YouCaring.com

In the last 12 months I’ve been blessed to meet some incredible people.  Matt Wolcott invited me along on a video shoot in Redding, CA, where I met Luke Miner, who was being interviewed by Blair Reynolds from On The Beam.

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Luke (red shirt) is one of those amazing individuals with wisdom far, far beyond his years. At the age of 20, he is co-founder of the already 4th largest crowd-funding website, YouCaring.com.  He began this adventure just a couple years ago when he was 18!

I listened to Luke’s story about failure and resilience, and his motivation to help people.

Sadly, the reason his site comes to mind today is that a very dear friend of mine had a death in the family last night, and one of the services that YouCaring.com provides is a campaign to raise memorial expenses.

Click Below to contribute to this campaign, and please help this family: http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/bucks-for-brandon/182092

As you’ll see YouCaring.com is also a great way for people to raise funds for many other needs and endeavors, including mission trips, so keep that in mind in case you know of a missionary who’s trying to fundraise.

Have a blessed weekend!

 

Love,

Lenn

Late Night

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My Dad being here for a couple weeks reminds me of this poem he used to quote when I was growing up:

Heights by great men, reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight

But they, while their companions slept

Were toiling upward in the night — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tonight my late night toil is the rehearsing of a riff on the ukulele. I’ll be recording it this coming weekend, on a studio remake of one of my tunes, My Father’s House. Thanks Karen, for letting me use this beautiful tenor instrument.

Must sleep, though, now. Savage workout in 7 hours. Tomorrow is day 40 of my 90-day challenge. Building me a 6-pack. It’s built, just gotta lure it into view.

Much love, and goodnight.

 

 

Live From The Living Room: Holy and Anointed One

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Photo by Chrissy Green

I just posted a video in the Live From The Living Room series, a cover of the song Holy and Anointed One.

Bethany Palacios is about to embark on a missional journey through YWAM (Youth With A Mission). In preparation for that, she hosted a worship night fundraiser, and I was invited to lead this song. Thank you Aimee Palacios and Andy Nita for the invitation.

My next song in the Living Room series is going to be Trust and Obey, an old hymn that Sarine reminded me about. In fact, that’s the song I intended to record when I fired up the machines, but this song was in my spirit and I couldn’t seem to move on until I had expressed it.

Chrissy, thanks for the company.

Mother’s Day 2014

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Photo by Darlene Taylor

What a treat to lead worship at Coast Hills Community Church on Mother’s Day, with my mom present! That was a gift.

Also a gift was the incredible team of musicians with whom I collaborated today: Petra Bolton(Vocals), Marci Ehrhart(Vocal and piano), Becky George(Vocals), Jeff Olsen (sound), Rhonda Fabreth (AV), Shasta Ehrhart (Electric bass), Kohler Johnson (Cello), Brennan Ranche (Acoustic Guitar), Matt Silver (Drums/Percussion).

Last night (Saturday) I played bass at the Salem Vineyard Church and I had to leave before everything was done. Thanks for the invite, Michael. I have grown very quickly fond of that part of the family. I wanted to get back home because it was 9:30 and they were still going and I had my parents with me, plus I needed to be up at 7 the next morningso I could be in Mac for 8:30 rehearsal.

I snuck off-stage, exited through the back hallway and pulled the car around to the front to pick up mom and dad. Then I thought I’d say bye to Chrissy and her friends since they had shown up at my invitation. So I ducked in to do that and was just coming back to the car when the resident crazy prophetic guy stopped me.

He said, “may I pray with you?” Then he proceeded to speak things over me that only the Holy Spirit could be feeding him. He talked about my past hurts and promised victories and he assured me that what God is about to reveal and exalt in my life is even bigger than I hoped.

Now here’s the thing. There is power in the tongue, and I don’t care if it’s a stranger, when someone speaks empowerment to your destiny, soak that up and keep it in a safe place. Somebody, sooner or later will try to tell you what you can’t do, what you’re not, what you don’t have and who you’ll never be.

