Dec 12 2010

Advice - Be patient with your (annoying) relatives.

From Matthew West’s book Give This Christmas Away

  

Everybody’s got ‘em.  I’m sure if I asked you, you could quickly rattle off the name of a relative who tends to outstay his or her welcome over the holidays.  The movie Elf nails one of the classic depictions of dysfunctional family visits during the holidays.  The main character, Buddy, was raised as an elf at the North Pole—a six-foot-tall elf dressed in green with bright yellow tights.  He is searching for his real family in New York City, and when he finds them, well, let’s just say that the family isn’t quite as thrilled as he is.  Buddy has nothing but love for his new family, and he means well.  So do your relatives. 

 

Go out of your way to show love to a particular relative whom you have a hard time getting along with.  Chances are, they will respond in a positive way.  And pray for an extra dose of patience when dealing with our family this Christmas.  Just hope they don’t show up at your house in yellow tights.

 

Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Ephesians 4:2

 

Sep 28 2010

The Story of Your Life - "One Less" - Greg & Sheila's Story

 

Matthew West a new album coming out October 5th called "The Story of Your Life" ... songs inspired by letters from people just like you.  Today we catch up with Matthew and connect him with a a family whose adoption story touched Matthew and inspired a new song.  Greg and Sheila's story is below ...

 

One Less

 

Greg & Sheila

Humboldt, TN

 

My wife and I started an adoption of a little girl named Lily in August of 2007. We were able to finally bring her home in November of 2009! I am the senior pastor of a church in TN and the adoption became a process embraced by our whole family of faith. As a part of the adoption my wife moved into an apartment there in that country so we could foster our now 8 year old daughter. We spent 7 months apart from one another. It was the most difficult test we have faced as a couple. The pain that marked those seven months was quickly replaced when we finally made it home. The joy we shared when we arrived here reminded me of what it must be like when one of God's children finally make it home. We left Guatemala with no fan fare and a few tears. We arrived at our home with church members lining the street with banners, cheering, and sharing great relief.

 

Matthew’s commentary:

 

“Defend the cause of the orphans…” Isaiah 1:17

 

I was inspired by the hundreds of stories from people who were so passionate about adoption.  What a gift for a family to open up their arms and welcome in a child with no home!  Every adoption story is truly the proof that God is involved in the details, even the smallest details.  I wrote the first verse to show how at the same time, in two different parts of the world, God is hearing the cries of two hearts, and little do they know they are about to be joined together by a God who can orchestrate the impossible.

 

There are so many orphans in the world today, that the mission of giving them all a home to the human eye seems more like a mission impossible.  But, as I read one story after another about a child finding a home, I found myself saying, “That’s one less, one less, one less broken heart in the world tonight.”

 

You may not be in a position to adopt an orphan in your life right now, but there are many ways to carry out the command of the bible to care for the orphans.  Personally, I have a friend who is in the process of adopting a little girl from Russia and he and his family are in need of financial support to do so.  Many friends and neighbors are helping support this family’s effort financially so this little girl can have a home.  Ask God to show you how to care for the orphans.  Every time you help, that’s one less… 

 

Aug 16 2010

Matthew West talks about his new album The Story of Your Life

Matthew & his wife Emily with Lisa & Eric

Fresh off his show at the Indiana State Fair yesterday (love those corn dogs), it was a blast to have Matthew West stop by this morning.  Matthew debuted his new song "My Own Little World" (now available on iTunes) from his upcoming album The Story of Your Life.  The album comes out October 5th and on that same day Matthew will be doing a free show in his hometown of Chicago!  For details on that concert, go here.

If you missed our conversation with Matthew, click the linkes below: 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Feb 20 2010

Save A Place For Me

There's a wall where you can put a picture of the one you love who now lives in Heaven.

It's on Matthew West's website.  He built the wall because of the many responses he's gotten to his new song Save A Place For Me.

Click here to see the wall with the pictures and stories, and also to add the picture of the person you love most who has gone before you.