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30.7.10

Making Memories

Every year, at the end of the year, I like to make a photo album of all the highlights of that year. I sat down a while ago to catch up on this and realised that I haven't done one for two years. It seems that since we planted the Church, life got very hectic and simple things like taking photos & making memories took a back seat! Why am I sharing this with you? Because it is important, probably the most important post on my Blog yet. More often than not, great memories are intentionally made, they don't just happen. You have to take time out of your busy schedule and focus on making a memory. Even the simplest of things can be memorable if you take the time to soak them up. One of my fondest simple memories is of Daniel & Amy dancing. It was a very special moment that I could have missed if I didn't take the time to light a fire, put on some music and just sit down with them in the living room. Another moment was when Eric & I decided to take lunch breaks together during the day, we have many special moments as a result of this. Making play dough with Daniel and letting Amy unpack the kitchen cupboards is another special memory that I took the time to make! It cost me a few pennies on flour and some patience with a lot of mess, but it made a memory worth taking a photo of.
I have special memories with Lorah & Jordan too but we tend to go out for coffee or go shopping together... which I have not photographed YET! It's been great taking a trip down memory lane but I realise that it's time to get on with making some new memories. Making our CD did take my focus of the simple things in life a bit, but now that it's done, you can all hold me accountable & check up on me. If you feel my blog is getting out of balance and I am not reporting enough on fun stuff & memories, let me know ;) xxx
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26.7.10

Spreading the News

Matthew 9:31
But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.

I have had the awesome privilege of writing press releases for our Church. What a great way to spread the news about Jesus - through the local newspapers! If you click on the image above it will enlarge enough for you to read it. This is my first of many press releases that I will be doing. It's very exciting. So how do you feel about this approach to spreading the news about Jesus, do you think it's acceptable to use the press?
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22.7.10

King's Square

After much anticipation the digital version of our album has now officially been released! Have a listen below. Let me know which of these songs you like the most and when the album comes out on 1st August I will randomly draw one of the names from the comments box for a CD giveaway.

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19.7.10

Darkness to Light



You are going to have a good laugh when I tell you about this song! It's not the sort of inspiration you would expect for a worship song. Eric & I had an argument, I have no idea what about, probably nothing important. I was left feeling so frustrated and didn't want to do or say something stupid so kept it all inside. Feelings of disappointment lured over me and I knew I had to have some sort of release or I was going to explode. I picked up my note book and began scribbling a song, and then another and then yet another. All in all I wrote six complete songs that night and then fell soundly asleep! Of course I never expected to use the songs for anything, I just knew in my heart that I needed to do something positive rather than destructive with the way I felt. Most of all I was disappointed in myself for not being the lovely wife that I really wanted to be and knew that the only way I was going to be free from my selfish nature was with Jesus help. When I showed Eric the songs he said that we could use them, which totally surprised me. So with his help we fixed up Darkness to Light so it could be sung in church. You have the added bonus of reading the original version of the song, a definite reflection of that nights melancholy...

I can't keep doing this
Will I win this fight
Still I keep running
Away from the night

Try & try & try again
to fight off this cloak
How can I be free
and end this great yoke

You died for my freedom
Your strength is in me
Bring on Your kingdom
So desperately I plea

I declare You as Lord of my life
To You I surrender
Only You have the power
You are the only way to be free
for always, forever, for eternity

A new day has dawned
My life is made new
Your great love saved me
Jesus thank you for You

Of course the song words are very different now but I thought it would be fun to share where it all started.
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17.7.10

Close to You

There is no long story behind this song, I wrote it out of a simple, yet desperate desire to be closer to God. It's quite a long song so I took a clip out of the middle for you to listen to. In this song I am singing along with Lorah doing the most beautiful harmonies. Enjoy.

If your Church would like to use our songs they are all registered with CCLI or you can buy the CD & songbook direct from me, let me know your email address is the comment box below and I will give you more info. Have a great weekend. xxx
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13.7.10

God of the Universe

As you can probably tell from previous blog posts, we are releasing a CD soon! It has been a very exciting journey which leaves me with one thing on my mind to blog about at the moment! All of us in D7 Band have contributed to the album so I thought I would share the story behind some of the songs.

God of the Universe was written in 2005 and was inspired by a massive tree that stood in front of our home, which you can see part of in the clip above. I looked up at this tree and thought how huge it was and then by comparison how big God must be. This left me with a great sense of awe at the sheer size of God & the universe that He created. I imagined myself as a little person standing at His feet looking up at Him, just as I had stood at the bottom of this tree and looked up at it. In the midst of this awe I saw myself as a cheeky little girl standing at His feet saying in total confidence of His love for me; "Here I Am"! It was as if I knew how big God was but I also knew that I was His daughter and He was calling me to Himself.

