"I’m Always Here" - Daniel Childs at his best.

This winter, Daniel released a brand new Gospel album called “I’m Always Here”.  This album, produced by long-time friend Luke Yates, came out at a significant moment in Daniel’s life, in which his career took a new turn, and his personal life was blossoming in new ways.

Childs, in this album, sings powerful spiritual ballads such as “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy”, as well as Gospel classics such as “In Time, On Time, Every Time”, all the way to contemporary songs of Worship, such as “Let My Words Be Few”.

As Daniel has stepped off the full-time road and is now seeking his next place of full-time ministry, this is an album that chronicles his beliefs and faith to date.

"I’m Always Here" is a project that is intended to bless you, strengthen you in the Lord, encourage you, and to remind you of the love that your Father has for you.

Pick up your copy today at this link.

Memphis: There’s Something About It

People commonly speak of finding themselves.  Finding themselves somewhere far away.  They had to get alone with themselves.  Away from their lives.  And be alone.  To find who they really are.

For me, that place is not some unknown destination.  Not a foreign land nor a foreign corner of the earth… but simply within the streets of the city where I was born.

I sit right now on the roof of the historic Peabody hotel, surrounded by downtown Memphis.  I’m in a chair that I carried out here, looking out to the west, beholding the loveliest sight, in my opinion, that Tennessee has to offer… the sunset over the Mississippi river.  As it is slowly sinking into the west, it’s casting late-day, early March rays over the resilient waters of the powerful Mississippi river, and a breeze has swept into downtown Memphis… bringing the perfect end to the perfect day.  The bands playing on Beale Street are in distant earshot.

Today was the nicest day I have seen or experienced in years, of which I can remember.  I sat with a dear friend in Overton park.  I ate the finest barbecue lunch Memphis has to offer.  I stood by the Mississippi river.  And I played a piano in what used to be a thriving nightclub atop the Peabody.

Though I consider myself a man of faith, I don’t view myself as a super spiritual guy.  I strongly believe in Jesus and everything that goes along with believing in Him.  But as a spiritual person, I find myself a little more callused.  A little more difficult to deeply move…

But not in Memphis.  Everything I know, and everything I’ve ever known, begins and ends right here.  I feel a spiritual power in this city that I cannot explain.  I feel it in the cemetery where my loved ones, even the ones I didn’t personally know, were laid to rest.  I feel it at the sight of Graceland.  I feel it at Memphis’ Overton park.  I feel it driving down Popular Avenue.  I cannot explain what I feel, other than it is an undeniable sense that there is something more to life than what I am accustomed to knowing. It is a renewed knowledge of facts. That God and Heaven are very real.  That one never truly dies.  That my life has some sort of reason for being.  

I believe that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  Yet, i can’t help but also feel that the spirits of those who have gone on still enrich this place… and I only know this feeling here in Memphis.  My great-grandmother, who most recently left us… it seems as if she is encouraging me to continue on, and to put out the effort to do a better job of being a human.  And my grandfather, who’s footsteps in which I’ve followed… proud of me, and pushing me, maybe, to find what I’m looking for.  And of the singing sensation who I was never able to meet, because he passed before my time… but who’s life, music and presence on this planet were so powerful that it touched and impacted the lives and hearts of millions and generations to come… somehow I can feel him here, too… and if he’s saying anything, it’s to enjoy the ride… to take some time to relax and enjoy this life i’ve been given.  He loved this place, and maybe part of him is still with us in Memphis.

Whether or not these spiritual emotions are entirely real… I know for sure that One Spirit is forever real, and that is the Spirit God has given to us.  Any moment in which I have ever TRULY known peace or TRULY know life; it was Him that revealed it.  And He has sealed my sole to Christ, guaranteeing that when this life and this temporary presence are over, I will live on with Him.

That Spirit, and the Savior who gives it, are all that matters.

Only in Memphis do I find a sense of who I really am.  Only in Memphis do I feel in touch with the spiritual side of life.  Only in Memphis dare I speak of spiritual things that would seem outrageous to speak of anywhere else.  And only in Memphis, these days, do I find a sense of peace.

