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#DFCencounter

17 May

Can I just say how much I love attending church. It does not matter how troubled my heart and soul feel when I enter, I am comforted and at peace when I leave. More times than I can count, the message feels like it was created specifically with me in mind.

Tonight we had an extra special helping of worship, a night of song and praise called “Encounter.” As the program for this morning’s service stated – it was to be a night “to worship Jesus thru music hosted by DFC Worship (the band).”

And man did they deliver. Check out the opening scene’s wow factor!

There are few things I love more than lifting my voice up in song with hundreds of others in praise to the Lord. I wish you could have heard it – I had chills it was so powerful and moving and beautiful.

I do need to take a minute to send a shout-out to the amazing crew from tonight. If you aren’t familiar with DFC, the worship hall is HUGE! There are two giant screens that show a live video feed of everything happening on stage so that even if you are seated in the very far back corner, you can see everything! There were at least a dozen volunteers I saaw manning cameras, lights and the soundboard, not to mention the ushers and the band members themselves for dedicating hours away from their families to put on an amazing performance.

Words will never do tonight justice, so check out the amazing visual effects in these pictures!

About halfway through, the band took a short break and the lead singer, Jessie, provided a breif explanation about why they chose to call tonight “Encounter.” The whole night was centered around Isaiah 6:8.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

As Jessie said, Isaiah had this encounter with the Lord, this opportunity to go forth to the word and be a witness.

Then Jessie asked the audience two thought-provoking questions:

1. What is holding you back?

2. Who is on your heart? Who is it in your life that it breaks your heart they don’t know Jesus and the love he has for each of us.

From there, the evening continuted with more songs, some that were new to me (“You Make Me Brave” by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music) and others near and dear to my heart (“This I Believe” by The Creed and “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin.)

The combination of the band and the audience and the words and visual effects made for one incredible evening. I feel so blessed to have been able to attend. I am ready to take on the week feeling rechanged and full of the love of my Lord and Savior. I have nothing to fear, everything is in His hands, all I need to do is be His witness and praise His glory in my life.

Who’s with me?!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

24 Nov

Have you ever walked into work and been surprised to see yourself on a poster? I have…. here, take a look!

Disney's Restaurantosaurus Cast Members sing Christmas Songs in DinoLand, A Christmas Carol Poster

As I have mentioned many times on my blog, I use to work at The Walt Disney World Resort®. My first role was as a Quick Service Food & Beverage cast member at Disney’s Restaurantosaurus  in Animal Kingdom from August 2010 – beginning of January 2011. One night after the park closed and we were cleaning the kitchen, there was a group of us who started singing Christmas songs as we worked, and we sounded GOOD, there were harmonies and flowing melodies! And from there our little choir of Resto Cast Members was born!

We would sign Christmas carols outside the restaurant with the guests at random times throughout the day! Nothing made me happier than having my manager come take over my position so I could go sing! (Have I mentioned I LOVE singing just as much as I LOVE Disney?) Sometimes other cast members would join us as you can see from the picture above. She was a character attendant for Pluto and Goofy and one of the places we would sing was along the path the characters took to enter and leave DinoLand. There was this one time Goofy stopped to “direct” our little choir! It was one of the funniest and most adorable things I had the opportunity to witness. The guests LOVED every minute of it!

My favorite stories though are when little kids would come running over and request their favorite songs just so they could sing with us. My heart swelled every time just knowing this little thing, singing Christmas carols at Disney would be a memory these families would take with them. And I was a little part of that magic.

I don’t recall having this picture taken. And I was honestly shocked when I came into work one morning and I found a smiling, singing me on the wall. But if there was ever to be an unexpected picture of myself hanging for all my coworkers to see, I’m glad it was this one as it so clearly showcases me in my element — singing, enjoying life to the fullest and making memories for perfect strangers. Who could ask for more in a photo?

Disney's Restaurantosaurus Cast Members sing Christmas Songs in DinoLand, A Christmas Carol Poster