This is how I feel about this beautiful crisp weather and my kids being on fall break this week. 🍂💛
Meant to post this earlier in the week but LIFE...so here it is! Jacob and I got to spend a few days in Lynchburg with our friends @thomasroad and @refuelorg as well as these incredible students from @libertyuniversity, and we were so blessed by each person we met. I love seeing what God is doing at my Alma Mater. 🔥
Tonight was epic. #CatalystATL
When I was in high school, I bought into the fat is bad lie and somehow thought that because I ate all the fat free foods (not even giving a second thought to how much sugar and carbohydrates I was eating in a day), I was healthy. I experienced brain fog in my teens, depression in my twenties, and would occasionally pass out due to my imbalanced diet. It wasn't until I began digging more into the science of food and health that I realized fat was not the enemy after all. We've all heard of the ketogenic diet. While our bodies need good fats for fuel, I was struggling to find Keto recipes that were actually clean. (Is all that meat and cream cheese really beneficial?) Enter @drwillcole and his brilliant book. Not only does he include amazing recipes, but he also breaks down the science of why, what, and how. And guys, I need all the whys. I just sleep better at night. Thanks, Dr. Will! SO excited to dive into Keto•tarian! #gethealthy #ketogenic #fatforfuel
I've struggled over the last couple days to find the right words to adequately describe what happened Wednesday. I don't even have full sentences yet, but I have words, phrases, and images in my mind from visions God gave me and my friends leading up to that night. They are worth sharing and worth remembering. Here are some of the words and pictures God gave us: Identity restored. Roots going deeper. Dams being broken, River rushing. Arrows piercing the darkness. Arrows of light going out all over the world. People standing in waterfalls of His presence. Giants taken down. Worship warriors, swords in hand. New wine skins, new wine. Shifting seasons, changing winds. Line in the sand. New replacing old. Complete freedom in worship. Breaking ground, tilling soil. Limitations erased. And those are just the ones I can remember right now. I'm just in awe and so so grateful. 📷: @hannahburton__
In case you were wondering what I was doing Wednesday. 😜 Link still in profile.
A few weeks ago, Kari asked if Jacob and I would be part of her band for a Propel event in Arkansas. Hang out and lead worship with a bunch of friends for a weekend? Yes, please. Today was so full of life and joy and all the things I can't even articulate right now, but I just want to say this...people who make room at the table for you simply because they love you and want to make a place for you...they are gold. I'm looking at you, @karijobe. You didn't have to invite me along today, but you did. You didn't have to give me the chance to lead a few songs, but you did. And I just want to publicly honor you, not just for the incredible worship leader you are, but for the way you celebrate and champion others. Today was a favorite, hands down. Also...if anyone has a photo of Kari, @hosannapoetry and I on stage together this afternoon, I would LOVE to have it! 😁
What an honor to serve the incredible people who made up the D6 Conference in Greensboro, NC this week. Not only did they let me lead worship, but I also got to speak on Generational Worship. My heart is so full! So very thankful for the vision of @d6family that is impacting homes, churches and communities across the globe. #d62018
In case you missed the memo! 🤗 Link in profile. 💃🏻🙌🏼🔥🎉
Calling all female worship leaders! If you're looking for ways to grow in and steward the gift on your life, I would be OVER THE MOON for you to join my Worship Circle group this term. Details at worshipcircle.com/program. ☺
Happy birthday to my favorite person on the planet! We love you, @jacobsooter! ❤🎉
Walked into @tbcoconference during worship this morning and the presence of God hit me smack in the face and took over my whole being. If you've never experienced the presence of God like I'm talking about, He wants to overwhelm and draw you in today. Draw near. He'll meet you there. I want to be face to face with holiness, more than I can contain. If there is more I want nothing less than to be face to face again.
I've already encountered Jesus in new ways this week, and it's only day 2 of @tbcoconference. But THIS. This is worth more to me than anything else. My baby boy...running after the heart of God. 😭🙌🏼❤ #aweandwonder #belongingcoconference
Epic writes and hangs with these fine folks (and a few others not pictured) who will always be family.
