If You Only Knew – Poem

If you only knew

What happened when I was through

I tried to give up

But for some reason God refilled my cup

I tried to run away

But God called me back and invited me to stay

How many times must I try to run

Every time my life comes undone

My pain is more than I can bear

Which is why I cry to Jesus because this world is not fair

Broken relationships almost did me in

Then I was reminded of how Jesus forgives our sin

But God you just don’t understand

How many times I have been burnt, I can’t count them on one hand

Lord I can’t do this anymore

I keep falling and hitting the floor

Why can’t you end this life of mine

You are in charge not Father Time

No matter what the score

I can’t come back anymore

This game is over, I am finished

I was strong like Popeye and his spinach

But then reality set in

And I finally gave in

How can I face tomorrow

When today already has me in sorrow

You don’t understand

I have always been banned

Turned away

Every person pushed, that came my way

But now You say it will all be okay?

How do You know, this pain won’t go away

I pray and pray and ask to be set free

But the shade continues to come like an oak tree

Caught up in darkness no matter how hard I fight

Jesus I think it is time to turn off this light

And say goodnight

Then I will be alright

Stuck in darkness with nothing to see

I don’t think You have the power to break me free

I should have been gone a long time ago

But You came and sat next to me like a bro

God my pain it causes such strain

Just like my newspaper caught in the rain

The words are beginning to smear

Please take away all my fear

I know I can’t do this alone

But thank God You are sitting upon the throne

Help me God to over come

Remove everything that has caused me to become numb

I pray dear God that today will change

I am tired of feeling so strange

My bride needs You more than me

Yet my own fear is all I can see

Lord we pray for continued healing

You know how hard I have been dealing

Trying to get past what satan has been stealing

Back on my knees I continue kneeling

Praying for something more

Praying you will open a new door

We need a breakthrough in her body and for my soul

Restore what satan has stole

God my heart is weak

I come before You, the outcome looks bleak

Please dear God give me more time

The time has come for me to end this rhyme

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Hear My Cry Oh Lord – Poem

So now I sit and wait

Wondering if it is too late

Waiting for answers to my questions

Everyone giving me suggestions

Oh what a journey this has been

Asking God when when when

When will this be over

When will Your healing spillover

Day and night we pray

That she will reach her next birthday

Lord we need more time

We know You are working overtime

All of our needs we bring before You

We know there is still much to do

We call upon Your name

The name of Jesus we claim

We cry out with our souls

Please make Kristeen whole

Each day brings new circumstances

Yet You have provided for all of our finances

God you amaze

Our hearts set ablaze

We believe You raised

Jesus Christ as everyone gave praise

Do it again Lord

We pray in one accord

We call upon Thee

To set Kristeen free

Bind up that cancer

You are the only answer

May all the people see

In Jesus name cancer does flee

We place our faith in You

Please make Kristeen brand new

I have entered my cry

Now I wait for Your reply…

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We Didn’t Plan This – Poem

How can you understand

Cancer was never planned

How did this happen

Where is your compassion

People complaining about nothing

Always talking about something

Yet this pain is not leaving

Here I am grieving

The world constantly deceiving

Yet the sheep are still unbelieving

How can I move forward

The questions sound like a broken recorder

How is she doing

Questions sound like they are interviewing

We are waiting on a miracle

Something that is biblical

Not searching for “a” healer

Yet constantly checking for a fever

Looking for “The Healer”

