Back To Periscope!

Happy 2017!  Can you believe we are in the year 2017?  I am really having a hard time coming to terms with this.  =)  Well 2016 was a good year, full of learning experiences and rest.  God was faithful and a good, good Father and I know He will continue to be this year!

Through prayer, I am starting back up on Periscope again in a more focused and structured manner.  I really feel led to broadcast about things that I am passionate about.  So I am including my schedule on this post for those of you who would like to join me in the broadcasts that matter to you! periscope-broadcast-sheet

We will begin our study in the Book of Matthew today at 9am p/t.  Then, I will teach a vocal class at 11am p/t.  Lastly, we will have some casual worship time at 6:30pm p/t where I will lead you in worshipping the Lord through song, with prayer time at the end.  It is going to be a good day!

Hope you will be able to join me on Periscope.  Here is the link to my Periscope page: https://www.periscope.tv/LaraMarriott/1yNxadnkyBXJj

Blessings to you as you go into this year.  It is my prayer that God’s Holy Spirit will draw you closer to Him.

Lara~

 

A Journal Entry I Want To Remember ~

I wrote this after an amazing experience I had being a part of leading the music for Bill Hybels’ Leadership Conference at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington before Hannah was born. = ) I am sharing it for two reasons. One, so if I misplace it I can still remember what happened. Two, maybe what was told to me could inspire someone else also.

‘This weekend was the Evangelism Conference at Westminster, hosted by Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels. It was a lot of work to pull it all off, but it was worth it. I sang, “Testify To Love” in a women’s trio that kicked off the whole event. We blended very well and got the audience warmed up. Lee Strobel spoke a little bit on his testimony. He was just an every day kinda guy. Before the conference started, the band and singers were in the choir room and Lee came in and said thank you for our hard work. He looked very normal. It was interesting.

After the first session, I went back to work. God opened the door for me to talk about the day to the gals. They were all pretty curious. One gal, Mary, asked what Lee Strobel said because she had his book, “The Case for Christ.” I told her and it was a neat moment.

I went back for the evening session after work. A couple days before, Dad asked if I would like to sing, “Nothing But The Blood” before Bill Hybel’s talked. I said yes, so that’s what I did for that session. Larry, the producer, wanted it done a certain way and was trying to communicate it by asking us to be more gospel. It didn’t work out that way. We finally convinced him our way was better. He wanted me to sing it like I was out on stage performing. That frustrated me a little because it made me feel like I was trying superficially to create a moment without having the moment there yet. This was during practice. So, I sang it like I was singing to God and after I looked at Larry and said, ‘Did you feel it?’ cuz’ I sure did. I felt the Holy Spirit. He said yes, so when it came time to go out on stage, God created a great moment that touched a lot of people including Bill Hybels. He said after we had walked out, “If I came here for anything it as for that song. I’m in debted to you.” We didn’t hear that, but Brian and some others told us later. That was very nice of him to say, but the moment was greater than Bill Hybels’ comment. It was a moment with God. I was so honored to play a part in the moment. I felt at home up on that platform. God uses the voice He’s given me always for great things. I was glad to be a part of it.

The next day, Brian and the Forum worship band led the last four sessions. We rocked! I was so proud of them. It was the best day for me even though we were all pretty tired. I sang, “Salt n’ Light” and “Still Haven’t Found” by U2. It was mostly in my throat. It was an interesting experience to use my throat. I think I did a good job.

Before the last session, a gentleman from the front row came up to me and said he loved my voice and did I have a CD? I told him no. He couldn’t believe it. The thing that stuck out for me was when he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Young lady, never stop using that voice for God. Only use it for God.” It was a really cool moment. He was a bald guy with tattoos down his arm. I wanted to make sure I never forgot that comment.’