Guys. THANK YOU for expressing your excitement for my live worship recording! I'm a grateful, expectant mess over here. 😭 It's felt like a long time coming, and I can't wait to get in a room with friends and lift these songs to heaven together. In my excited expectancy, however, I totally forgot to mention that although it's a FREE event, we'd still love for you to register so we know how many to plan for. Link is in my profile. Y'all are the BEST! 💜
BIG NEWS!!! 💫
Best time with this lively crew on the lake today! (Also..to see my Louisiana-born husband wrangle a turtle in the water, see @jacobsooter's IG. 😏)
If I told you what God was doing at Cherry Hills Community Church, you might not believe me. Let's just say revival is breaking out in this Presbyterian church, and it is, I believe, largely due to a team that has been on their faces constantly, crying out to God in repentance, humility, and deep hunger. When we the people of God decide we're not satisfied to play church as usual and are willing to go beyond what we've known or what's safe/comfortable, desperation for more of God sets in. And that's what's happening here. This beautiful body of believers is experiencing new layers and levels of His presence simply because they come expectant, surrendered and hungry. I sure love you people. Thanks for letting me jump into the outpouring when it is you who have sown the seed of revival. See you in January.
Summit time! 🙌🏼 If you've missed some of my Worship Circle posts, let me fill ya in. ☺ This is an online community of worship leaders that exists to encourage and build up each other, to give leaders around the globe a chance to connect with others like them. Summit is basically the introduction to @worshipcircle ...and I would love any of you girl worshippers to be in my small group! Coaches include @christynockels @kimwalkersmith @toddfields1 @paulbaloche @jeremymriddle and me. It will take place August 21 from 2-5 PM EST, and you can register at worshipcircle.com/summit. Use the code SUMMIT10 to save $10! Hope to see you then! 😁
Cool kids. 😎
Last day of summer break sure is a HOT one. Had a blast exploring with @hardenmyfrench and these 3 crazy kids!
I am an artist and a songwriter, and I support the #musicmodernizationact as is. @sesac and @blackstone, PLEASE withdraw your amendment! Consider individuals and families over billion dollar companies.
Worship Leaders: if you are needing a time of rest and refreshing with like-minded people, join us for the Worship Circle Rest Retreat January 29-31. I am so looking forward to these days together. Come hang out with @christynockels @kimwalkersmith @paulbaloche @toddfields1 @jeremymriddle and me along with other lead worshippers and their spouses. Registration opens at 2 PM EST today. Details at worshipcircle.com/rest.
A few more from Saturday. 😊
What a weekend. Harvest, we love you. We're praying for you. We're cheering you on from Nashville. Thank you for making us feel so loved the last couple days. Driving back home with full hearts.
Halfway to Chicago with this crazy crew! SO PUMPED to see our Harvest family this weekend. Special Revival service tomorrow night...see my stories for details!
Crossing bridges. Navigating roads less traveled. Discerning the ways to take. Learning to quiet my heart and steal away to hear the only Voice that matters. Today I needed to take a walk somewhere silent and beautiful and just hand over my stuff to Jesus. When we don't know our place or purpose, rest assured we will find it in His presence. Every time. Lay your burdens at His feet today, friends. He's got you. He cares deeply about what's on your heart...because you're always on His. 💛
Heart explosion. ❤💥
Feeling really grateful that I get to link arms with amazing people like you see here...to stand together, hold each other up, be honest about the road life struggle, and celebrate what each one carries. In case you're wondering, those of us who get the privilege to write and play songs that come from vulnerable places deep within, we are not perfect. We don't have all the answers. Sometimes I wonder why God ever gave me any sort of platform at all because I see the magnitude of my weaknesses and wrestlings. All I know is I only want to honor Jesus and please His heart. I want people to encounter His presence when I open my mouth, on and off stage. I long to see people find hope and freedom beyond their current circumstances. And I know that to be true of these friends and so many others. I'm just really honored to serve in this capacity as long as God says to. And on the day He says, sit down, I will gladly obey and make room for others with nothing but a heart full of gratitude.
One of my favorite songs ever written released today. 🙌🏼
Frankie's obviously taking some creative liberties here. Not lacking in the passion department either. Anyone recognize this song? She says she learned it at school. 🤷🏻♀️😂
R O M E. 🇮🇹 Okay, I'm done now. 🤗
Travel buddy. ❤
Literally took my breath away.
Rome wasn't built in a day. I get it now.
