Old School Becomes New


Montell Jordan cover of “Break Every Chain.”

Yup, that’s right, Montell Jordan is a pastor and worship music leader now.  Praise God!  Further proof that the Lord can use anyone at anytime for His purposes!  The path that you were or are on can radically be re-directed.  You don’t have to stay in chains!  All those times you’ve said no to God’s call, eventually there will be no other option, except to say YES and surrender.  Fully surrender!!  When this happens, it is glorious!  No words can describe what it means to fully be in God’s presence, to know that you are His, to know that nothing else matters except to be reconciled to your Creator.  He made the moon and stars to light a path for us!  He is the God of healing, of miracles, of salvation.  Matthew 19:26 says, Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Don’t ever forget where you came from and what God has saved you from!  If you haven’t tasted the sweetness of the Lord, then you are missing out!  Come today.  There is no point in waiting, there is no time to waste.  Now is the time.  Turn towards the Lord.  Repent.  There is nothing that you’ve done that God can not forgive, NOTHING.  There is nothing that matters more in this finite life, in this waning world, than a relationship with our everlasting Father. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).

Receive it!  ❤

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Thank you Jesus..

for the trees

for the rain

for the sun.

It is You who knows it all.

For I am a mere mortal.

I am getting more into Your Word.

Thank you for the Holy Spirit who reminds me to pray and devote my days to You.

This house is Yours. I do not own anything.

These children You have brought into my life are dedicated to You.

During times of doubt and uncertainty, I know that You have a plan and that brings me peace.

Let me not falter. Let me be pure.

Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Top 5 Songs of the Week (theme: transitional shifting)

During the transition from winter to spring, there are often a lot of emotions that come up.  Winter represents a dormant time of rest, stillness, and death; while spring represents a season of birth, germination and an opportunity for a tiny seed to grow into a little bud. Though spring brings new life and resurrection, it can also be a reminder of what has been lost or what needs to be let go of in order to allow space for fresh sprouts to flourish.  As I take inventory of my personal losses and situations I wish could have been different in the past, I also continue to move forward towards a future of unbounded faith, while attempting to maintain an appreciation for every moment that comes my way… in the present here-and-now.

It’s quite easy to get lost in the clouds and dream of “better” days, however maybe the times we all long for are taking place right now; here on the ground and underneath our own two feet.  Perhaps heaven doesn’t exist in a far away land off in the distant sky.  Maybe glimpses can be seen and revealed in everyday moments with ordinary people.  So the question is.. what do you see in your life?  Are you able to see glimpses of heaven or are you living in a personal hell?  Sometimes the pendulum can swing pretty wide, and it’s often not always a black and white scenario.  Shades of gray mainly permeate the air and sometimes it’s hard to know how to navigate.  However, instead of trying to take control of a situation and jump in the driver’s seat to get to the next destination or solve the existing riddle, perhaps allowing oneself to float within the spectrum of overcast pigments can allow room for a kaleidoscope of colors to shine through. 

All this to say that spring is arriving, I’m stoked about it and here are a few songs I’ve chosen to represent this time of transitional shifting and change.

Just discovered these guys. Super sweet song.
Jamestown Revival – Golden Age

Recently went back to re-discover the tunes of this leading lady.
Alison Krauss & Union Station – Paper Airplanes

Our local Seattle hometown heroes.
The Head & the Heart – 10,000 Weight in Gold

This duo is hilarious. That’s all.
Shovels & Rope – The Devil is All Around

Super epic worship band. This is a great acoustic version of this anthem.
Hillsong United – Oceans

Top 5 Christmas Songs (2014)

The Swingle Sisters – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Super sweet acapella.

Blind Boys of Alabama (featuring Tom Waits) – Go Tell It On the Mountain
Groovy and funky soul.

Ella Fitzgerald – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Smooth and swingin.’

King’s College Choir – O Come All Ye Faithful
Beautiful hymn with traditional choir and pipe organ.

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Peace, love and hope.

Top 5 Songs of the Week (theme: resurrection, hope & prayer)

I’m trying something new and venturing into the blogging world of posting music videos. Here are my top 5 songs of the week. They all carry underlying themes of resurrection, hope and prayer.

First Aid Kit – Silver Lining
One of my favorite female duos. This is from their latest album.

The Band – Atlantic City
An oldie but a goodie.

Billie Joe & Norah Jones – Oh So Many Years
I love Norah Jones and the fact that she paired with the guy from Green Day to do a country/americana album is pretty rad. These are renditions of classics from the Everly Brothers.

The Secret Sisters – River Jordan
Another great female duo whose latest album just got released.

Shovels & Rope – Birmingham
A band I just recently discovered.