Merry Christmas everybody!!!
God has been very good to me this year. Thinking back over 2014, the year began with a trial that caused me to have to step out in faith. I had been saving money to make a new CD and had just reached that mark and was talking about what songs I’d like to record when I got a call from the Keystone Family Restaurant in Waynesboro, PA saying they were willing to have me perform at their venue. The catch…I need to have have my own sound equipment. The date that was offered was just 30 days away and I would have to buy equipment, learn to use it, and prepare 60 minutes more music (2 hours worth) all in that 30 day period along with giving up the opportunity to have a new CD which many of you were asking for. Needless to say, I bought the equipment and have since had an additional concert at Keystone and they have booked me for two more next year! As it turned out, God sent an angel to that exact concert and I was contacted a month after the concert by an attendee who had prayed and gotten the message from God that she should support my ministry. The amount he/she gifted me was exactly the amount I spent on equipment! What a great lesson learned. I know they don’t always have endings like that but it was a great faith booster!!!
In May, I was invited to sing at Smithsburg Days. It was a great opportunity for me and my Dad to just do a set of Country Music songs and duets. A nice change to be able to do the country music as well.
July found me singing once again at the Morning Star Singers annual Gospel Sing which is always a blessing to participate in and then competing in the 2014 Country Showdown where I was awarded the title of “Local Winner” with a chance to move on and possibly sing on the Ryman stage in Nashville, TN. Unfortunately I did not make it through the next level but I am aware that everything happens in God’s time and this was not the right time to have that happen in my life!
September brought me back to the Keystone Family Restaurant for another sold-out concert and they have now made the decision to move me to their larger room (more blessings)!
October brought about a concert at Ivy Hill Farm in Smithsburg MD. It was a cold day but everyone bundled up and we had a good time. Yet another time we needed to use that equipment bought at the beginning of the year!
God has been so good to me in 2014 and He has grown my ministry of His message in song. I am so blessed! I am now back to choosing my songs and will be going in the studio in early 2015 to record a new gospel CD. Hopefully by the end of 2015, I will have new music for those of you that have waited so patiently!!
I hope you all have had a blessed year with friends and family and that you keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart always! Be a blessing to someone, encourage others and let your light shine for Jesus…He’s the reason for the season!!