Category Archives: Encouragement

Help for the Hopeless: Recovery Options for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Addiction Is A Disease

There are hundreds of individuals each year in Florida that may be facing a very serious disease that often goes unchecked and many times unnoticed by those living around the ones who suffer with it. This unrelenting and tragic disease is called addiction. The sad truth is this scary and often lonely disease can overcome anyone who falls into its grasp. It affects men, women and teens all over the state. In the Jacksonville area alone, there have been statistics calculated since 2015 showing that over 3800 people have sadly lost their lives to just one of these deadly addictions – Opioids.

 

Opioid Use Is Rising

Drug and alcohol abuse is a difficult subject for some people to discuss and one of the reasons behind it is because for them – it hits home. Yes, there are families all over the state that are dealing with a  teen, college student, parent, or even grandparent who is affected and hooked on one of the many different substances that people abuse and get addicted with every year. Opioids is a hot topic across our country lately and has to be dealt with soon or the number of deaths that are tragically lost will increase greatly. Some types of substances that individuals tend to become addicted to are: alcohol, club drugs, cocaine, Fentanyl, hallucinogens, inhalants, Heroin, Marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), Methamphetamine.

 

Why Aren’t We Doing More To Help Stop It?

If thousands of people are losing their lives to this horrible addiction of drug or alcohol abuse, why aren’t we doing more to stop it? Maybe there is a lack of awareness on this subject? It’s possible the majority of people out there in Florida are just not informed well enough about the seriousness of the disease and what it does to literally handicap the mind of those who are battling with it day to day. Addiction of this magnitude can literally plaque the mind and body so much that it makes the sufferer feel trapped and stuck in their addiction of drug or alcohol abuse believing that there is no way out. Unfortunately this feeling of hopelessness inside can prevent someone from truly getting the help and assistance they need to break their addiction and fight this deadly disease.

 

How To Find Help For The Hopeless

Why aren’t the families of those who have these addictions trying harder to get them the help they need? Maybe their loved ones are avoiding the issue and choosing to turn a blind eye because they just aren’t sure what to do to help them.  If this is the case, it’s time to put an end to that feeling of hopelessness for all parties involved. Let’s stop the sleepless nights wondering if your loved one is going to be alive in the morning. No more worrying how you are going to get them the help they need. There are solutions out there. Rehab and recovery centers exist to eliminate that feeling of being trapped and bring help to the hopeless. Find real support for drug detox in Jacksonville Florida and get answers to your biggest questions today. Isn’t it worth it to act now and choose to help prevent another unnecessary and tragic death in Florida?

 

If you need added encouragement to help you while you and your loved one are facing the reality of conquering this scary disease of addiction together, feel free to check out some of my favorite verses for calming the soul and bringing peace.

 

Hope & Glory: Helping Our Parents Age With Dignity

We all have a right to dignity. As we all age, we begin to ponder what this actually means. We can live a fearless life and not show any thoughts for what happens when we get old and infirm, but for those close to us, especially our parents, who succumb to old age, demands a shred of dignity. This brings it closer to home, especially when we start to think about how we can care for our parents properly. So, as our parents get older, and we have to start being their caregiver, in one way or another, how can we make sure that they age with dignity?

 

Focus on the good

If you are looking after someone who is getting older and struggling more with the basic physical duties in life, it’s very easy to focus on the negative. By reminiscing on the more positive memories from the past, this helps shift the balance from a feeling of hopelessness, to a sense of invigoration. Be careful with this- focusing on the past can emphasize how difficult the present is!

 

Reinvent precious memories

This is a great one for anyone who has relatives undergoing dementia care, or is in a care home and their faculties are beginning to disappear. It happens a lot now, where reminiscence therapy can help to kickstart the brain. This isn’t always going to be successful, but even for those who have completely lost control of their faculties, celebrating past memories are an affirmation of their positives in life. It also shows them that you appreciate them more, rather than just leaving them in a care home with their former lives being just a memory.

