Livingwell Seed Co

Livingwell Seed Co

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Thank God for Google!

     I think it’s fair to say, that it’s healthy to be skeptical, but even more healthy to be prayerful.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’ Here’s the cyber-age version: ‘if it sounds too good to be true, Google it.’

     I have been investing some time in pursing the next step in ministry in terms of where, when and how. I have a pretty good idea of what. Enter an artist management group through the Facebook post of a Facebook friend I’ve never met. It hasn’t cost me any money, and so far, I don’t think I’ve had any great tips, but what I have received is confirmation that I’m moving in the right direction.

     But a wise person sees danger ahead and hides from it. Others feel they have been burned by this group, perhaps by misinterpreting what they promise to do. The danger is I could spend time and money and not get much more than what I can do on my own. It would be nice to think that they mean what they say, and will really show me a way or even take some of the burden off doing it myself. But I think the better advice comes from a PR company who is promoting one of my Christmas songs. A song which, by the way, is being played all around the world this Christmas, but didn’t win in the Next Christmas Classic contest two years in a row and it may not even make the song of the year contest through fan votes on Indieheaven. I just don’t have enough fans. Some artists have huge churches where everyone will vote for them based on the hometown team concept. That still is not the case for me, but I do have more fans this year than last, and many of them are in other states and countries.

     Anyway, the advice from the PR company that really makes sense is: work it. Follow up on every lead with an email, and yes, maybe find a close friend who will do it for you. Well, that’s that. All my close friends who would know how to do what needs to be done are as busy as I am. I can’t think of one who wants to spend a few hours a week sending out emails and setting up campaigns, much less booking me for singing and speaking engagements.  

     But back to the bottom line: there is no shortcut and nobody else will do it for me. I have to take the steps, but God is quite able to reveal to me what those are.

     And maybe that’s the greatest message of all to a woman whose message is encouraging others to hear God and follow Him. We all want the shortcut: the planned program (sigh), the manual for model for do-it-yourself success. We want God to drop a million dollars from the sky (or the Lottery) so we can be free of our debts and just go do the great, glorious things. I do believe in miracles, and have seen them every day. But, I also believe that God is really interested in a long-term relationship where He is continually revealing Himself to us and through us. I believe He wants to reveal a glorious plan through the one who trembles at His word, dies daily to herself and just accepts the task at hand as the right one, practicing the discipline of thankfulness, sold out to hearing and doing; because she realizes there is no success she could desire apart from that.

Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. (Proverbs 14:23, The Message)

 

Beware the Writer

 

When you really want answers, and you ask for them (Ask and you shall receive) you may not always be prepared for what will happen. This can be a difficult thing for the parent who has been praying for answers about their child, and finds herself gasping for air when the cold water of reality hits. Or, it might be a little more subtle. But it isn't always bad.

 

We are often so busy with the business of living that we don't take time to find out what we're supposed to do, much less how to do it. We (or is it just me) plow faithfully ahead, and when we get to the end of the row, we wonder which way to turn. And, if we're not careful, we've turned the wrong way or we're so caught up in the momentum of dealing with the daily that we end up running nowhere fast. That's just how it is sometimes. It's the enemy's dance and he enjoys it. Faster, faster... that's right! He smiles, puffing a big cigar.

 

So, a few days ago, I found myself asking. "What's the next step for getting the music and the book out, Lord? Please show me what to do about the new songs, what to do with the ones on the CD and what to do about the book. You showed me what to write. You are my provider... So, I believe You will show me what You want me to do... thank You, Father."

 

When I arrived at the school where I teach, there was a new substitute across the hall, a nice enough guy, it seemed. He was dressed appropriately for any other day, but today was Friday, and as I explained to him, "We pay into a scholarship fund so we can wear jeans on Friday." He nodded and proceeded to tell me he'd just come from a Bible study. I was intrigued. In a few minutes more I learned he was also a singer and a worship leader. The bell rang, so I saved my questions for later. Who knows? Maybe this is part of God's answer. Maybe I can work on music with someone.

 

When lunch time came, I asked, "So where do you lead worship?" He mentioned a conservative denomination. "That's nice. I'm a singer-songwriter, myself, and I'm always interested to hear what other singers are involved in."

 

His eyes dropped from my eyes to somewhere between my waist and my knees, then he turned and walked away.
 

The wool jacket I was wearing was a little itchy, but at that moment, I was glad for its warmth. I pulled it tighter and closed the door to my room behind me, taking a seat at my desk.

 

A new email was in my inbox. It came through the contact form at one of the music community websites, one I'd only rejoined a week ago. It was from a young woman representing a  marketing company for Christian musicians wanting to inform me of a new opportunity. So I checked the credentials and requested more information, giving her the link to my website. "Nice website," she responded, and inquired about my Twitter account... (OK - I've just been waiting for a good reason to have one, so I do now). She told me exactly how her company could help and how reasonable it would be. By evening, another marketing company had contacted me about my book (not quite as reasonable, but not crazy either). The following morning, still another marketing company contacted me about a Christmas song promotion.

 

So, this weekend, I'll be following the path He's leading me along. I'll be exploring Twitter and hoping that those who really love God won't mind if I wear jeans to work on Fridays to support the student scholarship fund, or sit around in my jammies and write on Saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

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