Embrace Me

This is the second song I wrote.  You see, I was a singer, not a songwriter in 2005, however through a sequence of events, God specifically asked me to write.  Because I was a singer and I never, ever ran out of things to say, I thought being a songwriter was exactly what I needed to do!  One thing I love about this song is that I was child-like and expressive with my lyrics and delivery.  You can listen/buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beginnings/id438824578

 

Embrace Me

© 2005 Lara Marriott

Walking up the stairs, casting all the world’s cares

Upon my shoulders

Searching for a place to find a peaceful state of mind

to get away

I shut the darkest door to hide for awhile

I need You Lord to comfort me

I close my eyes and try to think about You

Oh Lord, what should I do?

Embrace me, taking

all of my fears, my worries, and my tears

I’m feeling inside

Embrace me, flowing down

the warmest of Your love

reflecting from above

Embrace me

Gazing at the sky nature’s calm I find

that You’re all around me

The sun glistening the trees, clouds are changing what I see

a place of wonder I’ll never leave

I find a shady place to stay for awhile

I know You Lord are here with me, yeah

I close my eyes and start to dream about You

Is this what heaven’s gonna be?

Embrace me, giving

all of Your joys, Your wonders, and Your glory

I need inside

Embrace me, shining down

the warmest of Your love

reflecting from above

Embrace me

Day or night, by Your side

You have revealed

You are real and I feel you inside

Day or night, by Your side

that’s where I’ll always be

You are real and I feel alive

Embrace me, shining all of Your love, Your love

Embrace me, fill me up with Your love, Your love, Oh how I love You

I Love You Jesus

Here is one of the first songs I had ever written.  I wanted to write a song that didn’t need accompaniment; just voices.  I was envisioning christian martyrs, prisoners, or slaves needing to sing a song that was easy to learn, that could remind them of Jesus’ love for them.  You can listen/buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beginnings/id438824578

I Love You Jesus

© 2007 Lara Marriott

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

and I’m so thankful

thankful

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

and I’m so thankful

thankful

thankful

You chose to love me, undeserving

and to forgive upon a tree

Your grace is never, never-ending

and forever I will sing

 

Planning & Strategizing as an ENFP ~

This blog title is cracking me up right now because if you know anything about ENFPs, we are not planners or strategizers by nature.  However, we do need to step back from life at times and recenter ourselves to make sure we are moving in the right direction.  What does this look like for me?  Well, I am in casual clothes, surrounded by mess, with my planner open. I have resolved not to move from this spot until I have come up with a plan and a focus!

I love being an ENFP.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The only down side is that as an ENFP I have many different interests and ping-pong from one to next; often.  This is unfortunate because I never really feel like I am an achiever.  Remember that phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none?”  That’s how I feel right now.  For some of you making goals and plans comes effortlessly.  You actually thrive making lists and check boxes, but for me, that gives me a headache which makes me want to lie down and go to sleep.

If you saw me right now you would probably think I was being extremely unproductive and lazy. There are so many things to get done around the house, how could I be so selfish with my time.  At least this is what I think you would perceive.  I am feeling the guilt, but this is the only way for me to make any headway when it comes to thriving as an ENFP.

You see, I am a homeschool mom who is with my kids almost 24/7.  I spend a lot of my time with them doing our own thing that I forget to change it up and get out, meeting new people, experiencing new things. My kids are the exact opposite than me.  So they would rather stick with a routine, maybe even stay home.  There are many projects around our house that are on my mental “to do” list that seem to keep me to myself and are endless weekly tasks.   It’s like a rat race in my own home.  I am also a songwriter.  This has the tendency to become an introverted profession since it requires a lot of quiet, focused time to develop and refine a song.

So I have many things in my life where I am not thriving as an ENFP.  I need to balance those things with activities that bring me a lot of fulfillment and joy.   Hence, I will stay here, picketing my cause, until I can come up with a plan that will help me continue to be the person God has created me to be.  I don’t want to apologize for being who I am.  I want to use everything I have to bless others and to feel God’s pleasure.

