We “love” to take every opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms. No matter where you land on the Valentine’s Day celebration scale, we hope you’ll consider this month an opportunity to share God’s love with those around you.
Here are some ways we’ve done it in the past:
The kids love walking around the track and giving out anything that will bring a smile to someone’s face. When we put a gift in someone’s hand, we always make sure to tell them that God loves them and we do too. Isn’t that what we all need? To be reminded of God’s love for us and to know that we are seen and cared for by someone else.
This month can inspire us all to look for ways to share God’s love. We can do the smallest acts of kindness and make someone’s whole day. We continue to be challenged to open our eyes and see the people in need of encouragement. May God use us all for His glory as we open our hands to share what He’s given us.
Each year, we pray and ask the Lord to show us His heart for this event. And every time, He is faithful to orchestrate the details in a beautiful way. We knew our verse would be Isaiah 40:31. Then we heard this song and knew we wanted Meredith to join us:
She’s released four studio albums over the course of her career. Her most recent release, Deeper, showcases her beautiful voice and songwriting gifts. She’s spoken about working through personal crises during the making of this album, and we see a this line from the title track reflected in her work: “Every burden only made me stronger”.
Her love for people and her servant’s heart are rooted in her childhood. A native of Wilson, NC, Meredith’s parents took in many foster children and adopted three boys who became her beloved brothers. Music was always an integral part of the Andrews home and Meredith began singing in church at age six. While majoring in family and child development at Liberty University, Andrews felt God calling her into music ministry. After school, she relocated to Chicago and began leading worship at Harvest Bible Chapel.
Meredith and Jacob have two sons and a daughter. Balancing music and family can sometimes be a challenge, yet motherhood has impacted her art in unexpected ways.
“I was always a people pleaser and I feel like now that I’m a mom, I’m not anymore. I’m just over it,” she says with a smile. “I’m not trying to please anybody. I just want to please the Lord and love people.”
“[God’s love]… It’s not based on our performance. God doesn’t love us more on our good days and less on our bad and that was revolutionary for me. There’s freedom in knowing that God just loves me and that’s changed me. I’m so overwhelmed by the way the Lord loves me and it’s come out in the way that I’ve written these songs. When I think of other moms listening to these songs, I just hope that whether they are at home with their kids or in the car driving to soccer practice or whatever that even just for three minutes, they can sense the presence of the Lord and God’s love for them. We need that recharge. We need to get plugged into the source and have that time with the Lord. That’s my prayer in all this.”
“You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky.”
Good news and even better news. The good news first…. 2016 January Caution floor level tables are SOLD OUT! Payment for these tables is closed and will not be processed.
Now the better news…We are opening the stadium seats at the back of the room.The view is awesome and the seats are comfy. Seats are $15.00 and include hearing Leigh Anne Tuohy and a beverage. Entry into the building for stadium seating begins at 7:30 and you must check-in. Doors will open to the room at 7:45 and seats are first come, first serve. Your RSVP is your payment. The payment link will only operate for stadium seats not table seating. We are very excited to see you at the 2016 January Caution.
This year donations will benefit Leigh Anne Tuohy’s foundation “Making it Happen” which benefits underprivileged children. Just purchase her latest book at the January Caution and proceeds will automatically go to her foundation. We can all make a difference together!