October 27, 2011

Christmas Practice #1

Tonight went really well! We have such a big group this year; it's incredible that each year the choir grows. We went over the parts for "The Messiah Came" and "Don't Save It All (For Christmas Day)", which we did last year, so it was pretty easy to pick up again. Once we went over it a time or two, I could hear the parts. The most time consuming things to work on are the "oohs" and "aahs", because they're so tedious. You have to get them just right or they sound weird. 

It's so fun having everyone together. It's the one time of year when anyone and everyone from the church comes together to make this happen, and it couldn't have gone better. The laughs and smiles on everyone's faces as we joke around and come up with wacky things, just really makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy; it's family. I feel really special to be apart of bringing others to Christ. That's what it's all about; the rest of it is all just minor details that can be worked out. It's important that we not lose sight of that. :) God has a big plan for each of us in this, no matter how small or insignificant we may feel at times, He's got it all planned out...I'm trusting Him. 

Keep following the star,
Shelby xoxox

P.S. Next week, I know we're working on "A Baby Changes Everything" and "Oh Holy Night"; both are tough songs, so it'll practice will probably be a little longer ;) I'm ready! Haha.

"Christmastime Is Here!"

Alright, so it's not actually here. As a matter of fact, we haven't even hit Halloween yet, and the weather has been pretty hot/cold on us as to whether we're actually in Fall yet. But, tonight the Christmas season will kick off for me in a way, because choir practice starts at our church for this year's Christmas concert starts. It's going to be an absolute blast like last year. It's always cool getting to meet new people from church, see the process of how to put this show together, and sing for Jesus. Nothing better than that right? We're doing it at our convention center downtown, and it will be more of an outreach program to the community than anything else.

You know, it's funny. I started thinking about the first time I got involved with the choir, almost two years ago, in 2009. I've been going to the same church since I was born, and I knew most of the people that were involved, because they were friends of my parents or I'd seen them around for years, but I'd never really talked to them by myself before. I'd never really gotten a chance to know them, and it's funny how I end up talking to them now more than my parents do. I remember walking into the sanctuary for the first time, not really sure of what to expect, or if I would feel comfortable.I remember feeling a little awkward back then; not sure of what to say or just strike up conversations with people I'd never really talked to before, and now I can't imagine not talking to them, because they've become my friends. After that, I got the courage I needed to join the worship team, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I don't know if I've ever had more fun being a part of a team, than I've gained with this one. I know it probably doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but it is with me. I can tell a difference in the way I see things, and who I'm becoming everyday, and just becoming more of a people person. 

I look at how far I've grown out of my shell from that point, and how God is using me in ways that I don't even understand yet. I look back at how quiet I used to be, and in some ways I'm still that girl, but I'm not so afraid anymore. I feel like I can talk to strangers, and walk up to random people on the street and talk to them, even if it's only about the weather. I've been learning and growing so much, in ways, most people probably wouldn't understand. I love watching the process of how this show all comes together from the music to the final production at the theater downtown; You don't realize how much work it takes, and it's fascinating to me to watch behind the scenes action, because it's the business I'd love to get into someday, whether it's movies or TV or music. Most importantly, I love the way we become like a family with each group as the years go by, during this season. You learn to open up more, and trust each other, and that's a beautiful thing.

I can't wait to get started on this journey, because that's exactly what it is. Each Christmas season, God shows me something new, and brings something incredible out of this show to my life. I'm excited to get the music tonight, and make new memories with a new group. I hope to keep a log of everything that happens each week, so that at the end of it, I'll look back and smile to see all that we've overcome. There are going to be long nights, I'm sure, all during the ending of a semester, which might get tricky (especially during finals). It will all be worth it in the end.  :D

That's all for now,
Shelby xoxo

October 24, 2011

One Tree Hill collage

One Tree Hill

A lot of great music has been coming out lately!

October 23, 2011

Revelations I Had At Church

“Oh, how many times have I broken your heart? But, still you forgive, if only I ask. How many times have you heard me pray? Draw near to me…Everything I need is you; my beginning, my forever!” <3

I think for so long I have tried to cover up scars and wounds of past mistakes I’ve made and past hurts that people have done to me. I think I thought it made me weak or lesser of a person to admit when I had flaws or to admit when I needed help. But, it’s just the opposite. The more you hold in, the more pain you’re going to feel, because you aren’t dealing with it. I am finally okay with admitting that I’ve let things go to a place where they shouldn’t have, but enough is enough. It’s time to CHANGE. It’s time to FORGIVE others. It’s time to APOLOGIZE. And to own up to MY mistakes.

When we are honest with the brokenness in our lives, we can help other people see the light. I’ve screwed up more than I can count, and maybe I haven’t always been as honest as I should have been about it. But, it’s time to just be honest with myself, and that it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s just the beginning for God to really work in my life.
  • Broken people have God’s attention
  • Brokenness is not the same as being broken!** My favorite
  • Broken people healed bring healing to others
  • Broken people made whole become His representatives
I want to get my life together with God, so that He can use me in all the ways He’s been trying to. I’ve been pushing Him away, without realizing it, and it’s time to stop. Now is the time to take a step back, and see what He has planned. The future is going to be a really wonderful thing! I just have to trust Him. For the first time in a long time, I feel WHOLE; not worried, not anxious, not unhappy, not sad…I feel at peace. :)

I didn’t mean to get religious on here; I just wanted to share about the relationship with Christ! It’s not about the rules and regulations or tasks of the church, it’s just about being real with God. That’s what matters to me, and that’s what matters to Him.

Hope you all have an incredibly blessed Sunday!