First picture in Rome. Before we were sweaty and gross. 😓😄🇮🇹
Smitten with Sorrento. 😍
We're in Italy. I wore a dress. Here's the selfie to prove it. 🤷🏻♀️💃🏻🇮🇹
What a stellar crew, what a sweet couple of days. Goodbye for now, Sweden. 👋🏼🇸🇪❤
I'll just be here taking in the fresh Swedish air, gazing out at the harbor if you need me.
We made it to Sweden! Stockholm welcomed us with this rainbow and beautiful sky...at 10:30 pm local time, no less. So excited for a couple days here writing with friends! 🇸🇪🌈💫
Sooter Crew annual vacation. Take me to the beach and I'm a happy girl.
#tbt to last week when we spent a couple days at Disneyland! Missing that no humidity California weather today.
No one can bring out their contagious belly laughs like you can. We adore you, @jacobsooter. Happy Father's Day.
Sure do love these friends. (And that feels like a MASSIVE understatement.) Thankful for the chance to serve together in Camarillo this weekend!
What a day writing with @jonasmyrin, one of the kindest, most welcoming, purest hearts I've come across. Ever. The presence of God was so thick in his home that I basically cried in my coffee the first hour, and while we were writing, a butterfly flew in the room and a hummingbird hovered by the window. Every part of today was a kiss from heaven. Oh, and the song is 🔥 too. ☺
It was such an honor to record #NeedingYouNow with my dear friend @wearemessengersmusic. I hope this song meets you right where you are ❤️ Watch the full video here: http://smarturl.it/NeedingYouNow
Jacob and I were so honored to serve alongside the @freechapeloc team this weekend. I thought the roof might catch fire last night when a room full of people showed up with their loud worship and Pastor @jentezen preached the house down. Love you, Free Chapel OC! Thanks so much for having us!
To all my Southern California friends...this is happening next weekend!! Come join us! 💃🏻
Honored to be a part of the @worshipcircle team. Loved my conversation with @toddfields1 and invite you to listen in! Link in profile.
This sweet little ballerina has my heart. ❤
Today was beautiful. New friends that immediately felt like family and 2 new songs that deeply stir my heart to worship. It's days like this I shake my head and whisper thanks again and again. ❤
Loved celebrating our friends last night with so many people we love in one place! Congrats, Steph and Peyton!! ❤
Two kids and a dream. May 23, 2008. Little did we know what a decade would hold...heck, we didn't know much at all...except that we loved each other and were better together. The last 10 years have been the most challenging, transforming, refining years of my life. So much beauty, so much revelation, plenty of HARD. Moments of bliss and moments of, I'm not sure we're gonna make it. We are not the same people now as the ones you see in these pictures. We have been gutted by grace and rebuilt by mercy. We have witnessed first-hand the bedrock faithfulness and steady promises of a delighted Father at every turn. And I'm just really grateful tonight...sitting on our hotel balcony listening to enthusiastic vacationers singing karaoke to Don't Stop Believing. I love you, @jacobsooter. I choose you...now and always.
Celebrating a decade married to this handsome man. ❤
P A R A D I S E 🏝
Generally speaking, 4 am wake up calls to board 6 am flights is against everything I believe in, but to fly with this guy to Aruba for our 10 year anniversary, I'll make an exception.
This was about an hour before I led worship. Changed clothes, still smell like goat. So worth it. 😳🐐#goatyoga #KLTY #ladiesfirst
Yesterday was so sweet and so memorable for me. I've had the chance to serve at many @worship.leader events over the years, but this one was quite possibly my favorite. We did a stripped down set...Jacob on the Steinway, me with a mic and a couple floor wedges...and introduced 2 new songs in the mix of others I've been singing for years. Being in a room full of people who love the presence of God and come ready to worship is next level, and we encountered God in such a beautiful, tangible way yesterday. I'm not going to soon forget the worship leaders who sang their hearts out with me and the breathtaking moments we had together before the Throne. 📷: @loganjp12
Quick show in Ohio last night. Made it back this morning in time for breakfast at Pinewood Social and fun at Nashville Farmer's Market with my people. These days with them give me so much LIFE. Can't wait for church @thebelongingco tonight!
Loved loved LOVED jumping on this podcast with my new friend, @aprilsmckinney. Search for 20,000 Words and listen in on our honest conversation!