Peace is a tricky thing in my life.  Whereas my exterior is a portrait of confidence, the interior very much lacks that.  Peace weaves in and out of me, being made known in some areas of my life and heart, but a stranger to some areas of my life and mind.

In Memphis, I was born.  In Memphis, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.  In Memphis, I was baptized.  In Memphis, I have found people who legitimately care about me.  In Memphis, I first experienced a type of love and companionship I had never known… and though it is now gone, I still remember it.  In Memphis, I have experienced some of the best and worst moments of my life.  So my ties to this place are more than organic… it’s some level of power I’m not used to.

In Memphis I can feel the power of every person I’ve ever loved.  My mom, my dad.  All of my grandparents.  Such powerful spiritual people who have influenced me… but today, I finally realize… that I’m one of them.  There’s a reason I experience these feelings here.  This essence place is a part of me, and perhaps I of it.  And I live with power that is not my own, but given to me from Above.  I feel the power when I’m able to pull off a great Spiritual song or testimony on stage.  Or when I fall for a girl and realize that I have so much of me to give to her… though usually, she couldn’t care less.  It’s a blessing to live with power and to see God using it in my life… which I do.  This power is available to everyone, and is only a gift from Above.  Thank you God for your blessings that You give us to help us live.

So, what’s the bottom line?  What am I trying to say in all of this?  I’m trying to say that on this crazy journey of life, I believe that God gives us tools and signs to help us along the way.  And in the light of visiting where I come from and finding another piece of myself here, I realize two things that can benefit everyone.  First, your loved ones that have passed have not completely left you.  Second, that there is ALWAYS reason to continue living, because you are here for a reason.  And you’re never alone.

After I left the Peabody, I hopped music stores in Bartlett, and then retired to my grandparents’ house… a timeless place of constant peace in my crazy life, where I enjoyed conversation with my grandma and relaxing watching television.

I hope that from what I have learned here in Memphis today, you can take some new knowledge with you as well.  There is meaning to life.  I don’t know when I’ll find it.  But I believe that I will, and that we all will.  There is reason to continue living.  There is a reason that our natural instinct is to survive.  And it is divine reasoning.  This life is not an empty journey.  It means something.  That’s what Memphis has taught me.

At last, sweet peace we’ll have finally found.

 

Just wanted to post something encouraging tonight.  I know most of the things I have posted lately have been a little bit on the negative side.  I simply have had a tough and confusing month.

As a Christian entertainer, I’m expected to lift people up, and I strive to do so every night on stage. In Blackwood Legacy, we work hard to be a blessing.  But in my off-stage time, I fight the endless battle of longing to express myself in some way that somehow, somewhere out there will hear/read what I said and say “I know exactly how he feels!  I’ve been there!  Wow, I’m not alone!”.

I guess that’s why I write songs and blog.  It’s because there’s stuff on the inside that just absolutely has to come out.

I posted this song because I love the way Bryan Hutson (one of my biggest influences / friend) sings it.  But tonight, this song has taken on a new meaning for me; because in the midst of feeling a little bit of panic, thrown in with a dosage of uncertainty and lack of confidence… it’s a powerful realization to suddenly know that what this song talks about will one day be our reality, if we believe in and accept Jesus Christ.

I’ve got as many faults as anyone else on earth.  I’m absolutely terrible at managing my financial budget.  I’m horrible at attracting females.  I wear my heart on my sleeve, so I always get crushed.  I have a terrible diet.  I rarely apply discipline to my life.  And these faults sometimes get me quite worried.  But tonight I realized, though it’s important to try to fix these things… in the grand scheme of true reality, is it worth all the worrying?

- No.  It’s not.  Because one day my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has never abandoned me in spite of my faults, in His love and kindness, will rise me up from my grave into peaceful eternity with Him.  Why? - Not because of anything I’ve done… I have already failed.  It’s because of what He has done.  It’s because He loves me.  It is because He is good, and mighty to save.  I’m finally understanding what that means.