To bind up the cancer like a concealer

Not just hide it

But transform it

Remove the cells that are attacking

While the doctors are tracking

So they can see

That God can do anything

Meanwhile I get inspired

Even when I am tired

God keeps speaking to my mind

Wanting me to reach out to the blind

I am just a man looking to share God’s plan

I reached out to this particular man

Where is the man that wanted to be

More than what the world said he could achieve

A man chasing after God

Instead of trying to avoid the rod

Common man don’t give me this or that

It is time to get back on track

What more are you waiting for

God is standing, knocking, on your front door❗️🚪

I can’t save you

But I can remind you

Jesus died to save you

He won’t run from you

No matter how long it takes

He waits patiently even when we try to be fake

Our feelings may be hurt

Put back on your shirt

Nobody wants to see that

It is time to fall flat

On our faces

And get back in God’s good graces. 🙏

I praise God for my pain

Because He allows me to see through the rain

It is just a storm

The prayers continue to transform

All my pain into a testimony

No I am not trying to be phony

My story is not over

It is hard to find like a 4 leaf clover

Buried among many chapters

I am praying for the rapture

Jesus I don’t know how much more I can take

Take a hold of my soul and shake

Cause me to remain strong

Continue to show me where I belong

Your power is stronger

And keeps me fighting longer

Hold me up

Fill my cup

Cause me to overflow

Pour out so others may grow

Closer to You Lord

It is You alone that I adore❗️
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Love Is Tricky – Poem


Love isn’t just an emotion

Or even a magic potion

God designed it with a purpose

He provides a surplus

When you are all alone

You can feel Him in your bones

Your eyes can not see

But in the Trinity there is three

Why do we not trust

Broken down with rust

Bent out of shape

Pieced together with tape

Lord we hurt so much

We long for Your touch

Shine your light upon us

Help me not to cuss

So many thoughts trapped inside

How come I can’t find a bride

I want to feel complete

I want someone sweet

To have and to hold

Before I get too old

Show me your plan

Teach me to be a fisherman

Not just for someone for me

But also to help others see

That Your plan is better

For You I write this letter

Help me to love

Help me to find truelove

I am willing to trust my life to You

Make my dark skies turn blue

With Christ I can overcome

Help me to become

The person you made me to be

Together let’s agree

That alone I will fail

But with You I can sail

No longer left all alone

Because you have shown

Me how to love and expect nothing

Your love is very touching

With You I am made whole

I have finally found my self-control

Bring me someone special

I promise to be careful

Love them like You have loved me

Together we will cross the sea

Whatever it takes

No matter how high the stakes

We will give you the glory

And that is my story…

True Worship – Sermon Notes

True Worship – Sermon Notes

Lets start off with the definition of worship:

the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.”the worship of God”
synonyms: reverence, veneration, adoration, glorification, glory, exaltation;

Now when we talk about worship what comes to mind first?  For most people when they talk about worship they are talking about singing a song of worship unto the Lord in Church.  But the neat thing about worship is that it can take many different forms.  We can give God reverence in our tithes, in our speech, in our dress, in our attitudes, almost anything you can think of can be used as a form of worship and giving glory and exaltation to God.

Lets talk about speech as a form of worship first.  Are you using your mouth to give God praise, all the day long or are you using your mouth to speak evil like the rest of the world?  The scriptures talk about the tongue having the power of life and death.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

If your mouth is not speaking life then surely it must be speaking death.  Let not your words create more damage in a broken world, but instead use them to lift people up, speak life into the broken hearted.  Speak the word of God into the life of another person so that they can hear it, so that they can receive it, and so that their heart may be changed by the Lord.  There are plenty of people hurling words of hate, anger, and bitterness but if the people of God choose to remain behind their protected walls then who else will speak words of encouragement and grace?

Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Let us give worship to the Lord and in doing so bring healing by sharing God’s word.

Now when it comes to tithes I am sure you are wanting to ask “how can I worship the Lord with my giving?”  To be honest this one is rather simple.  The scriptures speak to giving with a grateful heart.

Deuteronomy 15:10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Can I be honest with you for a moment?  Giving with a joyful heart did not come easy.  Like any person that works hard for their money it is not easy to part with.  Everyone wants a piece of the pie and when you look at your finances after you have paid your bills then you become bitter and try to hold onto money with a closed fist.  This is why the Bible speaks to giving the first fruits.  If we give in an act of worship to the Lord the first 10% then we won’t have the worry at the end.  But like I just mentioned this was extremely difficult for me to do.  I have become faithful over the years in this area because I have seen how the more that I give, the more that the Lord has blessed me and provided.  I have seen this happen time and time again.  I have stopped trying to explain it and have chalked it up to a simple hashtag GodsMath.  In our world 2+2=4 but in when God gets a hold of something it is more like 2+2+God=8  I stopped doubting and just started believing.

