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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Reflections and thoughts

As the anniversary of our commissioning service has just passed, it got me thinking about this journey that our family is on!  It excites me to see where and how the Lord has taken us through more than we could have ever imagined possible and we are praising Him for that.  Back in early 2007, Jacob and I submitted to the Lord that we would move where ever He wanted us to go to be a witness for Him.  At the time, we were assuming we would move somewhere else in the US.  After much prayer, in August 2007 a team from our home church (including Jacob) went to work in a small village called Cot on the side of the Irazu Volcano in Costa Rica.  As Jacob was gone, God was moving in my heart that Jacob was going to come home and say that we were to move to Costa Rica.  And at the same time He was moving in Jacob’s heart as well.  Even other team members from that trip said they could almost watch God move Jacob on that trip, not even knowing at that time that we were called to move there.  Once Jacob returned to SC, things just started moving at a whirlwind pace as our house sold with out even putting a sign in our yard and we began to sell our things and then before we knew it we had moved to Costa Rica and then the first year was gone and we had, by God’s grace alone, learned Spanish, we came back to the States to share with everyone, then moved back to Costa Rica and here we are now.  WOW!!  What a whirlwind 🙂

I say all of that to say that things have happened over these past years that had you told us we would go through or face we would have said, “No way!  I would never be able to make it through that!”  And yet God has been faithful to us and has showed us His strength, peace and faithfulness through it all.  He has guided us and provided for us in such a manner that it is just exciting to watch!  I know that you all realize that I am writing this from Charleston, SC while Jacob and my babies are in Costa Rica, and that alone has been such a journey demonstrating God’s grace and faithfulness to our family – and it may seem weird (weird is a word that many have used to describe me anyway 🙂  but aren’t we all weird when it comes to Christians living in this world?) but I am thankful for this disease because it has given our family a unique opportunity to draw close to our Father and rely on Him and experience Him in a way that otherwise would not be possible.

I am taken back to one of the most special days for our family and that was our commissioning service back in May of 2008 – please go back to read about it in our archives for May of 2008 (Special weekend or something like that) if you have not read about that weekend.  My favorite part was that our praise team allowed me to pick out the music for the service.  I picked Mighty to Save and My Desire by Jeremy Campy.  That song “My Desire” sums up still our hearts.  I will place a link here so you can listen to it on YouTube but I also invite you to read the words.  We are committed to being used by God however, where ever He sees fit.  Thank you all for praying for us, following us and standing by us on this wonderful journey that our God has us on!  We are all working hard for our family to be reunited in Costa Rica and serving/loving on the Ticos.  We are standing in awe of our Lord and thankful for His constant guidance, love, by our side, comfort, peace…..

Here are the Words….. “My Desire”  Jeremy Camp

You want to be real, you want to be empty inside
You want to be someone laying down your pride
You want to be someone someday
Then lay it all down before the king

You want to be whole, you want to have purpose inside
You want to have virtue and purify your mind

You want to be set free today
Then lay it all down before the King

This is my desire, this is my return
This is my desire to be used by You

You want to be real, you want to be emptied inside
And I know my heart is to feel You near
And I know my life
It’s to do Your will
It’s to do Your will

This is my desire, this is my return
This is my desire, to be used by You
Oo yea
This is my desire, this is my desire
To be used by You

All my life I have seen
Where You’ve taken me
Beyond all I have hoped
And there’s more left unseen

There’s not much I can do to repay all You’ve done
So I give my hands to use

This is my desire, this is my return
This is my desire, to be used by You
Oo yea
This is my desire, this is my desire
To be used by You

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Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Update 3/2/2010

Today we have lots to be thankful for.  God is so good and faithful and is continuing to guide us and little by little bring healing to my body.  My mom and dad gave me a bookmark with a verse on it that sums up my heart right now –

“A joyful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22” 
 
And I have many things right now that are making my heart joyful.  First of all, Jacob and the kids arrived safely and we are all so happy to be together.  When they arrived, Sophia and Benjamin had to go to the pediatrician here because Sophia had a rash and Benja had an ear infection, but they are now doing great.  Jacob is continuing to have to do homeschooling for the three of them, but we have been able to add going to the county park for them to ride bikes as PE and of course Benja is playing golf!!  We also all went to the aquarium on Saturday with Jacob’s parents – little added science lesson!  I was able to make it with the help of my wheelchair.  So everyone is settling into a routine here at my parents’ house.  🙂
 
As far as my health progress goes….we are still working on getting my cpk and aldolase down into normal range.  We have made progress, but I am still not where I need to be, so I am still having discomfort.  I am able to walk now though, all be it slowly, and if it is going to be a large amount of walking, like when we went to the aquarium, I have to use a wheelchair.  I have been able to get to our target amount of the immune suppressant and I have begun to successfully come down some on my dose of prednisone.    I will meet again with Dr. Gilkeson next Wed 3.10.10 to decide if we are going to need to add another medication.  I am still wearing the heart monitor and do not have any news to report on that.  I am praying everyday that I will get a phone call from my cardiologist and that she will tell me that I can take it off and we can know what the issues are with my heart, but so far, I am still waiting.  Today, I had to go to GYN for an extensive check to make sure that ovarian or breast cancer is not what triggered the gene in my body that caused this disease to come to life in my body.  We may not ever know the environmental trigger that caused it, but we need to make sure that it was not one of these types of cancers.  And in women with this, these types of cancers are common triggers.  Tomorrow, Wed. 3.3.10, I will have a mammogram and then on the 16th I will have ultrasound of my ovaries and then on that same day I will meet back with my new GYN here and discuss if we need to do any more checking or testing.  Next week on 3.9.10 I will go to physical therapy for the first time for stretching and massage.  I will not be able to work on regaining any strength until we get all of this under control, but we are hoping this will help me be more comfortable and in less pain. 
 
