I have always said that I love early mornings (when I’m not rushing around trying to get to where I need to be on time). As I sit here this morning looking out over the grass still dripping with early morning dew, I have such a feeling of peace. Life is nowhere near perfect, and there are times when I feel like troubles are closing in around too fast for me to handle. The daily stress of being a single, working mom often feels overwhelming. Until a quiet Saturday morning comes along to quiet all of the “noise” and let me breathe. These moments alone with God are priceless. I know that God is with me all day everyday as I go through life…but on mornings like this, He is more than just “with me, ” He comforts me, reassures me, and blesses me with the beauty that surrounds me. This time together with my God is refreshing! I feel truly blessed to have been able to share this time with such a loving, wonderful God. I am thankful for the peace that only He can provide.
I have spent a couple of days of my time off work cleaning, re-organizing, getting rid of the old and adding the new. To some people, this may sound like a dreadful way to spend my break, but for me it is glorious. Its one of my most favorite things about this time of year. I love this time of year, not for all the presents, family and food (ok – maybe the food). I love this time of year for the chance to start over. It is a time of renewal. The blank calendar represents endlless possibilities and opportunities. I’ve always been one to make resolutions. I love the idea of fresh starts. I’ve never been really good at keeping my resolutions, but I’m ok with that. Continue reading
The house is quiet. It’s late. I’m alone. I spent a beautiful evening at Foundation Community Church‘s Christmas by Candlelight service tonight with our new church family. Pastor Scott and Jennifer created a lovely atmosphere, Pastor Simon (Scott’s dad) brought an awesome message, the food was delicious, communion and candlelighting were powerful…basically an awesome night. Then we went on to Brian’s mom’s house with his kids to celebrate and open presents. We smiled and laughed and really had a good time together. And then it was time to go home Continue reading
The weekend is over – at least according to the calendar. But it is still being replayed in my mind over and over. It was a weekend that we had anticipated and looked forward to for some time. On December 10, 2010 Faith Passage played our first “show” at Now or Latte Cafe in Trenton, Ohio. We had only begun writing songs a few months prior to this – but couldn’t wait to get out there and share them with people. A lot has changed in this last year Continue reading
Last night, Brian and I had the opportunity to lead worship at a local homeless shelter. Butch Davis of One Accord Ministries leads worship at Serve City twice a week and we were blessed to be a part of that. We arrived early and had the chance to sit and talk with many of the folks who were at the shelter. We were immediately welcomed and shared some great conversations. The time of worship and teaching was amazing. Butch has an authentic way of sharing personal experiences and wisdom gained from his own life that is completely engaging. He taught from the word and – well, let’s just say he brought it. And all that were in the room were hungry for the word. It was like being at a good old fashioned “Come to Jesus meeting.” This was our first time to meet Butch and to hear him teach. His personality and love for the Lord is infectious. At the end of the service we were able to pray with people and hear more of their stories. It was an overwhelming evening. We walked away inspired and uplifted…and very eager to go back and serve again. God has his way of humbling us and encouraging us in our own ministry by placing us where he knows we should be. I am so thankful for his guidance in my life. While some people may not consider worshipping in a homeless shelter “normal” Friday night plans – I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else in the world. I feel truly blessed.
I went to practice last night for the newly formed worship team at Foundation Community Church. Driving there I was in a “funk” to say the least. My day had been plagued by one problem after another. I was feeling like I just couldn’t catch a break. Looking back, those “problems” were little more than minor inconveniences, but at the time the combination of all of them were troubling. So by the time I was on my way to practice, I was fighting tears (and barely winning), sick to my stomach, and was the guest of honor at my very own pity party. We were working on a new song last night (new to us), called “Mighty to Save.” I had heard this song many times, and had always liked it…but last night I fell in love with this song. I sat there, buried in problems, singing about a God so wonderful, so might to save…how could I not get over myself? The problems I was dealing with were nothing compared to the power of the God I serve. We sang the song over and over and I walked away from that practice uplifted and strong and free. Our God is mighty to save…He saves me from myself everyday.
Brian recently received a call from an old friend from high school asking if we would be interested in helping out with a new worship band he was leading for Foundation Community Church. One of the biggest lessons that we have learned over the course of the last year is to not turn away from opportunities that have been presented to us, so we agreed to give it a try. Our worship leader, Benson Cope, is a super great guy, very talented guitar player, and open to everyone’s thoughts and ideas. In just a few practices and only two preview services, this worship team has really begun to come together. Dave Buchanan has been sitting in on bass – and can sing some serious harmony. Eddie is a super drummer who helps hold the whole thing together. And, of course, Brian is such a strong, talented, creative acoustic guitar player! The thing about this opportunity that makes it so great it that we didn’t see it coming at all. It was totally unexpected, but has turned out to be such a blessing. I am so thankful that we were given this opportunity, and that we took it.