Random and So fun!

This past Friday, my friend and co-worship leader, Christine and her husband Abraham met me at our church to have fun recording a cover song called, “No Matter How Long It Takes.”  We have led it at church a few times and it really ministered to us.  I thought that they would come with like one, maybe two mics, and one video camera.  I was a little nervous because I don’t like to be video-taped normally, but was pretty chill about the whole thing.  Then they came in with a huge set up of cameras, mics, and a computer. Oh my! My heart started to beat a little bit faster than “chill.” lol!  Plus, I always get nervous about my piano playing since there are SO MANY other amazing pianists out there.  Okay, yes I was being selfishly insecure!

However, we had so much fun doing what we all love to do!!!  Plus, I had the privilege of getting to know Abraham better since we’ve only met in passing.  It took a couple of hours to do, but time flies by with good friends and good company!

Here is the video we did of the worship cover song, “No Matter How Long It Takes.”  I hope it moves you too:

 

No Matter How Long It Takes – Cover

 

Christine and I

What’s New?

I cannot believe it has been over a year since I’ve written a blog post.  Blogging seems so “old school” now a days since everyone is constantly on social media talking about a mile a minute back and forth.  I’m sorry about that.  It’s been 15 years since I first started blogging, when a mommy friend introduced me to the latest way of communication.  Now it is almost a lost art form.  lol.

Well, I am excited to say that my producer has the vocal stems to 7 of the 13 songs on my next worship album and is chipping away at each song one by one.  This is a pain staking process for him, but I know I will be blown away by how he puts everything together!  This album has really been a testing of my faith and patience.  I’ve had to continually release the outcome to the Lord over and over again and still do.

We thought that since I wasn’t able to raise enough money for the rest of the album, we would just release an EP of the 7 songs that were fully funded, but recently I realized how important it was for all 13 song to stay together.  They completely tell the story of who God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are and what the gospel message is saying to all of humanity.  They all reveal God’s love and His heart.  I still don’t have the money needed, but I am trusting that the Lord will provide the rest if He wants the same thing I am wanting.  It truly is up to Him.  If you remember, please pray for His provision and His direction.  I want His will to be done for His glory and work alone.  Thank you!

In the meantime, I wait, I pray, and I sing!  I have started to lead “Worship Times” every Monday at 3pm p/t on my Facebook page.  I also am sharing the songs on the album and new songs I have been writing there and on Periscope.  I know you’re asking “Periscope? Is it still around?” lol!  You know what?  It is! And I still really love it.  I love connecting with the world and having conversations. Periscopians are so used to conversing with one another, more so than on Facebook or anywhere else it seems.  So I am back on Periscope sharing songs and also reading the Bible from beginning to end.  I started that this week and we are already on the 10th Chapter of Genesis.  I read and we discuss what is going on and what stands out to us.  It has been a lot of fun!

So there you go.  That is what has been happening in parts of my world lately. =)  Please join me over on my social media platforms to stay up to date and connected.  Hopefully, I will get back into the habit of writing posts on my website.  I’ve actually enjoyed typing this out tonight.  It has been very cathartic.  Anyway, blessings to you.  Talk soon.

Lara~

My Next Worship Album Project!!

So it’s happening!  After 6 years of being quiet, God has opened the doors to record another worship album full of songs I’ve written and cowritten with other great songwriters.  40+ people have stepped up to partner with me in funding this project!  We’ve raised enough money for production on 3 songs so far, but we have a long ways to go.  Would you consider joining me and donating to this album?  I can’t do this with out you!  There are a few ways you can give: by using SongBird@hotmail.com you can give through PayPal and Venmo or you can click on my GoFundMe campaign to give: http://www.gofundme.com/laramarriottworshipalbum 

Anyone who is able to give $30.00 or more will be sent a signed copy of the album when it is done (you’ll just have to provide your email address) If there is someone (in the USA) who can donate $5,000 or more, I will do a full concert for free! =)

I know God is going to provide because He is already moving in powerful ways through this whole thing.  I am planning to share this music wherever God wants me to go.  Exciting times I tell ya!

Thank you for reading this blog post and watching the video for more detail and to listen to the first song my producer, Jeff Bohannon from http://www.jbomusicproductions.com

Blessings,

Lara~

NEW Original Worship Song!

