I found the poem The Master Blacksmith years ago in an old book in our local library. I’ve search for information about the poet but haven’t found much. It is a “picture” of the meaning of suffering and pain in our lives using the imagery of a blacksmith. I remember going to a blacksmith shop in our local town with my Dad when I was a little girl. Vague memories of the smells and sounds. Darkness. Light. Water. Fire. Metal on metal pings. I’ve tried to capture these in the music.
Down in the Depths is a very simple song of faith. Of trust and knowing that we are with the Lord. Always. One of the very first I ever wrote. And I can’t remember if the words or the music came to me first. I guess it doesn’t matter cause sometimes music is the language of the soul.
We, Carter and I, had planned an entire day of recording, but plans changed and we only had 2 finished. I asked if I could possibly record one of the piano only songs before we were done. He started to get and the buttons set to record and I just started to play a little to get warmed up. He told me to stop and remember what I’d just played because he thought it was great! So I paused and tried to remember the few notes I’d played. Then we recorded. A simple melody. We went through it and a few places we adjusted how I’d played the sustain pedal. One note at the end he wondered about “fixing,” but I said I think it needs to stay the same. So, in just a few minutes, we had song 3 finished.
I commented that when I play “this way” that I rarely or never seem to make mistakes. He said he noticed. He said I have a Gift. Believe me, I know.
The Gift is what I want to share with you. Why I want to capture the music on a CD that people can share. And pray with….connect with the Giver of that Gift.
With some help from a Facebook friend, Noelle Mena, I enjoy coming here once again! She was so incredibly helpful, and patient, and creative! I love the new look!
Only a few more steps to go, and the new CD campaign will be up and running on Kickstarter. I will keep you all posted and thank you in advance for your help! This has been a dream for quite a long time…30 years!
Songs to sing and music to play
It’s gonna be a wonderful day!
One more thing to say..
I’ll ask for you to pray!
Sharing with you the gift of music is coming to the forefront of my mind more and more. Since the magic age of 65 is right around the corner, I feel a push to get out the door and just do it! I have two ideas in mind. Both involve travel. Which I love to do.
First idea: A trip to play and share that would involve Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. I have friends and family in many cities, so a swing around that area would really be fun. To coordinate a time and set that up…welllllll….that’s on my to do list to figure out how to do a schedule like that! Anyone with experience, I’d accept the help gladly.
Second Idea: When I go to Ft. Wayne Indiana to record, I could do several stops, as well. My sister has one in the works in southeastern Nebraska. Going, or coming…would be great! Again, I do not know when this will be, but it’s floating around in my brain.
Third Idea: I know I only said I had two Ideas, but I just got another one! I’d like to go to Churches, and play…do spiritual meditations…talk…pray….on any topic….God will inspire us. So, any chances that could happen here in Kansas, or in connection with ideas #1 and #2 would be awesome.
Goodness Golly! For those of you a bit skeptical about the power of prayer, about the power of God to take the suffering you experience and change it into a beautiful and lovely Blessing….this one is for you!!
I was skimming the discussion board today, and found this prayer request from Shelly Brown. It was posted 3 months ago, so I asked for a report..so to speak. I know God is All-Knowing, but sometimes a little peek into how He actually operates in our lives is uplifting. A thank you to Lee Ann for praying. With Shelly’s permission, I present to you Shelly’s, “The Rest of the Story!” To you Shelly, I say, God Has Chosen YOU! which is one of my Favorite Songs!!
I’m speaking at a Ladies’ Retreat in Daytona Beach, Florida next weekend (Nov 5-6). For any who read this, will you pray with/for me?
This will be my first “official” ministry opportunity (outside of my church and partnering with local friend’s churches) in over 2 years. What’s significant about that is, just over 2 years ago, through a series of very difficult circumstances, it seemed quite obvious to me that God was “freeing” me up to pursue my ladies’ speaking ministry on a full time basis. (I had been doing it part-time for about 5 years). Little did I know that not only was God not going to “burst open wide” my ministry, but it would become virtually non-existent. Even my part-time opportunities dried up. It was as if God put me on a shelf. It was hands-down, the most agonizing period of my adult life. Dealing with all the difficult circumstances while wondering how I had missed the mark by so much. Wondering at times how I could ever have thought that God would really use ME. Telling myself, “who do you think you are?” more times than I care to admit.
