November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

 "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. " - Melody Beattie


November 09, 2011

Something New....

So many people have been wondering and asking, "So what's up? What's happening with the music?  Doing anything new? 

The answer is yes.  While I have not completed any full recordings. I am writing. There is a new sound in my spirit and God is putting it in song - His sound, the harmony to my melody. I know it seems to be taking a long time, but God knows what He wants to do, first in me - and then through me. 

In Exodus 17 (when Israel needed water) God asked Moses to strike a rock.  Moses was obedient and they had water, but in Numbers 20 although the need was the same, the instructions were different.  God told Moses to speak to the rock and he struck it.  He used the old instructions that were given in a different time and place. In short, Israel got what they needed, but Moses lost out on a part of his destiny to enter into the Promised land.

I am striving continually to be sensitive, not only to the assignment, but also to the timing, the changes in spiritual location and to accurately receive and follow new instructions. I pray that you understand and will continue with me on this journey.  Sometimes it's hard to stand still, but often that is when God is carving out a deeper capacity in us - that is when He is refining the gift.  His footprints are the steps I'm walking in...and they are leading somewhere.

There is a joy, a depth of worship and celebration in each new song. I have been pleasantly surprised by what is being creatively produced in my writing. I don't want to prematurely make a move to meet a need and miss destiny.  I believe the second Moses' staff hit that rock he wished he could take it back.   I don't mind waiting.

There are some other things in process that I will share with you as soon as I can.  Until then I humbly ask that you continue to stand with me as I journey into "something new." 

November 08, 2011

Pursuing Destiny

The wrong choice can delay or abort destiny. Whew!  That realization is sobering at first, but it eventually becomes liberating. The end goal is purpose and DESTINY. We’ve got to live right to get there. How do we maintain in the face of—well—in the face of life, people, situations beyond our control?  We maintain by subduing the flesh/self and focusing on purpose. Last night my Pastor said, “If we conquer the territory within, the territory without has GOT to bow. Don’t give away the self you are supposed to protect and preserve the self that needs to die” (Apostle Trevor Banks).

The self I’ve got to protect is the one that purposed to “Live Right”, the self I’ve got to kill DAILY is the one that would be tempted to react in ways not pleasing to God. I am not interested in delaying or aborting my destiny.  No way!  When all is said and done, I need to know I’ve fulfilled purpose.

Walking in destiny and purpose can present challenges we wouldn’t otherwise face.  Look at Joseph. He had to forgive brothers who hated him,  threw him in a pit, then sold him into slavery.  He had to look beyond the lies Potiphar’s wife told after he refused to betray his Master, himself and his God, lies that got him thrown in jail  - and not become angry and bitter after Pharaoh’s Butler forgot him in prison after the help he gave him. Whoa… where is this going?

Each time Joseph made the right choice he received God’s favor.  Where else have you ever heard of a slave being trusted with all the wealth and the household of his master, or a prisoner being given the keys to the jail?  Joseph’s choices earned him a place in the palace of the King. My choice to “Live Right” is the only choice in my pursuit of Destiny. Make it yours too.

November 07, 2011

What Does Ministry Mean To Me?

It would be so easy to compromise myself—all in the name of ministry advancement.  I want my songs played both on Internet and Terrestrial Radio, but I am not willing to make wrong moves to accomplish that. I truly believe that God makes a path for me.

I could insert myself where I want. I could do any number of things to seek to oblige or compel others to put me in places that would provide added exposure. The truth and the fact of the matter is—I don’t want anything for myself that God does not want for me. That often means simply being okay with the fact that responses will not always be favorable. When they are not, I am not broken up about it.  This is where peace comes in - Trusting God to make the moves for me.  

I have assurance that seeming setbacks, slow pace,  rejection, unexplained cancellations, airplay, no play, ministry events that touch a heart, change a life, favor, are all controlled by my heavenly Father who is my beginning, my ending—the sole author of my story.
I want to share God’s heart, His nature/character, His amazing love  - in all I do and say.  That means my life, not just a ministry event where I have a chance to sing and showcase my gift, but my entire life must always be a reflection of Him.  

He is the   author of your story too. Hang tight!  He’s working it out for you.  Have peace in the midst of that process, because only then can you offer real ministry from an unpolluted stream. Trust God!

November 03, 2011

Live Right

Talk about a RIGHT NOW message.  “Don’t have to tear nobody down to lift yourself. All you gotta do is Live Right”.

I have to live this out daily and I find that it is easy to choose to Live Right because I know that it is a command from our Heavenly Father to love one another the way we love ourselves, and it pleases Him when we obey.

It is also wonderful when our right choice helps to improve the quality of life for someone else, reveals God and draws them to Him. Doing what is right is not always easy, but if we  continue to obey it can become a lifestyle— to give, to embrace, to return a soft answer (even when it’s hard) or keep our mouths shut when we should — A simple yet powerful command to “LOVE”.

Jesus chose to be in the presence of thieves, murderers, harlots, hypocrites— consistently revealing the power of that right path He walked daily. He did not look down His nose at those less fortunate; His spirit was embracing.

Some of us are addicted to anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, lust, lack of self control, wallowing in self pity, lying, gossip, backbiting and so many other things that not only destroys others, but keeps us bound to the “dust nature”.  If you are ever tempted to  respond incorrectly toward someone else, or look down at them, always remember, “but for the GRACE of God, there go I”. “Live Right”.

November 02, 2011

Potter's Wheel

We are always being shaped,
The process is humbling…
provokes introspection…
awakens revelations and
eventually brings a kind of glory
that could never be achieved
without it.

November 01, 2011

The Opposite Way

Mainstream is often the dream, but not necessarily the prize.
Sometimes we’ve got to go against the grain to make the difference
God called us to make in this world.
Sometimes we’ve got to make the unpopular choice.
Are you willing to go - the opposite way?

October 26, 2011


….what are you reaching for?
Do you know?
Going in blind?
It will show.

Where are you going?
How will you know
where to step -
without a dream -
to drive you?

Dare to dream!

September 29, 2011

Redemption's Song

Acting like a stranger…flirting hard with danger…
baby born in manger came to rescue you…
and ME.
Never had a backbone,
in the status “all alone”
scared to touch the unknown –
don’t deny, you know it’s true –
but baby born in manger came to rescue you.

A man who knew no sin,
becoming the example,
touching all the souls society sought to trample –
removing judgment stamps from frazzled – lonely, beings –
and if that wasn’t enough –
a raging wind — blew out the candle –
of His life…

Yet the man the cross once bore,
yes the one who knew no sin,
love personified in skin – can touch within and
HEAL all hurts now caving in – on you,
and make you brand new –
shiny penny bright, drawing the light –