Wetness and Faces

It’s been a wet week here in the east.

Thursday Night Drive

 
My drive home from work Thursday night was a little out of the ordinary. I drove through over a dozen spots with standing water completely covering the road, and a couple where the water looked like it was flowing across. It took me over a half hour to drive some five miles or so along roads with very little traffic. Maybe you have a pickup or an SUV but I have my little pirate car, a Toyota Yaaarrrr – is!

Our street had water across it in a couple of places, one just a couple houses away. Later in the evening when the rain finally tapered off to a misty drizzle, some folks were splashing around in the water up there. Our dog, Susie, who normally won’t even walk on wet grass, decided to wade through the driveway next door. Our little girl is growing up!

By Friday most of the standing water was gone from the parts of New Bern I usually see.

43 and 55

 
So we went for a drive this afternoon, heading west on state 55. Over in Fort Barnwell I took a right, thinking on heading through Vanceboro and taking 43 back to New Bern, but ran into several roads that were still marked as closed. We decided to ride down one and verified for ourselves that the road was totally impassable to wheeled vehicles. We did eventually hit 43 and drove through Vanceboro, but it was just a challenge to get there.

Our prayers go out to those whose lives have been affected by the flooding. A little standing water on your street doesn’t seem like much when you see houses that have been sitting in what amounts to a small lake for a number of days.

On The Band Front . . .

 
I decided after our two weeks of YouTube stardom (our three videos have seen about 140 plays in that time) that it was time to do Facebook. So you can now write on our wall. We have a couple of pix up there from a gig we played at the local Harley-Davidson dealer back in the summer. Hope to get more up there soon.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Sassy

A Week Ago Sunday . . .

 
. . . one of the ladies at church mentioned she was looking forward to the next time I played because she wanted to hear my sassy guitar.

So Yesterday . . .

 
. . . I got the opportunity to play again. And one of the songs we did, ala Lincoln Brewster, was Everlasting God. Hopefully when I kicked in the wah it got sassy enough.

But Seriously . . .

 
I really appreciate the way God works. He’s given me a talent for guitar that I have sometimes developed, sometimes squandered. Lately I pray I’ve been doing more developing, and using for Him, than squandering.

And I know (and I have to remind myself about this quite often) that it’s not about me, but all about Him. And the glory belongs to Him, not to me.

But He does so love us, and occasionally He sees fit to have someone slide on up to us and give us a pat on the back, or a smile and a kind word, or a compliment, and we can go on our way feeling just a little better than the moment before, feeling that something we’ve done has reached someone else, has brightened someone’s day, or at least a moment, and in return they’ve brightened ours.

At one time I felt that if someone payed me a compliment, especially for something that I’ve only been able to do through the power of the Holy Spirit, it was necessary (and sufficient, as they say in the math world) to point to the sky and say “He did it.” Never take the compliment for yourself, because the glory is His.

But I just don’t think that way anymore. Yes, sometimes a compliment is an opportunity to witness to the power of the Spirit or to the sacrifice of the Son, or to the love of the Father. But sometimes I think you need to take a compliment as an earthly prelude to a heavenly “Well done.” And just say “Thank you” to that person.

And if it’s not the time to turn the moment into a witness, well, it is a time to say, in your mind, “Thank You, Lord.”

So: “Thank You, Lord, that someone appreciates the display of the talent you gave me enough to call it sassy.”

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

An Abraham Thing

A Blast From The Past

 
Back in 2004 I wrote an article for my main website titled It’s An Abraham Thing.  I did a minor update to this item in 2005.  The item was about fasting, and about music ministry.  Well, actually, it was about fasting from the music ministry.

