welcome music lovers!
The Most Important Thing You Need to Know...
...is not how to play music well! It's to know God. To have a relationship with Him and live in His love. To know you are safe and on your way to heaven when life is over.
How can you know this?
First, there are two things you must admit:
1) All have sinned - including you - and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin is violating God's laws.
2) All sin deserves to be punished. The Bible says God's punishment for sinners is death in the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." God takes sin very seriously. Each sin is an offense to His holiness and He cannot allow sin into His presence.
Who then can be saved?
Although our sin carries with it the death sentence, there is good news! Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, came into the world to save sinners. He paid for our sins with his own life's blood when He died on the cross. "For Christ hath also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust..." 1 Peter 3:18 tells us. The penalty that we owe is forgiven!
What must I do to be saved?
When you understand that the debt of your sin has already been paid, there is one more thing left to do - ask God for His mercy and His forgiveness. It's a prayer He will never ignore. The Bible says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9). God is rich in mercy to all who call upon Him!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
If you have trusted on God for your salvation, and asked him to be your personal Savior, please let me know so I can rejoice with you!
I grew up in a Christian home and was around church music all my life. My parents put wonderful, godly music in our home. More importantly, they placed a premium on the Gospel and obeying it. When I was ten, my family moved to Southeast Asia as short-term missionaries. Due to health reasons, we returned to the States six months later. I began taking piano lessons from a young lady in our church. We moved again, and I started lessons with a new teacher, June P., who taught me how to improvise and greatly influenced my musical journey. I was just an average student, but I did enjoy playing the hymns I was familiar with. At age sixteen, we moved back to SE Asia where I continued lessons with a classically-trained pianist. This experience was invaluable to me as I learned more precision and technique.
After returning to the states, graduating college, and marrying my Mr. Wonderful, I was blessed with the opportunity of playing piano on a regular basis for my local church. I continue to serve as a pianist as well as a teacher for budding pianists in my community.
I began arranging hymns in 2014. God has been so good in giving me tools and inspiration to complete each one. In 2020, I recorded my first solo piano CD, The Haven of Rest, with Faith Music Missions in Evansville, Indiana. I pray that the great songs of the faith that God has given to us are a blessing to you as you hear them in, perhaps, a new and fresh form.
The Psalmist says it best, "Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise" (Psalms 33:3). God created music and intended it to glorify Him. As a new creature in Christ, my desire is to please Him with my music. Thus, I shun styles of music that entertain the flesh and promote wrong desires.