Thursday, August 13, 2009

life in perspective.

so it's about time i wrote a post from me - just from me - my random thoughts in all their craziness. :) well...needless to say most people that know me wouldn't consider me "normal" - i'm a pretty far stretch - but isn't everyone weird in some GREAT way? i love that people are so different! it is so inspiring and encouraging to see how different and creative and ingenius our amazing God is, who created all of us. i love that french fries at wendy's don't taste as good alone as they do dipped in a frosty. these two tastes couldn't be more different but together... mmmm. it's perfect how the Lord uses differences in people to highlight each other's strengths and how even in collaboration as a church, He uses that to bring a sweeter taste of Jesus to those that might be looking in. our God is beautiful.

so recently i've made a big move back to charlotte, the city i grew up in. it's been wonderful to be with family again! i couldn't love it more. i've been able to take some music lessons, work on a ton of design projects and dream about ways the Lord might direct my steps. I'm such an open book - some people asked when i left raleigh, what my plan was.... and my only answer is that i didn't know - i knew i needed to move but that was about it. so we'll see what the Lord will do. I am His. i've clarified this a lot recently in random conversations but i thought it would be worth clarifying here as well since i don't get to talk to all of you on an ongoing basis... A common question I get is "what are your plans with your music? are you pursuing a label?" or "oh! you're touring! that's exciting!" or "what do you think it's gonna take for you to get to the next level?"
and well... here's my answer and a pre-qualifier - i don't say what i'm going to say to take away from people's joy and excitement from what the Lord might be doing in my life, because I am grateful for the questions, and grateful that people care to know what is going on - but i just want to make my purpose clear - from the beginning it was never my intention to pursue a music career... never my intention to pursue a label or to become a "successful Christian artist" - don't get me wrong, i don't desire to be an awful artist, haha - but from the beginning, it has been my sole interest to pursue Christ. Him alone. To follow where He leads. I write songs to Him - for Him. (and by "for Him" i don't mean on His behalf", i mean my life is no longer mine - I am a servant of the cross - so i write to point myself and others to him and to thank and praise him for who He is and all He's done) Tomorrow I may go to be with Him - or He may open a door for me to go overseas - or I could lose my voice and have to find a new way to point to Him - but that's our goal, right? it's to point to Him with every breath He gives - with all the strength that I can find (which He provides :)...such mercy) I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds but overall, the Word tells us to not be anxious about tomorrow for each day holds enough worry of it's own - and I LONG to be found faithful today.... that is hard enough.

one of my best friends in life has recently been diagnosed with a disease that is similar to cancer -- it could be fatal, but she is walking the path the Lord has set before her and without complaint - i see the peace of God in her eyes and hear it in her words. I have a different path before me at the moment than she does but God could change either one of our paths at any moment and it would all be to the praise of the glory of HIS GRACE. She knows that we can't plan our steps - the Lord has set His plan in motion and what a blessing it has been, that our eyes have been opened to behold this plan and to love this God, to know the faithfulness and witness the love of Jesus. it's an amazing life we live. may we live in light of eternity.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

hilarious. i love it.

too funny not to share...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kate McRae

Promise Tangeman Wurzell is a fantastic designer who designed my band t-shirts -- she has a blog that is normally full of design posts and fun things, but recently she posted a video and some pictures of a sweet little girl named Kate McRae, who had recently been diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor -- Promise and her husband Brian are close friends with the McRae family --- I've been following the updates and praying, and realized that I should share it with all of my readers as well -- It has been beautiful in so many ways to see the response of so many people who have joined in to pray for Kate
- so now I'm passing this opportunity to pray to you... Please lift up Kate and her family -- watch the 2 videos below for updates and the 3rd video is a beautiful song that was written by a Nashville artist for Kate -- It's beautiful!!! and a perfect reminder to all of us that God is near.
Continue to follow updates at www.prayforkate.com





Thursday, June 25, 2009

sneak peak


Shelly King Maternity Session :)

Monday, June 08, 2009

AND... THE WINNER IS....




NATALIE!!!

so now the only question is...natalie who? I know more than one natalie -- so natalie, contact me so I can get this print to you!

Congrats to Natalie - and thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway!

Prints will be for sale in my etsy store soon! So if you'd like to buy one just email me and I can set up a listing specifically for you! :) Stay tuned in to this blog for more giveaways and fun stuff!
until then, stay creative! :)

♥ shells

Monday, June 01, 2009

PRINT GIVEAWAY!



so i've been designing some art prints lately to possibly sell in my etsy store - and thought it would be fun to do a print giveaway! so respond to this post and let me know which of these prints you would like if you were to win - i will put all the names in a hat and draw one next monday! if i choose your name you will get the print you picked. this is for a print size of YOUR CHOICE! i know...i'm crazy nice. :)

i haven't decided what material the print will be yet - may be photo paper/may be more of a ink on cardstock... who knows... but it will be awesome... that's for sure.

Friday, April 24, 2009

help me plan!

alright guys - so we are planning a fall tour for the band - and i'm not sure where to go --- if you want us to come near you then please use this widget - or e-mail us or comment with a venue that is near you.
thanks so much!

Monday, March 16, 2009

recent work...

recent work....

Saturday, February 21, 2009


just saw this picture on http://thisisindexed.com/2009/02/egor-bring-me-more-poultry/ --- hilarious and strangely perfect.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

out of the mouths of babes....

so my friend and fellow artist daniel renstrom has the best family ever - there is a video where he is singing with his little girl, bennett - and it completely made my day. so i am certain that it will do the same for you.
Hallelujah.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Live Feed from 20/20 Conference - with Daniel Renstrom --- Speakers: Driscoll, Mahaney

Here at the 20/20 Conference - I'll be singing with Daniel tomorrow morning - but tonight is going to be spectacular and we don't want any of you to miss a moment. :)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

resolute...


I am having a great new year...started into it sick as a dog...where did that phrase come from - dogs are typically pretty healthy right? man's best friend? all those phrases are weird. so... moving on...

I'm finally getting better - and so I'm tackling the big issue of the season...resolutions. What are your resolutions for the new year? That's the question of choice for the last few days. Well, I will say I didn't give resolutions this year much thought. I came up with a list of goals sometime last year and haven't finished things on that list - in fact, some of the things I listed I don't have any desire to complete anymore. So no harm done, deleted it. :)

As I've thought about it a little bit more I've decided this year my resolution is to be RESOLUTE. That may sound redundant ~ I've had a great relationship with an older woman at my church who's needed some encouragement lately - encouragement in the midst of trial to stand firm in truth. Life will bring trial, temptation, stressful circumstances, yada yada... and these are things we are fairly warned about and specifically told to not be surprised by --- so in the midst of all of it, I want to be found resolute in TRUTH. Standing firm in the strength of the Lord, unyielding to compromise. This again, may seem obvious...but I think we all know, it's harder than it once seemed. RESOLUTE, surrounded by people who ask hard questions, who value nothing in me apart from the righteousness of Christ. I LOVE MY FRIENDS and my family. :)

What are your resolutions?