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more than enough with my teenager

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we got to give quint a car to drive. not just a car. but a mustang convertible. (it is a’94 with tons of miles and lots of fun things that make it “unique” we’ll say) nonetheless, it’s a convertible! and it’s a mustang! i think we are both a little jealous, if we’re being honest.

it has been perfect convertible weather this week too. 

here’s the lesson God had for me in all of this.

my joy for quint is nearly uncontainable. truly. 

how much more joy for us does God have when he gives us undeserved gifts that are just because they are our hearts desire. 

i think for some reason we feel so unworthy of his love, that we find it hard to believe that he would bestow his kindness and abundance on us too. shouldn’t his salvation be enough? 

well… i thought about this. bringing Quint into the world is enough. meeting his physical needs for food and shelter are enough. but BOYYYYYY did it make me thrilled, to be able to give him a car he could love, which is MORE THAN ENOUGH. 

our God will give us more than enough. 

i have been songwriting for about 1.5 years now. i love it so much and can’t stop.

i really want to figure out how to sell my songs. i want it so badly that i can’t let myself think about it too often.

but right now, i’m putting a circle around it, and asking God for MORE THAN ENOUGH.

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the graceful dead.

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i’m kind of geeking out with excitement about something I’m working on right now.

i’m so obsessed, overwhelmed, grateful, awash … and swimming in the truths of grace.

what it means. how it translates to every day life. ahhhh… just so grateful.

lately, i’ve read so many amazing things about grace.

i know why the song “amazing grace” was written. in fact, i just finished a worship song with this lyric “your graced changed everything”.

anyway… emmy, beau and i have been working on ways to share with the kids in our world and along came the idea for the Graceful Dead bear band. the verse: to live is Christ and to die is gain, is the verse that supports the name. 

once i drew them, and the art was in place i got even more excited. 

the stories are going to be amazing. and the grace will be flowing. ah. cant wait.

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oh. what a night!

charting before recording our new worship song, You are Good. Jim VanCleve, Josh Brown, Perry Miears, Jeremy Brown

charting before recording our new worship song, You are Good. Jim VanCleve, Josh Brown, Perry Miears, Jeremy Brown

recorded a new worship song last night with some amazing people in an amazing place.

Good to Me was written by me, Perry Miears and Beau Hoffman.

recorded at Moose Studios – the best place ever.

musicians – Jim VanCleve on fiddle… what a gift to have him on this song.

Josh Brown… there are not enough words to explain how much i think of him as a person and as a musician. wow.

perry miears… i have wanted to write a song with this guy from the first time i heard his voice, a couple of years ago. knowing him and his wife has been one of the great blessings of my life… and now we have written a worship song, (along with my friend Beau Hoffman) that is one of my favorite songs i ‘ve been blessed to co-write so far. it talks about a Grace that changes everything, and a God who loves us relentlessly. I can’t wait to share it… wow. what a blessing.

and super producer… Jeremy Brown. Mad Skills and the chillest guy ever. just so very grateful.

charting before recording our new worship song, You are Good. Jim VanCleve, Josh Brown, Perry Miears, Jeremy Brown

charting before recording our new worship song, You are Good. Jim VanCleve, Josh Brown, Perry Miears, Jeremy Brown

Jim VanCleve playing fiddle ... heaven

Jim VanCleve playing fiddle … heaven

perry miears playing moose studio musicians playing robyn and jim vancleve jim vancleve tuning a mandolin perry and brown brothers robyn and the brown brothers 2 me and perry and katy

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new creativity challenge should you choose to accept it

alright, you ready for a challenge?

this is an exercise to stretch your mind to think of things differently, and train you to look for spiritual applications all around you.

my kids always ask me, “does everything have to be a lesson?”
the answer is “yes, if possible”.

here is how it works…

go browsing.
( remember when you were shaping with your mom and she would tell the sales lady that she was ‘was just browsing’ so she would go away? or maybe that was just me an my mom)

anyway. go browsing in a store, in your closet, in your car. and try to make a spiritual application to everything you see.

for example:
kitchen counter:
cup- God’s love for us is overflowing
bowl – serving God is an act of worship
soda-we can have pep and excitement because of the promise of eternity
candle-we should be a pleasing aroma.

take a photo of several things and tell me the application you make, or make an application to the items in the photo I’ve included.

