I Will Sing

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.” Psalm 104:33 “My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being.” Psalm 108:1 “My tongue sings about your promise, for all your commands are righteous.” Psalm 119:172Continue reading “I Will Sing”

Behind the Music ~ Surrender

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’” Matthew 16:24-25 I wrote this song in April 2019, it is my testimony song. As part of ourContinue reading “Behind the Music ~ Surrender”

To Live is Christ ❤

“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 ‘It’s all – always – about Christ. Paul experienced a massive shift, and now he was a totally different man. No longer was he a slave to his circumstances or his emotions. Paul now chose to live aware of the power ofContinue reading “To Live is Christ ❤”

Get Back to Your First Love

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4 This…this is hard to admit. This is difficult to swallow – have I abandoned my first love? Is this where my issues began? Not keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus? Not putting Him first? I don’t reallyContinue reading “Get Back to Your First Love”

Blog Series: Behind the Music

I’m going to start a blog series about my original songs; the scriptures, my personal journeys, how they came about, etc. To start things off I want to share a blog post (from my old blogger blog) how it all began. April 30, 2016 Last week, James and I went on vacation. Originally, we wereContinue reading “Blog Series: Behind the Music”

Counting Your Blessings in the Midst of Sorrow

by Christy Hoagland “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Really, Lord? Is this possible? To give thanks in all circumstances? My family has been going through some trials, great sorrow, sadness… It is during these times of grief that we often try toContinue reading “Counting Your Blessings in the Midst of Sorrow”

FROM STRANGERS TO FAMILY

by Christy Hoagland On Friday afternoon I received a phone call asking if we would visit a man’s dying father, his son was worried about his spiritual condition and desperately wanted someone to tell him about Jesus.  He was in a hospital not far from us and it was on our way to our prisonContinue reading “FROM STRANGERS TO FAMILY”

EVERY LIFE MATTERS

Every life matters.  Whether it’s a prison inmate, starving children in a third world country, a drug addict, someone living an alternative lifestyle, a man holding a cardboard sign at an intersection…every life matters.  I hope I never get so wrapped up in my calling to prison ministry that I miss the people right inContinue reading “EVERY LIFE MATTERS”