Sunday, January 14, 2018

Then Sings My Soul....

Wednesday, January 10th

So I walked into church, ready to lead worship as I do every Wednesday. Playing guitar and deciding how many times to play the final chorus is how this normally goes. However, today was different. One of the two vocalists wasn't going to be able to make it, and we wanted somebody else to sing. Now self-confidence is not my thing. So when everybody else on worship team had refused to sing and it came down to me, I handled it rather well, except, oh yeah, HAVING A SMALL PANIC ATTACK!! I love singing in solitude, and I've become a lot better with my confidence. In fact, I allowed my mother to post a video of me singing to her Facebook (after a week and a half of trying to decide if it was a good idea, and when she posted it it was a huge breakthrough in my book). But, singing in front of my piers makes me feel very vulnerable and self-conscious. I will admit though, part of the reason why I didn't refuse, was because deep down inside I was kind of  excited. Practice was fine, but during dinner, I suddenly started feeling nervous again. I was glad to have the opportunity to lead worship like this, but I couldn't knock down the fact that I might mess up. Then the Lord showed me the truth of the situation. As if someone were standing in front of me saying it I heard: It's not about you. Then the scales were lifted from my eyes (so to speak 😀), and I realized it wasn't about me. My focus had been on how I would mess up. How I could have my voice crack. Me me me me ME! Leading worship is NOT performing! Praise the Lord that He showed me that, because I was walking down a dangerous path. At this point, it was time for worship. I can tell you, this was one of those times where I realized: this is why we do what we do. For a brief moment, I forgot that there was anyone else in the room, and it just became me singing to God. That is worship. I love music, and to be able to come together with other believers and use music for God's glory makes me realize how blessed we are. To be a worship leader is such a privilege and honor, and I know I did nothing to deserve it. I'm very grateful to be able to worship and be loved by God. Thanks for reading!
-EC💗

Friday, January 5, 2018

UPDATE

So.........if you haven't already noticed, I've failed at the schedule thing. I honestly don't know how consistent my posting is going to be but 😜
Happy Friday!!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas 2017

Hello everyone! I'm thinking this is going to be my last post before I start the new schedule (=


Jesus Christ, 24 hours, 2 families, no sleep, and FOOD

This is what Christmas consisted of. Our Christmas started on Sunday (Christmas Eve), with church and Sunday brunch. The sermon was the kind where you write so many notes that you take up the entire margin in your Bible. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it was very good! Later on, my younger brother asked for assistance with his gift crafting for our parents. After we finished, it was time for Christmas Eve dinner. Our Christmas Eve evening meals for the past five years have included turkey sandwiches, Ruffles potato chips, and french onion dip (we upgraded this year with a vegetable tray) 😜. I don't remember exactly how this came to be, but we love doing it! The next morning we hadn't been up very long before we left to see my grandparents (on my dad's side). Then we drove about thirty minutes away to visit with my mother's side. By the time we got home I was ready to crash! My brother had asked me to wake him up at 6:00 a.m. the night before, and at 9:00 p.m, I could feel it and it hurt! So, Christmas 2017 was rather enjoyable, but, in the end, it's not about the activities. I feel very blessed  to know the true meaning of Christmas, and to be surrounded by family and friends who can teach me more about it! But above all, I'm most thankful for Christ and what He did for us all.
Merry (late, very late) Christmas!
-EC

Thursday, December 28, 2017

UPDATE

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I've been having trouble with longer posts. I'm thinking to get on more of a schedule I'll post on Mondays, but we'll have to see how that goes (=. Happy (almost) New Year!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas with the Choir

