Monday, March 30, 2009

"Are You Sleeping"

This has got to be one of the cutest things ever.
My sweet Max grunting a tune.
My favorite part is the last line that he does. At the end it sort of sounds like he does a "hey"!
So cute.
Check it out on my sister's blog.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Proverbs 3

I was reading Proverbs 3 this morning and looked up the Message translation to read how they put it...and I loved this :
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try and figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all of this.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Limited Edition Print Being Sold to Support Adoption

Check this out and do something, this is taken off of my friend Bush's website:

For one week only my photograph, ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’ , is being sold on a website called Wall Blank is donating 100% of the proceeds in order to support the wonderful ministry of Abba Fund. Abba Fund is a ministry that helps people adopt by offering them interest-free loans. The cost of Adoption can be overwhelming, but Abba Fund is there to help people like yourself and I in this process. Abba Fund makes it possible for people to make an incredible difference in the life of a child through adoption.

If you have a heart for adoption and a heart for helping…now’s your chance. go right now to and PURCHASE a limited edition print of ‘The Only Magic I Still Believe In Is Love’. They are only printing 150 prints and selling them for $25.00. Get yours while they last. After they are sold out there won’t be anymore printed anytime soon. I won’t receive any money from these prints. Maris and I simply believe in Adoption, and we want to do all we can to help other families experience this tremendous joy. These prints could raise $3,750 for Abba Fund. Let’s get this done!!!

“This world is a dark and broken place. It is full of hurt and dying people that are imprisoned by the merciless enemy of poverty. Wars, hate, racism, religion, hunger, poverty, and greed encompass a fallen world full of fallen men. There is a lack of faith, hope, and love. There is a need for restoration and renewal. There is a need for justice and change. Many live as if there is nothing left to hope in. Many live as if there is nothing left good to believe in. I have to believe that there is good left in people. I have to believe that we can make a difference. I have to believe that we can bring change to this broken world. I have to believe in justice. I have to believe that there is hope. I have to believe in love.”

Friday, March 20, 2009

Turn Your Eyes

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things on earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


This is stirring my soul this afternoon... SO good!!
"If we imagine happiness to be found in furious pursuit, we will end up in a rage at the unsatisfying results. If on the other hand we set ourselves to pursue the wise and loving and holy will of our heavenly father, we will find that happiness comes-quietly, in unexpected ways, and surprisingly often as the by-product of sacrifice. Waiting is a form of suffering-the difficulty of self restraint, the anguish of unfulfilled longing, the bewilderment of unaswered prayer, flesh and heart failing, soul breaking.
These are indeed tribulations, and tribulation is the curriculum if we are to learn patience. We want answers now, right now, but we are required at times to walk in darkness. Nevertheless, God is in the darkness. (psalm 62:5) In him alone lie our security, our confidence, our trust. A spirit of restlessness and resistance can never wait, but one who believes he is loved with an everlasting love and knows that underneath are the everlasting arms will find strength and peace. God is the waiting."
--Elisabeth Elliot

You'll Come

I'm loving this the one and only Brooke Fraser. (my favorite)

I have decided
I have resolved
To wait upon you Lord
My rock and redeemer
Shield and reward
I'll wait upon the Lord

As surely as the sun will rise
You'll come to us
Certain as the dawn appears

You'll come
Let Your glory fall as You respond to us
Spirit rain
Flood into our thirsty hearts again
You'll come
You'll come

We are not shaken
We are not moved
We wait upon You Lord
Mighty deliverer
Triumph and truth
We wait upon the Lord

Chains be broken
Lives be healed
Eyes be opened
Christ is revealed

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Afternoon Walk

I went for my afternoon walk to the post office for is BEAUTIFUL out today. I really want the afternoon off. I want to sit in the sun. Take a nap. Read a book. Listen to my ipod. Pray. Work gets in the way of so much outside goodness. :(
I took this pic. Everything is SO green and then you have this splash of purple. I LOVE it!

Haitian Creations

I bought the cutest bag. It's from Haitian Creations. These bags are made from the hands of some of the most beautiful women in Haiti! This organization is amazing. They have several programs from pre-natal classes to sewing classes. It offers jobs so that these women can take care of themselves and their families.
Go check out these bags and buy one.

Monday, March 16, 2009


God is good!
Yesterday was an amazing day at church. I am humbled that I get to be a small part of what God is doing at Austin Stone, to see His hand and experience the Spirit moving powerfully in that's incredible.
I had the privilege of getting to sing with Mr. Todd Agnew. It was awesome.
Here was the set list:

Hosanna (Hillsong)
Here I Am to Worship
Reign in Us (Starfield)
Jeff Mangum-preached
---You are Good (Todd Agnew)
Amazing Grace (Tomlin's version)

Jeff Mangum preached and completely NAILED it. was good. You'll have to podcast it. I could sense the Spirit moving and God releasing a lot of bondage and giving sweet freedom in that place. He talked about letting the resurrection power that comes from Jesus break us and give us newness. He talked about how it was completely possible to sit at church, be moved by the Spirit, sing worship songs, lead groups but never be completely changed by the resurrection power of Jesus. There needs to be a sweet brokenness when we start dealing with junk in our lives and when we submit to His discipline. It's crappy and hard...but necessary to get from ugly to beautiful.
After Jeff's message we had communion. I love communion. For so long in my life it had been a "ritual". Something that you just go through the motions with.
But it has turned into something so beautiful for me, reflecting on Jesus and what was done at the cross...His body...His blood.
We sang this song during communion called You Are Good. It was a song that Todd wrote...on Wednesday. Who does that?! He was thinking and praying about songs for communion and it just came out. It was incredible and COMPLETELY GOD. We sang this song over them as they took communion and reflected on the cross. Here are the lyrics:

This cup of suffering is so sweet
Sweeter than all this world offers me
The nails, pierced Your hands and Your feet
Your blood spilled so we could taste and see
Taste and see that You are good
You are good, You are good

You are good
More precious than silver, sweeter than wine
You are good
Righteous, mercy, and justice divine
Oh, You are good was powerful. I'm thinking a lot about yesterday and I am amazed at God's goodness. I know He is good, when I think on that...He always shows me more, allows me to experience this more. I'm truly humbled and thankful.

