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Happy 4th Everyone!  

I’m so happy to live in this country and proud to call myself an American, but I also realize that we have our share of problems that need to be covered in A LOT of prayer.
 
As we celebrate this 4th of July (Independence Day), let’s remember to pray for our country, the people in it, as well as those who are leading us.
 
For the past 6 years, I have publicly taken a stand to help protect our unborn (the most vulnerable of all Americans). And as I read the first few lines of the Declaration of Independence, I am reminded that “Life” is listed first. But that’s no surprise, right?  “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. After-all, we can’t have Liberty and Happiness without first being given the chance at Life. The Declaration of Independence says:
 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are Created Equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


My hope and prayer for this country is that we will put our focus back on Life and realize that when we deny someone the chance at Life, we also deny them the chance at Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  As Christians, who are to be living the greatest commandment… “LOVE”, shouldn’t it be our desire to try to help facilitate LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS for all of those around us?
 
Let us continue to pray that ALL LIFE will be valued… not just those WE deem good, worthy, healthy, or wanted. No one should be denied the right to Life, the right to Liberty or the right to pursue Happiness in this World.
 
Happy Independence Day.

Blessings,
Jaime
 

Happy Father's Day Weekend 

I want to wish all you Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day and I want to thank my dad for all he did for us growing up. He was a very hard worker and always provided for us kids. In fact he continues to help us out as adults if we find ourselves in a bind. Thanks Dad! We appreciate you and love you tons.
 
I’m going to do the same thing I did with my Mother’s Day blog and share a special story and encourage you to share stories of your Dad’s as well in the comments section below this post.
My “DAD” Memory (Fishing... “Unknown Creature Lurking Below?”)
My Dad is not the kind of person who sits around the house a lot. As I look back to my childhood, I honestly can’t remember him just sitting around the house except for his 20 min powernap and of course watching the evening news. Occasionally he would watch a football game or a Bill Gaither concert if it was on. But for the most part he was out doing stuff (a project around the house, helping a neighbor with a project at their house, out at the airport with his flying buddies, flying his airplane, taking us kids fishing, snow and water skiing or pulling us on a sled behind his truck during the winter). He was very active and still is. In fact, he just ran a 5k last year.  
 
There are so many stories to share, but the one I want to share with you is about a special fishing trip he took me and my brother (one year younger than me) on one summer. I was 11 or 12 at the time. Dad had just gone out and bought brand new fishing poles so we could all fish together. I LOVED fishing! I also loved cleaning them out and chasing my sister around with the eyeballs. Awe the blessings of being the little tom-boy sister.
 
Dad had also bought and installed a new fish finding device. This device also had a depth finder which tells you how deep of water you are in.
 
It was a beautiful sunny morning. Since dad liked to troll fish, we had everything set up with each of our poles in their holders, lines in the water baited with lures and dragging out behind us as the boat moved slowly forward through the water, the little device beeping every time we would pass over fish. It was very exciting!  Another perk was the depth finder. We would watch the little screen as the lines went up and down telling us how close we were to the bottom.
 
At one point, we were clear out in the middle of the lake and it showed that we were in very shallow water. Rob and I asked “Dad, why does it say it’s so shallow if we’re in the middle”. My dad, always joking around being the comedian that he was, replied “I don’t think that’s the bottom. I think that may be something else….(long pause) maybe a Sea Monster.” He began to laugh. Just then both Rob and my poles almost bent in half and dad yelled “GRAB YOUR POLES”! Rob and I both screamed and grabbed our poles while dad tried to slow and turn the boat around. Our hearts pounding so fast, the images of sea monsters going through our minds, Rob and I unable to hold on any longer,  and not realizing we could release the line with the bail (The bail is the part of the reel that opens to let the fishing line release from the spool) leaning over the edge of the boat, arms stretched as far as we could reach, we dropped our poles into the water. All of you fishermen out there are like…”WHAT? YOU DROPPED YOUR BRAND NEW POLES?”  I know, I cringe to this very day just thinking about it and I thank my dad for not throwing us both into the water with the mysterious sea monster (which just happened to be a shallow part of Salmon Dam Reservoir that our lines had snagged on).
 