What is your daily routine before you head out to Church? Do you start your day off with some Christian music at your house? Do you play some Christian music on your drive to Church? I am sure you are probably wondering why I am asking these questions. You see worship doesn’t just begin when the band starts up the music on Sunday morning, it begins when you wake up and roll out of bed. If you spent 30 minutes yelling at the kids to get dressed because you are running late for Church then how can you walk in and throw on a smile and start singing God’s praises? We don’t need fake Christians, we need people who are daily renewing their minds and coming to the foot of the cross for we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I struggle with this myself. Those are the days that I am pleading with the Lord to forgive me and bring peace back into my life. I pray that my lips are always bringing Him praise in all that I say. If we don’t give God praise then nature will.

You see as Jesus was coming down from the Mount of Olives this was His encounter

Luke 19:37-40 37 As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Have you ever stopped to listen to nature after a rain storm when it is then a calm and quiet night. All of creation is making a joyful noise. What if they were crying out Holy, Holy, Holy is He! Don’t forsake the gift of speech that God has given you. Shout His name from the mountaintops.

I used to be afraid to let go in Church.  I would sing the songs every Sunday morning but it was more of just reading the words on the screen.  You see any person who knows how to read can read the words on the screen.  Being a man it is hard to show my emotions and feelings in front of others.  Trust me, men having feelings, but they have either been trained to hide them or they choose to ignore them because they don’t want their feelings to take over their thought process.  But God can change all that.  When you finally let God take control, your worship changes.  I remember a time singing praises in Church, my eyes closed because it didn’t matter who was watching, and my tears streaming down my face.  I had a wet shirt when I was done, but I felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit.  I praise God for changing my heart and my feelings of being afraid to let go.

Let me leave you with this – a true worshipper is not afraid of who is watching…
Thank you Lord for giving us this opportunity to share about worship.  Lord teach us to open our hearts, Lord teach us to give You our first fruits whether it is with my lips in speaking of You or whether it is from our lips in praise.  Lord we need you each and every day of our lives.  Help us to be strong when we are weak.  Help us to seek out a deeper relationship in our worship.  Let our lives be a testimony of Your power.  Use our testimonies Father to speak to those who are around us.  In Jesus name, Amen.
 

 

What Is Good Enough? – Sermon Notes

Glad to have you join us again for Faith Matters.  Another week has passed us by and we are almost half way through the year 2015.  This past week our youth group got together and did what is called a color clash.  I didn’t know what it was until they showed me but pretty much there are several different colors of paint, each one in their own 5 gallon bucket spread out, and the team that keeps their captain with the least amount of paint on them wins.  Does that sound interesting?  Let me tell you what, so glad I was the photographer for the event and not covered in paint but they had a blast.  I have a ton of pictures to prove it.  The best part was after the paint war Pastor Dan did a short sermon and 10 teenagers gave their lives to Christ.  Now that is what it is all about.

Before we go any further let us open up with prayer.  God you have been so good, You have provided for the things we need, You have closed the doors to protect us from disasters, and You have opened new doors to test our faith further.  God I am constantly in a state of awe at how you work.  I pray that You use me and the words that I speak to touch the hearts of those that are listening.  I am believing that the words spoken today are not just words, but a call to those that have questions, an answer to those that need to hear your words.  Lord, please use me, speak through me, and may you receive all the glory.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Recently for those of you that follow me on Twitter, you have had the chance of catching me broadcasting live video.  I sent one of those videos to my sister, she watched it and she said and I quote “pretty awesome.”  Now coming from little sister I was excited to hear that I did something that impressed her.  I wasn’t quite prepared for the conversation that followed.  Now before I quote what she sent me, let me give you some background on the video she saw so that it all makes sense.  I was talking about how we see ourselves versus how God see’s us and why we don’t go up to for the altar call.  Pretty much we compare ourselves to those around us and we feel we are better half than the guy next to us so no need to step forward.  Now if you listened to last week I went into a deeper discussion on how we are not supposed to compare ourselves to other Christians but to Christ and try to be more like Christ.  I will leave my summary there so that I can get into her questions, but if you missed last week please go back and listen to it so that you can listen to some of the treasures that I found in the word of God.

