My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 6 years. We have 2 boys Wilder (5) and Sawyer (3), and 2 babies with Jesus, Colter and Taylor. We are originally from the north Alabama area, but we moved to Texas after just a few months of marriage. We have been at Lighthouse for nearly 5 years now! Chris serves as the youth pastor on staff and has an incredible team of volunteers. We also...
My husband, Chris, and I have been married for 6 years. We have 2 boys Wilder (5) and Sawyer (3), and 2 babies with Jesus, Colter and Taylor. We are originally from the north Alabama area, but we moved to Texas after just a few months of marriage. We have been at Lighthouse for nearly 5 years now! Chris serves as the youth pastor on staff and has an incredible team of volunteers. We also co-lead a life group with some of the greatest servants of Christ we’ve ever had the honor to do life with. A church has never felt more like home than it does with the sweet people we are surrounded by at Lighthouse!
Have you ever walked through a season of life that seems long and unbearably hard? Have you ever found yourself crying out to the Lord, throwing all of yourself upon his mercy, and asking Him if he’s even in this with you at all? We recently experienced our 2nd miscarriage, only a handful of months after our 1st miscarriage. During this difficult season, I have questioned God’s goodness in ways I never thought I would. I realized what I really believed was that because I belong to God, he must owe goodness to me. But God is good to me because God himself is good, and He distributes that goodness only because He loves me, not because He owes me anything. This Psalm reminds me of how God is glorified in so many ways. Not in just our praise, but in our lamenting, in our grief. “When we pursue God more than our most precious things – our work, our family, our friends, our health, our homes, our money – he is glorified.” – Lindsey Tollefson. God wants us to lean on him in our difficult days. Jesus knows your suffering. He has experienced suffering in a much greater way. Being a Christian does not exempt you from suffering. In fact, the Bible says quite the opposite. Your suffering is not for nothing, it forces your hand to lean on the only One who can deliver you from it! But even better than that, it brings glory to God! (1 Peter 4:12, Philippians 1:29, Colossians 1:24, James 1:2-3)
Lord, I pray that anyone reading this would be drawn close to you. I pray they experience you in a way that leaves them different than before they came across this Psalm. Suffering cannot be avoided, but our hope is that you will increase our faith, our healing, and our trust in you during these times. Thank you for the suffering of Jesus and how perfectly He did it. Now we can also suffer knowing that joy will come. Continue to pursue us in ways that have us chasing after you. Let us be a people who love you and let that love overflow to everyone we encounter. Thank you for being constant and good, even when we are not. We love you and we pray all these things in the matchless name of Jesus. Amen.
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 6:30 AM CDT
I live in McKinney with my husband Andrew, and have been going to Lighthouse for 6 years. I work in Irving (oh that commute!) as a document control specialist, which is just a fancy title for someone who takes care of documents.....
I live in McKinney with my husband Andrew, and have been going to Lighthouse for 6 years. I work in Irving (oh that commute!) as a document control specialist, which is just a fancy title for someone who takes care of documents.
Psalm 42 is one of my favorite Psalms for two reasons. One is a bit obvious - the very first verse contains the words of a favorite hymn - “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.”
In the chapter, the psalmist questions himself as to why he is feeling so down, and reminds himself to praise God even in the lowest situation. “Why are you downcast, O my soul?...Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior, and my God.”
Psalm 42 is a reminder to take our worries to God. It’s okay to tell Him about your sadness, your restlessness, your loneliness, and your fears. And even when it seems God is quiet and that He has forgotten us, we can remember His character of love and we can still praise Him.
Dear Lord, we are grateful that You hear us when we cry out. Thank you that you are our Savior and Lord. Remind us of Your lovingkindness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 6:14 AM CDT
McKinney, Texas has been my home for the past 15 years. After searching 6 months for a church home, we found Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, where we have been the last 14 years. During this time, I have been active in lifegroups, women's groups, prayer ministry and have taught Bible studies at various times. At my retirement, I became a certified Master Gardner and enjoy helping others....
McKinney, Texas has been my home for the past 15 years. After searching 6 months for a church home, we found Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, where we have been the last 14 years. During this time, I have been active in lifegroups, women's groups, prayer ministry and have taught Bible studies at various times. At my retirement, I became a certified Master Gardner and enjoy helping others learn how to grow plants in Collin County clay soil. Serving as a volunteer at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco gives me opportunities to encourage others in need. My soul-mate of 51 years passed away almost two years ago. Since then, I have been learning to do what I call "man jobs" around the house and yard! My four daughters and seven "grands" are my greatest joy now. My greatest passion is knowing and serving the Lord Jesus Christ where He shows me. To God be the Glory!!
