I prayed big prayers in 2017. Prayers for the miraculous...for breakthrough, healing, provision, resurrection and freedom in myself, my family and those around me. One of those prayers that has carried over into 2018 is for the sweet lady in the center of this picture. Her name is Ellen. She has 8 children and 11 grandchildren. (Her daughter, Harden, far left, has been our nanny and part of our family for a year and a half.) Ellen was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in March and is currently in the fight for her life. On Monday the doctor said she wouldn't make it through the end of the week. But she's still here...loving, praying, battling, worshiping...and small miracles are taking place as I write. At 3:30 EST today, friends and family are gathering in her hospice house room and praying for the COMPLETE MIRACLE. If you are able, will you join us? I'm asking for believers everywhere to rally and lift up Ellen, take authority in Jesus' name and command the cancer to shrivel up and everything in her body to come into Kingdom order. Let's ask for what only God can do. Feel free to leave your prayer in the comments below so they can be read over her. Also include your personal requests for a miracle as well! One of the most amazing things about this woman is the way she has prayed for OTHERS as she is walking through the valley of the shadow of death herself. I believe 2018 is going to be a RADICAL year marked by the Supernatural, by revival, by miracles...and it's all going to start with His people getting on their faces. #prayforEllen #miracles #Jesusisbiggerthancancer #wonthedoit
It's gonna be a good night. 👌🏼
Repost @chcc_org: We want to know You better than when we came in, and we want to be different when we walk out these doors today because we've encountered You. -@meremusic AND WE DID ENCOUNTER JESUS TONIGHT! We are being changed! • Friends, if you were not at Cherry Hills tonight, you need to get here tomorrow morning. Services are 9a and 11a. #worship #revival #revivalweekendchcc
I know this video may seem a bit silly because I'm a goofball, but when I say I was wrecked tonight in the presence of God, I mean WRECKED. @shane_farmer preached a message on revival unlike anything I've ever heard, and I am SO EXPECTANT for what God is going to do tomorrow. If you're anywhere near Denver, come! 2 different worship sets, 2 different messages @chcc_org! #RevivalWeekendCHCC
Brought in 2018 with these crazies and hope I laugh every day this year like I did tonight. Love these humans. Happy New Year, friends!
It might not look like much, but these 4 walls hold massive spiritual significance in my life. I was born and reborn in this little church. I gave my heart to Jesus here when I was 5. I sang my first solo here when I was 6. I remember crawling under the pews as a kid, falling asleep in my mom's fur coat during service, and spending many Sundays of my childhood at the altar. This is where I memorized Scripture every Wednesday night, and it has never left me. I remember hearing the sound of worship rise for the first time here and having repeated encounters with the Holy Spirit. When I was 12, revival came to this House, and I was wrecked by the presence of God. I started singing harmonies and playing tambourine for our youth band right around that time, which soon evolved into playing keys and leading worship for our Saturday night youth services we called Potter's House. Some of those nights I would be under my keyboard, hands still attempting to play, not being able to stand under the weight of the Glory that filled that place. Yesterday my dad and I were driving around my hometown. When this church came into view, the memories flooded and the tears with them. I am deeply grateful for my roots, for the people who loved on and poured into me as a kid, and for a God who has always pursued my heart.
Merry Christmas from our tribe to yours. No matter what your days or months have looked like, He is Emmanuel, GOD WITH US, meeting us in our mess, loving us in the hard, and being the very hope that gives us courage to face another day. We breathe in His peace, we release His joy. Come Thou long expected Jesus. #Christmas2017
Merry Christmas Eve! 🎄
Christmas is upon us! Just wanted to share one of my favorite moments from #decadethehallstour...singing We Three Kings with @mikedonehey and @tenthavenorth and channeling my inner @itsbrittnicole. I got a little excited at the end. It was the last night of tour so I just felt like yelling things. 😁🎤🤷🏻♀️🎄Thanks for the video, @brandonrobold!
Spent the afternoon finishing up some Christmas shopping with my first born, and we had the sweetest time together. During lunch at Panera, Maverick overheard the guys next to us talking about Jesus. He asked me if he could go over and ask them to pray for his dad. These guys were so kind and immediately willing to agree with my 7 year old for complete healing and wholeness, and each of them prayed for our family so fervently even though they didn't know us from Adam. My eyes welled up. I love seeing the faith of my boy and how he already walks in the authority of heaven. Thankful as well for complete strangers yet brothers who will sow into a kid with an honest, seeking heart. ❤
I've never cried at the end of a tour before, but ya know what they say...there's a first time for everything. Love these people. #decadethehallstour
Made some new besties this tour. These babes are beautiful, fun, creative, deep, hysterical, and just what I needed on a bus full of dudes. Love you chicas! #decadethehallstour
This tour has been one of the most fun, life-giving tours I've ever done. 3 more nights with @tenthavenorth and @zachwilliamsmusic on the #decadethehallstour! 📷: @alexismariephoto
Guys, thank you SO MUCH for your response to my last post. You've commented, texted, called, brought food, loved, and prayed for us, and we are absolutely grateful. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories as well. We're not sure how this road will twist and turn, but we have so much faith and hope moving forward, largely because of each of you, including these people in this picture...our pastors, Henry and Alex Seeley. They are some of our truest friends, as are our people @thebelongingco. We are so thankful for how God has grafted us into this house. I say that because community is so so necessary, especially when we need trusted friends and family to hold up our arms in the fight. If you've been trying to live as an island, you're missing one of the greatest gifts heaven has to offer...relationship with like-minded believers. I encourage you to step out of your safety zone and find your place of belonging with those who love Jesus with everything and who will run alongside you in your journey.
