Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saw this and it made me smile

I was hanging out with Rita and Cherie Baloche a couple of months ago. And as we were walking around a little store in Bushmills, I saw this book. What a cool title!! And what a real truth!!!

When we are writing songs - wrestling with the lyrics, crafting the melody - we have no real say over what will happen with it after it’s ‘born’. That’s the Lord’s part.

The truth is that if the Lord is on it, that song will grow legs. It’ll go places we never even thought of, let alone would be able to go to. It’ll touch hearts in ways that we never even dreamt of, at times when those hearts needed to hear the whisper of God in just that way at just that moment.

The way God uses music blows me away time and time again.

So, if you’re writing, and maybe feeling like it’s never going to make an impact or a difference - I just want to remind you... ideas have legs... The Lord will take it and use it exactly the way He has in mind....

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My kids are heading back to school on Thursday. I cannot believe how quickly the summer has gone!! And what a summer! It's been so full!

It's funny how on the run up to the summer break you are just holding out for those slightly slower mornings, and the opportunity to hang out a little more as a family, and all the fun things you have been waiting for school to end so that you could do. And then the summer actually comes - and it's crazy!!

Those of you who have been following me on twitter will know that we packed our time with swimming lessons, holiday Bible clubs, gymnastic classes, New Wine conference, and then a trip just a couple of weeks ago to the US (for a little chill time and some ministry too).

And of course, we are in the process of buying land as a church, and working through all of the twists and turns that come with that. It's new territory. It's 'full' territory.

So, here I am on the verge of another new season and looking forward to the rhythm that comes with it. Aware and determined again to make sure that we stay 'fuelled and aflame' as a family, but personally too.

Rhythm often offers a real opportunity to make that happen. You just have to be intentional about it - write it into your diary - and stick to it :)

How does it work for you? What are some of the ways you stayed connected to the Lord, present for your family, and alive on the inside?


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Portland - Aug '09

Just got back home from Portland. It was absolutely wonderful!!!

It was the first of the 'Deeper' conferences that Paul Baloche, Brian Doerksen and I are doing together through Integrity with Ross Parsley hosting. I honestly can't remember a conference that I've enjoyed doing more.

We had beautiful worship times - we led a session each. Then we tag team taught for the main teaching sessions - for the first session, Brian taught most of the time, and then Paul and I came up and added just a few thoughts on the same subject. The next time, Paul taught most of the session, and Brian and I came up to add some thoughts at the end.

There were seminars each afternoon - where we all taught on something different, and other speakers came in too, including the guys in Paul's band, meaning we were able to offer a wide range of subjects.

Then on the last night, the three of us did a concert together - and the sense of the presence of the Lord was just wonderful!! I LOVED every minute of it!!!!

I have to just add that the volunteer team at Sonrise church in Hillsboro were outstanding!! They know how to serve - and they just didn't stop!!!!! Thank you SO much to each one of you who were a part of the team there - you did the most incredible job!!

I don't know if you live near one of the cities we are coming to in Oct and Nov - but if you do, I can't recommend highly enough getting to the conferences with your worship teams!! I think you'll love it as much as I did - and I know you'll leave with something of heaven tucked in your heart.

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