No Longer a Slave to Fear

From Bethel Music, the video No Longer a Slave to Fear beautifully shows how we've been liberated from the bondage of fear because we're children of God.

We have just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting with our church (Daystar Church) and it has been both a wonderful and challenging experience. The goal of this period is for our church family to refocus our attention on God and His purpose for us as a church and as individuals without earthly distractions. As best I … [Read more...]

Are You Listening to the Lies and Negative Thoughts?

Are you allowing lies and negative thoughts change your life? Embrace that God finds you lovable and complete!

As I have lived life 24/7 with my adopted children over the last 15 years I have learned how their early wounds affect their thinking. Many years of therapy and prayer have helped me confront the undesirable messages from my own life. I realize how negative thoughts affect relationships of all kinds. What I believe … [Read more...]

I Am Not Alone….and Neither Are You!

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

 One of the hardest parts of my brother-in-law's recent death has been knowing the grief that my precious sister-in-law and her girls are suffering through. Yet I'm always reminded that none of this surprises God or catches Him unaware. I have heard the worship song I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe several times recently and the … [Read more...]

Easter Blessings Through the Years

Counting your Easter blessings can transform your family as the years pass and your children grow into adults. Celebrating faith and family is important!

  Easter has always been an important family holiday for  us, a time to gather together for a meal and share a common faith. Our family has changed immensely over the years. From a family of four to a family of seven overnight.    Years of Easter baskets, worship music and family pictures on the … [Read more...]

When a Heart Breaks

When a Heart Breaks - Marty's Musings

There are joyous seasons in life, days filled with sweetness and precious memories, almost to the point of taking my breath away. Then the seasons of grief arrive, days filled with inconsolable heartbreak, crushing the wind from my lungs. Blessedly I've known both seasons and every one in between. Ordinary days full of diapers … [Read more...]

Exciting News and a Dare to Dream Big Dreams

Marty's Musings shares how to to dream big dreams and embrace the unknown when God touches your heart and changes your plans.

  A few weeks ago I was sitting at my computer working (not unusual in the least) and felt a moment when I believe God planted a dream within me (quite unusual for me!) Today I want to share just a few thoughts on how I believe God is working in my life and family. I have been working diligently on my blogging business for almost two … [Read more...]

What Makes a Good Marriage? Being Broken Together

What makes a good marriage? Blogger Marty's Musings shares that brokenness and being remade through faith are the keys. Casting Crowns "Broken Together/"

Today is my 28th wedding anniversary. 28 years. Almost three decades of living life together. Fights. Makeups. Morning breath. Childbirth. Just ordinary lives lived through extraordinary stories. I wish we had an inkling of what we were getting into when we got married on that Valentine's Day many years … [Read more...]

Bethel Music “We Dance”: Simple Gift Sunday

Bethel Music "We Dance" - Marty's Musings

  This is a sweet, sweet song that's new to me. As usual I found it when listening to my Ipod, relaxing in the rocking chair that holds memories of babies rocked, books read, with debates and long talks finishing out many a day. There is just a passion in this Bethel Music "We Dance" video that I know I'm sharing it for someone … [Read more...]

31 Days: Hillsong “Stronger”: Simple Gift Sunday

Hillsong Worship song "Stronger" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  Every Sunday for the past two years I have linked up a youtube worship video of some kind, whatever God was laying on my heart that week. My desire is still just to use Sundays as a time of reflection on faith and family. Some Sundays you might find a video here and sometimes it might just be writing about this crazy, … [Read more...]

31 Days: “It is Well”: Simple Gift Sunday

It Is well with my soul - Marty's Musings

  My Simple Gift to you this Sunday are these simple words. It is well with my soul. I'm praying that in the midst of life's storms and chaos that it is indeed.......well with your soul.   (If you are viewing via email or reader just click on the post title to view the video. It's worth the extra time!) Grander earth has … [Read more...]

Elevation Worship “Grace So Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" - Marty's Musings

   This song from Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" is such a great way to start the new week. I'm returning from vacationing at the beach with the family and enjoying some much needed time away from the pressures of "doing it all:" wife, mom, homeschool teacher, blogger, writer, soon to be nana.  I always … [Read more...]

Encouraging Words for the Weary: Simple Gift Sunday

Encouraging Words for the Weary - Marty's Musings

  Last Sunday I shared that the week had been a tough one for me. Some health issues were nagging and winning the battle for a while. Surgery to remove a couple of polyps on my uterus left me hormonal in a way I haven't been in years. It was not pretty. I was not nice. In all honesty, this week wasn't much better. My children … [Read more...]

