Hi! =) So I sent out a newsletter a couple days ago about what I’ve been up to, but I wanted to share with you a little more in depth about our trip to Tennessee, because it was such a neat experience for me. It ended up being a week of both challenges and inspiration…there were ups and downs, highs and lows…all of which God used in my life as a growing experience.
At first, I was just so excited to be IN Nashville. My first day was at the Get Busy conference put on by Creative Soul Records, and it was a social media/booking seminar. Other indie artists and industry professionals were there, and my mom and I learned a ton – both that some of the things we have been working hard on were the RIGHT things to be doing, and then all about what MORE we could be doing.
Mom and me at Word Music for the Creative Soul Get Busy Conference
Then over the weekend my family and I got to go to the Grand Ole Opry, which was awesome! The musicians there were so talented and so much fun to watch. =) We also got to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which was my personal favorite because of all the music history, and being able to see how different things started. It was really nice to have a weekend of fun with my family in the great Music City of Nashville. =) Oh and btw, I decided that Nashville smells like California, but with BBQ sauce!
My family at the Grand Ole Opry
Yup – that’s my big brother Taran, my little sister Serenity and me
standing right next to Elvis! =)
The last part of the trip was spent at GMA IMMERSE, which is a conference for singers, songwriters, and musicians. At first I was really pumped and ready to take on the week, but as the week went on I pretty much lost confidence in myself and didn’t think this music business could possibly be God’s plan for me. I was very down, and didn’t feel good enough for the job I thought God had laid on my heart. I wanted to give up. But every morning they would have a little worship and a devotional time with singers or industry folks, and most of them were talking about God’s faithfulness to us where we are in our lives. One of the things that really stuck out to me was something said by Mike Harland of LifeWay: “God will bring you to the end of your skill, because that’s where His Kingdom starts.”
As the week went by, I thought about that statement a lot. God gives us all a gift and He wants us to use it to glorify Him, but it’s our choice what we do with it, how we use it – for His glory or not. God wants us to trust Him and rely FULLY on His working in our lives. Just like when Hannah in the Bible gave her son, Samuel, back to God, we need to give our gifts back to Him as well. When we get to Heaven and God gives us our crowns, we’re not gonna keep them, we’re going to lay them right back at His feet. God can do so much more with the gifts He gave us than we can.
I was putting all my confidence in myself and what I could do, and not in God. By the end of the week, I came to the conclusion that God had truly brought me to the end of my skill. He told me that by myself, I won’t ever be good enough; through my skill alone, I will fail. It’s not a good feeling being at the end of what you feel like you can do, but I found that when you have stripped away all of your own pride, all your own talent, all the doubts and fears and lies the enemy wants to throw at us, God will show you how much more HE can do through you. =)
Through various people, God began to reveal some things to me about who I am, how He has created me, and things about my ministry. God just kinda picked me up by the boot straps and spoke to me about every one of my doubts and fears through His Word, through people, through music….and it was a truly amazing and rejuvenating week for me.
And THEN, that’s when things started happening…like being blessed to open for Hyland and Gospel Lee two nights in a row last week, getting to open for MIKESCHAIR and Brian Weaver in a couple weeks, and more fun things on the horizon. =) I learned a lot from Hyland and Gospel Lee, and I am really looking forward to learning more from these upcoming experiences.
Hyland – you should check out their music!
My new friend Gospel Lee – he even rapped with me on one of my songs =)
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my heart about my last trip. I pray you are all having a really fun and exciting summer!
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”