God is in Control // Ryan Stevenson

Life sometimes throws us a curve ball. Family Life Radio member Ken identifies with that statement. Ever since his dad got into an accident, Ken has had to provide for their family. It’s been stressful and overwhelming. He is thankful for the reminder that God is in control from one of the songs we play here on Family Life Radio. Ken has been encouraged by Ryan Stevenson‘s Eye of the Storm.


May you be encouraged by the message of the song!

When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I’m feeling like I’ve been let down by my friends and my family
I can hear the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
Mmm, when my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I’m runnin’ out of faith
I see the future I picture slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache
Are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
When they let me go and I just don’t know
how I’m gonna make ends meet
I did my best now I’m scared to death
that we might lose everything
And when a sickness takes my child away
And there’s nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You
I trust You, Lord
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

Want Some Good News? Jesus is it! // Rend Collective

You don’t have to watch the news very long to see all the bad things taking place across the globe. Rend Collective Lead singer Chris Llewellyn says even our personal lives aren’t much better when you consider the cancer diagnosis or the debt you can’t get away from. He reminds us there is Good news and His name is Jesus!

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.  Acts 5:42

God Makes a Way // Mercy Me

Being out of work with no income because of being hit by a drunk driver can be discouraging, but Janice reminds us God makes a way!

That’s why she starts dancing in the car when she hears the MercyMe song Even If when it comes on Family Life Radio. It reminds us God will be with us regardless of what life on this earth has to throw at us. Psalm 25:5 talks about that : Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

You are a Warrior! // Hannah Kerr

God gives us the strength to keep our hope in Him even when our circumstances seem bleak. He empowers us to fight the battles that will come our way. That’s the message behind Hannah Kerr‘s new song “Warrior,”. and she shares a few thoughts about staying strong and fighting hard in this clip. Check it out now.

Warrior – Hannah Kerr

Lyrics

Staring down the face of fear
Gotta keep breathing
When the negative is all you hear
Gotta keep believing

‘Cause in the dark there is a light
Your truth it keeps on burning bright
Brave enough to fight the fight
And shout the battle cry

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)

Every scar on my skin
Is a beautiful reminder
Of a moment when I didn’t give in
And I walked through fire

‘Cause in the dark there is a light
Your truth it keeps on burning bright
Makes me brave to fight the fight
And shout the battle cry

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
I am a warrior, I will survive
I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
Warrior
You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
Jesus make me Your warrior

I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
Warrior

Never Fear…God is here!

Lately I’ve been thinking about fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It weasels its way into our hearts and our lives. And then it sets up shop. Have you ever noticed that? Once it gets inside you, it lingers. And it spreads. It starts to affect every area of your life. Things we might have thought were safe territory become a breeding ground for insecurity and anxiety. And that’s the enemy’s plan.

But I was reading a Max Lucado book, Fear Not, recently, and this passage really struck me.

“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease.
Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.
Fear never saved a marriage or a business.
Courage did that. Faith did that.
People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?”

Courage and faith. Those seem to be the keys. When you’re feeling stuck in the prison of fear, take a stand. Trust in God. You might be surprised what fear you can conquer.

Section excerpted from Fear Not Promise Book © 2009 Max Lucado, used by permission of Thomas Nelson.

God Uses Broken Hearts Too // Brandon Heath

Sometimes we think we have to have it all together before God can use us.

But Family Life Radio artist Brandon Heath has a different take on it. His brand new album, Faith Hope Love Repeat, features the single “Whole Heart,” which has quickly become a listener favorite.

Brandon says reconciliation has been a major theme in his life. “The more I know Jesus, I think He’s about redeeming things. I look at my life and my own heart as a fragmented puzzle that is confusing and broken. And God put that back together. He used all the pieces.”

We’re called to love God with our whole heart—even the broken and shameful pieces. We have to trust God to use all of those pieces when we give them to Him.

“He’s in the business of redeeming and reconciling, and I love that. It makes me feel like I’m living the life I’m supposed to live.”

Listen to the whole interview with Brandon here, including news about the new addition to his family, coming this Christmas!

The lyrics of “Whole Heart” are a great reminder that we don’t have to hide the shameful parts of our lives that we might prefer to forget. When we truly understand God’s love and grace, we don’t have anything to fear.

Well I called your name a long time ago
And you sprung a well from a heart of stone
But I was careful then what I let you see
Only thought you wanted the best of me

The less I trust you, the less I grow
The more you love me, the more I know
I don’t have to be afraid to show all of me, all of me

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

 

 

Plumb – God Help Me

Family Life Radio artist Plumb has has been a favorite of many listeners for years. And during that time, she’s wrestled with following the Holy Spirit’s leading. Now, on the release of her new song, “God Help Me,” she shares how being on tour with the guys of Big Daddy Weave changed her perspective and her life.

“God has been at work in my life over the last 18 months or so,” she says. “I’m different now.”

Watch our exclusive three-part interview with Plumb here and listen to Family Life Radio to hear her newest single.

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Back To School Tips

Back To School Tips

Sending kids back-to-school can be a tough time, for the kids & for mom & dad.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says there are a few things you can do to make it easier. We’ve included some of the top tips below.  You can get the rest here.

Before School Starts
  • Don’t wait until the first day of class to ask for help.  Schools are almost always open early to address concerns. You can even take kids in early to get a look at their classroom & locker.
  • Accentuate the positive!  They will see old friends & meet new ones.
  • Find a buddy your child can walk to school or ride on the bus with.
  • Drive your child to school on the first day – & maybe pick them up too.
  • Touch base with the new teacher.
  • Start the sleep/wake-up schedule a week or so ahead of time.
Backpack Safety
  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps & a padded back.
  • Pack light.
  • Always use both shoulder straps.
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child’s waist.
School Bus
  • Children should always board & exit at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
  • Make sure they walk where they can see the bus driver.
  • Look both ways before entering traffic.
Lunch
  • Make sure you check the cafeteria menus, which many schools post online.  That helps with planning.
  • Look into what is offered inside & outside of the cafeteria, including vending machines.
Homework & Study Habits
  • Create a good environment, including a consistent work space that’s quiet.
  • Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into extra-curricular activities.
  • Supervise computer & Internet use.