Although there are many great psalms to choose from, I have gone back to one that blessed me early in my walk with the Lord. In the early '70's (before many of you were born), there was a spiritual movement growing among young Christians. Lots of spiritual songs were generated during this time that came directly from scriptures and were used in worship in church and small groups that my husband and I attended. Psalm 19 was one of these that was put to melody and was and is one of my favorites.
The first part of this psalm is where God reveals Himself through His beautiful creation. His intricate handiwork is available for all mankind to see and enjoy (verses 1-6). Beginning in verses 7-14, God's specific revelation is in His inspired Word. This is the section that was set to music and was sung in our groups. Personally, I found these verses (7-14) to become a backbone for assuring my faith. God's Word is perfect or inerrant, leaving no room for doubt. It transforms us and enlightens our souls and spirit. Seeking God in His Word is where previous pearls of wisdom and golden nuggets for life are found and are more valuable than man's search for any "gold" or "riches."
In verses 12-13, we find personal was of correction and introspective thought in cleansing our hears. Our "blind spots, errors, secret faults and presumptuous sins confessed," release us from bondage and we are blameless before God.
The final stanza in verse 14 sums up how we are to align our words and thoughts that come out of our mouths to be acceptable to God. Speak and think only in ways that you know please the Lord. To use careless speech is faithless and unfruitful and reflects unbelief.
Heavenly Father, we see daily and are greatly awed by the beauty of nature. Your creative works in the heavens and earth are beyond my words of expression. Revelation of your greatness in the scriputure is our delight in knowing you personally. May our prayer for each of us be what the psalmist says: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14) Amen.
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 6:39 AM CDT
I was born and raised in S.A and moved to Dallas in 2001. I got married in 2009 to Randy. I have a beautiful stepdaughter, a beautiful granddaughter, Jessie, who is 9 mths & a handsome 7 yr. old grandson, Ethan. I'm a Personal Fitness Coach and a Wholistic Nutritional Coach. I love to educate, guide & teach women that physical strength, nutritional health, well-being & wholeness begins within....
I was born and raised in S.A and moved to Dallas in 2001. I got married in 2009 to Randy. I have a beautiful stepdaughter, a beautiful granddaughter, Jessie, who is 9 mths & a handsome 7 yr. old grandson, Ethan. I'm a Personal Fitness Coach and a Wholistic Nutritional Coach. I love to educate, guide & teach women that physical strength, nutritional health, well-being & wholeness begins within. I made Lighthouse my home about 6 yrs ago. I had attended another church, but I kept coming back to Lighthouse. Walking in, I always feel the beautiful atmosphere of Love & Joy & Community, and I love how Pastor Kenny just fills us with his great passion for God's Truth.
Ohhh, how I love this psalm, a beautiful profession of David's COMPLETE TRUST in God for His protection and rest.
God, who is all-knowing, already knew this chaotic world we now live in would bring us all to spiritual exhaustion, feeling at times as if we are a big leaning wall, carrying all the load, leading us to be weary and restless as we try to remain steadfast in our faith. A chaotic world that entices us all to live a life of busyness, so that it draws our attention more on it and less on Him.
But God, who's love is patient & protective, He will only let us go so far, just as He allowed David, till He gets our attention, drawing us back to Him - the ONLY PLACE where we can come to be with the ONLY ONE who can exchange our chaos & weariness & exhaustion for His REST.
Our Father, who awaits us daily and ready - not only to hear our prayers but to be heard - arms us up with the power of who He is and whose we are, assuring us that no matter our difficulties or challenges, they are just seasons. That God ALONE is our shelter, our deliverer, our mighty rock that we can ALWAYS stand on, raising our shields & swords, declaring to any difficultly that we "will not be shaken", that "we will trust and depend on our God at all times", no longer being overwhelmed & strongheld by this world but choosing to be overwhelmed by the love of God and strongheld by our God who saves!!!
My Lord, there are no words to describe how great your love is, a love that surpasses knowledge, a love that is so vast, a love that abounds, a love that's never changing, that GREAT LOVE you have freely given us so that we can call our own, that great love that we can share with one another.