At the time I never saw myself as a songwriter and definitely not as a singer. I simply loved God and loved spending time in worship. At times I wrote down the songs I would sing to Him just for fun, but I had never shown them to anyone until we needed songs to sing at Church last year. Never, ever, did I think they would end up on a CD. This is the first of the simple songs I had written down. In this clip my lovely daughter Lorah is singing & I am doing backing vocals.

The video above has a short clip of the song, the full song & songbook will soon available to purchase through www.d7music.co.uk
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5.7.10

Monday & Tuesday... Joy, Alarm Clocks & Babies

My morning coffee had barely been absorbed when it all started! One band member had over slept and wasn't going to get to the studio on time. Stress started mounting and quick thinking was required to get things on track. Contact the other band member and change plans, get Daniel & Amy ready earlier than planned and rush out the door to the baby sitter. Check. OK we can do this. Stress mounting, baby food flying, not quite the same excitement as yesterdays recording day. More bad news, the baby sitter wasn't answering the door, now what? There is no way we can record a CD with two little people running around. Time is ticking, stress is mounting and plans are falling apart. There is no excitement at all about today, what a enormous change from yesterday. It's as if Monday was the high and Tuesday we all came crashing down to a low.

Well that's how Tuesday of last week started. Tomorrow we are back at the studio so I thought I would wrap up my tales from last Monday & Tuesday! One final things that I learned was is not to loose your joy - No MATTER WHAT! The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy and he hates joy and peace and all other good things. In the car on the way to fetch the late band member I had a revelation! It is more important to keep the joy and team spirit alive that be
at the studio on time. Yes we might arrive ten or twenty minutes late but how we arrive will affect our entire day! So I made a decision to 1) cover the band member that had accidentally overslept and 2) do whatever was in my power to keep the joy and awesome relationship between the team members alive! That was what was truly important, much more important than arriving at nine o' clock on the dot.

The stress lifted, the joy returned and we joked and laughed all the way to the studio. By the time we arrived all was well and we had a great day :) A simple decision to cover each other and to have fun was the difference between a stressful day and a wonderful day! Soon you will be able to hear the CD and I am convinced you will feel the spirit of joy that was in us during these days of recording! We are back in the studio tomorrow for a final session, please pray for us. xxx
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2.7.10

Monday & Tuesday... Confidence Crisis

Huddled in the corner of the studio, I was sitting holding back the tears whilst telling myself to stop these silly thoughts. I knew I was being pathetic and there was no way I was going to cry about it! So I sat there, giving myself a telling off all the while trying to look like I was alright. The band looks on from the other room, oblivious to my inner turmoil. It's hard for me to hide my feelings, my face always gives my feelings away, so I thought I'd better put some distance between me and them so that they can't see my struggle. The band have been awesome, incredibly supportive and regularly offering lovely comments about how well I was doing. Their kindness was consistent all through Monday and Tuesday, but this was crunch time, the final vocal recording time. The pressure was now on!

All through Monday and Tuesday I have been on this roller coaster ride. One minute I hear the play back of a song and am really encouraged thinking that I don't sound too bad. Suddenly it happens, I sing a wrong note and I am sure everyone heard it and so my confidence drops down to nothing. Now I am sure I am rubbish, no real singer would do that. Then I look at my lovely Lorah, she is growing up so beautifully and she is singing better and better each take. Perhaps I should just throw in the towel and leave her to do all the vocals on the album! This continues all through Monday and Tuesday, the roller coaster ride of confidence.

Confidence is most of what makes a singer great I have heard. Even Paul says in the Bible that we should not loose our confidence as it will be richly rewarded. I know all this but it doesn't help me, the problem is how do I gain this much needed confidence? As I person I am generally confident, I haven't always been this way but I have learned how to deal with it in each situation that required confidence.

How do I gain confidence in this area? My guess is that time and practice will give me the boost I need. I have prayed to God for confirmation that I should be doing this at the moment and He clearly gave it. I also asked him to send me encouragement which He very lovingly did over and over again to the point that it would have been weird if I got any more complements from people. So what could possibly be left to help me. My conclusion is that it's up to me now to simply get on with believing that this is a part of who I am and what I have to do in this season of my life. My confidence must come from inside of me as it says in Proverbs that "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. " My confidence can't come from the confirmation God gave me, that only helped me know whether or not to quit! My confidence can't come from people's compliments and encouragements. Each one only lasted for a moment and then I needed yet another one to keep the good feeling alive. Nope, my confidence can't come from that either. In my humble opinion I believe that now it is up to me, God has done all He can do to encourage me and all my friends and family and even some random strangers have done all they can. No one can do any more for me I simply have to make a decision to be confident, to give it my best shot and get on with it!

What do you think, do you have any suggestions for me? Have you ever struggled with confidence in any area, how did you over come it?
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