So, as you read these lyrics, be mindful that this will one day be your reality, too, if you love and accept Him.  And if you’ve never accepted His gift of salvation, you don’t have to end tonight in that same condition.  You simply tell Him that you repent of your sins (asking His forgiveness), that you’re turning to Him, you believe that He shed His blood for you, you believe that God rose him from the grave, you accept Him, and you ask Him to come into your heart, your life, and save you.  

I Will Rise Up From My Grave

Written by Jack Toney

When my last day has ended, here on earth

And my body is lowered in the dirt

I’ll have no fear; though death now has me bound

For I will rise up from my grave to meet the Lamb


Father, mother

Sister, brother, I will see

They’ll be coming, for they’ve won the victory

And now at last, sweet peace we’ll have finally found

For we have risen from the grave to meet the Lamb

I will rise up to meet Him in the sky

On that homecoming morning, by and by

When the trumpet of God begins to sound

I will rise up from my grave to meet the Lamb

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I hate so much about some of the things I choose to be.  I want to start living right and turn everything around.  But at the same time, I know that I will never be perfect.  So whether I rise or fall… whether I mess up or finally do something right… I have Him to rely on.  He never wavers, even though I waver constantly.

God bless,

Daniel

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I recorded this song on my recent solo album, “Blessed Assurance”, which is available at www.danielchilds.com.

Wisdom for Fools

Why do I write?

I write music for the confused.  For the ones who struggle to fit in with this twisted society.  I write music for the people who know they’re not perfect, and for the people who wrestle with life as they lay in bed at night wishing they could sleep.  I write music for the seekers of God, for the sufferers, and for the guy who can never get the girl he loves to look his way.  I write music for the tired, the frightened, the brave, the failures, the rejected, and the sarcastic citizens of the world.  

How is it that my music is geared toward these types of people?  It’s simple… it’s because this describes me.  I write songs to express myself, and to talk about things that I can’t actually talk about.  Every song I write has a window to some aspect of my mind or heart within it, and is an expression of the things I believe and feel.

In 2010, I recorded an independent album called “Wisdom for Fools”, with the intent of releasing it.  However, I didn’t release it, because without warning, a five-month diversion of my course interrupted my life as I made an eventually regretted move to Florida to take a job that I was not suited for.

I now have good news, though!  As a gesture toward getting everyone excited about new music projects I am working on, I have released “Wisdom For Fools” for download on my website at www.danielchilds.com!

This is a Pop album, and I believe it to be a very good one.  The songs are written thoughtfully, and cover a vast variety of subject matter from my heart.  

Though I classify this music as “Pop”, this album does, however, fit within the genre of Christian music as well because many of the songs have Christian lyrics and meanings.

Most of “Wisdom For Fools” was recorded at my house in Franklin, and some of it was recorded at the church I worked at in Florida.  The guitars on the album were played by myself as well as Cameron Childs.  I played bass and keyboards, as well as did all the vocals.

So, I write this blog entry to pursued you to go to danielchilds.com today and download “Wisdom For Fools” in the online store!  I believe this album will bless you, that the songs will encourage you, and that it’s fun to listen to.

Also in the online store, you can buy “Wisdom for Fools” t-shirts and hoodies.

Above: music video for “Until You Do”, a song from the “Wisdom For Fools” album.

As for future music projects:

I’m already working on two other albums, which is why I strategically released “Wisdom for Fools” at this time in order to get everyone excited about the new music I’m working on, which is sounding even better!

One of the new projects I’m working on is a Christian project called “Carry Me”, and I’m almost finished recording it.  It is sounding better than anything I’ve ever worked on before, and I’m excited about releasing it and selling it at concerts.

I am also in early writing stages for a brand new completely Pop album.  I consider myself more of an Alternative / Pop artist at heart, because when writing Christian music, you have to write within certain perimeters.  With me, there’s simply more to the story.  I have more words about life to share.  And when writing Pop music, I am free to write about whatever I want, including Christian meanings.  And am free to sound however I want.

