Hello friends and family,
I can't believe it's been five months since I made a blog post! What was I doing during that time? Well, I was pregnant, and honestly, for a lot of that time, I was feeling very heavy in my heart and mind...some might say depressed. I think this was from a combination of hormones and just plain dissapointment with regard to my progress in the music and ministry. But God was testing my patience and my faithfulness...my trust in Him. I have realized that we have seasons in our life...sometimes we are moving forward fast and suddenly, and sometimes it looks like nothing is happening, but it's just a season and God still has a designated plan and timing behind the scenes. If I were to write this post after I saw a big move of God, that wouldn't be a very good testament to my faith and trust...instead, I am writing this knowing that God is still at work, and He will get the glory when I and everyone sees Him moving!
When times are tough and things are not going our way, all we can do is choose to trust Him, to be joyful, to be thankful, and to let go of anxiety and embrace God's peace! Psalms 30:5 says "...His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." If we meditate on this scripture, we can be assured that though trials may come, they don't last forever. God's favor remains with us and joy comes in the morning! While I believe "morning" is a metaphor to the new season in our life (after the trial), I also believe that we can literally embrace God's joy every morning. Every day we are given is a blessing...a fresh start to exude God's joy, peace, and love. We can't control people and situations but we can control our responses.
Sometimes God will calm the storms in our life, but sometimes He wants us to lean on Him so that we can be calm during the storm. In Mark 4:37-40, while Jesus was in a boat with his disciples: "A furious squall (a sudden violent wind often with rain or snow) came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?' He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'" This scripture indicates that our fear and anxiety during a storm in our life shows lack of faith.
One song that depicts this well is "Sometimes He Calms the Storm." Check out this link to listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ti1SULYteI&feature=related.
Some good news I would like to share is that an Evensong worship concert event is being held at the Westminster Church of God this Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and I am honored that one of my songs is included in this event, and the event will be recorded onto a live album. Contact me if you would like more details. Alternatively, you can visit the church's site for more information at http://www.westcog.org/.
I hope you can keep me in prayers and I am always thinking of and praying for my loved ones!
I love you and God bless,