Blessings and Laughs

Last night I was a star struck teenage girl! Sanctus Real and Leeland were here at D6 in the concert. First of all I love music. Nothing interprets my heart like a song. When I can’t put my feelings into words I can usually find a song that will do that for me. I’ve been looking for a video that has the lyrics on it for one of Leeland’s new songs, I Wonder. It’s on his new CD The Great Awakening that released this week. It is so beautiful and opens my heart up and lets wonder and awe spill out. Here is a video and the lyrics are posted under it.

“I Wonder”

At the stars in the night, I wonder
At Your lightning in the sky, I shudder
Your glory is a blanket that covers
Every living thing
I’m in awe at the majesty of who You are
Your love is a seal burnt inside my heart
All of the day I want to be where You are
Holy Father

And it feels like there’s not enough praise inside of me
With all these words, all my heart can sing is holy
You are holy

Jesus Christ
You bled Your love, laid down Yourself
And gave me life
In naked shame You hung and You were lifted high
Here I lay in awe and wonder
I am afraid
For no one’s ever sacrificed and loved me this way

So on my face I fall under Your heavy grace
Here I lay in awe and wonder
And I wonder

I’m in awe at the majesty of who You are
Your love is a seal burnt inside my heart
All of the day I want to be where You are
Holy Father

And it feels like there’s not enough praise inside of me
With all these words, all my heart can sing is holy
You are holy

The entire room was standing and nearly everyone’s hands were raised in worship to the King of Kings. It was a beautiful time of worship.  I hope that it blesses you as it did all of us at his concert last night.

Then Sanctus Real took the stage. They did so many of their well known hits. Seems like I knew them all and could sing them all right along with them. Two of them are really special to me. This first one I’m gonna post speaks an incredible message that I think all of us can relate to.

I don’t have to carry the weight of who I’ve been cause I’m forgiven. My mistakes are running through my mind and I relieve my days in the middle of the night.

In this life I know what I’ve been. But here in your arms I know what I am. I’m forgiven!

What an incredible blessings! Satan reminds us of our sins, burdens, pains, failures and shortcomings but God can forgive and make us whole again and again and again. Talk about worship!!! WOW!

Then how could I finish an entry about any of their songs and not include the big hit Lead Me. Listen to this one with your spouse. It’s life changing.

Keep your life in perspective. Remember what’s most important.

The Skit Guys are also here this week. They are truly hilarious. The videos above should have touched your spirit. But this Skit Guys skit will tickle your funny bone. Here you go:

If you didn’t make it to the D6 Conference yet you really should plan to try to make it next year. The speakers, the music….it’s all priceless! ENJOY!


The Most Beautiful Skies

Yes, I am finally getting back to update. Ron and I left Thursday for our TX excursion. Our first stop was in Dallas for Ron to go to some of his PhD classes at DBU (Dallas Baptist University). I pretty much just hung out in the hotel room and looked at this:

I had the best end of the deal – clearly!

Today we moved to Frisco to settle in for the D6 Conference.

See - told you we were in Frisco!

Here are some pictures of our awesome room at the Frisco Embassy Suites – where the D6 Conference meets each September.

Our awesome view from our balcony!

I am convinced Frisco has the most beautiful skies!

That’s just a few shots of the first part of our trip. Tomorrow things really start picking up. I love this week of the year.

Sanctus Real, Leeland and the D6 Conference

Next week is a big week in the Hunter household and the Randall House Publications office. Next week is the D6 Conference. Never heard of it? Follow that link and check it out! You won’t be disappointed. I think you’ll actually be pleasantly surprised. It’s all about connecting the family and the church spiritually. It’s Biblical and it’s a challenge our churches need to meet and lead our families into. There is a speaker list as long as my arm. My husband’s company, Randall House Publications, run the conference each year.

But what I’m MOST excited about is an event that is taking place Wednesday night at 7:00. A CONCERT WITH SANCTUS REAL AND LEELAND!!!! Not sure who they are? Here is a video of the song Lead Me by Sanctus Real. I think you’ll know who they are when you hear this song.

Leeland came on the scene a few years ago. I actually saw him in concert when he was touring with Casting Crowns before. You may not be able to picture him off the top of your head. But I think when you hear this You Tube video you will instantly recognize him.

The thing about this incredible concert is that you don’t have to be attending the D6 Conference in order to attend the concert. So if you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Frisco area you really should grab some friends and come check out the concert. Just listening to these you tube vids is getting me excited about the worship that will be taking place next Wednesday night in Frisco, TX. Visit the D6 Conference link above to get information on the concert, location and how to get tickets. Join me! Be sure to find me so I can meet you.

Parenting Teenagers Begins Long Before The Hormones Kick In

Constant bargaining with what I say…taking someone else’s things because they want them and not considering that the other person may be using them…leaving their belongings all over the house for someone else to clean up…laziness…speaking disrespectfully to others…pouting till they get attention…being inconsiderate of other people’s plans…expecting others to stop whatever THEY are doing so that we can do something for THEM…expecting someone else to buy them whatever they want just because they want it…begrudgingly doing what they are told to do if they do it at all…

Can you guess what group of people I am talking about above? If you have teenagers then you know I am talking about them. Who are these people? What happened to my sweet polite children? Who replaced those children with these selfish people? I look back and see all the things I did wrong to produce selfish and inconsiderate children. And I realize that it’s because I’m human and that it’s just a regular part of parenting. As they spread their wings and learn to fly I am also doing the same. I’m learning as I go. I wasn’t expecting this phase. Why didn’t someone tell me this was coming?

