Monday, May 2, 2011

Changing Circumstances, Constant God

So, I'm back in the classroom again, trying to be a good student and listen when God is teaching me things. As Kara said to me recently, "Pay attention so we don't have to learn things over and over again." The Lord has been showing me/us how quickly and drastically circumstances can change, for good or bad, and how faithful and true He is through it all. Let me tell you about a few examples that have taken place within the past couple of weeks. So, just before Easter, we found that that our unborn nephew has spina bifida and his mother will be spending the next 3 months thousands of miles away from her family, in Philly, to undergo in utero surgery and remain under close medical watch until August when the baby is due. A few days later, we found out that it is the most severe case of spina bifida possible, that the child will probably never walk on his own, and will be intellectually "slow". Needless to say, this was a sudden and heavy weight on us, and of course on my brother and sister-in-law. Well, less than 24 hours later, we found out that while in Philly, Steph will not have to find an aparment to rent because she will be staying at the Ronald McDonald house with all food provided for a grand total of $15 a day. Additionally, she will have medical expenses totalling $0 because whatever insurance does not cover, the hospital will. (it is a brand new procedure) Her husband's colleagues have donated sick days so that he can come be with her for a couple of weeks during and following the surgery. And the family is doing so well! They are excited to have a plan and excited to meet this special little boy. Praise God! In a matter of days, He revealed a plan for our family that we might not have chosen for ourselves but that is perfect in every way. 

Time for Lesson #2: We are currently raising the funds for the CD that I will be recording this summer. Well, as of today, (only half way through the allotted fundraising time) we have reached our financial goal and will officially be recording in July. This is great news. What I am less excited to admit to you, is the doubt that I was harboring up until even a few days ago as to whether we would actually reach the goal by our May 16th deadline. Again, how quickly things can change. God's ways are not our ways and I am thankful for a sovereign Lord and patient God who shows mercy when I am slow to trust. As I have mentioned before, I am excited to watch Him use this album for His glory.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Worship Album!

I am finally going to be having an EP of my original songs from the past couple of years professionally recorded! In early July I will be getting into the studio with a professional audio/engineer, and producing this album. Check out how you can be a part of this project!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Curse You, Fire Lane!!

Do you ever have a moment when you think to yourself, "God, what lesson could you possibly be teaching me in this situation?"  Well, we had that moment last night.  We were warned when we moved here that the HOA gets upset when cars are parked on the street in front of their driveway (There is actually a faintly-marked fire lane).  So, we do our best to only park there when we are stopping at the house for a short amount of time, or in this case, unloading groceries.  Shortly after I finished getting the groceries inside, our doorbell rang.  It was the tow truck man coming to tell us that he was taking our car.  Awesome.  So, we got into good old Marquisa (my '93 mercury grand marquis) to go pick up Josh's car in a super sketchy lot about 20 minutes away.  Throughout this whole time Josh and I are doing our best to stay level-headed and calm about the situation.  Not the easiest thing to do when you have to throw away a substantial sum of money just to retrieve your own car.  When we got to the lot we met the tow truck man and Josh was very kind to him.  He apologized and Josh assured him we knew that he was only doing his job.  We paid the fee and went on our way.  On the way home we were both contemplating the ways in which God works things together for His glory and our good and how this situation was an example of that.  I think that God is teaching us a lot about how we react to situations and how our reactions reveal how much or little we actually believe that the Lord is good and provides for our every need.  Yes, this situation was pretty rotten.  We wasted time, money, emotion, and energy.  However, it wasn't invaluable.  We had an opportunity to live the love of Christ to someone who probably deals with a lot of unhappy people.  I told Josh that I bet he doesn't get that kind of reaction all to often.  All of this to say, we know God is in all things and we are learning to trust him in all things.  We also learned to stay out of the fire lane!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Food for the Soul

Last night we had the great joy of going to hear The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.  We were given the tickets by a couple in our church that couldn't use them and we were thrilled to have the chance to go!  In college, we were forced to go to so many recitals and concerts that we often took for granted the opportunity to hear beautiful orchestral classics performed live. We decided to avoid the hassle and stress of city traffic and parking by taking the metro in.  After grabbing a classy McDonald's dinner at the mall, fighting with the Metro ticket kiosk (I think Josh punched it), and waiting for a train, we realized that we were going to have to book it to make it there on time. Shoulda driven after all...  After a VERY brisk 5 minute walk from the station (Kara in high heels), we were in our seats at 7:59PM for our 8:00PM show!  Thankfully we had two hours of masterfully composed and executed music to de-stress from the hustle.  The orchestra was amazing and the music of Mahler's 4th symphony was truly refreshing to both of us.  Josh enjoyed closing his eyes and paying attention to all of the aural details, where as I loved the "choreography" of the string bows and the breath and movement of the conductor and the musicians.  We both commented on the delicacy which the instrumentalists applied in dealing with the quieter moments which were almost as, if not more, moving than the climactic moments.  After the 55 minute piece of pure awesomeness, the conductor let the last note hang and resonate throughout the vast concert hall until it was completely gone.  The entire audience hung on that last note as well with intensity and attention UNTIL......A CELL PHONE WENT OFF!!!!  AHHHHHH!!  It was the last moment of the entire concert....ruined!  Well, okay....not RUINED, but you understand!  Anyway, it was a refreshing night for us and we truly enjoyed each other, the music, and a night out!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Now you see me...

We have lots of fun. Couldn't have asked for a better little buddy.

Why now?

So, we decided to blog. We are realizing that time moves swiftly and loved ones aren't all nearby. Consider this more than a simple e-journal, though. Yes, we will chronicle events and happenings, but we also look forward to sharing thoughts, ideas, new discoveries (music, articles, etc.) that move us. It is as much for us as for you. We're kinda selfish like that...