Psalm139

Lara~

Spirit of the Lord

Spirit Of The Lord

c2013 Lara Marriott

Spirit of the Lord You are welcome here

Spirit of the Lord You are welcome here

Come in wisdom, knowledge, counsel, and grace

Fall on us as a burning flame

We are waiting

We are waiting

Spirit of the Lord You are welcome here

Spirit of the Lord cast out every fear

Come in glory, healing power, and strength

As we choose to follow Your great Name

We need You now

Bowing down and broken, oh we’re broken before You

We’re crying out

Come and move in us with Your love

We need You now

Bowing down and broken, oh we’re broken before You

We’re crying out

Come and move in us with Your love

Spirit of the Lord You are welcome here

Spirit of the Lord You are welcome here

Lara ~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

I Learned Something ~

I was so excited to have been asked to lead the Christmas music for my homeschool group this past Weds. at their annual Christmas dinner.  I had wanted to do it last year, but was unable to, so when they asked me I jumped at the chance!  You see, most of the moms I see on a regular weekly basis have (or had) never heard me sing before.   Instead, they have the great privilege of seeing me without any make-up, in my grubs, happy, sad, tired, frustrated, you get the point. Oh yeah, and insert some sarcasm.  lol.  So I was excited to share another side of who God has created me to be.

Now singing other people’s songs is a cinch for me because I only have to own the interpretation of the song and not the words or back story.  But when it comes to singing my original songs, I get very self conscious and nervous.  I sang one of my songs from my “I Will Follow” CD called, “Breathe In The Presence Of God.”  I was excited to sing it over the ladies, but also nervous.  A professional songwriter had told me that it was just a production number, and eluded that it didn’t have very much depth to it.  I thought maybe it would be too simple for them.  Maybe the ladies would just politely smile when I was finished as a courtesy.  I still have a hard time saying that I am a songwriter and not just a singer.  I compare myself to so many other qualified and seasoned songwriters and well in my eyes I am still at an amateur level.

But, I learned something very important that evening.  After I had shared my song and sat down, my friend next to me said she loved it.  Another mom, with tears in her eyes, asked me to follow her to the back of the room.  It was then that I saw how God ministers to someone’s heart through the offerings that we lay at His alter.  That song touched her deeply and she wanted her friend who was going through a very difficult time to read the lyrics so that she too would be comforted.  There were other blessings that happens as well.  All because I had the courage and obedience to get up there, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and sing what was placed in my heart to write down.  I learned my songs are not meant to be scrutinized and judged or thrown away because they don’t meet the standards that someone else has set.  If I believe in them, then God can use them to minister to others.  I just need to be brave, be obedient to God’s guidance, and surrender all of the offerings I have to bring through singing, writing, crocheting, praying, loving, caring, giving, etc., to Him for His glory and His glory alone.  He is in charge of how they are used or where they decide to go; not me.

Here is a link to a song I have been singing through lately called, “Christmas Offering” by Paul Baloche. http://youtu.be/_iR-wZVlTQw  I don’t know what your offerings are that you can bring to bless and minister to others, but I know you have them.  We all have something to give away.  Let’s be brave, creative, and open to use them as an offering of worship to our King.  We will get to see God work and be a part of it.  That is always such a wonderful blessing.  More wonderful then anything anyone else could ever give.

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Being A Mom ~

This song is my go to song right now since I am a stay-at-home, homeschool mom of two elementary school aged children. It always makes me laugh and reminds me of what life was like when I was a young mom with a baby and toddler at home. Every mom needs a song that allows them to vent out what they are feeling and this song does just that. So for every mom out there, this is for you!!

Being A Mom
c2005 Lara Marriott

Being a mom
Takes away my confidence
Just like my kids, I know I
Suffer from my tantrums
Each day presents a new day
Of frustrations
I look around me and find clutter
Climbing to my knees
Am I cut out to be?

Being a mom
I’m constantly on night alert
If anyone needs me I am there to meet all of
Their demanding wants
My peace and solace has become
Shots of caffeine
And when they finally go to sleep
There is nothing more for me to give
Am I cut out for being a mom?

