Last Saturday, on the way back from the World Missions Conference, I went to the Appleton, Wisconsin airport 4 hours before my flight. While there, I helped a man re-pack his suitcase so it would weigh less and he wouldn’t have to pay $50 extra dollars. Then I felt led to give him my “Fervency” album. Turns out that he is an Indonesian pastor. I wrote a prayer song on that “Fervency” album called “Mercy” that was written for Indonesia after the big tsunami. I told him about the song and how a simple recording of the prayer song was aired all over the country through Far East Broadcasting Company. Then I recorded it professionally and after the tsunami in Japan I made a slideshow video to raise prayers and money for that crisis. He gave me a cloth that says “Pray for Indonesia.” So cool! I had thought it was a rolled up t-shirt and that was one of the things I suggested to him to check on in the big suitcase. I’m glad he chose not to because now I have it!
20 minutes later another man came up to us. He was a pastor from Japan! I told him about the song and video, too. I wrote the song for Indonesia and made a YouTube video with the song for Japan. The two men watched the video on a phone. It was a little emotional for all of us in different ways. Both of these men went to the areas of devastation to help ease the load of the crisis. Both of these men said how “overwhelming” the situations were. Both of these men were so grateful for the prayers. It was so special for me to see these men watching my little video. We never know who is praying for us and that day they learned that many more were than they realized.
I remember watching the crisis in Indonesia on the news right after it happened. I saw so many images that I was beginning to feel numb. It was almost surreal. I wondered what was wrong with me. I left the living room and went into my bedroom to pray.
I began to write these words:
“Break my heart, oh God, right now, with Your Spirit’s loving power. Reduce me till I am only love.”
Tears began to flow down my cheeks and one tear fell and landed write by my new lyrics in the perfect shape of a heart. I remember tracing it. I realized that God truly was giving me His heart.
Today I ended up looking at events around the world on the news. It is devastating. It is more than can be reported. I can only watch in doses and then I need to refocus on a flower just to see beauty, life, and hope. In the midst of any crisis, there is always hope. There is always a better place to set our sights on. In the midst of the chaos, fix your eyes on Jesus and let His hope fill you. He will bring beauty out of ashes! He will turn mourning into dancing! God have mercy and may your love and grace draw people to salvation both in this life and throughout all eternity!
Please take this opportunity to pray this song over the expanse of the WORLD. The pictures are of Japan, but it represents many countries and many individuals who are broken.
Here is the link to the video:
Break my heart, oh God, right now, with your Spirit’s loving power
Reduce me, till I am only love
For the least of these I pray- the lost, the broken, and afraid
Please, reveal to them your love
Mercy, I cry mercy, Lord. Mercy, I pray, mercy
And salvation for them now and for all their eternities
May they know you as their God and worship you as their King
With your strong arm rescue them. In gentleness reassure them
That they can trust in you
Be their living water, their bread of life, the light of their world
Every good thing comes from you
Your compassion and love shine so brightly.
May we hope and believe
Would you draw them, rebuild, and revive them
And as you do, may they see… (mercy)
I ran across my old video of the making of my last album. It brought tears to my eyes thinking of how pressing on in faithfulness will result in harvest. I have a lot of testimonies since the release of this album. It took a lot of work to complete the project. Be encouraged EVERYONE to not give up in what God is calling you to do! It can get tough but keep going! Go for excellence, have peace in His grace, and leave the results up to God. Your most meaningful worship to God is in the process of obedience when every last ounce of strength is being poured out to Him in love. He exemplified that for us! He is with you!!!
Saturday night I got back from the World Missions Conference in Wisconsin. I met people from all over the world and was so grateful to learn more about what God is doing everywhere. It was so cool to be on the Prayer Team and pray for so many international, beautiful people with deep needs that only Jesus can touch. From Liberia to Thailand to Congo, France, and America, we all need our Savior and yes, He is mighty to save! Another highlight was to sing in my dad’s workshops there. He spoke on the need for the Holy Spirit and we made a good team. :) I sold some cds but it was even more of a blessing to give them to people who were from all over the place. I pray that God’s Spirit moves powerfully bringing many to Him, healing them, and setting them free forever! :) May God complete the good work He’s begun and may we do our part to show the world His love and truth.
