Rearview Mirror Reflections I’ve always thought that you can see the hand of God best in the rearview mirror. Looking back, it’s easier to understand why He placed us in the home that He did; why He brought certain people and circumstances into and out of our lives; why He permitted difficulties and pain; why He took us to different places and put us in various jobs and careers.
In my own life, I get a lot of clarity (though not perfect clarity—that’s heaven’s joy!) about the wise and loving ways of God as I reflect on the ways He has managed my journey by “the works of [His] hands” (Ps. 92:4). With the psalmist, it makes me glad and strikes a note of joy in my heart to see how often God has assisted, directed, and managed the outcomes so faithfully (Ps. 111).
Looking ahead, though, is not always so clear. Have you ever had that lost feeling when the road ahead seems twisted, foggy, and scary? Before you move into next year, stop and look in the rearview mirror of the year gone by, and joyfully realize that God meant it when He said, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’ ” (Heb. 13:5-6).
With the promise of God’s presence and help in mind, you can move ahead into 2013 with utmost confidence.
Shall not He who led me safely Through the footsteps of this day Lead with equal understanding All along my future way? God’s guidance in the past gives courage for the future.
I pray your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
Today I am back at the gym.. I did 30 minutes of cardio and I am worn out. I have desperately needed to get back on my plan and I am glad that I am back on track once again. I also got another surprise today from the Lord, Vent Magazine is wanting to feature me in their online e-mag. I am truly looking forward to the experience. I have been sent a list of questions to answer in which I will answer and send back to Rafael Jovine who is the editor and chief writer. I will keep you posted when things are ready to go. I am excited about the opportunity. I am truly in a great place in my life. I am trusting in the Lord and knowing that no matter what the enemy throws at me the Lord is going to give me the strength to endure... One my friends at work sent me an encouraging thought the other day titled "Always" I pray it blesses you like it has me. I pray your Monday has been a Magnificent one. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
Always I love the words always and never. They hold so much hope! I would like to think that I could always be happy and that life would never fail me. But reality says that I won’t always be happy and that the things I hope would never happen just might. So, as good as these words sound, they struggle to live up to their potential—unless you are thinking about the promise of Jesus’ presence.
To a group of troubled disciples who feared facing life on their own Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20). The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus said, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’” (Heb. 13:5-6). And the apostle Paul assures believers that after death, “We shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:17). How encouraging!
No matter how scary our journey may feel today or how hopeless our future may look, the assurance of His never-failing presence can provide us with the courage and comfort to make it through. And best of all, when this short life is over, we will always be with Him. No wonder Paul encourages us to “comfort one another with these words” (v.18).
Jesus said He’s always with us, He will never leave our side; Someday we’ll be in His presence Where forever we’ll abide. Confidence in God’s presence is our comfort.
I am just now getting home from my the Canaan District Mass Choir Musical.. It was a success as usual.. the spirit was in the church and we did a great job on the music. There is some talk about the Canaan District Mass Choir going to the GMWA workshop next year in Cincinnati Ohio.. I have been approached with getting some of my music to the convention for possible display at the workshop. I will be doing a lot of praying as there are a lot of things going on.. I still need to get my first album out and then work on choir music. I will be focusing on the songs that I wish to put into my first Praise/Updated Hymns... The Lord has truly blessed me with a lot of music that many have not heard. I am looking forward to sharing it as He continues to bless me with more new music. Currently my catalogue has approximately 130 songs in it. I know that once I get this project finished the Lord will give me another series of 8 more songs. I will keep you posted on how things develop.. My brother-in-law did get some coverage of the musical tonight... I will get something from him and share with you very soon. I pray that your day has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
I am gearing up for the Canaan District Musical tomorrow. The music has been chosen and the songs are ready to “Sang”. We got fresh music for the Tennessee GMWA that was held this summer. The Lord was praised again today at our final practice. The 2 songs that I have presented for the choir this year is “In this Sanctuary” and “I will trust in the Lord”. The rest of the songs you will have to come and hear for yourself. The engagement is at Gethsemane at 6:00 p.m. in Tulsa Oklahoma on 56th street North. I pray that if you have nothing previously planned that you come out and support the music. I will do my best to get some pictures and footage of the musical. This workshop is truly what I have been needing to re-charge my battery. I have been feeling a bit run down and tired of the same old routine. The Lord has truly been dealing with me individually as well as on a musical level. Please pray for the families in the area that has lost their homes from the fires. I have learned that one of my employees had a lot of damage and her Dad last his home. Please keep these families in your prayers. I do pray your Saturday has been a blessed one filled with great things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you
