Update on New Project

Hey guys,
Well things have been moving on this end. I’m up for an ultrasound in a couple of weeks to see what’s going on in my neck. I had a few questionable things floating around in there at my last checkup. It’s funny though, the med staff actually needs some time to see if these little cells start growing. Even if they see something, if they’re unsure, they gotta wait. No fun for me 🙁

I’ve gotten pretty sluggish over the past couple months. A sore throat I can’t kick and some kind of bug or something..not so great. It really takes a toll on me physically.

But, in the midst of all that uncomfortable stuff, the Lord opened up a miraculous door for me.

I think I shared with you guys a bit back that Jan Krist has become my mentor and a dear friend over these past couple years. She was one of my heroes back in the day. I’m sure she’d cringe if she heard that..Anyway, I’ve finally grown up a bit and singing and songwriting are a gracious gift from God to be used for His glory, not mine. I’m responsible to develop these gifts and serve Him, and serve the work He’s put before me.

So I had this little cluster of songs that began as tools for womens’ ministries. We see a lot of broken women here at our shelter, Cornerstone Community Outreach. You can read more about them here: http://www.ccolife.org/

Abuse, addictions and despair are common stories with these ladies. So many of us can relate to addictions and bad relationships, whether or not we’ve ever set foot in a shelter though. So hopefully these songs can get people thinking and hoping for more than the things that we settle for so much of the time.

Anyhoo, she’s offered to help me record this cluster of songs. We had our first session a couple of weeks ago. I was able to do put down 6 guitar tracks and five vox! Yahoo! Though I’d planned on just getting an ep together, it looks like we’re gonna go for a full length project!!! 🙂 amazing…

A few years back a dear friend was trying to encourage me and he said, “You know, sometimes we face some pretty difficult things, but sometimes, God also gives us “a little sugar to help the medicine go down” 😉 It’s stuck with me for all these years, and it’s really resonating deep in my soul right now. God is merciful.

Have a great weekend. My honey and my son are gone for a guys weekend, so I’m having a retreat here at home. Lots of prayer and seeking God about a few things.

peace to you,
-Aracely

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!