The last few weeks haven't looked quite like what I anticipated. They rarely do, but this time it hit a little closer to home. I was supposed to be on The 700 Club yesterday, and it would have appropriately coincided with my 700th Instagram post, which I considered a neat little coincidence. But things didn't work out that way after all. So post number 700 is about something else...something I feel at this point the Lord is all but shouting at me. To give a little context, 3 weeks ago Jacob had a seizure. It was the first he'd ever had and while it caught us off guard and scared us quite a bit, his MRI came back clear and we chalked it up to stress and not enough sleep. Then he had his second seizure this past Tuesday, this time more substantial. I cancelled my trip to Virginia Beach. We met with his neurologist yesterday and scheduled an EEG. He is not able to drive for 6 months. To add to the crazy, Monday I was up most the night with one sick kid and last night was an all-nighter with another. Christmas Tour starts next week. It's all piling up. Recently, God has spoken a handful of words to my spirit: Rest. Grounding. Pause. All things that don't come easily for me...I'm a 3 on the Enneagram, an Achiever. Yet the Holy Spirit has been so gently repetitive and confirming, patiently pushing me towards the quiet, the space. Breathe in, breathe out. I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like in the middle of commitments and kids and responsibilities and callings, but I know the break-neck pace of the so-called rat race was never what Jesus intended. God has been working on me in this regard for a while now, and though I'm no longer having panic attacks, I still have much room to grow. Why am I unloading so much of our life and my heart right now? Because I want to be honest, hoping my candidness might actually unlock someone else who also needs margin and permission to say no for a greater yes. Because I am incapable of pretending like everything's perfect when it all feels upside down and inside out. And ultimately, because I want to obey the voice of my Father, knowing to my core that He is trustworthy and kind in every way. He has us, He always has. 👇🏼
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. For Black Friday, my friends at WORD Worship put together a special deal for you! When you shop on my online store, you'll receive my Christmas album for FREE with every purchase over $25! ❤️
My heart and tummy are full. So very grateful, today and every day. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! #Thanksgiving2017 #gratitude #thankfulness
This was the most beautiful view from my room in Sturbridge, Mass the last 2 days. (We're in Portland, Maine tonight!) I had THE SWEETEST time with a bunch of women from all over Southern New England. So sweet, in fact, that I had to throw the set list out the window yesterday when Holy Spirit showed up STRONG and I didn't even want to move. How many times have I prayed or sang or pleaded with God, HAVE YOUR WAY, yet when He answered I only lingered for a few seconds then plowed through with my plan? I've been inviting God to interrupt me at any point, resolute in my heart to pay attention and lean in when He does. I just don't want to miss Him. Jesus is calling us deeper and sometimes it means we have to forego our agenda and quiet our spirits to hear, knowing full well that His purposes are worth far more than the 4 songs I didn't sing or the list that wasn't completed or insert whatever. Let's give Him our yes before we even know the question.
So expectant and pumped for church tonight!! If you're just sitting at home staring at the wall or debating what to watch on Netflix, you can join us online! 😁TheBelonging.co. 7:30 CST.
These women are fierce. I had the chance to run alongside them this weekend in Hershey, PA, and they spoke such life to my soul in the few short moments we had together. How bout Chewbacca Mom straight up prophesied over me at dinner (while I was eating my chicken) about taking off my safety belt and going deeper (and other mind-blowing goodness) and I was like, Wait...who are you again?! And Chrystal preached a message on hiddenness and obedience that cut straight to my heart. So honored to serve a whole arena full of women with them the last 2 days. ❤🔥 @penndelwomen #womenofpurpose #invited2017 #GIANTcenter #chewbaccamom #chrystalevanshurst #womensconference
Spent today @museumofbible with some friends from @christianmusicbroadcasters, and it was delightful. I could have walked around that place for DAYS...reading, experiencing, and taking it all in. The Word of God is so ALIVE!! Come encounter Jesus through Scripture here at MOTB. It is open to the public starting next weekend! #museumofthebible
Christmas tour is coming! Shot some fun video content with these 2 today. Can't wait for Decade the Halls Tour with @tenthavenorth and @zachwilliamsmusic! #DTHtour #KenneththeChristmasYedi
Our farmer and dear friends Todd and Kari Vincent lost their baby girl Vivian in a tragic accident on Friday. She would have been 2 this month. The last time I saw Vivian was late September when our family went out to their farm for a night of worship. They fed us amazing food and we sang and worshipped on their porch while the younger kids played all around us. Sweet little Vivian came in close and watched me sing, mesmerized by the music, never taking her eyes off mine. She eventually crawled up in my lap and sat so still as I sang, just taking it all in. I will never forget that precious moment we shared together. Now Todd and Kari are navigating life from here with their 11 kids and one on the way. They have medical costs and physical needs that we can, as the body of Christ, step up to meet. Please consider donating to help this amazing, Jesus-loving family and lessen their financial burden. Link in profile.
This little nugget hasn't been out with me on a tour bus since she was 8 months old, so it was time to let Frankie come on the road with Momma this weekend. Even though it means less sleep, I love having my sweet and spicy sidekick with me for this leg of tour. We are in Fredricksburg, VA tonight followed by Marion, OH, and Cincinnati and finishing up Sunday in Newport, TN. Come see us!