I’ll Be Brave

Big Daddy Weave‘s I’ll Be Brave This Christmas has special meaning for Family Life Radio member, Robert. He remembers the Christmas his dad was serving the United States of America in Vietnam. Robert had to be brave that Christmas. He shared his dad with our country 50 years ago. Christmas 1967 was a hard one for Robert.  It makes him appreciate the opportunities he’s had since to celebrate Christmas with loved ones.

 

 

Robert reflects on the appreciation he has for the sacrifice our current soldiers and their families are giving, when they can’t be home for the holidays. Freedom isn’t free.

Blessed to Be a Blessing

The bible tells us to love God and love people. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt 22:37-39 We combine the two when we serve others.

Family Life Radio member Layla shares her experience of the hands and feet of Jesus.

 

 

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8

Do It for Him 

Have you noticed it’s easy to think that freedom is doing what you want to do—doing what makes you feel good? That’s not as satisfying as it may first appear. When “self” is indulged it just usually wants more, and the thirst is never fully quenched. Yet, there is such joy in serving others. This doesn’t come naturally; you must rely on God’s power through His Holy Spirit to lead you.

Jesus lived the example of giving up His own desires for God’s will and His love for people. He served in the ultimate way so that humans can be truly free from the bondage of self-focused indulgence that leads to wanting more and more.

Do you find yourself dissatisfied? Tweak your perspective. Ask God for His help, and discover the reward of freedom in service to others.

Today’s One Thing

Choose to do something for another and enjoy God’s rewards of focusing on someone else’s needs.

– Dr. Randy Carlson of Intentional Living.

Attitude of Gratitude / / Sidewalk Prophets

We have so much to be thankful for. Reflecting on and appreciation our blessings in and of itself is something to be thankful for. Recognizing that God provides those reveals the gift of faith, yet another blessing! God is good! If you’re spending this Thanksgiving with family count yourself blessed.

As you “Come to the Table” this Thanksgiving, greetings from Sidewalk Prophets and all of us at Family Life Radio. Dave thinks it’s cool that his wife sees the silver lining in all situations and invites us to do the same.

May God richly bless you and your family as you enjoy the gift of His presence.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

Happy Healthy Helping

Did you know volunteering is good for your health?

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows a drop in cholesterol levels for those who volunteered.

Blood pressure levels are also lower for those who volunteer. A study in the Journal Psychology and Aging shows people who volunteered were 40% less likely to develop hypertension than those who help others.

Helping others raises your level of happiness. A study from the University of California shows people get a boost of dopamine when volunteering. Dopamine is a chemical that creates a sense of well-being.

 

Family Life Radio Member Linda enjoys volunteering to help those grieving at her church.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

 

Mark Schultz’s Parenting Advice

With those sweet blue eyes looking up at him, it is a miracle that Mark Schultz the dad ever gets his way on anything! His two young sons easily have their daddy wrapped around their little fingers but Mark Schultz the musician explains that his and his wife’s parenting styles are pretty close for one reason. “I just listen to my wife, pretty much,” Mark explains, “whatever she decides is good with me.” He goes on to say exactly why he relies on her wealth of knowledge, “My wife, let me just say this, you know when you have a baby, my wife is the lady who read all fourteen books on ‘What To Expect’ then she highlighted for me what I was supposed to read.”

But what about that moment when one of those precious sons woke up crying as an infant and Mark could barely stand to let him cry it out? “He would cry and I would just get up to get him and she would grab my arm and she’d be like wait, wait a second.” Experts agree with Mark’s wife, that the moment that a baby learns to self soothe is when they begin to control their emotions. In fact, consistent nap and bedtimes, working away from the swaddle so their hands are free and putting your baby down drowsy instead of asleep once a day can be added to waiting a minute or two before parenting a crying, supposed to be sleeping, baby. It took Mark a while to get that notion. “I was like I think he’s dying in there” Mark exclaims, “and next thing you know that kids sleeps through the night with no problem.”  If you are still having a hard time not parenting the baby until they are asleep, maybe just shorten the amount of time you spend rocking or patting them gradually to salve your own heart while teaching them to self soothe.

