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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Heart of the Artist

Last Sunday I went to my "house-sitting" church (my adopted church when I house-sit for my Aunt & Uncle). I decided to go talk to the music director after the service. I had a few(a ton of) questions for her. She was SO kind and encouraging. She gave me her email and a book to borrow called "The Heart of the Artist" by Rory Noland.

I've never felt adequate or qualified to run the music ministry at my church, and I'm not! When the last piano player moved away, I was the only musician left, so I took the reins. BUT...God helped me to see that He didn't care if I had a degree in music ministry or any experience at all for that matter. He opened my eyes to see that all I needed was Him; all I needed was to trust my God and He would take care of the rest.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Follow my blog...I'm not asking

I just "followed" my own blog...does that make me self-absorbed?

See what I've been driven to?

Only 3 followers, so I was pushed to step across that line...from those people that enjoy hearing their own voice to following my OWN blog!

We all know it's dangerous to leave me to my own thoughts for too long, the "follow" button on the left!

Do know you want to...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Storms of various kinds

Yesterday, a nice sunny day turned into a thunderstorm which turned into a hailstorm. With hail the size of quarters, I ran out and grabbed a piece and stuck it in the freezer...why? I don't know.

So THAT was extremely boring, I'll try something a lil more interesting.

A friend from high school and her husband are going to be helping out with the music at my church for a little while. It's going to be a huge relief and blessing.  It's awesome to pray for years for something and then hear God say, "Ok, you have waited on Me, now the waiting is over."

Why is it hard to wait on the Lord sometimes? It shouldn't be. He's omnipotent, omniscient (all-powerful, all-knowing) and He knows what is best for His children, WHEN it's best for them.  Yet we, as followers of Jesus, fight that sometimes and want things now, because honestly it would make things easier (so WE think). Ultimately, we are a self-centered people.  We think we know what's best for us. Even the most unselfish person you've ever met is, at the end of the day, self-centered. It's being human.

We're studying the "Idols of the Heart" at my church and we've seen that our heart is a 1-throne heart.  It only has room for 1 king at a time, 1 ruler. We tend to seat ourselves on that throne more often than we think. Remember that time that you heavily sighed because someone asked you to get up and help them with something...just when you sat down after a long day of working hard?? Yep, that's because in that moment you were serving "self" instead of God.

Praise God that He is patient with us, and understands temptation (Jesus Tempted by the devil).

I'm not home right now, so I can't listen to my church's sermons first hand, but I've been listening to them online here. 

Can't wait for "Idols of the Heart" part 3!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Forever learning...

Sadly not my guitar,
but I'd love to have it!
I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday a few years ago, and I've gone back and forth with loving it and then letting dust collect on it. Every time I house sit for my aunt and uncle, I always bring my guitar with me and fall in love with it all over again. My fingers are in PAIN from all the playing I've done the last few days.

I have a lot of songs to learn for church. My friend, who just finished college, is now home and can play piano while I'm on guitar. We have a tiny church, so 2 instruments are a real treat....ya, I know...sad, but I'm really excited about it.

Current Getty songs I'm learning for church...
    "Power of the Cross" - Keith & Kristyn Getty
    "Behold the Lamb" - Keith & Kristyn Getty
    "All around the world" - Keith & Kristyn Getty

Just for fun...
    "Dream a little Dream of Me" - Mama Cass
    "My Hands are Shaking" - Sondre Lerche
    "Yours to Hold" - Skillet

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Try, try again...

Well, I guess I've decided to try blogging again. I used to blog consistently, got tired of it, now I'm back!