So, be on the lookout for these future projects!

I want you all to know that I appreciate you, your friendship, and your support of my music.  I encourage you to download “Wisdom For Fools” today and enjoy it!

May God bless you and keep you in His divine care!

- Daniel Childs

"My ship crashed, and I found through my defeat

There is wisdom for fools like me.”

My Anthem of Today

Oh, Come, Angel Band

Jefferson Pascall


My latest sun is sinking fast

My race is nearly run

My strongest trials now are past,

My triumph has begun.

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I know I’m near the holy ranks

Of friends and kindred dear

I hear the waves on Jordan’s banks

The crossing must be near.

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Oh, come, angel band

Come and around me stand

Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings 

To my eternal home

Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings

To my eternal home

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I’ve almost reached my Heavenly home

My spirit loudly sings

The holy ones, behold, they come

I hear the noise of wings.

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Oh bear my longing heart to Him

Who bled and died for me

Whos blood now clenses from all sin

And gives me victory.

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Oh, come, angel band

Come and around me stand

Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings 

To my eternal home

Oh, bear me away on your snowy wings

To my eternal home


Such a powerful song.  These words give me chills.  I can’t think of a song that better speaks to me about where I am in life right now.  A lot of changes are taking place… but everything is for the better.  I am living in Tennessee again.  I’m on the road singing again.  Things are really looking up.
Today I’m a little sick.  May have caught a stomach bug.  But I cling to what the first verse of this song says… “my strongest trials now are past, my triumph has begun”.
And in times of worry or times of doubt, I cling to the lyrics in the fourth verse (which I made bold) that say “Oh, bear my longing heart to Him, who bled and died for me; whose blood now cleanses from all sin, and gives me victory.”
I am finally starting to find victory in my life.  It has been a long road to get here, and I have made a ton of mistakes.  I am not completely the person I need to be yet, but for once, I can say that I think I’m finally heading in the right direction.
Seek God’s will in your life.  It’s the only path to peace.

If you like the song lyrics I posted check out an older Gaither Vocal Band album called “Homecoming”.  It has a lot of cool guest appearances on it and some really sweet songs.  I’ve been enjoying it a lot lately.

Thanks for reading and for your support.  May God bless you all.

By the way, here’s a peak at what is to come…. click here.










The Voice Of Truth

Screams.  The inside can scream things at us.  We can tell it to be quiet and leave us alone, but that doesn’t change the fact that worries try to plague our minds, especially when we are the most vulnerable.

But this is not the voice we should be listening to.  The voice of condemnation always doubts, always terrifies, and always stresses.

But there is another voice, the one that you feel in the pit of your heart.  The Voice of Truth.  

Like many Americans in today’s world, I hear many voices calling out to me.  You’re not alone in the struggle.  We all deal with it at some time or another.  In these times, I want to learn to listen to the Voice of Truth.

"But of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen to and believe the Voice of Truth"… the voice of Jesus Christ is what these Casting Crowns lyrics speak of. This voice assures us that we are His own.

Check out this song.  I hope that it will mean to you what it means to me.

This song calls out to me at a time when I don’t know how to feel, and reminds me of a truth that is available to us all, even when we are confused, hurt, or afraid.  My friends, I challenge you to listen to the Voice of Truth today.

"The Voice of Truth"

By: Casting Crowns

Oh,what I would do to have
the kind of faith it takes 
To climb out of this boat I’m in 
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown 
Where Jesus is, 
And he’s holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name 
and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times 
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me 
time and time again
"Boy, you’ll never win, 
You’ll never win.”

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
and the Voice of truth says “this is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

Oh, what I would do 
to have the kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant 
with just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound 
of a thousand warriors 
shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out 
my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times 
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me 
time and time again
"Boy you’ll never win, 
you’ll never win.”

