Back To Periscope!

Happy 2017!  Can you believe we are in the year 2017?  I am really having a hard time coming to terms with this.  =)  Well 2016 was a good year, full of learning experiences and rest.  God was faithful and a good, good Father and I know He will continue to be this year!

Through prayer, I am starting back up on Periscope again in a more focused and structured manner.  I really feel led to broadcast about things that I am passionate about.  So I am including my schedule on this post for those of you who would like to join me in the broadcasts that matter to you! periscope-broadcast-sheet

We will begin our study in the Book of Matthew today at 9am p/t.  Then, I will teach a vocal class at 11am p/t.  Lastly, we will have some casual worship time at 6:30pm p/t where I will lead you in worshipping the Lord through song, with prayer time at the end.  It is going to be a good day!

Hope you will be able to join me on Periscope.  Here is the link to my Periscope page: https://www.periscope.tv/LaraMarriott/1yNxadnkyBXJj

Blessings to you as you go into this year.  It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will draw you closer to Him.

Lara~

 

Hate & Love Come In All Forms ~

My husband came home last night and asked if I had heard of the riots that were going on in different states around the country.  I had intentionally decided to stay away from the news to focus on the tasks that were in front of me.  When he shared the synopsis, I turned on the tv to find an active shooter who had targeted, killed and wounded police officers, with a bomb in a parking garage in Dallas, TX.  My heart became heavy with a deep sadness. As I watched live as well as recorded video footage, I saw a multi-colored, peaceful protest frantically disbanded into a multi-colored police force protecting their city.  This situation was not about color or culture.  This was about good in a standoff with evil.

This morning I woke up to find out the latest reports through the news outlets, Periscope, and Facebook.  I was intrigued by all of the opinions and prayers I scrolled through on my IPhone.  One stood out to me among the rest.  It talked about the fear for the safety of a black family.  As I read the post, I related on a different level.  There was a fear for my family’s safety, but we are white.  I realized at that moment, that this wasn’t a battle against color.  Our country is fighting a battle against the dark forces of this fallen world.

You see, hate is able to come in all forms; within a police uniform, an american citizen, a teacher, a doctor, a mom with her child, a dad, a cleric, a government official, a neighbor, a family member, an employee, an employer, an organization, you get the picture.  I read about the black man being shot in front of his girlfriend and four year old by a white police officer.  What a horrific situation.  That poor mother and poor child.  The damage that was done to their eyes will forever be etched into their memories.  But I also read about the white officers who were trying to protect the innocent people who were protesting down the Dallas streets, doing what was right and good, being unrightfully targeted because of their color and killed.  The sniper didn’t know who they were, what their stories were, he just chose to be racist back.  I thought about their loved ones and how devastating and frightening that must have been for them to learn that the people they held so dear, who went to work everyday to protect their multi-cultural city, were killed in a senseless act of violence.  Both stories were unbelievable and unjust.

The focus of reconciliation and healing should be directed towards evil being brought to justice, instead of the color of our skin.  Hate is hate.  Love is love.  The bible says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9.  It also says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

multi colored hands

Let us not judge people for what they look like on the outside.  Let us not judge people period.  Love comes in all forms too! What we need to do is love our enemies, love the unloveable, pray for justice and peace.  What would happen if we fought back with kindness.  What would happen if we replaced our fears with faith.  What would happen if we looked past our differences and embraced our similarities? Would these horrific stories fade away?  Would the news be filled with stories of hope, love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, and self-control?

I wonder…

Lara~

RESET

For the past couple of weeks I have been in a funk.  There are so many things in my life to be thankful for; however, I am finding myself melancholy most of the time.  It amazes me how our emotions can really take control of our minds and paralyze us.  Have you ever felt this way?  Instead of being proactive about my life’s situations, I have wanted to crawl back in bed and sleep.

I know this is not a healthy behavior and so I am wanting to get to the bottom of it!  Here are a few things I have been pondering lately that I wanted to share with you.

  1. I’ve allowed myself to get into unhealthy daily routines.  Instead of working out in the morning and taking a shower, I have instead scratched the working out part completely and waited until the middle of the day to get ready.  I have told myself and my husband that I am too tired in the mornings to work out and that our kids need me in the morning, hence I take care of their needs before my own.  This routined behavior has not been for my benefit or the benefit of my family.
  2. I’ve forgotten how I used to have fun before having kids.  This sounds awful I know, but it’s true.  I am 38 and my life has been consumed with meeting the needs of those around me instead of figuring out what I enjoy doing as well.  There was a day recently when I took my daughter out to have our nails manicured.  I NEVER do this!  It’s too much money. I could be using this money to buy clothes for the kids, etc.  But I have to tell you, it was a really nice experience.  We also took my husband out to go zip-lining for his birthday.  He asked me to go on it with him and the kids, but I chickened out and became the picture taking, items holding momma that watched from the sidelines, wishing I would have said yes.  I need to be more intentional about scheduling fun into my life.
  3. Water & Vitamins!  I didn’t realize how amazing water was until I found myself in the backseat of my car dizzy and dehydrated because I drank a huge cup of coffee and barely any water that day.  That one “little” episode cost my husband to come back to the church to drive me home, which put me in bed lethargic for three days!  That behavior cost me and my family a lot! I also had forgotten the importance of taking vitamins everyday.  Hey, I’m a busy homeschool mom, I don’t have time to remember everything on my “To Do” list!  Not a good enough answer!  When I was younger I didn’t need to think about taking vitamins.  The bouncing back rate was extremely high.  Now, I need to have a reality check. I am getting older.  My body is changing and it needs to be replenished with water and vitamins daily in order to function properly.
  4. Sleep.  Oh sleep, how I’ve longed to be in your arms all night long!  This has been a great struggle for me this past year.  Our sleeping environment is not the greatest right now.  Plus, again I’m not who I once was when I was in my 20s.  The biggest culprit for my sleep deprivation has been my cell phone.  If I can’t sleep, it’s like my phone is whispering into my ear, “Come check me out.  You can listen to podcasts, you can read the Bible, you can go on Facebook. I don’t care what you do as long as you look into my screen and wake up your brain!”  This bad habit has got to stop immediately!
  5. Spending more quality and quiet time with the Lord.  I do have times throughout the day when I am worshipping Him, reading His word, and praying, but I can do more.  I need to schedule alone times with God daily that are not on Periscope 😉  He is my Rock!  He is the manna I need in order to be nourished and refreshed.
  6. Lastly, trusting God COMPLETELY with EVERY detail of my life.  Ever time I do this, I feel His peace that surpasses all understanding.  Fear is a daily struggle for me that loves to come and torment my emotions, but trusting in God dispels ALL fear!

