I had a much needed day off from work and I spent the about 8 hours with Jordan McCleod listening to my music and correcting some things that needed to be take care of. I am truly excited about the direction the project is going and I am looking forward to the next stage of tracking more vocals and horns and strings. This project has stretched me as an artist and brought back some much needed old school back into my life. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I am leaving you a devotional titled a snails pace by Dennis Fisher. Let me know what you think..
One of my earliest childhood memories was watching snails in our backyard flower garden. I was fascinated by this little creature with a shell, a slimy little tummy, and tiny eyes that turned like periscopes. But what really seemed unusual was how slowly a snail travels.
How slow does a snail go? One study clocked a snail at 0.00758 miles per hour—or 40 feet in one hour. No wonder we use the phrase moving at a snail’s pace to mean “slow.”
Although a snail does move at a “sluggish” pace, one virtue it does possess is perseverance. The great 19th-century preacher Charles Spurgeon wryly observed, “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
According to the apostle Paul, perseverance is a key component in character development. He explained that “tribulation produces perseverance” (Rom. 5:3). And upon that building block go character and hope (v.4). The original Greek word translated “perseverance” means “steadfastness, constancy, and endurance.” It was used of believers who endured in their walk of faith despite many painful trials.
Have setbacks slowed you down to a snail’s pace? Be encouraged. God doesn’t ask for a fast finish. He expects persevering progress.
When trials intrude to slow down your life, It would be easy for you to give in; But by perseverance you’ll overcome strife, So just keep on plodding—with Christ you can win. —Branon
Great achievement requires great perseverance.
Today has been spent getting everything ready for our kitchen transformation. The back splash was been decided. The granite has been.. decided now we wait for the work to be completed. I enjoyed going out with Latessa today and putting the finishing touches on this kitchen project. It is blessing to see the transformation of an old kitchen turned into something new and innovative. The day has also been another day of learning from my music business courses I am taking.. I also got a chance to listen and take notes on my current songs from my upcoming album and what needs to be done to get it where it needs to go. So overall this day has been a very productive one. I am blessed the Lord gave me the opportunity to see this day and experience the wonderful things that has occurred in it. I pray that your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with wonderful things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. I am leaving you tonight with and excerpt from Champion Marksman by Les Lamborn.
What is your focus today? Are you preoccupied with getting ahead and making life more comfortable? If you’re a believer, the right target to shoot for is to become more like the Son of God (2 Cor. 3:18). Today make sure you are aiming at the right target!_Les Lamborn
I have one deep supreme desire, That I may be like Jesus. To this I fervently aspire, That I may be like Jesus. —Chisholm
To make the most of your life, make God’s goals your goals.
Today has been a day of encouragement for me.. I came across a very encouraging podcast today regarding goals that i thought would beneficial to share with you. I listened to How to stay focused by Steven Pierce. in this podcast I learned that there are 3 types of goals. They are as follows: 1) Outcome- results you want to happen 2) Performance - bettering your best 3) Process - the execution I learned that most people spend too much time on the outcome and not enough time on the performance and the process that helps you reach your outcome. Remember that your outcome is the lagging indicator.. to influence your lagging indicator you must do well in your performance and your process.. which impacts your outcome. Moreover, life is truly not about being perfect it is about being better in your performance. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in concert. Nearly 200 people who had been redeemed out of the bowels of Brooklyn—former crack addicts and prostitutes included—sang their hearts out to God. Their faces glistened with tears running down their cheeks as they sang about God’s work of redemption and forgiveness in their lives.
As I watched them, I felt somewhat shortchanged. Since I was saved when I was 6, I didn’t feel the same depth of gratefulness that they displayed as they sang about the dramatic rescue God had provided for them. I was saved from things like biting my sister—not exactly a significant testimony!
Then the Spirit reminded me that if He had not rescued me when I was young, who knows where my life would be today? What destructive paths would I have stumbled down if He had not been teaching me qualities like servanthood and self-control?
It became clear that I too am a great debtor to His grace. It’s not only what we are saved “out of” but what we have been saved “from” that makes our hearts worthy of a spot in the chorus of the redeemed. Anyone who receives Jesus as Savior is welcome to join in the choir of praise: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever” (Ps. 89:1).
He’s been faithful, faithful to me; Looking back, His love and mercy I see. Though in my heart I’ve questioned, even failed to believe, He’s been faithful, faithful to me. —Cymbala
Praise flows freely from the choir of the redeemed.
Monday.. has been a great start for my week. Today has been a very productive day. I am spending a lot of time on music business today. I am encouraged and focused in my next step in growing my business. It is so nice to learn something new and have actual coaches that help you along the way. I never thought that there would be so much to this business but I am amazed at what I learning. I am blessed and willing to focus to get my business off of the ground. I hope and pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. I am sharing with you tonight a inspirational "Walk in the Park by David H. Roper
Our house in Boise, Idaho, backs up to a park with a walking track. You can see most of the path from our kitchen window, and because of that I’ve learned to recognize people by their walk.
There’s a lawyer from down the street who’s always in a hurry, an elderly man who trudges slowly by, a woman who strides with purposeful steps. Each has a characteristic gait.
The Bible instructs us: “Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us” (Eph. 5:2) and “Walk in wisdom” (Col. 4:5). I ask myself, “Does my walk reflect God’s love and wisdom?” Am I “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”? (James 3:17). Do I have love, joy, and peace? Am I tranquil and strong? What do others see as I walk by?
