Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Lord of the Gentle Breeze is Lord of the Rough and Tumble

On this last day of 2015, I couldn't help but reflect on the first time I heard these lyrics. It was a dark time. And it was MY world that felt crazy. In the midst of so much I couldn't understand and no clear cut answers to my questions, I would listen to this song again and again in my car. And I would sing these words out loud: " What I need is to remember one thing, that The Lord of the gentle breeze is Lord of the rough and tumble." And those words would remind me that God had a plan and God was in control, even when my world felt out of control.

Those words continue to comfort me through every rough spot I come to. The same Lord who has blessed my life with gentle breezes of peace, tranquility, love and happiness, allows me to face the rough and tumble of adversity, pain, suffering and confusion. What I see and what I feel can leave me feeling anxiety and despair. But what is real is God's still on His throne. And sometimes we all need to be reminded that He is the King of the JUNGLE .... no matter what our specific jungle may be.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Being Happy for Others

I have a lot of Facebook friends and, granted, I miss a lot of posts in my news feed because it's jammed and random and ... I honestly don't look at my news feed a lot. I mainly check notifications, which I only get from "closer" friends. I've taken the time to designate close friends and acquaintances in my settings, since I can't interact in any meaningful way with everyone whose friend request I've accepted. And I don't attempt to follow everyone in my news feed.

Having said all that, in spite of a large friend "population" on social media, I am rarely annoyed by the posts of others. If my friends are bragging, I don't seem to notice. But every now and then, I'll see a post complaining about all the bragging on Facebook. And I always wonder why I don't notice it.

I have asked myself ...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

In the Studio with Cody Wickline!

Rob (studio engineer), Cody, Me, John, Billy (producer) and Joe (Cody's dad)
In February 2015, I met Cody Wickline for the first time. We had seen his blind audition on NBC's The Voice and we were very proud to have him representing our state on the show. Our little town of Beckley was buzzing about Cody. It seemed like everywhere I went, someone would ask if we knew him and his family. When I'd say that we didn't, but we hoped to, it was always the same; "He is such a good guy and he's from such a good family." Not one person ever said anything negative. "This kid really deserves a break," they'd tell me.