Jump ahead to yesterday.   I had a Really Bad Day at the day job, and was feeling pretty discouraged.  Just before I packed up to go home I noticed an email that was sent to me by someone I don’t know.  The email’s subject was “abraham thing” which of course reminded me about the article mentioned above.  Here’s a condensed version of that email:

abraham thing [condensed]

 
Just wanted to tell you that I came across your blog about the music ministry and abraham and I really enjoyed it. I have been going through something similar in the last few months. Mine was different in that God started telling me in Oct 2009 that He was going to take me out of my comfort zone and was wanting me to leave my church. I dragged my feet, convinced myself it wasn’t the right time, etc etc… Then one day last month I was praying and listening to some music and God spoke to me and asked me “why I was asking Him because I don’t do what He tells me to anyway” BIG WAKE UP CALL. I decided right there that I was going to do it. I even compared it [to] Abraham and Issac. . . . That very next Sunday I was at a new church . . . the entire sermon felt like it was for me . . . [it was about how] the more we do self will instead of God’s will it’s like . . . pulling away [from God]. I can see that so clearly now. . . . So I am taking it day by day and was very encouraged with your story . . . how I came across it was a plan of God’s. A friend sent me an invite to a revival with Joe Sneed and I googled him online because I had never heard of him before and there was your article. The one and only one that I happend to read. God sure does amazing things! . . . With God all things are possible.

What Goes Around Comes Around

 
And so something I wrote at least partially as encouragement for myself some 5 years ago encouraged another person, and that person sent me an email about it that came just at the right time to encourage me. Isn’t God good?

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

YouTube Rock Stars

News Flash! — Cold Biscuit Band Takes YouTube By Storm

 
This last week I got some video files of the Cold Biscuit Band performing at the Hilton deck party in July. After previewing them I thought it was time to put the CBB on YouTube, so I set up an account and did a few uploads.

You can check out our channel at YouTube here.

On The Deck

 
Cold Biscuit Band played the Hilton deck party yesterday. This is one we were originally not scheduled for, but a few weeks back we were asked to play this extra one. And this was New Bern’s 300th Jubilee weekend, so the town was full up with people.

We had a great time on the deck.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

And One Week Later

Something new this weekend.

At Church

 
Imagine my surprise Thursday when I showed up at church band practice only to find out that we weren’t going to have a keyboard player Sunday.

I had just mentioned not that long ago that I was using a lighter setup at church than what I use on the Biscuit gigs. But with no keyboards on Sunday I ended up taking my full gig rig, sans amplifier (the Blues Deluxe Reissue I use there belongs to the church).

The Sunday morning practice went well but the first service music was a train wreck. ‘Nuff said there. Second service went much better.

Will I use the full rig again at church? Don’t know just yet. We pretty much always have a keyboard player so it’s not like I need it to broaden the sound.

Coming Up

 
The band will be playing twice this coming Saturday. Early afternoon we’re playing at a private party for a couple of hours. Later on (5-9) we play the Saturday Deck Party at the New Bern Hilton. These are always fun, and this will probably be our last one this summer.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

After the Weekend

It was a good weekend, relaxing but busy.

All Shook Up

 
We went to the Hilton deck party on Saturday to see my friend’s band, the Shake Doctors. I was impressed. Individually, they are all talented musicians, and they played well as a band. I recommend you go see them if you get the chance.

About half the songs we heard them do are ones that we in Cold Biscuit also cover. Wendie liked some of their renditions better than ours because she could make out the words when they do them.

And speaking of Cold Biscuit, we’re playing at a club in Havelock this Friday. Looking forward to it.

Several Hours Later

 
As promised in the last post, we went to Lillington to worship with son Drew at his church. Enjoyed the worship, and Drew did some nice guitar work with the praise band. Had a meal at Western Sizzlin’ and then headed for home. It was a glorious sunshiny day.

This Sunday I’ll be playing at our church. Love it when that happens.

Soaring Spider Site

 
Spent some time Monday updating my main site. That’s something I try to do from time to time. One of these days I’m going to do a total makeover on it, Lord willing.

One of the things I did in the update was to add a link to this blog.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.

Weekend

Yup, it’s time for the weekend. Been very busy at the day job, and now a 3 day weekend looms. Cool.

Thought

 
Irony is a “Hey There, Delilah” T-shirt.

Weekend Music

 
Cold Biscuit is not playing this weekend, but a friend of mine is in the band Shake Doctors and they’re playing at the Hilton deck. Might check them out.

And Weekend P&W

 
This Sunday we’re going to worship with our son Drew at his church in Lillington. Looking forward to that. Haven’t done it in a while.

All In All

 
That’s it for now. More later.