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Behind The Music: Have You Prayed?

Believing the Bible, serving Christ, allowing Him to lead and guide your life, doesn’t mean it’s always going to be easy. In my experience, there will be challenges, trials, battles along the way. The wonderful blessing in it all is that for the called, we know we have already overcome and there is absolutely nothing too hard for the Lord to accomplish. Despite this, humanity has its hold and while I won’t presume to speak for everyone, I know that I certainly have my down moments. I sometimes lose sight of the promises and get wrapped up in the day to day struggles that come my way. It was during one of those moments that Have You Prayed came to heart. Sometimes songs seem to percolate for a while; other times they are just there. Have You Prayed was one that was just there but it was the actions of…

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Behind The Music: Here I Am

So today I launch a “Behind the Music” blog series. I thought folks might be interested in hearing the stories behind the songs on my album. After all, that’s the reason I sing and the reason for my album. To share all the wonderful things He has done for me and the moving ways in which He speaks to me. I wanted to start with Here I Am, because it is kind of a funny story, but a powerful lesson on a couple of fronts. Ever since high school, when I first started to get serious about my music, I carried around this journal. It was a lovely gift from someone, I can’t quite remember from whom, but I loved it. I wrote down all my songs in this journal and continued to do so for several years. During college and early into my career, I set my music aside,…

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Education Support for Students

For several years I’ve worked on a program aimed at helping students better navigate the education system. Here’s some background on my BHAG! Our mission…. 1 out of 5 students won’t graduate high school within four years. 40% of first time college students won’t earn their degree within six years. Education is so important but far too many students get lost along the way. Join us as we work to help students make their education what they need it to be: inspirational and personal. At Education Planning Partners (EPP), our motto is our mission. Whether young or old, education is an important facet of our lives. No matter who we are and where we are in our life, we are continually learning. At EPP, we believe that effective learning requires proactive engagement, where you dream, you act, and you become what you envision. That’s where we focus, equipping students with…

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Let Go: My First Album

Music has been a big part of my life since I was around four or five. A minister at a vacation bible school camp told my mother that my sister and I were musically inclined and the next thing I know, we’re taking piano lessons. From there a whole new world opened up that I’ve fully embraced to this day. I started “composing” early on. There was this plaque I found and the words inspired me. I don’t know who wrote them or where it came from and I don’t even have it anymore, but I can still remember the words: Help me believe in what I can be And all that I am Show me the stairway I have to climb Oh Lord, for my sake Teach me to take one day at a time A melody just came to me and though I couldn’t play it on the…

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10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School

Colleges and employers continue to grapple with the fact that students in the United States are not prepared for the demands of higher education and the workforce. Students scramble to figure out where to go to school, how to get in, what to study, and how to pay for their education, one of the most important investments of their life. Education is a complex but highly valued system. It’s a pathway to opportunities in life and a cornerstone of economic prosperity, but far too many students get lost along the way. What can students do to make sure they get the most out of their education? That’s the question I seek to answer in my book, 10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School. Here are a couple of reviews on the book: This was a fantastic book! It gave an incredible amount of information for students to think…