Friday, June 28, 2013


We have a winner of the Roots for the Journey CD!!
It's Shonda! Congrats and check yesterdays post for all the giveaway lists for the CD!! Most are still open!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Roots...giveaway ending

A few other bloggers also are giving away the CD Roots for the Journey...

I will announce my winner in the morning!! 

But these are open as well...

Disney Loving Mama

Echoing Him


It's Just Me

Blossoms and Posies

Do Not Depart

Friday, June 21, 2013

Roots for the Journey...part 3

a picture is worth a 1,000 words..some artwork with lyrics to inspire you!


A little note- my boys listened to the CD at bedtime and my husband as well.  My 11 year old son said- "Mom I liked the sound, the music, the words (that I paid attention to!), and it was so calming."  My husband asked me- "what are you listening to?  I really like it!"   Simple statements but from men of few words, and those who often don't pay attention to the background music of my life! 

If you still need more info after reading my posts... here are some reviews by other blogs!

Some have giveaways as well!

Kelly Mahalak

Alison Baggett

Journey to becoming one

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Roots for the Journey... part 2 (and a giveaway)

This cd is amazing!! Each song I hear I think, this is my favorite! I am praying that my little girl will especially enjoy this as the songs are focused on God's character, His promises, and looking to Him for hope, joy, salvation, and Yancy balances it with what I need to do in response... knowing about God's plan for me... She refers to how I'm created and that it is God who knows who I'm going to be... she sings about trusting in the Lord with ALL your heart, and shares that I will make God home!  She reminds us that God is our Healer.  Oh, to integrate these principals into a young child's life rather than having to learn them as a grown up! 

As a person who teaches a course in Children's Ministry, Yancy has reached my big benchmarks (teacher word for goals) for the concepts our children need to know and be encouraged to grow in!

She sings about who God is.  Several songs refer to God's names and His character.  She is singing theology/doctrine into the hearts of those who will hear this CD.  As you listen, you sing along, and you begin to memorize these truths, and the scripture that they refer to!

Creator is a song that I pray that my daughter will grasp in an era where women often feel inadequate!  I love the promises she sings- we are made by God, who He wants us to be, but also for His glory and His purpose, and we need to WAIT on Him to make us who He wants. 

I could go on and on... Just go get the CD  ...itunes... and the APP!  iphone  ipad   android You will be glad you did!   free shipping with: yancylovesme

I have the blessing of being able to give away a CD!  So just follow my blog by following or by email and comment below and I'll pick a winner on June 28th!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yancy Roots for the Journey a CD and App review

I found another review that fits my mission for training our children up to love, serve, and know God!!  It's a cd of scriptural lullabies and music for kids and their parents!! There are so few music offerings that fit BOTH kids and adults and this is definitely one of them!  Every song is written with specific verses connected to it!  (and the app explains it all!)

There is so much to it.  I'm going to share a few posts! Today here's the app info...

1) The app is available for android and ipod and ipad devices and it's my favorite kind: FREE!!
2) you can watch two of the songs music videos.
3) there is family devotional for EVERY song! You can listen, read the lyrics, hear Yancy talk about the song, and then you have the scripture that this song is based on! It is all connected to an activity and discussion.
4) the activities/devotionals were written by some kidmin superstars! So they are very diverse and friendly, plus simple!  (more about the devotions in the next post!) 


You can also order the cd here...

·  Free shipping: yancylovesme 


Here's how Yancy describes the app...

About the App: Roots for the Journey

When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?

So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parents teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children. Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:
·         Sam Luce
·         Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)
·         Gina McClain
·         Beth Guckenberger
·         Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)
·         Johnny Rogers (KidMo)
·         Jonathan Cliff
·         Jenny Funderburke
·         Jason Martin
·         Jen Galley
·         Sara Richards
·         Brian Dollar (High Voltage)
Amanda White from did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.

An added bonus for parents are articles on parenting, from Yancy’s Dad and Children’s Ministry Pioneer, Jim Wideman and the founder of the Orange Conference, 252 and First Look Curriculums Reggie Joiner.

Yancy started off making a lullaby record based on scriptures that she wanted to pass on to her son. Through the recording process she realized the Bible is true whether you’re an infant or a grown up these songs have more potential then to just be lullabies. The musical audience grew larger and broader. “When I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears or need answers I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says.” says Yancy. The story deepened with the resources provided in the app. “I want to help communicate, underline and reinforce the hope these scriptures provide us. I want to help a child deepen their faith and trust in God while on their journey of life.” Will you be a part of the story? Will you allow God’s Word to be the roots you need for your journey?

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.(NIV)

Redeemed Format... a topical Bible study for elementary age

Since we are doing this as a Sunday School program.  I created the following format for the hour plus, our kids have...this will help some of you envision how we discuss and read scripture together...

Format for Summer Sunday School  (times will adjust but this is the idea)
11:00-11:10  SING: elementary (going into K-grade 6) age kids sing upstairs with adults a few songs .  Come down and form small groups of mixed age for prayer and Bible study.  Please monitor them coming down, so we don’t lose any!!
11:10-11:20 PRAY: prayer time for our missionaries and for our own Christian growth (use prayer visual cards in silver bucket)
11:20-11:30 REVIEW/STUDY the BIBLE…review, read scripture in small groups with a focus question.  
11:30-35 share the answer, adult review/summarize/give 3 key points about topic, ask new ?
11:35-11:45 read more scripture in small groups with another focus question or clarification.
11:45-50 share the answer, teacher summarize and list the key points
11:50 APPLICATION…Discuss HOW to do the key points as  KID…. The adult might give a strategy, the kids might brainstorm one, but they should make or act out what it is they are to ‘take away’ this week as a Redeemed person living for Christ.  (act out, role play, list ideas, make a poster, bookmark, or write a blurb for the bulletin? )  
12:00-  and filler—Memory VERSE work on as a whole group. 

Friday, June 14, 2013


I'm writing the summer curriculum for our elementary age kids at the chapel.... I want them to do topical Bible studies in small groups and leave each Sunday with a new strategy for living the Christian Life.   But the 9 lessons will be taught by 7 different people.  So I decided I needed a good hook to tie all the themes together.  I choose the concept of the: redeemed of the Lord (Psalm 107:2)

We are going to build off of the following statements...

Redeemed, spiritual disciplines for a redeemed generation

 a Summer Study for elementary age children…

As those redeemed of the Lord, we have rights and privileges!

tr.v. re·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems

1. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.

2. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).

3. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.

4. To fulfill (a pledge, for example).

5. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.

6. To set free; rescue or ransom.

7. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences.

8. To make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.

9. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.


Biblical Words (Greek), picture a slave and his master...






Because I’m redeemed, I have the privilege to communicate 
with God through prayer. 

 Because I’m redeemed, I have the privilege to communicate 
with God through His Word. 

Because I’m redeemed, the Holy Spirit helps me live.

Because I’m redeemed, I am a part of the body of Christ 
and I’m asked to show it through baptism.

Because I’m redeemed, I should tell others 
what the Gospel message is.   
Because I’m redeemed, I should pray for others 
who serve God as missionaries.

 Because I’m redeemed, I should thank God 
for my salvation.

 Because I’m redeemed, I should worship God 
with other believers. 
 Because I’m redeemed, I should prepare
 my heart to worship God.  

What do you think?  

My idea built off of my recent purchase for our fellowship hall, the letters of the word: REDEEMED and we will hang it in time for the first lesson.