Praying God’s Word and a Drs. Visit

Scripture Prayer Cards - Marty's Musing

  It has been a hard week for me. I've been dealing with some physical symptoms for a few months that we just couldn't nail down with a precise cause. My dad had colon cancer so the dreaded over 50 colonoscopy was part of the discovery process. Glad to say I'm perfectly clean. (All you over 50 readers can say an "amen" to what … [Read more...]

Colton Dixon “More of You”: Simple Gift Sunday

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Love the simple lyrics of this Colton Dixon "More of You" song. As a Christian artist Colton Dixon has come a long way since his "American Idol" days as a season 11 finalist. He won a Dove award for his first record and has just released  his second album "Anchor." The lyrics speak to me of the journey we are all on to seek … [Read more...]

Joy Williams “Here With Us”: Simple Gift Sunday

Joy Williams "Here With Us" - video and devotion from Marty's Musings-1

My 16-year-old daughter shared Joy Williams "Here With Us" with me and once I watched the video I knew it was perfect for my Simple Gift Sunday post. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grand child and I watch her full of hope and love, experiencing the emotional and physical upheaval of pregnancy.  I close my eyes and … [Read more...]

Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

Kutless “Carry Me to the Cross”: Simple Gift Sunday

Kutless Carry Me to the Cross video and devotion - Marty's Musings

  Each week in these Simple Gift Sunday posts I try and share a word or inspiration that God has been impressing upon me during the week. Honestly, this week I'm just tired. Not feeling up to par. Run down. So I want to ask you, what is going on in your life right now?  What burdens do you need carried? Do you feel all … [Read more...]

Sara Groves “Going Home”: Simple Gift Sunday

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  The lyrics of this song by Sara Groves "Going Home", tell the story of longings we may not understand, especially for our adopted children.  Of going home, I'll meet you at the table Going home, I'll meet you in the air And you are never too young to think about it Oh, I cannot wait to be home  Our adopted children … [Read more...]

Mercy Me “Finally Home”: Simple Gift Sunday

Mercy Me "Finally Home" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

From Mercy Me "Finally Home" is my Simple Gift Sunday selection for this Fourth of July weekend. My youngest two teenagers just arrived home from their mission trip to Charleston and this song is for them. I'm glad to have you back home safe! As a believer in Christ, I walk a path that will eventually lead me home.  As you watch … [Read more...]

Fly a Little Higher: Simple Gift Sunday

Fly a Little Higher

  My relationships with my husband and children are the ones I value most, but they are the most difficult, fraught with insecurity which leaves me broken. Most recently my brokenness has found me in desperate need of a God who loves me in spite of me, because of me and without me. I hit rock bottom on this life changing journey … [Read more...]

Sara Groves “He’s Always Been Faithful to Me”: Simple Gift Sunday

Sara Groves He's Always Been Faithful

  My oldest son Joshua recently married his love Emmaline on a warm Friday evening in a beautifully tranquil outdoor park. All during the hours proceeding the wedding I was calm yet excited. I had celebrated my son's birth and life in this letter written to him the night before his wedding. I let all the emotions surrounding … [Read more...]

Matt Redman “The Father’s Song”: Simple Gift Sunday

Matt Redman "The Father's Song" video and devotion - Marty's Musings

  On this Father's Day we remember those men who are such an important part of our lives. My own father passed away in 2009 but I remember his life and rejoice that he is pain free and made new in heaven. Today I will celebrate the amazing man who is father to our children, the man who has changed and grown as a father in so many … [Read more...]

The Piano Guys “How Great Thou Art”: Simple Gift Sunday

The Piano Guys "How Great Thou Art" video and devotion - Marty's Musings

  Have you heard of The Piano Guys? They are Youtube sensations with over 400 million views on their videos. I first fell in love with their music and wrote about them here. The video below is stunning in its beauty and magnificence. Here's what The Piano Guys had to say about their performance: As we considered what piece of music … [Read more...]

Letter To My Son on Your Wedding Day

Mother to Son on Your Wedding Day - Marty's Musings

  Letter to My Son on Your Wedding Day, My sweet Joshua, I'm fairly certain every mother says at one time or another: "I can't believe how fast the time has gone," but it's unbelievably, heartbreakingly true. On the eve of your wedding day, the most life altering day in your young life, I want you to know how grateful I am for the … [Read more...]