Cuz’ I get angry
And I get scared
And I get this constant pressure feeling
In my head
God give me the strength
To love them
Each day will pass by quickly
You have placed these kids right with me
I know that I need
I need Your help NOW!!!!!!!

Being a mom
It is a privilege
That’s only saved for me
When they wake up in the morning
I get to cuddle closely to them
And it fills me up
I am the first they ask for
When they are scared or they are hurt
A million times they will forgive
And start over again, again, again, again

Being a mom nah nah
Being a mom yeah yeah
Being a mom Ohhohhhhh
Being a mom……I’m thankful

If you want to watch it go to: http://www.brownsvilleag.org/#/media/live-stream-archives

(Find 10/25/14 – Arise Conference. It is the first thing that starts the evening)

Lara ~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

My Dream Came True

I wrote this for one of the American Idol “Songwriting Contests”

My Dream Came True
c2008 Lara Marriott

A desire, my heart’s cry
The chances I have taken to get here.
A calling, my passion in life
The voice I was given
Needed to be heard

I thought it could never happen
But still I had to try
There were many times to give up
But still kept pressing forward til my

Dream came true
I am here with you
Alive and ready to start anew
My dream came true
I am here with you
Let’s dream this road
Me and you
Me and you

I am one in a million
Waiting to be called out from you
Patience as a virtue
Was never my forte
You needed to be heard

I thought you would never answer
But still you chose me
There were many times I questioned
But still kept pressing forward til my

Dreams came true
I am here with you
Alive and ready to start anew
My dreams came true
I am here with you
Let’s dream this road
Me and you

Dreams came true
I am here with you
Alive and ready to start anew
My dreams came true
I am here with you
Let’s dream this road
Me and you
Me and you
Me and you

You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/lara_marriott/my-dream-came-true

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Bring Us Back

Note: This is getting a bit tricky, trying to post each song chronologically. So I might get some mixed up. 😉

This song was a plea to God to bring me back to when my relationship with Him was exciting, adventurous, and powerful. I didn’t want to just sit back, enjoy my good life, and wait for Jesus to show up and take me home to be with Him. I was getting bored of coming to church every Sunday, go through the same church routines, sit in the same section of the church that I felt most comfortable in, connect with my friends, and going home. God rocked my life when I was a preteen by introducing me to His Holy Spirit’s power and friendship. He used me to bless and witness to others without any fear. Everyday I was excited to join Him in His work! But, as I grew up and had more and more responsibilities and a family, I became fearful and stagnant. I wrote this song out of a desire to go back to that amazing time in my life. I also was praying for that kind of revival for our church.

Bring Us Back
c2010 Lara Marriott

Bring us back to the place where we were
When we gave our lives to You
For the very first time
Bring us back to the place where we were
When we gave our lives to You
For the very first time

There was power in Your Holy Spirit
That made us strong
There was a love that overwhelmed us
Through and through
We knew a peace that passed our understanding
And guarded our hearts
Oh bring us back to that first place

Bring us back to the place where we were
When we gave our lives to You
For the very first time
Bring us back to the place where we were
When we gave our lives to You
For the very first time

There was power in Your Holy Spirit
That made us strong
There was a love that overwhelmed us
Through and through
We knew a peace that passed our understanding
And guarded our hearts
Oh bring us back to that first place

There was power in Your Holy Spirit
That made us strong
There was a love that overwhelmed us
Through and through
We knew a peace that passed our understanding
And guarded our hearts
Oh bring us back to that first place
Oh bring us back to that first place
Oh bring us back to that first place

Bring me back to the place where I was
When I gave my heart to You
For the very first time
Bring me back to the place where I was
When I gave my life to You
For the very first time

There is a power in Your Holy Spirit
That makes me strong
There is a love that overwhelms me
Through and through
I know a peace that passes all understanding
And guards my heart
Oh bring me back to that first place
Oh bring me back to that first place

You can listen to Bring Us Back here: http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=9044604&q=hi&newref=1

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

I Wait For

Based on Psalm 31:24 & Psalm 119

I Wait For
c2008 Lara Marriott

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord
I won’t be put to shame
No I won’t be put to shame

