2014 in numbers + love.

By the end of this year, our worship team will have:

Played 196 services…

Lead 862 songs…

Lead 27 sessions of worship at special events…

Rehearsed for 308 hours in our studios…

Set up and tore down our gear 441 times..

Did 215 sound checks…

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This team works hard, and I’m so proud of them.  And this is why I’m doing what I’m doing with the YEARofWORSHIP.

I’m doing this because God told me to, of course.  But I really love these people.  I love their hearts.  I love how they worship.  And I love how they love each other.

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I really have the best job in the world.

 

 

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Giving Thanks

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving.

Since it’s the day after, I want to share something I was thinking about yesterday.

During our dinner, we went around the room and talked about the things we were thankful for.  And I started to think about how these moments shouldn’t be special occasions.

I’m not literally saying we should go around the room every time we are all together, but about constantly, in all circumstances, giving thanks.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says:

Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 

In everything.  Always.

That is all, have a wonderful weekend. ❤

Guide to Awesome : PART I

I. EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE

I’m short.  5’1.5″ short.  I often say 5’2, but it’s a lie.

I used to wear shoes like the above constantly in high school in an attempt to fight my vertical challenges.  (Granted now it’s nearly impossible to find me in flats, but it’s not to fight the lack of height, it’s because I just reallllllly love my ankle boots.)

Believe it or not, there was a phase when I was the tall girl.  Yep.  Believe it.  I was the tall one in 5th grade.  I played center on my basketball team in 6th grade. Then everyone else continued growing, and I didn’t.  I went from playing  center in 6th grade, to forward in 7th, to guard in 8th, to…  dancer. (quit sports, shorties don’t rock in basketball)

Short jokes were annoying to me, and I was constantly cast as children in the shows I would do.

Then eventually I realized…  (this is pure wisdom, wait for it…)

WHO CARES?

Like, really?  Yes, I’m close to legally being a ‘little person’, I’m terrible at drawing, and I will always have to stand in the front of group photos.

More importantly, I’m a follower of Jesus, passionate, and incredibly loyal to the people I love.

Even without all of that, I’m a daughter of the King, and loved by the Creator, so…That’s the end of it.

Embrace who God made you to be, and do it with enthusiasm.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”  –Psalm 139:13-14

A New York Minute

What does that even mean?

There’s been roughly 79,200 minutes since my last post.  (I’m super good at blogging.)

But I’ll tell you, life in New York City is never dull.  Let me recap the last 79,200 minutes, in brief summary form.

We launched our night services from our new venue, where we got to sing the first song I’ve written.  Was pretty surreal.

Celebrated two of my dear friends with a beautiful wedding weekend in Montauk.  Jessi is a fantastic blogger.

Followed by a birthday BBQ for my best friend.  Who doesn’t love birthdays, BBQs, and besties?

Got last minute tickets to a concert in Central Park to see John Mayer, Alecia Keys, and Stevie Wonder with 2 of my pretty cool friends.

(Hi Tyler, no more yelling about updates.)

Was deeply influenced and inspired at the Hillsong Conference in NYC.

Then I quickly flew to Hawaii and enjoyed mornings like this:

And sunsets like this:

I returned refreshed, and started writing a new song.

Then, our worship team had one of the most influential nights I think we’ve ever had.  Where God blew our expectations out of the water.

And now it is Fall in New York City, where you can’t help but to love every second of it.

It’s been good, and I apologize for my absence.  But I’m back, and I’ll do better.  😉