Well friends, it is high time I write to you and fill you in on all the amazing changes going on in my life.  

Change by definition (verb) : to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone

You have to love that definition. To most, and most of my own, changes have been seen as scary and unwelcome at first.  But this time change was peaceful and confirmed by God in a lot of ways.  I guess as it should be:)  Let me explain.  Ben and I felt three weeks ago that God was asking me to resign from Avalon.  We felt it was a clear call and after much prayer, wise counsel, and peace accompanying it, we accepted.  I told Avalon and knew that if God was so clearly calling me to this, that He was also going to clearly speak to Avalon and to their future as well.  Which I might add, He has.  They are continuing their ministry, replacing my position and I will be on the front row cheering them on.  I love and have loved my almost 7 years as a part of AVALON and their ministry. What an honor and blessing it has been to be there. I just knew God had other things in store for my family, my ministry, and my solo career.  In just these 3 short weeks, God has already moved and provided on our part.  I am so excited to announce that I will be the new Pastor of Music and Arts at Gracepointe Church here in the Nashville area. This has all happened very quickly but I don’t know why I would be surprised that God can and sometimes does move fast! Ha.  The church is very supportive of my solo ministry and has made room for that as well.  I have fallen in love with leading worship after being a part of Kairos over the last 2 years. Kairos is the Tuesday night ministry of Brentwood Baptist.  Little did I know God was growing in me a gift to be used for my own church family in this new season.  I appreciate your prayers and support of me, Avalon, and everyone involved in these transitions.  Also did I mention that I am having a baby girl in 3 short weeks!!!!!!!!!!! A lot of changes, but I want to encourage you to seek after God’s heart for yourself, listen to your life for His voice… sometimes He is speaking loudly and sometimes He is waiting for you to get quiet to hear the awesome things He is doing and wants you to be a part of!  God is good, faithful, and moving in all of our lives. Watch and expect great things.  Ephesians 4:20  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us….. DREAM BIG is all I can say, and God will dream up the perfect things for you… more than you could have even imagined!  Again change is to make something (you) different than what it would be if left alone.  I thank God, that He never leaves us alone!!!  I appreciate your prayers and amazing support!  Blessings, Mel