 

Don’t just focus on the past

Naturally, as we all get older, we can spend more time focusing on the past than we do the present. While focusing on the future may bring about anxiety, depression, or an increase in isolation in our aging family members, we should make a concerted effort to help them focus on the here and now. This means embarking on more adventures. Creating new stories to tell, and making new memories is just as important. This is probably the biggest thing that we should do when looking after the welfare of our loved ones who are so succumbing to age. Aging with dignity is such a difficult concept, but it’s something we would all demand. After all, it’s our right to maintain any sense of dignity.

 

As we all get older, we can feel a sense of isolation, as friends and companions pass away, but there is still an opportunity to make new memories. Having a companion in old age makes the process easier to cope with, and this is something that we, as those who don’t have to think about these things just yet, need to bear in mind. The cliche of any person getting older, means that they are, to an extent, shut away from society, and it’s a cliche because there’s a lot of truth in this. This is completely unfair. How would you like this? It’s our right to ensure that we all age with dignity. And the best way for us to begin this is to ensure the dignity of our loved ones. What will you do differently this year to care appropriately for your aging loved ones and help them gain the dignity in old age that they have earned?

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Supporting Your Partner After They Have Lost a Parent

The pain of losing a parent is one that cannot be understated, and can only truly be understood once you have experienced it for yourself. It is an overwhelming and challenging time, and a time when you need your loved ones to be supportive, helpful and a positive influence. You can quickly find yourself swamped with responsibilities, and you will need your partner to be there for you most of all.

 

For a partner, seeing their loved one going through such a traumatic experience can be tough. You can feel helpless and separated from them, and this can lead to you taking a backward step when you should be moving forward to take care of them. Here are some useful tips on how to support a partner in the aftermath of them losing a parent.

 

Be There

The most obvious, and not to mention vital, advice anybody can give when dealing with a partner’s grief is just to be there. You can be as forthcoming or in the background as you like with your support, but your partner should be well aware that you are there to be a shoulder to cry on, or to rely upon for any tasks that they may not be feeling up to doing. Simple tasks such as making phone calls and informing friends and family are enough. It’s incredible how much time and energy you can save your partner by doing this, as it will save them having to keep going through their grief when they should be processing it.

 

Listen

At such a difficult time, it can be easy to smother your partner or become distant as you are unsure just how much your partner wants you around. The best course of action in this instance is simply to listen to what they have to say. If they want to be left alone, give them a little space, and at the same time, if they need you, do lend your support in any way, whether it is emotional support or some tasks need doing. Be prepared to listen and be as helpful as you can. They will thank you for it as time passes and their grief begins to settle.

 

Take Them Out of Themselves for a While

 

Once you are in a position to know that your partner is ready to go out and face the outside world, it is a good idea to take them out of themselves for a while. It could mean anything from visiting a museum to having a day out at the zoo, but it definitely needs to be fun and constructive. Something challenging like the Escape Room Milwaukee is popular for would be good. It’s a fun and challenging exercise where you team up to solve mysteries and tasks, within a 60-minute time limit. It could be a great way to get them smiling again while being challenging enough to get them to concentrate on something other than their loss.

 

Help Them To Focus

 

Being a supportive partner is much more than being an arm around a shoulder, it is about being able to help your grieving partner to focus on what needs doing in the aftermath of losing a parent. For example, if your mother or father is now widowed, you can steer your partner towards helping them arrange the funeral, organize their finances and any insurance policies that need to be looked at, and help them focus on what needs to be done in the aftermath. It can be tricky and difficult, but it’s essential that grief doesn’t take over their life.

 

Choosing to Live a Fearless Life

Going about your daily business and pondering why things end up so messy and chaotic sometimes can really play tricks on your emotions. The stress, trials, and limitations of our world here on Earth can be bitter and cruel in more ways than one.  Searching for the answers to heal the hurt inside by pouring abnormally long hours into your job, avoiding friends or family,  turning to alcohol, drugs, or sex out of marriage isn’t the answer.  This world doesn’t offer the hope you need to calm the storms of life, but there is someone who can – Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

You CAN find hope and the real courage to face the trials and dangers of this world.

