Kristy Landgren

Happy Valentine's Week

 

    Thursday is February 14:  Valentine’s Day.  Although, the day is most traditionally associated with flowers and chocolates for a sweetheart, it is also recognized as a day to show affection for friends and others important to us.  But too often, as with other holidays which have become over-commercialized, there is an unnecessary emphasis on the biggest and best gift(s), and possibly not enough reflection on the personal touches that represent the caring and appreciation we have for those dearly beloved.  While there is nothing wrong with retail purchases, a sincere love focuses on doing something for the friend or loved one, making memories by spending time together, and a devotion to those creative means, which increase bonds and reinforce an ever-deepening relationship.  

     I was fortunate to enjoy a recent weekend with two of my brothers.  I went with one of them to an arena to watch a game in their two ticketed seats, while the other stayed home and viewed the game on TV.  Several times, when the play occurring near our seats was captured by cameras in the end zone...

Hope and Healing

 

     Healing can be a complicated endeavor.  Physical, emotional, and spiritual pain often seem too consuming or overwhelming to resolve.  How do we heal such deep wounds when they are frequently out of our control?  Well, healing is a process, a series of steps and actions that, with awareness, effort, and patience, can eventually lead to a successful result.  It is rarely a quick fix because it requires time and effort for mind and body to recover.  But the good news is that...

Book/CD Optimism

 

 

           According to the Pew Research Center, several resources, including comScore TV Essentials and FactTank, found that the three major cable news networks (CNN, Fox News, & MSNBC), Network News, and Local News organizations all saw declines in the average audience viewership during the time slot of the evening news in 2017.  The average audience for the daytime slots remained relatively stable.  More “Americans are relying less on television for their news”.  The Pew analysis found that Local News experienced the greatest decline but still retains the largest audience of the three news sectors...

Life as a Musician

 

 

    The earliest memories of my life as a musician are in the upper floor studio of Miss Arnold.  I began my piano lessons (with my hand curled around a golf ball, in proper positioning technique) when I was 4 years old.  My mom was a magnificent singer, pianist, performer and entertainer.  Although, I will never fill her shoes, luckily for me, she was determined that I benefit from music in my life.  She started me out with Miss Arnold’s piano lessons, then supported and encouraged me as I later dabbled in my brother's garage bands (you can imagine how well that went - sister hanging around).  In high school, I sang in/accompanied A Capella choirs and musicals.  I joined community chorales, began singing in the Church choir, and filled in as organist when I was 16. 

     Songwriting came next.  All writing enables personal expression...

The Book is for All Religions

 

 

     “Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham’s Covenant),” discusses the covenant God made with Abraham, specifically, the covenant He made with Sarah and Abraham.  Because documentation explaining this covenant is scattered throughout the scriptures, it can be difficult to realize its significance, and how it relates to all of God’s children. But, in this book, the documentation has been gathered and compiled into a concise study, which is easy for readers to understand and to apply to each one’s individual situation. 

     People from all religions will find it interesting to explore, throughout the book, the covenant between God and Sarah/Abraham because, as they will discover, it has a relationship to all individuals/couples.  All religions have origins in God and the three major world religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have foundational ties to the Old Testament.  God created mankind in His image and He loves all His children.  The study of Abraham’s covenant reveals...

Why Read the Bible?

 

    

    Going to church is the way we worship God and we participate in fellowship with other believers.  There is a peace that comes from the momentary escape of weekly concerns, as we settle into the reverence of the sanctuary and the calming music that precedes the hour’s lessons of holy instruction.   It is a time to offer prayers of gratitude or concerns, praise God through song and story, and reflect on the activities of the recent past, with intended strategies for improvement, as we go forward towards a brand-new week of hopefulness.  There is a generated energy achieved from the weekly “battery recharge,” a refocus on God’s priorities and a recommitment to follow Him and serve others.  Fellowship is gained from associations with similar believers; strength is in numbers and accomplishment is assured with a battalion of devoted do-gooders, confident in the dutiful purpose of bettering ourselves and the world around us.

