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Journey on!

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,

Out of the ashes

I grew up in a very musical family, and have always found music as a way to communicate with people, and understand and work through what life throws at us. About twelve years ago, after going through some tough times, I started writing songs to express my emotions through life situations and I have really enjoyed working at and developing this skill over the past years.

I am really passionate about worship and encouraging people in their walk with God and it has been my dream to record an album of my own songs. Excitingly, this dream is now becoming a reality and in January I started work on my debut album ‘Out of the Ashes’ at a Crown Lane Recording Studio, Morden.

The album will consist of eight tracks and there is a mix of songs written for congregational singing and others to encourage people through life’s ups and downs. Some of the themes covered in the album are God’s grace, unchanging love, restoration, and praising God in all circumstances.

The first track on this album will be ‘I choose to worship’, which has been sung at my home church. It can be easy to praise God when life is good, but when we’ve had a bad week we can come and sit in Church and feel disengaged and not in the right place to worship. This song challenges us that it is when we worship our Almighty God that we begin to see our lives in a different perspective –away from our own suffering and onto our loving Saviour. It is in his arms we find strength, comfort and peace; and when we surrender our worries, fears, and pride to Him, He exchanges them for peace and joy.

Another of the songs includes a chorus ‘I will praise him in the morning sun, when everything is new and everything is good, and I will praise him in the darkest night, when there is only pain and suffering.’ I remember singing this chorus again and again after the loss of our first baby. There was so much pain in my heart, but I knew I had to praise God. He was faithful and met me in that circumstance, giving me the strength to go on and bringing a restoration into my life.

I am very blessed to be surrounded by many talented musicians, and it’s great to have Ali, Heather, Dan, Becky, Rowena, Kerry, Hayley, Darrell, Serge and male voices from my church choir involved with this recording.

My heart’s desire is that this album will encourage and bless people in their worship and everyday lives and I would value your prayers for this project.

I will also be holding a fundraising event date in the near future – watch this space!