August 10, 2009

Denver

What a week! I'm back home after a whirlwind trip to Denver. Todd and I have been crazy busy, but today for the first time in weeks I've been able to catch my breath. I can't tell you how much I've needed it.

Colorado was beautiful. My grandmother and most of her side of the family live in the Denver area, so I was able to stay with her for a couple of days. I'll stay with family over a hotel any day. Especially when I'm traveling alone. It was also good timing because I had a bit of a work crisis while on the road and being around family saved me. I had a near breakdown (for those of you who follow me on twitter, you know what I'm talking about). It was one of those "I work so hard, so many hours, hours away from my husband, and for what?" moments. It wasn't pretty. Fortunately I got my act together in time for God to show me the "for what." He does that every time. I forget. He reminds me. Every time. Without fail.

Tenth Avenue North played to a full-house. For a relatively new band, they packed that 2,000 seat church in Denver in minutes and hundreds were turned away because there was no room. There aren't many bands (even in Christian music unfortunately) that draw me into a place of worship like these guys. God has an anointing on them that is unbelievable. I was definitely humbled and reminded that this "thing" I do called the music industry is so much bigger than my deadlines and schedules. People are coming to Christ through a song or a word from one of our artists and I have the privilege of saying I helped get that song on the radio. It doesn't make the job any easier, but it does make the stress a bit more manageable. I flew back to Nashville with a little more perspective. Unfortunately, I'll forget again and God will have to remind me...again. Sad, huh?

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Me & Grandma

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Tenth Avenue North playing to a waiting crowd in Denver, CO

In the midst of the craziness I have somehow had the time to read two great books. I guess that's because there isn't really much else to do when you're 36,000 feet in the air.

I was able to snag an advanced copy of Max Lucado's new book Fearless. Oh my word. It's one of the best books I've read in a really long time. I might be a bit biased because one, I love Max Lucado, and two, I've struggled with fear most of my life. Fearless does a spectacular job of covering all kinds of fear and deals with those unique fears in a powerful way. This book really got me thinking. It made me angry at times (because I try to justify hanging on to my fears), but it opened my eyes too. It's definitely a book I will come back to over and over again.


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The other book, that I just finished last night, is called The Sweet By & By. If you know me very well, you know that I just adore senior citizens. The Sweet By & By is set in a nursing home and it tells the story of two women in the home, their nurse and their hairdresser. It's an easy read and such a sweet story. It really makes you think about getting older, what's really important, and how you want to look back on your life.


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*Tracy, I know you just bought it, but I was able to snag a copy at the library and couldn't wait to read it!


Wishing everyone in blogland a happy, productive week.

2 comments:

  1. I just love you.

    I love how open and honest you are about what God's teaching you, I love your tender heart for Jesus, I love that you're not afraid to admit you are sometimes afraid, I LOVE that you love senior citizens, and I love that you're you.

    Thanks for writing this post. Made my Tuesday start with a smile.

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  2. Love hearing about your trip and how God's using you and your work!

    And i'm so glad you're loving Fearless...helps me to want to do my job better and remind me that there's a bigger purpose than all the emails i get with questions about the book etc. Thanks for helping me remember that too. :-)

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