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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Another video I made :-) Enjoy!!!! Jesus is the reason for the season!  Let's lift up in prayer all those who won't make it home for Christmas and prayers for safe travels for everyone returning to their families!!! God bless the troops overseas who do not get to be home for Christmas! We pray for your protection and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for serving and protecting our country!!! Let's not take for granted what CHRISTmas is all about. Jesus the HOPE of the world was born!!! Hold fast to His eternal, everlasting HOPE!  This is just our temporary home.

Oh Holy Night!!

This is from last year! :) An oldie but a GOODIE!!! Enjoy!! Glory to OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!! Merry Christmas!!

Christmas Songs

I recorded some Christmas songs for my Grandparents a few years ago. He recently inspired me to make videos for the songs and share them with ya'll this Christmas season! ♥ Here is the first one...I hope it blesses you!!! Merry Christmas!!!  (I posted this on my Facebook page as well) 

Here is some HOPE. Election 2012

3 Don't put your trust in human leaders; no human being can save you. 4 When they die, they return to the dust; on that day all their plans come to an end. 5 Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the Lord their God, 6 the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He always keeps his promises; 7 he judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free 8 and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people.
PSALM 146:3-8

Truth. Solid Rock. Secure in Christ. Trust in God not man. God is sovereign supreme authority and nothing happens that HE does not allow.  HE will make ALL things work together for GOOD. We have to walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT. HIS ways are far above ours. Resting in HIS promises tonight. 

No matter who is President, Jesus is KING ♥

Psalm 37:3-11

Psalm 37:3-11

New International Version (NIV)
Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Timing is everything

The Daily Bread today was ON POINT. Right. On. Time. 

"'All things work together for good to those . . . who are the called according to His purpose.' —Romans 8:28
It was quite a few months before I realized that what I thought was a coincidental meeting had been good timing on my future husband’s part.
From the balcony of the church, he had seen me, deduced which exit I might be using, raced down two flights of stairs, and arrived seconds before I did. As he casually held the door and struck up a conversation, I was oblivious to the fact that his “impromptu” dinner invitation had been premeditated. It was perfect timing.
Perfect timing is rare—at least where humans are concerned. But God has specific purposes and plans for us, and His timing is always perfect.
We see that timing in the life of these Bible characters: Abraham’s servant prayed for a wife for Isaac. God answered his prayer by bringing the young woman to him (Gen. 24). Joseph was sold as a slave, falsely accused, and thrown into prison. But eventually God used him to preserve many people’s lives during a famine (45:5-8; 50:20). And we marvel at Esther’s courage as Mordecai reminded her, “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Est. 4:14).
Are you disappointed in the pace of God’s plans? “Trust in the Lord” (Ps. 37:3). God will open doors when the timing is perfect." —Cindy Hess Kasper

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take
.-Proverbs 3:5-6

A Living Prayer

My worship leader and friend, Colin, just sent this to me in an email.  Perfect timing!!! :) Grandpa, you are gonna love this one!!! It's a tear-jerker! Hauntingly beautiful!

Deeper into LOVE...Jesus Calling/What the Father is Like

Looking forward to this journey...going deeper into HIS love with these two books.  Wow I have already cried several times just reading the first couple chapters!!!  

Here is a preview:

"I am the Author of all truth, all life. Before an event comes into being in your life I know it. I have authored it. I am the eternal One, who has planned to disclose myself to you. When you seek me earnestly, when you yearn for my presence, when you long to know me as I am in reality-it is because I am calling to your soul. Yes, I call for you, and I come to you, my beloved child, because I yearn to meet you. I await your love and childlike trust. And the more you get to know me the more you will trust me. Open your heart to me now...just like a child. 
I am your Father...and your Friend...your companion on all the pathways of your life. I am never far away. I am present with you, to preserve and enrich every moment of your life. For I hold in my hand all things that concern you. I have planned...I have authored...all the circumstances of your life. All the circumstances that I authorize are intended to reveal-in the fabric of your life-that I arrange your circumstances in order to make clear to you the vast breadth of my character. I want you to know there is nothing that can happen to you that is out of my control. In everything I invite you to draw near to me. Be very sure I am near to you. And I understand you fully!"

