So friends, our brand new album just released today and we are so excited for you all to get to hear it finally.  It will give you a little glimpse into the journey that we have been on for the last year as a family.  Songs like Trust Fall show you how the Lord has been carrying us, one step at a time, through our fears and uncertainties all the while teaching us how to FULLY trust our lives into His very capable hands.  I hope that the stories of our journey will lead you all to stories of your own and if they do PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us know!  We want to share your #TRUSTFALL stories wherever we go.  

Anyways, this post today isn't really about our new album, but in a way it is because it's how we got here, to this place where the Lord is revealing to us the chains that have our nation and world all bound up and fruitless and helpless.  The chains of fear hold us back from effective change in our world and we need to break free.  But, how do we do that when we are surrounded on all sides.  Seriously friends, the moment you log onto Facebook each day you are hit by wave after wave of fear.  I could be like all the religious Christians out there and say that Facebook and other social media are the tool of the enemy, but I just don't believe that to be true.  Yes, the enemy of our souls is definitely using it in a big way to perpetuate fear and violence in society right now, but I believe the people of God and really anyone who believes that we need some change in social media can CHOOSE to change the tides.  We can CHOOSE to make social media a platform for love and unity rather than fear and dissension.  Every day we are met with choices of all kinds.  Some bring life, some don't.  

The word of God says in 1 John 4:18 that "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.  For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love."  So, what I am challenging all of you to do is, for ONE WEEK, commit to CHOOSE LOVE on Facebook.  If you see a post that is rooted in fear, DO NOT SHARE IT!  Pass it by and don't give it a second thought.  Do not be a tool for spreading fear.  For some reason we feel like (and I'm including all of us "well-meaning Christians" who feel the need to witness of the impending doom in our world) sharing some of these posts we are protecting our loved ones by letting them know of all of the evil things lurking out there in the world.  I hate to break it to you folks who like to break the news of horror as soon as it makes the local news pages by being the first to share it on Facebook, but we all have computers and televisions and we can see it for ourselves without your help.  Trust me, you're just feeding fear.  Instead, choose not to post it.  Just for a week.  Instead CHOOSE LOVE.  

What does it mean to CHOOSE LOVE?  So, instead of reposting stories and articles that are fear based, lets post the heck out of stories that are rooted in love.  See a post where someone did a good deed, or where someone apologized for having a wrong view or attitude, or where something beautiful happened.  POST IT!  Shout it from the mountain tops!  Let the world know there is goodness out there!  In Philippians 4-9, Paul wrapped up his letter of encouragement by saying, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is ANYTHING WORTHY OF PRAISE, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me - practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."  If we just change the things we are feeding our minds , this world will have peace because fear will dissipate.  I don't think it will ever fully go away until Jesus comes and brings eternal peace, but it will make a HUGE change.  we just have to choose it.  I heard a very prominent pastor recently share "what you give attention to, you give access to."  That is so true and we don't even realize it.  Choose today to give attention to love and that is what you will give access to in your heart.  Don't believe you can live free from fear?  Take my challenge and see what happens!  

 

Is it love or fear?  Use this verse as a measuring stick:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is PATIENT and KIND; love DOES NOT ENVY OR BOAST; it is NOT ARROGANT OR RUDE.  It DOES NOT INSIST ON ITS OWN WAY; it is NOT IRRITABLE OR RESENTFUL; it DOES NOT REJOICE IN WRONGDOING, but REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH.  Love BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, ENDURES ALL THINGS.  LOVE NEVER FAILS.

If you do decide to take the Choose Love Facebook Challenge, share it on your wall and be sure to hashtag all of your posts throughout the week with #chooselovechallenge

Here is a link to a video I made for Choose Love. Please check it out and take the challenge!   

https://youtu.be/KJUdtPIApwE