You are my Sunshine

Throughout my childhood, there was always music in our house; especially during the holidays or at family gatherings. My mother, aunt and grandmother could think of a song for every situation, and would break out in random songs at any point in time. My mother and aunt still do that to this day, and my sister, cousin, and I have found ourselves keeping the tradition alive.

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Daily Devotionals

Romans 12:9-21 RSV

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

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Daily Devotionals

Psalm 107:1-9

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way,
till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to the sons of men!
For he satisfies him who is thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.
Psalm 107:1-9

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The Lord is good to me

“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” -2 Chronicles 5:13

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Memory Lane

As a child growing up in England, my sisters and I spent a lot of time with my Dad. He took us on outings often on the weekends, and would expose us to all different types of music. I remember going with him to classical concerts, and learning to identify the different composers and their works. He also made sure we saw lots of musicals including The Sound of Music, The King and I, Dr. Doolittle, and Westside Story to name a few. My father was also a big fan of Burt Bacharach; my sisters and I would listen and sing his wide variety of songs as well.

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Acoustic

Austin, Texas: It’s a city nested in the hill country, with winding roads, too much traffic, and barbeque counters peppering the landscape. It owns decades of my memories, first experiences, and lessons learned. It’s also known as the Live Music Capital of the World and it’s my hometown of Austin, Texas. Growing up in Austin meant growing up with Tex-Mex, Longhorn Football, and live music everywhere. In Austin, there’s a soundtrack playing in every corner of the city—and my childhood home was no exception.

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Lord of the Dance

Music has a way of helping to calm the most turbulent situations. We play music to help put babies to sleep. Music is used to help create a calm environment for shoppers when they enter a store. Music helps calm the soul.

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Unspeakable Gifts

Do you remember your first job? I do. I worked in an underwear factory! It was the summer before my freshman year at OU, and my job was typing labels for boxes of men’s briefs and tees. I sat in an office and typed for hours! Every day, when I arrived before 6 am, I’d walk through the production department. Long lines of sewing machines filled the warehouse. At the far end, there were seemingly endless lines of tables where the fabric was cut. It was an efficient set-up and employed several hundred people.

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Daily Devotionals

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
Thou whose glory above the heavens is chanted
by the mouth of babes and infants,
thou hast founded a bulwark because of thy foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou dost care for him?
Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Thou hast given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!
Psalm 8

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Daily Devotionals

Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory,
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
-Psalm 98

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