Worship Brings Healing

Worship has little to with music and a lot to do with our attitude and heart.

Numerous times in the Bible we see that people were healed emotionally, physically and spiritually after they worshipped God.  Why? When we worship we:

1.) Acknowledge our trust in God.

2.) Acknowledge God as our Creator of our body and healer.

3.) Thanking Him for all He has done and is doing.

4.) Humbling ourselves and showing respect to Him.

5. ) Builds intimacy and right relationship with God.

6.) Cleanses us- scientifically proven to release toxins in our body.

7.) Obedience to God, which brings blessing and favor

In Matthew 8:1, Mark 1:40 and Luke 12 & 13 we see how this one man sought healing from Jesus and it says he worshiped Jesus first.   The Greek word Proskueno used here for worship means to bow down and blow a kiss.   This man bowed to Jesus showing reverence, respect, humility and acknowledged who Jesus is.  He didn’t break out in a worship song, He bowed to Jesus.  Worship is an outward expression of how we inwardly think of God.   A public display of affection for our love and gratitude for God  and who He is, as our healer.    What healing do you need in your life today?  Worship God iw th all your soul, mind and strength.  It is a journey. God can only be faithful to those who love Him.

The Word

Each morning when I read, drink my coffee and watch all the birds…creation, it always bring me back to thanking God for His beautiful creation. Then I get to thinking about deep topics like: Creation vs. Big Bang Theory.

Have any of you ever thought that they could be one in the same? Secular scientists suggest that Big Bang Theory is different than creation that they are two different things. I’m not going to even bring up evolution because Darwin himself just thought it was a theory and didn’t even believe it.

Being a vocal coach, I see how powerful the voice is and have studied how God created this wonderful instrument through breath. No sound happens without breath. Impossible. Also I’ve studied the power of God’s voice and his breath of life in each living thing. Also each living things has a frequency to show His voice is there from when He spoke everything into existence. Even essential oils from plants have a specific frequency and each part of the body has a different frequency, power of prayer has a positive frequency impact on our health…put all that together and it dramatically jealous our health. God made all of that with His voice. Science proves this.

Disclaimer, I’m not a scientist but in my spirit, I feel that if in the book of Genesis it is written that God spoke everything into existence. The sound of His voice, brought form to this world, hung the stars and called them each by name all in 7 days. All throughout the Bible it talks about how powerful God’s voice is. We read that it can make mountains tremble and so much more. So…what if when God spoke everything into motion at that moment that is when the “Big Bang Theory” happened. God created even that theory that scientists have come up with in trying to figure out all He created. As I study the voice and essential oils through science it keeps pointing me back to the fact that God is so much bigger than “science” because He created it all because He loves us so much.

“By the Word of the Lord, the heavens were made.
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For He spoke and it was done.”
Psalm 33:2-6

God is the original scientist and creator. We will never know all the answers to science until we get to heaven but we probably won’t care about it then because we get to have time at His feet. Kind of a deep post…but I just marvel at God’s creation.

“In the beginning was the Word.”

Have a blessed day!


A Hallelujah Heart

The word Hallelujah is often considered the language of heaven. Why? What does the word Hallelujah mean?

God is so good, so merciful, so kind, so gracious and so loving that all the praise of our lifetime is not enough for all He has done for us. Hallelujah!

Without getting into a deep course in Hebrew in brief it means to boast of praise to Yah. Praise to God. An expression of worship and rejoicing. God be praised.

Why is this so important to God? Thankfulness is a language of love from us to God. It is a choice. It is an attitude. It is a mindset. It shows our heart to God.

Even if we see negative situations all around us, don’t deny they exist, instead thank God that He is in control even if we can’t see it. Instead of trying to be in control of everything , focus on God. This shows God that we trust Him Him completely. Plus it puts the situation out of our hands and soley into God’s hand. Do all that you can do, then stand on God’s promises. God can only be faithful.

When we are thankful God shows us one way of expressing our gratitude is to sing out the praise to His name. Hallelujah is the word to do that. It is the language of heaven and can be the language of our heart if we have an attitude of gratitude. A life of praise becomes a life filled with miracles. Why?