God sure does take us all on amazing journeys through life. I’ve had mountain top experiences, valley experiences, and dry desert experiences. All in all, it’s been an eventful ride I never want to forget. = )

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Back from Brownsville ~

It’s been about two weeks since I have been back from Pensacola, Florida where I had the incredible opportunity to lead worship for the NotaLoneMom’s “Arise” pre-conference at Brownsville Assembly of God.  That weekend re-ignited a fire in my heart for God again.  If you would like to read more about the moms conference click here: http://www.notalonemom.com/2013/11/lessons-arise-conference-moms/

On the plane flight home, I wrote a letter of thanks to God for all that He did.  I thought I would share it with you ~

 Dear God,

What a week.   Thank you for bringing me to Brownsville this weekend.  I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but I did know you were asking me to go.   I had no clue that Your Presence would touch me when I stepped into Brownsville Assembly of God for the first time.  I knew something was very different.  I could feel Your Spirit move.  The ladies who were there praying were amazing; 12 of them.  I knew something was happening and I knew I had to get my heart right with You.  I thought someone came up to me as I was praying and put their hand on my back.  The pressure was there for a long time, but I didn’t hear anyone beside me.  When I stopped to see who it was, no one was there.  What was that?  I thought I was making it up, so I pushed it aside.   As I stepped back and sat down in the back, I watched the ladies anoint the seats and the stage with oil.  Why were they doing that?  I had never seen that before.  However, their spirits were so sweet and reverent before You.  It moved me to watch them.   At the end of the prayer meeting, we all got together and prayed.  I knew the conference was covered and You were going to have Your way.  You taught me how important it was to prepare and make our hearts align with Yours before an event.  So good.  So necessary.

 

               The day of the conference, a battle was going on.  I couldn’t believe it.  What was happening?  I still hadn’t talked to the worship leader about practice or music.  When I got to the church in the afternoon, we were suppose to have our rehearsal at 2pm, but no one showed up until 4:30pm.  I was trying to stay calm and professional, but inside I was tied up in knots.  How was I going to do my best when things were falling apart right before the conference?  I tried practicing on the piano, but I was not confident.  I was scared.  I wanted to cry.  Then You sent Olivia to comfort me. I know You did.  She anointed the piano and the mic and she saw the stress in my eyes.  She looked at me and held my hand and scolded me for thinking I was doing a bad job.  Your Presence touched her spirit when she came into the sanctuary and heard me sing.  She said Your Spirit was so thick that she had to catch her breath.  In me?  No way.  I wasn’t praying like these ladies.  I didn’t feel strong inside like these ladies.  I felt weak and not able to manage what I was being dealt.  How could she sense Your Spirit, when I was so weak?  She wouldn’t let go of me.  She held me and walked with me.  She said Your power was so strong and so sweet, she didn’t want to let me go.  What?  I couldn’t hold back my tears anymore.  I gave in.  I needed her and you knew that.  Thank you. 

 

               This was such a different church.  You were doing something amazing that could only be experienced, not told.    Our band rehearsal was rough.  The worship leader and I read music differently.   There was no right way, we were just speaking in different languages.  I had to sing a bluesy song and I needed a conga player.  I asked their drummer, but she didn’t play.  The bassist played a little, but when I told him what I needed him to do, he was very apprehensive and didn’t feel like he could do it.  At 10 mins. til, I looked him in the eye and said I needed him.  I said take out all of your stress and frustration on those congas and you will be fine.  You, God,  were stripping away every single crutch I had and all I could do was say, “God, You need to show up.  I can’t do this by myself.  It has to be all You.” 

 

               You taught me about Your power and Your ways during the conference.  And You did show up!  You provided.  You equipped me to lead and I felt empowered.  I knew that was You because I was extremely weak and scared, but on that stage I led with authority and peace.  You are amazing!  That conference for moms was a moment in time.  You called us each out to lead in our own way, in our own roles.  Instead of being led by others, this time You gave us what we needed to step out and lead those ladies to a place of restoration and refreshing.  Thank you!

