Hello 2022! Happy New Year! Welcome to season 4 of the By His Grace podcast! Misty Phillip is back to kick off the first episode of 2022 and she is flying solo in this episode of By His Grace to talk about the year ahead, walking into the new year in intention, how her word of the year has helped clarify the year ahead, and the importance of an Ebenezer & Remembrance Stones.
“I believe the space between the microphone and You the listener is holy ground, and I do not take that responsibility lightly.”
“I pray with each guest that comes on the show and we consecrate the episode to the Lord asking him to give us the words that you need to hear.”
“I’m also passionate about equiping other faith based podcasters to share messages of hope through Spark Media. Where we empower faith-based podcasters through events, the Spark Collective a thriving training membership community, the Spark Media podcast network, and the Spark Media magazine.”
“He takes our meager offering and our humble YES and does with it far abundantly then all that we can ask or think!”
“One of the things that is really helped me to cast a vision for this year is my one word.”
“I don’t know about you but that brings me comfort. No matter what 2022 has in store for us the Lord is with us, and He is faithful.”
For the Spark Media conference, we are partnering with the NRB the National Religious BroadcastersMedia Convention again this year to combine two amazing events under one roof on March 7-8 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. The NRB runs March 8-11, and this year I’ll be speaking at the NRB and conducting interviews. We have a stellar line-up of speakers and an incredible group of attendees God is bringing together for Spark conference and Spark Media award ceremony this year. All of the things I’m mentioning about SPARK media can be found at the SparkMedia.Ventures website.
Last year we launched two exciting projects the Spark Media Podcast network and the Spark Media magazine. We created both of these ventures to amplify the voice of Christian podcasters and provide opportunities for podcast growth and discovery. We are working on our third edition of the magazine now and can’t wait for y’all to see it. This is definitely a labor of love, but I so enjoy providing space to highlight the gifts and talents of my friends who are doing incredible work in the faith-based podcasting space.Not only that but I am blown away by the incredible partnerships we’ve formed with organizations like pray.com, the Bible minute app, Samaritan’s purse and the Edifi podcast app. Only God y’all. He takes our meager offering and our humble YES and does with it far abundantly than all that we can ask or think!
Word of The Year
This year I’ve put a lot of thoughtful prayer into my word. 2021- Dream, 2020- Spark, Advocate-2019, Presence- 2018, and in Contentment – 2017. I’ve looked at definitions and scriptures, prayed and sought the Lord. But instead of ending up with one word, I ended up with three.
Wisdom, Alignment, and Faithful
Wisdom is defined as knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “be very careful then how you live not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.” This verse struck a chord with me because of the crazy days that we are living in. I’ve always been a very intentional person but this year I feel compelled to be super intentional with everything I’m doing.
The next word, that I felt was critical for this year is Alignment.
Alignment is defined as a potential statement of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups and nations with a common cause or viewpoint. I found it interesting that one of the verses that I looked up based off the word alignment was Psalm 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” It’s my hearts desire to continue to lock arms with others who are passionate about kingdom work and making Jesus known. The third word I’ve chosen is Faithful.
Faithful is defined as true to one’s promises.
Proverbs 31:26- she opens her mouth with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. As a Podcaster, I don’t want to just speak into the air I want my words to be filled with meaning and purpose, to edify, to build up, to be life giving and God honoring.
This word also reminds me about how faithful God has been to us in the past and how no matter what comes our way this year that he will be faithful.
Stones of Remembrance
“After the people of Israel supernaturally crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, God commanded Joshua to “choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight’” (Joshua 4:2–3, NLT). These stones of remembrance would serve as a permanent national reminder and a memorial to future generations of the miraculous river crossing.
Joshua’s stones of remembrance are just one monument in a series of memorials commemorating the mighty acts of God on behalf of the people of Israel (Exodus 13:3–6; 24:4; Deuteronomy 27:1–8; Joshua 22:9–12; 24:24–28; 1 Samuel 7:12). To everyone else, the stones were just a heap of rubble, but to the people of God, they were a constant reminder that Yahweh was a personal and powerful God, working wonders on behalf of His people.” Got Questions, Remembrance Stones.
“The name “Ebenezer” actually comes from the Bible. In 1 Samuel 7, during the end of the time of the judges, Israel experiences revival under the leadership of Samuel. The nation repents of their sin, destroys their idols, and begins to seek the Lord (1 Samuel 7:2–4). Samuel gathered the people at Mizpah where they confessed their sin, and Samuel offered a sacrifice on their behalf (verses 5–9).It was during this time of repentance and renewal that the enemy attacked: “While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle” (1 Samuel 7:10). The Israelites went out to do battle against the invaders, and God sent them supernatural help: “That day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites” (verse 10).
Israel’s victory over the Philistines was decisive. Several cities the Philistines had captured were restored to Israel, and it was a long time before the Philistines tried to invade Israel again (1 Samuel 7:13–14). To commemorate the divine victory, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the LORD has helped us’” (verse 12).
Ebenezer means “stone of help.” From then on, every time an Israelite saw the stone erected by Samuel, he would have a tangible reminder of the Lord’s power and protection. The “stone of help” marked the spot where the enemy had been routed and God’s promise to bless His repentant people had been honored. The Lord had helped them, all the way to Ebenezer.” – Got Questions, Ebenezer
“And I will build an altar And stack it stone by stone Cause every Ebeneezer says I’ve never been alone. My faith will surely falter. But that don’t change what You’ve done. Cause every Ebeneezer points to where my help comes from” after listening to this song I went back to got questions and looked at the word Ebeneezer and this is what I found.
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