Good Good Father

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Have you heard the song “Good Good Father?” Since I love worship music, I’ve begun looking into the song. I want to know how they came up with it. I want to know where the lyrics came from in scripture. This particular song is based upon Matthew 7:7-12. I have the lyrics below as well as a video of Chris Tomlin’s version. Last but not least, I included a video showing the story behind the song. This song is powerful. Enjoy!

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you can provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we, we say a word

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a Good, Good Father
And I’m loved by you

You are perfect in all of your ways
Perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, It’s who I am
[x2]

You are perfect in all of your ways
[x3]

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

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Regina Williams and Titus2 Mentoring Women

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In October of 2007, I begin to inquire about gaining a life coach or mentor. I wanted to gain wise council to guide me along in my life. I had been married just over a year and I was pretty clueless! HA! My friend, Ashley Jansen, told me about Regina Williams and a ministry that she had started called Titus2. I was so intrigued, so I called Regina and we set up a meeting to discuss what the group involved.

The Starbucks on Old Milton was the place I met Regina. We both got a coffee and set down to talk. She was warm, welcoming, and overflowing with wisdom. We discussed life. The conversation got deep fast with her questions and I felt I could completely confide in her immediately. She told me about the group. It was a year long program that started in January of 2008. We would meet monthly from 7-9 at her home. Each month we would be required to memorize scripture, have daily quiet times and journal, have an accountability partner, read a book on a particular subject, write up a book review, do a date night with my spouse (she also provided questions), and be at the monthly meeting ready to share what I learned. We would also have 2 weekend retreats in the year, meet one-on-one with her monthly, and have Regina and her husband over once or twice in the year. I know that may seem overwhelming to you but to me it was exactly what I have craving.

Jesus says in the Beatitudes that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

Proverbs 21:21 says that “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”

Jesus also says in John 6:48 that He is “the bread of life.”

Well, I was thirsty and hungry. Thirsty and hungry for more of God. God used Regina to even deeper my hunger and thirst. And the hunger and thirst has only amplified. And I believe it will never be filled until I meet Him face to face.

Yes, I did join the group. And it was an amazing experience. I grew deeper in my relationship with God. My heart was changed from the inside out. I hid God’s word in my heart by memorizing 37 verses. I learned the importance of an accountably partner (and I’ve had one ever since!). But it didn’t stop there…

After our group ended in December 2008, my group still meet for a little over a year. I continued to meet with Regina quarterly. She guided me along many life happenings – both my children being born, leaving work to be home full-time, navigating after the house fire, and even as I have struggled with my health recently. She would give practical advice but it always pushed me back to the Lord Almighty. Regina made me the person I am today. I will always be so grateful for that.

This last year, Psalm 91 became her anthem. A few months ago, I met with her for the last time. She asked me what verses I was memorizing. The truth is, I hadn’t been. I told her that and she encouraged me to get back to it. “Hiding the words of our Lord in our heart and mind allows His voice to be louder than the voice of the world and the evil one.” I asked her what she was memorizing and she replied with Psalm 91. I asked “what specific verses?” And she replied “the whole chapter.” I remember thinking “Wow! I could never do that!” Now that she has been promoted to Heaven, I’m reminded again just how important it is to hide God’s word in my heart. So I am memorizing Psalm 91, the whole chapter. Already it has been so comforting during this time of deep mourning.

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My prayer has become….

“Oh how I long to dwell and abide in the hiding place of the Most High. Lord, please give me rest and comfort in your protective shadow. I will continue to say that “You are my refuge, my Hiding Place, My Papa, who I trust completely. I know you will save me from the evil one who pesters me daily. Please cover me with your angels and under your protection I will find safety. Trusting you without restraints will be a shield in this world. Thanks be to you always Lord!”

I will leave you with one last thing.

To older wiser women – you have wisdom to share with younger women! Please pray about being a mentor. Regina has everything you would need to facilitate mentoring one or more women. Click here to learn about all her resources she has.

To younger women – we all can use a mentor to guide us. Ask around. And pray. I believe God wants us all to mentored and discipled in some way. Take the leap. You will be glad you did.