Giving your daily cares to the Lord in prayer and searching His Word in the Bible for the answers you seek is a great way to begin lightening the load. So many times I meet people that cross my path who have no idea how to heal the hurt inside. These individuals have never really heard the Gospel explained to know who Jesus is. They don’t understand that the Bible’s words are Truth and can guide us towards the Light and Love that God is. Jesus is the answer to heal our troubled minds and help us find courage to face tomorrow. Wouldn’t you like to find this kind of healing freedom and relief to make life worth living?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

I urge you my friends to seek out those you know who are strong in their faith. They can guide you to a church pastor or leader that knows the truth of God’s Word and can help set you free of the burdens you carry through leading you to Salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I welcome you to reach out to me here or through my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/love2encourageyou. I’ll be happy to discuss ways to encourage you in your faith and learn how to walk with Christ daily.

Today’s world is falling apart and I am so distressed with what our world is becoming. Don’t let the chaos surrounding you take hold and influence you in a negative way. Get a tighter grip on your own faith and relationship with Jesus now, so as the enemy wreaks havoc on our world you will be able to stand strong and be a beacon of hope for your family, your children, friends and all those you come in contact with.

For those who are being a lighthouse and beacon to the world already – I applaud you! Our nation and our world need more LIGHT to spread across the lands. You and I have a duty and a calling to reach the lost, the oppressed, the hurting, the weak in spirit, and still strengthen each other to run the race and finish it well in God’s eyes. Will you join me? Comment below if you want to strengthen your walk and be a light to others in Jesus Name.

If you’d like to connect with me about collaborating on future posts for the cause of Christ and reaching this lost world, please contact Rebecca at love2encourageyou@yahoo.com.

Be most richly blessed my friends! God be with you!

High Praise for Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Here’s a unique treat of a review for families all around the world! I give it high praise and am very thankful to have had the chance to review it here at Love2EncourageYou. Today’s product in focus offers a unique and interesting way to teach Biblical principles of good character while developing stronger family bonds and relationships through quality discussion around the dinner table. Owner/Creator, Michelle Weber, calls this a Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun for family meal times?

The Family Honor Plate starts as a DIY ceramics-painting project you get to create and bake at home. Then it turns into a fun family tradition and parenting tool to raise our children in the fruits of the Holy Spirit, as written in Galatians 5:22.  

These fun questions from the Table Thyme Discussion Cards take conversations to a deeper level and teach everyone in the family how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinions, and for some how to even have an opinion. These are skills required for success in relationships and careers.  This is a creative and entertaining way for children to learn these skills naturally.
My family has a rather unusual mix of ages with my oldest son being 20 years old and my other two being younger at ten years and six years old. This did not prevent them from enjoying the opportunity to dive into this painting project together and make it a “family print” of sorts with each of them taking their turn to add to the painting of our Family Honor Plate. It was such a delight to see them interacting together in this way and looking forward to having “their day” to be honored when caught exhibiting one of the characteristics on the Family Honor Plate.
The Table Thyme Discussion Cards were particularly interesting to try out. I wasn’t completely sure what sort of response I would get out of my kids. They seemed to really like the opportunity to share their thoughts and their voice on a particular question though and loved getting to have a turn and learn what the other siblings would share. Even mom and dad took their turn on some of them!
Examples of some of the questions or discussion starters are:
*Look at someone at the table and give them a compliment.
*Share about a time when you were sad.
*What’s your favorite book? Why?
*Do you have friends who help you make good choices? Who are they and what are they like?
*Describe something you think your mom or dad does better than anyone else. Why?
I felt the variety of discussion starters were well mixed and appropriate for a variety of ages. I believe the ones specifically geared for adults were designed well to help kids learn more about their parents too.
The Family Honor Plate kit came with EVERYTHING we needed to enjoy this experience together and the plate itself is absolutely beautiful. I really loved getting to do this review with my family. I hope you will consider purchasing The Family Honor Plate for your family or a loved one who might benefit from the well-thought-out discussions and experience wrapped up in the Family Honor Plate and Discussion Thyme Cards.
Watch this helpful video from the company sharing all about the Family Honor Plate here on YouTube.

About the Family Honor Plate:

Step #1 MOM AND DAD – BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL: The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ’s Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.

Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.

Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER: Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
· Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
· Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.

About the Table Thyme Discussion Cards:

Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.

Share with me in the comments what your favorite family time discussion memories are? How much do you think a product like the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards would make a positive impact on your family discussions at dinner?

Disclosure: As a member of FlyBy Promotions, I received a sample of these products in exchange for this review and post. 

