Sony Elise

Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.
Turn Your Burdens to Prayer

Turn Your Burdens to Prayer

I confess that I am guilty of taking way too many burdens upon myself. Family members who don't know the Lord, others making bad decisions, some having financial difficulty ... you name it, I feel it, and it can literally affect my health. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus...

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians...

Come Worship the King

Come Worship the King

Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing. And ever o'er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing. ~from It Came Upon...

There’s Power in Prayer

There’s Power in Prayer

I've been thinking lately of some of the prayers that God has answered for me--both recently and in times past. I can also think of some that He hasn't, but I am increasingly convinced of the truth of James 4:2: "You do not have because you do not ask." It's also true...

Thankful for God’s Mercy

Thankful for God’s Mercy

In reading through Exodus, I am struck by God's mercy--even to Egyptians who had no regard for Him whatsoever. Emphasis is often placed on the plagues that God sent their way, but more often than not, He warned them of what was to come if they continued to disregard...

Thankful for Memories

Thankful for Memories

When people list what they're thankful for, the most common responses among Christians are God, salvation, and family, and I would affirm that I am thankful for those things. But I also realized last week that I am thankful for the gift of memories. If you have had a...

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

In reading through Genesis for the umpteenth time in my life, I slowed down to better focus on the Patriarchs of the faith. Abraham is the one that many look to as the father of faith, but did you know that Abraham also had fears? I find it interesting that this man...

Are You a Hypocrite?

Are You a Hypocrite?

The biggest reason people give for not attending church is that it is filled with hypocrites, but I wonder what they mean by that. Sure, there are people who live one way at home and then go act spiritual on Sunday mornings, but there are also a lot of church...

Sin Is Not in the Struggle

Sin Is Not in the Struggle

I write a lot on forgiveness, not because it's easy but because it is necessary. This week, God showed me someone else I need to forgive, but I confess that I have a long road ahead. Whenever something comes up that I think I've conquered but apparently have not, it...