‘Tis Time for Toe-Tappin’ Fun….(Wedding pics at the end!)

Due to an error in processing, the initial post/email did not have the YouTube of the song, so we are re-publishing in case you missed the song!!! It is central to the message of the post! Thanks for your patience.

 

Oh, the power of music. It can bring tears, instantly.

Laughter.

Memories.

Anybody remember “Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall and John Oats? I can remember exactly where I was standing, by a window in my dorm room at UK, watching and waiting for John to pick me up on a date. This was one of many of “our songs”….

Once you hear it, you’re transported back in time, just like that: boom. It’s 1981….

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(Love the ‘80’s BIG HAIR, don’t y’all???)

Music is one of many of God’s soul-stirring gifts. It’s beneficial for one’s well-being therapeutically. (Sounds official, but please read: Music is a mood enhancer for this gal and it’s to everyone else’s benefit that I choose to listen, more often than not…if you catch my drift.)

When I’m stressed, I listen to classical music. When I want a mood lifter, I choose either worship music or jazz. Some worship songs I love so much I suddenly discover I’m speeding in my car, as if praising is going to get me there faster. (Certain an officer of the law would “get” that!!!???)Praise The Lord

Everybody has their own gig. Just ask my husband. He’d request country music 90% of the time. (He’s the one who bounces out of bed before the sunrise, feet hitting the floor, while simultaneously singing some crazy kinds of country…)

I could almost go as far as to say, “Music can be medicinal.”

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There’s a new song playing on the airwaves these days that is some fine kind of terrific toe-tappin’ tune, guaranteed to lift your spirits. It’s contagious. You cannot help yourself.

The best part? It’s all based on one Scripture from 1 John 4:4: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (ESV)

Phillips’ version says, “You, my children, who belong to God have already defeated this spirit, because the one who lives in you is far stronger than the anti-Christ in the world….”

My favorite translation comes from The Living Bible: “Dear young friends, you belong to God and have already won your fight with those who are against Christ because there is someone in your hearts who is stronger than any evil teacher in this wicked world.”

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So what is this toe-tappin’ tune? Greater by Mercy Me. Please follow along with the powerfully equipping lyrics below: (Try this test: Before you start the four-minute fantabulous video, set both of your feet flat on the floor. See what happens….)

Mercy Me’s Lyrics to Greater:

“Bring your tired

Bring your shame

Bring your guilt

Bring your pain

Don’t you know that’s not your name

You will always be much more to me

Every day I wrestle with the voices

That keep telling me I’m not right

But that’s alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed

When others say I’ll never be enough

And greater is the One living inside of me

Than he who is living in the world

          In the world

In the world

And greater is the One living inside of me

Than he who is living in the world

 

Bring your doubts

Bring your fears

Bring your hurt

Bring your tears

There’ll be no condemnation here

You are Holy, righteous and redeemed

 

Every time I fall

There’ll be those who will call me

A mistake

Well that’s ok
There’ll be days I lose the battle

Grace says that it doesn’t matter

‘Cause the cross already won the war

          He’s Greater

          He’s Greater

 

I’m learning to run freely

Understanding just how He sees me

And it makes me love Him more and more

          He’s Greater

          He’s Greater”

 

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I pray you were blessed by the music as well as the lyrics. (I put key phrases and promises in bold. Don’t miss ‘em!)

This past weekend, in Lexington, KY, we were blessed to be part of our middle son’s wedding. Loads of toe-tappin’ opportunities filled us with grand excitement and a boatload of fun.

God was so gracious to orchestrate such a beautiful union between Gordy and Lauren. Lauren’s family is a huge blessing to our family. They have blessed her with a rich, Christian heritage.

God also blessed us with picture-perfect weather, a powerfully gifted preacher with a punch-packin’ message, gorgeous venue, and dear, dear friends and family to encircle us all with unspeakable joy. And did I mention there was JOY????

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(This was taken Saturday afternoon before the wedding. My last “goodbye with the groom” before we all got ready. Gulp.)

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(I was blessed to visit the bridesmaids and our Bride while they got ready. We had hair and make-up done, a wonderful treat. Funniest quote by Will Witherington, their preacher during the wedding was, “And here we are with all eighty-seven members of their bridal party….”, as they had a colossal sized wedding party!)

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(John and I are pictured here in the SAME BALLROOM of Lexington Country Club where we had our wedding reception thirty years ago this past July! Wow, we praise you Lord, and give you ALL the Glory.)

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(Here are Woody and LT, our little newlyweds from 6/28, havin’ some great toe-tappin’ time. They were both in Gordy and Lauren’s wedding.)

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(John Jr. gives Gordy some brotherly love and advice. He and Woody were Gordy’s Best Men.)

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(Our newest newlyweds!)

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(That handsome chauffeur for the newlyweds happens to be my better half…)

‘Til next time!

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4 responses to “‘Tis Time for Toe-Tappin’ Fun….(Wedding pics at the end!)

  1. Shirley Garwood

    Loved seeing the wedding pics! We are having an all-day rain here in Duluth, MN! It’s 50 degrees. Sure it’s better in Naples. Enjoy,s

    Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:51:30 +0000 To: shirleygarwood@outlook.com

  2. Teresa

    Thanks for the repost. I thought I did something wrong. Will try to listen later today!

    • Hey Teresa…afraid we are still having trouble if you received my blog via email. If you go to the website, the YouTube is there, & we are investigating as we’ve not had this PROB before! (Www.elizabethhoagland.com) Anywho, hope you get to hear the song one way or the other! Many thanks & blessings to you.
      Hugs,
      Elizabeth