Archive for November, 2010

What Christmas Really is

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Cool Stuff just for you

Here is a poem I wrote last night.  I hope you enjoy it.

What Christmas Really Is.
by Rick Moyer

While walking through the crowded aisle
That Wal-Mart made so small
I pondered how before Thanksgiving
There were Christmas lights and all

For when I was just a little kid
the stores would never dare
to put the trimmings out like that
not greed they seemed to care

When people called it Christmas
instead of being politically correct
we sang hymns in school plays
with no problem and respect

 It wasn’t called black Friday
stores opened after eight
the deals they were ok
but they really weren’t that great

Instead of electronics on wish lists
that every kid demanded
we were thrilled with a few army men
and a balsa glider that landed.

Family was the focus of our holiday
and spending time together
the effort went into seeing each other
regardless of the weather

In later years I kind of woke up
and realized what it was for
That Christmas wasn’t simply family
that the significance was more

The manger scene that graced our home
was there most every year
but for some reason I hadn’t noticed
through all the Christmas cheer

 How a baby was born in a stable
and a world was saved through him
that he would bring peace on Earth
and save us from our sin 

What courage and determination
that he mustered through his years
to love us in spite of ourselves
and deliver us from fears

Yes Christmas is much more than gifts
it’s what’s behind it all
It’s a baby born that then grew up
and redeemed us from the fall

Through asking him into our heart
we open  the gift of grace
He understands our hopes and dreams
helping us through tough times we face 

You see it’s not about the gifts we give
or the things we get from friends
it’s all about the life we live
and the people we’ve loved in the end
 
We can enjoy the traditions and stuff
that we see each and every season
but let us not forget the purpose
that Jesus is the reason.

For if we truly wish to celebrate
like we were created to do at first
it’s not the money or the gifts
that we should hunger for or thirst

it’s to be right with a God that loves us
who opens up our eyes
that was born as a baby and lived a life
who has heard every one of our cries

He gives a gift of himself you see
if we would only open up the present
Perhaps Christmas would be different,
life giving and more than pleasent.

So see your family, and visit a friend
forget the Christmas biz
Recieve the God that gives us life
That’s what Christmas really is

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#96 Merry Christmas Mr. Scrooge!  The Take Him With You Podcast with Rick & Amy Moyer

Join us for our quick report on Thanksgiving at the Moyer’s house, then we get right into last year’s audio Christmas musical and drama “A Christmas Caroled” starring many of our podcasting friends and a few folks from the Moyer neighborhood. This is something the whole family can enjoy on your rides to and from the relatives! Have a great time listening and at the end I put the song “Do you hear what I hear” that I recorded as well. ENJOY! And Merry Christmas!
Direct link: http://www.takehimwithyou.com/podcast/112810ccd.mp3

For the directors commentary, and other bonus audio visit:

http://www.takehimwithyou.com/achristmascaroled

Fun Christmas music!

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Cool Stuff just for you

Enjoy some Christmas music that I have recorded.

http://assets.mixpod.com/swf/mp3/mff-pill.swf?myid=72523647&path=2010/11/27
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Our own thank you note

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Cool Stuff just for you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 by Rick  Moyer

Growing up I had some pretty darn cool holidays.  I remember it being all about family, food and fun.  I looked forward to seeing my relatives and eating my Grandma Hansen’s marshmallow fudge.  Grandpa Hansen carved the turkey and my uncles always kept us entertained.  Those were great times that I will never forget.

 

This Thursday millions of Americans will be stuffing their faces with Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.    The original premise of Thanksgiving was to honor God and give him thanks for provision throughout the last year.  It was celebrated by attending church with loved ones, eating with others, praying and singing to God.  Through the years, the church services have dropped off and giving thanks to God has diminished, but the eating part and getting together with family has not.  It truly is the only holiday in which its original intent was Christian from the start.  The day is marked with fond thoughts and in most families, laughter, joy and appreciation.  Of course holiday times can have a dark side to them.  It is also the time of year when a lot of bad memories can come up for some.  Not everyone was raised in loving homes or with folks they felt encouraged by.  It really is easy to think about our problems and negative situations rather than the blessings in our lives. 

 

Today as I was checking my Facebook page a dear friend of the family began to chat with me.  She wanted to thank me for being there for her family during tough times.  She went on to say how encouraging Amy and I were to her.  My eyes welled up with tears as she said the kind words.  We talked about our struggles and then began to talk of how we were thankful for blessings in our life.  We told each other no matter how bad it gets, there are always blessing.  She then told me a story of how her daughter was changed by a simple act of obedience, an act that everyone of us could do, with similar results.  She had come to a very dark place in her life, and things looked very bad for her.  As she sat in the car with her daughter they began to write a list of things that were a blessing in  her life and that she was thankful for.  I know, it’s the last thing we want to do when we are in our pity parties, but hang on.  The mom shared how that moment had a profound impact on her daughter and since that day many years ago it has been much different.  The daughter is married and has a family now, not struggling in the areas that had her down, and has a thankful heart.

