Archive for September, 2014

Lakeside Retreat and Old Fort Church

Monday, September 29th, 2014
At Old Fort Church

At Old Fort Church

This past weekend was a lot of fun and beautiful too! I was up at Lakeside Chatauqua in Ohio with the women from Northside Christian Church to do their women’s retreat. It was such a fun group because they are a smaller church and had done this together for years. There were so many solid friendships and it was just a pleasure to get to know them. It’s not a bad setting either! Lakeside is just beautiful and super quirky as well. The houses are historic and it’s so fun just to walk around and see all the different styles and the beautiful lake! We had a great time learning about the life of Peter together. Apparently I forgot to take pictures there – so sad because it was gorgeous!

On Sunday morning my mom and I got up really early and left for Old Fort Church in Tiffin, OH. Their music director, Mike, has done sound for me on a couple of women’s retreats up in that area, and when I told him I was going to be at Lakeside, he invited me to do some guest worship and music on their morning services. It was a God appointment morning, really. This congregation just had some extremely sad and difficult news, and I had planned to sing β€œSomeday” which was pretty spot on for what they were going through. I’m so glad I got to bring a little encouragement from the Lord and I am praying for that whole situation – it’s tough.

This weekend was contrasts for me – one beautiful and fun event, and one deep and hard event, but both places it was so clear that God was working. I love that He lets me come along for the ride!

New Songs, Nicaragua, and Hitting 50,000

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Just a couple of things happening around here lately. First, I’ve been commissioned to write several sets of Scripture memory songs for kids (18 to be exact) this year, and also to produce and manufacture them. We will combine these sets with the previous sets and put them on on one CD, so it will be a total of 30 Scripture songs and 9 other Christian kids’ songs. We do these for Adventure Week (aka VBS) at a church here in Columbus. I’ll let you know when they’re done, and for all of you who have danced to the famous “Elvis Does Philippians” song in one of my concerts, you know they’ll be good. πŸ™‚ You can find all of our previous kids’ songs in my store.

Secondly, we’ve just finalized plans to go to Nicaragua with Compassion this November. We’re super excited to see their work first hand in the field! Many of you know this is a relatively new partnership for us, and so far we are thrilled with all we’re learning about them. I’m sure I’ll have lots of pictures and updates when we get back! Interested in changing a life forever? You can sponsor a child here.

And finally, the video for our song “Your Child” just keeps going! It celebrates families dealing with disability, and last week sometime we hit over 50,000 views when I wasn’t even looking. πŸ™‚ Have you shared it yet? You can find it here.