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Review & Giveaway: Higher Vision – For Your Kingdom Worship Album

I received this product in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are those of my own.

I love music… Especially worship music. I seem to not be able to do anything without it playing in the background. It just brings motivation and encouragement to everything I do. Knowing this, I jumped at the opportunity to review the new debut album from Higher Vision, For Your Kingdom.

Higher Vision Church is located here in Southern California and is quickly growing, averaging about 3,000 attendees each week from all walks of life. Their worship team sings some of their own original songs, and now has released an album.

With a sound that some would find similar to Hillsong Young and Free or Elevation Worship but is also unique to its own style, this album does not disappoint. Each track seems to have a reference to scripture and doctrinal truths, leaving no room for fluff. A perfect mix of upbeat songs that would be perfect on your workout playlist and slower ballads that will help usher you right into the Throne room during your personal prayer time… or, if you’re like me, great to listen to as you drive, do housework, or sew and craft.

Among the songs on this album, I have to say that my favorites were Trust In You (which anyone going through a trial would appreciate!), We Cry Holy, and Broken The Chains. Worship leaders in modern churches looking for new music to add to their set lists would enjoy this album as well.

Songs on the album include:

  1. [continuum]
  2. Higher
  3. Freedom of Your Love
  4. Worthy is the Lamb
  5. Trust in You
  6. He is Here
  7. We Cry Holy
  8. For Your Kingdom
  9. Hands Held High
  10. Hallelujah
  11. Near to the Broken
  12. Broken the Chains

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How about a chance to win a copy? You could win 1 Higher Vision For Your Kingdom CD from Higher Vision and Frontgate Media! Follow this link here to find out how to enter: Click HERE!

Have you listened to this album yet? Tell me what you thought about it in the comments!


One Thing Remains ~ Song Of The Week!

2012 is out, over and done. Enter 2013. As I reflect on last year, I realize it was filled with both good and bad. Thankfully, the good is what jumps out to me the most. I’m sure that everything in 2013 will not be perfect, but I plan to enjoy it as much as possible. I have the choice to focus and zero in on everything amazing and not dwell on the negative. We all have that choice.

No matter what happened in the year 2012, one thing remained true. And no matter what happens in this new year of 2013, that one thing will still remain true. God’s love never fails, it never gives up, and it will never run out on me or you. I am so thankful for that remarkable love that He has for us. No other love will ever be able to compare!

One Thing Remains
Jesus Culture

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains
One thing remains

Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me x3

On and one and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains

In death and in life I’m confident and covered by the power of your great love
My debt is paid there’s nothing that can separate my heart from your great love


One Thirst ~ Song of The Week

I am a big fan of Bethel Worship, and I recently came across this song on their Be Lifted High album. It has got to be one of the most soothing worship songs I have heard in a long time, in both music and lyrics. I highly recommend this song be put on your mp3 player/ipod/whatever because it is great! It immediately brings you to a place of worship, an intimate exchange between you and God. Enjoy!





One Thirst
By Bethel Worship

You say to us seek Your face
Our hearts reply Your face we seek
Come teach us, Lord, reveal Your ways
Anoint us for the greater things

We have gathered with one thirst and hunger
We’re here to drink of glory and wonder
Here to cry out come and fill this place

Our single wish, our sole desire
To gaze upon Your beauty, God
We will not rest nor will we cease
Till with our eyes Your face we see

We wait for You to come and show Your glory
We wait for You
Hallelujah come


A Child Like Perspective

I remember when my oldest niece, Josie, was in the fourth grade and came home one evening to let Karen (her mom/my awesome sister!) go through the papers in her backpack. Apparently her teacher had them do a composition write up each week and they were given a prompt. This particular week the directions were as follows, “Write a composition in which you tell about your favorite activity and explain how to do it. Give step-by-step instructions.”

Once Karen read what Josie had written and then let me read it, I asked to keep it because I knew I wanted to write about it one day. I was amazed that it was from a child. Her response to the prompt was this,

“My favorite activity is worshiping God. Do you know what this means? You
have asked God into your heart. All you have to do is, first, you repent. Next, you
go to church and give a praise report that you have done this. Then, you lift your
hand and pray. Finally, you ask for forgiveness every night and love Him like He
loves you.”

Wow! See how simple it is? When a fourth grader (she is now in junior high and believes much the same way) can so easily grasp the concept, it should put us adults to shame. My favorite part of her response is the very last phrase- “Love Him like He loves you.” Now that right there says it all. Yes, we may love God, but do we really love Him like He loves us? More than likely, we’ll find that the answer is no. And quite frankly, I believe we’ll never be able to love Him like He loves us because His love NEVER fails. However, we can most definitely spend our lives striving to love Him like He loves us.

Are we teaching our kids the proper way to love God? Are we setting a proper example? Maybe we should examine ourselves and change the way we approach God, our Heavenly Father. Jesus even says, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) It’s that plain and simple and Josie GOT it. I think we should try to look at it from Josie’s point of view. Maybe then, we might just get it, too.


His Favorite Song

In the past few weeks, my 8 month old daughter has decided she is determined to say “Daddy”. Not Da Da or Dad. Daddy. She yells it, whispers it, babbles it, and most of all… sings it.

