November 22, 2014
Standing on this mountain top...
Jeannie & I recently returned from an amazing week in Maine! It was by far, the most wonderful, beautiful, romantic and fun trip we've ever had, celebrating our 30th anniversary. So thankful to God for His kindness to us.
It had been so long since we'd been on a vacation, we forgot all the things you need to do to get ready. Who would take care of the cats, the mail, the plants...? It almost seemed like it wasn't going to happen- so we were kinda in shock when we finally got on the road and realized it was!
There were so many beautiful coves and vistas, all the more colorful with the arrival of fall. I expected to see droves of other "leaf peepers" as the locals call them, but the roads we took were not busy at all, and we felt as though we had the whole state to ourselves.
We love to visit the antique shops, and on one trip I found a treasure for 25 bucks- a near perfect 1881 first edition of Schaff & Gilman's A Library of Religious Poetry.
It's a huge collection of poems and hymns written by some of the greatest poets, authors & singers of all time.
Just to name a few- Aquinas, Luther, Watts, the Wesleys, Toplady, Cowper, Newton, Havergal, Browning, Longfellow, Tennyson (those last two were still alive at the time the book was printed).
Though most of our time was spent along the coast, we did get some great advice (thank you Jim at Calvary Chapel Bangor!) to go north on 95 towards Patten. We found Baxter State Park and Mt Katahdin along the way.
It took a while for us to "de-tox." All the anxious thoughts, all the familar ruts in behavior we had gotten ourselves into. But maybe that's what made each day of this trip so wonderful- you appreciate it so much more. You appreciate your spouse so much more. We weren't used to things going right. Each day we kept saying, “It couldn’t get any better than this!” And then it did!
We even joked about looking for a moose on the way back from Baxter State Park- and then one appeared! (Hey- the Creator called them to the ark, why couldn’t He call one to my car?). It was all the kindness of God and it was all amazing…
Jeannie & I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for remembering us in your prayers. God has been answering and blessing in great and unexpected ways, hallelujah! Your friendship and support of this ministry means more than words can say.
Guitar for Sale
Here's one way you can support this music ministry that can inspire a music ministry of your own! Our son's car was totaled in a recent hail storm, so he bought our '96 Camry. So we now need to find a good used car that gets good gas mileage (since I drive to most of our ministry events). I'm selling some things on Craigs List to help us with this and one of those things is my Ray LaMontagne Signature Series Bourgeois Guitar.
I really don't need three guitars- especially three of this quality. I've been blessed to play a McPherson (primary) and a Taylor (back-up). So usually my Bourgeois sits at home. There were only 33 of these made (it's #9) and the guitar is signed by Ray LaMontagne and Dana Bourgeois. There's a neat God-story to how I even have it that's too long to write here.
But all that to say, though it truly sounds amazing & looks as beautiful as it sounds, I do need to sell it. And I would LOVE for one of you to own it so you can make your own beautiful music! If you're interested and have questions, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to tell you more about it!
Your gifts of support to help this music ministry are so greatly appreciated, as they help thousands of people each year come to hear and sing the good news of Jesus Christ.
God is using this ministry to bring His light into the dark places, the broken places, the hopeless places. Your prayerful support helps me go wherever He would have me serve. It also helps fund new recordings so they don't come from our family budget. And your gifts can be tax-deductible by following these instructions HERE.
If you've been blessed by this music ministry and would like to support me in the work the Lord is doing, I would be so honored to team with you. Thank you!!
Here's an 11-song sampler which includes songs from all my past projects, including the live, hidden track duet I sang with my daughter, Lauren, that was never available by itself. There's also a bonus track of a living room guitar demo of The Fragrance of Christ. Please share this sampler with your friends on Facebook!
Just enter the info above or click HERE. In exchange for your email & zip (which will only go to my fanbase- no spam!), NoiseTrade will email you the songs! It's free, but you can also "tip" any amount to help towards the new recording. Don't forget, you can also give a tax-deductible donation by going HERE.
Thank you so much for your love, prayers & support!!
Why "Blessed Hurricane?"
I often get asked why our music ministry is called Blessed Hurricane Ministries. If you've wondered about that, or if you'd like to hear more about the heart & vision behind this ministry, click HERE.