My first Blog!

Well it is Friday and  I am driving with my fabulous husband Ben.  We are headed down to Orlando to do some promotional radio stuff.  I.E…Bringing cookies, talking about the new  CD, etc.. you know stuff.  It is a dreary day and life has seemed to be pretty overcast in general the past few weeks.  I found out an acquaintance of mine just lost their sister in a long battle to cancer.  My heart just broke for this family, although I am not that close to them, I know exactly what they are feeling.  I heard the celebration service for her life was just that..a celebration.  In fact, “ one of the best praise and worship services I have been a part of” quoted a friend.  It brought back so many memories of September 9th, 2007 when I was the worship leader at my32 year old brother in law,Jody’s celebration service.  I remember watching my sister, Tiffany on the front row giving me an encouraging go ahead… as to say this is exactly what Jody would have wanted.  My idea going into the service was that Jody was already in heaven celebrating and we should join him in this moment praising God.  But when I was looking out at so many grieving faces, wondering how I could be so joyful in that moment on that day.  But I was?!  I was enjoying singing Blessed Be Your Name, Lord You are Good, and Trading my Sorrows.  The songs never had more meaning than on that day.  Life was overcast then but God in His amazing ability showed up in that overwhelming peace I have heard about all my life but never experienced.  The same is true today. Life has been crazy for me, my family, and I am sure for you.  The storms have come and winds blown.  We have every reason to fear, yet God  has shown up in the midst of my storms,  walking on the water calling out for me to trust Him and join Him.  To trust Him not to always calm the storm but to BE in the middle of it .  Right there with us, holding us, walking with us.  He wasnts to show us the miracle of getting out of the boat, being off your rocker if you will.  The miracle is smiling and joyfully praising God when you just lost your precious loved one.  The miracle is joyfully maneuvering through life when your job was just taken away or the doctor has given you a bad report.  I have found sometimes the miracle is  not always in God’s remedy but in how He gives us the strength and vitality to  show the world around us we live and breath hope.  No Matter What.  So if the sun is not shining on your life, let the light come from inside  you and permeate everything and everyone around you. Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. Blessings, Melissa