Today is a good day. The weather is slightly dreary here in Wisconsin, making it the perfect time to catch up on an overdue journal entry and have a cup of tea. I really hope that you are doing well – filled to overflowing with hope and life. Life continues to come my way at a reasonably fast pace and I am thankful for all the opportunities that God continues to bring.

Since the last time I wrote, I hit a deer with my car. I just would like to know, what is it about my family’s vehicles that is so attractive to deer? (Last night a deer ran into the side of my mom’s car.) When I brought my car in to the auto body shop to get fixed the mechanic asked if he had worked on this car in the past; it looked familiar to him. Come to find out, he had in fact worked on it when my dad hit a deer with it. My goodness!!! Lets just say we love State Farm Insurance! They picked up the majority of the costs.

While my car was in the shop, I took a trip to Nicaragua with my friends and fellow musicians, Scott Troyer and Lynn Graber. Our friend Luis Martinez, whom we met in Guatemala this summer, asked us to lead music at a large gathering that he was preaching at in Managua. We flew out of Indianapolis on September 22, expecting to be in Managua by early afternoon. Instead we arrived at 11:30 that night after experiencing the most challenging of travel experiences. We ended up flying from Indianapolis to Atlanta to Miami to San Salvador to Managua. We definitely got in our physical activity for the day as we ran from gate to gate. In the end we were really thankful that we made it in time for the event. On Sunday, the 23rd, we took a trip to the market in search of some clothes to wear to the event. (The airline lost our luggage.) We found what we needed and went back to the hotel to practice one last time our songs in Spanish. Scott learned the lyrics to 6 hymns in spanish and even translated one of his own songs as well. I played the keyboard and sang harmony on most of the choruses. Lynn backed us up with a second guitar. We ended up playing for 35,000 people that day and someone said that 500 people accepted Jesus Christ as thier savior. Exciting!! It all still feels surreal, but a really good experience. We flew back to Indiana on Monday and even found our luggage on the way home. Clean clothes feel amazing after you’ve worn the same outfit for 2 days in 90 degree weather.

I flew back into Wisconsin on Wednesday and have been in full swing with music and life. I really enjoyed playing music this weekend. Somehow I walk away refreshed and full of rest when I have opportunity to sing. We played at a little Coffee shop in Marinette, WI on Friday night, a women’s event in Oshkosh on Saturday, and yesterday played a concert in Norway, MI at my uncle’s church.

This morning I was reading and came across this in a book by Beth Moore and wanted to share it with you.

“I believe that God takes the building blocks of our lives and uses them for His glory. Never assume that to follow Him means to throw away who He has made you to be. Few things seem less spiritual than keeping a bunch of smelly sheep, yet God used David’s skills for eternal purposes.”

If you get a chance, find Sleeping At Last’s song “Umbrellas” and listen to it today.
You were meant for amazing things! May you be reminded by the One who created you and Who has good plans for you.

Much love,