Thoughts from a recovering worship leader

When I miss community

March 17th, 2014 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

I miss tight hugs from people who understand me. I miss being surrounded by people that I feel comfortable with, people that I can truly exhale and relax around. I miss feeling excited about getting together. I miss the warmth that fills a room. I even miss being with people who I don’t agree with, … Read more

Beauty everywhere

January 29th, 2014 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

I’m home on my first ever snow day. A freak wintry mix has been spreading through the south, causing mass hysteria. Much warranted hysteria, I might add, with the crazy traffic issues that have happened in Atlanta. Here in Florida, it’s not nearly that bad, but the entire town is practically closed. Many are rolling … Read more

Alzheimer's Stories

January 15th, 2014 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

This semester in community chorus, we're learning a tough piece of modern music. It's called “Alzheimer's Stories” written by Robert Cohen. We perform the piece in a little over a week. I can't sing the third movement without choking up. It's entitled “For the Caregivers.” Keep faith They sense what they cannot show Love and … Read more

Gratitude: Cheese and crackers

January 5th, 2014 | Posted by jamie in Gratitude - (4 Comments)

As 2013 wound to a close and 2014 began, I’m continuing to focus on gratitude. Here’s what I’m thankful for: A steady job with some amazing coworkers. I’ve been working lots of overtime in the past few months, and I can think of no one else I’d rather spend extra work hours with. Though the … Read more

Merry Christmas

December 23rd, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Thoughts - (2 Comments)

I pray that this Christmas brings you whatever your soul needs most. Peace. Quiet. Love. Hugs and kisses from sweet little ones. Laughter around a full dinner table. Escape from hurtful words. Release from painful pasts. May the love and grace of our Lord Jesus shower over you this Christmas.

A face from my past

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (2 Comments)

This weekend I sang in a seasonal concert, along with hundreds of other choir members. Always fills my heart to hear so many voices united together. As I rushed to find my place with fellow choir members, I saw a beautiful smiling face from my past. She looked right at me, smiled big, and said, … Read more

Gratitude: Puppies and pumpkin pie

December 5th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

In the midst of a very busy month, I'm still thankful. Thanksgiving. Long weekend, family time, good food, and a reminder to be thankful. My sister. We've always been close, and I love the inside jokes we have. Nobody makes soupy mashed potatoes like we do. Mom and Dad. Thanksgiving has been at their house … Read more

Life happens

November 27th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (5 Comments)

For the last few weeks, I have missed my Monday blogging deadline. Deadlines are good; even self imposed ones. That deadline kept me working, kept me writing. But sometimes life happens. Life has been full lately. Too busy somedays. I remain thankful for a better paying job and awesome coworkers. But working lots of overtime … Read more

Walking through those halls felt really weird. I returned to my high school this week. My choir conductor and favorite teacher had the school’s choir room named after him. There was a special dedication ceremony, and alumni were asked not only to attend, but to surprise “Doc” by singing. We joined current Lincoln High School … Read more