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.
The weekend is here. I am excited about spending some quality time with my wife. We had dinner out tonight at Charleston’s and we saw Sparkle at the movies.. The evening has been a great one. Musically, I have been in contact with Jordan McCleod and he has began a rough mix of my music. I am excited about the finishing of the product but this will take time and I will have to be patient..but I am confident the wait will be well worth it. I do hope that you have a had a fantastic Friday. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
It was nice to finally get home from work today. I have been rehearsing and gearing up for my performance at St. Peters next Sunday. The Lord has truly been with the song selection and I am excited about doing an acoustic set with just me and the piano. It has been a long time coming that I would just sit and sing like I do at the house all the time. The songs have taken a different turn to a very mellow praise and worship vibe. I am looking forward to the engagement and worshiping with my teachers and friends who have helped carve my gift into what it is today. The Lord is great and greatly to be praised. I found a devotional by Cindy Hess Kasper title “A Perfect Fit” that I would like to leave with you tonight. I pray your Thursday has been a blessed one filled with amazing things. Take care & Stay encouraged
“What kind of skill set do you bring?” That question, posed in a job interview, was intended to determine if my friend would be a good fit for a position. My friend quickly did a mental review of his skills and talents, hoping to emphasize the unique characteristics he possessed that would contribute to the success of the company.
What if we already had the perfect set of skills required to accomplish what God wants us to do? Well—as a matter of fact—we do! The spiritual gifts we possess, along with our experiences, training, natural talents, and a submissive heart make up a unique individual who has the skills needed for the “good works” that God has “prepared beforehand” (Eph. 2:10). If God has something He wants to accomplish and that you feel He is calling you to do, He will provide what you need to complete the task. Or, as one paraphrase emphasizes, God wants us “to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do” (Eph. 2:10 The Message). The one thing He requires of us is that we “be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2).
Have you found a place in God’s service where you can be used of Him? Let’s “do good” and “be rich in good works” (1 Tim. 6:18).
Think not that you are limited Because of what you cannot do, But think instead of all you have— The talents God has given you. —D. De Haan Spiritual gifts are meant to be used, not admired.
Today I have chatted again with John Mates from the Brenda Brown Entertainment group. Everything is going well.. I will be speaking with him again tomorrow regarding a possible partnership for my existing material and definitely my upcoming album. The exciting thing about this is that there will be a plan and it will be carried out. The first round I was flying by the seat of pants and got burned a couple of times but the Lord is placing me in great company and I am excited about what is about to happen in my Ministry. There are many times in life where you feel you can do it all on your own but Help is always needed from the Lord. with that said I am going to share this devotional from Our Daily Bread with you titled "Help Needed". I pray it encourages you as it has me. Take care and & God bless you.
Help Needed During World War II, the British Isles represented the last line of resistance against the sweep of Nazi oppression in Europe. Under relentless attack and in danger of collapse, however, Britain lacked the resources to see the conflict through to victory. For that reason, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill went on BBC radio and appealed to the world: “Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” He knew that without help from the outside, they could not endure the assault they were facing.
Life is like that. Often, we are inadequate for the troubles life throws at us, and we need help from outside of ourselves. As members of the body of Christ, that help can come at times from our Christian brothers and sisters (Rom. 12:10-13)—and that is a wonderful thing. Ultimately, however, we seek help from our heavenly Father. The good and great news is that our God has invited us to come confidently before Him: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).
At such times, our greatest resource is prayer—for it brings us into the very presence of God. There we find, in His mercy and grace, the help we need.
God has given you His promise, That He hears and answers prayer, He will heed your supplication If you cast on Him your care. Don’t let prayer be your last recourse in time of need; make it your first.
Today has been a very interesting day. I have connected with my producer Jordan McCleod and the project is in the rough mixing stages.. I will keep you posted as things develop. Our conversation was very positive and things are looking up and I am inviting you to pray with me that great success comes from the songs that the Lord has blessed me to write. With this said, I am sharing a devotional that one of my friends has shared with me from Our daily Bread… titled “By the Grace of God I am What I Am”
“By the Grace of God I Am What I Am”
By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain . . . 1 Corinthians 15:10 The way we continually talk about our own inabilities is an insult to our Creator. To complain over our incompetence is to accuse God falsely of having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining from God’s perspective those things that sound so humble to men. You will be amazed at how unbelievably inappropriate and disrespectful they are to Him. We say things such as, “Oh, I shouldn’t claim to be sanctified; I’m not a saint.” But to say that before God means, “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are opportunities I have not had and so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” That may sound wonderfully humble to others, but before God it is an attitude of defiance. Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite of people. To say, “Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,” is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be you’re all in all. There is only one relationship that really matters and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life. With God, all things are possible……
I pray your Tuesday has been Terrific one. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you.