So, on Tuesday I went into Crown Lane studios for the final mixing session. To be honest I found it quite emotional, seeing how far the songs had come and hearing the (almost) finished version. But it was also pretty nerve-wracking as it hit home that it meant that it was not long till the album is off to be pressed and then released. It can be easy to be overcome with doubts or worries, but I have been so blessed at how God has led us in this project and am trusting him in this next step.
I know I have said it before but it has truly been a blessing working at Crown Lane studios with John Merriman and Bill Sherrington, and as I told them as I left (much to their horror) that I will be back! I am already planning my next project which is a single called ‘Hushabye’ – a project very close to my heart which I will share about in the near future.
I remember very clearly over five years ago when I was at uni and writing lots of songs that I was so desperate to record and to encourage people through music, but the timing was just not right. I was struggling with illness and was still desperately trying to prove myself…to be honest it wasn’t a great time. I remember at this time a lovely friend and mentor Angie praying with me, and one of the things she shared with me was she felt that at the right time I would meet several people who would help me capture the songs and music in a way that would encourage and bless people. But to not worry or rush God’s timing. I can see that in fruition now by the way that so many talented musicians and sound engineers have captured the vision for this album, and help me make it a reality.
Sometimes things can be a long time in the making, but we can learn and grow so much through the journey if we just let God work in and through us. I feel that God has been doing so much work on my heart, and in me finding my identity, joy and peace in him. So now that the right time has I come, I feel ready and supported to step out – excited to see where God will lead us, and confident that he is ‘my rock and salvation’ (Psalm 62)
There will be times that you will face discouragement and disappointment, which threaten to rob you of joy and motivation in what you do. I encourage you not to give up and to keep persevering and standing firm in his promise of ‘a hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11). I pray that as you walk forward with God that you would stand firm, knowing that he is our strength when we are weak, our joy when we despair, and our peace when everything around us is chaotic.
Have a fantastic rest of the week,
God bless you,