ABBA Father, I pray that out of your glorious riches you may strength us with power through your Holy Spirit that lives within, so that you may dwell with our hearts through faith. I pray ABBA Father, to help us remain rooted and established in LOVE so that TOGETHER we may have the POWER to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love you have for us (Ephesians 3:16-21).
Continue to transform us, Father, so that we may live to be the spiritually strengthened women whom you created us to be. Praise & glory be your name, Lord. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 6:15 AM CDT
My husband Greg and I have lived in Willowridge with our two teenage sons, Ian and Aiden, for about seven years. We also have a Golden Retriever, Siberian Husky, Australian Shepard, and two cats. You can’t come to our house without being thrown into the excitement and chaos! Since attending Lighthouse, Greg joined....
My husband Greg and I have lived in Willowridge with our two teenage sons, Ian and Aiden, for about seven years. We also have a Golden Retriever, Siberian Husky, Australian Shepard, and two cats. You can’t come to our house without being thrown into the excitement and chaos! Since attending Lighthouse, Greg joined the worship band and plays bass, guitar, and keys. We are in a Lifegroup led by the worship leader, Jeff, and his wife, Tracy. I had my own successful photography business after graduating SMU and then became an RN later in life. Now I stay at home with our two special needs sons and am waiting on the Lord to show me what is next. We started the special needs ministry Treasures about a year ago and am curious what God wants to do there.
Psalm 23 was the first Bible passage I ever memorized. Back then, as an early Christian in my early twenties, I was comforted by the verses. They brought me peace. I am a visual person and I need metaphors and pictures in order to understand things. This psalm is the perfect allegory of a shepherd and his flock. Jesus leads us in perfect peace. All we have to do is surrender. In this world of busy schedules and long lists of things to do, Psalm 23 reminds me to slow down. The Lord will provide us with everything we need and protect us from danger. He is the good, best shepherd.
Father, when I get distracted and tangled up in things that will eventually harm me, gently lead me back to quieter places. Thank you for protecting me and keeping me in perfect peace. Thank you for all the blessings; they are too numerous to count. I confess that I often fall into anxiety and fear more than I would like to admit. Remind me that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. Surround me with your grace so that I learn to depend on you and release me from the burden of carrying this load on my own.
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 6:56 AM CDT
Father in heaven, we pray for our church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, as one part of your glorious church throughout the world. First of all, we pray as Paul prayed that we as your church would glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to be a lighthouse to one another and to those who are outside our fellowship, whether believers or non-believers. May we do the work of a lighthouse, to transmit your light to alert of danger or the way to a safe harbor.May many people find Jesus Christ in this place or as they meet us in the course of life.....
Father in heaven, we pray for our church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, as one part of your glorious church throughout the world. First of all, we pray as Paul prayed that we as your church would glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to be a lighthouse to one another and to those who are outside our fellowship, whether believers or non-believers. May we do the work of a lighthouse, to transmit your light to alert of danger or the way to a safe harbor.May many people find Jesus Christ in this place or as they meet us in the course of life.
May our lives bring glory to your name, so that those who do not know you or their understanding of You is tainted and misconstrued will turn to you with all their heart as they see You as the glorious God that You are. May you transform us as we seek you so that we will express to the world who You are. May they understand the great salvation provided for those who will humble themselves before You.
We thank you that you have been faithful to usduring these many years. Thank you for clarifying that we can let go of the church building. We pray for the people who will move into this building that they too will fulfill the commission of Jesus Christ and be beacon of His light. We pray concerning our future location that it will be the location where we can reach the surrounding communities and provide a place of rest for those who have been wounded by this world or suffered due to their own decisions.
We give you glory due your name, thanksgiving for your generous love towards us through Jesus Christ who gave Himself so that we might be saved and know you as Father God.
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 6:59 AM CDT
MEET ROSE ANN
I have 2 children. My daughter Lisa lives in Montgomery, Texas. My son Trey lives in Keller, Texas. I have 8 grandchildren. I grew up in Garland, Texas, but have lived in McKinney 11 years. I am divorced, retired and live alone. I have been at Lighthouse 11 years. I am a daughter of the Most High King and am passionate for all to know Jesus.....
