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The 10 Most Influential Songs in Contemporary Christian Music

CCM SongsCCM Magazine is celebrating 35 years of publication and true to form, they have kicked off the 35th Anniversary Issue with a song. The Special Issue carries 164 pages of richness that truly tells a story of faith, hope and trust in God through incredible music.
 
We are delighted that ‘Shout To The Lord’ has been selected as one of the 10 Most Influential Songs in Contemporary Christian Music. Along with incredible songs like Awesome God (Rich Mullins), Jesus Freak (dc talk), Friends (Michael W Smith), I Can Only Imagine (MercyMe), El Shaddai (Amy Grant), Flood (Jars of Clay), Cinderella (Steven Curtis Chapman), Revelation Song (Jennie Lee Riddle), 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman), these songs have clearly resonated and touched the hearts and souls of Christians across the globe. 
 
Shout To The Lord has been heralded as ‘The song that practically launched the entire praise & worship movement. It is sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers every week and has been covered by at least 20 other artists and has been performed for the President of the United States and the Pope at the Vatican.” According to CCM Magazine, ‘Shout To The Lord has become the standard by which all other worship songs are judged.’
 
 

Another Update on the Journey…..

Hey everyone. Praying that this little message finds you doing really well.

I thought I would take a moment and write another short update for all who are asking. You are all so kind and your words and prayers mean so much. We are all doing well, the finish line is definitely in sight (about another 5 weeks) and the family and I are pretty focussed on getting there in good spirits and with a song still in our hearts.

Let me tell you, radiation is a whole different ball game than chemo. This new stage brings a whole new set of medical staff and new friends on the journey. Also, this stage requires daily treatment whereby I have radiation 5 days a week. Although full on and confronting on a daily basis, at least you feel a whole lot better than chemo – tiredness being the biggest challenge.

On the first day of radiation I was terrified. I found myself thinking crazy thoughts of being burned etc., these thoughts stemming from the doctors who have to tell you all the ‘worst case scenarios’ in an effort to prepare you. Whilst staring at the door of the treatment room, on the first day, I was seriously thinking about running out of waiting room. I was planning my escape and running seemed like such a sweet idea. Thankfully, that very day, I started my day by reading my Joseph Prince devotional for that day which read ‘Jesus has you covered.’ That He is my burnt offering and that He covers me from head to toe with His righteousness. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this meant to me and gave me the confidence I needed to walk through the treatment doors on that first day and to keep turning up.

Through this journey I am discovering again and again, that no matter how dark your darkest day may be, God holds you. Even at the bottom of the deepest pit, He is still there, calming you, reassuring you that He is still in control. I lean into this truth everyday and in and through this, the miracles I am finding are amazing me. They are there if we choose to see them.

Additionally, my heart to worship Him grows with every passing hour. The songs and prayers are coming (slowly) with great clarity. I have found that when the business of the ‘ordinary’ is brought to a stand still what we are able to hear is amazing.

That’s it for now. I’m honoured to be speaking in church this Sunday morning and for the next few weeks,  my message is entitled ‘It is well with my soul’. I pray that by the grace of God it will bring life to many.

Love you all and so thankful for your love and prayers…

Darls xx

A Little Update

Hello lovely prayer warriors and dearest friends. I pray you are all doing well!!

I hope you can feel my excitement in this email as I have officially finished my last chemo!! Hallelujah is about the only word that fits at the moment. I am SO thankful that it is coming to an end. Radiation starts this coming week for 6 weeks. I shall be glowing from the inside out. And then thats it. Never again……

Thankyou for your continued prayers. On the days where I have felt I cannot do it anymore, I literally have felt the strength of people praying for me. The power of the Holy Spirit to comfort and strengthen has been beyond what I have ever experienced before. Again, I am so thankful for every one of you.

I have had ALOT of time to think, and to think deeply. So much to reflect on and pray about. Yes, this season has changed me….. for the better I pray. I cry easily, not necessarily sad tears, but tears all the same. Even when I’m laughing I end up crying. I think the tears have taken the place of words for the time being. This too shall pass. One day the words to define this season will come. And I pray they bring HOPE to all who hear.

