AVMDIJ & “More”


Stop the presses!! Have I got a news breaking headline!! And this isn’t even part of today’s post!!

A few weeks ago I told you Katie had tried out for the Youth Band at church and had made it. She wasn’t supposed to start singing for another month or so, but she just got a call from the Student Worship Leader, Alex, who asked if she could sing tonight. TONIGHT PEOPLE!! She hasn’t practiced – heck, we just went online to see what songs they’re singing tonight – but she’s up for the challenge. Taylor is practicing with her in the basement while this goes to press.

So guess what I’m doing tonight? Instead of just hanging out with Todd while the kids are at Youth Group, I’m video taping her debut. If I get her permission and I figure out what I’m doing (I’ll be checking with Sing 4 Joy) I’ll put it on YouTube or GodTube and post it later in the week. I know she’s more than capable, but since this is her first time and it was a last minute thing it may not be up to her standards. I’ll let her make the call.


How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 36:7

Today the worship team sang this song during communion. This song holds such a special place in my heart because when Katie was about 9 or 10 we were chatting in the car and I told her I loved her. Instead of the usual, “I love you, too”, or even more common, “I know,” she started singing the chorus of More by Matthew West to me.

I love you more than the sun and the stars that I taught how to shine, you are mine, and you shine for me, too.
I love you yesterday and today and tomorrow. I’ll say it again and again. I love you more.

Can a mother’s heart get any fuller without completely exploding? Comparing a mother’s love for her child to God’s love for us is a common theme among parents. But what about a child’s love for a parent? I remember thinking I loved my mom and dad more than they loved me when I was young. It’s as deep and intense as it gets when you’re a kid.

So if my child loves me that much (we always have these arguments over who loves the other more) how much more does God love me? I don’t believe we have an adequate scale to comprehend it. I just know it’s MORE.


  1. Travis Erwin on June 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Congrats to Katie. I’m sure she will do fine.

  2. susan on June 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Yay Kaitie!!! I’m sure you’ll do great, how exciting!

  3. Suzanne on June 29, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! I have a daughter who sings and will hopefully be singing at our church soon. As a mom who loves the Lord, I don’t think it gets much better than hearing our children sing a song to Him.Congrats to your Katie!

  4. Gretchen on June 29, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Yay, Katie! Full report, pls. Complete with peacock feather pride. 🙂 So happy for her!What a sweet post. I can hear the pitch on your voice just climbing as you describe this interaction with Katie. Perhaps I should come to your mom school. xxxooogretchenPS and BTW, Matthew West is one of my total faves.

  5. Sing4joy on June 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Yo yo yo Jennie-from-the-block! Where’s the update on the K-T?? It is WHACK for you to leave us hangin’ like this.Also – I knew that song, but didn’t have it on my ipod. I do now! Thanks!

  6. His Girl on June 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    So excited to hear what comes from your beautifully sweet girlie who says/sings the most darling things ever!

  7. Lynilu on June 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful post! I love reading something so tender. :’)

  8. Stacy~ on June 30, 2008 at 7:09 am

    WTG Katie! I’m sure she did beautifully. Singing is surely one of God’s most amazing gifts.What a lovely post to start off the week 🙂

  9. The Daily "B" on July 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I am so late, but yay for Katie. The More song… so sweet!

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