“Radiant God” by Hannah Ford (C)
The glory of your presence
The warmth inside your eyes
You melt the dark away
Bringing light to all my days
I worship you, I worship you
Radiant God, Beautiful Friend
Savior of love, You gave me my freedom
Risen, You shine bright like the sun
Spirit of God, fill me anew, I worship You
Bright colors of your beauty
Illuminate my soul
I hear you call me and I come
I worship you, I worship you
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Worthy, worthy, worthy are You
You radiate with love, with beauty, and with strength
Let everything in you shine through me, shine through me
I sang tonight for youth at a Christian homeschoolers debate camp at Point Loma Nazarene University. I sang “Fire in My Bones” and “Child of Royalty” which will be on my next album. May the fire of God’s LOVE and truth burn in us all and may we live knowing our identity, our purpose, and that our Heavenly Father will always strengthen us for what He calls us to do! Never fear. He is with you in power!
I’m excited to be leading worship tomorrow at Harbor Church in San Diego! I’m so thankful that God invented music to be one of the ways to worship Him!
Happy Day- Tim Hughes
Like a Lion- Daniel Bashta
Holy Spirit- Brian and Katie Torwalt
Radiant God- Hannah Ford
How Great is Our God- Chris Tomlin
“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free,
And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today,
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.!!!”
God Bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a LIGHT from above!!!
Thanks sooooo much to all who have sacrificed for our freedoms…especially JESUS! We’re free for eternity!
I had so much fun singing patriotic songs today at the Alzheimer’s home! My husband got to come with me and stuffed a gator puppet in my percussion bag. Today’s music hour was full of joy, love, peace, freedom, red, white, blue, and prayer songs for America!
Click on the link to take you to Anne Graham Lotz’s prayer guide. 7 days of prayer for our nation…
I had a great time attending and participating in the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference in beautiful Green Lake, Wisconsin. It was so nice to be with friends and family! Fun fact- I got to lead worship with one of my nephews for the first time. He played the cajon! He’s growing up fast! :) The main session speakers were Todd White, Dean Sherman, and Robby Dawkins. They are all amazing men of God that are committed to bringing the world to know the love of God and to training up the church to do this important work! I was refreshed that they all really valued the Word of God, righteousness, and the need for the power of the Spirit. I’m proud of my dad, Clay Ford, who is the chairman of this ministry. So many people came to know Jesus and worship Him, so many were baptized, and so many were revived and renewed and encouraged to change the world with His love!
3 hours of sleep and I was early to my gate. I hope I conk out soon. On my way to Green Lake, Wisconsin for hsrm.org conference. So happy to have a carbon fiber guitar right now so I don’ worry about it when they check it underneath. :)
This strong and beautiful sister in Sudan still needs a lot of prayer. She is still sentenced to receive 100 lashes and to be hung, despite confusing reports. She has now given birth to her baby. She was accused of adultery for marrying a Christian (American citizen) and is sentenced to death for not renouncing her own faith in Jesus. I’m soooooo proud of this woman!!! May God be with her and deliver her from this evil and may He be glorified all over the world through her brave soul. (For more info, click on the photo.)
I just realized that the guy who interviewed me when I was on JUCE TV (formerly JCTV) is the same guy that officiated the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. I’m praying that God will use him (Rich Wilkerson) to bring them closer to God and maybe someday he’ll be able to interview them about all that God has done in their lives! :)
Ok, someone put me up to posting this because they said I should help people put together outfits for cheap. :) Only some people need help in this way. I got this dress for $6 at the Goodwill. I liked the fabric and thought about if the 80s poofy sleeves would work. Could be cool. IF, and only if, I accessorized it right could I pull it off. Before I bought it, I thought about what I had (my clearance $5 belt, boots, etc) and thought it could work. Well, my husband liked the outfit. So the moral of the story… imagine what you already have that could help pull your possible purchase together. Be open minded and confident. Get ideas from the fashion industry but be yourself and be creative… just not gross. Not everyone will like the way you dress but who cares? :) Have fun while being responsible with your money. God is the best designer and if He clothes flowers beautifully for free then He’ll clothe you for a good price. Most importantly, remember that the inside of our lives is the most important thing of all. Be full of God’s light and love and shine with His beauty!:) Glorify Him in all you do…and wear. God will smile. He loves you soooooo much! :) :)
Thank you soooo much to all of our military and their families! You are greatly appreciated and your sacrifices aren’t taken for granted!! “God bless America, land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the LIGHT from above…”