Finding Peace and Dancing to Praise

Two talented women provide ways for you to grow in your faith through devotions and music
Two talented women provide ways for you to grow in your faith through devotions and music

It isn’t always the faith-driven, talented, creative minds who make headlines in the media world. But that doesn’t mean that bold women aren’t still impacting the masses in their own ways. Author F. Elaine Olsen provides a new way to connect with the Lord and deepen your relationship in her new devotional, Peace for the Journey: In the Pleasure of His Company. This collection of 52 meditations reminds readers that “lasting peace requires a relationship,” and that relationship is one that must be strengthened each day by spending time with Christ. Olsen, who is not only a wife and mother of four, but also a cancer survivor, uses personal anecdotes from her own life to inspire others in pursuing peace.

With 10 different places of peace—whether “in the pardon,” “in the mirror,” “in the suffering,”—Olsen encourages readers to continue in their journeys and not become discouraged with the troubles life often presents. Throughout the book are reflections titled, “A further pause…” where individuals consider the author’s questions and also look up the given Bible verses for further meditation and revelation.

Everyone goes through different seasons, but peace can be found during any of those times, and Olsen uses Peace for the Journey to motivate and stir hearts in their daily walks with the Lord. It is a useful resource for personal devotions as well as small-group studies. It can be purchased through the NyreePress or Amazon websites and also at Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million.

But you can also find ways to praise on the dance floor. Grammy Award-winning artist Mandisa gives her fans upbeat and motivational tunes in her first full-length remix album, Get Up: The Remixes. Featuring 11 remixes of her most successful hits, Mandisa not only makes you want to dance, but she also provides you with a heart full of inspiration.

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“Overcomer,” the first remix on the album, kicks things off in a fun and passionate way, giving the listener a sense of power with lyrics like “God is holding you right now” to help them press forward when times get tough. Also included on the album is “Stronger” in a new, dynamic sound. Listeners will get yet another sense of determination and perseverance as she reminds them that “the pain ain’t gonna last forever.” If you think that isn’t enough to get you encouraged to do big things, just turn on “Waiting for Tomorrow,” and this soulfully talented singer will take your hopes to a new level. Hearing the words “You made me for so much more than sitting on the sidelines” is sure to help rejuvenate your mindset to act now rather than sitting silently waiting for things to happen.

The entire Get Up: The Remixes album is jam-packed with songs that will get your body moving while stirring up your spirits. It’s refreshing to hear music you can dance to with lyrics that won’t make your ears cringe. Mandisa is one woman who knows how to use her gifts to impact the world in a positive way.