“I remember the first time I heard the song, ‘Oh, Son of God.’” Francesca Battistelli says. “I didn’t know what to expect, but the haunting melody and sweeping arrangement took my breath away. I don’t often record songs I didn’t write, but this was an opportunity I didn’t want to let go. It’s a beautiful
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. —Psalm 119:11 kjv In Deuteronomy the Lord instructed the Israelites regarding how they were to respond to God’s counsel: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children,
I’m a preacher’s kid—not just some preacher from some church on some corner somewhere, but a preacher and church that is literally known around the globe. And when I was a wee one, I had a knack for making sure other people knew it. My life-long childhood friends tell me that whenever I wanted to
Last September, just days after Kelly Gaygen and her sister attended the Women of Faith event in Rochester, NY, Kelly watched her 83-year-old mother’s life ebbed away. “I was exhausted, but God gave me the strength to do what He had called me to do. I watched the Gaither Gospel Hour on Sunday and who
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea. —Psalm 139:17–18 msg Did you know that the God of the universe, the sovereign ruler over all the earth is thinking about you? Our president has the people
After months of scrimping and saving, [my husband] and I had enough to put an offer on a house we’d fallen in love with. Our offer was accepted, and a moving date was set for five weeks later. I reveled in the joy for about a second, when the reality of the situation finally hit.
My story starts in 2006 when Mark, my husband of 16 years says “Why don’t we adopt?” Mind you, we had two boys, (13 and 15 years old) already and we were well on our way to enjoying the teenager years with them—no more potty training or sleepless nights. I was thrilled with the idea
Our first-ever national Bible study event, Unwrap the Bible, is this weekend in Houston, TX. Since women are coming together from all across the country and from all across town (Houston covers a lot of territory) we thought a little road trip music was in order. We asked our Unwrap the Bible speakers to pick
Something deep inside each of us longs to count. We want to matter to the world. We long to make a difference. We get bored, tired, even depressed by routine and monotony. We’re desperate for significance. We’re searching for acknowledgment. We beam when someone says, “You matter.” We seek praise, accolades, and awards, but somehow
When I was a much younger woman, right after I accepted the Lord at the age of twenty, I went to college on a music scholarship and sang with an incredible show band. Life was good. I loved my school. I loved the kids on campus. I loved music. I loved being young and free.