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Hey guys,
Just wanted to touch base about the coffeehouse Saturday night. I’ve got a few friends playing with me. Colleen is still fighting that cold/flu thing that I just got over. 🙁 Scott Ingerson will be playing drums and Dave Coleman will be playing keys. It will be great fun and a journey musically of all the happenings of the past few years with cancer and all. The addy is on my calendar, check it out. The Coffeehouse at SOGF in South Holland, IL.

I’ll be playing some songs from my upcoming release, “Let It Go”, the project I’m producing with Jan Krist and Alan Finkbeiner. I’m so happy with it. Jan invited a friend of hers, Jim Bizer, who’s now my friend too 😉 to play guitar on some of the tracks…Wow, can he play guitar. The first track he finished, “Say Your Name” is fabulous. Hope you guys enjoy it too.

Going back to Saturday, the coolest thing of all is that our son, Joshua, will be opening for me with a short set!!! 🙂 🙂 He started playing Clawhammer Banjo this past fall and how blown my mind with how well he’s playing. Just a couple of weeks ago he asked me to show him a couple of chords on the guitar and now he’s learning songs on the radio! I’m really proud of him to just go for it!!! Thankfully, perhaps he’s learned something that has/is taking me like 44 years to figure out…each day is a gift, live it full on, and take every opportunity you get to love life and love God!

Have a great day, you guys. I just found out a couple of my friends are struggling with cancer again, please pray for strength and encouragement for the day for these guys, Kaddie and Tommy. It’s hard on them and just as hard on their spouses. Tim really went through it with me. He just wanted to make it better and take it away somehow. Please pray for mercy, this day.

peace,
-a

Jesus In The City

Hey guys…I’m going down to work with Pastor Don and the crew at the Church of God at Baden in East St Louis this weekend. These guys are having their annual street fest with food, music, free clothing, and activities for the kids. I’ll do a set from 3:00-3:45 and I’ll share at a couple of sessions as well…One is on “Defending Widows and Orphans” from 2:25-3:00 and the other is called “3,2,1 Takeoff!” from 4:30-5:15.

Sunday Morning at the same addy, I’ll share some of my story with cancer, play the songs off the “Purple Flowers” project and finish up with some worship…It should be a great time of celebration…

Hope you can make it out…

Tapestry and Cornerstone

Wow, the Tapestry went really well. A great turnout and just a gift to share the evening with Glenn Kaiser, a mentor and friend.

The set went great.  I hope I’ve communicated how much of a gift it was to share that night and to share those songs. It was quite a blessing for me…”a party inside” is actually what I said as I shared my story. Remember, I was unsure whether I’d be able to sing at all…God continues to floor me.  I had several guests come up and join me..Hilde Bialach from the Crossing, Tom Cameron, my pastor and longtime friend, Colleen Davick from the Seeds days and another friend who checked on me just about everyday while I was in treatment for the cancer…Thanks for the harmony, Laura!  Our visuals guy captured a great vid of Tom and I playing one of the songs..check it out here…http://youtu.be/peep6ZKMQmM

I’m out at the Fest grounds now and doing a lot of weeding down in our community garden and in my own heart 😉

I get the opportunity to read and pray a lot right now. I’m asking God to open my heart up to receive more fully who He really is. If any of you have known me for any amount of time, you know of my struggles with fear. Unbelievable, isn’t it? His mercies new each day, unbelievable grace, immeasurable love and still yet, the “record” in my mind skips each time an uneasy scenario plays out. Forgive me, Lord.

That reflex reaction has been changing for some time now. It may not ever be perfect because I am part of an imperfect world, but I know it continues to change and I am more free in Christ. That skip in my mind that plays over and over, is being filled by His Holy Spirit even as we speak. Thy will on earth as it is in heaven…free and full of His light.
peace to you,
-Aracely
ps…see you at Cornerstone 🙂

pps…I’ll be playing at Silvie’s Lounge on July 18 from about 9:20-9:55 right after I get back from the Fest…Hope you can make it!