Hey everyone,  so many things are happening, I have been bad not blogging for quite a while.  However, I just had to share this new worship song I co-wrote with Branon Dempsey and Holland Davis called, “I Call Your Name.”  Please feel free to share it in your churches.  This song will also be on my upcoming full length album that is in the works.  If you’d like to join the team behind this album project, you can donate by clicking the link below for my GoFundMe page.  It’s going to take a village of God’s people.  We can do this together for the Kingdom.  http://www.gofundme.com/laramarriottworshipalbum    Anyone who is able to give $30.00 or more will receive a signed copy when it’s out.

Many blessings to you.  I pray this song blesses and ministers to you like it has ministered to me.

Lara~

Where Is Joy?

Why is it when Christmas rolls around, life gets out of control?  It is suppose to be a wonderful time of cookie baking, Christmas shopping, tree picking, party going, Christmas light gazing, family gathering, and church going, right?  Yet, in-between all of those things, sometimes we deal with sickness, deadlines, financial difficulties, deaths, bickering, whining, loneliness, needing a vacation from the vacation.  Where in the world are we suppose to find joy in all of the mess?

I’ve found myself asking that very question this year.  Whenever I planned out my week, things changed and threw me into a forced decision; either I take the red pill of frustration and anger or the blue pill of calm and collected responses to life’s curve balls being thrown at me from all directions.

Normally, my default response is anger and frustration, but I don’t want to be that way this season.  So how do I change?  I need to find true joy!

The thing is, I know I can never find it from the world.  It is impossible.  The world only offers temporary gratification, like a box of Sees Chocolates. =) I don’t want to chase down happiness in empty promises anymore. I want the real deal.

Deep down I know it comes from keeping my eyes on Jesus.  That is the only way I have ever felt true joy in the past.  When I stop looking at Jesus, my mind returns back to the chaos and I take the red pill.  So I am making it my goal this Christmas to get my eyes back onto my relationship with Jesus.  He is so loving and such a great companion.  He has never been unfaithful to me.  I know He has all of the solutions to every conflict I face.  He needs to become my number one priority again.  I don’t know if you can relate to the same struggle I am having.  If you are, let’s pray that God will help us get our eyes off of our problems and onto His love.  As my pastor said, we receive joy from the Holy Spirit’s outpouring of joy over our lives.  We don’t create it, it is poured over us.  Plus, there is so much to be grateful for.  Pray that we counter negative thoughts with thankfulness instead.

I am thankful for being able to serve my family.  I am thankful I was able to sit and watch a show with my teenage kids.  I am thankful that I saw God’s faithfulness and grace today.  I am thankful for a loving husband and loving children who love Jesus.  The list goes on…What is your list?

Lara~

This Christmas ~

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I drew this on an airplane, flying up to the Northwest last year.  I don’t remember what it was that inspired me to pen this picture, but I just happened upon it today as I perused through my pictures and it was ironic how timely remembering such a beautiful memory was for me this Christmas.  Advent has been about unpacking the concepts of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace and how they came to us through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

My life has been jam-packed with four jobs, as a Worship Pastor, voice and piano instructor with 20 students, singer/songwriter, and a care-taker for my in-laws.  Because I have rarely had enough margin to rebound, I had lost the excitement of celebrating Christmas; until today.

Today, I sat down to listen to Christmas music as I planned out my Christmas Eve worship set.  As I listened, my heart softened in remembrance of how much God’s love was for me and my family.  “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You,” “O Holy Night,” “O Come All Ye Faithful.”  The lyrics in these songs have been carried from one generation to the next over hundreds of years, reminding us of the true promise of Christmas.   It is not about the Christmas parties, or the gifts that we must buy for everyone on our list, or the acts of service we participate in; it’s about how God reached down to His creation by sending His only son, Jesus as a baby, fully God and fully human, to be the redeeming sacrifice for our sin, and to rescue us from the chains of darkness that constantly entangle us, offering eternal life with Him.  When we think about it, why would we ever want to be separated from our Father?  Wouldn’t we want to be in His loving arms forever?

So, as I looked at this picture, I saw the gifts of the Spirit pouring down to a surrendered heart.  I saw an exchange taking place, a broken heart for Joy, Peace, Grace, Hope, Love, Forgiveness, Mercy, and Faith.  What an exchange!!  Let’s not forget about the real reason for the Christmas season and let all of the frustrations, sadness, uncertainties, sin, busyness be put to the side, so that we can be filled with the love of Jesus.

Lara~

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