Back to my sister’s conversation and yes I did get permission to share this with everyone:

“So I don’t go for several of the reasons you mentioned: 1)  My life is going pretty well so I don’t have anything that would need prayer 2)  I have something that would need prayer but I’m too afraid of openly admitting that 3)  I think my relationship with God is just fine.  No need to work on that.  – Not the best attitude since we should always be working on ourselves.  Who was the prophet / disciple who continuously sought God despite being totally awesome?  There was someone I’m thinking of in particular.  Anyways, and, the biggest one 4)  FEAR.  My life is going well.  I’m doing middle of the road.  I long for that amazing love and relationship with God but I’m too afraid of what I’ll have to give up – my relationships, my “normal” habits that everyone does – what will I have to give up since I’m not a porn  addicted alcoholic?  Since I’m a normal person what will I have to give up?  And once I’m there, won’t I just be a big target for the devil?  What if I have to do 7 years of famine before the 7 years of plenty?  Can I make it 7 years?  Is it worth rocking the boat?  There really are so few people who walk hand in hand with God that you see the light in them.  Most of us will never get there.  So isn’t being a good person enough?”

That was a lot to cover all at once so I am going to break it down piece by piece because I know that my sister is not the only person that has these types of questions.  I am sure that we have all felt the same way at some point in our walk with God.

Let us start back at her first point.  My life is going well so why should I go up to the altar?  This really depends on your own personal definition of “well”.  Is your life just “well” or could it be swell or maybe even awesome.  Having been in a relationship that was spiritually dead and going through the motions before I met my wife I didn’t really know that my own life of “well” could be much better.  Sometimes we get to a point in life that we think oh well that is it, I am married, we have several kids, and our marriage is just blah, nothing else for us but to get old and gray.  No, no, no, God wants so much more for you, BUT you have to deny your flesh, you have to be ready to be changed from the inside, it all starts with your own heart.  Once God changes your heart, then He can begin to work on the heart of your spouse.  The great I AM is not okay with status quo.  Let me throw a scripture at you:

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

If you are living a life and your life does not capture what is mentioned in Galatians 5:22 then we have some work to do.  Don’t go out and try to change your spouse tomorrow, oh no, let God do that.  First we need to begin in our own lives.  A journey always begins with the first step; let’s make that step together to be closer to The Lord today.

Looking at her second point, I have something that I need prayer for but I am too afraid of openly admitting it.  Isn’t that every single Christian?  I am sure that if I had you write down the things you need prayer for on a piece of paper, you could easily come up with at least 10 different things.  But if I do the same exercise and ask you to come forward and let me pray for you if you need prayer, you would stay in your seat.

Prayer is such a powerful tool but instead of us using it to call upon The Lord, we use it like a life preserver when we are drowning in our storms.  God doesn’t say WAIT until you need my help and then call upon my name.  God says cry out to me, my children, I am The Lord Your God, I am Your Provider, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  I will sustain you, I will restore you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing,

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Luke 11:9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

The problem today is that we don’t take the time to pray like we should.  We have all the excuses in the world why we don’t have time for God yet we spend hours upon hours wasting time watching TV, playing games online, surfing the internet, you name it, we can create things to waste our time so that we don’t have to give God any of our time.

Point number 3 was “I think my relationship with God is just fine”.  This particular statement is not one that I or any man can determine.  Your relationship with God is between you and God.  BUT and I do mean this is a big BUT…

Is fine good enough for you?  Are you okay with just knowing about God, that Jesus died on the cross for you and being saved?  Are your friends not worthy enough for you to share Jesus with them?  Are we so selfish that we don’t think about the millions of other people who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior?  I was there; I was completely content with my relationship with God.  I had no problem just being a Sunday Christian.

You know what happened?

God set me on fire for the lost, God put a burning desire in my heart to be used by Him, God showed me the pain that others are experiencing that don’t know Him.  God brought tears to my eyes every time I looked at others that were broken.
I prayed such a simple prayer and yet my life changed.  I opened up my heart to The Lord and He chose me, He took me in, He showed me how to make a difference in the lives of others.
I prayed, “Lord, I want to be used by you, I want to know you, I am willing to give up everything I have right now to follow you.  Please show me more, Lord don’t let anything in my life get in the way of Your purpose.  If I need to be sent overseas to reach more people I am willing.  Lord, I give you my heart, use me.”

