Today has been a quiet day.. I did finish my song today and i am blessed the Lord gave me the rest of the lyrics and bridge and key change to finish it. I have been chatting with my internet coach tonight and we are looking to do more promoting with some new tools. I will keep you posted on how everything pans out with this new approach.. The Lord is truly opening my mind to new paradigms and I am growing leaps and bounds. One of my friends sent me a devotional and I am sharing it with you. I pray your Monday has been a blessed one filled with great things. take care, stay encouraged & God bless you
Heman’s Honesty I marvel at Heman, the poet who wrote Psalm 88. His lot in life was unrelieved distress. “My soul is full of troubles,” he lamented (v.3). He was fed up with suffering!
Heman looked back and remembered poor health and misfortune. He looked around and saw adversity and abandonment. He looked up and found no solace. “I am distraught,” he complained (v.15). He was “adrift” (v.5), “in darkness” (v.6), “afflicted” (vv.7,15), and “cast off” (v.14). He could see no light at the end of the tunnel; no resolution of his sorrow.
Heman’s honesty warms my soul. Christians who never struggle confuse me. There’s balance, of course: No one wants to be around those who babble on all day about their troubles, but it does my heart good to know that someone else has struggled.
Yet, there’s more to Heman than mere candor. He also had a stubborn, intractable faith. Despite his many problems, he clung to God and cried out to Him “day and night” (vv.1,9,13). He didn’t stop praying. He didn’t give up. And even though he didn’t sense it at the time, Heman acknowledged God’s lovingkindness, faithfulness, and righteousness (vv.11-12).
I like folks like Heman. They strengthen my grip on God and remind me never to stop praying.
In solitude, on wings of prayer My soul ascends before the throne; My only hope of strength is where My heart and His meet all alone. Prayer is the soil in which hope grows best.
Today has been a wonderful day of worship. I had the opportunity to worship in song at the St. Peters United Methodist Church in Tulsa today. I was greeted by my awesome piano teacher Phyliss Swift and my great friend Music direct Steven Law. We had a great time the service was blessed and I sang 4 songs. 1)This is the day/Nothing but the blood, 2) Like You Do, 3) Breathe and 4) Situation. It was the first time that I sang the songs with just piano. My family showed up at the church and it was a nice time and my sister surprised me and brought my beautiful nieces. I am just overjoyed and blessed to have been in such great company. The sermon was very touching and spirit filled. It was just so awesome to reconnect with people that I consider my family and greet new friends of the St Peter's UMC. I am truly Thanking God for Music.. I have found a devotional by Julie Ackerman Link titled "Thank God for Music" that I would like to share with you tonight.
Music plays a big part in the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, God enlists musicians to work on His behalf. He uses music to call people to worship and to send them to war, to soothe ragged emotions and to ignite spiritual passion, to celebrate victories and to mourn losses. Music is an all-occasion, all-inclusive art form. There are followers and leaders, simple songs and complex songs, easy instruments and difficult instruments, melodies and harmonies, fast rhythms and slow rhythms, high notes and low notes.
Music is a wonderful metaphor for the church because everyone participates by doing what he or she does best. We all sing or play different notes at different times, but we all perform the same song. The better we know our parts, and the better we follow the conductor, the more beautiful the music.
One of the best uses for music is praise. When Solomon’s temple was completed, the musicians praised and thanked God. As they did, “the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (2 Chron. 5:14).
We thank God for beautiful music, for it’s like a preview of heaven, where the glory of God will dwell forever and where praise for Him will never cease.
Bless the Lord and sing His praises, Bless the Lord now, O my soul; Join the song all heaven raises, Let the anthem loudly roll! —Peterson Those who praise God on earth will feel at home in heaven.
I pray your Sunday has been a blessed one. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
Today has been a great day of rest, and rehearsal. I am preparing to worship tomorrow with the St. Petters United Methodist Church. During the time of the rehearsal the Lord has given me a new song titled Jesus you're real... the song has not been written completely but the idea is wonderful. I had a conference call tonight with Dennis Blount of DLB Media Group. I learned a lot of new interesting things about radio, record companies and agents. The Lord was in the call and I feel the conference call was very beneficial to me. I have some new and exciting things going on and I will keep you posted as things develop. I pray that your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with great things. I am practicing good habits and with that said Remember: A habit is just a rut of routine. But good spiritual discipline can transform our ruts into grooves of grace.
Lord, keep me in Your groove of grace, The chosen path for me; Your will I daily will embrace Until eternity. —Hess
In the beginning we make our habits; in the end our habits make us.