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!”
and the Voice of truth says “this is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

But the stone was just the right size
to put the giant on the ground
and the waves they don’t seem so high
from on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
singing over me

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story 
The Voice of truth says “do not be afraid!” 
And the Voice of truth says “this is for my glory” 
Out of all the voices calling out to me (calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe (I will choose to listen and believe)
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe 
'Cause Jesus you are the Voice of truth

Changing

YOU FALL APART AND THEN YOU STOP” - SAOSIN

Change… good?  bad?  I think it can be both sometimes.

I’ve been alive 24 years and have experienced a life of continual change from one stage of life to the next.  Nothing ever seems to stay the same.  Life goes into different chapters and periods at frequent rates.  Somehow though, I persist.  Not on my own strength.

For the first time in a long time, I can say that I am experiencing good changes.  Changes in me.  I have been in Florida three months now, and have gone through periods of about every normal emotional range there is, all over the emotional scale.  There has been a ton of adjustment involved in this process, because I had to get used to several things, including being on a church staff full-time.  Now that I am used to it, I really like it.

I’ve also had to adapt to the huge change in my daily life.  This is my first time to ever live apart from my family and not be able to see them on a weekly basis.  It’s my first time to ever live outside of Tennessee.  It’s my first time to ever have my own apartment.  And there are many, many more firsts that go along with it…

My first two months here, I worked hard but it was ultimately an adjustment period.  But now that I’m settled in and getting focused, I am seeing positive changes in me from the inside.

I think God is grooming me for something.  I notice myself becoming more mature.  My thoughts becoming more adult and less scattered.  My words becoming more sincere and less foolish.  My friendships becoming more meaningful and less casual.  My demeanor becoming more confident and less timid.  Thickening my skin and being less prone to fear of spoken word.

God has so obviously been doing a work within me, without me even knowing it, until now.  And I am so glad to be changing in good ways.  Saying “no” to things I used to say “yes” to.  Coping with things I used to complain about.  Learning to put my ego aside and look at things from a more logical standpoint (that’s a REALLY tough one for me at times).

I say this not to pat myself on the back.  I say this to show that when you can’t feel God working in your life… HE IS.  People were telling me in my first couple months here, “God’s working in your life, man”.  But I couldn’t see it… couldn’t feel it.  But now, I can see it.  And it’s not me.  It’s all Him.  And I’m ready to feel it.  I want to grow in my faith now.

So that’s where I’m at in my walk right now.  Changing.  Check out this song from Saosin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0ZAGNW8ShE&feature=related

God bless you all,

Daniel

My Roots

Wow.  This singing takes me back.  THIS is the kind of singing that influenced me early on.  Michael English.  Mark Lowry.  And my dad, Andy Childs.

My dad was a country music artist when I was growing up.  He had records out on RCA and Warner Brothers, and also wrote songs for EMI and Windswept.  But the music he sang that touched me most was not the music on the albums he had out.  It was the music he would play at his oldies rock ‘n roll shows… and also the Gospel music that he would sing at Central Church in Memphis.  My dad could deliver a Gospel song with the same type of powerful, earth-shaking style vocals that Michael English has sung with for years and years.

Michael English is a voice that I grew up with.  On the above video I posted, Michael sings the second verse to “He Came Down to My Level”.  Just hearing his voice takes me back to being a young boy at church in Memphis.  Michael was the original singer (other than my dad) who inspired me.  His self-titled debut solo album has been a life-long favorite, and I have always loved his work with the Gaither Vocal Band, especially from the “Southern Classics Volume One” album… and all the other albums he was on.

To me, Michael is so much more than a great Gospel singer.  Michael is a historic icon in my life.  In the world I grew up in, he was a household name.  And his amazing voice is a constant that has been with me my entire life.

I love great Gospel singing more than I love a warm, pepperoni pizza.  Gospel singing is an amazing thing because it’s not about production nor instrumental musicianship.  It’s all about singing, and it’s all about Christ.

For those who don’t know, I come from a family who is very famous in the Gospel music world.  My great-grandfather, Roy Blackwood started a quartet called the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in the year 1934, and they have become one of the most famous quartets of all time.  My grandfather, Cecil Blackwood joined the group in 1954 and stayed until his passing in the year 2000.  Eight years later, I joined my uncle Mark Blackwood in carrying on grandpa’s singing legacy for a while.

