Friday, August 17, 2012

Quick Update

Hey Everybody,

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, so I wanted to drop a quick line to those of you who are still checking for it . The last 5 months have been filled with a combination of:

1. Caring for and enjoying my wife Blair and our now 7-month old son Sage.

The Lord has definitely been showing me a lot through fatherhood. His love and care for His children is more clear now than it's ever been. It also has made me more and more grateful that God's disposition towards me is not based on my performance, but on what Christ accomplished at Calvary on my behalf. That's good news for a husband and father like me who daily finds something new to repent of!

2. Traveling for concerts, speaking engagements and conferences.

It's been a blessing to meet some of you out there on the road. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. The world of Christian music is a strange one indeed and your timely words of encouragement and appreciation go a long way and help me to keep going.

3. Serving at my local church.

Blair and I lead a community group and I've been serving on the sound team, along with having a few opportunities to preach. I'm intentional about not missing many Sundays and really trying to be involved in the life of our local church. This helps to keep me grounded in real life rather than the fantasy world of concerts with hundreds of admirers. Whenever an artist finds that he or she has more interaction with people who are "fans" than with true friends, that is a recipe for pride, which means destruction can't be too far down the road (Proverbs 16:18). That is a terrifying thought to me. Sacrificing some time on the road in order to truly be plugged in at your church is one practical way to guard against this.

4. Having a new home studio installed

This should enable me to record my vocals more easily now. (Prior to this, recording meant traveling to Lamp Mode's studios which are a 3 hour ride to Philly from DC.) My hope is that this will help put new music into your hands more quickly than before.

5. Writing for new projects

I have a few things in the works that I look forward to sharing with you when the time is right, which should be soon, Lord willing. If you remember, please pray that God would do for me what He did for Bezalel in Exodus 31:3. I would really appreciate that!

 What's Happening Now

Lamp Mode, the label I record with, is currently working through some minor internal re-structuring. They'll give more info about this soon, but what it means for me and you is that I will soon be focusing my online interaction in one concentrated place (a new website maybe?), which will be where you can go if you want info about what I'm doing. I do plan to continue blogging with much more consistency in updates, but it may not be with here with blogspot. I may merge this into another location, once and for all. Either way, I'll keep you posted about what I'm doing. In the meantime, the best way to stay plugged in with what's going on with me is to follow me on Twitter, where I post regularly, if not daily.

Thanks for your prayers. I appreciate y'all more than you know and I'm looking forward to what the Lord has in store for this next leg of the journey!

grace and peace,


hezlord said...

PRAYING for you. Thank you for helping me WORSHIP our God more through Attributes of God!

Anonymous said...

Squarespace is a great blogging tool that looks phenomenal. Not free, but worth it if you'll use it. Hope to see you in concert soon! Swing by Oklahoma if you get the inclination.

Brett Cox said...

Glad to hear it all Shai. Thanks for the update. Will be praying for what you asked. I ask that the Lord will be delighted with your life and your works for His glory. Thanks for living for Him.

Baliva said...

Thanks for the update shai, glad to hear all the developments, will be praying for you. Hope you can come to london again.

The AJm said...

Good luck my brother, prayer from this saint is granted at the very least. Good luck with your son!

The Blainemonster said...

Nothing like being a daddy to teach us about Abba Father!

Anonymous said...

Your son is adorable. Also glad to see a new update. I've been checking from time to time. Didn't realize it had been so long.

Michael said...

Thanks for the word, chief.

Looking forward to more God-glorifying tunes.

Brian H. said...

Thanks for the update, Shai Linne.
I was wondering how things are going. In the silence, you have not been quiet. A word for me too... Productivity/ in obscurity/ needs to be my cup of tea./ Yet to be lifted up/comes from the mercy of the gospel/not for me to shirk/ Or lurk in shadows/ but work/For the glory of the One who saved this jerk... Not for the glory of me and mine/ not for the praise of my name's marquee/ But able to display my life as a sign/ Of the goodness of God and His moral beauty.