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Make My Heart Like Yours

Music can be similar to relationships.  The more open minded you are, the likelihood of you accepting and embracing someone or something increases.  Unfortunately, stereotypes about an artist, genre or musician cause individuals to give up on a certain sound after a few seconds of listening.  Subsequently, the careers of millions fail, far short of where they hoped, rejected before having a real shot to succeed.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26.

Such is the case of Linda Elias, wife of Rick whose own career far surpassed hers.  Rick spent a decade as a member of Rich Mullins Ragamuffin band and his music was featured in the 1996 Tom Hanks movie, That Thing You Do.  As for Linda, following in the Belinda Carlisle genre, I thought her 1991 album The Meaning of Life would jump start her career.  However, in Christian music industry, unless you’re Amy Grant, you’re not going to get the attention you deserve.  As a result, you can’t find any of Linda’s songs on Pandora or You Tube.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded, James 4:8.

Nonetheless, during my recent fast I have started listening to one hour of inspirational music a day.  While soaking in the lyrics to Make My Heart Like Yours, I was moved, touched by God.  This song is more like a prayer, wishing that one day our hearts will become more like Christ.  In this song, Linda confesses her failures and shortcomings.  Leaning on God’s grace, she yearns to be transformed.  As I am daily reminded of my own sins, I am eager, waiting for God to make my heart like his son’s, Jesus.

by Jay Mankus

Linda’s album the Meaning of Life is available at for those willing to give a promising artist a chance.



Looking for Jobs in All the Wrong Places

Wanda Mallette was observing second grade students one day, recognizing different children were looking for attention through all the wrong methods.  Wanda joined her friend Patti Ryan, both active writers, who turned this notion into a song.   Upon completion, these girls sent their song as a demo to Nashville, Tennessee, eventually ending up in the lap of fellow song writer Bob Morrison.  After a few tweaks, Combine Music published this song, sung by Johnny Lee in Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta.  The revised lyrics of Looking for Love, summarize my job search over the last 12 months.

Last January, I initially told friends to keep their ears open if they heard or knew of any job openings.  Meanwhile, I had to update my resume for the first time in 10 years.  Sounding simple, I felt like a cave man trying to learn the most complex computer software system.  Applying online provided 2 interviews, one on Skype.  Driving around the area fetched 2 more possibilities with neither working out for a variety of reasons.  Securing a seasonal position with a family from church eased my pain, yet I was still unfulfilled.  I thought I had searched under every corner of life until today.

I received an email from a former co-worker this morning simply stating he was fasting and praying for me today.  Before I knew it, I received a response from a manager of Amazon about potential rehires sometime in March.  Moments later a flurry of ideas popped into my head, filled with great topics for future blogs.  If this wasn’t enough, I had a spiritual breakthrough reading Proverbs as a new concept for studying the Bible suddenly appeared as a voice inside my brain.  Coincidence, maybe?  A God instance; most likely!  Whatever the reason for these series of events, jobs would be like dandelions along side blades of grass each Spring and life as you know it would be like paradise if someone fasted and prayed for you daily!

by Jay Mankus

ps – This mysterious force can be directed linked to Spencer Saints.

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