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord
I won’t be put to shame
No I won’t be put to shame

For I know You God
Are in my life, in my life
Yes, I know You God
Are in my life, in my life
I am strong and courageous
When I

I wait for
Look for
Hope and
Expect the Lord
I won’t be put to shame
No I won’t be put to shame
As I wait

You can listen to it here: http://youtu.be/F5cAXHq2h-I?list=UUSrvZPoCmXPO__ti9uV2zOw

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Praise The Lord O My Soul

From Psalm 146

Praise The Lord O My Soul
c2010 Lara Marriott

Praise the Lord
Praise O my soul
I will praise the Lord
All of my days

Sing to the Lord
Sing O my soul
I will sing to the Lord
All of my days

And my heart will change
As I sing praise to You Lord in heaven
I will sing praise to the King of my heart
And I will glorify You with my life
As I sing
I will sing

Praise the Lord
Praise O my soul
I will praise the Lord
All of my days

You can listen to it here: http://youtu.be/L7xujNJHXGE?list=UUSrvZPoCmXPO__ti9uV2zOw

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Beneath Your Cross Am I

Here is the other song that was produced as a gift.

Beneath Your Cross
c2008 Lara Marriott

Forgiving
Cleansing
Undeserved grace
My sin was taken away
You took my place

Beneath Your cross am I
Beneath Your cross am I

You suffered for me
With undeserved pain
Hung up Your glory
To cleanse all my shame

Beneath Your cross am I
Beneath Your cross am I

I am beneath Your cross
Humbled by Your sacrifice

Forgiving
Cleansing
Undeserved grace
My sin was taken away
You took my place

Beneath Your cross am I
Beneath Your cross am I

I am beneath Your cross
Humbled by Your sacrifice

So I will worship You my God
Yes, I will bow to You my Savior

You suffered for me
With undeserved pain
Hung up Your glory
To cleanse all my shame

Beneath Your cross am I
Beneath Your cross am I

You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/lara_marriott/beneath-your-cross

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

You’re Holding Me

A songwriter friend gave me a gift that was first presented to her. It was free production of two of her songs. She felt God nudging her heart to bless me with the gift. One of the songwriters we were in contact with felt led to pay for studio time to help my friend’s songwriting career. I will never forget her selfless kindness to me. This is one of the songs I had produced.

You’re Holding Me
c2008 Lara Marriott

Your hand stretched forth the brilliant heavens
Your hand made the foundations of the earth
Your hand is in charge of all creation
I am in Your mighty hands

Your hand stretched forth the brilliant heavens
Your hand made the foundations of the earth
Your hand is in charge of all creation
I am in Your mighty hands

You’re holding me
Holding me
In Your Presence Lord
I am never alone
Youre holding me
Holding me
Before and behind
I will always find You Lord

Your hand provides strength and healing
Your hand offers a gift of mercy and grace
Your hand takes away all my fears and doubts
I am in Your mighty hands

You’re holding me
Holding me
In Your Presence Lord
I am never alone
You’re holding me
Holding me
Before and behind
I will always find You Lord

You have given to me what I did not earn
A precious love I did not deserve
I cling to Your sovereign arms
You lift me up
You lift me up

You’re holding me yeah
Holding me tightly in Your arms
You’re holding, holding, holding me
You’re holding, holding, holding me
Holding me

You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/lara_marriott/youre-holding-me

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

By The Streams Of Grace

Based on Psalm 23, my favorite scripture verse!

A songwriter friend I met on http://www.christiansongwriters.org gave me so much great advice and help on this song. I will never forget how special that was for me.

