all and fully be there. Through these songs, you will be inspired to be all that God has called you to be. So... are you "All In"?

About the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

Social Corner:
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo

If you would like to purchase this album, you can do so here: http://capcmg.me/Allin?IQid=flyby

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence- Exodus: DVD Giveaway!

By: Melissa Baker

I have recently had the privilege to view Patterns of Evidence- Exodus. The filmmaker traveled around Egypt and the middle east, looking and searching for hard, physical evidence that what the Bible says, is in fact true. I found it interesting how they showed many places that they went to gather evidence.  It was really neat to see all the places that were mentioned in the Bible. There are a lot of pictures and video of the Holy Land, which really kept my attention.  In his first trip to Egypt, he could not find any evidence of The Exodus. He then went back a second time and spoke with different people who are also researching the same thing, some of which say there is evidence and some who say there isn't. He realized he needed a new approach to finding the evidence he was searching for. He spoke with Bible Scholars, experts, archaeologists, and many other people. This was a wonderful look into the facts and history of the Bible. This documentary is well done, very informative, and gives great detail as to their findings. A bonus feature DVD is also included that has features such as meeting the cast, behind the music, and more. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who would like to learn more about the story of Exodus, or even to someone who doesn't necessarily believe that what the Bible says is true. 


About the author/filmmaker/producer:
Tim Mahoney founded Mahoney Media Group, Inc. (MMG) in 1989. MMG focused its business on television and video production for regional and national companies. In 2014 Tim founded Thinking Man Films & Media as an international documentary & publishing company with a focus on education and the Bible. Tim produced numerous productions for Christian organizations including the Billy Graham Association, World Wide Pictures, and Compassion International. Tim also served as the President of the board for the International Christian Visual Media Association (ICVM). Tim’s first full feature documentary film, “PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: THE EXODUS”, released in January 2015. The film took 12 years to develop and takes a scientific approach to investigate the events of the biblical Exodus. The overall vision for his film company is to explore “patterns of evidence” that support the biblical narrative and engages the world in a conversation. The film takes a balanced approach and leaves the audience to decide for themselves if the Bible is real history or myth.
About the film:
·         Won 13 awards on the film festival circuit in 2014, including a Gold Remi Award winner for Best Director at the Worldfest Houston Intl. Film Festival, the Gold Crown Award for Best Picture and Best Documentary at ICVM 2014, and Official Selection at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.
·         Supplemental resources associated with the film include a nearly 400-page hardcover book, small group Bible study, Movie Event kit, youth version (called Young Explorers), homeschool curriculum and others.
·         It includes powerful interviews with some of the top experts in the fields of archaeology and Egyptology as well as people of influence in the Middle East.
·         The film has an objective, fair-minded and balanced approach. It allows viewpoints from all sides to be heard in a respectful way while asking honest questions of the Bible and scholars’ views. It does not preach and lets the evidence speak for itself. This allows the film to be very shareable with those of different viewpoints.


View the trailer or get more information here: www.patternsofevidence.com

**I am offering a discount code for my readers who purchase the documentary. You can use the code MK1 for $3 off the DVD price, which retails for $19.95! It's a great deal!!**

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY:

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Answer Is Jesus!

By: Melissa Baker

Do you ever feel tired or weary and ask yourself, "where is my strength today?" Or you are faced with a problem that you just can't fix and you wonder "where is my breakthrough?" When your day is full of chaos and stress, do you find yourself asking "where is my peace?" If you are overwhelmed by the trials of everyday life, these questions may seem like they don't even have an answer or solution. But...


The answer to each and every question, every tear, every problem, and every situation is Jesus! I have hope for my breakthrough, because it is found in Him alone! I know that when I call on Jesus, when I'm struggling or frustrated beyond what I can bear, He meets me right where I am. I don't have to worry. I don't have to turn to worldly things to fill a void that my problems are creating. Jesus is the only one that can fill that void. He is the only one that can help me when I can't help myself. My help comes from my Maker! He leads me beside still waters and He refreshes my soul. His love carries me through and keeps me on the right path. Even though I have hard times, and struggle to find peace and joy in the mess, I don't have to worry or be afraid, because He is with me. 


So today, we need to remind ourselves that there is an answer to what we need in our lives, for this moment and this season. Our questions regarding our breakthrough, our joy, our strength, and our peace, they all have an answer...that answer is Jesus! 


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Psalm 23 (NIV)

Have a blessed day!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Mandisa: Out Of The Dark- Giveaway!


I am so excited to announce that, if you don't know already, Mandisa's new album is now available! It is so inspiring! As you listen to this CD, I can almost guarantee you that at least one of these songs will hit home with you. I know several of them did for me. I have struggled with depression in the past, so I really understood where she was coming from and what she went thru. There are some upbeat songs as well as really touching ones. My three sons even enjoyed listening to it. I highly recommend everyone going out and buying this album. You will not regret it! I have included some links to a few videos that I know you will love, about Mandisa and and the new album. And don't forget to enter to win a copy of the CD, just click on the giveaway below. Enjoy!

MANDISA OUT OF THE DARK CD

Acoustic Video for "Unfinished”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 

You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463


AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

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“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification