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Matt Redman “Glory Song” CD // Review & Giveaway

I have been so blessed over the last month to have received some amazing new worship CDs for review. The newest one is by Matt Redman entitled Glory Song.  I am a huge Matt Redman fan so I was super excited to review this one.

About The Album

Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

When Matt released his single Gracefully Broken, I was instantly a fan and I knew I was going to love this album. The lyrics in this song speak of one that longs to be set on fire, used by God. There is something about the term “gracefully broken” that causes my heart to cry out.  I am so thankful that He’s covered my brokenness with His grace.

My heart stands in awe of Your Name
Your Mighty love stands strong to the end
You will fulfill your purpose for me
You won’t forsake me, You will be with me
Here I am, God
Arms wide open
Pouring out my life
Gracefully broken
Pouring out my life again

Here is a video of a live performance of Gracefully Broken.

Another song that really gripped my heart was Questions (You Are Faithful).  This song brings so much comfort, especially with all that is happening in the world today.  It speaks of a God who can be trusted, despite the chaos that surrounds us.  He really is faithful.

In all of our chaos, You will be constant
You can be trusted above it all
All of our fears and doubts, all of our anxious thoughts
You are not absent within the storm

Another one of my favorite songs on this album is Still I Will Sing.  Worship is something that I go to when life gets hard and I can’t seem to do anything else.  Singing songs of praise to the Lord, songs about His character and faithfulness always bring me closer to Him.  No matter what is going on in my life, still I will sing.

I’ll sing out Your praise in the morning light
And I’ll call out Your name on the edge of night
Sometimes it’s a song of joy
Sometimes a sacrifice
Still I sing, still I will
Sing in the battle, sing in the blessing
Sing through the shadows, shout with the heavens
I won’t be silent, no, I won’t be silent
Still I sing, still I will sing

This album came at a time in my life when I needed to be reminded that God is faithful and that His glory still shines.  No matter what is happening in my life, God is worthy to be praised.

The Giveaway

I am excited to be able to gift one of my readers in the Continental United States a copy of Glory Song by Matt Redman. All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions on the giveaway widget below.  This contest will remain open until 9:00PM (PST) on Tuesday, October 10th. 

Matt Redman Glory Song CD

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Matthew West “All In” CD Review & Giveaway

I love to worship and new worship music is always a blessing. I cannot tell you how excited I was for the opportunity to review Matthew West’s new CD, All In.

Matthew’s Heart Behind the Album

Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be.

Matthew launched a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

My Thoughts

I was familiar with Matthew West from his song Hello My Name Is from his album Into the Light from 2012. Most recently, my favorite Christian radio station has been playing Broken Things from the All In album. This song is so my heart.  For so long I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love or to receive anything good from Him.  I often feel like a beggar, standing before a King.  I am broken and bruised, but God still chooses to use me.

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring so much more.
But if it’s true You use broken things
The here I am Lord, I’m all Yours.

Here is a video of this song.

Another song that really touched me was The Beautiful Things We Miss. I’ve spent the last sevearl years of my life looking for the beauty of God among the ordinary. If we don’t have our eyes open to it, it’s so easy to miss.  Having four children, all who are nearly grown, it made me stop and think about how fleeting life is and how they grow up so fast. I don’t want to miss another moment of their growing up lives. I don’t want to miss the beauty of God that surrounds me.

I don’t want to look back some day and find
everything that really mattered
was right in front of me this whole time.

Open up my eyes, Lord.
Keep me in the moment just like this
before the beautiful things we love
become the beautiful things we miss.

Here is Matthew’s story behind the song The Beautiful Things We Miss.

I can’t end this review without sharing the video from the title song, All In, also one of my favorites!

I really enjoyed this album. So many of the songs touch my heart, and there are some catchy and moving lyrics throughout. I really enjoyed the song that Matthew sings with his daughter, Lulu, Becoming Me. It is so precious.

The Giveaway

If you’d like a chance to win a copy of Matthew West’s All In CD for yourself, all you have to do is follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. This contest will end at 9:00PM (PST) on Tuesday, October 3rd.  Good luck!

Matthew West All In CD

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Crossflix Streaming Service // Review

As a mom, it’s important for me to have quality and wholesome television and movies available for myself and my family to enjoy.  While I subscribe to subscription-based programs such as Netflix and Hulu, it’s hard to find shows with a Christian or wholesome theme.  This is why I was excited for the opportunity to review the streaming service of Crossflix.

*Be sure to read the rest of this post to find out how you can enter to win a one-year subscription for your family.

The mission of Crossflix Inc. and its parent company Christ Vue Inc. is to spread and strengthen the faith in Christ by offering entertaining movies, documentaries, and Biblical education for adults and children. Virtually all of Crossflix’s content delivers a strong faith message. Through its success, Crossflix plans to empower Christian Artists, Directors, Producers, Distributors, and Production Companies.

In order to use this service you will need a computer, iPad, Kindle Fire or other device that you can stream on.  When I first logged onto the service I was using my Kindle Fire and everything loaded up perfectly.  Once on the home page, the options are categorized as follows:

  • New Releases
  • Featured & Crossflix Originals
  • Free Trailers
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Classic Family
  • Christmas
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Action & Adventure
  • Love & Relationships
  • Biblical Films and Documentaries
  • Crossflix Living Bible Series
  • Sermons & Ministries
  • Children’s Education & Animation
  • Popular Series

One thing to note is there wasn’t too much information given about each listing. A trailer isn’t always offered so you kind of have to just start watching to see if you are going to like what you pick.  And there is no information given as to actors that I could find.  Sometimes if I recognize an actor/actress in a movie, or can watch a trailer, I am more apt to watch.