I am so happy to began my weekend. I had a very stressful week. But the Lord has sustained me. I am learning that in life that it best to just live and stop Bellyaching..with that said.. I am leaving you tonight with a great devotional that I have found..on Our Daily Bread.. I pray your Friday has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you
Bellyaching And Its Cure by Herbert Vander Lugt
A mentally impaired man always shook hands with his pastor after each service. But he often made critical comments like these: “You preach too long.” “Your sermons are boring.” “You talk about yourself too much.” Distressed, the pastor mentioned this to a deacon, who replied, “Oh, don’t worry about him. All he does is parrot what he hears others say.”
Grumbling is an all-too-common sin among Christians, and some are chronic complainers. They are skilled at finding something wrong with anyone who is actively trying to serve the Lord. And undoubtedly all of us have done some bellyaching.
The best cure for this sinful habit is Christian love—something easy to talk about but difficult to practice. First, we must consciously desire God’s best for everyone. This love “suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; . . . love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Then, as we depend on the Lord, we must put these attitudes into practice.
The next time you feel like finding fault with someone, resist that impulse and look for a way to do good to that person (Galatians 6:10). Do this diligently, and in time you will be cured of your bellyaching.
I would not criticize the one who works, The one who listens to God's Word and heeds; But I would criticize myself, dear Lord, Confess to You my faithless words and deeds. —Hess
Don't find a fault—find a remedy.
Today has been a blessed day. I had a conversation with Gary Box regarding my album photo and it seems like we are going to make things happen. I am truly looking forward to working Gary. Gary is a a friend that I have had since Junior High School and it always great to connect with him. I will be scheduling a consult with him or a photo shoot soon. I have also been contacted by another on-line radio station today..I have also been in contact with Jordan McCleod again today and he has been busy sifting through my rough mixes and will send more music soon. Tonight I have connected with Dennis Blount of the DLB Media Group.. there is a lot going on and I will be doing some business consulting to learn the business and have a definite plan when the project is released. I am learning more and more everyday as I get closer to my ultimate goals. I do pray that your day has been a blessed one. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you. I left a thought with you from Our daily bread... It doesn't matter where you are just know that Jesus is there with you...
Wherever you are today, “There’s quite enough hope and quite enough power to chase away any gloom, for Jesus, Lord Jesus, is in this very room.”
When in the midst of life with its problems, Bent with our toil and burdens we bear; Wonderful thought and deep consolation: Jesus is always there. —Lillenas Our loving God is always near—forever by our side.
I am very excited to be home and relaxing. I did have surprise today. Latre Morris from WCCD AM Radio 1000® | radio1000.org | The Praizeness Station in the Nation™ | The Prophetic Station. www.radio1000.org contacted me on Facebook today requesting my music. I have sent her Situation and Like You Do. I am blessed to have been asked to send her music. On the album front Jordan McCleod for Runaway Productions has sent me 5 songs (Cold, Nothing Can Change My Mind, Dirt, Forevermore and Cast All Your Cares) of my 12 song album for rough mixes. There is a lot to still be done on them but it is nice to finally hear some vocal activity on the music that I have been working on for months. I pray that we can continue to keep this moving. The mixing and editing parts are the key things on anyones album and I absolutely detest the process because it is so tedious and technical. I am asking the Lord to be with me and I have given this process to Him as He knows that I am not the most patient person and I know that whatever His will is it will be done. I am looking to take some pictures for my cover while all of this is going on. I have not decided on weather or not I will release a single this year or not as things have slowed down since the beginning but I am praying that the we can keep moving. The Lord is in control and I have to trust Him as He controls everything for our good. I do pray that your Wednesday has been a great one. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
Today has been a great day. The Lord is moving and my producer Jordan Mcleod has been busy bouncing my rough mix.. I should get something tonight. there is a definite plan in place. I am excited to finally be getting to the next phase of the recording process although there is still a ton to do but one step at a time we will get there. I did come across a great devotional today that I would like to share with you titled: "Sharpening One Another" I pray your Tuesday has been a terrific one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you
Sharpening One Another Social networks on the Internet are on the rise. Even when separated by great distance, people are still able to gain insights and a listening ear from peers on-line. Blogs, Twitter, e-mail, and Web links add to the ways we can receive and give spiritual guidance.
