• Planetshaker's THIS IS OUR TIME- A Review

    by Emily Rose Massey

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    Feeling blue?

    Looking for a pick-me-up?

    Well, just pop in Planetshaker’s new album This is Our Time into your CD player and you won’t be able to stop yourself from moving and shaking!

    The first four songs on the CD help stir you up with the band’s high energy and fun, techno beats. The rest of the album’s slower, more worshipful tunes will take you straight to the throne room. You won’t be able to stop yourself from worshipping the King of Kings with them. My favorite song on the album, Covered, talks about God’s amazing grace and reminds you how your sins have been forgiven and covered by the Blood of Jesus. I highly recommend that you purchase this CD if you want a combination of a powerful praise and worship songs that will keep you dancing and lifting your hands up to heaven, reminding you that you were born for such a time as this!

  • Special Delivery: My Labor Story

    By Emily Rose Massey

    Tonight, as I lay my little one down with a full tummy from his first middle of the night feeding, I can’t seem to keep myself from staring at this tiny miracle from heaven and reflecting on these past two weeks- they really have been like nothing I have ever experienced in my life. Although a lot of it has been hard work and exhausting, I truly have felt so much of God’s grace carrying me through.

    I have reached a deeper revelation of my life verse, Philippians 4:13, for sure! I didn’t know how much I would stand on that scripture as I entered this new season of motherhood, especially in the delivery room.

    Wow, the delivery room…

    …that is a place and time I truly will never forget.

    Not only because it was where I got to gaze into my son’s eyes for the first time, but because the Lord used that place and time to strengthen, heal, and restore three very important relationships in my life. I had planned on sharing the experience of the birth of our first child only with my husband, but like so many other times before in my life, God had other plans.

    My husband was an amazing coach and was by my side for the first 15 of the 25 hours of labor alone with me. Because many hours had passed after my water breaking (I was sleeping at home when it happened in the middle of the night), the Dr informed us that I risked infection the longer I didn’t enter into hard, active labor. After my husband and I prayed, although we truly did not want any artificial intervention, we took the advice of the Dr to start on a small dosage of Pitocin. We wanted what would be best for our baby and wanted him to be safe.

    Although I knew it would be difficult, I laid hold of my conviction to deliver my son naturally without an epidural. The pain was extremely intense, yet I kept Philippians 4:13, the name of Jesus, and my heavenly prayer language on my lips at all times. I knew that I did not have to endure this experience alone. God especially reminded me of that with the compassion and encouragement of my husband the entire time and then even more so when I heard my mom come into the room.

    To be completely honest, my mom and I’s relationship wasn’t where it once was many years ago, but I’m here to testify that God did some major healing and restoration that day! I talk in more detail in my book, Yielded in His Hands (eLectio Publishing, February 2015), but to put it simply, I reached a point because of so much hurt, disappointment, and rejection from so many people in my life that I told myself that I couldn’t rely on anyone any longer, especially my mom.

    Of course I loved her, but I kept her at an arm’s length away because I didn’t want to risk being hurt once again. I was a big girl now, I didn’t need my mom. But in that delivery room, although I had no idea, I needed my mom.

    I remember looking up at her and crying out to her- even calling her “mommy” at one point, which I NEVER called her that before in my life. I truly believe it came from my spirit and the deep recesses of my heart. Having my mom there in that room, massaging my back, encouraging me, and holding my hand was one of the most special moments I have ever experienced with her in my entire life. I am so thankful for it and will treasure it forever. (Thank you, mom...I love you a bushel and peck and a hug around the neck!)

    As the hours went by, another person who I struggled to fully embrace entered the room- my mother-in-law. Our relationship had become very surface-level over the last few years because of the same reasons as my mom and I’s relationship- I feared rejection and disappointment and put up walls around my heart, loving at a distance. She never stopped loving me and never stopped praying for me, even in that delivery room. I am so thankful for her prayers throughout the whole laboring process and so thankful for our now restored and renewed relationship.

    I find it so absolutely beautiful that God would take such a physically painful experience and make something so wonderful and life-changing in so many ways for me. I saw years that the enemy had stolen from me be restored to me in an instant and God is healing and restoring even more still.

    I thought that the birth of my son would be the only miracle I would witness that day, but God had so much more in store for me. I thought that day would be about me becoming a mother, but God had so much more in store for me as I got my mother and mother-in-law back that day. His love completely overwhelms my heart!

    So now every time I look at my son, and I think about how much I love him and how I would do anything to give him all that he needs, I am reminded of how much God loves me and cares about all aspects of my life. I am able to pour out that same love without hindrance to all that He places in my life. I am forever grateful, Lord!

  • Wanderlust's Productions' Holy Ghost- Review

    by Emily Rose Massey

    "This is movie about risk. I want to the greatest risk possible as a film maker- to make a movie that is completely lead by the Holy Spirit. No plan. No safety net. Just show up wherever He leads me, find the adventure, and make God famous!" -Darren Wilson, director of the documentary, HOLY GHOST

    Darren Wilson did just that.