George MacDonald said, “If you who set yourselves to [theorize about] Christianity had set yourselves instead to do the will of the Master, the one object for which the gospel was preached to you, how different would be the condition of that part of the world with which you come into contact.” How different indeed!
Is your life making a difference in the lives around you? Do others see Jesus in what you say and do?
Help me to walk so close to Thee That those who know me best can see I live as godly as I pray, And Christ is real from day to day. —Ryberg
For a Christlike walk, keep in step with Jesus.
Today has been the final rehearsal for the upcoming workshop performance which will be tomorrow at the Calvary Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. I pray if you are not busy please come out and support the workshop. I am truly blessed to be apart of the workshop. We have amazing songs that will minister to your soul. I pray your Saturday has been a great one. Here is a devotional that I found on Our daily bread and I would like to share it with you it is titled I Just saw Jesus by Dennis Fisher... I pray it encourages you as it has me. take care and God bless you.. Years ago I lost my job in my chosen profession due to circumstances beyond my control. So I took on two lesser-paying jobs in order to try to make ends meet. Yet it still was very difficult to earn enough to pay my monthly expenses.
Then I reconnected with Joel and Dave, two friends from my past. Joel had become the pastor of a growing church in the suburbs. Dave had become an overseas missionary, but he was visiting in the US at the time. Both of them, recognizing my predicament, gave me money to help pay the rent. I was deeply moved. As I thought of my friends’ actions, I said to myself: “I have just seen Jesus Christ!”
Just as I saw Jesus in my friends, sometimes others can see Him in us. Paul speaks of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). He confessed: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). And he also understood that different circumstances can be opportunities for “the life of Jesus [to] be manifested in our body” (2 Cor. 4:10).
Do you know someone struggling with physical or financial burdens? Why not let the indwelling Christ express His love through you by meeting that person’s need.
If I can do some good today, If I can help in what I say, If by my deeds Your love convey— Dear Lord, just show me how. —Brandt Real love is helping others for Jesus’ sake even if they can never return the favor.
Today has been a great day. It is great to be home for the weekend. I did have brief conversation today with Jordan McCleod of Runaway Productions. There is some talk of getting together in early October to work on the project and do more editing and get the songs I bit more cleaned up. Everything is going and Jordan says he is getting the kinks out of some of the songs and making them sound better. I am patiently waiting to see what the songs will sound like once I get to see him in October. I have also got to get the songs ready for Louie. So far he will be playing on 5 of the tracks which will definitely bring a Jazz element to my project. I am really looking forward to what magic he puts on my music. I am still working on learning part of my Ministry business. I did hook up with Ghezzi by email today and I am working on the next segment of my training. I pray that your Friday has been a great one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you. What do you have going on this weekend? Anything exciting?
Today has been a day of productivity. I emailed Amazing Grace to another station today. I am caught up on my music business assignment. I am leaning about engagements. I should be connecting with my coach in the next few days in regards to a plan and getting to the next level. There are many options out there and I am learning the business for myself. I reconnected with Walt Bowers again on yesterday and he is looking forward to my next project. I am focused and I have put everything in the hands of the Lord and I know that he has not brought me this far to leave me. I have ton to still learn regarding the music business and I will learn it and align myself with professionals that say what they mean and mean what they say.. But I have learned some very hard core lessons but God will exalt in due season but I must humbly let him do his thing in my life. Please pray for my music and the process of getting it finished. I appreciate your support and efforts in regards to my Ministry. I pray your day has been a blessed one filled with amazing things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you..
Today has been a much needed day of rest after work. I will get back to the music business tomorrow. The Lord has blessed me today and I am grateful for his grace and mercy. I do pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. I have found a very interesting devotional tonight by Os Hillman titled "Using Others"
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12).
Have you ever heard the term, "Money talks?" This old cliché has some truth to it. How we handle money speaks very loudly about our values, especially among those in the marketplace.
One of the common business practices today is to extend payment on invoices to use that time to extend a company's cash flow. The bigger companies can often insist upon even longer times for payment. And because this practice is so prevalent it allows a business that honors their vendors with on-time payments to stand out from the crowd.
This delayed payment policy violates a basic biblical principle. "Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor" (Rom 13:6-7). One of your greatest opportunities to show you are different is in the practical matters of being faithful to your obligations. True servant-hood is revealed when we have the best interest of others in mind. This means not always seeking to negotiate the lowest price for services, but the price that is fair and still honors the vendor for his service or product. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Matt 7:2).
Use money to demonstrate your respect of others by paying others in a timely manner.
Tonight I went to my 2nd rehearsal at the Calvary Baptist Church. The clinicians for the workshop is Cre Burkhalter and Andrew Embry.. We have learned some great songs and I am truly excited about being apart of the workshop. The Lord his moving and He was in the house tonight. I came across a encouraging word tonight which is an excerpt from the Slippery slope of success by David McCasland. I pray it encourages you. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you...
Self-importance is the first step down the slippery slope of what we call success. It begins when we claim credit for God-given victories and modify His commands to suit our desires.
True success is staying on God’s path by following His Word and giving Him praise instead of craving it for ourselves.
Help me, O Lord, lest my heart become proud, For all of my talents by You are endowed; Nothing I have can I claim as my own— What mercy and grace in my life You have shown! —D. De Haan True humility credits God for every success.