RAIN

Deuteronomy 11:14

That He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.

On my way to Pasco Washington for a recording session with some great friends who are incredibly gifted. At a breakfast stop I watch the rain pour down and I’m reminded of the scripture above. Everyone has their seasons of blessing, a time to grow and a time share the gifts given by God; to give of themselves and make a real difference. Feel like you’re In between seasons? No worries. The rain is coming.

BETTER DAYS

 Del Segno

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

Chant

 

Evangelist Billy Graham was quoted as saying “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” The words “It’ll be okay” can be tough to take during hard times. But the scripture above encourages us: brighter days are definitely coming. There IS an amazing future for you. If you’re having a tough week, be strong. Roll your sleeves up and stand tall. The best is yet to come.

BREATHE

Del Segno

 

Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”.

 

Chant

 

The Colorado Rockies boast 53 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. Almost every summer, I go to climb a couple. There’s nothing like conquering a mountain top, but the higher up I go, the more controlled my breathing must become. Making it to the top also requires a few rests. Life can be very much like climbing a mountain. So – take your time. Remember to break, and remember to breathe in the life giving air of Jesus.

PAY IT FORWARD

Del Segno

 

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 

Chant

 

 

Pulling up to the drive-thru window at the coffee stop you hear, “Your coffee is paid for by the gentleman in front of you”. BIG SMILE! We all know what “paying it forward” means. But many may not know what happens WHEN we ‘pay it forward’. Doing good for others has a positive effect on the immune system. By giving to others, self-esteem improves and negativity can be dismantled. Try paying it forward. Everybody wins!

JUST ANOTHER MANIC MONDAY

Del Segno

Acts 20:35

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

 Chant

There are numerous studies showing Monday as being the day of the week we feel our worst. Coming down from an awesome weekend and getting back to the daily grind is the pits! One thing across the board, in many surveys, that helped people feel better? Doing a good deed for someone else. Writing a letter, giving a compliment, paying a coffee forward. “Better to give than to receive” is true! Make your Monday great!

GIVE YOURSELF AWAY

From behind the piano this morning, during worship, I watched a former intern of mine lead a stellar service; simple, worshipful. It was so good to see how much she had grown; how on point she has become. Out of all the things I get to do, coaching someone up to lead a congregation in experiencing the presence and power of God is, by far, the most rewarding. Give yourself away today. Watch what happens.

KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

PSALM 139: 14

I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.


When sitting with some of the most influential producers, writers and studio musicians in Nashville and they begin talking to you about their families and then ask how your climb up Kilimanjaro went, you realize there’s no keeping up appearances here. Despite industry hype, people are just people. The message; whatever impression you think you need to make; whoever you think you need to be … let it go. The best version of you .. is you.

WONDROUS

Search me and know me
My God and King
You know my spirit
My innermost being
You knew my name
Before I was born
Before the womb
Before I was formed

How wondrous are
The works of Thy hands
Master Creator
No one can fathom
Majestic splendor
Painted with hues

Across the heavens
Shows the glory
The glory of You
Across the heavens
Shows the glory
The glory of You

Chad Marvin and Michael Ortiz


https://www.reverbnation.com/chadmarvin/song/27470683-wondrous

HIDDEN FROM VIEW

It’s possible for one to pass right through Music Row, Nashville and not even know it. Most publishing firms and recording studios operate in what appear to be homes, tucked away, hidden from view. However, behind the scenes are the moving parts that help change the world one song at a time. Ever feel like you’ve been tucked away, hidden from view? Don’t be fooled. You don’t need to be seen to change the world.

THERE’S A STIRRING

Universal Music Publishing Group, Music Row, Nashville, 2006. My Cowriter, John, asks me what I’d like to write about. Since we’re supposed to be writing worship songs, I jokingly say, “Well, I don’t know; something about worship?”. We laugh a bit. “But really”, I say, “there’s a stirring in my heart to worship God – in an extraordinary way”. John picks up his pencil. “That’s a great line” he says. We scribble; a song is born.