MEET ROSE ANN
I have 2 children. My daughter Lisa lives in Montgomery, Texas. My son Trey lives in Keller, Texas. I have 8 grandchildren. I grew up in Garland, Texas, but have lived in McKinney 11 years. I am divorced, retired and live alone. I have been at Lighthouse 11 years. I am a daughter of the Most High King and am passionate for all to know Jesus.
Psalm 30:5 – “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
My story is filled with bad choices, broken pieces and a testimony of God’s faithfulness to forgive, redeem, and heal. For the longest time, I thought God was a punishing God. I didn’t know how much God loved me or how to walk in joy in the midst of the pain. Psalm 30:5 has always been a favorite of mine, and it reminds me that God is my help. He is faithful, and He hears my cries. Not only does He hear, but He responds, too. He lifts me out of the pit and protects me. Every time I face a sorrowful situation, when I look up and focus on Him, He is faithful to turn my sorrow to joy. Hebrews 12:2 tells us our part is to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” When we do, His promise can be found in John 16:20 – “You will be sorrowful but your sorrow will turn to joy.” (Hebrews 12:6, John 16:33, 2 Corinthians 5:18, I Peter 5:10, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:35, Nehemiah 8:10, Job 33:26, Psalm 16:11)
Abba Father, Thank you for your promise that I can trust you to forgive me, heal me and to redeem my life from the pit. Thank you that joy comes in the morning. I wilI praise you for you are faithful and merciful, O Lord. Show me mercy. I ask for strength to make it through the night seasons. And when my thoughts stray, help me to focus on you. For you alone are God. There is nothing too hard for you. I will praise you forever. May your favor rest on each one of us. In Jesus Name, Amen
Published on Saturday, August 10, 2019 @ 6:47 AM CDT
Inis has been at Lighthouse for 5 years. She is divorced and has two children - Ronnie and our own, Pastor Kenny! God has blessed her with 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.....
Inis has been at Lighthouse for 5 years. She is divorced and has two children - Ron (and wife, Helen) and our own, Pastor Kenny (and wife, Lynn)! God has blessed her with 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Psalm 23 helped me during a period when I wanted to isolate myself from everyone, to become invisible or vanish, until I heard a testimony from someone that had once raised sheep in Australia. She spoke about her favorite sheep, Isaiah, and why he was special. She told about how when she entered the gate, Isaiah would come bounding across the pasture to her and what a joy it was to have his trust as she gave him her full attention, including a treat, a rubdown and scratching behind his ears.
She also spoke of another sheep that stood apart, in the far corner of the pasture. He refused to come near her or the other sheep. She grieved about his fear of her but he continued to reject her attempts to show him a shepherd's love. His actions indicated he didn't have a shepherd.
Later, I would read Psalm 23 with thoughts of Isaiah and imagine myself in a green pasture with still waters and Jesus coming toward me. I imagined myself running to Him and being comforted. Psalm 23 helped me to see Jesus as my Good Shepherd. I see that my peace rests in Him and He desires to care for me just as Isaiah's owner cared for him. His grief is deep when I refuse His help and try to live independent of His care. As I trust in Jesus, my damaged emotions continue to heal and the past is becoming just that....the past.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you for your patience when I fail so many times to represent Jesus as I should. I thank you for your Word that keeps me in faith, hope and love as I believe your promises. I thank you that you continue to restore my soul. If there is someone I can help by sharing my pain of divorce and adornment, help me to be willing to share the any ways you continue to lead me safely to a place of freedom. I am learning that it is your desire that we come to you just as we are because you have a plan for each of us to live free of doubt, worry fear and unbelief. Amen.
Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 @ 6:39 AM CDT
My name is Rachel Stout, and I have been married to Bret for 7 years. We have a blended family consisting of 7 kids with an 8th on the way! I am originally from Amarillo, but moved to Arkansas for college, and then eventually settled in North Texas just as my first-born was ready to greet the world. My husband and I coach gymnastics, and I homeschool our younger kids. We have been at Lighthouse since the beginning of our marriage, which God redeemed and set right through His Word....
My name is Rachel Stout, and I have been married to Bret for 7 years. We have a blended family consisting of 7 kids with an 8th on the way! I am originally from Amarillo, but moved to Arkansas for college, and then eventually settled in North Texas just as my first-born was ready to greet the world. My husband and I coach gymnastics, and I homeschool our younger kids. We have been at Lighthouse since the beginning of our marriage, which God redeemed and set right through His Word and the love and correction from our brothers and sisters in Christ from our lifegroup at Lighthouse. We have been sharpened through the men’s and women’s Bible studies and found true community along with what it means to “do life together.”