My dad, who could have yelled profanities and grounded us both, sweat a couple of beads, removed his hat, wiped his forehead, took a deep breath and said, “Well, I guess I’ll do a little more trolling while you guys watch”. Later, we laughed it off and dad taught us the importance of knowing what a “bail” was, so that this didn’t happen again.
 
Sorry dad for losing the poles you bought us. In our defense, YOU are the one who brought up the sea monster. Thank you for not always sweating the small stuff. We love you and appreciate all you did for us as kids. Looking back, we were very spoiled and blessed by having you as a dad.
 
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Exciting Things Coming in the Near Future.
I can’t give you any details yet, but we have a couple of exciting things in the works. I hope to disclose them soon. Hopefully by this Fall but at latest Spring of 2015. Wanted you to know that I’m not just sitting around twiddling my thumbs. “wink”. 
 

Happy Mother's Day 

I wanted to wish all of you mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day Weekend.
 
A special 'thank you' to my Mom, who showed us love, inspired us to love those around us and who sacrificed so much for us kids.

 
My "mom memory"
One of the things that my mom has done over the years is... she has always been there to “talk me home”.  Whether it was after a long recording session that ran late, after a concert, or even after a late flight... as I was driving down the road I could always count on my mom to talk me home when I got too tired. She was always there to answer my call.
 
I remember one specific time, when I was living in Nashville TN, I called her after a very late editing session for the “My Chance video". She spent 45 minutes with me on the phone to get me home. Thank you, mom, for being there for me in so many ways. Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much to us kids. I love you.

Share your "mom memory"
What is one of your "mom memories"? Share below. Click on "leave a comment" right below this line. I'm looking forward to reading about your mom.

Texas and Montana Tours! Thank you for your hospitality. 

This past month has been such a whirlwind and I have enjoyed every minute of it. 

I want to thank all of the parishes and events who invited me to share. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and all of your hard work to make the concerts and events a blessing for all those who attended. Keep up the wonderful work. You were a blessing to this ministry and I pray many blessings will come to you in return. Thank you and I hope to be able to see all of you again.




 

Happy Easter Weekend Everyone 

I'm going to try and keep this short but wanted to share a little about what I've been reflecting on this past week during Holy Week.

This year I was on tour in Montana for most of that time but was able to share a Lenten concert titled "Reflecting On Our Lord's Passion". This is always a tough presentation to give but I am thankful for the opportunity to reach down deep and go to a place that isn't always easy for us as Christians. 

Why do we have Holy Week? Why do we put ourselves at the Crucifixion each year? Why do we watch movie's like "The Passion of the Christ"?
 
It's because it allows us to journey with Christ as He suffered. 
It allows us to look at HIS suffering
and know just how much He loves us
and understands the suffering in OUR lives. 


I know that most of us like to spend time thinking and focusing on Easter Sunday and the resurrection. The happy ending or should I say "beginning". But without spending time to remember that road He walked for us, the story loses most of its power. Remember that the price for our sins wasn't paid at the resurrection, it was paid for at the cross. Our Lord didn't choose a quick death. He endured a beating and was then scourged (severely). A crown of thorns was put upon his head. Then He had to carry a cross, walking that road to Golgotha. Falling time and time again he continued that journey to the place where He would be crucified. Every agonizing step He took was for you and for me.

When we forget about this part, or easily brush it aside and focus on the resurrection, we then tend to forget the magnitude of how much He loves us. He didn't choose an easy death. He chose to bear our burdens. And with the weight of the world on His shoulders He walked that road so we wouldn't have to. 

After taking time to walk that road with Him, Easter, then becomes a much greater joy. He didn't give up. He kept going. And because of that we have hope.

As I watched the movie 'The Passion of the Christ' last night (3rd time watching since it was released 10 years ago), I was reminded just how much He loves me. The last scene of the movie is an empty tomb. Thank you Jesus, for all you endured for me, a sinner. 
 
Matthew 28:6
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

 

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