(This is my first Blog Post in a really, really, really long time. Forgive the run on sentences or poor grammar. It'll get better y'all.)
As Fall is upon us and the pumpkin spiced lattes are in full force I'm thankful for a busy time filled with family fun and music happenings.
My family and I have already enjoyed flannel, plaid, boots and smores on the back porch with the string lights and crisp fall weather that makes a chimena fire feel necessary.
I was listening today to my kids laugh and run around and at one point heard Adelaide yell at Kingston "You're not my brother!" She's 3. He's 1. I literally laughed out and loud and realized how thankful I am for times to be home and live life with my wife and kids even if it's filled with them fighting over toys. Later on in the day Adelaide drove Kingston around in her Barbie Jeep and all was well with the world.
I'm thankful for the laughs, the cries and random dates with my wife Jill. Life is good in the Fall and I'm blessed in this season of life.
As some of you know I'm fortunate to lead worship at a local church, student events and church events as well as play guitar with Curb Records band Nate & the Saints.
As the end of summer approached I wasn't sure what my music might look like in the future outside my local church. I finished a crazy summer with lots of music but wasn't trying hard to book new events in the future. At one point I even asked God to close doors to music opportunities if He wanted me to focus more on other things. I decided to not pursue anything and just see what transpired.
I continued to pray that God would help give me wisdom in where to move with my own worship project and whether to even pursue it. I think at some point every artist/musician goes through thoughts of insecurity and wondering if their efforts matter. I was going through that. Fast forward to September and a few conversations with my wife and thought filled days I just said out loud driving down the road "God open doors if you want them to open or close them if you want them closed."
I remember praying those words specifically on a Wednesday afternoon being so unsure of what I was supposed to do. Not even a few hours later a church emailed me asking to come lead worship at their event. Then the next day I had a ministry friend ask me to come lead worship at his prayer and worship service. Then the next week another church asked about a city wide worship night they wanted me to be a part of, I was contacted by the local FCA to lead worship for their students and so on and so on. I was a little overwhelmed by all these opportunities starting to pour out in just a matter of a few weeks. It affirmed in me when you ask God to give you answers that He will.
While some of you who lasted this long (sorry I'll be shorter later on hopefully!) might question how I know it's a sign of whether to pursue those opportunities I'll remind you of this.
James 1:5 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
I can honestly say I was content whichever way God led but was thankful in seeking hard to know what God wanted. As the opportunities have come I've felt God opened the doors for those events to be used to Glorify his name and not promote mine more. They are opportunities to maybe make an impact on a student who needs someone to direct them towards Christ. I'm praying already for these opportunities ahead of me and thankful for them.
I'm excited for the Fall and what it means for my family, my church and ultimately where God is leading.