 

The simple act of being thankful can change our life. It’s not in our nature to be thankful.  It’s in our nature to be negative and feel sorry for ourselves.  God knows that about us.  This is why we read in the Bible so many passages on praising and thanking God.  That is why Thanksgiving is such a GREAT idea.  No matter how hard it is, we all have something to be thankful for.  Can you imagine the Pilgrims, out of food, a bunch of them had died, things were bleak and they were all cold and hungry?  They had every right to be sad, depressed and negative.   One of them had a great idea given to them by God.  Why not write a list of what we are thankful for and then honor God with our lives?   I firmly believe that we wouldn’t celebrate the freedom we have and the blessings we enjoy if Thanksgiving had not been given.  It changes EVERYTHING.

 

So if it worked for the founders of my Country, why wouldn’t it work for us?  I know it sounds corny, but just for a moment, get out a piece of paper and a pen or pencil, or open up your email and address it to yourself, maybe even a text message…. And begin to write down what you are thankful for.  It could be so many things- The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the air you breathe, or the roof over your head-it will be different for everyone.  We all have  a few things that can be thankful for.  Then when you are done with your list, bow your head and thank God for them.  Watch what happens.  Something inside will click.  It’s a supernatural thing.  The negative stuff starts to dissolve and the pessimism is replaced by gratefulness.  

 

I’ll start:

 

Dear God,

 

Thank you for my life.  Thank you for my family, all my kids, my daughter in law, my wife, siblings and my mom and dad.  Thanks for being my friend and sticking with me even when things haven’t been easy.  Thank you for believing in me and never giving up on me.  Thank you for:  Breathing, Eating, writing music, the church we attend, hearing laughter, laughing, love, true friendship, grace, the Bible, guitars, keyboards, the Internet and ice cream.  Most of all thanks for saving my life and for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.  Thank you for eternal life as I trust in you and most of all thank you for smiles and peace in my heart.

 

Love,

 

 

Rick

 

Ok, it’s your turn.  Write your thank you note and watch how your life changes.  Enjoy the Turkey but don’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving, it’s right there in the name.  Happy thanks giving.

 

MW-ORBIT PROJECT RELEASED

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Cool Stuff just for you

I thought I would let everyone know that my MW-ORBIT project is done and now available for purchase & download. 

MW-ORBIT is my instrumental follow-up to Stargazer.  This time we follow the journey of space probe that is launched to find life in the Milky Way Galaxy.  It is a 13 plus bonus song project with audio clips, music and more.  From beginning to end it is a journey you will most likely never forget.

The download is only $9.99 from CDbaby.com

It will be available on Itunes and Amazon in a few weeks.  Right now, CDBABY has it exclusively.

The CD’s will be ordered soon and should be here in a couple of weeks from my order date.  In the time being I’m offering a special until Jan 31st 2011.  If you download the CD online and send me the receipt I will send you the CD when it arrives for shipping and a couple of bucks ($5 total) that gives you a download AND a physical CD for like $14.99.  Good deal.  🙂

Anyway, here is the link to the website that has audio previews and more on it.

Rick Moyer: MW-ORBIT

http://www.mw-orbit.com   you can also click on the buy now button and it takes you to the download page. 

The short story that goes along with the musical release will be available free of charge on December 1st, 2010 on the mw-orbit website.

I hope you enjoy the wonder of space travel from the perspecive of MW.

#95 A lot to be thankful for- The 2010 Thanksgiving Special Take Him With You Podcast

http://www.takehimwithyou.com/podcast/112110thanks.mp3

It’s the 2010 Thanksgiving special! Join us for a wonderful uplifting podcast full of over 25 listener comments about what people are thankful for! We talk about The origins of the Thanksgiving holiday and what people eat on the special day. We also lead folks in communion at the end of the show. We have special music and more! Happy Thanksgiving from the Moyer’s to you!

#94 Making the Holidays Mean More- The Take Him With You Podcast with Rick & Amy Moyer

Direct Link to the podcast http://www.takehimwithyou.com/podcast/111410holidays.mp3

Join us for a very fun and personal look at helping the Holidays be less commercial and more meaningful. We talk about my wife’s obsession with her IPod touch and we read your Facebook comments. It’s a fun and informative podcast this week, enjoy!

Check out the MW-ORBIT WEBSITE


http://www.mw-orbit.com