Even though I unashamedly begged for God to heal me BEFORE treatment, He said to me that as I walked THROUGH He would never leave me. This is the truth for all of us today, no matter what you may be facing, even if God feels far away, our loving Father will never leave us or forsake us. I take GREAT pleasure in knowing this beyond a shadow of a doubt. He is with me. He is with you.

So with this little thought I sign off. One thing I am super excited about is that this Sunday PM at our church, I am going to lead worship for the first time since this journey started. Even if its a bit rough and ready, Ieading people to the courts of our God is my greatest honour. I simply cannot wait! His presence truly IS heaven. We will pray on Sunday night for all those needing healing, and for all of you who’ve asked us to pray for loved ones. Yes we shall. Healing, in Jesus name.

OK.. much much love..

Darls.

Easter, Such a Beautiful Time of the Year

Its Easter Sunday PM.  Easter weekend is my all time fave time of the year, as we gather across the planet to honour King Jesus and His perfect, finished work.
This year, I have never been so grateful as I have partaken in communion in our home every chance i got, led by our team who included me online in our services.
I’ve  had to REST today and not allow myself to be frustrated at not being able to physically be involved in leading worship… but OH MY GOODNESS.. the presence of Jesus is just magnificent and miraculous, in our churches, our homes, our hospitals, our offices.. Christ IN us the Hope of glory is always SO near.
John 14:27 has sat like a beacon of light in me today.. ‘ peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’  And so I simply rest and believe.. the WORD alive in us. ALIVE to do all it was sent to do.
There is so much to say about this weekend.. but I want to thank my family for being so incredible..making it feel ‘normal’ at our home.. Chloe for cooking up a feast of all feasts.. Amz for being like a soldier of faith by my side.. Zoe Jewel for simply being LIFE.. my hubby who is a ROCK.. my son in love for being amazing..my grand-babies who are like physical pieces of sunshine in my life..and all the friends who gathered to bring gifts, and pray with me, and cook and laugh and sit and talk about the goodness of God.

I think that’s what I’ve loved the most.. we have sat and talked for hours this weekend about what God is doing in our midst, about His goodness.. and how we are all honoured, humbled and amazed. And there is just NO striving. 
I want to say Thank You to all our volunteers at church and staff and team.. wow wow wow.. can you even believe it?? what an honour it is to be your pastors and friends. wish I could just have you all over soon for dinner!! and for our production/ staging/ media teams.. not even sure where you all came from.. but TOGETHER, this weekend became nothing short of miraculous.  and to all the precious ones who put together the CROSS of books.. one for each campus.. another long story.. but THANK  YOU TEAM. I also wish I could begin to tell you all about what happened at Gosford hospital across the weekend with people from church just going and praying with those suffering today. aaahhh, i’m sure this is why we have eternity.. to TELL all the stories… 
In the midst of all of this, the ‘Heaven is for Real’ movie came out in the States which a song of mine turned up on (I recorded the song 1 week before I started chemo).. another song which one of our dear team  (Luke Munns) wrote for Easter
called #forGodsoloved became no 1 on iTunes today!!  What the?? Mark was asked to bring an Easter greeting on local news station to speak on the importance of Easter and some of our team were involved in Sunrise service at Wesley Mission this morning at the Opera House. We even had a team member helping with production at the Royal church service today with Will and Kate!!!

Sometimes my mind just cannot comprehend what God is doing.

The beauty in all this…. He is moving everywhere.. places where it’s big and exciting and places where it is small and maybe to you feels insignificant. I think the key is.. JUST BE AVAILABLE. You never know what God will do with a life that is surrendered!! This is a trust journey, of which I am realising more and more every day.

I am gonna sign off. Today across the earth, many have come to know Jesus as Lord. SO GREAT!!! Days not over yet…

Love you. D