By The Streams Of Grace
c2007 Lara Marriott

By the streams of grace I find You
Down the paths of righteousness
In the stillness of Your mercy
Is where I long to rest

By the streams of grace I find You
You supply what I need
A place where Your abundance flows
You renew me

By the streams of grace
You restore my soul
By the streams of grace is where
Your love is shown
Your my shepherd
My Father
I serve and adore
I long for nothing but to be
By Your streams of grace

Your rod and staff protect me
Through the valley of dark despair
You are walking right beside me
Taking me away from all my fears
Your rod and staff they guide me
Your blessings are waiting for me
It is solely in You I trust
For You are saving me

You can listen to By The Streams Of Grace on my music player here: http://www.worshiptherock.com/profile/LaraMarriott

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

A Sanctuary

A Sanctuary
c2007 Lara Marriott

You have given a sanctuary
A peaceful place to rest
You have given a sanctuary
A protected place of prayer and praise

A sanctuary for me to renew
And to remind me
I am loved by You
You have given to me
A sanctuary

You have given a sanctuary
Set apart for Your holiness
You have given a sanctuary
A sacred place in which You dwell

A sanctuary for me to renew
And to remind me
I am loved by You
You have given to me
A sanctuary
You have given to me
A sanctuary

I am with You
I am with You
I am with You my Lord

You can listen to A Sanctuary on my music player here: http://www.worshiptherock.com/profile/LaraMarriott

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

I Love You Jesus

I Love You Jesus
c2007 Lara Marriott

I love You Jesus
I love You Jesus
I love You Jesus
And I’m so thankful, so thankful

I love You Jesus
I love You Jesus
And I’m so thankful, so thankful
Thankful, oh thankful

You chose to love me undeserving
And to forgive upon a tree
Your grace is never-ending
And forever I will sing

You can listen to I Love You Jesus on my music player here: http://www.worshiptherock.com/profile/LaraMarriott

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Surrendered Hearts

Surrendered Hearts
c2006 Lara Marriott

With You Lord there’s always patience
And a peace that calms the soul
There’s a love that’s unexplainable
And a hope that takes hold
Of life’s unanswered questions
Of the past and what’s untold
Without You we are nothing
So we offer to You

Our surrendered hearts
We know that we’re a part
Of a greater master plan
We are held in Your hands
Amazing God
It’s been You right from the start
That offers to us
Everything that we need
In Your holy place we bring
Our surrendered hearts

We are humbled when we’re broken
We find power in Your Spirit
You have lessened all our burdens
We’re in awe of You Lord

You can listen to Surrendered Hearts in my music player here: http://www.worshiptherock.com/profile/LaraMarriott

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

High Place To Soar

I wrote this song for our church’s women’s kick off night.  A friend of mine mentioned how God was a high place to soar.  I loved that image, so I naively said aloud that I would write a song about that!  I have a special place in my heart for this song.  It is attached to a wonderful memory.

High Place To Soar
c2006 Lara Marriott

You are all we need
You still, You hold
In times of trouble
In times of calm
Your gentle hand guides us all
We come to meet You here
We want You Lord

You’re a high place to soar
And a soft place to land
Lifting our hands we raise
Our thankfulness to You
You’re a high place to soar
And soft to land

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Embrace Me

I wanted to share the songs I have written over the past 10 years with you.  I’ll try posting one a day. This was one of the first songs I had written.

Embrace Me

c2005 Lara Marriott

Walking up the stairs

Casting all the world’s cares

Upon my shoulders

Searching for a place to find

A peaceful state of mind and get away

I shut the darkest door to hide for awhile

I need You Lord to comfort me

I close my eyes and try to think about You

Oh, what should I do?

