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New Music, Gratitude, and Celebration

03.26.13

I've been working towards this day for a long time and it's finally here. The writing, recording, promoting, planning, meeting, there's a lot that goes into releasing a new record. But even with all of the work that comes along with the process there's just something so special about creating something from scratch and then sharing it with others.

Lifted Up, that's what I titled my newest EP that came out today. Why Lifted Up? If you are a believer in Christ than you can relate to this title. The idea that just as Christ was lifted out of death and raised to life, we as believers have been lifted out of death and brought back to life. But not just any life, a new life where we now have become new creations. That's worth celebrating. And that's exactly what this new recording is all about. It's a celebration of what God did on the cross and what He is continually doing in our lives.

If you are reading this blog I just want to say thank you. I am very blessed to have so much support and I love you all.

So with of that, I hope you enjoy the new EP.

PRC

WRITING ON ROCKS

02.13.13

Have you ever had those seasons in life where you are completely dependent upon God? When it seems like everything is out of your control and you have to learn to trust. I have a love/hate relationship with these seasons of life. The problem is that I am a person who loves to be in control. And when things are out of my control I get anxious, nervous, and turn into this person that I don't like very much.

So why do I say love and hate? Well, let me let you into the mind of PRC (yes, I just referred to myself as PRC) for just a second. As I said earlier, I hate these times in life because I am not the one that is in control. The human/sinful side of me says that I can figure it out. That I can somehow use my gifts, abilities, talent, brains or money to figure out the situation and make it all work out perfectly. But the really scary part is that sometimes the Lord says "alright, I'll step aside and let you do your thing" and then a little further down the road he says "So, how's that working out for ya"?

Why do I love these times? Though this is harder for me, but when I can step back from the situation and say "I can't do this Lord, i'm trusting in you", I am overcome with peace and security knowing that I am doing exactly what the Lord wants me to do. Trust in Him, that's what God wants me to do, just trust.

I have recently been in a season of change and uncertainty. But unlike the past, I am walking through this season with so much peace. So much so that I have had people in my life ask, "Why aren't you freaking out more"? Seriously, people that know me best are actually surprised that in these times of uncertainty and question that I have so much peace. So what's the difference? What's changed?

What's changed is my heart? What's changed is my relationship with the Lord? What's changed is that I am finally understanding how much the Lord loves me and how powerful He really is. What's changed is that I am believing the truths of the bible. Verses like...

Proverbs 3:5-7 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom….."

Isaiah 26:4 "Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock.

Psalm 33:4 "For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does".

Proverbs 16:33 "We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall".

I titled this post "Writing on Rocks" for a reason. I have an assignment for you. Find a rock that is about the size of a baseball, one that is flat on both sides. On one side I want you to write a prayer request or situation that you are in right now. On the other side I want you to write how the Lord showed up and answered your prayer. Then, I want you to keep that rock somewhere in your living room. Some place that you will see if everyday as you walk by. A place that you will see it and be constantly reminded of how big the Lord is and how much He loves you.

Keep throwing those dice and remember, the Lord is the one that determines how they fall. Love you guys, God bless.

prc

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