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I wrote this song on Christmas Day thinking about all those who are hurting from loss or sadness. There’s so much of that going around lately, with things like the many school shootings, and I just really felt like God put it on my heart to share it with you all. Please share if you know someone who might be struggling right now. God bless <3
Psalm 34:17, 18

What a night!

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So….I’ve been struggling lately with getting inside my own head about some stuff.  You know, staying up way too late, thinking way too much about something that’s not that big of a deal?  Yeeeeup!  That’s been my life lately.  But last night God organized some very small things to work together to break me down, encourage me, and help me overcome the things that were trying to consume my thoughts.  I thought it was a cool, so I wanted to share. =)

So, I got up into the top bunk of my bunk bed and opened up my Bible to Joshua 12, where my bookmark was.  I was really hoping God had some spot-on advice for my situation in that passage, but was a little disappointed when I started reading (and if you read that chapter, you’ll see why).  It didn’t seem like it had anything to do with my problem at all so I was about to put the bookmark back and find a different passage, but God told me to keep reading.  After a little argument between Him and I, I gave in and kept reading.  When I got to the very last verse of the chapter, I knew why He wanted me to keep reading.  The verse says, “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”  Now, on any other night, this verse wouldn’t have hit me so hard, but it hit me like a train last night!  It may be talking about God’s promises to Israel but it’s true for all of His promises!  That verse reminded me of Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”  God always keeps His promises, and we’ve seen that throughout history.  He is always faithful and won’t let us down.

After I read those verses, I wanted to share them with my friends and family on FaceBook so I posted what I read about God’s promises, and then started looking through my newsfeed.  I came upon an I Am Second video of Moriah Peters that I had forgotten to watch earlier that day, so I clicked on it…..and was amazed at how God was getting things through to me.  The  video is below and I highly encourage you guys to watch it!

After I watched that, I got onto Spotify, looked through my ‘starred’ playlist, and found Overcomer by Mandisa in there.  The only reason this is interesting to me is because I had never really listened to that song before and didn’t know how it got on that playlist.  So I listened to it…….and I just had to sit back and smile at how amazing God is at bringing everything together in the moment that you need it the most.

Last night, God reminded me that He is faithful and good, He blesses those who wait and has a special plan, and that He never gives us more than what we can bear.  He will give us the power to overcome whatever we’re dealing with.  So I went to sleep knowing all that and putting it all into His hands. <3

“…pray continually….”

~SkylarK

August highlight video

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Hello, friends. This month I decided to send out a video message about the last month of music business. I also have a newsletter that I sent out with this video and even some pictures that you can find at this link:

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I would love for you to sign up for my newsletter email, and you can do this on my Facebook page or even at the link above. Pretty soon I hope that this skylarkaylyn.com address is my web page, and I will also keep this blog going as a part of that.

There are lots of happenings in the world of Skylar Kaylyn, and you can keep up with me best at my Facebook and Twitter pages. Until I see you or blog to you again, God bless as you start school or continue in your jobs and in living out your lives – I pray you do so for His glory! =)

Gossip

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Some good reminders….

“Without wood a fire goes out;
Without gossip a quarrel dies down.”

“The words of a gossip are like choice morsels,
They go down to a mans inmost parts.”

Proverbs 26:20, 22

Tennessee Thoughts…

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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

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!

Hyland – you should check out their music!

My new friend Gospel Lee - he even rapped with me on one of my songs =)

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.”

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Three Little Words

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Hello there =) So at the church I went to on Wednesday to perform for a youth event, the youth pastor talked about something really interesting.  He said, “What are three words that you think do the most damage?”  Well…what do you think they are?  Most people that night, including me, thought for sure they were, “I hate you.”  But think about this: even if you hate someone, they’re still consuming your thoughts as much as someone you love is.  So, then what’s wrong with that?  At least they’re in your thoughts!

No….its three words that can tear you down and make you feel like life isn’t even worth living.  Ones that make you feel utterly hopeless…..

“I don’t care.”  I. Don’t. Care.  Man…..those are some powerful words.  I’ve said them, I’m sorry to say.  Be careful what you say to people because these three words can come out faster than you can think them through and once they’re out, they hurt.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:29-32

I challenge you to meditate on this a bit.  Chew on it and pray about it.  Are you treating people like Christ would?  Or are you showing them you don’t care?  How would YOU want to be treated?

You Belong

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This is a very good question.  Everybody knows what it’s like to feel like you belong somewhere, but we also all know what it’s like to feel like we don’t belong anywhere.  Since we know what both feel like, why do we choose to tear people down instead of build them up?  Why do we choose to make them feel like they’re not smart, or not cool enough, or weird?  I know it’s hard to always build people up, especially if you’re dealing with someone who you don’t particularly like, but God calls us to love just as He does, and His love is unconditional; no strings attached.  I know this is true for boys as well, but I want to challenge us girls with this today, because we seem to try to outdo and ignore each other to make ourselves feel better.  But what do we gain from that?  Being mean doesn’t get us anywhere, and most of all, it’s of no worth in Gods sight.  Be yourself.  Don’t look around and try to be better then the next girl, just be the person God made you to be because there’s only one person who can be you, and that’s YOU! =)

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