I spent those 2 years seeking God’s face like I’d never done before. I wrestled with Him and there were some days that the only prayer I could muster was Mark 9:24, “Lord, I believe. Help thou my unbelief.” Finally … God brought me to a place I never expected in a million years … and now it all began to make sense as to why He put me on a shelf …
He put me on a shelf so that (when I was ready), He could empty me of myself and pour all of Himself into me, so that the story of my life that I had shared dozens and dozens of times, would no longer be “my” story, but His story. (Example: when I lost my mom at 5 years of age, I was told to stop crying and talking about her and was disciplined if I was caught crying or talking about her. So … here I am, 42 years old and I had never grieved my mom’s death). I had so much brokenness in my life that I had no idea existed. I really thought I had it all together. I handled my past with great ease. But, apparently God wanted me to deal with all this brokenness as the Holy Spirit brought it to light in my life. And putting me on a shelf was what He needed to do to get me to come into His healing presence. He brought me to the end of myself, and now, it’s HIS powerful story.
And … I share all of this with you so that you can pray more effectively as next weekend is the first time I’ll be sharing my story (God’s story) from an entirely different dimension than ever before. My prayer is that not one woman leaves that retreat the same as when she arrived, that God would transform hearts and minds and that they will never be the same again.
Sorry to have been so lengthy, but THANK YOU for taking a few seconds to lift me up …
Oh Shelly–I will be praying for you!! Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us! What a wonderful illustration of just how good our God is! He is so wonderful to take all of us and all of “our stuff” and gently pry our hands and hearts open until we relinquish all of it to him…and then it becomes his stuff!
I just found this. How was your speaking engagement, Shelly? Share a God Story, if you would, please?
When God leads us to the desert, He has plans. I just pray that we all learn at that moment, and not despair and say “Enough, God! No More!”
Thank you SO much for asking and boy do I have some God stories! I’ll share a brief one with you …
During my 2nd main session message I shared the process that God took me through to forgive my adopted mom, Brenda. She chose me to be her daughter when I was 7 years old, only to reject and abuse me for the next 5 years of my life. I shared the process of how through intensive prayer, I released Brenda from any judgment I’ve held over her throughout the years and forgave her for the insurmountable pain that she inflicted on my life. I shared how at the very moment I released her, God redeemed that area of my life (freeing me) as I realized that Jesus didn’t just die for me, and Jesus didn’t just love me. He died for Brenda and He loves her just as much as He loves me. As Lewis Smedes said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” Then …
Before moving onto the next part of my message, I asked this question to the ladies, “Do you have a Brenda in your life? Someone you need to release and forgive?”
After the session one of the Retreat Organizers walked up to me with tears streaming down her face. She went on to describe some horrible events from the last 2 years and how she had been betrayed and used. She said, “Every day I become more bitter and angry at her.” And then she said, “Guess what her name is? Her name is Brenda. YES! I have a Brenda in my life that I have to release and forgive.”
Anyway … thanks again for asking Patrice. I love sharing God stories! 😉 After all, it is all about Him and Him alone.
That God of Ours!!! He is so sneaky! To have you, your message, in the right place and the right time to heal one particular person so dramatically! Can I share this??? It is all so awesome and so HIM!!
I personally think there is some confusion concerning spiritual gifts…what they are and whether or not we should have them. Earlier in my life, at least, all this was a real mystery and a topic not really discussed. I believed in God and Jesus and could sing “Jesus Loves Me” from a very early age. But the Holy Spirit was not real..not really.
A “gift” was something more easily connected to Santa Claus.
I had a dream recently that was rather humorous. But I knew it had something to do with the Holy Spirit and His gifts so I remembered this dream, which rarely happens. Here’s the dream.
Santa and his helpers were busy loading the sleigh with gifts. There among the helpers was a son-in-law of a friend of mine. The friend is a rather ornery guy, outspoken, but has a generous spirit. His son-in-law was taking the gifts and changing all of the name tags to his father-in-law’s name. That’s the dream.
I KNEW there was a message there. I could not quite make the connection. My friend Marsha helped me to connect the dots.
God (Santa) is the giver of all gifts.
He gave us the Best Gift, Jesus.
The Holy Spirit (the son-in-law) is also a gift, from God and Jesus. The Holy Spirit continues to give us gifts.
I am wondering why the name tags were being changed…. (I know, it’s just a dream..but I can wonder)
God offers us ALL the whole list of spiritual gifts..but we have to ask. Have you made a list of gifts you’d like to receive from God? From the Holy Spirit?
Ask and it will be given to you….Matthew 7:7-11
Another consideration: are we naughty or nice? We need to be “nice”, to be in communion with God, to be following His ways, or the spiritual life will not be there for us. We cut it off ourselves. We choose to turn away from God and His gifts. James has a lot to say about this in Chapter 4. We should not presume we will get any gifts.
Perhaps the name tags were being changed….to give more to the one using the gifts (talents) to help the poor and not burying them in the sand. Matthew 25:14-46
This New Year brings many new days …offering many opportunities to
the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
Lord, I pray for your Gifts. I pray that I use them for Your Glory, to bring forth Your Kingdom.
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