Worship connects us to the heart of God. When we communicate a thankful heart towards Him it makes Him smile. Think about a parent who does something nice for their child…the face of the parent lights up when the child says thank you on their own. God loves to hear us say thank you too. 🙂

He is our creator, provider, healer, comforter, father, friend and so much more. He is constant. He is Yahweh, the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves us more than our minds can imagine!

He showers us with countless blessings each day. If we are focused on Him, our eyes will be opened to see all these blessings He showers us with daily. Too often we are focused on the circumstances of the day and miss seeing what He has done for us so graciously. Keeping our eyes fixed on Him keeps us in the attitude of gratitude and we will begin to see all He does in our lives. Not because He then begins to give us these blessings, just because our eyes are finally open and focus adjusted to see them.



Practice Does Not Make Perfect

So… the old saying “practice makes perfect”, I firmly believe to be false.  Why? No one on earth is perfect.  Why put the pressure on ourselves to be something we can never achieve.   This phrase is the cause of perfectionism in musicians.  I’ve heard so many teachers and parents tell say this, it makes me cringe.  Until 15 years ago I thought being a perfectionist was a good thing.  My producer started teaching me why it wasn’t a good thing.

As a musician I know striving for perfection leaves musicians always longing for more and never being satisfied.  It also has us comparing ourselves with our favorite artist. You feel that your music is always lacking something.   The phrase that we should adopt is, “practice makes permanent”.  We do need to practice our craft and be diligent at the task God has given us to do and to the best of our ability.  We need to learn to stop comparing ourselves to others and realize that God created us to do something very specific that no one else can do.  If we try to be like someone else, we might miss or delay what God has created us to do. Relax in who you are!

The only perfect person on the earth was Jesus.  None of us are Him, so our music or are craft will never be “perfect”.  We can come close to it, bu never attain it.  So that should help us all relax a little as to not feel that burden any longer.  God doesn’t want us to be burdened.  He does wants us to strive for excellence.  God is very much into details.  Look at how detailed the instructions were for the building of the temple for an example.

Let’s dig deeper…If we can somehow be perfect in certain areas, we will be satisfied with ourselves and not have a need for God.  If we feel that our performance at work, home or on stage are perfect and that we fill that emptiness that only God is big enough to fill, then we have replaced God.  Our perfect performance mentality becomes our god, which is idolatry.  We then base our identity  on our performance instead of who we are in Christ.   What’s the problem with that?

Well, besides the fact that God tells us to keep Him first, He didn’t design us to fill that emptiness with performance based things, that we are to fill with God.  We can never be good enough on our own.  We need Christ.  The main issue is that we are not perfect and we will fail.  We are human.  If our identity is based on our “perfect” performances, we will always feel we don’t measure up and not accepted.  We will feel that we have failed.   We cannot worship our own good words.  God left a huge space to fill in our lives to worship Him not ourselves.  Worshiping anything else doesn’t fill that God sized void.

So how do we stop the perfectionist mentality? By placing focus on pleasing God and worship Him.  Trust Him and thank Him for all things.  Let God have control of life.   Surrender.   He doesn’t look for a perfect person, He looks for a faithful person who loves and seeks Him with all their heart.   God works through the humble, not the proud.  Look at the life of David for an example.  He messed up, but His heart was loyal to God.   In Acts, God said that David was a man after His own heart.  Wow!

Jesus died for us so that when God looks at us, He sees perfection.  When we try to have our identity in our performance essentially we say Jesus died in vain.  We are attempting to do what only Jesus could do for us.

I teach my students that we should strive for excellence.  Practice is to make consistent performance habits on stage and have fun doing it.  Our work is our worship.  If we consistently work hard and work unto the Lord, He is pleased with our loyal and faithful heart that seek to please Him.  That takes the pressure off of us and allows God to move in our hearts and to use us to reach others.  Also when we place our focus on God and pleasing Him, suddenly our problems vanish.  Not because we are ignoring them, but because we begin to see the big picture.

Our identity is not performance based.  We don’t have to earn our identity.  Our identity is in Christ.