Three Words: Christmas Choir Concerts

Choir concerts. This is where I reach my full choir nerd potential. I honestly get so excited, it's like a little kid on Christmas Eve! So, as an example of my excitement, I will tell of today's concert.
I walked into the building, again, very excited. We rehearsed, then we rehearsed some more, and then, we rehearsed again. Believe it or not, I love rehearsing like this, because it's an excuse to sing for hours! Around a half hour before our performance, everyone started becoming giddy and somewhat hyper. It was just impossible to be unhappy! Then, the concert began. My friends and I had to fight smiling (not gonna lie, we lost the battle a few times). So, I feel very satisfied with how the concert went.  Before I started choir, it wasn't really my thing, I think because I didn't understand the artistry of it or the effort that it takes to do it well. Everyone in the group has to carry their weight for it to work, and it's a HUGE team effort. Yes, this may sound difficult, and sometimes it is. But, in the long run, a choir is just a big family, and I think that's part of why I love it so much! So, before I start to ramble (more than already), I'm going to end this post (=. Thanks for reading!
-EC

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Little Things

"Three chords and the Truth."-Red Marlow

I've noticed all the funny little things that I, as a musician, take pleasure in. So, without further edo, I will list them in a most unorganized manner. 

1. I have recently discovered the magical world of alternate tuning on my guitar. This comes in especially handy with worship team. Red Marlow (The Voice contestant) described worship songs as "three chords and the Truth." To that I can agree, as most of our songs consist of G,D,A and the occasional Bm7. After playing songs like this for a year and a half, I discovered that I could tune my guitar to DADGAD (as opposed to EADGBE). Now I can play a D Major chord with one finger! 

2. Trying to it a high note and accidentally going an octave higher (vocal control in that instance isn't great, but at least you know you can hit the note)!

3. When you and your choir friends are the ones who walk into a room and start talking about the acoustics.

4. When you don't have to stagger breathe and it's a major breakthrough!

5.When you pick up the guitar and it's still tuned (cue angel chorus)!

6.When asked what your favorite music is and you start listing choir compositions.

7.When you learn to play something by ear.

8.When the choir director hits a a note above high C without singing at full voice (this is when my friends and I stare in awe).

9.When the adult choir with all the directors performs and they are generally as excited as you are (this is one of my favorites!)!

10. When the choir improves a pop song by singing it in three part harmony and in a choral fashion.

So, these are some of my favorite things about being a musician. If you haven't surmised this already, I love choir! Thanks for reading!!
-EC

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Faith and Works

"For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead."-James 2:26

Faith and works. This is something that has brought debate between many branches of the Church. But, if you refer back to the verse above, you see that nowhere does it say that you are saved by works. "For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves;it is God's gift- not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do."-Ephesians 2:8-10. You are not saved by works. Salvation is the greatest gift we have and will receive. But why should we do works if we don't receive salvation through it? "If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,' but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn't have works, is dead by itself." -James 2:14-17. Works do not save you, but the Spirit within you should cause you to have a desire to do them. This desire will be considered "irregular" in the world we live in and to the people around us. With the correct heart condition, we should be humbled, and not do these things for credit or to make us feel better about ourselves. For me, it's honestly more rewarding when no one knows if I was the one who did something, or someone else. After all, God knows, and His opinion is the only one that matters. When we treat works this way, we will be asked why, and our response CANNOT focus on us!  "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."-1 Corinthians 10:31. We should point to Him with all our works, and make it clear that it's not us, but Him working through us. This is easier said than done, that is, when we try to do it ourselves. Because when we try to make it on our own, success is never an option. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight."-Proverbs 3:5-6. His ways are perfect, so when we allow the Spirit to work in us, it won't be our own words, but what He gives to us to say. So, works do not save you, but the Holy Spirit will give you a desire to do them. You can't do them on your own, so we have to allow God to take control. Thanks for reading.
-EC

Monday, December 11, 2017

Faith and Falsetto

Faith and Falsetto

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life..."-Prince
My life includes a love for God, my family and friends, and music (there's also chocolate,but....). I enjoy singing, playing guitar, keyboard, and penny whistle. I also attempt violin, but we don't need to go there. I've been saved for four and a half years now, and learn something new about my faith every day. I enjoy sharing what the Spirit has shared with me, as I want everyone to see how exciting it is to follow Christ. " 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word. And I know that He is with me, just to know thus saith the Lord." Anyways, this blog is supposed to be encouraging, and just to see what life is like from a quirky choir-nerd's point of view. Thanks for reading!
-EC