Stand Still

"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord."Exodus 14:13
These words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master's word to him is, "STAND STILLl." It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master's word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness.
Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles." But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, "do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness." We must be doing something at once--we must do it so we think--instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do SOMETHING but will do EVERYTHING. Presumption boasts, "If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle." But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands. "Stand still;"--keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "GO FORWARD."- Spurgeon

Matt Pitt-The Basement WHITEOUT 2012

"You don't know what's about to happen, you feel like you could get defeated. the closer you get to the DREAM, the BIGGER and HARDER the opponent gets.  When you lose, do you feel like "did I let the fans down??"  If you let God take your life God will take you from championship to game to game to game---if you know you are a champion you will play like a champion and God always has the victory.  What makes a champion is every single day. "-Matt Pitt

"We don't want big crowds we want a BIG heaven."

If you worship everyday, watch God take you further than you could ever dream. 

"Don't give up until the miracle happens! The Breakthrough is just one more step."

With a strength not my own...

This one is for my grandpa!  I heard this song this morning and it reminds me of the kind of music we listen to together!  Now put your hands together and praise and have BLESSED day! :-)

I got my Basement BE-YOU-TIFUL shirt in the mail today!!!! YEEEE! So exciting!!! You can get one too and many other awesome shirts at  90% of the proceeds go to missions trips for the ministry! :-) What a double blessing!!! An adorable shirt AND it goes to a good cause!!! YAY God!!! 

Here is a little video/sample of one of my studio session, cover songs :) Hope you enjoy!!!! GLORY TO GOD!!!!

Back to Basics- Basement April 2012

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BASEMENT: Back to Basics April 24, 2012

God's timing and your calling.

I had to share this devotional from the Proverbs 31 ministry. It is amazing! I pray it encourages someone today!
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17 (NIV)

I stared into the frustrated eyes of my friend last week as we talked about her calling to write. She has big, big dreams, and her dreams seem to be coming true far too slowly.

I told her how much I understood. Stepping into my calling was a long time coming, too.

My specific calling is to teach, speak and write. Your calling may fall into a myriad of other categories, but every calling is equally high when it's in obedience to the Most High. We're ALL called to ministry of some sort.

My calling didn't materialize in a year. It has unfolded during the last 35 years, and each phase of that unfolding has shaped and re-determined the final product (which I know won't be final until my last breath!).

The unfolding looked kind of like this:

Becoming a passionate teacher of young children.
Marrying my best friend.
Investing years in my little boys' lives.
Teaching adults as they chased dreams that passed them by in their teens.
Volunteering in women's ministry.
Visiting home after home as the "Welcome Wagon Lady" in my new town.
Accepting invitations to speak at my church and others close by.
Joining the Proverbs 31 Ministries' speaker team.
Returning to a frustrating year of elementary school teaching.
Stepping in to my calling of equipping others in their calling.

I've look at my list many times and thought, "Wow. I wasted a lot of years." But I've come to realize it's just not true. Every relationship, every job, every opportunity has prepared me. Psalm 90:17 reminds me that God establishes the work of my hands. With each change, I've had an opportunity to view that next place as stepping into a calling. Sometimes I did. Sometimes I didn't.

Often I was irritated at the seeming meaninglessness of what I was doing, but now I see. Every diaper changed, every knee kissed, every book read, every late night listening, every dying to self, every lesson plan made, every story crafted, every presentation made, every meeting attended, every spreadsheet created, EVERY THING...

It all counted.

Every moment was an unfolding of my eventual calling. God used each stepping stone to establish the work I'm doing now.

Don't despair today when you can't see it. Obey God and trust that He is working. His timing is so rarely ours, but it is always perfect. Instead of chaffing under the seemingly mundane, embrace each task as a building block for the dreams in your heart. Don't give up hope.

I promise ... it's coming.

Dear Lord, it's been difficult waiting as the years have come and gone without stepping into my calling. Please help me appreciate each seemingly mundane task and day as a means to you establishing the work of my hands. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

He keeps us humble

"God is most glorified in us when we are most dependent on Him."- Pastor Justin Buzzard
"Your weakness is an asset. God is attracted to weakness."

'The things God showed me were so great. But to keep me from being too full of pride because of seeing these things, I have been given trouble in my body. It was sent from Satan to hurt me. It keeps me from being proud.
8 I asked the Lord three times to take it away from me. 9 He answered me, “I am all you need. I give you My loving-favor. My power works best in weak people.” I am happy to be weak and have troubles so I can have Christ’s power in me. 10 I receive joy when I am weak. I receive joy when people talk against me and make it hard for me and try to hurt me and make trouble for me. I receive joy when all these things come to me because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

7 'even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.' (NLT)

For a woman to enjoy relationship...