After that prayer my human natural eyes began to see things differently.  I lost a lot of what this world had given me, but it was to remove the things that were holding me back.  If that is you, if you want to truly know God more, YOU have to be willing to stop accepting this world as your home and cry out to God for more.

To speak to her final point, FEAR.  I don’t want to give up what everyone else has.  Won’t I become a target for the devil?
Satan wants you to fear, he wants you to doubt your ability, he wants you to remain shy and not involved because the only way you win a war is to divide and conquer.  If he can keep you away from other Christians, if he can keep you out of Church, if he can convince you that your life is “good enough” that you don’t need Church then he has already won.
If you haven’t seen the movie God’s Not Dead then please do so.  I am going to paraphrase a pivotal scene from that movie.  Right now if you are okay with life as it is then you have willingly walked into a jail cell.  Picture yourself right now on a tour at Alcatraz.  The jail cell door is open; you are living the life that you want to live.  The devil is not going to attack you because he already has you where he wants you.  At some point, the door will instantly slam shut and there will be no escape.  Why would anyone attack if they already secretly have you trapped?

Let me key in on this phrase that I have heard countless times, “isn’t being a good person good enough?”  I want you to ask yourself, is a good person all you want to be?  Are you not starving to be fed the bread of life?  Do you want to be content and full because the word of God has fulfilled your life?  A good person is great; you can live your life, but then what?  What is the real point of life?  Are we just here taking up space until we die?  I think not, God created us with a purpose, to be pleasing unto Him.  When we realize that our life on this earth is temporary but living at the right hand of the Father is eternal, then your perspective of how you live your life and just being a good person begins to change.

Lord I thank you for allowing me to speak these words today.  I know as Christians we all have questions, we all have doubts, but Lord we know that in Christ Jesus we have been found, we have been made whole, we are made new.  Lord I pray for those out there living their lives to be “good enough” will catch the Holy Ghost fire and have that burning desire to seek Your face.  God I thank you for lifting me out of my slumber and opening my eyes.  Every day I have an unspeakable Joy and I want to share that with everyone else that I know.  Lord I pray that the burning desire I have becomes contagious and spreads to everyone that listens to this message.  Let them know You more.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Faith Matters.  I hope that the words spoken today speak to your heart.  If you would like to contact me you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com  If this sermon made a difference in your life please download it for free from our website and share it.  We want to spread the good news and in doing so always give God the glory for He is worthy.  Thanks and have a blessed day in The Lord.

The Burning Fire Within

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If I say something and it makes a person feel guilty, it is not me trying to convict them but the Holy Spirit. God has changed my life, and I can no longer deny how awesome He is. Almost daily, I am seeing things happening in my life that only He could produce. I still have my struggles, but I always come through them because I know God is just testing my Faith. Imagine looking at the world without fear because you really trust in God to provide for you. What would that look like if you had Faith like that? I am not questioning the Faith of others, but I invite them to question their own Faith. It requires a heartfelt relationship with Jesus to opens one’s eyes, their heart, and their mind. A person can never understand where I am at until they have been there themselves.

If I can be honest, I will walk the line and say there have only been a few Christian people that I have met that stand out as having the Holy Spirit. There is something different about these people but they actually get it. There is one person in particular that I always admired; I wanted to have Faith like her, and be able to pray like her. I could tell that God was always with her. I can finally say that after years and years of being a Christian, I finally get it. Yes, I will admit it that I was a Christian a.k.a. churchgoer that thought all I had to do was go to church, listen to the Pastor, and then be a good person which would lead me to Heaven. I have learned that there is another level, not a cult or anything weird, but a personal relationship with God that is more rewarding. For the past two years, God has been working in my life, pruning branches, testing my Faith with fire. He allowed me to hit rock bottom yet I was at peace with my life. I came to the understanding that in order for me to receive blessings from God, I had to eliminate the things of this world. I started cutting out the things I collected, the music I listened to, the friends I hung out with. Not to say that they were that bad, but if God was to return in this instance, would you give your life for the friend standing next to you? If your answer is no, then they definitely aren’t a good enough friend.