5 Top Tips To Make Bedtime Easier For Parents

If you are a parent, you know that bedtime is one of the most stressful parts of the day. Kids just don’t want to shut their eyes and count those sheep. Nope, they would much rather watch TV or play with their favorite toys until an ungodly hour of the night. Parents can’t let this happen because small kids are terrible when they are cranky. Plus, so are moms and dads!

As you know, clicking your fingers or making a wish doesn’t work. Unless you tackle the situation head-on, nothing will change and the whole family will suffer. Sadly, we all know parents who fight against the tide, and they don’t set a stellar example. Let’s face it – no one wants to be that mom or dad.

But, what can you do to change the way kids think about sleep? It isn’t as if they are mature, reasonable adults. The key is to build a routine and stick with it through thick and thin. Here is a selection of routine-based tips to keep in mind which should come in handy.

Deal With Sleep Troubles

The idea of going to sleep isn’t a simple one for children. Young kids always have and will continue to have sleep anxiety. It may be a fear of missing out, a fear of the dark, or sleep apnea. Don’t worry; the last one isn’t an Inception-style problem! The point is that kids have trouble falling and staying asleep because there are numerous issues which impact their brain. Most parents, because it’s common, decide not to act and wait before they see a doctor. Sorry, but it’s a bad move as the percentage of children who work out sleep problems on their own is low. Until you tackle the problem head-on, it will never go away. How you do it depends on the situation, but, as a general rule, talking to a pediatrician helps. Should the issue be severe, a specialized sleep therapist may be the only option.

Set A Strict Routine

During the week, going to bed on time is easy. In fact, it’s mandatory because you and your partner want time off before the rat race begins in the morning! However, when sleep experts say a routine needs maintaining, they aren’t only talking about weekdays. Unfortunately, it means weekends too. Now, Saturday and Sunday mornings are the only days you get to sleep past 7 am. Still, allowing kids to lie-in past their usual wake up time can impact the rest of the week. Then, on a Wednesday night during the week, your son or daughter may refuse to stick to the schedule. Whether it’s a Monday at the start of the week or a Friday at the end, their bedtime should be consistent.

Take Toilet Precautions

Older kids can’t wear diapers, but younger ones can because they are in transition. Yes, potty training your child without the need for diapers, or an accident, is the Holy Grail of parenting. But, don’t let your fantasy get in the way of reality. During the day, a child can tell their parents they need to go to the toilet. That way, accidents are easy to avoid. At night, their needs are involuntary and they can go without knowing. And, there is nothing worse to waking up to find your kid has gone number 1/2 during the night. The first step is to use diapers while they get used to potty training, and the second is to buy the right ones. At www.mothersandmore.org, there is a post which lists the factors to consider before handing over your hard-earned cash. Also, you can ask friends or family members with experience for diaper-buying advice. Just don’t do it over the table while you eat dinner!

Think About A Snack Attack

Eating before bed is a delicate balance. As kids are younger and use up more energy, they may need to eat before bed. This is particularly true when they have a routine based on a pre-bedtime meal. However, a large snack requires the body to use lots of energy to break down the food. And, when that happens, it is likely to interfere with REMS. If your child doesn’t complain about being hungry, don’t offer a snack before bed as the likelihood is it will do more harm than good. But, if they wake up during the night and ask for food, implement supper into their bedtime routine. The trick is to give them something light and easy to digest, such as fruit or porridge. Also, these foods have plenty of helpful nutrients which act as fuel through the night. Besides those examples, www.webmd.com lists graham crackers as a tasty yet healthy substitute.

Regulate The Room’s Temperature

Everyone sleeps better when the temp in the room is pleasant. In layman’s terms, it means it should be cool but not cold. Moreover, it needs to be warm yet not hot. Regulating the temperature of a room is never easy, especially if it’s too big or too small. Still, it is possible with a radiator which has a variety of settings. Turning the heat to the middle option is often an excellent way to stop the room from getting too hot. Plus, don’t forget about the role of the blankets and comforter. Usually, the top trick is to dress your child in normal PJs and resist the urge to splurge. Then, use the sheets as a means to retain heat during the night. If they get too hot, they can kick them off and allow the draft to cool them at night.

