Chain Breaker (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) (9/2/2017) - It’s the day after a 12 hour/3 song recording session and I realize I haven’t posted any of the covers I’ve recorded in a while. Here’s one recorded June 30, 2017 “If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a…
step outside your comfort zone. (5/10/2017) - Some of you know I serve as a career coach. Just last week I found myself in a Panera Bread working with one of my current students on their resume. This particular location is extremely thin on power outlets, so while working on battery power, we pretty much stalked every person at every table near…
Bill Nye. Regular Guy. (4/24/2017) - Confession. Every time I read or hear something Bill Nye says, I have an instant flashback to this 1990s video of him wearing jogging shorts and a cape, hands on hips, valiantly announcing: “This looks like a job for SPEED WALKER!!!” (You’ll have to click over to youtube to watch. Embedding is disabled.) And then…
I suppose this means I’m officially a “recording artist.” (12/5/2016) - Merry Christmas! Here’s a link to the Christmas song I just released – available on Amazon and itunes for 99 cents: “Bells of Christmas Medley” It’s a medley of: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Ring the Bells and Carol of the Bells and every vocal you hear is mine. The distributor also posted…
the 1% rule. a minority with too much free time? or representative of the 99%? (11/3/2016) - Something has bothered me for a while. When someone says that a certain group of people “thinks” this or “says” that, where does the opinion of that group come from? If it’s true that only 1% of people are “vocal” on the internet, (via posts, tweets, comments or blogs) does that really tell us what…
the most divisive word of all: “THEY” (6/16/2016) - After the events of the last few days, my resilience is worn-down. I can’t read another post or comment by an armchair pundit containing divisive broadcasted attacks against the nameless, faceless “THEY.” Arrogant sarcastic rants that begin with: “I love it when…” or “Don’t you just love it when…” or “Isn’t it funny, how…” when…
Ratatouille and Vegit Lasagna (4/25/2016) - [This post was an experiment. First post using only phone photos and my android WordPress app.] I made ratatouille for the first time today. Actually, I assembled it. The oven is preheating now. I have yet to see how it turns out or if my family will like it. This was not a fast and…
“Through All of It” Cover (3/4/2016) - Just got out of the recording studio. Here’s a preview “Rough” Mix.
“Bells of Christmas” Cover (12/21/2015) - When I was a young girl, I LOVED Karen Carpenter’s music. LOVED. IT. When I found out she sang her own harmonies and backgrounds, a dream was born. I wanted to do that. Fast forward decades. My very first “single” is now available and every vocal harmony and background on it is mine. (Click HERE…
#GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.” (12/21/2015) - The Christian faith isn’t about being “good” and trying not to do anything “wrong.” ‪ #‎Jesus‬ wasn’t just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him – a relationship severed by my rejection and…
a lesson in humility. and a reminder. (12/3/2015) - Dr. Doofenshmirtz might call the first part of this post my “backstory.” ~ I’m a firstborn and an ISTP (67%) / ISTJ (33%) who’s worked with IT personnel (mostly guys) for decades. My instinctive approach is always content over context. Logic over feelings. I’d say that about 90% of the time, I have a male…
Christmas Bell Medley (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) (12/1/2015) - UPDATE: I had this recording mixed and mastered and the final version is available for download HERE I hesitate to put these unmixed recordings up because every vocal you hear is mine and I hear every. single. problem. BUT I’m letting go of my ego at the moment. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Recorded November 30, 2015 “I…
“Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?” (11/24/2015) - I only opened the door because I thought it was a delivery. I’ve been doing a bunch of online Christmas shopping. There was no smiling Amazon box on my porch. It was a smiling guy wearing a tie, holding a zippered book and what appeared to be a Bible tucked in his armpit. Thought Bubble:…
It is Well (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) (10/30/2015) - Recorded October 30, 2015 “Far be it from me to not believe, even when my eyes can’t see…”
and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before. (8/21/2015) - It was Sunday afternoon. I was in “my” room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it “my” room because it’s lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12×12…
say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it. (8/20/2015) - I cut waaay back on facebook over the last few months. Derisive sarcasm and hate were saturating my news feed, weighing and wearing me down. As I tentatively become more active again, one of my new facebook practices is to select “I don’t want to see this” whenever I read a post declaring that something…
#edify: profanity (6/26/2015) - The first curse word each of my children heard came out of my mother’s mouth. Let’s just say it wasn’t one of the curse words you might find in the Bible. She wasn’t angry. or frustrated. or hurt in any way. She wasn’t speaking passionately about anything of significance. It was just a passing thoughtless…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt. (5/29/2015) - the quote: “…faith isn’t the absence of doubt. It’s believing and acting alongside your doubts… …faith wouldn’t even exist if doubt were not also present, because the essence of faith was the leap taken in the face of uncertainty. Faith wasn’t a set of beliefs, or an ability to hold onto those beliefs without wavering.…
#memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this (5/25/2015) -   #memoryverse “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b (NIV) thoughts: I posted only the second part of this verse because these are the words that resonated and stuck with me the instant I read them. I didn’t even try to memorize…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God (5/21/2015) - the quote: “I don’t know that Lucifer’s sin was rebellion in the full sense of the word. He did not seek to replace God or overthrow God. He simply sought to act independent of God… the root sin of all sins is this desire to act independent of God.” (emphasis added) from True Freedom: What…
it is what it is. (5/20/2015) - It is what it is. Pray about it. Change what you can change. Fix what you can fix. But if you can’t change it – if you can’t fix it – deal with it and move on. Getting upset about it will just be time you’ll never get back because when you’re finished being upset,…
#memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven (5/18/2015) - #memoryverse “John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. John 3:27 (ESV) thoughts: I have nothing unless it is given to me from Heaven. First and foremost, that means grace. John 6:44 tells me: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God (5/14/2015) - the quote: “That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; it is You who must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it. from The…
#memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men (5/11/2015) - #memoryverse “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23 (NIV) thoughts: The first word that jumps into my head when I read this verse is: competence. I’m not sure when I first figured out that – as someone who professes faith in Christ…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God. (5/8/2015) - the quote: “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment He can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to…
negativity. flip it or zip it. (4/20/2015) - Note to Self: Every time you began to say something negative, stop. and consider two other options: flip it or zip it. ‪#‎edify‬ Complaining and constructive criticism are two different things. and one of them is a counter-productive waste of time.
