Good morning one and all! I have had one of those mornings that every blogger/internet user adores: I wrote this comfortably long, well worded, excellent post this morning and in the process of posting it…it all disappeared.
So there’s that.
Basically, all I had to say was this: today, I have my first event as a Christian speaker. Now, if you’ve ever seen me do music, you know that I usually plan some sort of short devotional during my performance and share that with the audience. However, today…I’m not even taking my guitar. What is that madness? And why am I so excited about it?!?
I’m speaking on the power of using the names of God in prayer. I’ll share more with you later today. However, if your interest is peaked, I would encourage you to go to the website of Ann Spangler who has written several different books on the names of God. On her website you will find a free resource called “Ten Names of God“. This is a great place to get started learning some of the amazing things our God is called!
Pray for God’s will to be done as I speak this morning. My prayer will be the prayer of a great man of God I admire, Father Mychal Judge:
“Lord take me where You want me to go,
let me meet who You want me to meet,
tell me what You want me to say,
and keep me out of Your way.”
Love each other.
Well it sure has been a while. But all that matters is that we’re back and it should be better now. So let’s get back at it with the always exciting “Word to the Wise”. And as always, it’s weird.
I love giving names to these Word to the Wise posts. This one is especially fun because some people say: “Church fires?” And everyone that goes to church with me says: “CHURCH FIRES?!?!?!?!?” And then Jesus and I just sit back and laugh and say: “Ha. Church fires.” Basically…this is what I mean. Friday was my new friend’s birthday. My “new” friend is a church friend. Her name is Frank. Actually her name is Savannah…but everybody calls her Frank. And I think it’s fun. So anyway, Frank’s birthday was Friday and I didn’t get to see her. So this morning, as I was packing up all my stuff for church, I packed my Zippo, a yellow star candle, and a cupcake. Then, as the church members were voting for Deacons…I lit the candle, and gave Frank a cupcake. The object lesson here is very simple: simple gifts. Sometimes the little things…are the biggest things.
Now some of you may cringe when I say that word. And some of you may have a right to. But for me, this entire summer has been filled to overflowing with some of the most outstanding teenagers in the universe. It started when I went on a mission trip with my church and got to know several of their youth girls (including Frank). But it’s especially on my mind right now because I just finished a girls’ retreat. It was focused on girls from ages 12 to 16 but any-woman was welcome! It was such an amazing time! Friday night, I performed all original music and led a short little devotion for the ladies. Then Saturday, we all came back and worshipped together. Now, I’ll get into the specifics in a minute, but I messed up the first song…and consequently every other song was messed up from there. And I worried. We had a nice little group of girls…but we weren’t five hundred! But God reminded me that I’m just a little basket of fish and bread. He gets to decide who it benefits. When that small(ish) group of girls opened their mouths to praise the Lord…you would’ve thought there were a thousand full grown women in their! We had some teenagers in love with Jesus at Salem Fork Baptist Church this weekend! It just reminded me (again) how truly amazing teenagers can be!
Now, you’re not supposed to tell anyone when you mess up singing. Because hopefully they didn’t notice. But this is an explanation of how blown away I was by the Spirit and the power of teenage girl voices. The first song we sang Saturday morning was “Hosanna (Praise is Rising)”. For those of you who are musical…I performed the song in the key of G. I later realized I was supposed to sing it, in my range…in the key of D. For those of you who are not musical, I sang this song THREE keys higher than I was supposed to. Long story short…I really hurt myself. My throat is STILL incredibly sore from straining so hard to hit those notes! But like I said in the teenagers section…I’m just a basket of fish. Those girls stepped right up and praised Jesus right over and around this goober! I really wanted to stop singing and just play and listen to those girls! It was such a blessing.
Pay attention this week for new videos and I’ll see you back here next Sunday for another “Word to the Wise”.
So…my prayer yesterday was that God’s will be done here at the Roy’s Folks festival in High Point, NC. And it was.