I find myself daily praying to God for the things in my life. Yet, I don’t just pray; I also lift my voice in praise. Even today, with all the negative things that are happening with my wife’s job, I am praising His name because I know He is going to open new doors. I know that this sounds completely strange to praise God when my wife is losing her job, but you can’t understand until your own Faith exceeds your natural vision. It is not what you see and know but what is to come. God continues to blow my mind, and I love every moment. I can’t express it enough. I am sure my friends on Facebook are probably tired of hearing about God (yes most of them Christians), but when it comes down to it, how many of them have the fire burning within? Like I said before, not my place to judge, but if my talking about God and my walk offends someone, then maybe they need to take a step back and think about their walk with God. My goal has changed from becoming some successful guy with a new car and big house to a man that wants to change lives that are broken and lost into those restored and found in Christ. I am standing on my Faith when I tell you that God will one day allow me to reach thousands upon thousands of people and share my story so that all may know His glory and grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Is My Prayer Lord…

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Life is not about money, fame, or stuff.  Everyday I feel God pouring out His blessings over my life.  God has given me a wife that truly understands my feelings and emotions.  A woman that has realized her own connection to God and His people.  There is no such thing as a perfect family, each family has ups and downs, but everyday I give God thanks for what He has given me.  I have been knocked down but God has picked me up.  God was always with me through the pain and struggles.  I cried out to God when I was all alone and asked why me?  Who doesn’t cry out in anger because we don’t understand God’s plan?  God has taken everything from me that was worldly and restored me with love and compassion.  God took my broken spirit and polished it so that I could shine again for His glory.  Lord please continue to lead me down the path so that I can continue to glorify you.  This is my prayer…

Obstacles We Faced

Have you ever noticed that when God has placed something on your heart for you to accomplish; other things just happen to come up, obstacles that you must overcome in order to achieve God’s will?  Kristeen and I have been working on getting everything in place for our performance at the fair last night.  During this process we continued to run into hurdles that we had to jump over.

Our first hurdle was an attempt to obtain some additional sound equipment for our performance.  We reached out to several different sources, but were not able to obtain what we needed.  We felt like this was God’s way of telling us that He didn’t feel we really needed to exercise this option.  We made the decision to use the equipment that they provided at the fair and it turned out nicely.

Another hurdle that we encountered was the charger for Kristeen’s MAC all of a sudden stopped working.  This was critical because we still needed to burn the music for her performance.  For whatever reason, the cord appeared to have shorted out and it had some burn marks on it.  I told Kristeen not to worry, we could drive to Best Buy and pick up a new charger.  So we jumped into the car to do just that, go to the store, found the charger, purchased it, and then headed back to the house to burn the CD.  Well guess what happened next? We went to plug in the charger and the head wasn’t the same one.  Oh boy, time was running out and somehow we grabbed the wrong charger for her computer.  We had to run back to the store and make the exchange.  This time we opened the box in the store to make sure that we had purchased the exact match.  We then drove back to the house again to create the CD.

The next hurdle that we ran into was parking at the fair.  We pulled into a parking lot, but noticed that a special tag was needed to park there.  We decided that we didn’t want to get towed so we left that parking lot and proceeded to the correct place.  Little did we know that half the city was coming to the fair also.  We had to wait in line with everyone else.  Being on a timeline and getting stuck in traffic never puts anyone in a great mood.  About 45 minutes later we were able to get parked and make our way to the stage.

It appears that we are in the business of hurdle jumping because the final minutes were ticking away and we were up next.  So the first thing that we needed of course was the CD.  We searched and searched for the CD and it couldn’t be found.  I thought I placed it on top of the drum because that would have just made the most sense.  Thankfully Kristeen was smart enough to make more than one CD, so she pulls out the backup CD from her purse.  Thank you Lord that we had the back up because we didn’t find the original CD before the performance.  But as any story that holds true, we did find the CD right after the performance and it was in the camera bag.

When you step back and look at all the hurdles that the Devil tried to put in place to make sure we were not able to sing Christian music at the Fair, you can’t help but wonder was it really just a coincidence or was someone attempting to stop the performance?  God has continued to open new doors for us and our ministry through music.  We have learned to lean on God and have faith that He will provide and protect us as we work to do His will.  I urge you to put all your trust in The Lord for the things that we don’t understand. God knows and He continues to work all things out for His glory.