Psalm 19 is a praise and meditation on God’s beauty and sovereignty. It starts off with the wonderful declaration (nagad - proclamation) of how even the heavens rejoice and speak of God’s beauty. His creation, craftsmanship, and design from the expansive cosmos to the tiniest ladybug not only provide a testimony for His existence, but a testimony of His ongoing, active communication that allows us to take every single breath. His sovereignty is on full display as His marvelous works are shown not only through the details of setting up a tent (o’hel – dwelling) in the sky for the sun, but by setting up a permanent home for us through His son who will come like a bridegroom for us – just like the sun is eager to rise each morning like a champion athlete ready to take their mark and begin a new race.
God reveals himself to us through His creation so that no one will have an excuse not to know He is real (Rom. 1:20). His beauty and masterpiece stretch to the ends of the earth, leaving no inch without His fingerprints. So those that do not have the revelation of His written Word still have a revelation of His character and love on full display as the sun rises each new day ushering in new mercies and grace.
For those that have the law, Psalm 19 lays it right up against the magnitude and divine beauty of His creation to show us that we are to have awe and wonder at the perfect beauty of His Word. To the unbeliever, His laws can cause them to close their eyes, turn their backs, and have distaste for His ways since they are looking to fulfill their own desires. But for the child of God, His statutes should open our eyes, fill our hearts with gladness, be as sweet as honey on our lips, be more valuable than gold, and be as beautiful as the heavens. His law is perfect (tamum – unblemished) just like a sacrifice was to be without blemish, so are His laws and ways of justice.
The beauty and sweetness of His laws should bring us to devotion to His Word, love for others, and a reverent worship of the Creator and not a worshiper of the creation.
The maker of heaven and earth is speaking. Let me encourage you to take a second look today at that bird singing, the clouds rumbling, the seeds being blown by the wind to spawn new growth, and feel the heat of the sun on your skin knowing it’s distance from us has been designed perfectly for sustaining life. And even more importantly, let me encourage you to open your eyes and see the people at the grocery store, your neighbor, the children playing at the park, the eyes of another soul, and see the creator working. Respond by joining Him in the work He is doing today by loving those around you.
Let His law bring new life by reminding you that His ways are the best and are there for your protection because of His great love for you. Do not let it be a weighted chain of lock after lock pulling you down, but see it as a handful of keys to freedom because of what Christ’s sacrifice on the cross accomplished. Let it lead us to a respect and love for obedience, because it brings joy and growth in our relationship with the great I AM!
Note: For further study on this see Psalm 119.
Father God, thank you for the perfection and beauty of your creation and how it points us to the revelation of your character, love, and attention to detail. We know that our eyes can only be opened by you, so we ask for the unveiling of our eyes to your truth. Thank you for your sovereignty and how you hold everything in your palm. Thank you for continuing to speak, which allows us to wake up each day to your rising sun with new mercies.
Fill our hearts with delight as we ponder your Word. Reveal our wrongdoings and remind us of the Spirit who dwells in us to help us in times of temptations. Thank you for being our redeemer – the one who comes after us to claim us, provide justice, and welcome us to your table through the work of your Son, the unblemished perfect sacrifice.
Thank you for your statutes of protection and love and help us to follow your ways as we navigate through this fallen world that tells us our own way is better. Remind us that your life-map is perfection and brings joy! Revive your church and bring us to a place of repentance and reverence for your authority and unchanging truths so that others can see your glory and be reconciled back to you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Published on Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 6:24 AM CDT
No one really teaches you how to handle a really tough disappointment. There’s not a 5 step plan or an easy fix to heal the pain, and you never really know this kind of pain, until you’re there.
The only thing I want when I’m chin deep in seemingly hopeless circumstances, is comfort.
I find that comfort in Psalms 91, (1,4,9,11,14,15). My favorite is verse 4. “He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.”
In these ‘tough times’ big or small, I find immense comfort knowing God has got me. He is there, he is holding me. All I have to do is lean in, be comforted and dwell in his protection.
The best thing about the Lord's comfort and protection is it doesn’t only come in suffering, it is ever present and readily available at any time you are willing to accept it.
Published on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 @ 6:55 AM CDT