Why Worry?

Why Worry?

Worry. I do that a lot.

I have my new worship album coming out in 8 days… yes 8 days. It was a year process, and it is coming out in 8 days! (Did I say that already?) I can’t believe it. But unfortunately, in the last few days, I have found myself in a constant state of worry. There is a lot to finish up before the album release… worry. And I just found out that my album is not going to be done until the morning of the event… more worry. I have to prepare for my rehearsal with my band still… worry. The final videos and technical strategies need to be finalized… more worry. I don’t know how many people are even going to come to the album release… worry. And worst of all: what if they don’t even like the songs… WORRY! The more I think about it, the more I worry… and then God slaps me in the face.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 

28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6)

When God called me to do this album project at the end of 2011, I was worried. But looking back at the year process, God has taken care of me this entire time and used these songs and this project for His glory. I am praying that I will have faith in God this week. And trust that he will complete the work that he has started in me and through this project. To God be the glory. 

I release my worry to Him, and I pray that today, you can do the same. 🙂

-Ashley

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Music That Sticks

Music has a way of sticking with people. I mean, I still remember songs that I used to sing when I was a little kid like, “This little light of mine… I’m gonna let it shine” and “Zacheus was a wee little man… a wee little man was he.” And the list goes on. It is crazy that I still know these lyrics and melodies even after all these years.

But that is what music does.

It has an amazing way of planting itself in your memory and never leaving. And the cool thing… these kids songs were based off of the Word of God. They were inspired by scripture and because of that, am now inspired by scripture. The Word of God is forever placed into my heart.

My original worship album is coming out in less than 3 weeks, and every song on this album was inspired by the Word of God. Just like these kids songs impacted me, I want these new worship songs to impact all who hear. I have been praying that the songs will make a lasting impression on the hearts of the listeners. I want the scripture to be what is lasting and what is magnified. Because if at least one of the songs on the album has a lasting effect on at least one person, then it was all worth it.

WILL YOU JOIN ME IN PRAYING FOR THIS ALBUM? Pray for these specific things: 

1. That the album would end up in the hands of people who need to experience God.

2. That the truth of scripture engrained in the lyrics would be catchy enough to stick to the hearts of it’s listeners.

3. That the album release night would be glorifying to God in every way. 

Thank you for joining me in prayer. I hope to see you at the album release night on Friday, February 1st @ 7pm, Christ’s Church of the Valley in San Dimas, CA.

Album Release