Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. — 1 Chronicles 16:4 (NLT)What does it really mean to be thankful? And rather than asking WHAT your are thankful for, how about asking WHO you are thankful for? Then be intentional to tell them, if you can. Also, today, we welcome Christian recording artist and worship Leader Tim Timmons to the program to talk about an amazing journey he is in the middle of and why he gives thanks even in those challenging circumstances.
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Our Guest for a Portion of the Program Today: Tim Timmons
On the radio you heard portions of Steve Tanner’s interview with Tim. You can listen to the whole thing right here!https://soundcloud.com/familyliferadio/sets/steve-tanner-talks-with-tim-timmons About Tim Timmons
Tim Timmons’ life has always been one of adventure, but for the first time, the singer/songwriter feels awake enough to actually live it. After nearly two decades of ministry and a lifetime as a believer, Timmons is no stranger to the tenets of the Christian faith. Now he finds himself moving beyond believer to follower, awake and alive to the nearness of Jesus. His sophomore album, Awake Our Souls(Reunion Records), is a portrait of Timmons’ own awakening and an invitation for every listener to discover the abundant life beyond belief.
“We talk about all these things I’ve known about my whole life—like freedom in Jesus and overwhelming joy—but I’ve never known it until now, and it’s just this awakening in my soul,” the singer shares. “The goal of this record is to invite people into a new reality of the Kingdom of God that is around us all the time. Here are ten songs—ten prayers—that help me practically live in the availability and the truth of God’s Kingdom,” he says. “It’s a huge concept—the Kingdom of God… We have power, but who lives as though the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us? Jesus is saying, ‘You can do anything I did.’”
This overarching concept of the Kingdom of God permeates not only Timmons’ music, but also his daily life—a unique viewpoint shaped by a cancer diagnosis he received 14 years ago when he was given five years to live.
“The gift of cancer is perspective,” Timmons offers, adding that his cancer remains incurable other than the healing hand of God. “It’s really the open door to speak into people’s stories.” His diagnosis may be the doorway for countless healthy, life-giving conversations, but Timmons has far more than a cancer diagnosis to talk about.
Since his 2013 debut, Cast My Cares, Timmons has been writing songs stemming from personal experience and sharing them with audiences on a national platform—after spending the previous 15 years leading worship in Orange County, California. Now, his music is colored by a newfound purpose of living each day to its fullest—all to the glory of God.(Continue reading about Tim…)
***Putting a time of family prayer into your schedule is vital as you prepare the holidays. The next 60 days, leading to Thanksgiving and Christmas, can make a big difference in your life. I am convinced that your family will enjoy more closeness in your relationships when you are intentional about your prayer life. God created you as a physical, mental and spiritual person. When you pray regularly, you stimulate the spiritual part of your being that all too often rests dormant, unused, ignored, or neglected. Prayer helps you become more whole and more complete in Him! Here is a trio of ways to help you become intentional about praying with your family.
- Pray with each other as a family group. Family prayer builds a sense of spiritual community in your home.