Richard Dawkins acknowledges the possibility of Intelligent Design… (4/17/2015) - How did I not know this? Anti-theist, Richard Dawkins believes in the possibility of intelligent design: “It could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, by probably some kind of Darwinian means, to a very, very high level of technology and…
Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.” (4/16/2015) - Been thinking about something Richard Dawkins said when he spoke about meeting someone who claims to be religious: “Mock them. Ridicule them. In public.” Religion “needs to be ridiculed. With contempt.” And the crowd he addressed laughed and cheered and applauded. I don’t agree. I can’t fathom a single situation in which contemptuous ridicule is…
We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times. (4/3/2015) - Re-written is one way to say it. But the word “re-written” tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word “re-written” is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the…
#memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God. (3/10/2015) - #memoryverse “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) One of my go-to questions when I meet with someone as a communication/life coach is: “How do you receive…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ WithOUT God. “nothing” is possible. (2/27/2015) - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.“ John 15:5 (ESV) “With God, all things are possible.” When I read, hear or say this, I usually emphasize the “all things are…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ I say “nothing” without you. (2/24/2015) - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV) “When a worship leader reads the Bible you can tell.” Carlos Whittaker is a worship leader, author and speaker. So…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ Lord, please remind me to remember. (2/23/2015) - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV) Heavenly Father, please remind me to remember you, over and over and over again, because I forget You, over and…
my life verse? (2/13/2015) - I literally laughed out loud when I read this. How have I never seen it before? 24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” of course, the pragmatic in me compels me to follow up with the next verse… 25…
#memoryverse 1 John 4:13 ~ “abiding” in Christ. part 1 of…howevermany. (1/27/2015) - #memoryverse “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John 4:13 (ESV) I used to think the word “abide” referred to that part of prayer where I was supposed to shut up and listen. Like God and I were taking turns…
#memoryverse Jeremiah 32:17 ~ NOTHING is too hard for God. (1/20/2015) - #memoryverse “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV) Heavenly Father, please remind me again and again, that nothing is too hard for You. Please use anything and everything I see and experience to remind me…
#memoryverse Jeremiah 32:17 ~ nothing (nobody) is too hard (headed) for God. (1/19/2015) - #memoryverse “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV) I’m a fixer. When I see something that needs fixed I want to fix it, whether it be a crooked picture on the wall or a broken…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ decisions and steps. (1/17/2015) - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) Are you at the door to an opportunity but haven’t taken the step through because you don’t have confidence in your ability to succeed? Pray. Make sure the opportunity is within the moral will of God as revealed to…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ muse. shmoose. I need the Holy Spirit. (1/16/2015) - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) In the fall of last year, I began leading two Bible/Discipleship studies and after taking a break over the holidays, I’m seeing more people sign up to join us as we start back next week. My first thought was…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ knowledge and wisdom. (1/14/2015) - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) For as long as I remember, I’ve believed that knowledge can help me solve problems and overcome obstacles. It’s one of the reasons I read so much non-fiction. Authors are teachers. Witnesses. Mentors. You may have heard me say…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ providence, provision & protection (1/12/2015) - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) My husband and I can work as hard as we can to make a life and a home for our family, but in the end, we know that GOD is our provider. Every time my husband arrives home from…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ when things go “wrong.” (1/10/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) One of the most difficult things I’ve experienced in my striving to follow God’s guidance in my life is when I pray, persistently, I seek wisdom from His word and from faith-filled brothers and sisters in Christ, I…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ give people permission to tell you the truth. (1/9/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) It’s January, time for new year’s resolutions and fresh starts. New goals. New plans. I feel a metaphor coming on. When I use my GPS to help me get somewhere, I not only have to set a destination,…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ Plan B (1/8/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I had such a great plan. I had prayed and I thought God had answered with a big ol’ “YES!” and then things started to fall apart. What do you do when a plan begins to fall apart?…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ send me. (1/7/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) When I ask Him to allow me to serve Him more, when I ask Him to “send me” I have to trust that sometimes, He sends me and doesn’t let me in on the reason why. sometimes, I…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ trust or do not trust. (1/6/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I can pray and ask God for what I want and/or think I need to achieve my goals, but in the end, He is all-knowing and all-powerful. I either trust His sovereignty in EVERY situation or I don’t.…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ plan, prepare, trust, follow & wait. (1/5/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I can do everything I know to plan and prepare, but in the end, the result is not up to me. I need to pray and seek wisdom and be a diligent steward of the gifts and talents…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ God is Sovereign. (1/4/2015) - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) Don’t stress the could haves, because if it should have, it would have. God is sovereign. and He doesn’t make mistakes.
#memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ the source of inner strength (12/11/2014) - #memoryverse “[…this is the Word of the Lord…] ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6b The other day, I listened as someone told my daughter that she needed to find and rely on her “inner strength.” Inner strength. What exactly does that mean? Determination? Confidence? A…
#memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ seek, listen, be a witness, plant seeds, pray, trust and wait. (12/10/2014) - #memoryverse “[…this is the Word of the Lord…] ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6b Have you ever been in a situation where the harder you try, the farther away from your goal you seem to get? No matter how focused and determined you are, no…