"For a woman to enjoy relationship, she must repent of her need to control and her insistence that people fill her. Fallen Eve demands that people 'come through' for her. Redeemed Eve is being met in the depths of her soul by Christ and is free to offer to others, free to desire, and willing to be disappointed. Fallen Eve has been wounded by others and withdraws in order to protect herself from further harm. Redeemed Eve knows that she has something of value to offer; that she is made for relationship. Therefore, being safe and secure in her relationship with her Lord, she can risk being vulnerable with others and offer her true self." -- Excerpt from the book, "Captivating".

Now put your name in the place of Eve. This cuts right to the heart of us women. Let's walk in the redemption and grace of Christ in us.

Encouragement & worship

♥ Relationships. I'll be learning until the day I die, when God's work is complete in me.

This song is exactly how I feel. I sing this to God in my quiet place. It is so beautiful! I hope it encourages your heart!

Billy Graham's Prayer for our Nation

Billy Graham's (age 93) Prayer For Our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable... We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free. Amen!'
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called 'One nation under God!'

Administer Mercy

Into Her Pain - Proverbs 31 Ministries

"A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man'scondition, his heart went out to him." Luke 10:33 (MSG)

We inhaled the muggy evening shrouding the back porch, too warm to even rockin our chairs. Not a slight breeze of mercy murmured. The quiet moment urgedme to be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

Knees kissed her chin, her eyes pleaded, "I need someone to crawl in my pitwith me. Someone to help me out of the pain."

A lump in my throat responded to her grief. Circumstances had beaten herdown; left her half-dead on the side of life's road. Uncomfortable empathywarned, press the escape hatch quick, before awkward mercy takes over.Obvious quick fixes lunged at me:

Time heals all wounds.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

God's timing is perfect.

To everything there is a season.

I wouldn't disrespect her loss with a walk-by. Wouldn't slap thoughtlesswords into her pit as I stepped over her pain. A word aptly withheld is oftenbetter than a word care-lessly tossed. Be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

I try not to deal in slick mercy if possible. You see, slick things don'tstick. Instead I plastered a cast of mercy on her broken heart. Comfortdoesn't come in clichés. It is delivered in a still presence, a listeningear, a merciful hand. Comfort ushers in healing when the truth of the Word iscoupled with merciful deeds. Into the pit we're called. Into silence we wade.Be still. Listen. Administer mercy.

He gave him first aid,

disinfecting and bandaging his wounds.

Then he lifted him onto his donkey,

led him to an inn,

and made him comfortable. (vs. 34 MSG)

The Good Samaritan did more than throw a nickel, blanket or splash of water. He leaned into, learned of the need, loved the broken with what resources hehad. He was the first in a line of others who attended to the man, aided himin getting up and getting well. The Good Samaritan stopped, stooped andsecured additional help.

That humid night with my friend, her journey of healing began. I didn't havemuch, but a meager offering from a willing heart: it is capable of greatthings. My arm lingered still, touching hers-a reminder life begets life. Listened to her hope levels, refilling when low. Administered mercifulpossibilities of trusting again, believing once more. Others counseled,covered in prayer, spoke truths. We tucked arms under my friend, lifted her up and out. Onward to healing.

In the morning he took out two silver coins

and gave them to the innkeeper, saying,

'Take good care of him. If it costs any more,

put it on my bill-

I'll pay you on my way back.' (vs. 35 MSG)

Years later, my heart cracked open, pieces clattered out like marbles from ajar. Flailing about, I slipped headlong into my pain.

My friend crossed the road to me, leaving convenient clichés of "chin up" and"better to have loved and lost" on the other side. Toward my pain she leaned;still, listening, administering mercy. One temperate morning on the same backporch, the breeze stirred slightly. The only thing between us, two mugs ofcoffee.

"You'll be whole again, you'll heal. Once more you'll believe He's alwaysbeen good; has plans, a future; never left you."

With a wink my friend glimmered, "Someone once told me that and she wasright. I believe again; I trust." Mercy nodded at her and together, theywrapped their arms on either side of me. Ascending out of my pain. Time to leave; time to heal.

"Now which of these three would you say

was a neighbor to the man who was

attacked by bandits?" Jesus asked.

The man replied, "The one who

showed him mercy."

Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go

and do the same."(vv. 36-37 NLT)

Dear Lord, thank You for Your healing mercy. Thank You for sharing inmy pain when You died on the cross. Please give me eyes to see those hurtingaround me, and teach me to be still, to listen, and to administer mercy. InJesus' Name, Amen."

Writing and learning, learning and writing

"One does not write what has already been written. One writes out of the storehouse of fresh revelation and personal knowledge gained through the painful experiences of growth. You will cease writing if you cease learning. You do not learn as you write but write as your learn." says the Lord of Heavens Armies.

Sometimes you have to go through something really hard to realize just how strong you are.

Cuddling with him tonight :-)

Cuddling with him tonight :-)

Perspective. Thank You God!

Me (in a tizzy) : God, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad?

GOD: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late,

GOD: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start,

GOD: Okay....

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait

GOD: Hmmmm..

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call

GOD: All right

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well let me see..... the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh...

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road

Me (ashamed): ............

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work

Me (embarrassed): Oh.....

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me (softly): I see God

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.

GOD: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good and the bad

Me: I WILL trust you God

GOD: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

GOD: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children.

Scriptural References: II Samuel 22:31, Proverbs 3:5, Hebrews 2:13
felt encouraged to share!

My Obsession

Do my decisions bring us closer like lovers?
Are my intentions pure, in love with you for who you are?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Does my compassion show honesty and purity?
Will my existence be known for simplicity?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Are all my intentions pure? In love with you for all you are?
Does my compassion feel honest and real?

My obsession is your beauty, your heart
Just the mention is overwhelming, your beautiful

Fall Afresh- Jeremy Riddle

Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken first love, come awake
And do as You did at first
Spirit of the Living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul
Pour in me to overflow, to overflow
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade

I hope you see Him, not me

Instead of fear
Instead of blinded eyes
Instead of shame
Instead of all my lies
Instead of an orphan without a name
I hope you see Jesus

Instead of anger
Instead of unbelief
Instead of weakness
In the heart of me
Instead of a wounded soul
I hope you see Jesus

I hope you see Jesus
Standing in my place
Bearing all my shame
I hope you see Jesus

Instead of voices
In a faceless crowd
Instead of prophets crying out
From behind a shrowd
Instead of fingers pointing out the blame
I hope you see Jesus

I hope you see love
I hope you see love
I hope you see love

Oh, my God when you look at us
A broken people who have turned from love
Instead of words we throw
And the wars we wage
I hope You forgive us

I hope you see Jesus
I hope you see Jesus
I hope you see Jesus
Standing in our place
Bearing all our shame
I hope you see Jesus

Matt Pitt-New Year No Limits- The Basement footage/pictures

Here are some photos and videos from the Basement!!! Amazing video footage of the worship!!! Pictures with friends backstage and at the Basement after party!

"You are For Me"-Worship at Mountain Top

Go to this link below to see video of me & Philip leading worship at the Mountain Top Bible Study:!/photo.php?v=295201817195126

Worship in Cracker Barrell :))

All the girls put me on the spot at Cracker Barrell. This was our last breakfast together and they asked me to sing a song for them. Here is me singing "Revelation Song"...yes worshipping in the middle of Cracker Barrell. It was awesome! Notice the whole restaurant goes silent half way through...Glory to GOD!!!

The Basement- NEW YEAR, NO LIMITS!

The Basement is going to be OFF THE CHARTS tonight!!! Tune in LIVE if you can at 5pm (Cali time).
I got to go to the setup last night and was blown away!!! It is so crazy that God moved this from a little basement, to a church and now to a HUGE arena!!! Glory to HIM! Only He could do that! God is gonna PACK this place!!! ♥ This will go down in history! So blown away by what God is doing here and so thankful to be a part of it! Team Jesus!!! I pray for all of us serving tonight and for all of those that God will bring to worship Him tonight. Father may the lost be found and may hearts be softened and set free by Your Almighty abounding LOVE! Each person You bring Lord, You have appointed for this very time. We lift them up to You and ask that you do what only You can do Father-change hearts and change lives forever! in Jesus Name I pray!!!

Barbie Bandaids...

This song is dedicated to my grandparents...makes me cry every time!!! Reminds me so much of growing up with them. So many memories of them reading me stories and putting Barbie bandaids on all my boo-boos. I love my grandparents!

How to spot False Teaching-

Remember it is ALL about JESUS...not all about RULES. Jesus died so we would not be bound and enslaved by rules and religion. It is not judgmental is the opposite of JESUS. Fall in LOVE with Jesus.