Gratitude

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Gratitude is the healthiest of human emotions. A man who finds himself in the life-giving springs of gratitude experiences the joy of Christ found there in the comforting waters. Peaceful waters. Whole waters. Instead of looking upon himself with a needy and self-seeking heart, he finds fulfillment and completion. He looks outward in thanks. Abundance lies within because he dwells within the springs of gratitude. Gratitude is selfless, looking to others with a thankful heart. A heart of gratitude unchains the needy beast from your soul. It frees you. Listen to the counsel of the Creator. He formed you. He knows your most profound needs. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God.” Gratitude turns ordinary days into thanksgivings.. bothersome duties into blessings. However, one mustn’t seek the springs for selfish gain. If he chooses that path, he will only find swamps. He will decay. Because you must remember, gratitude is selfless. -Tim

Another Perspective

Its kind of crazy to try and think from someone else's perspective. As I sit in a quaint cafe in Bedford Virginia, I am surrounded by all types of people. Different ages, ethnicities, styles and backgrounds; but they are all similar in one way - all made in the image of their Creator.

It's so easy for me to get stuck in a self-centered mindset, only able to see the world from my own perspective. But the reality is, there are billions of people on this earth and they all have their own perspective as well.

What would it be like if I attempted to see the world from the perspective of others every now and then? Would it change the way I act? Would I be more intentional with what I say? Would my relationships with people actually grow? I think yes. But what is the best way for us to put ourselves in other people's shoes? Seek to know the One who created them!

The more we learn to know and love our Creator, the more we will be able to know and love those created in His image. I'm challenging myself with this today, I hope you do the same.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-39

-Eric

He Is With You

"...For He has said, 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say,

'The Lord is my Helper, I will not fear, what can man do to me?'"

God, the Creator of the universe, the One who has made all things in heaven and earth, the One who intricately knit every human together in their mothers womb, makes the promise to His people that He will be with them. This is the same promise that He has made to His people throughout all of redemptive history. You see, the Creator is infinitely greater than the creation. So if God (The Creator) says to His people (the creation) "I will be with you always, in all things", then this should produce fearlessness in them. A confidence that goes beyond anything they could muster up on their own; a confidence that is founded in the One who created them.

This is what God has promised to you, child of God: He is with you. What more do you need? Allow His perfect love to drown any fears that you might have and press on... knowing that He is a steadfast anchor for your soul and that He promises you something so much greater than anything this world could offer you- His presence- Where there is fulness of joy, forever.

Your brother, Eric Blais

Studio Update!

Hello all!

First, we want to thank EVERYONE for their patience on this album. We know that about a year and a half ago we said that the album would be done in April 2014.  Well, it is actually going to be completed in April 2015, April 18th to be exact.  We truly do cherish every lyric and song that we have written and want to make sure it is done and recorded with excellence.  Thank you for your patience and anticipation for this project.  We are SUPER PUMPED to show you the end product.

We are actually currently editing vocals as this blog is being written, so believe us when we say that we are working tirelessly to make sure that this album is done well. We hope that you will all be blessed by the lyrics and music as much as we have been.

We are also excited for you all to check out the new website and merch.  Please join us to celebrate our long-awaited Album release at Lynchstock Music Festival on April 18th, 2015 and grab your copy of the Self-Titled Album, a shirt, and maybe a poster as well. ;)

We love you all. Jesus is ALWAYS good.

-Atlas Rhoads