But it’s also valuable to meet face to face with mature believers for mentoring. “Elisha . . . followed Elijah” (1 Kings 19:21), and Paul mentored Timothy as “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2). He even admonished Timothy to set up a chain of mentoring which would multiply spiritual growth (2 Tim. 2:2). Moses exhorted parents to teach their children throughout their day: “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:7). The Master Teacher, Christ Himself, illustrated how to mentor: “He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out” (Mark 3:14).
From these passages we see the value of meeting face to face in a variety of settings so that we can sharpen one another spiritually (Prov. 27:17). Along life’s journey, there are times when we can benefit from a wise guide or provide this same service to one who wants to follow.
Lord, who could be my mentor? And is there a younger person in the faith I could help? Please lead me so that I might grow stronger spiritually and help others as well. We need each other to get where God wants us to go.
The plans changed today regarding me going to the Guitar Center looking for a keyboard. I am not going to rush the process there are many options now that there is so much going on with computers. I am shifting my paradigm a bit and possibly going to get software and continue to use my existing keyboards and making music for the Lord that way. I am still in process of educating myself on everything and I have a lot to learn but I will get there. I am planning to meet Jordan tomorrow regarding my rough mix. I will keep you posted on the outcome of the meeting. I pray that I can get a CD and get in immediate contact with Louie Walker and get the sax tracks ready to go then horns and strings.. There is a lot going on but the truth is there is not a deadline when you are an independent artist because you control the flow of the project and when things happen. My goal is get something out sometimes this fall. Then possibly release the album in the 1st quarter of 2013. I hope that you had a Magnificent Monday. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
Today has been a great day of worship at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. The inspirational Choir did a great job and sang very well this morning. After service, I had an awesome lunch with my family. Tonight I have confirmed my songs for my Sunday worship service at St Peters UMC. I have spoken with my friend Steven Law. I am truly excited about the worship service and I have confirmed the 4 songs that I will singing at the service. This week will be busy week for me. I am planning to meet Jordan tomorrow and do more keyboard shopping and listening to rough mixes of my upcoming album. I will also be contacting my great friend Louie Walker regarding dropping more saxophone tracks on my tunes. The Lord is moving and I am blessed to be used by Him. Like the song says Lord whatever your doing in this season don’t do it without me. I am trusting in Him and I know that everything is going to work out for the good. I will keep you posted as everything develops. I appreciate your time in reading my blog. May the Lord continually bless and keep you. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.
Here is an encouraging devotional that I found on Our daily bread for you titled “Cheering each Other On” by David C. McCasland
A mile from the finish line of the London Marathon, thousands of onlookers holding signs lined the route. When spectators spotted a family member or friend coming into view, they shouted the person’s name, waved, and yelled encouragement: “Just a little farther! Keep going! You’re almost there.” After running 25 miles, many competitors were barely walking and ready to quit. It was amazing to watch exhausted runners brighten and pick up the pace when they saw someone they knew or heard their name called out.
Encouragement! We all need it, especially in our walk of faith. The book of Hebrews tells us to keep urging each other on. “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, . . . but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (10:24-25).
The New Testament is filled with the certainty that Christ will return soon. “The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5). “The coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8). “Behold, I am coming quickly” (Rev. 22:12).
As we “see the Day approaching,” let’s keep cheering each other on in the faith. “Keep going! You’re almost there! The finish line is in sight.”
Help me, Lord, to reassure and strengthen Others by the words I speak today; I would always try to be affirming, As our pathways cross along life’s way. —Hess
Even if you have nothing else to give, you can give encouragement.
Today has been a busy day but a restful one away from the job. I am in the search for a new keyboard.. I did get the opportunity to go to guitar center today and do some looking. There are so many new things and I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to new musical toys. I am huge fan of Yamaha keyboards as many of my songs from my previous EP as well as my new album have been created on. I love the piano sounds in them and there are a ton of choices. I am looking to get something that is going to give me the most for what I do. My patient wife was with me and actually liked some of the sounds.. but we are not making a decision right away. I will be doing my homework on the keyboards and going in again on Monday to check out the sounds and make sure that it is something that is going to assist me in glorifying the Lord. I am scheduled to meet Jordan McCleod (my producer) for me new record on Monday. It will be exciting to see what comes of the new keyboard search. It has been at least 15 years since I have purchased a new keyboard. I am excited about the possibilities and the new technology that I am so far behind on. I will also be getting some rough mixes on my new music on Monday. Jordan says that he will get some things done and possibly all of it. We will see how things develop. I will keep you posted after our meeting on Monday. I pray that your Saturday has been a great one. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.