    On a personal level, when we study the Bible, individually, among families, or in small groups, we allow...

 

Sarah and Abraham's Synopsis

 

    The book of Genesis, in the Bible, tells that the prophet, Abraham, was originally named Abram, and Sarah, his wife, originally Sarai.  God told Abram to leave his country, Ur, and He would show them the way towards the land of Canaan, where he would be blessed by God.  As they traveled in Canaan, they came upon a famine, so Abram and Sarai continued southward to Egypt.  But Abram feared that, because his wife was beautiful, he would be killed, and she would be taken by the princes to Pharaoh.  At this trying time, they devised a plan to pass her off as his sister.  When they arrived in Egypt, they were, indeed, separated.  Abram was treated well because they believed him to be her brother but Sarai was taken away to the palace of Pharaoh.  So, God sent plagues to afflict Pharaoh’s household.  It was then that they were discovered to be a married couple.  Pharaoh was angry and sent them away, out of Egypt, where they returned to Canaan.   

    Abram and Sarai were devoted to each other and they, like other devoted couples, were in search of a chance at the happy life of faith and family.  God had previously promised Abram an everlasting seed, which would become a great nation, blessing the entire earth.  Because of Abram’s great faith, he believed God, but wondered how he would have a child, since Sarai was barren.  God reiterated that he would create a covenant with him but, thus far, the means by which this covenant would be established had remained vague.  

Allow Me to Introduce Myself, Please

 

 Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends! 

For those new to my site, I am a songwriter, and the author of the book, Heaven Heals (By Understanding Abraham’s Covenant). I’ve had many readers ask why I wrote the book and, although there were several catalysts, my best motivation was that I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify several confusing Biblical accounts, one of which is the account of Sarah and Abraham.  The Bible is full of stories, parables, and lessons, some of which are more discernible than others. When I first read the account of Sarah and Abraham, I thought it was an awful story, full of drama, sadness, and plenty of tragedy to go around for all involved.  But, as a result of my years of research and scripture study, I wrote the book in hopes of providing some gained optimism, insight and perspective, which has direct application to any and all readers. 

      The book is based on the covenant God made with Abraham.  He covenanted with Abraham that he and Sarah would have their long-awaited son, Isaac, who would be born to them (the covenant couple) within the next year.  The accounts of Abraham and Isaac, and the story of (Abraham’s great grandson) Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, also, the celebration of the Passover, as well as, the separation and capture of the lost tribes of Israel, are all focuses in the book, as they relate to the covenant God made with Sarah and Abraham.  The standard set by them is examined and explained, and the relevance of it is presented, in all its hope and glory!

     Ever since I was a youngster, I have enjoyed

Journey With Sarah and Abraham

 

The Biblical account of Sarah and Abraham is one of hope, love, drama, disappointments and, ultimately, celebration in the purpose of their legendary lives.  Each of us searches, as well, for the hope and joys found in the discovery of a true love, such as Sarah and Abraham's.  Explore the significance of their footprints along the human trail, and realize who you are, as you take a journey through the classic story of Sarah and Abraham. 

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Thanksgiving

 

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us (where has 2018 gone!?!) but the time for reflection has arrived.  Psalms 51:15-16 reminds us to "Offer unto God thanksgiving;and pay thy vows to the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me."

Such a great promise that reminds us God appreciates when we acknowledge His blessings in our lives.  This is one of those areas in scripture where He makes a command and then states the reward He intends to give us.  When we are thankful and when we "pay vows," or worship and keep commandments, He guarantees deliverance from life's troubles and sufferings.  Then, as we enjoy the healing balm He provides, we return thanks back to Him and glorify His Power and Goodness.  It is one complete circle, cycle, or tiding of comfort and joy!

First comes Thanksgiving, then Christmas or Hanukkah, then a New Year's celebration.  "Tis the season of lights, family, friends, food, fun, music, reunion, love and joy!  The miracle of the season

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