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?
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.
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.
Wishing everyone in blogland a happy, productive week.