Friday, April 27, 2007

God Bless America

I never realized how patriotic I am until my five-year-old learned how to sing "God Bless America".
She came home the other day from school and I heard her singing in her playroom.
I asked her to come into the kitchen and sing for me, and I was amazed when she knew all the words to the song! Apparently, she is learning it for her end of the year program in preschool.
It was so cute to hear her sing the words, and she really got into it. (I did video it, but haven't figured out how to post the video yet...Scott's working on it.)
It made me stop and think about how I feel about my country.
Yes, this country is not what it used to be. There is such violence, as the recent Virginia Tech tragedy shows us. And premarital sex is rampant, as well as child and spousal abuse. But, in spite of this, we STILL live in the best country in the world.
We have the freedom to choose where and how we want to worship God. No, we can't pray in our public schools, but we can still pray anywhere else. I don't have to fear arrest while reading my Bible in a restaurant or in the public library. I can still talk to people about my church and my beliefs openly.
I can teach my children to love and obey God. I can teach them Bible stories and Sunday School songs. We can pray over our meals in public places.
All in all, America is still a great place to be.

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her,
And guide her,
Through the night
With the light from above.

From the mountains,
To the prairies,
To the oceans,
White with foam!

God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Cutest Kid Contest

Hey everyone.
I've entered Kelsey into a cutest kid contest. Please stop by the website and vote for her, okay?
If she wins, I get free prints each month from my digital camera.
That could come in handy.

The website is:
Click on Cutest Kid Contest.
Kelsey is on the second page, first pic on the second row.



Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Easter Part Three are probably getting tired of the title on my recent posts, but I keep forgetting to add something to them!
First of all, I hope you all got to hear the choir song, "How Jesus Loves". There are two soloists on that song.
The second one is my mom, Patti Roberts. Doesn't she have a great voice? I learned everything I know about singing from her. :) And she's the best mom ever.

Okay. The first soloist is Rebecca Beyer. Rebecca has an incredible voice. I have known her for probably close to ten years...maybe a little shy of that. When I first met Becca, she was a wild thing! She was four years younger than me and tried to get me to buy her a pack of cigarettes. Obviously, I refused. But I have always loved her...underneath her tough attitude, there beats a very gentle and sweet heart.
Last year, Rebecca made the decision to turn her life around and live for God. I have never been so proud of anyone in my life! I was just beaming when she sang that first verse of "How Jesus Loves". Nobody knows better than Rebecca how much God loves them.
As a music director, nothing makes me happier than seeing how somebody can let God turn their life around and be used to sing for His glory.
I'm proud of you, Rebecca!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter Part Two

Hey, everyone.  Just a quick note to answer the question that many of you asked about the last post.  Yes, I am the soloist on "The Old Rugged Cross".  It was actually a congregational hymn, but the microphone only picked up my voice and my mother's voice is in the background.
We had a nice Easter service today, and I will have two more songs to post hopefully tonight or tomorrow.
I hope all of you had a blessed Resurrection Sunday.


Here are those two songs I promised.

How Jesus Loves (5 mb)
Jesus Loves Medley (6 mb)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Easter

Happy Easter, to all my friends and family! May your holiday be blessed with much love and time spent with your loved ones. And may we never forget the sacrafice that Christ made for us.

With love,

P.S. I led worship at our Good Friday service last night. Here is a rendition of "The Old Rugged Cross". Hope you enjoy.

The Old Rugged Cross (6 mb)