 

               Everything was such a blur.  At the end, during prayer, I didn’t want to be prayed for. I knew that if I did go up for prayer, Your Presence would hit me so hard, I wouldn’t be able to get up.  So I avoided You.  But, You came after me.  You brought a wonderful older woman to sit next to me.  I thought I was suppose to pray for her and her situation, but You switched it and she looked at me and said I needed to be prayed over and anointed.  I didn’t want to, but I knew I had to.  When she poured the oil on my head I felt as if I would faint.  You were giving me a peace I hadn’t felt before, I don’t think.  It almost was like a cold compress all over my head and shoulders.  What were You doing?  Were You actually calling me out and giving me Your blessing for ministry?  It sure did seem that way.

 

               If everything stopped right there and I didn’t sense Your Spirit, You would have made Your point, but You didn’t stop.  You sent over to me the most powerful prayer warrior in that room.  I was avoiding her, but she came to me and wanted to pray over me.  When she grabbed my hands I knew immediately there was Your power and an energy flowing through her that was overwhelming.  It broke me.  You showed up and reminded me that You were powerful and present and wanted to use me. 

 

               Krissy and I went to her favorite coffee shop.  On the way there she told me about someone whom she had been ministering to for awhile now.  She said, if that person came into that coffee shop, today was going to be the day that You would call him out and move in his life.  I couldn’t believe how bold and convicted she was about that.  We got our drinks and sat down.  We talked for maybe an hour.  Then she spotted this person.  She called him over.   I knew this was it.  You used Krissy and I and spoke through us to cut deep to his heart.  We were witnessing a spiritual battle.  After 20 mins, he finally surrendered to You.  It had taken a year and a half to have him finally surrender.  You used me to speak a truth to him that convicted his heart.  You used me!  I can’t believe it.   Thank you.  It was exciting.  There was no way we could have made that happen on our own.  Krissy and I needed to be used together.  Now the joy came, the next morning, when this person emailed Krissy and confirmed that he had been changed.  We couldn’t help but cry in gratitude and humility.  Amazing!

 

               Did you stop ministering to me, and showing up?  Nope.  Today, I was planning to sing and talk about World Vision during the church service at Brownsville.  Krissy and I got there early.  I was waiting to get up to rehearse and one of the pastors came up to me.  Took my hand, looked me straight in the eye and said, “You don’t know me, I don’t know you.  But, do not be afraid, God wants to use you.  There is nothing to be worried about.”  How did he know!!!!!  I thought I looked normal.  You brought him to me to give me encouragement.  God, I haven’t shed this many tears since 2010.   Oh yeah, I can’t forget how when I couldn’t sleep during the night, I listened to “Sovereign” over and over again.   It really ministered to me and I wanted to lead it for Sunday.  But when I got up, I didn’t have the music.  So I gave up on that idea.  Then, when I got up to rehearse I found the sheet music for it and I knew I needed to play it.  I also practiced my other song and gave the sound guy my World Vision dvd to use.  During the service, You showed me how beautiful Your people could be as they worshiped You.  I saw older men jumping as if they were at a youth rally.  I saw women dancing with flags and ribbons.  I saw young people jumping and crying out to You in thanks.  It was beautiful.  Those people really, really loved You.  You had dramatically changed their lives and all they could do was give back to You with their worship.  So awesome! Then, someone came up to me and said, “Lara are you ready?  It’s your time.”  So I went up on stage to wait for offertory.  But, then Your Holy Spirit poured over the people, which was a game changer.  The pastor stopped everything and had a spontaneous alter call.  Your Spirit was hitting people so hard that many of them fell to the ground.  You even came over the worship leader and his wife, but you skipped over me.  Why?  Was it because I was hesitant?  Was it because You needed me to get ready to sing?  It was then I knew You sent me to speak encouragement to this congregation.  I didn’t care if anyone found out my name, or that I had my information in the back.  I just knew You wanted me to speak over them and let them know You weren’t done with them yet.  I knew You wanted me to sing “Sovereign” and nothing more.  I was scared, but You made away for me.  Thank you.  I believe Your words were encouraging to them.  I believe that song was what they needed at that moment.  Amazing.  Thank you.