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did you know you have a super power?

you do.

-have you ever felt powerless in the face of a seemingly insurmountable problem?

you aren’t.

you. have. prayer.

today a friend asked me to pray for her daughter, and it hit me… I can! I have the capacity to help, by praying.
which got me to the idea…
if we have prayer we have a superpower that has no kryptonite!

I love being a super hero! don’t you?

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thanking God for pain and David Edmonson

Imagemy great friend david edmonson took this photo a few years ago. i had designed the shirts and needed some shots… then we got this one at the end. 

my friend is a warrior of faith. he has been a mentor and friend for about 10 years now. today he imparted some of the best wisdom he has ever shared with me… and over the years he has shared alot.

he taught me that a smile is found in the eyes.

he taught me to under promise and over deliver.

he taught me to be generous with my gifts and talents, by his neverending example of the same. 

he taught me to show Jesus in my art. 

he has taught me so much more… but today, takes the cake.

today he told me that when things are hard, God is teaching me, wanting me to become more Christlike. He reminded me to be grateful when there are trials because they allow me to learn and become more godly. He told me that you don’t want to have to repeat the lesson, you have to learn it. He told me to be grateful for the lessons. He reminded me what love is. He told me that Paul wrote most of his letters from prison… not the mountaintop. 

I hope this encourages you, whatever pain you might be walking through, as it encourages me.

this year, my friend has experienced extreme pain and loss. He endured a life-threatening stroke. He has been forced to slow down, relearn the use of certain muscles. This year, he lost his oldest daughter. This year, he has continued to teach photographers all over the world. he has continued to win photography award after award. This year he walked his talk.

When I grow up, I want to be more like David Edmonson… and more like Christ. He taught me that. And I’m forever grateful.

 

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what i learned today from my 16 year old

just run behind me, he said.

just run behind me, he said.

took my kids to the park today after work, so they could play. who knew that my teenager would teach me a lesson…

this is what happened: after some lovely bickering through the kfc drive thru, we finally got to the park. Before long they had decided to play a game of tackle football. i tried to make them play touch football. they laughed at me.

 

teams: kavi and jax vs. quint; blaikie was playing with her soccer ball.

after a few minutes Quint asked Blaikie to come play. (read: teenager invites his elementary aged sister to join his team, mother tears up with joy) She was scared, intimidated, resistant. She didn’t know what to do. She said “What do I do?”

He said “just run behind me.”

when the play started, he gave her the ball,  held off the opposition, and shielded her so she could run behind him safely.

This made me think about how God goes before us. When we are scared, intimidated, resistant. When we don’t know what to do. When we say “What do I do?” He says, “Just run behind me.”

he gives us the ball, runs ahead, holds off the enemy, shields us and claims the victory.

i don’t think my son was trying to teach this lesson, but i know the Holy Spirit was using Him to teach me… I think I’m gonna just run behind Him.

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the voice, the voice and the voice.

i love three things called “the voice” right now. 

weird.

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1 – a new version of the Bible called THE VOICE – once you read this, you’ll see why I am loving it so much.

“Through a collaboration of nearly 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works yet painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.”

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2 – The VOICE tv show

I am loving the new coaches, and the spirit of camraderie and mutual respect among all 4 coaches is a relief. I was always so uncomfortable with the unkindness that seemed to be thrown around when the last girl judge was in the mix. 

the artists are spectacular already, and it just gets you excited for them, as you see these accomplished musicians, blake shelton, adam levine, shakira, and usher getting excited about helping them.  it really is a highlight of the week.

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3 – but most importantly. God’s voice. This week more than most weeks, God is vocal and prevalent. Christians are bolder in inviting people to join them for church. Billboards, signs, songs about the Christ who came to save us are everywhere. The gospel is the theme of the week. The crucifixion is center stage, the resurrection is the evidence of prophecy fulfilled and proof that the other promises of heaven are real. 

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full frontal assault

full frontal assault

just got back from les mis with Quint.
we were enchanted.
it was a spiritual journey with truth spewing all over the place. it starts when jean valjean carries a wooden flag pole on his own back, like Jesus with the cross.
the characters go back and forth requiring mercy and forgiveness from each other. life-saving grace is extended more than once. selfless love is an overarching theme that touches every scene.

this week i tweeted that christmas songs make non-believing people to sing truth. well – every actor/singer in this movie, was part of a miracle. they were participating in a full frontal assault by God. Armed with truth about God, the bible, Jesus, heaven… the actors delivered God’s message over and over again… perhaps in spite of themselves.
i left with a prayer in my heart for those who will hear the message. God’s word will not return void, and through this movie and these songs, people are going to hear it. i pray that the truths the people on set sang and heard will be trapped in their hearts and do the work of our living God…

“to love someone else, is to see the face of God”

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i went to war

with some lhkidz tonite.

we were recording the video elements for our upcoming musical…

before it started, i talked with the 26 kids that were about to perform.

you see, we were about to tell a story that would point everyone who hears it straight to Jesus.

So, i warned them. I warned them that this would not be fun, we were going to go to work. We were about to spend several hours together, tedious hours.

Filming is hard work. I shared with them that what we were doing was going to point people to Jesus. We were going to ask people to take a WALK OF LOVE. this is the title of one of the songs in the musical, written by my friend Jeff Slaughter.

It is an amazing song, and drives home every point we wanted to make. We want people to see what Jesus did when He walked up calvary’s hill with a cross on His back that would be used to kill him… he did it for them, for us… and we are going to give people a chance to walk to Him. This was going to be a battle of epic spiritual proportions.

I told them this… “We are going to battle. And the enemy is not going to like it. Be prepared ahead of time to choose to honor God. When you are quiet when you supposed to be… this is an act of obedience. When you say the words you are supposed to say… this is an act of worship. Are you guys ready to go to battle with me?”

They said yes. Then we prayed.

We asked God to be with us as we went to battle. We asked Him to give us a supernatural ability to be what he wanted us to be. 

As we started filming, I was astounded. God gave us a yes to our prayer. The kids… all 26 of them (what?!)… listened and performed. Those with lines were amazing. They knew their lines. They delivered.

Those that didn’t have lines had an even harder job, to stay engaged the whole time. And they did it.

There were a couple of times where we paused and I reminded them we were in a battle… we even stopped and prayed once (maybe twice). We had gotten to the point of the story where we were going to be bringing home the truth… and it was getting tough. I reminded them that we were expecting this and asked them why they thought it was happening… they knew the answer… it was the enemy. 

When I tell you that we had victory in Jesus, I am not exaggerating. Through all four hours of our shoot (yes, it ran over an hour… it always does, remember how i said filming was hard work? These kids were ready for it. They were respectful, honoring and I couldn’t have been more grateful to God in His kindness towards us. 

The film crew… wow. We had done the planning and prep ahead of time, but it is still hard. Tyler Scott, Brian Zimmerman and Chris Long were patient, diligent, and wonderful. I know that they were pulling for us, and gave us their very best, to the very end. They came early in the morning to set everything up, then stayed to break it all down. I pray that the hours they invested in our project are returned to them in multiplication (only God can do that) S/O to Sam Cowden for his audio assistance, too… even though I called him Zac.

Our long hollow creative director, Jason Dyba, made it happen for us, and held multiple meetings with us to ensure we would have what we needed. Even stopped by a couple of times, to the delight of my cast… who greeted him with “IT’S PETER PARKER!”

It’s in Dakota Diel‘s hands now. He will be editing the footage and audio… so please pray for Him. There are a lot of bits and pieces to weave together. 

Long Hollow loves kids. In case you missed what just happened in the last three paragraphs, please allow me to break it down. the long hollow creative team gave us the best of the best and will make our project fly.

Something else really special happened … local rap group and long hollow students, the COLD CUT HOMIES (Quint Collins, Noah Hamilton, Josh Landrith and Sam Lindsey) joined us for our project. They came to our last choir rehearsal. They came tonite to play their part in the video portion. And they will join us for the live performance on Dec. 2. The kids were and are so stoked. 

This was not easy. This was a different kind of fun. It was hard work. It was a spiritual victory.

We went to battle… and God gave us victory in our process.

All of these pieces and people were giving offerings of worship.

The video shoot was our act of worship today.

What is going to be your act of worship today?

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tyler scott multi-tasking like a boss! 

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