    Holy Ghost takes you along on a ride of risk, as you watch Darren and his crew completely trust the sovereignty and direction of God Almighty through our guide here on earth, the Holy Ghost. Filmed in several locations, both in the United States and in other parts of the world, you will see how much God wants to reveal Himself to people and truly become real to them through the third person of the trinity.

    Darren and crew kept their hearts and ears open to the direction of the Holy Spirit, ministering to people of all walks of life, doing what Christ told us to do as His disciples...GO INTO ALL THE WORLD! 

    Capturing many miracles, healings, and God encounters, this film will stir you to take your Christianity out of the four walls of the church and become an ambassidor for Christ wherever He asks you to go. The Lord is longing to take us all on an adventure like Holy Ghost reveals to its viewers!

    There were so many adventures that God wanted to take place, that there was too much footage for one film. Holy Ghost Reborn, the second half of Holy Ghost, will come out in the Fall of 2015. If Wanderlust Production's next film is half as amazing as the rest of their films, you will not want to miss this one either! 

    Holy Ghost is now available on DVD. Grab your copy today at Family Christian!

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  • The Importance of Marriage: Reflecting God’s Love to the World

    by Emily Rose Massey
    (photo credit: http://www.thesongmovie.com/gallery)

    "I'm asking you to pray with me that God would awaken love in our marriages, so that this world would awaken to God's love." 

    – Pastor Kyle Idleman

    This prayer request is the heartbeat behind the new film The Song, which is inspired by the life of King Solomon and the Biblical book, The Song of Solomon. Kyle Idleman is not only a best-selling author and a teaching pastor of the fourth largest church in America, but the executive producer of this upcoming Christian film which opens tomorrow, September 26th throughout theaters in America.

    Idleman says, “The Song film is a great date night movie that will point you to God who has the power to awaken love in your relationship.”

    As I began to read more about the film and listen to some of the songs featured in the movie (which are based on scripture found in the Bible), my heart became so stirred and excited to hear that the powerful message found in the Song of Solomon, and many other books of the Bible, will be released to a world in such desperate need of God’s amazing love. The creators of this film may or may not realize that this timeless story goes so much deeper than the importance of a strong and healthy marriage relationship between a man and a woman, but sheds light on the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with His Church.

    The Song of Solomon has been a book of the Bible that many Christians have avoided because of its poetic nature and seemingly sexual terminology. I know this because I was one of those Christians. I remember the first time I opened my Teen Study Bible to its pages and saw the words “You are tall like a palm tree and your breasts are like its fruit. I will climb that palm tree and grab ahold of its fruit” (Song of Solomon 7:7-8a paraphrased). Of course, at 16 years old, giggles ensued after reading it.

    That was stamped on my mind for many years and I didn’t open up that book again until I was 26 years old. The Lord put it on my heart to enroll in a ten-week in-depth study of this mysterious book that I basically brushed aside and ignored for ten years.

    Over the course of those ten weeks, my relationship with the Lord went to a completely different level. I saw God’s love for me in an entirely new light- casting down wrong ideology that I had embraced for many years living in performance-driven Christianity. Each verse in those short eight chapters were jam-packed with so much deep meaning, especially the intensity of how much God loves me and how He sees me when I stand in my position in Christ. I may feel dark and like a failure, but God sees me as lovely when I stand in Christ and in the shadow of the Cross (Song of Solomon 1:5).

    Embracing the work of the Cross, opened my eyes to the depth of God’s love for me. John 3:16 wasn’t just a children’s church verse that I had memorized, but it became reality to me.

    God loves me.

    So much so, that He gave His only Son’s life for me to live with Him in eternity.

    “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13, NKJV).

    Receiving this kind of love from what Jesus did for you, laying down His life for you, will change the way you love others, including your spouse.  The charge that the apostle Paul gives us in Ephesians 5:22-33 as husbands and wives is not difficult when we fully understand and embrace Christ’s sacrificial love for us.

    "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself, for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband" (NKJV).

    We are able to love because God loved us first, but we cannot give away what we do not choose to receive.

    I have to ask, is this why our marriages here in America are falling apart?

    I know the answer is “yes” for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but what about His Church?

    There is much debate regarding the actual percentage of divorce in the Church vs. the world, so I will not cite any findings or studies because frankly, the numbers aren’t the sole issue. The sole issue is that Christian marriages ARE falling apart and divorce IS tearing apart Christian homes. I personally know many believers whose lives have been impacted by the tragedy of divorce. Too often, you hear the husband and/or wife that is contemplating ending their marriage whether it be through separation, divorce, or even adultery say, “I just don’t love them anymore.”

    How does that happen?

    I believe when we take God out of any environment, situation, or relationship, we take love with it because God is Love (1 John 4:8). Marriage here on earth is God’s way of showing us how much Jesus loves His Church and how much The Father loves the world. The love shown between a husband and wife is a direct reflection of God’s love for them that John 3:16 teaches us about.

