July Favorites ~ 2016


Today, after dinner I had a hankering for chocolate something fierce! So I caved and had my brother pick me up a chocolate bar from the hardware store when he ran there for a dowel. Smile I enjoyed it immensely with a glass of raw milk. I then read the back of the package and was thanked for eating my chocolate bar because it helps support children’s education! Who knew you could make a difference by eating a bar of chocolate! I feel so much better about that splurge now! LOL!Read More »

Happy Independence Day!

I am so thankful for all the of freedoms out country possesses. And even though things may not go perfectly and the future may not always look so bright, God is always in control and I am so thankful that He allows me to live here and enjoy so many benefits and freedoms that do not exist in a majority of countries.

I hope you enjoy my version of the Star Spangled Banner.



By God’s Grace,


Times: A song for right now. . .

I recorded this song yesterday, not realizing how appropriate it would be for today.

Things just seemed so monumental and overwhelming today. So many things in addition to just life that I am having to reconcile in my head and constantly give to God, placing them in His hands because that is the only way that I will find peace. I have moments of complete trust, peace and joy, then will have moments of emotion that just wash over me. Part of my reactions are physical, and the other half circumstances. I will be normal and happy, but then have moments when the weight of some of these things hit me full force.

Through all this confusion, pain and sorrow, I need to remind myself that God’s love remains and will never end. This song did that for me, and I hope you are encouraged by it.

I know I need You
I need to love You
I love to see You, but it’s been so long
I long to feel You
I feel this need for You
And I need to hear You, is that so wrong?

Now You pull me near You
When we’re close, I fear You
Still I’m afraid to tell You, all that I’ve done
Are You done forgiving?
Oh can You look past my pretending?
Lord, I’m so tired of defending, what I’ve become
What have I become?

I hear You say,
My love is over It’s underneath
It’s inside It’s in between
The times you doubt Me, when you can’t feel
The times that you question, Is this for real?
The times you’re broken
The times that you mend
The times that you hate Me, and the times that you bend
Well, My love is over, it’s underneath
It’s inside, it’s in between
These times you’re healing, and when your heart breaks
The times that you feel like you’re falling from grace
The times you’re hurting
The times that you heal
The times you go hungry, and are tempted to steal
The times of confusion, in chaos and pain
I’m there in your sorrow, under the weight of your shame
I’m there through your heartache
I’m there in the storm
My love I will keep you, by My pow’r alone
I don’t care where you fall, where you have been
I’ll never forsake you, My love never ends
It never ends


By God’s Grace,


Even When It Hurts. . .

Last week, I shared with you all that some people in my life are going through a difficult time and that it was hard to witness and stand by seemingly helpless and all I can do is pray.

The girl my age who was in a car accident went home to be with Jesus this week.

It was really hard to hear that. I grieve for the family, but, I can only rejoice for her because she is with Jesus and has the opportunity to praise Him continually.

My Sister-In-Law’s mom still remains in rough condition and the future is uncertain.

I heard this song and it instantly tugged on my heart. It was so applicable to what has been going through my mind and tears welled in my eyes as I listened to the words. I knew I had to sing it. 

This  came from my heart and meant so much to me as I sang it. I hope it encourages and uplifts you as well.



Take this fainted heart
Take these tainted hands
Wash me in your love
Come like grace again
Even when my strength is lost, ill praise you
Even when I have no song, ill praise you
Even when its hard to find the words, louder then ill sing your praise
ill only sing your praise x3
Take this mountain plain
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope within
Even when I fight some thoughts, Ill praise you
Even when it hurts like hell, ill praise you
Even when it makes no sense to sing, louder then ill sing your praise
ill only sing your praise x3
and my heart burns only for you
you wont, you wont let go
and my soul waits only for you
I will sing, till the morning has come
and my heart burns only for you
you wont, you wont let go
and my soul waits only for you
I will sing, till the miracle comes
i will only sing your praise x3
Even when the morning comes, ill praise you
Even when the fight is won, ill praise you
Even when my time on earth is done, louder then ill sing your praise
i will only sing your praise


By God’s Grace,


Jungle Book Medley

The Jungle Book movie has a special place in my heart along with a chosen few other of the first Disney musicals. When I was little, we had very few VHS videos and the Jungle Book was one of them. I remember watching it over and over. I loved the fun songs, and to this day, even with not having seen the movie in quite a few years, I can still sing most of the songs from memory. As an adult, watching it again, I still giggled over some of the silly parts that I remember laughing at as a little girl.


That being said, I was so excited that they were making a live action version and it being one of my favorites, I can’t wait to see it. I loved the songs from it so much that I decided to do a medley. My sweet sister helped me record it and she did all the editing. Thanks sis! I hope you enjoy it. I had a blast making it and singing all my favorite tunes from the film.



By God’s Grace,