STACEY GAGNE – I am learning as I get older that there are so many things that I think I can’t do that I have never tried out of fear or didn’t have faith for. I blogged a bit last year about running and that was definitely one of those things. I think many of us struggle with having a limited vision. Even a limited understanding of what God has made us capable of. I was just thinking about this and was looking at some scripture when I saw these familiar verses in Ephesians 3:
“20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God, give us revelation of how powerful you are in our lives. Remind us that your power is at work within us. Help us to see how you equip us beyond our imaginations. Show us how you make the impossible possible in our lives for your glory and allow us to be a part of that. Amen.
Being reminded often that what I thought impossible is possible because of God in me.
STACEY GAGNE – Ok, who doesn’t get that song by Francesca Batistelli stuck in their head? I may or may not have been belting it out jokingly through the office this afternoon while adding my own silly lyrics about the frustrations of my day. :). It sure has a hook… and is encouraging listeners, too.
The other day we had a listener call in and say thanks so much for playing that song. She had been driving back and forth across the county all day running errands. She found it was fun and uplifting musically and encouraging. The lyrics remind us that the stuff that “drives us crazy” are the very things that God uses in our lives… from little to big.
James 1: 2-4 reminds us to “Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” So, maybe… just maybe… the next time we get cut off in traffic, receive a frustrating phone call or unexpected bill, or can’t find our sunglasses (most of the time mine are sitting on top of my head when I can’t find them) we will think of this song and smile???
Stacey M. Gagne
Being Matured by Joyfully Persevering Through the Little Things
STACEY GAGNE – Are you creative? Are you looking for inspiration? Try going to scripture. I was looking through my journal the other night and noticed that my best and most creative writing comes out during times that I was more focused on reading The Word or spending more focused time with God in prayer and worship. This shouldn’t come as a surprise … inspiration from the Creator. :) But a good reminder, nonetheless.
STACEY GAGNE –
Ok, those lyrics from the song in the movie White Christmas might be a bit of an exaggeration for me … I don’t LONG to shovel, necessarily, but I do love snow. (The way I fell in it when I was shoveling last night… you’d think I “longed to wash my hands, my face and hair” with it, though).
I have so much fun this time of year helping with Operation Snow Crew, especially during the Get Up and Go Show. I love snow, so that is a big part of the excitement for me. I’ve been known to run outside when we get the first flakes of the winter. I also enjoy the change in schedule, getting up “dark and early” and heading home early, too. It’s fun spending time with Fred and Lisa and the other staff in our early morning silliness, going on the air with the DJ’s once in a while, talking with the leadership from local schools, churches and businesses, and getting the word out for families and individuals in the listening area. It’s a challenge to see how quickly we can get the announcements out on the air and on the web. Often times we are updating while Fred and Lisa are mid-way through the list with chats from the office to the studio. :) It definitely can get interesting.
We post the cancellations on the web and read them on the air. Remember you can see the Operation Snow Crew list anytime it’s active. If you’ve noticed that your school, church or local business or organization is not reporting to WJTL, please let them know that we’d love to include them in our listings, too.
Enjoy the snow!
Stacey M. Gagne
-enjoyer of snowcrew and in related news … naps
STACEY GAGNE – I haven’t blogged as much as usual this month… because my fingers have been furiously keeping up with the donations that have poured in! WJTL had a need. Listeners responded. God provided.
I was unsure how things would look as we ended 2010. I trusted that God would take care of us somehow, but wasn’t sure how that would look considering the economy, considering how everyone has responded to the need for so many other organizations in need this year, etc. But here we are having met budget before the end of the day with donations still coming in. What a treat to get to open the envelopes, read the notes, share them with the staff and see our needs being met once again. I have been amazed.
The Jon Foreman Song “Your Love is Strong” is one I’ve really appreciated this year … and these lyrics from scripture seem especially appropriate for today. I’ll post them below.
Happy New Year!
Celebrating the New Year with joy and amazement!
You always amaze me
Let your kingdom come
In my world and in my life
You give me the food I need
To live through the day
And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wronged me
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one
I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place
I look at the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day
So why do I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need
Your love is
Your love is
Your love is strong
The kingdom of the heavens
Is now advancing
Invade my heart
Invade this broken town
The kingdom of the heavens
Is buried treasure
Will you sell yourself
To buy the one you’ve found?
Two things you told me
That you are strong
And you love me
Yes, you love me
Our God in heaven
Thy name above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us wicked sinners
Lead us far away from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons”
STACEY GAGNE – Ask anyone from the office and I think they’ll agree: I get giddy like a little girl at Christmastime. Oh o.k., I can be giddy fairly often. But especially now. I’m excited to see my family, anxious to give the gifts I’ve chosen, and excited to see SNOW in Vermont. But there’s more…
I know that the joy and excitement I have has a deeper root. As I hear and sing songs about Jesus being born, and our church services focus on the reason for the season… we remember the many miracles. I get full of wonder and my heart is full of joy. We are celebrating a day that marks the birth of our Savior!! I seek to celebrate that in my heart throughout the year!
May your heart be filled with joy that goes far beyond the season!!!
“I’ll be home for Christmas”
STACEY GAGNE- We receive lots of calls and emails asking who sings the “barnyard carol of the bells song”. Unfortunately, we don’t really know. It’s a song that we received years ago at the station on a special “radio only” release cd. It’s become a favorite for many listeners and I wanted to let you know that if you just can’t wait for the next time the song is played on WJTL, it is actually available to watch/listen to on Youtube.
Stacey M. Gagne
STACEY GAGNE –
I love corporate worship settings. There is something so special about joining together with others in singing to Our God.
This afternoon I am singing along at my desk with Phil Whickham, Chris Tomlin and Lincoln Brewster. I wonder how many other listeners are singing along or at least joining in worship silently from wherever they are. We are worshiping together!
Just a thought!
A Worshiper singing along at WJTL
STACEY GAGNE – We recently added the Prayer Wall feature to the website. It’s already been an amazing tool for people to share their prayer requests and see that others are praying for them!!! I was looking through some of the testimonies on the stories page and thought I’d share an excerpt:
“A few weeks ago I wrote a prayer request out of desperation. I was frusterated with trying to find a Bible Study and feeling let down by my friends. First of all, I want to say that I was totally blown away by the number of people that prayed for me and then by all the advice I received. The body of Christ is an amazing thing!” (You can see the full story at the Prayer Wall Stories Tab)
There are already many many requests on the prayer requests page. Please take a moment to visit the page, let someone you know you are praying and even encourage someone. Prayer Works!
STACEY GAGNE – I have had the privilege of meeting some very beautiful babies and children recently as I have several friends having and adopting children these days. Today as I was greeting and trying to connect with my newest sweet little friend I found myself welling up with this hope that this child would decide that I was someone they wanted to love and that they would one day come to trust me as one of their parents friends.
I’m not a parent, but as I’m sitting here going about my day I am realizing that this is a feeling that parents must have on such a deeper level… and that God has on a greater level still. He’s longing for us, His creation, His children to love him, to trust Him and to come to Him, even honor and obey Him out of that love.
Just a thought I’m thinking … while being thankful for the precious little ones I get to be friends with.
Stacey M. Gagne
Thankful for God’s love for His precious ones big and small.