 

               Your Spirit filled me up.  My heart was pounding and I knew I was full.   I had a lady tell me in the foyer, that when I started singing, “Sovereign” she felt Your Spirit so strongly.  She got up and made sure she got to a place in the sanctuary where she could hear every word.  She said my voice was anointed.  I was emotionally, physically, and spiritually a mess, but a restored mess.  From everything I saw this weekend, I am convinced that anything and everything is possible. I know that You want to unleash Your power over all the world, into the hearts of your people.  You want to bring a new revival through Your Spirit.  I know You want me to do something at my church when I get home, I just don’t know what yet.  God, keep me humble.  Remind me how serious Your call is on my life.  Help me to embrace the anointing you have on my voice.  I need Your help.  I don’t know why You chose me to be a worship leader or why You called me out to lead worship for the Moms Arise Conference, but I say ‘Yes!’ Now, onto the next assignment.  You are my center.  I trust You.

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

ARISE Conference in 2 weeks!

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I can’t believe this is actually happening! I have to tell the story of how this conference came to be.

A year ago, a mom friend of mine asked me if I would prayerfully consider writing for her blog once or twice a month on my experiences with motherhood? She had started a blog geared specifically towards moms and was finding other writers to join the team.  I was honored she would ask me and a little insecure about my writing abilities, but with her support I said yes.

It was fun to look back at all of my mommy memories and find God’s hand in them which I could pass on to other moms.  I really loved what she wrote also and her heart for ministry.  I enjoyed getting to know some of the other contributors too.  What a wonderful blessing this was for me.

Well, in September, she contacted me and told me that God was moving her and the team to create a conference just for moms where they could go to be refreshed,encouraged and loved.  We talked about having it in Chicago the following summer.  That news was very cool and exciting.  One or two weeks later, we chatted again.  This time she asked if I was interested in coming to Florida in October?  In October?!?  Wow!  My heart was there, but there wasn’t a feasible way for me to get there.  We began to pray and God made it possible for all of the logistics to fall into place.  The doors kept on opening. It was surreal to be on this journey with my friend whom I have yet to meet face to face. = )  She asked if I would be the worship leader for the event and sing my “Being A Mom” song.  I couldn’t believe it!  Me?  So amazing!

So in two weeks I will be flying over to Florida to be apart of this God-filled event!  There will be Live Streaming as well so moms from around the world can join in!!  Arise Parties are already being started with moms who cannot physically be there.  It will be an incredible evening.  It is hard for me to say that because I can be pretty insecure at times, but this is totally above me and I know it!!  I know God is making all of this happen.  I just need to do my best, be sensitive to His Spirit’s leading and get out of His way so He can bless the moms who attend.

If you would like to know more about it, you can click on this link: NotAloneMom

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Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

CDBaby and Events ~

Things are happening.  I finally put my “Beginnings” cd up on CDBaby.  It is to help fund the album project I am currently working on.  If you want to be apart of helping me fund this project, please purchase this album.  I wanted to make a cheap way for my friends and family to contribute to my ministry.  You can find it here:

Lara Marriott: Beginnings

Thanks so much ~

I also have a few concerts coming up in June and July. I will be singing at the Alameda County Fair June 27th & July 7th with members from our worship band at Centerpointe Pres. Church. We did this last year and had a blast! It will be on the same days as when Tenth Avenue North and Santus Real perform. Kinda making it a Christian, inspirational theme those days. = ) Also July 1st I will be doing a laid back gig at Panama Red in Livermore, CA. Mostly doing cover songs, but some of my own. It is such a great environment to play in.

Ya know, I prayed that God would open the doors to allow me to sing for Him in my community. It has been very cool to watch Him open those doors. Lastly, but not least, our Church band “The Church Crew” = ) will be playing in downtown Pleasanton the 1st Weds of June. We are having our practice tomorrow morning. We have done this I believe two years in a row and just love it! I might even get to sing one or two of my original songs!

So if you are in the area and are free any of those days, I would love to see you hang out a bit. = ) Take care everyone. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes