Monthly Archives March 2009

Sing, Sing, Sing

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This past week was an absolute blast!  I am still on Cloud 9, and doubt I’ll be coming down any time soon.  Wednesday night, my dad and I gave our “All He Needs for Heaven” presentation to the Alameda Church of Christ in Norman, OK.  My good friends the Tugmans were there, and the evening was a great kick-off to our Oklahoma-Arkansas Mini Tour. 

Thursday night, I got to sing with the Memorial Road Church of Christ Praise Team at the Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop.  Now, I love to sing, but what an experience…singing for thousands.  The song we sang that night is called “Heal Me” and it focuses on asking God for spiritual healing.  Our dry spirits can really drag us down, and I firmly believe in praying for renewal.  Here is the video from that night:

The Workshop was a blast, and we even got 6-8″ of snow.  That was crazy!  

After the Tulsa Workshop, we drove on over to Rogers, Arkansas, where we gave our presentation to two churches, Grace Harbor Church and Bentonville Church of Christ.  While both times were wonderful, Sunday morning was a special treat for me as we spoke where several long-time friends attend.  Several of these friends are members of a singing group called “Free Indeed.”  I’ve known them for years, now, and love to sing with them.  All my friends from “Free Indeed” were able to come that morning, and together, we sang “Call on Jesus” which is an amazing song acknowledging that true strength comes from Jesus.  Here is the video from that song:

So, as you can tell, I had the time of my life this weekend getting to praise God in so many different places.  We have a couple weeks off, now, and then we gear up again for a trip to Tennessee.  Maybe I’ll come down from Cloud 9 by then…nah!

And So It Begins…

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This week begins the first of several busy weeks with multiple speaking opportunities, and we are very thankful for all of those who are bringing us in to share our story.  My dad and I got to speak at the Prestoncrest Church of Christ in Dallas this past Sunday night, and we had a blast.  We saw many people who we knew from times past, and met many new faces.  I think my favorite part of getting to speak is getting the chance to meet so many people after we finish.  To hear of others’ struggles and triumphs is very encouraging.  

I would usually post a picture of us speaking, but this one was way too cute to pass up.  This is my daughter, Hannah, who just turned one year old.  She was having tons of fun during sound check being up on the big stage with us!


Dragons Everywhere!

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Last Thursday and Friday, I was given the opportunity to speak to 7th graders from Dawson Middle School and Carroll Middle Schoool (both schools have a dragon for their mascot) in Southlake, TX.  The students were very respectful and asked lots of great questions, but more importantly, they were very receptive to the message of living happier lives by choosing happy, positive attitudes.  

They have been challenged (as I do at every school) to smile for an entire day on the Monday they return from Spring Break.  I call it “The Smile Experiment” and students who smile are changing their schools all over this country.   Here is a great picture of some special students at one of the schools:

Smiling Students with Inspirational Speaker, Chet McDoniel

I encourage you to watch this clip to see how you can “use what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have” which is one of the lessons I gave to the students: