Archive for July, 2011

Blessed Beyond Measure

What a week!
Other than the sweltering heat of Kansas City, it was a great time of spiritual nourishment and very uplifting to my soul. Being surrounded by other dedicated, talented worship leaders was really inspiring too. For me personally, it was nice to not have to be “on” all the time and instead be poured into for a change of pace.

The music was incredible. Nicole C. Mullen, Tommy Walker, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Gungor, Kari Jobe, Leeland, Casting Crowns and more….simply amazing. More than just the songs, the testimonies and encouraging words were just what I needed. Thank you, God, for speaking to me through everything.

So now, it’s back to the day-to-day for a day or so…then I’m off to TEXAS to see family and spend even more time in sweltering heat! But at least it’ll be with my wife, kids and all our family. I am blessed beyond measure.

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Well, I am so blessed to be able to spend the better part of the week at the National Worship Lader Conference. The fact that it’s in Kansas isn’t all that bad except the 103 degree heat wave that’s melted the city. So far so good (even with a migraine!).

Got to here Scotty Smith speak tonight and he’s always spot on. He relates so well to all of us as worship leaders. Next up, Nicole C. Mullen sang her heart out. Buddy Owens is cracking cheesy jokes (which unfortunately reminds me of me) and now we are all about to enter into worship with the conference choir and Tommy Walker.

God is so good and I am praying that He will meet me and speak to me in a profound way this week. I know that I need to hear from Him and be reminded of his plan and His goodness. I can’t wait!!

…more to come.

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(written yesterday)
This morning, like most Sunday mornings, I spent a couple of hours preparing for three morning worship services. Unlike most Sundays, rehearsal was ROUGH. We never really found a groove and vocally, we were all over the map. I felt myself getting frustrated to the point of being quite distracted. I can’t say I’m proud to admit that, but it’s true.
I think it was more about me not wanting to look bad, or SOUND bad than anything else.

After all, is not that why I do what I do? To help connect people with God during corporate worship? And sounding good helps accomplish that, right? Doesn’t God deserve our best? Yes.

But today, I was reminded that my best is an absolute joke. To think that God NEEDS anything from me is quite funny, once I stop and think about it. He needs nothing and I am the one in need…of grace, love, mercy…you get it, don’t you?

So where does that leave me? Should we quit rehearsing and just show up to “lead worship”? No way. We do owe it to God and the church to do our very best to represent the Lord almighty. But we also need to stop taking ourselves so seriously…Seriously,

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of getting to spend the entire day with Lisa and the kiddos. We hung out at the inner harbor in Baltimore, and it was great. What was so great wasn’t what we did or where we went. What was great was being together – spending time enjoying each other.

I believe that’s what God desires. He wants us to enjoy Him the way He enjoys us. So, whether we’re at church rehearsing (sounding good or horrible) or we’re at work hanging out with co-workers, or sitting in front of the TV- are we also enjoying life with Christ too? If so, then we truly worship with our hearts.

God, I’m sorry for letting my pride get in the way of enjoying You this morning. Thanks for so consistently pursuing me.

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