Finally, don’t forget to remove electrical appliances from the bedroom. Experts know that electronic devices give off radiation which the body picks up on at night. When this happens, it tricks the brain into waking up, which interrupts sleep. Therefore, the fewer items in your child’s bedroom, the less impact the radiation will have on their sleep patterns. Yep, that even goes for the TV on the wall or the personal stereo on the bedside table.

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Rick Warren Book: God’s Big Plans for Me – Review and Giveaway!

It’s always fun to plop down each night on the bedside with my kiddos and introduce them to a new and wonderful story from a special Bible themed storybook. This one is called God’s Big Plans for Me by Rick Warren. It is a devotional book designed for kids filled with 40 beautifully illustrated stories based off God’s Word. It includes many points of focus such as something to think about, something to remember, and a question to answer.
We have been reading it each night for about 12 days now and I have found it really captures the kids attention well. It shares just enough info based off the Bible stories covered that help students learn important key facts about those Bible stories without going too deep. if you have older elementary students, they will enjoy it and yet desire something that digs deeper, but this is still a great review collection of devotional stories they can read at bedtime. Younger students from toddler to early elementary will most likely benefit the most from this book.
It is a large hardcover book with beautifully illustrated pages. My daughter is 11 years old and she enjoys reading these short devotionals to her younger brother.  It’s a great idea for Christmas or birthday gifting. Enjoy!

About God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible:?God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.

About God’s Great Love for You:
God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

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Emotional Preparation Is Important for Families When Moving House

It’s a major step to suddenly pick up your entire life and move to some other place, where you and your family have no emotional connection with. This is perhaps the hardest part after all the logistical stuff is over, to suddenly come to terms that you’re a stranger in your new environment. Emotional preparation is important for families when moving house as developing connections in the new, unfamiliar environment of your new home will take time. But, you can try and make your surroundings feel familiar. There’s no reason why your new neighborhood cannot help rebuild some happy, comfortable connections for you, but of course, it will obviously take time and patience.

Moving day will be hectic, it’s vital that you take time, to emotionally say goodbye to the home and living space you have been encompassed with so that you can feel comfortable knowing you and your family are ready to move on. Not so much as a ritual per se, but there should be a set amount of time, you’re able to go over meaningful things and sort of say goodbye before leaving for your new home. This is especially true for your children or elderly parents if they live with you, as memories for seniors make it tough to say farewell. Children tend to have a hard time letting go of close friends or familiar places too, so giving them some quality moments to work through these emotions in a positive way can help the new journey go that much more smoothly.

 

Pets, children and gardens

 

The garden is one of the few places in the home, where you can actually properly stretch and breathe in the fresh air. It’s also where children play, and your pets are allowed to also release some of their energy. As you’re getting prepared to leave the home, have a day to remember the good times in your garden. You could throw a barbecue for all your friends and family, where their children can run around, play with the dog and be happy one last time in your current home. Homes are all about making memories, and the garden is a place for all members of your close circle to come together and enjoy each other’s company before you move. What would be the cherry on the cake, could be to sit in the garden as the sunsets, and enjoy some good food and fellowship with your close family and children, on the night before moving day begins.

 

Spend time packing together

 

When you’re getting ready to move home, packing is going to be the largest part of the task. By booking a slot with professionals movers, you take away very physically taxing part of the endeavor. The teams will come in and package the heaviest and largest appliances, furniture and fittings in your home so that the lighter tasks can be done with care. Reminiscing with your partner and children, while packing clothes, looking at photos and going through the memories is very cleansing for the soul. You might have had some of the best moments in your home; a newborn baby might have grown up to now be old enough to look at photos of them coming home for the first time. Talking about your possessions and the creative times you had in the home before you move, can be a great way to leave behind any baggage.

Leaving the home you’ve lived in for several years and perhaps even decades can be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s difficult not to, but you develop an attachment to the home you live in because it’s where some of the best moments in your life have occurred. Utilizing some of the ideas mentioned above may help ease the transition as you move and look forward to starting a fresh new chapter in your family’s life.

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Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

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JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

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All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
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 GIVEAWAY TIME!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. The Winner is: Michelle D.!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
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Date: Sept 25 to Oct 1 at midnight EST! (Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest with this giveaway!)
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