Saturday!

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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. πŸ™ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 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

Cancer…

Well guys a lot of time has flown by. I’ve been finding my new normal with cancer. Sometimes I think I have a grip on it all and then it just kinda unravels, whether it’s physically, spiritually or emotionally. I’m realizing more and more that I really don’t have a grip on too much. I’m thinking that’s a good thing…I always hung on much too tightly to things before. It’s as if the past two years, God has been trying to pry my fingers loose from this death grip of perfectionism and being overly concerned with things that don’t really matter in the end.

Sooooo, I got to attend a conference on Thyroid cancer this past weekend and it stunned me a bit. It was interesting to see that I’m not alone in the unraveling I mentioned before. It’s pretty common in folks living with this cancer. Still, there are many things about my health I belittle, and part of what I need to learn is to take things a little more seriously. No fretting necessary, but I can’t walk around in an oblivious denial either. Anyhow, lots to learn, and there’s much room for growth! πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to finish up “Let It Go”, the project I’m producing with Jan Krist and Alan Finkbeiner this next month. Getting some of the kinks worked out and I’ve been comparing manufacturing options. Super cool!

So this day is a gift, give it all you got!
-a

The concert in the park…

Hey guys, my bad. I haven’t updated all summer. It was a busy one. Stayed on our fest grounds with Joshue for almost a month, came home for a week, went out to the Guild with Jan and some new folks too, home for a week and a half, and off for vacation in Bushnell.

Well today, I went out to Palmer Park in Janesville, WI to join some really sweet folks who really love Jesus in an outreach they had there. Free food and music from noon to five. I had the 3-4 slot and Colleen Davick from back in the Seeds days joined me to play some flute, whistle, some bgv’s and a djembe. Great, great fun.

I had the opportunity to share about our community, Jesus People USA and two of our larger outreaches, Cornerstone Community Outreach, and our fest, Cornerstone Festival. Just a wonderful time of celebrating with our Lord.

This is also Thyroid Cancer awareness month so I was able to share about my journey with it and hopefully, bring more awareness of it. More folks are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer over every other type of cancer right now.

To see the hope of Christ bringing so many things to life….Living with cancer, instead of feeling threatened by it. The chance to see people with broken lives being rebuilt by the Love of God at our shelters…unbelievable blessings, you guys.

Going in for my scans and possible treatment this next week, so today, was a celebration of God’s love and mercy not just for me, but for us all..
peace,
-a

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. Β 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. Β 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! Β 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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!

A Gig! :-)

Hey guys…I’m playing my first gig since my surgery back in November…I’m just floored. I’ve had some incredible time with the Lord this past bit. A lot of soul searching and listening. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it! πŸ™‚ I wish I would’ve kept you guys more aware of all that was going on, but God knows, maybe I’ll get a chance to share with you in person. πŸ˜‰

I’ll be opening up for Glenn at the Tapestry Fellowship on Irving Park this next Friday…doors open at 7:30 with a $5 donation…I’ll play for a bit, then Glenn will play and share from his new release, “Cardboard Box” Hope you can be there..

Songs from the Deep: An Urban Blues Narrative
Tapestry
3824 W. Irving Park
Chicago, IL
Friday, June 17 Β· 7:30pm – 10:00pm

hmmm…

I’ve been off this for a bit while I’ve been squirming, but God is an amazingly loving Father. I can count three times when fear has just gotten so big in me that I can’t see. He faithfully sends someone around, either physically or even by phone, to remind me not to be afraid and that He has me…really, in every sense of the word. That just floors me.

I thank you for all your prayers and am looking forward to getting some more info from my doc tomorrow. A friend of mine encouraged me that my days were already numbered before one of them came to be. The challenge is to just rest in the One who loves more deeply than anyone I can ever encounter here.

Funny, that’s something I know in my head, but the movement from the head to the heart can be startling.

Anyhow, guys…really looking forward to heading out to share of His faithfulness once I know some more about my health. I’m putting a couple of dates together as we speak. I’ll post them as soon as things come together…

peace and strength to you,
-Aracely

Health Update

So guys, alot of you already know, but to those of you who don’t, I’m half way through my treatment for papillary cancer of the thyroid. I went through surgery about a month ago and will be heading into the next phase of treatment just after the first of the year. I sincerely appreciate all of you who’ve been praying for me. Β Thank you. Β I feel like I’ve been carried through most of this. I can’t really sing the songs on the demo I was working on at this point, but I know all will be well in time.

The day before I went in for surgery, I got a vision for a new project and I’m really excited about that. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there once I’m through the treatment and recovery…..I have much to be grateful for! πŸ™‚