Last night was INSANE. Loved getting to worship with my @thebelongingco family and @gwyoungadults! 🙌🏼🔥
Surprise, kids...we're going to Dollywood!! 💃🏻😁
This woman embodies sweetness and grace. What a joy to serve with @karenkingsbury this weekend!
Basically I want to be like her when I grow up. Lisa Harper, you are FIERCE in the way you run after Jesus, love His Bride, and teach the Word like there ain't no tomorrow. So glad we're friends.
After school treats. 🍨
I know I'm a couple days late but EEEEEEEEP, IT'S HERE!!! I love this woman and what she carries, how she walks in such authority to speak liberating truth over hearts searching for identity. Alex preached a message this week based on her new book (which is obviously a message she's wrestled and walked out for years), and I sat in my chair weeping the ENTIRE TIME. Cannot WAIT to dive into this book by my friend and pastor, @alexseeley. ❤
Seriously, people. I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the most important books I have EVER read. Pretty sure I need to read it every day for the rest of life. In a culture that so highly elevates and tirelessly chases celebrity, may we as Jesus followers not forget that He lived 90% of his earthly life in obscurity. THIRTY YEARS growing in favor, wisdom and intimacy with the Father, and no one knowing He was the Messiah. I never want to despise hidden years. Revelation comes from rest, wisdom from winter and waiting and wrestling with God. THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE GO READ IT!! (Sorry for shouting. Love y'all. 😉❤)
We’re looking for churches to record their vocals to be mixed into a new project from @wordworshipmusic called #TheChurchWillSing - Hear the songs and sign up at TheChurchWillSing.com // I’m honored to be a part of one of the songs on this project called “One Pursuit” 🧡
Bob Goff is just the freaking best.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?! If you need me I'll be crying in a corner somewhere because my babies aren't babies anymore. 💔😭 📷:@hardenmyfrench
Our family in Chicago released a new album today! @jacobsooter and I were honored to serve alongside this team for over 10 years, and now we are cheering them on from Nashville. Their hearts are to see people encounter the presence of God and these songs are evidence of that. I was honored to write on After Your Heart and Strength of My Life, and my girls @tarawhatshername and @lsweens carry them so so beautifully. (The appropriate phrase would actually be CRUSHED IT.) Bright Faith Bold Future. So so good. 🔥🙌🏼❤
As of Sunday, we have officially added a sixth member to our family. On Easter afternoon, Jacob and his dad were driving to go play tennis when Jacob spotted a tiny creature on the side of the road, digging through a bag of trash. I don't know who could throw away such a sweet pup, but we were just glad Jacob found her when he did. We have been talking about getting a dog for months. Turns out Jesus had just the one for us with a redemption story all her own. Since she was rescued on Easter, we named her Lily. And we are in love. ☺❤🐶
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 • Rejoicing in this Truth today. Never more grateful for the cross, never more in awe of the resurrection. Happy Easter from the Sooter's! #Heisrisen #Easter2018 #Resurrection #Jesusisalive
TWO MORE SPOTS. If you are a chick worship leader and looking for online community/mentorship, join my Worship Circle group! Deadline is Friday, link in profile. 🙌🏼❤
If you haven’t heard yet, I’ll be teaching a workshop at the 2018 National Worship Leader’s Conference! Click the link in my bio to see all of the other amazing Worship Leaders that will be there, and get your tickets before they’re sold out! 😀 #NWLC18
So excited to be a part of #gmaIMMERSE2018! If you’re a Christian Music Creative, join us June 11-13 in Nashville! Prices go up THIS SUNDAY! Register now at http://experienceimmerse.com/
This girl right here, y'all. She is GOLD. Love her, love it when we get to do women's events together ESPECIALLY when it's to raise money for a home for teen trafficking victims. Such a sweet, sweet night. #gigishouse
Just in case you missed it...THIS SONG CAME OUT TODAY AND YOU WANT IT, TRUST ME. #isntHe #tbco @thebelongingco @nataliegrant
The last 6 months for me as a Worship Circle coach have marked me forever. What an honor to pour into the girls in my group and be so challenged and encouraged by THEM as well! There's something really special about hopping in a video room each month with a handful of like-minded people from around the world, sharing highs and lows, and lifting each other up in prayer. To all my fellow women worship warriors, if you are looking for community or growth or simply needing encouragement from sisters like you, I would be OVER THE MOON if you joined my group for the next Worship Circle term! You were never meant to carry it alone. Join us! Link in bio.
