Friday, May 30, 2014

Donation for a Good Cause

Many of you know that Stanley is the love of my life, my puppy-dog. (Okay, so he's not a puppy, but he sure acts like one!) 

Been praying and praying, and it seems that more and more tumors and trials and tribulations keep popping up.  He now has to go to WSU for almost a whole month for radiation treatments, and it will be around $4000. 

Please, if you could spare a few extra dollars to help cover the costs?  Here's the GoFundMe link...

Save Stanley's Leg

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I'm Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says "SING!"

For those of you who have been following for a while now, you are familiar with how hard it was to be asked not to sing at mass anymore at St Stephens.  Fear not!  That has been resolved, for the most part!!!

I went back to the music ministries at St Stephens and asked if I was needed anywhere else.... the first couple I spoke with left me feeling very hopeful, I could hear harmonies and melodies spinning together, but they had another vision for their direction, and never called me back.  It was at that point that I resigned myself to just being a participating member of the congregation, just sit in the sanctuary as one of many in the Body of Christ, and wait for the Spirit to move me.  I knew, when the timing was right, He would use my gifts again. 

A few days after coming to this realization, my parents said they wanted to head out to St Barbara's, a smaller parish in Black Diamond.  Of course I said yes, it was the first time they wanted to go to church other than a holiday in years!  The music was very familiar, between songs that I'd sang in choirs or at churches over the years, and I sang along with every one.  At the end of mass one of the women in the choir practically ran over to me, grabbed me by both arms and said "I was watching you all of mass, you knew every word to every song we sang.  COME SING WITH US!" so excited, eyes lit up & dancing... how could I have said no?! 

So, I was a regular member of the congregation for one service.... now I'm singing every Sunday morning with the church choir, and will start in the cantoring rotation on June 8th.

I have always believed that God will open a window when a door is closed for us, and this has got to be the most literal, direct "window" I've ever had opened for me, AMEN!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fellowship Through Music

Here it is!  The master list, in no particular order, without the artists names (at this point- can't get excel to play nice)  It was really neat to see people come together - on facebook! - and to read everyone's stories as to why one song or the other was so special to them.  I'm sure there are inifinately more, but this is a good starting place, don't you think?

Old Rugged Cross
Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord
Here I am to Worship
We Fall Down
Blessed Be Your Name
The River Lullaby
Voice of Truth
I Can Only Imagine
Shout to the Lord
Be Thou My Vision
Something Beautiful
I Love You Lord
Prayer of St Francis
This Little Light of Mine
I Love You This Much
I Believe
Dig a Little Deeper In God's Love
Here in Your Presence
Desert Song
Love Song for a Saviour
Take My Life
Create in Me a Clean Heart
You Found Me
In Christ Alone
Mighty is the Power of the Cross
You Do All Things Well
Strong-Strong Wind
Revelation Song
At Your Feet
With Everything
Jesus Paid it All
Jesus Take the Wheel
Set Me as a Seal
Put Your Hand in the Hand
How He Love Him
Rise Up
Deep Calls/To Deep?
Your Love is Extravagant
Hello Lord
The Word
In My Arms
All Around Me
You Said 
Beautiful Saviour
On Fire
I Need You to Love Me
Porcelain Heart
Never Alone
For My Love
Priase You With Dance
Refine Me & Undo Me
Only a Man
Dare You to Move
Sweetly Broken
In Your Presence
Open Skies
Dance with Me
Does Anybody Hear Her
Someone Up There Loves Me
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Who Am I
El Shaddai 
I have Decided
Awesome God
There is None Like You
Here I am to Worship (duplicate)
I Will Call Upon the Lord
He Has Made Me Glad
Better is One Day
I Will Celebrate
How Great Thou Art
Because I have been Given Much
There is Sunshine in My Soul Today
In the Garden
We Won't Be Quiet
Stand By Me
Breath of Heaven
Mary Did You Know
In the Light
Set a Fire
Breat Every Chain
God of Wonders
I'm Not Who I Was
More Like Falling
What Faith Can Do
Word of God Speak
Love Take Me Over
East to West
How Many Kings
By Your Side
What Do I Know of Holy
Amazing Grace
Help Me Find It
Rise Up
Lord, I Need You
Bring the Rain
Only Grace
There is a Way
I Can Only Imagine
Need You Now
Like Jesus Does
Walk by Faith
Take My Hand
He Won't Let You Go
You Move Me
Oh Draw Me Lord
In My Life
Wonderful, Merciful Saviour
Were You There
Yesu Azali Awa
Amazing Grace
Come, Now is the Time to Worship
I Will Rise
Exalted (Yahweh)
My Beloved
You Are My King
The Heart of Worship
Lord You Have My Heart
How Deep the Father's Love for Us
Draw Me Close

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It's Been a While...

... and there's been a lot going on.  I'm very much in a "Be Still" period of my faith, where I'm waiting, listening, and watching for signs from the Holy Spirit.  I have found a few very direct answers, and those answers have resulted in very many happy tears being shed. 

We've all heard the phrase "Thank God for Unanswered Prayers" but let us not forget to thank Him for the ones He answers!