The warfare worshipper!

“You’re a worship leader, you’re on the frontline!”

After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang:

“Give thanks to the LORD;
his faithful love endures forever!”

2 Chronicles 20:21

As I was reading the scriptures above and below, after my house was broken into last week.  It seemed to me that God was reminding me that in addition to being a child of God, as worship leaders we are automatically on the front line in battle (spiritual battle).  Which means that I will be an enemy target and he will try to take me out, upset me, cause harm, frustrate things (overall: steal, kill and destroy – the usual!) at every opportunity he gets (hense the break in).

HOWEVER!!!  I serve and am in relationship with the almighty God, the author and the finisher of all things!  So even though the enemy may roar (smashing my glass), He cannot touch me (nothing was stolen)!

Now I’m gonna be real, it is costing me money which I would prefer not to spend to repair the damage and add additional security to the property, but I have prayed and demanded that every penny I spend will be returned to me – so WHEN it is returned, I will write about it!

So I will continue to worship God, I will take my place on the front line and keep lifting my praises to God, worry free knowing that God is fighting my battles and taking care of EVERYTHING!

22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves

27 Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, overjoyed that the LORD had given them victory over their enemies. 28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20: 22,27- 28,

The enemey must and will stop when we take our authority in spiritual warfare

Amen!

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Music, music and more music

I spent all of Saturday in lectures learning about pulse, rhythm, syncopation, time signatures etc.  I can now write my own basic rhythm in music notation and attempt to read music scores – woohoo!

Oh and I had a great songwriting flow on Thursday and Friday while I was practising the picking exercise that my guitar teacher set for me – I CANNOT wait to demo it in the studio!!!

I spent the rest of the evening in the studio producing tracks for the upcoming DJ Worship night aka ‘Big Noise’ event that I am organising the music set for.  I had a really productive session, researching for inspiration and then laying down ideas for 4 tracks!
In the process I had some lyric ideas for one of the new tribal house tracks that my friend was producing.  I’ve never written to that genre before so it was really fun!  I am looking forward to debuting the newbie on the night 🙂

…Its now Sunday and I’ve just some back from a relaxed live acoustic night in Holborn, which was a great end to my weekend.  It was organised by my church for us all to get together, bring friends, hang out and meet new people etc.  The performances was also so inspiring, hearing and seeing performers that are already doing their thing really encourages me to keep going!

Have a great week ahead!!!

Happy blogging:)

Xx

My Vocal Coaching Sessions

So this is week 2 of my intermediate level vocal coaching sessions (last week was my first week, we covered the basics such as how the voice works, vocal warm ups and breathing).

We started this weeks session, looking at how best to take care of our vocal chords.

This session has really deepened my awareness about the unhelpful things I’ve been doing!
For example clearing my throat!  This is  rough treatment for the larynx, and should be avoided.
Instead the following was suggested:

  • A very very gentle cough, mouth closed powered by the diaphragm (very wordy I know) is a helpful alternative.
  • keeping my throat lubricated with warm water (add honey, preferably manuka for added nourishment for the throat) – something I already do, woohoo!!

My coach also mentioned, protecting my neck/throat with a scarf, as this protects the voice.

We went through lots of breathing and vocal warm-up exercises, and more tips for looking after the voice. So I’ve got lots to be getting in with!
I’ve picked up some bad habits over the years I’ve been singing – 1 being not warming up my voice before I sing!

I realise now how seriously important it is for me to start looking after my voice IMMEDIATELY, before I do any damage!
The good news is that I’ve learned some good breathing practices from yoga which is useful for singing, so I’m already a few steps ahead:)

I am so excited that I am finally getting a chance to train my voice and am looking forward to being able to control my voice and do all the creative things I want to do with my voice!

I’ve got a youth worship outreach DJ night that I am the lead vocalist for in a few weeks (my first vocal event of the year!), and I’m on my way for a planning meeting as I write this.  I’ll be making sure I am prepared as much as possible, rehearsals are coming up soon (do doubt my vocal coaching will come in handy!!)

It’s gonna be such an amazing night, I’m so excited to see what God will do!

I am also looking forward to doing a massive blog about it too!!

Bye for now:)

Xxx
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Free to be me!

FREEDOM!

 

After 6 months of redundancy, 5 of which I spent fretting about what it is I was going to do with myself, I am finally at peace.  I realised towards the end of 2011 that I didn’t want to find another 9-5 to disappear into again.  In fact, I never want to work another 9-5 again for the rest of my life!  I’m just not wired that way.  I need my freedom!  I need to have the flexibility to come and go as I please and focus my energy on what I want to do.  I don’t want to answer to a boss or fall in line with someone else’s agenda. 

I just want to be me! 

So I have given myself permission to just do me and I am loving it!

The 2 things I enjoy the most is writing (hence this blog), singing and songwriting.  I also have a special love for the guitar and I have already written and performed a few acoustic inspirational songs.  When I sing and get around music, I get this sense of peace and belonging.  It is as if everything inside me is in unity and I fly away into another realm of peace and tranquillity. 

This time is very special to me, because I have finally allowed myself to explore my passion for music fully.  I say finally because when I was 16 I auditioned and was accepted into the BRITS performing arts school (which is not an easy school to get into), to do a music course, but I dropped out just after 2 day!  At the time I thought it was the best thing for me, I was very insecure with my musical abilities and was absolutely petrified of failing.  I tortured myself by comparing myself against the other students who seemed SO much better than me and convinced myself that I would be better off at an academic college doing A ‘Levels!  I didn’t do so well in my A ‘Levels, in fact I left with 2 E’s in sociology and business studies!  I knew I had made a mistake not long after I had left BRITS, but I had made my decision and had to get on with it.  It has been a regret I have carried for the last 15 years, but after my redundancy, it gave me the push I needed to do something about it.

So last September 2011, I enrolled myself onto a song writing and artist development diploma course and I haven’t looked back.   My prayer is that one-day (hopefully soon) that I will have the opportunity to do something professionally with my music, so I am starting by developing myself.  In addition to my diploma course I am am taking singing, guitar lessons and basic music theory with my tutor. 

The fear of failure is no longer an issue.  The energy I used to supress this innate desire I have for music has now been refocused and channelled into allowing myself to explore and be free with it.

So I visualise the best of what I want, believe anything is possible, speak life over my dreams and take action to get me to the place I want to be. 

Bless 🙂 xx