Most of the day I spent in torment. Not a lot was happening for me…and on top of it…all I could think about was what I could be doing if I were at home. It was pretty rough. I’m doing a Bible study with some friends right now about Chasing after the right things. And I’ve worked very hard to figure out what I’m chasing, and turn myself in the right direction. I was sitting not doing much and two ladies walked up. They started asking questions interrupting my reading and I harumphed. They started pointing to CDs and asking questions. One pointed to my “Pink Ribbon” CD and asked about it. I explained it was one song, the CD was $5 and the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. So I played some of it for her. And she began to weep. My mother, being my mother went to talk to her and the woman explained her daughter had just died. Come to find out, she had passed away and NO ONE knows why. I played another song for her from my “Prodigal: A Reckless Child on Her Way Back Home” album. Then, before she left, God made a reckless child remember a wonderful thing. I played a song I haven’t recorded. It’s called “Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)”.
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.”
And that’s what the song is about.
“Don’t cry for me, like a child who’s lost her mother, I’ve gone to a place that’s like no other where I belong. Don’t play real slow, no need for a funeral march, be sure to give it all your heart it’s my last song. Don’t mourn for me like someone who can’t cope…just miss me like a child of God with hope.”
So…thanks for the prayers. Because as always…God’s will was done.
Amen and amen.
So, for two days a year, all the people who have been featured on Fox 8’s “Roy’s Folks” gather at an old mall in High Point, NC. Those two days are today and tomorrow. And who has two thumbs and has been on the show? THIS GIRL!!! Pretty excited about trying to get some gigs booked! So come on out to Oak Hollow Mall today…or at least turn on your TV! It’s going to be a great day! Pray that God’s will be done today!
So…big news for me as I prepare to perform again at Mayfest in Pilot Mountain this year!!! I’m very excited! Mayfest has quickly become one of my favorite street fairs and I look forward to it every year! My first time performing at Mayfest was 2009. I always perform on Sunday, and it is always Mother’s Day. So In May of 2009 I was a freshman at Appalachian and I went to all the girls on my floor asking them about their moms. I took everything they said and wrote a special Mother’s Day song that I do each year at the festival. It’s a great time. Since my ministry is maturing and expanding, some new things will be happening during my set this year! For more about that…you’ll have to check out our Facebook page! 🙂 There is an event page for this performance and I’ll be posting fun facts and information about this performance regularly! Look forward to seeing you there!
(As a side note, remember to check the bottom of my website for recent Facebook posts, and more importantly a count down for any big events coming up! You can find these on any page of the site. Scroll down and check it out!)
Yesterday, I had my first experience leading worship. It was a women’s retreat in Dobson, NC and it was the first time I played more songs by other people than original songs that I’ve written. And I didn’t hate it at all!!! I had always said I didn’t want to do that but I really enjoyed it. In fact, some of the songs I did spoke to me more than anything I’ve ever sang before! But anyway. It was truly an amazing day!!! The women there were wonderful. Truly wonderful. A chorus teacher I worked with in high school was there, one of my favorite ladies I never knew was there, my babysitter’s sister and niece were there, and the speaker was outstanding! As far as the music was concerned, I wrote a couple of songs especially for the event, but I also did “10,000 Reasons”, “Oh How He Loves”, “Heaven Song”, and some others. But “Oh How He Loves”. I didn’t have access to an orchestra or a piano or an electric guitar or even percussion. It was just me and my Taylor. And it was a truly amazing experience. I can really lose myself in that song when I’m singing it. It was such a tremendous reminder of God’s love, His presence, and His purpose. And now I am SO looking forward to doing more events like this in the future!
Next Saturday, Feb. 23rd, I’m doing my first “Big Gig” as a “worship leader”. I’ve never done a show before where I did less original music than I did other people’s music. I’m really nervous but exceptionally excited about it! I’ve written two songs specifically for the event and then a third song that I wrote was really put on my heart when I first found out about it. It’s all about being comfortable or…content with who God made you to be and where He put you. As soon as I found out about the possibility I could be doing this, this particular song was laid on my heart and I couldn’t WAIT to find out why! When we really talked about the retreat…it turns out that the theme is: contentment.
My God works in WONDERFULLY mysterious ways!