I had an amazing time at the Canaan District rehearsal tonight.. we have a final rehearsal tomorrow to finally put all these songs together. The Lord has truly been in Gethsemane Baptist Church (Tulsa Oklahoma) this week. I am looking forward to our concert on Sunday at 6:00. I feel it could be the best one yet. Joey and Leanna Crutcher are such inspirations to people they work with... their willingness to teach and listen and encourage people are a blessing to everyone that know them. Credella Burkhalter not only is she one of closest friends but she is an amazing person and great singer/director/arranger for the Lord. It is always a blessing to be linked to kingdom connections. They are always so uplifting and encouraging.. Praising the Lord in song is a wonderful thing. I pray your Friday night was an amazing one filled with great things... Take care & God bless you
I am just winding down from the 2nd day of rehearsal with the Canaan District Choir. The choir is sounding awesome.. My spirit is lifted and I am overwhelmed with the love and dedication that this choir has for one another... I love learning new music and having a vision come to fruition. I am blessed beyond measure and in awe of what the Lord is doing and what He is about to do. We have learned 8 songs with 2 to go and an overview... I will do my best to get some footage of the performance. I pray your day has been a blessed one filled with amazing things. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you
I am just home from the Canaan District rehearsal.. The rehearsal was a blessing and very encouraging. Reverend Joey Crutcher did his thing and the spirit was in each and every song.. I am so filled from the songs. We had about 50 people at this rehearsal and the choir sounded amazing. I did present one of the 2 songs that I plan to present tonight. The song that I brought forth was "In the sanctuary". I am looking forward to how it will sound on Sunday.. the singers in the choir are extremely gifted. They can hear something one time the sing it exactly the way you taught it.. I am so filled at this moment and recharged it is exactly what I needed on this 113 degree day here in Tulsa. I will keep you posted on the developments of the workshop. We have rehearsal Thursday and Frida and the performance will be at 6:00 on Sunday at Gethsemane. I pray you had a wonderful Wednesday. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.
Today has been a blessed day.. I am glad to be home from an extremely hectic day at work. The Lord has been with me... I have chosen 3 songs to present at tomorrows rehearsal for the Canaan District Mass Choir.. I am looking forward to presenting and learning at this workshop. I get re-charged each and every time that I attend. The Lord is moving in many ways.. the blessings that He gives us on a daily basis is immeasurable. I am blessed for everything that is going on in my life. I am pushing forward and not looking back and opening my eyes to what is really going on in my life. I am changing my tactics and trusting the Lord in all my decisions. One of my friend has told me that my gift will make room for me.. and that has truly resonated in my spirit.. because when you use your gift for the glory of the Lord there is nothing or no one that can hinder that because you will have the favor of the Lord. He is my refuge even in time of trouble.. and he is also my celebration in times of greatness. I pray your day Tuesday has been a terrific one. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you..
I am just getting home from my studio session at the closet studios... I had a great time with Alicia, Carmen and Reynada. The ladies have finished their back-ups for my project... I am looking forward to adding the saxophone and the strings to the project. The Lord is moving and I am looking to him for guidance. It seems that there is a lot going on and I am starting to put my new book "boundaries" into effect. I am learning to not spread myself so thin.. It seems to be the going thing that people like for you to go and go and go with no stopping points. However, I am not going to let people or things get in my way of working for the Lord. I know what He gave me and and I will use it for His glory and His glory only. I had a great time tonight with my crew, Jordan and Kendal. I will keep you posted as Jordan is scheduled to have some rough drafts of the tunes by weekend. I am excited to listen and clean up some parts that need to be cleaned up. I do pray that the Lord has been with you this day. Take care, stay encouraged and God bless you
Today has been a day of rest.. I have confirmed my studio time for this week and looking forward to seeing the crew to finish up the back-up vocals for the project. I have also spoken with Sotiris tonight and I am looking forward with my upcoming strategy plan for my upcoming album. We talked at length about the many sharks in the world that are truly out to make money off you and not deliver services. I have been burned before but I am asking the Lord to guide me away from the sharks and to lead me to kingdom connections. I am truly excited about the current plan. There will be a lot going and I will keep you posted as things happen. This project is definitely about my ups and downs over the last 2 years. The focus is to encourage in the Lord through song. I know that without the Lord I would have never been able to get through obstacles that I have been presented with these last 2 years. I am stronger than ever.. I know that with God all things are possible. I know that He has a plan for my life and I will execute as He directs me. I pray the Lord has blessed you this weekend. Take care, stay encouraged & God bless you.