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I was approached about being part of a band about a month ago, and if any of you know me AT ALL, I love to sing and I absolutely have no problem standing on a stage.  SO…when the offer came, I didn’t have to think very hard about the answer.

“But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.”   Psalm 106:13

I went to the first practice at the Madison Music Foundry; a real music recording studio, and I was like a little kid at Disneyland.  It was so cool!

I met the other band members there…three of whom I already knew and played with on the worship team at church, and three I hadn’t met before.  We made our introductions and when the guys started playing, I was awe-struck.

Steve “BigDaddy” played bass and tried to simultaneously play the trumpet which doesn’t work, but when he was able to wail on that horn he sounded like Dizzy Gillespie!  Sweet.  And when he sings?  He’s got so much soul, you need to question his upbringing…and his moves??  White boy has got some moves!

Greg, who I typically see playing guitar, was boss on drums hitting a stellar beat…and watching his face light up when he played was infectious!

Tom “TK” on guitar, has mad guitar playing skills and can improvise like a magician.  He has so much fun and so easily adds riffs and calls to a song, he makes a great song howl.

Now, I thought I was in amazing company watching these church boys kill it musically, but when I met the other guys…  whoa.

Pedro doesn’t say a lot…but clearly speaks through his guitar.  His fingers expertly fly over the strings and seriously plays like Jimi Hendrix.

Will was jamming on the hand drums and tambourine, but when he started singing?   Wow.  He has the sound and timing of Michael Jackson.  It was awesome!

But Dex, the coup de grace, the ringleader and bossman… plays crazy beat on the drums, writes his own music and lyrics, has a chocolaty smooth island voice and can rap…  aaaaahhhhh, heaven.  But when he pulled out his harmonica and started playing, I think my knees buckled.

 

Oh, such sweet sounds from this amazing group of musicians…I was waaaaaay out of my league.

“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!”   Psalm 150:4

It was so fun, to just jam and sing, although everyone else was doing all the work!  You see, I don’t play much of anything, saxophone a while back, but don’t have a horn anymore…so now I just sing and reap all the rewards of being surrounded by gifted players.

These guys were amazing, and although I had at least heard most of the songs before, I didn’t always know exactly how the beat dropped or how the lyrics flowed, but they were so forgiving of the silly-little-star-struck girl standing awkwardly by her mic.

It was a true blessing to be part of this amazing group, and I was so excited when I came home from practice I could hardly stand it.  I learned a couple new songs that I totally loved and was eager to learn more.  My kids were excited, my husband too… in fact, the first thing he said was:

“You’re in a band.”

Even the girls at work were excited and “wouldn’t miss” seeing the performance!!  Unbelievable.  This is something I had always wanted to be part of.  Something I had always dreamed of…and now I had the chance!!  How could God provide even more of my dreams?!!

Amazing.

Over the next few weeks I noticed that practicing was a lot more time consuming than I had expected.  I essentially had to learn all of these songs over again – but this time the harmony part, and there were several songs I didn’t know which raised the ante a bit.

I had to prepare for my writer’s conference in July with a book manuscript and proposal to write, and I’ve been asked to sub at work much more frequently which the money will help immensely for my trip.  However, I quickly realized I had gotten myself in way over my head.

When I said yes to the writer’s conference, I prayed a lot over it – seeking guidance and council.  But over the band, I just jumped right in.  I had always wanted to sing in a group and I saw this as another amazing provision and gift from God…but as the weeks went by I found myself starting to not sleep well at night.

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.”   Psalm 16:7

I was concerned about the loss of writing time, that I didn’t really know the songs very well and stressing over the timing of everything…but I had made a commitment.  I had given my word.

“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”   Matthew 5:37

I finally sat down and spent time talking to God about my concerns and asking for guidance and direction over what to do.  I voiced my concerns to one of the band members and he encouraged and assured me not to stress it and give me an out.  But I was most concerned about Dex.  I didn’t want to disappoint him, because I knew he was counting on each of us.

Praise God how He works…

It wasn’t but a couple days later that an email came from Dex saying that things just weren’t working out the way he had hoped, so he was canceling the gig.

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”   Isaiah 30:21

So I was free.  All God wanted was for me to acknowledge Him…to seek His leadership…and to ask for help.  A weight had been lifted and I was off the hook, but it broke my heart.

Had I not been called to write and had God not orchestrated all of the stories and provision for the conference, I would have totally been able to commit to the band.

But, isn’t it amazing how easily we can be distracted – even by things that seem like an answer to prayer – a long time “desire of our heart.”

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”   1 John  4:1

Even if it seems right, we MUST seek guidance from the Almighty.  We must make sure our will and step is in alignment with His…because it is possible for us to be lured by the adversary…

our longings met by the one whose promises are empty…

who convinces us we are doing fine on our own.

When we truly seek guidance from the One who longs for our attention, He might just allow us to see that those “desires of our heart” have already been fulfilled.

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.’”   Isaiah 48:17

I am in a band.

I am able to perform weekly, on a large stage, under hot lights, with live mic’s, in a group of outstandingly talented musicians.

And to be a part of a band who plays for God’s pleasure and to worship Him??  Greatest gift and blessing ever…

and EXACTLY what I have always wanted.

The song I fell in love with during my brief stint in a rock band:

The Lorax

I mentioned in my Hunger Games post yesterday that our family went to a real, live, full priced, movie together.  Ok not actually the same movie together, but we did go to a real, live, full priced movie theater together.

