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I led worship for one of my church’s contemporary services almost ten years ago. I was fresh out of college with my church music degree clutched tightly in my fist, and I was ready to serve God with it. I found myself thrust into a worship leader position at a new-ish service. All the other … Read more

Secular worship songs: Stairway to Heaven

June 24th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (4 Comments)

I have a pretty embarrassing confession. I had never heard Stairway to Heaven in it’s entirety until last week. It’s possible I’d heard the whole thing and just don’t remember it; that sheltered, Christian me tried to block it from my memory. After all, Led Zeppelin is one of those satan bands. There’s a whole … Read more

Father’s Day and the church

June 17th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Last month I shared about the pain that Mother’s Day often brings, especially within the church. How so often churches will often ask the mothers to stand, leaving the rest of us feeling a little bit empty. (I’m happy to report that last month, my pastor asked ALL women to stand, acknowledging that we’ve all … Read more

Changes

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (6 Comments)

Some big changes are beginning for me. This week, I start a new job. I'm excited, nervous, and eager to see what the future holds. While I've been transitioning out of the old job and getting ready for the new one, my brain has been all over, and my writing time and energy have been … Read more

May my practice be pleasing to Your ears

June 6th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

I'm trying to see all of my life as a way to worship. As a musician, I still long to use music as a way to worship God. But I want it to be more than when I might be on stage. home remedies for hives I picked up my guitar this week and began … Read more

Free books and yummy pancakes: gratitude

June 3rd, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Gratitude - (5 Comments)

What are you grateful for this month? Here's my list. Coffee on the front porch. Watching my nephew pitch in his Little League game. They may have lost, but he pitched no runs in one inning. I'm proud of that dude. An awesome week off, relaxing and getting projects done. Date day with Drew. In … Read more

Waiting for the perfect moment

May 30th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Last week I was on vacation, and sadly, this was not my view. urticaria treatment For the past two years, Drew and I have spent a week in north Georgia, in a beautiful, secluded mountaintop cabin. I spent all week lounging on the huge back porch, staring out at this view. The cabin went up … Read more

Happy Memorial Day

May 27th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

Happy Memorial Day. adobe acrobat updates I pray we all remember this is more than just barbeque day and the “official” start to summer. My thanks to all those that have served our country, giving their lives so that we can eat barbeque. zp8497586rq

Are we too comfortable in worship?

May 23rd, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Uncategorized - (5 Comments)

Contemporary services are great. No stuffy churches and organ music that sounds like it's from four centuries ago. A place where everyone feels welcome and can come as they are, with no pressure to dress a certain way. But sometimes I wonder if we've grown too comfortable in these “come as you are” services. Jesus … Read more