We have always been very honest with our family dynamics. Ron and I have never been ashamed to seek help in our relationship when we would hit a bad patch. We’ve been to marriage seminar weekends. We’ve been to counseling. We’ve talked to older and wiser couples who have been married longer than we have about issues we have come across. How did we overlook seeking help in parenting this stage of life? Who do you go to to ask how to FIX your teenagers?

I’m learning that it’s ME that needs to be fixed. I needed to be fixed a long time ago but didn’t see it. I wish someone had said to me “Pam, I’m seeing some things in your kids that I think might cause a problem in the future.” But I’m not sure that anyone would have said that. We are all too tight lipped about not offending another person’s parenting skills – including me. Although I did have a talk one time with a close friend about their children and some issues that I saw. I gave them some suggestions. I noticed them trying those things for a while and they seemed to work. Now I look back and wonder what on earth made me think I knew anything about parenting.

I know that parenting teenagers is difficult for everyone. It’s just a hard stage. As far as I’m concerned it’s the most difficult stage in the parenting process. And you know, there really isn’t any benefit in looking back and wondering about where you went wrong. All I can do now is to try to make the corrections that I can. The problem comes in instituting those changes. Change is hard for anyone (although I don’t really mind it much) – but especially for a teenager. They will tell you to your face that “you’ve never made me do this before and you’ll give up on it in a week so I’m not gonna do it now”. That makes it even harder because in the back of your mind you pretty much know they are right.

One thing that we have tried very hard to abide by consistently – but we do fail because, again, we are human – is the instructions given for parenting in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 – Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

It is the Biblical way of instilling God’s Word and His ways into our children. We have learned that it’s never to late to start that if you have been lax in following those Biblical instructions before. It’s still hard. But with the Word of God and His power behind us we press on and it truly helps.

So when someone warns you about the teenage years double check what you are doing NOW. That is what is going to determine how easy or difficult those teenage years will be. They are still their own individual people who will be venturing out to discover their independence. That’s how it’s supposed to be. But if you maintain a good relationship and follow the Master Parent’s instructions above I would imagine that you will be a little more prepared than I was. Things are just running along smoothly and you think things are perfect when all of a sudden a stranger walks out of your child’s bedroom one morning. It’s a totally different child than the one who walked into that room the night before. But what YOU did that day before will determine what YOU do with that stranger who walks out the next morning.

I’m learning not to focus on the mistakes that I’ve made in the past. I can’t change those. I can, however, learn from them. I can refocus and do a lot of praying for guidance so that the Lord will help me to impress spiritual matters directly to their hearts, like a blood transfusion. It starts with our heart though. Is my heart in the right place with God? I can’t pass on those spiritual matters in my heart to their hearts if my heart is not open to the commandments of God. I pray that the Lord will continue teaching me and changing me so that I can be an example to my teenagers constantly. I want their first reaction to something to be a spiritual reaction. But how can that happen if that is not the case for me?

You get me?

You Never Know Who You Will Meet At The Nashville Airport

Our plane arrived at the Nashville airport late sunday night. While waiting for our luggage at the baggage claim I saw Leeland. For those of you who do not know who he is, he is a Christian music artist. Here is one of his more popular songs that you might recognize.

Because I am Ron Hunter’s wife I happen to know that he will be one of the bands who will be at the D6 conference this year in Frisco, TX September 21-23. Sonicflood and Steven Curtis Chapman will also be there.  If you aren’t familiar with the D6 conference it is a conference started by my husband’s company, Randall House Publications, (which he is the CEO) to teach churches how to connect the family and the church in the lives of our children/families. This year will be the third year. Please visit the link if you would like to learn more about the conference. It is an incredible event full of amazing music and incredible speakers. A few of the speakers for this year’s conference are Voddie Baucham, Hayley DeMarco, Tim Kimmell, Josh Griffin (from Saddle Back Church) and John McGee (from Watermark Church). There are sooooo many others listed on the D6 website.

At any rate, I told Ron “there is Leeland“. He came over and chatted with us. I saw him in concert – FROM THE 3RD ROW – a couple of years ago for my birthday. He was touring with Casting Crowns at the start of his career. I got the kids’ picture with him.

Lauren, Leeland and MIchael

Thanks, Leeland! I look forward to spending D6 with you and Sonicflood!

D6 Conference Promotes the Vital Role of Parents in the Spiritual Lives of Their Children

D6 Conference Promotes the Vital Role of Parents

FRISCO, TX—1,906 attendees from Canada, Ecuador, Norway, Scotland, Venezuela, 37 states, and 35 denominations streamed into Frisco, Texas, September 15-17 to attend the 2010 D6 Conference. The annual, three-day event sponsored by Randall House Publications focuses on building stronger families through mentoring, intentional parenting, and a strong connection between the church and home.

D6 stands for Deuteronomy 6:5-7, the passage where God commands dads and moms to take advantage of everyday opportunities to impress God’s Word upon the hearts of their children.

Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research; Kevin Leman, prolific author and marriage/family expert; and Carey Casey, CEO of the National Center for Fathering and director of the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families were among the dozens of speakers that headlined this year’s program.

The speakers and workshop presenters tackled difficult issues that threaten today’s families, offering suggestions and creative solutions. Mark Holmen, author of Faith at Home, defined D6 as a movement spreading across the world and invited listeners to join the growing number of families who have returned to the biblical model of parenting.

“This year’s speakers challenged all of us,” said Conference Director Matt Markins. “They inspired us, provoked us, and pushed us to do more to help parents realize the vital role they play in the lives of their children.”

Director Ron Hunter summed up the event in one word—momentum. “After a fantastic first year,” he said, “we gained credibility with conference attendees, and in our second year, we took a significant leap forward [realizing a 20% increase in attendance]. D6 has become so much more than a conference. It has become a movement.”

The 2011 D6 Conference is scheduled for September 21-23. Visit d6conference to take advantage of early registration pricing.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.