So when a messenger speaks life into your dreams and your destiny, I say take a minute to really receive it. Own it, and let it change the way you walk. Here’s to you, brother T, I truly appreciate your words and the spirit in which they were offered.

Now I am going to get some rest and let my mind and body recharge for the week ahead.

To all the women who will read this, whether on Mother’s Day or any other day, to every Mother, every sister and daughter, every wife, girlfriend, “just-friend”, or friend, you are so important, so valuable, so necessary.

We wouldn’t get far without you. Just like brother T, you are the constant encouragers. You compassionately demonstrate the truth in this saying: “In the heart of every man, there is a prince and a beggar. The one you speak to will respond.”

Thank you all! Happy Mother’s Day!

Wings

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Photo by Anthony DiRocco

 

Years ago when I lived in Los Angeles,  I wrote this song, “Wings,” on a particularly difficult Monday morning.

It’s about weariness and renewal, a cycle I’ve observed in my own life and I’ll wager you’ve seen in yours. You get to the end of your rope, pretty sure you can’t go any further, then you look up and you’re still standing, still moving forward, still pushing toward the goal line.

Sometimes weariness is a blessing because only when we are too weak to work, too weak to walk, too weak to do anything BUT wait…Then and only then we finally wait on the Lord and get our strength renewed. Doesn’t have to be that way, just seems it’s that way far more often than not.

With the collaboration of my friend General ( and by collaboration I mean continuous creative and philosophical disagreement),  and with the expert engineering of Producer JD at Pyrate Llama Recording Studios in Sheridan OR, we arranged and recorded this tune. I like the result. I really like it.

Chrissy inspired the bridge. She was writing a piece of poetry a couple months ago, and when she showed it to me, it took root and became the bridge .

We hope to have the song ready for you to hear by the end of May, and in the meantime I just wanted to let you know it’s coming, and it’s worth the wait.

Here’s the guitar track:

Stay tuned for more brilliant photography from Anthony DiRocco, and the completion of the song production.

Have a spectacular day!

 

Lenn

By the riverside

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Hi guys!  How are you? Life is grand! Hope you are feeling the same! We are having amazing weather in Oregon right now!

As part of a marketing adventure that I’m on right now, I make many phone calls each day. Yesterday it occurred to me to take the list of numbers and go make my calls by the river. So that was my office for the afternoon yesterday. Today I worked outside again, by the railroad tracks. I love it that the world is my office and I’m listening to birdsong, taking in the deep rich fragrance of freshly milled oak, while I connect with amazing people, every so often glancing up at the spectacular foreground of field and mountain. I mean, really, this is my life!!!

Got a lot going on right now. “Wings” is coming along, now has acoustic guitar, vocals,  and drums.  Bass goes in on Saturday. Speaking of bass, I’ve been playing bass a lot lately, and several times at the Salem Vineyard Church. Cool people.

My creativity seems to be on the rise, maybe the result of participating in several things at once, but there’s definitely an energy rising. You know what, there’s a definiteness of purpose that’s distilling for me. Not writing music still, though. Not yet. It comes and goes. When I was newer at songwriting I would panic because I thought that meant I would never write again. I thought God had become displeased with my use or non-use of the talent and had taken it from me.

I’ve been talking about God a lot more of late, and that’s because I’ve been talking TO God a lot more of late.

I’ve also been meeting the most amazing people on the phone. I really just treasure the incredible people that are coming into my life, every bit as precious to me as you faithful ones who have been here for years and even decades. You have been so kind to me.

I’m actually leading worship at church next weekend, on Mother’s Day, with my mom there! That’s never happened, and yes, I’m going to lead this time, not from the bass, from the front. I’m actually very excited about it, and looking forward to it.

That means I must go offline now and begin charting the music for that worship time so I can get it out to the amazing musicians with whom I’ll be collaborating: Kohler Johnson on Cello, Marci Erhart on vocals, Petra Bolton on vocals, Becky George on vocals. I’m hoping to get a yes from Brennan Ranche for guitar and that would round it out for the team.