So, not only is Gospel music a passion for me, it is literally in my blood.  I grew up hearing my dad, my grandfather, and Michael English sing Gospel music… and it has always been a heart-wrenching passion… a passion that I wasn’t even aware of until two years ago when I realized I wanted to sing Gospel.

And so, I traveled with a couple groups…the Blackwood Gospel Quartet, The Toney Brothers, and others. Had my day in the sun.  Here’s a clip from those days…

And so it goes.  Gospel music continues to bless people everywhere.  Hundreds of quartets, trios and soloists travel the nation full-time being a blessing to audiences by allowing God to work through them as they sing and witness.  Once a year, they all come together at National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY… a week that most Gospel singers live for.  It’s a great time to meet and chat with other singers, and fans, and to perform.

Now, I am working on the other end of the spectrum, being on staff at a church full-time, focusing on leading Worship.  It’s interesting how life takes us different places.

However, my days of singing Gospel will never be over.  I recently released a solo “Gospel Favorites” album, featuring me singing many of the old classics, like “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy”, and “Glory Road”.

I hope you’ll take a moment to go to my website, www.danielchilds.com and place an order for your copy today!

Okay, enough with my blabbering.  Anyway, if you weren’t familiar with Gospel music and read this, I encourage you to check out the following groups, if you liked these videos…

Gaither Vocal Band

Ernie Hasse and Signature Sound

Brian Free and Assurance

The Kingsmen (who didn’t hire me but should have)

Gold City

Statement of Faith Trio (good friends of mine)

Karen Peck and New River

May God bless you all, and thank you for letting me share my heart today.

Daniel 

Sleepers

Am I groggy from a physical period of extensive rest, or am I just emotionally drained?  I don’t know.  But for whatever reason, on my day off yesterday, I slept nearly the entire day.

            I guess sometimes when we have been extremely busy, and finally have a day in which we have nothing to do, life catches up to us, and… boom.  We pass out. 

            So I’m back in the office today and ready to work hard this week in all aspects of ministry.  But this place; this day… is far more than a job.  It is more than a set of week-to-week responsibilities to be taken care of and goals to be met.  I’ve got to remember that every step made here at the church is a step toward furthering the Kingdom of God.  Everything from the food that is prepared for the people in attendance on Friday nights at Celebrate Recovery, to the selection and preparation of Sunday’s Worship music, to the scheduling of volunteers to work our special events…. These things, on the surface, can seem so small.  And if I’m not careful, they seem to be chores to mark off on the list of things to do.

            However, my thinking is all wrong.  The reality is that each step that is taken here at the church is a step toward God’s Kingdom.  Think about it… whether we are feeding the needy, leading Worship for the broken hearted, or working for an event to draw new people into our church body… these are the steps of Christ.  Each step that seems so small and little known is really a giant leap for the furthering of the Kingdom of God.

            It is time to wake our sleeping minds.  With the busy bustle of the fall, I’m sure many of us are looking at each step with the wrong mindset, like I have been lately… as just another chore to accomplish.  But we are SO WRONG.  When we wake up our minds to the reality of doing God’s work, that is when we realize that every little move we make is an important leap of ministry in this body of Christ.

            So starting today, I commit to watching the little moves I make, remembering the big picture, and understanding that these steps in ministry are giant leaps for the furthering of the Kingdom of God.  I hope you will join me in this commitment, because if we are united, there is no limit to what God will do through this ministry!

I may mess up at some point, like I always do, but I am 100% ready to commit to this and to improve my approach to God’s Kingdom.  That’s a start.  As an imperfect person, I have my doubts and fears… but Jesus stands ready to lift those things away from us.

            It’s time to wake up our sleeping minds, grab a shovel, and get to work in the harvest.  In whatever area you’re called to labor, just know that little is much when God is in it.  Your small steps are giant leaps.  My friends, let’s wake up.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 (English Standard Version)