Winter Vocal Health Tip

Vocal Health tip of the season! ❄️With the cold weather hitting us we stay inside heated homes. What does this mean for our health? DEHYDRATION! Especially if you live in humid places like New Orleans where 90% humidity is the norm…winters can be tough vocally. Forced heat that we have in our homes bring the humidity down to around 40%. Our bodies do not like that. When we become dehydrated our body created more mucus and thicker and dry throats. 😬😝 WHAT TO DO? There are a few things we can do.
1.) Copaiba essential oil. It is the strongest anti-inflammatory known to man. When your throat and body is dry it is inflamed. This will being instant relief and help other part of your body at the same time.

2.) Drink about 20-30 ozs additional water each day.

3.) Soak in some steam that will get deep in your nasal passages.

4.) Avoid American wheat and dairy and sugar which creates more mucus.

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Recovering After Making Mistakes & Avoiding Mistakes

“Thus says the Lord: ‘You have forsaken Me and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak of Egypt.  So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and they said, ‘The LORD is righteous.’  Now when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves the word of the Lord came to Shemiah saying, ‘They humbled themselves, therefore I will not destroy them but I will grant them some deliverance.  My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless they will be his servants that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdom of the nations.  When he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely and things also went will in Judah.” II Chronicles 12:5-12

So how can we apply this to our lives?

God can use even our mistakes once we humble ourselves and repent before Him.  He spared the lives of the Israelites.  They still had consequence for their sin.  They became servants in Egypt.  BUT GOD, gave them favor even as servants over the other Egyptian servants and they would bring glory to God.  God can still use us even when we make mistakes.  He is sovereign.

In verse 14 it is written, “And he did evil because he did not his heart to seek the Lord.”  As I wrote in an earlier blog how Solomon gradually got away from God.  The same thing happened with King Rehoboam, Solomon’s son.  We must consistently seek God daily, humble ourselves before Him.  We must prepare. SO WHEN trails and temptations come we are prepared in our hearts to remain humble and obedient to God during even the most difficult situations. This will help us avoid mistakes.  Nothing catches God by surprise.  He can lead us through everything we face if humble seek Him and obey what He asks us to do with all our hearts.

God can only be faithful to those who have a heart after Him.


Who Is Your Leader?

Many times in the books of Kings and Chronicles in the Bible, God shows us leadership skills.

Let’s take a look at I Kings 15:34 & 16:3

“He did evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin by which he made Israel sin.

This statement is written many times describing the evil Kings that went against God.  God became angry with them not only because they went against His ways and commandments, but as a leader he caused a multitude of people to go down with him and caused them to abandon God and sin.

“Surely I will take away the posterity of Basshan and the posterity of his house.” Wow!  Who leads you is extremely important.  We need to make sure to surround ourselves with people who have a heart after God.  Who surrounds us influences us.  Who is in your sphere of influence?

Another example in II Chronicles 12:1

“Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had strengthened himself, that he forsook the law of the Lord and all Israel along with him.”

Rehoboam, once wanted to restore Judah and do things unto the Lord.  BUT once everything was normal and going well, He forgot God and began doing things on his own.  In doing this he brought Israel down with him.  Our actions and being away from God always have consequences.  Even our secret ways, that no one else knows.  God knows.  There are always consequences for going against God’s will.  For Rehoboam and other kings, war with Egypt was the consequence.

Who is in your sphere of influence today?  Who leads you?

Blessings! 🙂

Contentment Is Not Security

King Solomon had a heart after God like his father David.  As long as Solomon followed the ways of God he prospered more than anyone else who had ever lived! However, like many of us, Solomon became content and comfortable where he was in life and gradually got away from God.  It was never intentional nor an overnight sudden change.

He still knew God, however he justified things he was doing and got extremely far from God, he began serving many other gods that God warned him not to do.   Sometimes God may keep us in difficult times just to stay dependant on Him, but this was not the case for Solomon.  He chose the hard times he was about to face.   Human nature we are wired to worship something.  We are to worship God fully or be fully of the ways of the world.  We cannot do both.  Solomon tried to do both and his ways led to death.  Israelites tried to serve many gods many times.  It never works.  Destruction is always close behind.  Solomon demonstrated this to us here in II Chronicles 8.

