Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hope...

From Psalm 37:

"Trust in the LORD and do good.

Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the LORD,
and wait patiently for him to act."

How these words of David inspire me! We have had new energy injected into our project, and we are cleaning up some tracks that need to get out this weekend. We have patiently waited on God to take our five loaves and two fish, and we know He is working! We have enjoyed so much as musicians in the past...great equipment, opportunities, talented people, etc., but we have truly found that being left with an acoustic guitar and a keyboard mean that only God can take that and make something out of it.

We are about ready to go out and take our music and testimony to people, but we sold the last of our old audio gear and are down to three loaves and one fish, lol. God knows what we need to get going, so we wait for Him to act. We know that we have committed everything about this music to Him and to reaching people who so desperately want hope. We trust Him and we wait expectantly:-)

Anita

Monday, March 28, 2011

Experience

God's Word sometimes makes us uncomfortable. Being a sinner myself and human, I am all too aware of that. God's Word challenges us to become more and more like Christ. As we grow in our faith, more and more light is shed on the darkness. We grow, we learn. We pass that on. Discipleship.

Wouldn't it be great if we could keep others from making the same mistakes we have made by sharing our experiences with them? Sometimes you can, sometimes not. Sometimes people don't want to hear it. I know because I was one of those people who didn't want to hear it. But thank God, He did not waiver, and His Word did not waiver. I had to make the choice to come back to Him, humbled and broken. I did, and through that, I experienced first-hand how incredible His grace, mercy and forgiveness are. Why? Because I know where He brought me from.

I believe He did that for a reason...and that reason is for me to commit everything I have to Him. That means that I share my experiences with others in hopes of helping them as they go through the same things.  And that's why today I can lean on Jesus' words from Matthew 5:

“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way."

Maybe these words will encourage you too. Don't give up. We know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. How amazing He is:-)

Anita

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

For praise and worship teams...

From Isaiah 11: ...so the earth will be filled with people who know the Lord. In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world.

It is the knowledge of God, the understanding of His person and His ways, that sets the captive free. Never confuse your leadership with people’s ongoing freedom in Christ. It is He who sets captives free, and it is He that you have a mission to lead people to. Lead God’s people, but then get out of the way and direct their need and attention to Him, in the songs you choose for worship and in the words you speak in private.

Team Prayer: Jesus, only you can set the captives free. Help me to lead people to you, and not to myself.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Studio...

We are headed to the studio today. The Primitive Quartet is recording, and since I've been working with/coaching one of the singers, we're going to be there while they do vocals. Should be lots of fun!! They are so great!! Can't wait to be around some musicians in a studio again:-)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dedication

"Trust in the Lord, and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you."

From Psalm 37: 3-5. these are words that really give me perseverance. Our desire is just to honor Him in everything we do. From the moment we started this cd project, we knew it would be an uphill battle. We knew it would require sacrifice. But, we knew God would prepare us, and the people He wants to hear our music. For every step forward, there seems to have been 4 backward, but then a little glimmer of God's faithfulness would shine like a star in the darkest night, leading us to where He wants us to go. And we follow...committing every note to Him along the way.

To those of you who have been encouragers, and you know who you are, thank you for being the light in the darkness!  That is definitely God working!! In the meantime, Luis has truly sacrificed big time, and his many hours of very tedious work are paying off! I'm so thankful for him and for his dedication to committing what he does for God.

So I just encourage you to commit every aspect of your life to God...no matter what it is you do. It's a 24-7 thing, and the rewards are eternal:-)

Anita

Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayers...

Many, many prayers and thoughts this morning for those affected by the earthquake in Japan and Tsunami heading across the pacific...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wonderful...

What a great worship service tonight!! Janice's testimony was incredible. She is truly anointed, and she knows what God's mercy is. I'm hoping we can get a ministry started like her church has in Asheville. That's the way to be salt!!

Well, Hillsong United is in Atlanta...tomorrow night!! How did I miss that?? I With a few days more notice we definitely would have been there for that. They know how to lead you right into the presence of God. Incredible musicians with hearts for God, and all the logistics to make it happen.

As the pastor emphasized, let's go out and be salt and light in a world that so desperately needs hope!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mail...

Yesterday was an exciting day as I finally received my copyright certification for 5 of my new songs! Yay!! It took forever. This was the first time I did it online, so I thought it would be faster. We only need to get one more for the CD to be complete, which will include 6 original songs.

I know God has a purpose for this music, and I'm anxious to get out and start doing it!

I have to remember that He is in control. How wonderful it is to know that:-)