Exciting news! I’ve finished recording all the guitar, percussion, bass and keyboard tracks for my new EP and there is just the small matter of the vocals to complete before I mix it and send it for mastering and duplication. A small spanner in the works has been a chest infection that I’ve been suffering with for the last month. I’ve not been able to sing without croaking or coughing, which wouldn’t sound great on a recording, so the project is on pause until I get my voice back to full strength. In any case I’m still hoping to release the EP by September. I also plan to do a “release gig” to play the songs from the EP and some of the others I have written recently. That sounds quite grand, but it will be more tea and biscuits than champagne and vol-au-vents! I’ll find a venue and put the details out nearer the time. I’m hoping to make the EP available on iTunes and other online platforms as well as having the old fashioned hard copy so look out for details soon.
My good friend Ed Sneller (RedhotRockit Design) has finished the artwork for the EP and it looks amazing! I hope it sounds as good as it looks. Here is a sneak preview…
I’ve been reflecting on a verse from Proverbs over the last couple of days as I think about the future and what I might be doing this time next year, and in the years to come.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21
There have been so many times in my life where I have formulated great plans for my future and spent time and energy trying to forge a way forward, only for God to intervene and change my course completely. That’s not to say that my plans are always off course, because he has given me ambitions, gifts and dreams that are part of his design for my life and he uses these to fulfil his purposes.
The important thing to remember is that the Lord’s plans are greater than ours and his ways are higher than our ways. Our plans often centre on our own interests, even if we approach them with a selfless attitude – that’s just human nature. God on the other hand has a divine perspective and can see where our man-made plans will lead, just like parents can often see how their children’s decisions will work out with the benefit of life experience.
It takes faith to trust that even if our plans fall apart, our heavenly father has something greater in store, not just for our good, but also for his glory. How do we do this? By coming daily into God’s presence and seeking his will for our lives, praying for his spirit to work in guiding our decisions, and listening to his voice through scripture and the many other ways that he speaks to us. I encourage you to carve out some time over the coming weeks to be with God and listen for his voice among the business of life. He has a plan for each of us that eclipses anything we can dream up, and each of our lives is part of a greater purpose that will prevail in this life and in the one to come.
That’s it for now,