Street Festival Today!

Today, I am doing a thing that is going to be very bittersweet.

I played at Mayfest for the first time on Mother’s Day of 2009.  I remember because I had the sweet ladies of my freshman dorm floor tell me about their moms and wrote a Mother’s Day song based on what they had to say.

Since 2009, I have missed two years.  The last two years.  I missed 2016 because I was working and I missed 2017…not sure why but did.  This year though…I’M BACK!!!

Today at 1:00 I take the stage to perform an hour of some of my favorite songs, including the time tested Mother’s Day song I wrote back in 2009.

But today marks another event.  An event I am not happy about.

Today is the first time I will perform at Mayfest without the musical accompaniment of my father.  I will be playing his guitar.  I will be singing through the microphone he bought me for my birthday a few years ago.  I will be singing some songs he approved of and some he never got a chance to hear.  I will be making music because he raised me to love music.  It will be hard.  But it will be wonderful.

I hope you can come out and join us.  It’s gonna be hot y’all.  But we are going to worship God and have a wonderful time and even praise our mothers a little bit!  They deserve it after all.  And after all of the focus I have placed on the fact that my dad won’t be there for the first time in seven years…he will be.

He will be backing me up on a heavenly guitar.  And Gods gonna be dancing.  And they’re both going to be shouting with smiles on their faces:

“That’s my girl!”

Be His.

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Women’s Conference Today!

Hello one and all!

Today I am off to speak at a women’s conference in Sparta, NC.  The subject of the conference is joy, and if I’m being honest, I was asked to have a title prepared before I was prepared to prepare a title.  What?

Basically, I usually name a talk after I figure out what it’s going to be about.  This time, it was the other way around.  But, amazingly enough, God gave me a title…and then He pulled the words together and managed to somehow use me in the whole process.

The title of my session is “ReJoy”.  No, you didn’t read it wrong!  It isn’t “rejoice” but “ReJoy”.  I’ll be posting the whole session up soon so be on the look out for that!  Pray today that women would learn about joy, which is so foundational to our faith.  As Billy Sunday, the 20th-century pro-baseball player turned evangelist, said, “If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”

To that end, I was listening to a new worship band as I was getting ready this morning, and I think this song pretty accurately captures this idea of joy and ReJoy.  So enJoy.

Be His.

Simply Gifts

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Happy New Year one and all!

I pray you were safe, warm, and happy last night and today as we move into a new year. I was and I want to share my amazement at our God with you.

On the last day of last year (or yesterday), I was invited to lead worship at a small local church.  I was not given a lot of details, which were not required, but this group has recently experienced some pain within the walls of the church and hearts of her people. Continue reading

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Good chilly morning to you all!  I am writing a hasty note to inform anyone who cares that I am leading worship this morning at a church in Mt. Airy.  I am very excited about this opportunity and feel so blessed as I look back over this year and how God has worked together various events to lead to more events.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for next year/tomorrow.

Also, I have some exciting news I will be sharing soon so STAY CLOSE!  Subscribe or follow or do something so you get updates from me!  Love you all!

Love each other.

BLAST OFF!!!

Tonight, I am very happy with myself.  When I was first approached about doing a “Blast Off to School” back to school event, a song came to mind.  Do you remember FFH?  Well they did a song called “Astronaut”.  I’m about to play that for a room full of unsuspecting victims.  Victims of great humor that is!!!  

The Power of the Names of God

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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.

WORD TO THE WISE: Church Fires, Teenagers, and Larynxes

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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.

Church Fires

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.

Teenagers

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!

Larynxes

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”.

He Did It

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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.

Roy’s Folks

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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!

 

Concert Announcement

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!)