Embrace me

Taking all of my fears

My worries and my tears I feel inside

Embrace me

Flowing down the warmest of Your love

Reflecting from above

Embrace me

Gazing at the sky

Nature’s calm I find

That You’re all surrounding

The sun glistening the trees

Clouds are changing what I see

A place of wonder I’ll never leave

I find a shady place to hide for awhile

I know You Lord are hear with me, yeah

I close my eyes and try to think about You

Is this what heaven’s going to be? yeah

Embrace me

Giving

All of Your joys, Your wonders, and Your glory

I feel inside

Embrace me

Shining down

The warmest of Your love

Reflecting from above

Embracing me

Day or night

By my side

You are revealed

You are real

and I feel inside

Day or night

By my side

You are real

and I feel alive

Embrace me

Shining all Your love, Your love, all Your love

Embrace me

Filling me with Your love, Your love, all Your love

Oh, how I love You

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/lara_marriott/embrace-me

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Singer…Yes….Writer…Maybe ~

I called my blog, “The Singing Mommy” because singing has been the talent of choice for me all of my life and still is. Plus, God has blessed me abundantly with two precious children that like to humble me daily without even realizing it. = ) However, God has really pushed and challenged me to write down what is on my heart. About 10 years ago I began my writing journey as a songwriter. I wrote a couple of decent songs at the beginning, but found out pretty quickly that I had A LOT to learn about the craft of songwriting. Every time I came against a road block and wanted to quite, the Holy Spirit gently and personally wooed me back to the pen and paper I had come to deeply love. Now after almost a decade of being on a songwriting learning curve, I am branching out yet again into a new facet of writing; this blog. No music, no singing; just my thoughts and words. I’ve realized that not every deep thought of mine will make it into a song. So this is the place I get to use to ponder and share them with you.

At the beginning of the week as I was driving around with my family, listening to our kids in the backseat playing and laughing without a care in the world, I found another way of looking at this scripture; Luke 18:15-17 –

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

When I use to read this passage it personally came to mean, as a Christian I needed to trust the Lord with my whole heart like a child trusts their parent(s) to take care of them. This is true, but I believe there is so much more Jesus wants us to get from His words. I have been in church my whole life as a worship pastor’s kid and now a worship pastor’s wife. I have seen the behind the scenes of church life, how people acted at church verses outside of church, and attended a handful of different denominations, so the lense I look through is pretty wide when it comes to church life.

Children are not only known for their blind trust. They are known far more for their playful abandon, their forgiveness, their noise, their raw emotions, their love, their laughter, their joy, their discoveries, their curiousity, their caring hearts, their sponge-like learning skills, their randomness, their surrender, their risk-taking, their acceptance of others, and their dreams. How much of this list do we see regularly in the lives of Christ-followers? I used to be this way when I was young, but the years of my life have slowly eaten away at the above list, creating a reservation in me. I used to love to dance and sing anywhere, at anytime, infront of anyone, but now…I hesitate. I used to dream big dreams and chase after them, but now…I hesitate. I used to laugh loudly without caring about what other people thought, but now…I hesitant. I used to take risks like fly around the world a couple of times, going on crazy world traveling adventures by myself, go parasailing, river rafting, wakeboarding, (which were risky for me), but now…I hesitate. I see this happening to other christians as well. We go to church on Sundays expecting the routine of listening to and singing worship songs, hearing announcements, having meet and greet time, receiving the offering, hearing an offeratory special, sitting through a deep message, ending with a closing song and a prayer team at the side of the room. We go on our way knowing we experienced something good, but leaving secretly wondering if there could have been something more. We are training ourselves to be reserved in our faith.

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Children are messy, loud, playful, joyful, full of emotion, and live life with abandon. I want to, too!! I am tired of going through the motions that we Christians have unintentionally created during our church services. What would our services be like if we pushed through our hesitancies and broke the routine with child-like worship and praise to our King. What if we shook off the formalities that come with age and experience and replaced them with what we loved doing as children. I believe the Kingdom of God would fall on our church services and we would enter in to all that Jesus promised if we would just let go of our safety nets and jump out of the boat like Peter or danced in the streets like David. Jesus came to offer us life and freedom through His sacrificial mercy and grace. Such love! How can we not get a little child-like? We have so much to be thankful for!

I realize Rome was not built in a day. So for me, I am starting at home. Slowly choosing to dance around the house in abandoned worship, laughing loudly and playing games with my kids when my housework is calling out to me, singing my prayers and scripture verses aloud, giving God my heart. These are baby steps that will hopefully overflow into the other places I go throughout the week. I believe with my whole heart that God wants all of what makes us who we are as our acts of worship to Him. And in return, He wants to breathe joy and freedom back into our lives.

I hope to see more of this joy and freedom transform our churches and our Christian lives from the inside-out. Coming to Jesus like little children most definitely will usher in the Kingdom of God here on earth. Will you join me?

Lara~

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