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!”
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.
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!!!
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.
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!)
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!