Aug. 30- I’ll be doing a free concert in Monroe, Michigan with Jonathan Standifer- STRAIGHT OUTTA DETROIT like my husband, Gino! (Lol!) The evening will be part concert, part worship, all God! If you’re in the area, bring some friends & join us, and either way- please pray for God to touch hearts hugely! :)
I was thankful to attend the “She Speaks” women’s writing and speaking conference in North Carolina. It was fun, informative, and free! It’s not usually free, but I’m thankful that someone pulled out and I ended up taking their place. Hopefully now I’m a better “she” and “speaker”!(And future author!) :)
This morning I read about Jesus being crucified as a criminal between two thieves. He completely identified with them. Though he had no sin, he took the sins of the world on Himself. For the first time, he felt abandoned by His Father. Of course, this was all a part of the plan of freedom for us. Because of what He did, we can be forgiven if we only believe in Him and accept this gift. This afternoon I was stopped at a red light and read a man’s sign. “Anything will help. Thank you for your kindness.” The word “kindness” reminded me that I had a “KIND” bar (a healthy candy bar.) I rolled my window down and handed it to him. He said thank you and that I was kind. I said, “This is a “Kind” bar and I’m being kind because Jesus is kind. Do you know Jesus?” “Yes, I know him well,” he replied. “And I know that I’m in this situation because of some wrong decisions that I’ve made but I’m just doing my best not to be a criminal. “You’re forgiven and loved, ” I began to explain. He went on to say, “Some of the people I see when I stand here with my sign…they have no compassion. They don’t care at all. It’ makes me wonder, who DO they serve?” The light turned green, I said goodbye with parting words, and drove away with tears beginning to fill my eyes. Who DO we serve? This man knew his sin. He knew his mistakes. He knows he should get a job. He also knew Jesus and His compassion and he doesn’t see that often in His followers. I was challenged. I was convicted. My heart began to love more. May I always ask myself this question, “Who DO I serve?” and may I serve Jesus well- with kindness, love, compassion, wisdom and grace.
I had a wonderful time in Green Lake, Wisconsin at the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference. It was a time of family, fun, refreshing, and ministry. I released my new single, “Don’t Give Up” while I was there. This nice man from Michigan, named “Ferl”, bought my download card for the musician, “Darrell Mansfield”. Here’s why- I wrote my song for a friend who was suicidal and many years ago, Darrell was suicidal. He tried to slit his wrist. God had other plans for him! He’s a super awesome harmonica player, singer, and writer- a true music pioneer! I’m honored to have my song given to him! He has over 30 albums and is in the “Blues Hall of Fame” and “Hohner Harmonica Hall of Fame”-wow! He now ministers through his music and speaks about mental health, as well. I want to encourage all of you out there who are struggling- God CARES and He loves you! “Don’t Give Up” because God has good things ahead for you and He wants to use you to encourage others, too!! Thanks, Ferl and Darrell, and God bless you both! (Bottom picture- these girls told me that will be my first ever “fan club”. God BLESS them and shower your love over them!) www.darrellmansfield.net www.hsrm.org
I released this new single while in Green Lake, Wisconsin last week. For some reason I knew I had to release it early before the rest of my album. The day I planned on having it played at the conference, someone attending gave a suicide note to a friend of mine. I wrote this song for someone who was suicidal. I knew that this song was for her and others. Indeed, she looked much more refreshed by the end of the week and I’m still praying for her. Others told me that the song ministered to them because of marriage problems and depression. Share this link and spread hope. “God bless all who are discouraged and strengthen them with your hope!”
1 Corinthians 15: 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.