I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to those who came out and showed your support while I launched the EP last June. I loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. Playing a mixture of originals and covers felt great! We also had a great photographer who captured the night really well. Shout out to Stuart Webster who’s work can be seen below.
I have been sponsoring a child with compassion for the last year and it has been a great way to help and contribute to someone’s life. It can be quite overwhelming not knowing how to sometimes reach out and help people and particularly people who have been effected by poverty and lack of opportunities. Compassion has been amazing as they help you set up a monthly giving process and the ability to communicate to your child through letters. This process has been made so easy and it has been really rewarding knowing your helping someone out there in the world.
Keep me burning is a song written from the place of wanting to get back to the original passion and fight we all experience in our lives. When life could throw anything at you and you still have the excitement and tenacity to run with the things that inspire and matter.
Recently I have been thinking about how much our hearts become the compass or core from where everything flows out from. Whether we choose to listen to our hearts or not it is the very thing that steers our decisions, determines our choices and influences the relationships around us. It says in proverbs, for as he thinks in his heart, so is he. I guess it’s like a mirror of who we really are. Often I find myself having external influences that determine what flows out. Whether it would be fear or the choice to disguise who I really am. As part of a community of worshippers at freedom church We have been challenged recently to look at our hearts and make the decision to keep our hearts palpable and open. As a worship leader and someone who longs to chase after a God I know it is something really important in order to lead others while I’m allowing my heart to be open and led by the father. The story of David is a great picture of someone who allowed his heart to be open and soft before God. In doing so he was able to lead a nation, fight Giants and more importantly have a close relationship with God.
I’m no expert but I reckon there is creativity in all of us. Whether we apply it within the workplace or in more expressive ways, it is definitely there. It’s the spark of a small idea or a thought that falls outside the box. We all get it and we all go through a process of seeing it through to its completion or otherwise it lays dormant. I’ve been challenged recently to find the creativity in myself and not be scared of it and more importantly not be scared about how others see me. Sometimes I wonder whether it is very close to the core of who we are and that is why we veil ourselves. I experienced a moment not too long ago that can happen to all of us. I had a really great creative experience, making music and writing songs in a studio. For others this could be a business venture or just a good idea. The day after I was immediately flooded with doubt and fear on whether it was any good and whether I was up to the task ahead. This reminded me of the many stories of men and women in the bible who faced similar situations where their gifts and callings were challenged. I’m thinking of people like Gideon who found it hard to believe in who he was and who God was calling him to be. It’s like Elijah who challenged the 450 Baal worshippers and then hid in a cave after hearing Jezebel was after him. It’s also like Moses, who doubted whether he was the guy to go back to Egypt and see Gods people set free. We all have similar stories and dreams of who we are meant to be and who we really are. For me personally I tend to retreat and hide like Elijah. It’s like I am scared of my own voice but I know God is calling the creativity inside me especially with song writing. So my challenge to you is let your song out. Don’t hide away but embrace who you are and the unique calling and gifting that has been birthed in you since time began. No one else can live your live for you and you certainly can’t live someone else’s life instead. Be unique, be genuine, be adventurous and be yourself. You can check out my own creative process here as I am about to release a collection of songs birthed out of this process of awakening and discovery.