Specific ways to pray
1.  That my cpk and aldolase would come back into normal range.
2.  That my cardiologist would get to see what she needs to see from this heart monitor so that we can make decisions regarding my heart health.
3.  That all cancer tests would come back negative, but if there is something there that we need to be aware of, that God would reveal it in the testing that we are doing so that it can be addressed.
4.  That physical therapy would bring me some relief and that I would continue to heal and get stronger day by day.
5.  That everywhere we go we would continue to share God’s light, love, grace and shine for Him. 
 
I know that God is using this time here in Charleston for His glory.  I have seen Him make changes in me and I feel closer to Him now than I have ever been.  I have watched Him work and move in situations where only He could be responsible for the things that are going on around us.  I can only be thankful for this situation and pray that I would bring Him glory through each stage of this.  I thank you all for your prayers and encouragement.  They are so special to us and make all the difference.  We need them and ask that you continue to pray for us.  
 
To God Be the GloryText: Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

To God be the glory, great things He hathdone;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin,
And opened the lifegate, that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer, the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see!

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done!

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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The Song!

Okay guys. For all of you that have asked for the recording of the song that Abby and Mike Puckett wrote and dedicated to me and my family as a gift, here it is!!! Enjoy!!!

Thanks again Abby and Mike and to Chris Burke who helped get it recorded and on this site!

“Let’s Run” by Abby and Mike Puckett dedicated to the Folks (that’s us!)

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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An Unexpected Gift

  Okay, so let me set the stage.  For those of you who don’t already know, I sing in the praise band at my church.  Well our leaders Lloyd and Christina Shockley were out of town today.  We knew that in advance and those of us who were still going to be at church this morning practiced for Sunday last Wednesday night.  This is what we do every week.  Nothing new.  Well we talked Abby Puckett into singing with us.  For those of you who do not know Abby she goes to Easley High school and is a very talented musician.  She sings, plays the guitar, the flute and she writes songs (all of which are glorifying to the Lord).  Her father Mike plays the guitar for our praise team.  Well during practice we agreed that Abby and Mike would play a song that she wrote from Ephesians for the offering today. 

  So here we are today.  I almost did not go to church this morning because I had gotten a bad sunburn on Wednesday and have been pretty miserable and I just wanted to sleep.  However, I got up, got ready and amazingly I started to feel better.  We went to church and warmed up and practiced during Sunday school like normal.  We get up and sing the first song “In Christ Alone” and the hymn “It is well with My Soul” and then prayed for the offering and then it was time for Abby, Mike and Jeff to do Abby’s Ephesians song.  Well, to my surprise Jeff sat down and I thought to myself, well he taught Sunday school and did not practice with them this morning, so maybe he decided he was not ready to play the song with them.  So Chris and I sit down and Mike and Abby start searching for music, which again was odd to me because Abby knows her song by heart, but I thought maybe she is nervous and needs the words in front of her.  Then Abby says, “My dad and I were inspired to write a song and dedicate it to the Folks.”  I was in shock.  I knew nothing about this!  I looked at Chris for and explanation and he just looked at me and said, “It is a new song” and was smiling from ear to ear.  Well unfortunately we do not record the music portion of our service, so I do not have it recorded, but it is an absolutely beautiful, appropriate, like they went into my heart and spoke the words that were there even though I did not know how to even express them to the Lord.  They spoke them for us and beautifully to the Lord and our church.  I cried the entire song.  Here are the words…

LET’S RUN (dedicated to the Folks), Written by Abby Puckett

What’s my mission…Lord please tell me…Cause to tell you the truth…it terrifies me.  I’ve put my faith in you…to keep me strong.  Lead my family…to where we belong…But how do I know…it will be safe…What about my little girls…and my little boy…What about the life and love we’re leaving…behind…all our faith is in You!

Let your will be done…I will follow the Sun…Let your will be done…I’m your feet, Let’s run.

Lord guide the way…shine a light onto the world…be a lamp unto my feet…and a light unto my path…guide us through each day…give us the words to say…to share Your Word through Your LOVE.

Let your will be done…I will follow the Sun…Let your will be done…I’m Your feet…I’m Your feet…Let’s Run…

Instrumental…humming…

Let Your will be done…I will follow Your Son!  Let Your will be done…I’m Your feet……………..Let’s Run (repeat)

  Isn’t that amazing!  I do not think that there was a dry eye in the church.  They wrote that song just this past Friday!!!!  It was beautiful.  It really is amazing to me that they could speak for us in such a perfect, profound way.  It was such an unexpected gift to us.  We will cherish it forever!  I hope to get a recording of it and find a way to play it on our blog.  The Puckett’s are a special family to us with an amazing testimony of God’s saving grace.  Abby has such a bright future ahead of her.  I cannot wait to see how the Lord uses her as she continues to grow into a beautiful young woman who truly loves the Lord.  And to all of you who knew about this gift and kept it a secret THANK YOU because it was so special.  The hard part was getting up to sing the next song…I sort of sung the song…I cried a lot…but our Lord is just so good…His love is so special to us…we feel it in our church family and friends…how could we not sacrifice this passing life here in America and tell people through out this world…living Costa Rica and spreading this love…His love…His grace…His forgiveness…HIS UNEXPECTED AND ULTIMATE GIFT…THANK YOU MIKE and ABBY!!!!!!!   

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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