I knew I needed to write a new blog post, but I was stuck until I decided to be completely honest and transparent with where I am finding myself right now.  Today is a new day!  I made myself workout (I hated every minute of it), take a shower, had lots of water, and took my vitamins.  I do have a bag of caramel popcorn right beside me that I have been chomping on (baby steps), but I feel better moving a few steps forward in the right direction.

No matter where we are in life, there are times when we will somehow get into a rut like I have, not knowing how we got there or how to get out.  Thankfully, our lives are made up of seasons and marathons, not snow storms and sprints.  God is so gracious to give us do-overs every 24 hours to start again.  I am committed to moving myself in the right direction. Please hold me accountable.  If you are going through the same thing right now, you are not alone.  Please let me know and I will be praying for you, encouraging you to keep moving forward towards joy, peace, hope and love.

God Bless,

Lara

 

 

The Light Of Christmas

10686795_10153377889598362_7541136075211780417_nChristmas is coming!  Can you believe it? I’ve been deep cleaning my house in preparation for our guests to come.  Today’s “to do list” consists of making an assortment of cookies to give as Christmas gifts while watching Christmas movies throughout the day.  We have Christmas Eve services to get ready for, too! This is a very busy time of year.  It ALSO exposes quite a bit of darkness.  Have you noticed?

Almost everyday this week my husband has told me of at least one instance where someone was being selfish.  He only had a handful of items at Costco and two times in two separate transactions, someone cut him off to the line with a cart full of items, not stopping to even consider letting him go first since he would have taken 5 mins to check out.  Last night, someone was angry at an intersection, even though he didn’t have the right of way and sped up towards my husband honking as Brian was making a turn.

Darkness = anger, selfishness, pride, control, deceit, envy, worry, anxiety, hate, gossip, frustration, gluttony, etc… However, Jesus came into this world so that He might give Light to world.  Jesus said,“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”- John 8:12.  Isn’t it interesting that every Christmas when we are suppose to be celebrating His birth, darkness fights it?  It seems like Christmas exposes so much more darkness in those who do not walk in His light than at other times in the year.  I know that when I let the darkness seep into my way of thinking, Christmas becomes more like a chore and a pressure, instead of an amazing opportunity to expose darkness and spread light wherever I go and in whatever I do.

I was listening to Kim Cash Tate’s devotional scope on Periscope this morning (you can find out more about her by going to her website: http://www.kimcashtate.com) She reminded me how important it is to stay away from the darkness and expose it for what it is with the light of Jesus’s Holy Spirit in my heart.

What are some ways as followers of Jesus, can we spread His love this Christmas?  We need to fight back the darkness with the fruit of His Spirit. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

So let us be challenged today to combat the spirit of darkness with the light of Jesus through as many ways as possible this Christmas, spreading what the world really needs more than any Christmas card, or gift, or money, or food, or a raise; instead, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  The only way we can do this is by daily keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.  He will help us.

Blessings,

Lara

worship leader * songwriter * speaker

(you can find my music on Itunes or My Store)

 

Everyone Can Sing! Everyone Can Get Better!

I will be discussing this very topic LIVE on YouTube tomorrow morning at 9am p/t, 10am c/t, & 11am e/t.  I am very excited because singing has been my life’s work it seems.  I’m classically trained, but have also been trained in pop, jazz, broadway and belting.  It will be fun to share my experiences as a vocalist, a vocal teacher, and as a worship leader.

If you’d like to hear more, I’d love for you to join the chat on YouTube tomorrow morning. Here is the link:

Blessings,

Lara~

If you’d like to hear more of my music you can click on my Store or go to Itunes.

Singing Christmas Songs

Hi everyone!  It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to post the latest Christmas songs I did on Periscope.  If you are not following me on Periscope, go HERE to follow.  I try getting on between 12-1pm p/t everyday and sing one Christmas song for you to help raise our spirits during the ups and downs of this season.  Would love to have you join me.

Here are the latest songs for you to watch:

Joy To The World – https://ktch.tv/4-hd

Away In A Manger – https://ktch.tv/4YgD

We Three Kings – https://ktch.tv/4Wnd

The First Noel – https://ktch.tv/4TrG

 

Enjoy!

Lara~

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Singing Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas!!  Here are the next two Periscope Christmas songs I’d like to share with you.  Please join me over in “Periscopeland” if you’d like to interact live.  I scope a Christmas song weekdays at around 12pm p/t and on the weekends (when I can 😉 )

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear https://katch.me/embed/v/2bc2fc6e-2e06-38cf-ae6f-ffb885202b4c?sync=1

It’s The Most Wonderful TIme Of The Year https://katch.me/embed/v/a234c86f-0fec-394d-a5f4-c213552aed3c?sync=1

God Bless,

Lara ~