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Sunday, September 14, 2014

On Words and Doggie Toys...

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  One of those famous mom quotes, usually said after her kid has spoken some unkind thing.

Wouldn't it be nice if we replaced trying to hold our tongue when we want to speak unkindly, with making it a point to say something nice?  You never know how far your words will go to encourage someone.  

It's something I try to do on a regular basis and took it a little further this time, though unintentionally.

I discovered a brand of dog toys that are so exceptional I wanted to let the company know how much I like them.  So I sent an email to Jakks Pacific about their American Classic dog toys to tell them how impressed I was.  Believe me, Izzy and Belle have gone through lots of toys and they generally destroy them within 5 minutes.  Not these...but it doesn't stop there.  They cost less than many of the other so-called high-quality toys, and I bought them at my Publix.  No need to go to a fancy pet shop.  

Though I was happy just to have given my opinion, I received this response the following day from Maggie in their customer service department:
I am so happy to hear that your dogs have enjoyed our product.  It is always nice to hear positive feedback from a consumer.  If you provide your mailing address I would be happy to send out an extra toy.
And as soon as I responded with my address, she did just that.  Two days later I had a dog toy in my mailbox.  Happy customer, happy doggie!

I didn't make a comment expecting anything in return, except the hopes that they'd continue making great products, offering them at great prices.  Their excellent customer service won me over even more!

So, you may not get anything for free, but how can you speak life to someone today?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Legend or Legacy?

I must admit.  Her music has never really been my "cup of tea," but I did accept the offer to interview legendary Christian music artist Sandi Patty to help promote Jacksonville's Night of Inspiration.  By the time we hung up from that brief call I was a BIG Sandi fan.  

She's won more awards than anyone in any genre: five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and forty Dove Awards including being named Female Vocalist of the Year for an astounding eleven consecutive years.  So to be quite honest, I figured I'd be talking to a diva that some concert promoter forced to make a 5 minute phone call.  Boy, was I ever wrong. 

She was a joy to talk to.  A real person who shared about her real life.  What impacted me the most was asking her to lead us in the Lord's Prayer.  It's something we pray every day at noon on Hope FM.  Most people we ask to record this for us do a fine job of reciting the prayer.  Not Sandi.  Not unlike standing on the stage singing We Shall Behold Him, she ushered us into God's very presence, as she wholeheartedly led this prayer. I was both smiling ear-to-ear and choking back tears, hoping no one glanced in the studio at that moment!  

She's an absolute legend and has earned every honor.  But in talking to her I realized there's something much deeper and important to her than the endless accolades.  She's leaving a legacy around the world by being an exemplary Christ-follower: mentoring the next generations of artists, serving in her local church, and walking out the command Jesus gave to let other people know we're His by the love we have for each other.  Way to go, Sandi! 

We're all leaving a legacy.  Some will never be touted in the media or recorded in a studio, but we all have a responsibility and an opportunity.  What kind of a legacy are you leaving?

Here's the interview if you'd like to check it out:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Somebody's Gotta Win...May As Well Be Me!

That's my attitude anytime I enter a contest.  Though I may not have won first prize in this one, it sure was nice to come home to a letter with my 2nd place prize: a $25 Publix gift card!  

Maybe you'll win something, too!  My Kiwanis Club is selling tickets for a chance to win $1,000 cash!!  The tickets are only $10 each (or 3 for $20) and one winner will receive $1,000.  Somebody's gotta win....could be YOU!!  

Let me know how many tickets you'd like....the drawing is September 4th.  And you'll be helping us carry on the amazing work of helping children in our community.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

My audio congratulations to all the graduates this year!  And the rest of us....this classic book is worth reading on a regular basis.  

If you have the book, get it out now as you click play to hear it:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No Other Name

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Not only is that truth the foundation of our faith, but it's the primary purpose for the band who found their name there, No Other Name.

Brother-and-sister Sam and Laura Allen and their friend Chad Smith have an incredible talent that they'll be bringing to us this weekend in concert at Francis Baptist Church.

When I first heard this trio it was at a radio conference in Nashville.  I was impressed by their talent, but even more by their love for God and their desire to make Him known through their craft.  And they have family in Palatka so they knew right where to find Hope FM!

I had a nice chat with Laura, the audio is available here in case you missed it, as well as a little more than we had time for on the air.

And to really see their heart for all of God's people, watch the video for Let It Start With Me:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Revival or Revolution?
We had the opportunity to preview the movie God's Not Dead, which opens March 21.  Of course the idea is nothing new! The song by the same title has been tearing up the charts for months now.  But the message will help remind you what you believe and why.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15
I had the opportunity to speak with someone who had their world turned around by the message of this song!  Bobby Lafferty said he had been overwhelmed by the bad news and even a bit fearful for his children's future when he thinks about what this world is coming to.  Would they need to be prepared for a revolution? But when he heard the song....the Lord woke something up in him, just like that lion roaring!

I'm so glad he came in to share his story on the air.  I feel he has a word that needs to be spread:  do we want a revival or a revolution? Check it out here:

If you're feeling a lack of enthusiasm in your life lately, let God revolutionize that dry faith.  He can bring revival....first to ourselves, then our community, our nation, and our world.

A few tools to help you do that:  listening to Hope FM (of course!), the song by the Newsboys, and the movie when it comes out on March 21st.  

Newsboys - God's Not Dead (Official Music Video) from newsboys on GodTube.

Let love explode and bring the dead to life

A love so bold to see a revolution somehow

Let love explode and bring the dead to life

A love so bold to bring a revolution somehow


Now I'm lost in Your freedom

And this world I'll overcome



My God is not dead

He's surely alive

He's living on the inside

Roaring like a lion


Let hope arise and make the darkness hide

My faith is dead

I need a resurrection somehow


Now I'm lost in Your freedom

And this world I'll overcome

Let Heaven roar and fire fall
Come shake the ground

With the sound of revival  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interview with Mindy Ferguson

How can we better know what God thinks of us, what He wants for us, and Who He is?  By reading His Word....the Bible.  
Mindy Ferguson of Fruitful Word Ministry has made her passion for God's Word a ministry to encourage others to do the same.  It's not about carving out a few minutes to check-off a to-do list:  "Yep! I read the bible...." But to enjoy fellowship with the Lord and experience Him each day.  

Mindy will be sharing from her heart and experiences with the ladies at this year's Spiritual Life Retreat on February 28th and March 1st, joining worship leader and keynote speaker, Gwen Smith.

I had the opportunity to speak with Mindy and it was a pleasure to get to know her.  If you didn't hear it, the audio is here for your listening pleasure!  :)

I encourage you to do something for yourself:  take these two days to get away from everything and see what God has for you at this year's retreat.  Ladies from our community and the surrounding area will all be there for the same reason. 

Mindy Ferguson Interview, aired 1/21/14