And don’t be too hard on yourself if you have not taught your baby/toddler to self soothe… cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow, so quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep; I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. Or if you are a dad in the same boat, listen to Mark on at least one point, “Man, I just listen to her, she’s just a lot smarter than I am.”

What Everybody Ought to Know About David Crowder

Have you changed jobs and wondered how that would change your life? Would you still be friends with the same people? And if you change jobs would others believe that you had fallen off the face of the earth? Well, David Crowder faced all of those questions when he decided to disband the David Crowder Band and become Crowder, an individual artist as opposed to a band. “People think I died or something,” declares David in a new documentary by Serial Box. Crowder + West Texas: A Conversation covers David’s thoughts on the new, his music and what it is like to perform onstage as Crowder. “Oh, I thought you were done making music! Yea, I get the confusion – the David Crowder Band is done, but fortunately, I am still David Crowder and David Crowder found out that he has to make music to stay alive.”

Moving his wife Toni and himself to Georgia released a new stream of country music from David and that is reflected on his new album “Neon Steeple.” “Getting out of Texas after the end of what was a 12 year span for the Crowder Band to who knows what. I really, I had no idea what was next,” explains David. “I don’t know if I was missing the great state of Texas or what or if it was part of life but these songs just kept coming.”

What was ironic about people believing that he had left music behind is that David was creating music that connects people. Music that, when you truly listen to it brings Christ’s grace front and center. A perfect example is his song “Come As You Are”:

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

David continues “Surely I could take the earthiness, the story, the narrative part of what I find so natural and put it into the same form that was more intentionally oriented. For people to be in a group together using music to express their experience of God and that is what was so great about that lineage of music; it was group oriented, it was community oriented from the beginning and so it naturally fits in a church.”

And don’t worry too much about David, “This music has allowed for some really deep friendships. I think a lot of that has to do with the nature of this music being so communal. That you’ve got to listen to one another to make music.”

Big Daddy Weave

by Anna Mae Ludlum

Go to the bookstore and look in the memoir section. Do you see a pattern? Pain, loss, heartache, confusion, and trauma line these shelves. Sometimes memoirs end on a hopeful note and sometimes the writer wonders where their suffering might lead them and if closure can be found. Though none of us know exactly when or how our story will end, you can walk the rest of your days with the powerful truth that you are forgiven and pursued by a most devoted Father.

Traveling across the country, Big Daddy Weave’s My Story Tour gives daily opportunities to take notice of the many ways God reaches into each of the lives of the five bandmates. Lead singer, Mike Weaver, is very open about how aspects of this broken world pierce into his life and affect him and how he has learned to recognize God using these trials in his own life to draw him into greater reliance with Him. As Weaver struggles to understand how he has been made in the image of Christ, God continually assures him, and Weaver holds fast to this freeing truth.

The 10 albums released by Big Daddy Weave have been described as intimate reflections of the human soul and of their personal relationship with God. This particular album, Beautiful Offerings, might play like an audio memoir in which each chapter sings a joyful declaration of God’s promise of our salvation and guaranteed ultimate hope. Beautiful Offerings is a testament of God’s never ending pursuit to connect with His sons and daughters to reassure you of His presence and your value.

The song My Story, featured on the album, was co-written by Mike Weaver with the intent that it demonstrates the renewal we experience as disciples of Christ. This standout song inserts bits of the classic hymn “Blessed Assurance” written in 1873 and is proof of the ways God can use us and His work in our lives to draw others closer to him nearly 150 years later.

Weaver states he is fully ready and willing to walk away from his highly successful music career when God directs him to do so, but until that time comes this is his ministry. He is wholly bound to God and the direction God calls him to and walks in the peace that his final moments have already been written.
As a child of God you know how your story ends. You will be standing before God blessed by His mercy and grace and you know this is true because of the continuous assurances He gives to those who accept the gift of His Son, Jesus. Our lives are chapters of our memoirs filled with incalculable moments strung together by a connecting thread, a thread being woven by God for “everything to work together for the good of those who love” Him (Romans 8:28).

If I told you my story
You would hear victory over the enemy
And if I told you my story You would hear freedom that was won for me
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life overcome the graveMy Story, Big Daddy Weave

Big Daddy Weave’s My Story Tour will end November 22 in Greenville, Tennessee.