    Are we as believers truly accepting that love? Is it penetrating the very depths of our soul or is it just head knowledge?

    Are we embracing God’s limitless, unconditional love above all other pleasures and relationships of this life, truly allowing it to flow through our limited, conditional human heart?

    These are questions that I pray people begin to ask themselves, especially after seeing The Song. I also pray that this film ignites a fiery passion in marriages shining so bright with Christ’s love so that through them the world will fully receive God’s all-consuming love.

    After all, that’s the only true love that even exists.

  • Kingdom Decision-making: My first lessons as a momma-to-be

    by  Emily Rose Massey

    (photo courtesy: http://kmlv.org)

    With a theatre and dance degree in my back pocket, trying my best to ignore the questions from fellow classmates, I had just recently chose to not move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. God was moving in my life in a mighty way, and I was learning to truly listen to Him for the first time in my life. Although I had become born-again when I was 16, I never fully surrendered my entire life to the Lord; it was a long six years of tug-of-war for it. Thankfully, after college loosened its grip around my focus, my eyes had been opened to my selfishness, and I was back on the right path into the arms of the Father and His will for me.

    I sat there on my bed, Bible cracked open, listening to my new favorite Bible teacher, and trusting that my days of unemployment were soon ending. It had been almost nine months since graduating college, and I still had no prospects of a job, let alone any direction as to what I was supposed to do for a living.

    After the teaching had ended, I remember hearing the announcer list the details of where their ministry was located. I had no idea that this very influential, world-wide ministry was a mere 45 minute drive from where I lived! Suddenly, a desire rose in my heart that would stay with me for the next four years.

    “Lord, I don’t know if you would ever use me in ministry because of the past that I have lived, but if I become a serious student of your Word and learn to walk faithfully with you, I would love to someday work for this ministry,” I prayed.

    Of course the enemy then gave me a long laundry-list of all the reasons that I would never be good enough to work in full-time ministry:

    • In an adulterous relationship with a married man at age 18
    • Lost virginity at 19 to someone who you were not married to
    • Had well over 10 sexual partners throughout college
    • Future alcoholic
    • Liar
    • Cheat
    • Full of pride…

    “Shut up, devil!”

    Although the enemy’s laundry-list was factual, the truth was that I was a new creation in Christ Jesus and God was not done with me yet!

    For the next four years, I would under-go what I like to call my “process on the Potter’s wheel.” Like a potter prepares the clay to become a vessel to be used, I learned how to yield myself to God the Potter’s hands. It was painful and extremely uncomfortable, but looking back, it was so worth it, and still is, because I know God will never be done working on my heart. I, by no means, have arrived as a Christian.

    But I have arrived as an employee of that world-wide ministry!

    God heard the cry as I sat on my bed that morning during my unemployment days and all of the other prayers that I declared in the season where He sharpened me while working in a medical office for four long years. He divinely positioned me in the ministry that had impacted my faith-walk, especially when I was taking my first baby steps as an obedient Christ-follower.

    And after only a little over a year here, He has asked me to lay it down to take on another role in His Kingdom…

    …a mother.

    I could begin to ask why He would give me a desire of my heart (and His heart) that I had believed to happen for so long, and then so quickly ask me to end the season.

    But I know that the Bible tells us that “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).

    I know that I am not the only woman who has faced making the decision between their career and motherhood. I also know that not every woman’s situation is like mine. Ultimately, you need to be obedient to what the Lord is calling YOU to do.

    Yes, leaving a job that you worked so hard to obtain may feel like sacrifice, but that isn’t what God is after.

    He’s after your will being in-line with His. He’s after you seeking first His Kingdom and all of His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

    When weighing options regarding big decisions, there is a level of trusting God, even when things don’t make a lot of sense to our human minds. We are not to lean upon on our own understanding, according to Proverbs 3:5.

    In regards to not returning to work after the birth of our little boy, I needed to lean on God’s wisdom. I also needed to ultimately be lead with peace and not make the decision based upon what was logical or definitely not make the decision out of fear.

    2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (NKJV).

    My husband and I spent a lot of time in prayer about the decision that was before us and clearly heard the Lord tell us that He wanted me to stay at home and raise our son. Despite our unanswered questions, immediately, we were surrounded by God’s peace as well as His joy, which is our constant strength.

    We still understand that this next season will involve a lot of trust, but God has always proved Himself faithful time and time again. He hears our prayers, no matter how big or how small.

    All He asks is that we not only trust Him, but obey His Kingdom ways.

    As a mom-to-be, I am looking forward to instilling this lesson into my son and passing on these Kingdom lessons to a new generation.

    Whatever decisions you are faced with right now, know that God will give you direction. Even if you have to lay down a desire He gave you in the first place, and transition to another Kingdom assignment, you will never be disappointed when you know that you are exactly in the middle of His will for you.