Challenge: Stay close to God by spending time alone with Him in the good and bad times of life.  He wants to lead you in both times. He is mighty to save and has love for us that is unfailing!

Read the full story in II Chronicles Chapter 8.

Heart Condition

Let’s start with this story.

“On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’  And Solomon said to God: ‘You have shown great mercy to David my father, and have made me king in his place.  Now, O  LORD God, let Your promise to David my father be established, for YOu have made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.  Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?’ Then God said to Solomon.  Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for riches  or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have ou asked long life- but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king wisdom and knowledge are granted to you and will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”  II Chronicles 1:7-12

Solomon recognize the things important to God.  He knew God.  He walked with God.  He also recognized what belongs to God and wanted to honor God with all his heart.   God placed  Solomon in a great position, king over Israel, His chosen people.  He also equipped him with all that was needed for the job.  Since Solomon’s heart was pure in asking for wisdom to care for god’s people, God provided what he asked for PLUS an overflow of blessings!  Solomon was the riches and wisest man to ever live.

What does this teach us? When our eyes our fixed on Jesus and the things of God’s heart.  When we are obedient to His calling, He WILL bless abundantly.  Remember it might not always be finances.  Blessings can come with added peace, joy, love, wisdom, relationships, provision etc.

What’s the condition of your heart?


Finding Rest

God intended us to have rest.  He even demonstrated this to us in Genesis after he made the world in 6 days, the 7th He took as a day of rest.  He created us to need rest.  We can go for a while on empty but it will affect our health and others around us.

Often the world teaches us that staying home and not being on the go is boring etc.  The electronic age I do enjoy.  I enjoy when new software updates or apps come out. I guess it’s the musician in me that loves all that.  BUT we have become so wired that we forget how to rest.  Even facebook can draw us away from things that we should be doing.  God states in the 23rd Psalm that ” He MAKES me lie down in green pastures. ”

God built us with the need for rest.  Don’t ever feel guilty about resting.  Our bodies are more hydrated and focused to perform daily duties when we get proper rest.  As a vocalist, when I don’t get enough sleep, my voice is dehydrated…no amount of water can compensate for that.

Resting is not always sleep. We need to take time getting our priorities straight.  If we start each morning, in a quiet time with God, He WILL show us how to accomplish what is needed in the remainder of the day.  He will also give us the peace, joy and love needed to face whatever comes up unexpected in the day.

Often if we don’t make the time to rest and we are too busy to spend time with God, after all He has done for us, He will MAKE us lie down in the those green pastures.  He will find a way to get our attention to stop for a moment to see all the beautiful green pasture type things He has provided for us that we might have been too busy to see.

Sometimes we are so busy we don’t take the time to get our of the mundane routine to see what God might want us to do out of our comfort zone…often that is where the real blessing is for us! Sheep are very habitual creatures.  They will often graze and rest in the same place over and over until they have made a rut and get stuck.  The shepherd at that point has to go and rescue the sheep.  Jesus is our Good Shepherd and won’t let us get stuck in a rut, that keeps us from reaching all that He wants for us and to use us for His Kingdom.  He will not leave us circling in deep rutted paths.  Instead, He will lead us along fresh pastures of His Will, going before us preparing the way.  He will reveal things to us that we didn’t know or see.  To do this we must communicate with Him and spend time with Him daily to know His voice compared to other voices that want our attention.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in worrying about a situation that we forget to go to God with it.  We also forget to simple  REST in THANKSGIVING for all that He has and will be doing in the midst of that particular situation.  God hasnt’ chosen us for our strengths, but for our weaknesses that draws us closer and in a deeper relationship with Him.

God is more concerned about our character than our comfort.  He will keep us in a place where we must depend on Him FULLY without Him reminding us constantly.

Sometimes it is good to get in a practice of Thanksgiving.  So when trials comes, we immediately know what to do.  Thank you God for caring so much about me that you take care of me and give me much-needed rest, when I’m too busy to do it on my own.  Thank you for the green pastures that you are constantly providing for me.  Thank you for your provision.

God can only be faithful.