Be Brilliant: Why Worship?

Be Brilliant: Why Worship?

-A Factual Look at Why Worship Works

Have you every wondered why there is so much musical worship in a church service?

You might be that person that always feels awkward. You can’t carry a tune for your life. Singing is just painful. Maybe you’ve decide to just show up late and hit church for the message. Hey better something than nothin’, right?

Now to clarify worship is more than music. Louie Giglio defines worship this way, Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live. I love that definition.

But for our intents today, we are going to look at why God invites us to respond to Him in musical worship each and every week from a research-based, non-spiritual perspective.Continue reading

3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

Newsflash Erin –  Thanksgiving is past. But before you look the other way I have a question for you… 

Have you ever felt like the Christmas season has surfaced unrealized hopes, unmet expectations, and unrelenting comparisons?

They have for me.

Images of perfectly behaved children in matching Gymboree attire dance in my head. Hopes of a Hallmark holiday for friends and family capture my heart. Dreams of baking something that looks like the picture fixates my hands. The compare snare seems to work overtime in this month, snatching away my heart of thanks-living.Continue reading

Staring in the Face of a Blinding Light

Staring in the Face of a Blinding Light

I don’t really know true darkness. Do you?  I have been a Chicago suburb girl all my life, so even when the moon isn’t shining at night there has always been some ambient light from streetlights or the latest promotional gimmick at a local store.

I can remember going camping with my middle school astronomy class to do some star gazing. We drove hours and hours away to get to a place where it was dark enough to truly see the stars.

We huddled up under the light in a picnic shelter as our teacher gave us our instructions. He turned off the light and sent us out. It took our eyes about ten minutes to adjust and function. We all ended up having an extraordinary star gazing experience.

Our eyes had so adjusted to the darkness that when someone flashed a little flashlight in our direction, our eyes did a double take. And when it came time for us to huddle up again under the bright light in the picnic shelter, our eyes were blurs of spots and flashes of light for some time.

I couldn’t imagine being out in the darkness and seeing much more than a flashlight or a light bulb. I can’t imagine how I might have reacted had it been much more.Continue reading

Sacred Moments Surrounded by Dirty Dishes

On one of the first mornings of December we weren’t running every which way, I found myself dancing in my kitchen surrounded by dirty dishes. Breakfast preparations still out. Mounting dishes from previous meals. An abundance of hosting items that had no room on my shelves. Last night’s make up still etched on my face and a myriad of pressing seasonal preparations to engage in.

But with my 9 month old and 2 year old in my arms a sacred moment it became.Continue reading