Father, in Jesus' name, we give thanks for the United States and its government. We hold up in prayer before You the men and women who are in positions of authority. We pray and intercede for the president, the representatives, the senators, the judges of our land, the policemen and the policewomen, as well as the governors and mayors, and for all those who are in authority over us in any way. We pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them.
We believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the heart of our president and knowledge is pleasant to him. Discretion watches over him; understanding keeps him and delivers him from the way of evil and from evil men.
Father, we ask that You compass the president about with men and women who make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in Your sight. We believe You cause them to be men and women of integrity who are obedient concerning us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. We pray that the upright shall dwell in our government -- that men and women blameless and complete in Your sight, Father, shall remain in these positions of authority, but the wicked shall be cut off from our government and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
Your Word declares that "blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12). We receive Your blessing. Father, You are our Refuge and Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). So we declare with our mouths that Your people dwell safely in this land, and we
prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and that You turn it whichever way You desire. We believe the heart of our leader is in Your hand and that his decisions are divinely directed of the Lord.
We give thanks unto You that the good news of the Gospel is published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. We give thanks for this land and the leaders You have given to us, in Jesus' name.
Jesus is Lord over the United States! Amen.
I realized this morning --Mom and I are long over-due for some good, quality girl time. This is kind of off subject, but the older I get, the more we're mistaken for sisters. The similarities used to not be so evident; at least not to me. If I were on the outside, I'm sure it would have been obvious that we were related. However, lately, in the occasional picture, I'll have a total Annette expression and it'll
freak me out. Over the years her eyes have changed from honey
brown to light green. I'm seeing hints of the green in my own eyes now. It's kind of cool.
Welove the sun, the beach, warm wind, mood music,
humming birds and our little girls, Missy and Roadie. If time permits, we may blast some Enigma through Topanga Canyon all the way to Malibu for an
afternoon of fun.
...if you're not familiar with Enigma, here's the link to their music myspace page...
I'll always be Momma's baby, but I've recently been wanting one of my own. Yes........ I know I'm not married yet. I'm also aware that I've not yet released my record. Just because I want something doesn't mean I don't know how to wait for it. I'm just being open and honest... Don't hate.
My grandparents called yesterday telling me about the millionth friend of mine back in Texas that just had her baby. It seems like they're just popping out everywhere down in the south. The norm is quite different here in the city.
You can be twenty-nine and still club every night with your girls, serve tables part-time, meanwhile hoping you may meet someone in the industry that'll make all your dreams come true, and go on auditions and attend acting classes in the meantime. It blows my mind.
When I first moved to California, I didn't want to be friends with actors or actresses because I thought they were all fake. I had to get over that. It's a very lonely world without friends. And in California, you really don't have a choice. Nine and a half times out of ten, that's who they are and what they do. You get used to it.
Until then... on the music note... I've been working out of Casa Mafia with the Midi guys. They're becoming like family. Bruce talks a lot, and Swift finds his chi. They're hilariously fabulous. They make for great inspiration. I absolutely adore them. If you're not yet familiar with what they've accomplished, I encourage you to get that way.
They've got awesomeness spread all over the bread of the business right now. They're hard to miss, and impossible not to love.
... if you'd like to know more about chi, visit http://skepdic.com/chi ...
... and to get connected to my guys, check out www.themidimafia.com or follow them at
(www.twitter.com/midimafia) (www.twitter.com/dirty_swift) (www.twitter.com/brucewaynne)
You can also hip an ear at www.myspace.com/MidiMafia
Little Missy seems to be enjoying what we're doing. She comes to the studio and hangs with us occasionally. She likes to be with her Mommy. :)
Speaking of adorable animals and their mommies...
Michael took me to the zoo this past Thursday. You have to see how sweet this is.
Here are other misc pics from the zoo ~
We enjoyed ourselves.
...Ok, so there are a few other people in my life I want to recognize.
- My friend Matt is in a band called "The It Boys..." They just released a cover of "Just Dance" ft. Jeffree Star. Be sure to check it out on their music myspace. If you like it, show your support by making it your profile song. (www.myspace.com/itboysmusic)
- Jesse has a show at the House Of Blues here in LA this coming Monday- March 9th. 7:30-10pm. I won't be able to score extra tickets for this show. Sorry guys. Also, he's playing House Of Blues in San Diego Tuesday night, March 10th- 8pm. If you're unable to make these, there will be more come July/Aug. For more info on Jesse, visit www.myspace.com/jessemccartney
- Nikki Flores, my fellow Lakers fanatic, is still doing what she does best-- And that's make incredible music. She's a voice of an angel and gets more myspace plays the God's best, unsigned friend. haha... I believe her next plan is a trip to New York to finally score the RIGHT deal for her. This business is quite crazy and seemingly getting even crazier. I pray for favor for Nikki, and for the perfect company with united visions. <3 class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;">www.myspace.com/nikkiflores
--Meanwhile, we all have to pay the bills.
Talking about favor... I'm able still to do what I love and get paid for it. It's the next best thing to touring.
My JOB is helping prepare and develop young artists that share the same dream. You can learn more about it at Talent Boot Camp's official myspace page.
I've become pretty tight with several of the young artists there. One of which I want to give a shout out to.
Danielle has become my "itGIRL..." She's really turning in to her own. You can see her in the "That's My Lane" youtube video on my youtube page. If you haven't seen it, check it out. I'm so proud of you, D! xx
... I couldn't continue doing what I do without the support of my best friends in the world, which hardly ever get the attention they deserve...
Darla Dickson and Erica Verner, both of Sulphur Springs, Tx, are two of the most amazing human beings on planet earth. They've been with me since the beginning. Life has taken turns we never anticipated, but there's that something between us that nothing could ever tear apart. I love you both with huge pieces of my heart!!
Jayson Sanchez is brilliant and genuine. He's that being in the room that helps everyone lighten up. He's got an adorable giggle and a huge heart for God. He's that friend that will answer the phone at 3am, hold your hair back when you puke, and let you cry when someone hurts you. He'll laugh with you even when he doesn't think it's funny, then laugh at you for thinking that he did. he calls me a dork.
Catherine is that friend I hardly know, but without a doubt, she'd do anything in the world for someone she cares about. She's beautiful inside and out, and deserves to hear it.
... And one of the greatest supporters of all time is a young woman I met on the Backstreet tour in 05. Angie, you've been an angel of encouragement over the past couple of years. There aren't many people I've seen in multiple states, and you happen to live in one of my favorites. The love of Christ has been so evident every time I've seen you face to face, and I want you to know what an impression it's made on me. You're always giving, and I don't thank you enough. Keep being you. We all love you for it.
I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!
Peace, Love, and Blessings to you all...