First of all, I did not get paid for this post. We simply took a fantastic family vacation booked through Inspiration Cruises. We loved our experience with Inspiration Cruises so much I cannot wait to book with them in the future.
Second of all, this is the first of many posts about our cruise to Alaska with Inspiration Cruises, Max Lucado & Steven Curtis Chapman Cruise To Alaska 2016. It also included Brandon Heath, Anita Renfroe, Travis Eads, Jim Barker and Scott Simpson. Please follow both Recipes For Our Daily Bread and Our American Travels. I will be sharing cruise posts on both blogs.
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Inspiration Cruises & Tours
Inspiration Cruises & Tours is a Christian travel company that organizes groups to travel together. They take many groups not only on cruises but land tours. Next year, they are taking a group to Israel with Max Lucado. What an inspirational education trip that would be! Inspiration Cruises is currently on a cruise with non-other than Michael W. Smith. It is too late to go on that trip, but I know he has gone on several cruises in the past with Inspiration Cruises. Follow Inspiration Cruises on Facebook for updates on their future travels.
What ship were we on and where did we go?
We saw enormous, amazing humpback whales. Bald Eagles swarmed us. We saw things all around us that I could never put into words. The grandeur and beauty of everything from the sky to the ocean, to the snow painted mountains and everything in between made me overwhelmed by God’s power and what He can do. The beauty never gets old to me. To tell you the truth this was not our first time on an Alaska cruise. We took an Alaska cruise on a different ship with the same ports of call. I was still in awe of God’s beauty everywhere just like I had never seen it before. I found myself tearing up several times thinking about our mighty powerful God. He created the gigantic mountains and covered them with snow. These massive mountains will bow down to Him one day. It leaves you speechless, or at least it leaves me speechless to view the beauty of Alaska. That is saying a lot because my family claims I love to talk.
My prayer is that I will be quick to listen and slow to speak.
The Alaskan beauty alone is worth seeing, but I am telling you that what we heard and experienced because of Inspiration Cruises was PRICELESS.
Who did Inspiration Cruises arrange to lead us in Worship, to inspire us with the Word and to make us laugh uncontrollably? Max Lucado, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, and Anita Renfroe
I still cannot believe I met Max. He lead us in the Word five or six times throughout the week. He always left us hungry for more of God’s Word. Max is the most humble, gentle-speaking man I have ever known. I told my husband I loved Max. He grinned and said he did too. I am sure if you have read any of his books you also have been inspired to love God and others through eloquent words. I did a little research on Max Lucado. Did you know Max has written over 80 encouraging books and had 80 million copies in print? Max would never tell you his accomplishments and would probably not like me sharing this information about him. He had rather talk to you about your life and how much God loves you.
My family was so blessed to meet him twice on this cruise. The first time Max spent at least ten minutes with us. He never mentioned anything about himself. He just wanted to find out about our family and encourage us. Did I mention to you how much I love this man of God?
The main reason we wanted to meet Max was to thank him for writing The Crippled Lamb. Many of you know my husband, and I have a son named Caleb who was born with a brain bleed and has Cerebral Palsy. He has a shunt that keeps him alive and has had seventeen brain surgeries. We purchased The Cripled Lamb in 1996, the Christmas after Caleb was born. It became our favorite bedtime book, Christmas story, and all-time best-loved children’s book. It is such a sweet book about a little lamb that gets left behind due to being crippled, but God had the best job ever for him. I am hanging on to God’s promise that He has a plan for my special needs son, Caleb and all my children. Read More About The Crippled Lamb here. Go get this touching tale and read The Crippled Lamb to your children and grandchildren. God has a special plan for them too, and they need to hear all about it.
I am sure you probably already have one or two of Max’s books. You Are Special, Traveling Light, Glory Days, Facing Your Giants and Just In Case You Ever Wondered, Just to name a couple of my favorite Max Lucado books.
Every day on the cruise Max motivated us to get alone with God and ask ourselves:
What is God telling you through His Word?
What is God Telling you through His World?
And, What is God Telling you through Worship?
For me, I am going to say it was how POWERFUL my God is. He made all things including me. I am sure He can take care of my problems that might seem huge to me. Sometimes, I do not think God can handle the mess I make in my life. I was reminded by Max to pray consistently, and to pray for Our Daily Bread, which is what we need for the day.
If you do not receive Max Lucado’s daily devotionals, I encourage you to sign up here. I love that you can listen to Max’s devotionals in less than five minutes. Each devotional encourages you and helps you focus on what is important in life. If you need an exciting way to teach your children or grandchildren about God, Max has a new website about his friend Hermie. Check out Hermie here.
We got to know Travis, who is a pastor and worship leader at Oak Hills Church where Max preaches. Travis led us in worship time with some of my favorite old hymns. What an extraordinarily talented song leader! It was an honor to hear him lead worship.
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Who did Inspiration Cruises arrange to lead us in Worship, to inspire us with the Word and to make us laugh uncontrollably?
We not only heard the fantastic storyteller Max Lucado but we spent the week listening to the encouraging music from none other than Steven Curtis Chapman. Yes, You heard me Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth plus their two youngest girls were onboard the Nieuw Amsterdam to Alaska. I could talk all day about this very encouraging family of God.
The Chapman’s are changing the world one orphan at a time with ShowHope. Please read why we support ShowHope here and why we would love for you to help ShowHope make a difference in the lives of orphans.
If you need encouragement, please listen to Steven Curtis Chapman’s songs and read Mary Beth’s book CHOOSING TO SEE. It is about her struggles in life and with God including losing her precious daughter, Maria. You will laugh out loud, and tears will fall from your eyes while reading her book. I know you will be inspired. You can read more about Mary Beth’s best-selling book here.
If you have never heard any of Steven Curtis Chapman’s (SCC) songs, where have you been? He is known for his singer-songwriter story-telling songs. His new album, Worship & Believe is filled with uplifting songs of praise and worship. I promise you will find several songs that will relate to your situation and encourage you along the way. I have many favorites including Long Way Home. Steven recognizes the struggles we all go through and lets us know “We are going to make it.” This song is played on his ukulele. He can turn a sad song into a celebration somehow.
Do you need to laugh out loud?
We were so blessed to have none other than ….ANITA RENFROE on our cruise to Alaska to make us die laughing..
She is not only hilarious but so talented. Anita made up the best, silly songs just for our group. I was able to speak to Anita a couple of times. I had so much fun both times. Check out our Goofy Picture together on Facebook. She is as fun in person as she is on stage. I could listen to her tell jokes and sing her silly songs daily. In fact, I think I will be watching her for a while. I purchased her DVD. YAY! If you have not heard her song “Those Ain’t Pants,” STOP READING THIS POST AND LISTEN BELOW.
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Brandon shared the stories behind his songs. He is an outstanding singer-songwriter and storyteller. His songs were heartfelt and absolutely beautiful. They blessed my family and me so much. I had heard Brandon Heath’s songs for years on the radio and loved them but never knew much about him. It was an honor to be inspired by Brandon. I will be listening to all his CD’s very soon.
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I am sure you have heard several of Brandon’s songs on K-Love and other Christian Stations. The one below is one of my favorites.
I was incredibly blessed to not only hear Brandon sing but to meet him. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.
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Could it ever get better on this side of heaven than to spend time in God’s Word, God’s World and in Worship on a daily basis with these amazing people? It was simply the BEST VACATION EVER.
Have you been to Alaska or met any of these people? I would love to hear about your experiences.
I am going to end this post like I heard Max Lucado end all of his teachings.
“Now go in the great Grace and Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ and remember that the one who came still comes and the one who spoke still speaks.” Amen!