March 4, 2009

A quick glance at our journey since last summer...

Since Eric brought the blog back to life for an update on his new music adventure I thought it would be a good time to update you all on all that has been happening since last summer in New Orleans. In August I started my last semester of college at TFC. Life became busy as usual and we were especially seeking God's wisdom about what He had planned for us next; we were not expecting the answer we received. In September we found out that we were pregnant! It was a little surprising at first but we could not be more excited...we are going to have a sweet baby girl who will be named Jubilee Noel. She is already such a joy to us and we are counting down the last few weeks before she will be here with us. She is due on May 21st. I am sure you will all come to know her in all her sweetness soon enough... So the adventure of pregnancy began in September and there were a few rough weeks at first but things got better towards the end of the semester. I officially graduated with my degree in Family and Children's Ministry on December 13th. I had looked forward to this day for so long that it was hard to believe it had finally come. Then the Christmas season came filled with friends and family and lots fun times. Ever since this new year has begun God has been showing us His love and faithfulness in amazing ways. As Eric already shared we had the opportunity to go out to Colorado and we were extremely encouraged and refreshed by our time with that community. God gave us a renewed vision for who we are created to be and how we are called to build His beautiful kingdom (here in Toccoa and around the world). When we came home Eric actually lost his job but ironically we were totally at peace. It was an opportunity for us to trust the Lord in new ways and through His grace we were able to rest in His promise to meet all our needs. One miracle after another He displayed His amazing love for us and brought us into a deeper understanding of what it means to be His children. He is such a good father to us. He provided all that we needed from week to week and has been faithful to provide Eric with another job. At the same time I have started working with Get Real Ministries who we have been involved with for almost seven years now. The ladies I work with are such an encouragment to me and the Lord has really blessed me with the chance to spend so much time with them. God is still at work in many ways bringing us new opportunities and challenging us to seek His kingdom above all. We are preparing for this new season of parenthood that is about to begin and whatever other adventures He has in store. We are filled with thankfulness for all that He has done in our lives and for the way He is teaching us to trust. I pray that each of you is learning to trust in His goodness on your own journey and that we can continue to wallk together and encourage one another to the end...peace.

March 3, 2009

Recording a New Worship Album!!!

yes, yes, yes... I'm in woodland park, Colorado recording a worship album with my good friend Aaron Strumpel. He was the featured songwriter on the Enter The Worship Circle: Chair and Microphone 2 and the most recent ETWC: Fourth Circle. I am honored to be working with such a brilliant mind and soul. (his new album "elephants" just won a huge contest check it out Aaron Strumpel) Aaron has thoroughly impressed me and has really thrown himself into my project. This whole recording process has come out of no where for me. In January Sarah and I came out to Colorado for an artist retreat with the Worship Circle Community. After the retreat I spent a morning with Aaron doing a little songwriting intensive. I wanted him to critique my songs, but he ended up inviting me back out to his place to record a full length worship record. To make a long story short, at the time I had no money... and today less than a month later, I'm sitting in Woodland Park with 4 days of recording under my belt. So to let you in on the where this record is coming from i'll give a little background... Within the last year i've been in a season of writing songs that are focused on being simple and accessible to the most vulnerable of society, songs for the poor and oppressed, not about them. My dream for this record is for it to be full of anthems that broken and dependant people can sing, scream, ponder, or soak in. And what I've found is that these songs that are specifically written for those on the fringes of society, they hit home with Followers of Christ across the board. These songs can take us all deeper, no matter where we're at in life. Throughout this recording there's also what I call a "practical worship" flare that settles within almost every song. This is my favorite aspect of the record. What i'm doing is exploring what happens when we start communicating the very practical teachings of Christ through music and worship. It's place that i've longed to go in my spiritual life and I'm hoping this collection of songs can be a tool for guiding us all into a place of worshiping practically in action and song... So keep your eyes and ears open for the release date. It will probably released digitally first and then hard copies will arrive in late april early may. In the mean time, i'll be doing house concerts and worship gatherings with this material and i'd love to come and visit you wherever you are and worship with you and your friends. So let me know if you'd like to host a worship gathering in you home or some other venue, it'll be a blast... I'm glad you've read this and I hope your excited, Eric and Sarah Kilgore