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HopeUC Worship Conference
I can’t think of anything that brings me more joy than worshipping the Lord. It’s woven into the very fabric of who I am and why God created me. That’s one of the many reasons I was so excited that Daystar aired the first ever Hope UC Worship Conference from New South Wales, Australia this month!
Led by our dear friends, Pastors Mark and Darlene Zschech, I know this event inspired people all over the world to encounter Jesus in a deeper, more meaningful way as they poured their hearts out to Him in praise. What made it even more special for me and my sweetheart, Marcus, is that our beautiful daughter, Rachel, and her Aussie-born husband, Josh, hosted each of our broadcasts, including an interview with Mark and Darlene!
From their early days at Hillsong, creating music that’s been sung by over 25 million people, to Darlene’s very honest and open battle with breast cancer, Josh and Rachel gave our viewers and inside look into the journey of this amazing couple. Now, as Senior Pastors of one of Australia’s leading churches, Hope Unlimited, their passion to pursue God’s heart is stronger than ever.
Together, they’ve shown us how to live, love, and thrive in both good times and bad. That’s the power of worship. It takes our present circumstances and helps us see them through Heaven’s perspective. My hope is that through this conference, you were encouraged to make lifting Him up your greatest priority. I can say from personal experience that you’ll never regret that decision. Just like Mark and Darlene, the Lord will take your life and use it ways you never imagined to accomplish the impossible. God bless you!
Even though summertime is here, it can still be easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of our careers and daily demands of life. No matter how much we wish for time to stand still, it keeps moving forward regardless of our circumstances or hold ups. So before you get completely lost, overwhelmed, or weary beyond your limits, can I encourage you with something?
Find time to rest and really enjoy life again. Once a year, our entire family gets together and escapes on vacation for this very reason. This year we had our get-away on the beaches of Florida, and, as always, it was full of great memories: fun in the sun, splashing around along the shore, and our whole family slept under the same roof. One of my favorite traditions on family vacation is game night. I love it because we’ll spend hours talking, cracking jokes, and laughing until we cry. Plus, our family never minds a little competition! 😉 In all seriousness though, this is our way of leaving our hectic schedules, prioritizing time together, and finding rest. As the hand on the clock keeps ticking, and I continue to watch my family grow, I’m thankful for times such as these. Like Psalm 116:7 says, “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” The Lord has been good, hasn’t He? So do yourself and the people you love a huge favor – rest in that and have some fun together!