If you’re questioning the drama of that statement, you probably don’t have four kids.  Paying full price for a family of six can be quite a hit to the pocketbook…not to mention if you want popcorn as well!!  {gulp…}  And after seeing those charming dancing condiments, how can you not go get some popcorn?!!

We are “cheap seat” movie goers; we have a theater here in Madison that charges $2.50 to see a movie.  Granted, the movies they play are in film purgatory; the place in between the heavenly high of newly released to the Sheol despair of home video.  But for a family whose chance to see a new release is few and far between, our “cheap seats” are equivalent to a two-hour Nirvana to us.

But how God orchestrated it so we were able to go to a real, live, full price movie theater was just so sweet…

First off, when my husband and my oldest daughter finished reading The Hunger Games, God allowed the release of the movie that following weekend!!  My daughter’s class planned an informal outing to see it together and planned to discuss the movie in class on Monday, however because of time restraints she wasn’t able to join them.

So her father said he and she would go together before Monday, and because God had provided a generous gift card as a Christmas gift several months before, to the real, live, full price, movie theater, the whole family could go!

When we got there, we decided that we would spend a little money for popcorn and soda.  Don’t worry, we were going to go for the large size so we could get a free refill…but still, that was going to cost us practically what we pay for the whole family to see a movie at the cheap seats!  But, we bit the bullet and stood in line to order our popcorn.

“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.”   Luke 12:29

As soon as we placed our order, the cashier told us that there was a $10 credit on the movie deals card we presented and we would be upgraded to the large size for the price of a medium, so that credit took care of our snacks!!

Woo-hoo!

“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.”   Job 9:10

We went to our separate ways, my hubby and my daughter to The Hunger Games, and my other daughter, the boys and I went to a movie more my size:

The Lorax.

Now, I was a bit apprehensive about this movie…because I have seen other Dr. Seuss movies and have not been overly impressed…but with The Lorax, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a very cute movie and I enjoyed it very much!

Although one of the songs from the movie really saddened me.  It very accurately portrayed this world we live in, and hit very close to home; (just read my recent post I’m a whine-o).   How we as sinful creatures want more, think we deserve more, we watch out for ourselves, and are willing to hurt other people to get what we feel we deserve, and then convince ourselves it’s ok…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”   Proverbs 14:12

Ed Helms – How Bad Can I Be? [from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Animation (2012)] 

How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
I’m just following my destiny
How bad can I be?
I’m just doing what comes naturally
How bad can I be?
How bad can I possibly be?

Well there’s a principle of nature
That almost every creature knows
Called survival of the fittest
And check it this is how it goes
The animal that eats has got to scratch and fight
And claw and bite and punch
And the animal that doesn’t
Winds up someone else’s lunch

There’s a principle in business
That everybody knows is sound
It says the people with the money
Make this ever loving world go ’round
So I’m biggering my company
I’m biggering my factory
I’m biggering my corporate sign
Everybody out there can take care of yours
And me? I’ll take care of mine mine mine mine mine

Satan wants us to live for ourselves, because that is the direct opposite of what God’s Word tells us to do.  Our enemy tries to convince us that if we don’t already have it we need it, we need a lot of it, we need bigger versions of it, and we need it now!

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”   Ephesians 4:17-24

But God’s way is best, and it’s obvious that deep down we are built to know that too… and praise the One in whose image we are created!!


My 12 year old daughter, Sami and her father have started reading “The Hunger Games” together.  They both have told me how great these books are and have recommended that I read them as well, but I’m ok with not intriguing myself with children who have to maim and maul other children to survive.

It really puts a whole new spin on survival of the fittest!!

After they finished reading the first book, God worked it out so the Hunger Games movie was released that very weekend plus we had a gift certificate to the theater from Christmas to use, which is an I Spy God all in itself!!  A family of six going to a full priced movie theater needs to take out a loan to even walk in the door, so it is a real treat when we are all able to go to the movies together!!

And no, I didn’t go see Hunger Games.  Instead, Sam and her Dad went to Hunger Games, while I went to a movie more my style with our other three…

The Lorax.

Since seeing The Hunger Games movie, both Sam and her Dad have read the second book “Catching Fire,” and Sam has been bugging her Dad about wanting to read the third book, “Mocking Jay.”  She continually checks with the library, but because of their popularity the books are constantly checked out.  She is on a waiting list, but who knows how long it will take for the book to come in.

Sam noticed that the third book was available for purchase, and even on sale on her Kindle, so she asked her Dad if she could get it.  He questioned her a little bit about it, but he didn’t actually say “no,” and he didn’t give her the “ok” to purchase it either.

As a parent, I’m sure you know the feeling when you’re not sure if you have the money to get something your child really wants, but you would like to find a way to get it for them if possible.  I’m guessing that was the basis of the lack of answer from her Dad.  But Sam graciously put her Kindle away, got ready for school, and mentally prepared for her next how-to-convince-Dad-I-need-this-book encounter.

“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.”   Psalm 38:9

That very day, while Sam was at school and standing at her locker, a girl in her class approached her and handed her the book.  Apparently God’s waiting list is shorter than the library’s.

Isn’t that just how God works??!!  He gave Sam a reminder that He is always watching and wants to provide for even our smallest desires.  Praise Him!!

“who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number”   Job 5:9

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