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5

PS-Starting next week, I will begin posting one liners from Regina. These were statements she said all the time. Some of them are – “Bloom where you are planted,” “Put expression to your impression,” etc. To other Titus2 girls, if you have one you’d like to share. Please let me know!

Jesus, Rock of Ages

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Every single time I listen to this song, I am comforted. It is such an encouragement to know we stand on a sure foundation. Take a minute to allow these words to wash over you. And then you can listen to the song by Christy Nockels.

I am not alone 
There’s a stone I’m built on 
There’s a love that will never let me go 
He hears my every cry 
He knows how to understand me 
He is my one defense, day and night 
I rest my soul on the rock of the ages 
And my feet stand firm on a sure foundation 
All my hope in this salvation 
Jesus, Jesus, rock of ages 
Precious cornerstone 
The one for all generations 
Laid that I would hide myself in You 
Through every trial and storm 
When all else is sinking 
There is none so faithful and so true 
When my heart is faint, my faith is small 
Oh hide me, Lord 
And when all is well, through it all 
Oh hide me, Lord

Prayer!

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I believe prayer is powerful. And today I am asking for prayers. Prayers for my mentor Regina Williams and her beautiful family.

That’s all I can seem to type out this morning. Thank you in advance for lifting her name to our BIG God.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”  Psalm 91

The Great Light

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a poem written by Rachael Walkup

Look around you, this world is going down and it’s no Heaven that’s for sure.

There are murders, sex trafficking, and horrible sicknesses without a cure.

The truth is – we live in a world that is broken, fallen, full of trouble, and quite sad.

Adam and Eve gave in to the enemy’s temptation and since then it’s been bad.

But hold on, because amongst the darkness there is a great light.

This person was also tempted by the enemy yet held firm to sight.

He was able to keep his eyes on His Father by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Is the Spirit leading you? Or have you allowed the enemy to fool you with his wit?

The choice is yours and I have made my choice.

My heart sings praise to my God, rejoice!

Isaiah 9:1 says that “the people living in darkness have seen a great light.”

That great light is the Messiah, Jesus. Will you chose to believe it with all your might?

Obedience

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Obedience. The dictionary defines it as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.” I don’t know about you but compliance with an order from another authority doesn’t sit easy with me. I’m the type-A personality. The one who likes to get things done. And to be honest, I like to be fully in control. Because of that, obedience never comes easy to me. It’s very hard for me to realize I’m not in control but someone else is.

This is probably why the newlywed time in marriage was hard for me. I was in a battle for control. But as the years have gone by I have learned that allowing Greg to fully lead gives me so much peace.  Marriage is the perfect example of another relationship.

Our relationship with our Maker. That’s right – God. God wants us to submit to Him as well. He wants to be the lead of our life. My life. Your life. Wouldn’t you be filled with much more peace if you were to step back and allow God to lead you? If you are not a Jesus follower than I challenge you to read the book of Genesis. You will see through that book that how God moves when obedience happens and when it doesn’t.

How do we obey? It’s difficult, I have been a Jesus follower for a long time and I still struggle with obedience. But it’s the small things. It’s spending time with Him daily. It’s reading your Bible. It’s hiding God’s word in your heart. Loving others around you. As you deepen your faith you start finding ways that you can allow yourself to submit to another’s [God’s] authority.

The Lord is the Great Shepherd. Did you know that the main responsibility of a shepherd is the safety and welfare of the flock? Wouldn’t it be great to think the same of God? If you allow him the position of Shepherd, then he will keep lead you. That sounds great to me. I need to be led. And remember this doesn’t mean nothing bad will happen to you. Because it is certain in this life we will have trouble. But having a leader and obeying Him with what He calls you to will give you peace.

I always tell my kids…obey first. Maybe I needed to be reminded of that as well.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

Maniac Monday – Coupons!!!

I thought it would be helpful to share with you some site I use for coupon deals.

1. Amazon Local – click here to sign up

2. Coupons.com – Click here to find out more

3. Kroger – this is by far the best! I signed up for a Kroger credit card. I only use it for groceries and I pay it off every month. Here’s why I love it… every quarter they send me a $25 off coupon and monthly they send me personalized coupons for stuff I always buy. This past week at the grocery store I saved $50 with coupons.

I hope that this information will help you be a good steward of the money that God has provided to you!