The first movie I watched was Faith’s Song (1:42) about a young girl whose faith is tested when her parents are suddenly killed and she’s forced to move in with relatives who do not share her beliefs. While the acting underwhelmed me at times, overall this was a great movie.  The general theme of standing strong when your faith is tested is prevalent throughout and all ended well.

The next time I tried to watch a film was on my computer, and for some reason I was unable to connect. I have pretty much resolved that due to the fact that there are 7 adults living in my house, who all use the internet, that I just got on at a bad time. So off I went to my Kindle Fire again to watch My Mother’s Future Husband (1:29).  This movie is about a daughter who is desperate for her mother to find love again, but both she and her mom must heal from their past before they can move forward.  This was a great movie, and I thought the acting was well done.

While my health and streaming issues (not to do with Crossflix) kept me from viewing more, I am excited to continue watching throughout the rest of my free 3-month subscription.

If you are interested in checking out Crossflix, the good folks over at FrontGate Media are hosting a giveaway for a one year subscription over at this link.

*I was given a free 3-month subscription of Crossflix in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Nicole Nordeman “Every Mile Mattered” CD // Review & Giveaway

I love Christian music because it shares my faith in God. One of the artists that I’ve followed since the early 2000’s has been Nicole Nordeman. She has one of those voices that cause you to sit up and listen, and then you are pulled right into what she is singing about by her mesmerizing lyrics. This is why I was so excited for the opportunity to review Nicole’s newest CD, Every Mile Mattered.

I was already familiar with the song, “Slow Down” because it was played on Christian radio a lot. Even though my babies are now teens and adults, it brought tears to my eyes every time I heard it as I reflected on how fast my children have grown.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rest of the album and was pleasantly surprised. The 11 songs reflect a life’s journey — the joy, pain, struggles, victories, etc. It opens with the title track, “Every Mile Mattered” and tells the listener that every joy, sorrow, pain and tear in life has brought them to where they are now and that we are called to tell our stories. Another favorite of mine is “Dear Me”. It’s a ballad about a letter written to a younger self. I’ve written a letter to my younger self, and I remember how moved I was in writing it. This song moved me and made me reflect on the past and how every place I’ve gone, everything I’ve done brought me to where I am today. Another song I couldn’t get enough of was “Listen To Your Life”. I just have to share a couple of the lines with you. This song is a call to slow down and pay attention to life and know that nothing is wasted and it’s all for His glory.

Listen to your life
And what’s on the inside
All the other sound, turn it down
Listen to your life

Everything’s holy, everything’s sacred
Even in the mundane, you’ll find nothing’s wasted
Every heartbeat, beats for One greater
Every breath meant to profess your creator

Here’s a video from the title track, “Every Mile Mattered” for you to enjoy!

I absolutely love this album and it’s currently on repeat in my car. You can find out more about the album by visiting Nicole’s website. Nicole’s book, Slow Down, which is about celebrating the every day moments of motherhood, will be coming out this month and you can pre-order it here.

The Giveaway

I am so excited to be able to offer one of my readers a copy of Every Mile Mattered. All you need to do to enter is follow the prompts on the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to my readers in the Continental U.S. only and will remain open until 9PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, August 8th.

Good luck!

Nicole Nordeman “Every Mile Mattered” CD

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Too Blessed to be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day // Review

I am a busy woman. Aren’t we all? Most days I drag myself out of bed with just enough time to get myself looking presentable for work, grab a quick snack and call it breakfast and I’m off and running. While I would love to tell you that I spend quality time with God every morning of every day, that is simply not my reality, although it’s a goal. What I can tell you is that I get God’s Word in me every day, in some way. Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to review a new, daily devotional called Too Blessed to be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day by Debora M. Coty.

This book is packed with 365 devotionals, which means there is one short reading for every day of the year. It is filled with a mixture of truth and humor for a woman’s heart. There are daily readings for such topics as relationships, love, boundaries, hope, brokenness and praise. Each reading is designed to encourage and help women gain healing, refreshment and revitalization of spirit, body and faith.

About  The Author

Debora Coty is an inspirational speaker and author of the popular book series, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, with over 400,000 copies sold. Her passion is sharing an off-beat blend of biblical truth gift-wrapped in humor, encouragement, and unconventional wisdom with women of all ages. She believes that the stresses of life become manageable when we truly understand God’s blessings.

My Thoughts

I’ve carried this little book around with me to and from work every day for the last few weeks and can I just tell you it’s been a real blessing, especially on those days when I failed to get into God’s Word before I rushed out of the house each morning. My 30-minute lunch break was the perfect time to sit and drink of this faith-packed devotional. There were just some days were I really need to be reminded of certain truths — like on my birthday (July 3rd) I read about how God replenishes our joy, or the story of the Fifty-Sixth Cake on July 16th that reminded me that God is my provider. No matter what I was reading about on any given day, I was always encouraged and blessed.

The good folks over at FrontGate are offering you a chance to win a copy of Too Blessed to be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day. All you have to do is click here to enter.

*I received a free copy of Too Blessed to be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day from FrontGate Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.