Now//Then (circa 2007). Thankful I get to be their sister. Miss you, @toinfinityandbey0n.
I've been thinking about this man all week. His life, his legacy, the gaping hole he left behind. I can only imagine the welcome he received when he walked through those gates of pearl, him making a b-line straight for Jesus and then his beloved Ruth, and hearing the words Well done. Now that Billy is in heaven, the burning question in my heart this week has been this: Who will rise up? Who will fill his shoes? Who will pick up the torch and carry the cross with the love and urgency necessary to see a broken world find hope in a real Savior? It's time, Church. Time for us to no longer live for temporary comforts or successes, not for the empty applause of man, but for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom. I'm not satisfied with chasing some American dream while people all around me are dying, unaware of a God whose love for them is massive and relentless, the remedy for their souls. May the passing of Billy Graham be a wake up call for us Jesus followers to finally live for something bigger than ourselves and make disciples of every nation. #billygraham #revival
Typical Monday night at the Sooter house. #NeverEnough @pasekandpaul
Being part of the @worshipcircle team these last few months has been one of the richest, most life-giving experiences I've had. I love this community so much and have grown like crazy as a result of running alongside these people, cheering one another on in this journey of faith. If you are a worship leader and are looking to go deeper and discover more fully how to walk out God's call on your life, or simply want to sit in a (video) room full of like-minded people from around the globe, join us for our online Summit next Thursday! Link in profile.
Valentines since 2007. Love you more now than ever, @jacobsooter. What a gift you are to me! ❤ #valentinesday2018
We don't often get to stand beside each other and lead together, but when we do it is beautiful and fierce. What a profound honor to link arms with my sisters, these warrior women in the Kingdom, and lift the Name of Jesus high. #tbcoturnsfour #tbco
Last night was a night that marked us all, a night that will forever stand as a remembrance of God's faithfulness to us as a church as well as a celebration of what's to come. We love being a part of this house and will never be the same as a result of what God is doing @thebelongingco. Thank you, @henryseeley and @alexseeley for always chasing the glory of God, lifting the name of Jesus higher than anything, and going after real life change in the hearts of each person who walks through our doors each week. The best is yet to come. Happy birthday, TBCØ! #tbcoturnsfour #tbco
So excited, so expectant. TBCO 4th birthday celebration TONIGHT!! 🔥
It is only because of this girl (and Jesus) that I am a sane person, you guys. Harden has been the sixth member of our family for over a year and a half now, and we can't remember life without her. She radiates joy and ushers in peace wherever she goes. Today is her birthday and I'm believing this will be her best year yet. The Sooters love you, @hardenrives14! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎈
Worship night at church...PUMPED OUT OF MY MIND!! Join us online at 7:30 CST on the TBCo app or thebelonging.co. 🙌🏼❤
ATLANTA: Come hang with us tomorrow! Info at calibrateworship.com. #calibrate2018 #calibrateworship
Got to hang with @coryasbury and a room full of worship leaders in Tampa today for an event called Calibrate, and it was 🔥. Speaking of fire, have you heard Cory's new record yet?! 😭🙌🏼❤💥SO GOOD. #calibrate2018 #recklesslove #worship #faithfulinthelittle
Happy birthday, @miafieldes! You are a LEGEND in the way you champion others, give SO generously and write the most INCREDIBLE songs for the Church and the world. The Sooters love you!! 🎈🎉💃🏻
I LOVE MY FRIENDS...the ones pictured here and others who aren't. I am SO unbelievably blessed to have so many women to laugh with, grow alongside, find wisdom in, and share life with on the regular. We can be ourselves together, tell it like it is, spontaneously break out in singing and/or dancing, and share each other's churros. Just thankful for authentic friendships tonight and thought I'd share. ☺❤
This is me, circa 1986. Today this girl turned 35. I still feel like a kid in many ways, but the mirror tells me otherwise...and I'm okay with it. Every day is such a gift, and I woke up today completely aware of that reality. I am profoundly grateful for life...MY life...and the people I get to walk it with. My dad reminded me today that I'm halfway to 70 and I'm like, BRING IT. So expectant for all that's ahead. Also, shout out to my mom who gave birth to me and provided this picture. ☺❤
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