During the same time, I’ve been singing a lot. For a few days I felt spiritually dry and I felt that was the only way I could get past it. I began to wonder, “Does he hear me? Is it enough?”

Later that afternoon my sweet husband, a wonderful father, walked in the room and said to our sweet baby, “Oh sweetheart! That’s my favorite song! Sing it some more! I love it when you sing that song.” Instantly I felt God speak to my heart. That is exactly how he feels when we sing! He’s so proud, happy, and blessed by our worship! While we may think we’re just babbling out lyrics and no one hears them, He does. And He LOVES it!

How often we forget it’s about Him and blessing Him. Not what it does for us.

Ever since that day, I’ve had a song on my heart that I’ve been singing repeatedly. I feel I should share it, because it sums up what I’m trying to get across perfectly. Enjoy!

When I Hear The Praises Start
Keith Green

My son, My son, why are you striving
You can’t add one thing to what’s been done for you
I did it all while I was dying
Rest in your faith, my peace will come to you

For when I hear the praises start
I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are my child and you know me
To Me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do for Me

My child, My child, why are you weeping
You will not have to wait forever
That day and that hour is in My keeping
The day I’ll bring you into Heaven

For when I hear the praises start
My child, I want to rain upon you
Blessing that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child and you know me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done remains
Only what you do in Me

My precious bride, the day is nearing
When I’ll take you in My arms and hold you
I know there are so many things that you’ve been hearing
But you just hold on to what I have told you

For when I hear the praises start
My bride, I want to rain upon you
Blessings that will fill your heart
I see no stain upon you
Because you are My child, and you know Me
To me you’re only holy
Nothing that you’ve done will remain
Only what you do for me



Sticky Hands: DANCE PARTY!!!

Taking your children to a disco is NOT endorsed by Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

Here we are again, it’s Thursday already!!! Yikes!

Have you had a hard time finding time for prayer, praise, and worship this week? I know I have. So I pulled an old trick out of my sleeve. “Dance Party”.

This is really difficult, so place close attention:

  1. Turn on fast, upbeat, fun Christian music.
  2. Gather the kids.
  3. Tell the kids to dance fast. Dance with them. Make it fun, be silly!
  4. While it’s going, sing along, pray, praise, & worship our Creator.

Wait, that’s not at all difficult, is it?

The best part is the list of benefits. Exercise for all, prayer time, you set an example, everyone has fun, and the kids get all their wigglies out. In fact, your littles may nap right after if you keep it up long enough!

If you’re family is large enough, you could start practicing to do a Christian flash mob. (Totally kidding… but hey, it’d be fun!)

Keep doin’ the good work, Moms. Keep praying as you go, raising those sticky hands as often as you can. Store up your treasures in Heaven, and in still the importance of God in your children’s hearts.

Disclaimer: Don’t have a dance party right after lunch. If you do, next thing you know you might be having a puke party. Just sayin’…


Accepting God’s Will… Even When It Hurts…

For the past few months, I’ve decided that in accepting the will of God, I need for my will to be HIS will, not for His will to be MY will. Make sense? I have desires deep in the depths of my heart and soul, and I know that God knows all about my innermost being. In fact, I believe that most of those desires He placed there Himself. But I’ve come to realize that no matter how bad I want something, everything has to fall in place with what He wants. If it’s not His will, it is in vain.

God's timing & God's rhythm. Not our own.

I believe that along with the will of God comes a time, a season, a purpose. God’s will comes with God’s terms and too many times I find myself trying to work according to my own terms and conditions, attempting to rush God. And too many times I also find that this doesn’t work. Finally I came to a place of realization…a place I believe God brought me to in order for me to understand His will and way. I’m allowed to go anywhere and everywhere He wants to take me, however, there are things/people/thoughts/mindsets from this life and level that I am not allowed to take with me. For a long time, I’ve tried to go from one level to the next, dragging junk along, only to be stuck somewhere God hasn’t intended for me to stay. There’s no way I’ll be allowed to go through the door of a new level carrying something that is unacceptable to the will He has for me. If I would just be willing to let it go and leave it behind, He’ll call me in and continue to take me even higher.

One Sunday morning during worship service, I said to the Lord, “Okay God, take me higher with You. I know there are things I can’t take with me. Please give me the wisdom to know what I cannot take and the strength to leave it behind.”

That was hard enough on it’s own, but then a few weeks later, I had to deal with the issue of pain. Another realization that I had to receive, whether I wanted to or not…when it comes to God’s will, I still have to accept it, even when it hurts. And boy, does it hurt sometimes. Seeing others allowed to do what MY heart desires to do, but I’m not allowed because it’s not my time yet; and not just that, but also with things that occur in my daily life. For the past month or so, I keep having to remind myself, “I must accept God’s will, even when it hurts.”

Today as I was in prayer, God Himself reminded me of this, yet again. “Child, I know it hurts, but even my own son had to accept my will, knowing it would hurt.” Ouch. Jesus prayed twice within the few scriptures of Matthew 26:36-46 that if it would be possible, let the cup pass from Him, but nevertheless, “not as I will, but as YOU will.”

God’s will will not always hurt, and He doesn’t want us to always feel hurt; but we do have to sacrifice and surrender our own timing, terms and conditions to completely walk in all that He has called us to. And let me be the first to say, these words are hard to swallow! Yet in the end, the reward is more than worth it.