Friday, March 13, 2009

All My iPhone Peeps...please respond!

I'm taking the plunge. After work today I will be boarding the iphone train.
I'm real excited! Everyone that I have talked to about this says that "my life will never be the same".
So...what I need from y'all is anything helpful for useful I need to know about this guy (iphone).
What apps do you love and what apps do I absolutely need?
Let me know. I need any useful information you can give me!

I Freak Out Sometimes

I find myself freaking out sometimes when I'm asked to lead worship.
That might sound silly...because that's what I do. I lead worship. I believe that it is what God has called me to do. In my my my inability to do it...He calls me to do it. Crazy.
I'm ok when I'm singing on Sundays with the bands it's mostly when I'm asked to LEAD lead worship. Like...the actual one doing the leading...that I start freaking out. I start battling all of the lies that satan likes to feed me.
God keeps giving me opportunities to lead. It's crazy. I'm being stretched and it's good. God is ALWAYS glorified and He ALWAYS shows up and does amazing things in worship when I say "yes" to these opportunities. It is NOT me.
I'm not the best at it...I make mistakes...I'm not the best musician...but God does something and allows people to hear what HE wants them to hear. It's powerful. God is truly GLORIFIED in our smallness.
Anyway...I was thinking about all of that this morning and I came in to my email to a Spurgeon devo that was AMAZING! I love how God works.
Here it is...

Despise Not Thy Youth

"Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold I cannot speak; for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak." (Jeremiah 1:6-7)

Jeremiah was young and felt a natural shrinking when sent upon a great errand by the Lord; but He who sent him would not have him say, "I am a child". What he was in himself must not be mentioned but lost in the consideration that he was chosen to speak for God. He had not to think out and invent a message nor to choose an audience: he was to speak what God commanded and speak where God sent him, and this he would be enabled to do in strength not his own. Is it not so with some young preacher or teacher who may read these lines? God knows how young you are and how slender are your knowledge and experience; but if He chooses to send you, it is not for you to shrink from the heavenly call. God will magnify Himself in our feebleness. If you were as old as Methuselah, how much would your years help you? If you were as wise as Solomon, you might be equally as willful as he. Keep you to your message, and it will be your wisdom; follow your marching orders, and they will be your discretion.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Wild Ward Women Weekend!

It's official....the tickets are bought....the personalized google desktop countdown has started....
74 days until the Wild Ward Women AUSTIN!!!!
That's right...
My mom and both of my sisters are boarding a plane and flying to Austin to visit me!!!
I am SO SO SO excited.
It's going to be legendary. LEGENDARY!!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday sweet Mama!!! I love you!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Beautiful Mess

It's only Wednesday. Yesterday I was saying...It's only Tuesday.
It's been a rough week. Not gonna lie. It's been a beautiful mess.
Monday was actually fabulous. Then...not sure what happened after that. I thought Mondays were supposed to be rough and then get better from there. hmmm...
But even in the midst of poopiness, yeah...I said it...poopiness...I have been praying that God would ease my heart and that He would get rid of myself. Just take me away completely so that all I can see is HIM. It's beautiful.
God's timing is so sweet. He puts people in my life at just the right time to encourage me, pray for me, hug me, make me laugh. It's amazing.
We also had our monthly prayer meeting last night with Austin Stone. Chris, Jimmy and I led worship together and it was an incredible night. People went after it. It's a time of worship and prayer all mixed in with each other with communion at the end. It's a beautiful night. What perfect timing too. It was much needed to get on my face at His feet.
Jen shared this verse with me and, again, was fitting and perfect timing and God knew I needed to hear it. I love how the amplified bible puts it...

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.
For our light, and momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!]
Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

My Eyes on the Goal

Philippians 3:12-14
"I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back."

Monday, March 02, 2009


It's ridiculous, but I'm doing it. I've joined the Twitter club. You can follow me @emilyward527

Compassion & Haiti

My friends Aaron Ivey and Steven Bush (from the band I sing with at church) are heading to Haiti today to spend the week with Compassion International, learning about what is going on in this country. Aaron and Bush have a huge heart for Compassion and for Haiti. As they travel and share their music, they also get a chance to share about what God is doing around the world through this organization and in the lives of these precious children. It's pretty amazing.
Follow their blogs and Twitter to hear about their week. Pray for them. Encourage them.

Bush Blog:
Bush Twitter:
Ivey Blog:
Ivey Twitter:

Fuzzy Ball Chair

I saw this picture on a blog this morning and decided that I just might need it. It's pretty obnoxious. But as soon as I saw it I got real sleepy. Can you imagine curling up into that chair and taking a nap?! It's a fuzzy ball chair. I love it.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

My "Long" Hair it's long for me, and there is a lot of it. It's at an awkward stage where I can't really put it up, but it gets hot. I'm going to try and keep going. We'll see how long I can get it before I chop it all off.