Walking through the airport this morning I caught a glimpse of a special Father-daughter moment and it melted me down a bit. Dad had just come off of a plane and he was holding the hand of his little toddler blonde haired blue eyed girl. Everything was normal until dad said a simple phrase “Do you want to run?” The little girl looked up at her dad and smiled and then did her best version of an awkward little run through the concourse… I started smiling from ear to ear, and then realized that quite a few other people saw the same thing and they were all smiling too. A cold hard airport concourse had just turned into a school yard for this little girl, but it had also transformed the hustle and bustle of the airport into a memory of a schoolyard for everyone who saw it.
Why did she run??
For exercise?? Of course not…. For a Race?? Heck no. For a profit??? NO! She ran for the sake of freedom, and it transformed her world and everyone else’s world around her into a better place. Now answer me this… when was the last time that you just let loose and ran…. down a hill….. come on, I know you’ve done something impetuous in your lifetime. When was the last time that you did something for the sake of freedom. When was the last time you dreamed a crazy dream?
What were the risks incurred by the act of running for this little girl?
1) Well obviously she might fall. Yes, but she could fall walking too
2) People would see her. Yes their is an inherent danger to standing out… we have to face our fear of being seen…. but come on man… do you really want to hide your whole life?
3) People could watch you fall. Yes they could, but what if you don’t fall?
Have you ever considered what might happen if you chase your dream and don’t fail?
When did we get so pragmatic? So focused on getting work done. Working so hard for our little pink houses…. trying to figure out how to get ahead and all the while losing what gave us hope, for the future and a peace for today.
Honestly I didn’t see what the end result of the little girl in the airport’s run was. I didn’t care… the simple fact that she started the run gave me a sense of happiness that I can’t describe…. and a sense of hope. It honestly changed my whole outlook on today. Maybe that’s the reason that we should run. Maybe if more of us would strike out on a path toward a dream that we’ve always had it would inspire more people to do the same, and before long we could change the culture to a more dream filled culture. A dream filled culture THRIVES. Is America THRIVING today?? No… America is “getting by”.
I mean think about it… why was OBAMA so popular 4 years ago?? “YES WE CAN” that’s why… 1 simple phrase that people believed in. I didn’t vote for him, but I had to admire the way his optimism set people on fire…. when he got elected I HOPED that he would be all that he said he would. Why are people so frustrated 4 years later? Mostly because somehow the “exceptionalism” of America has been deemed a bad thing. Now we’re being told that the exceptional is BAD… SERIOUSLY???? Think about it… why did America become the super power that we are?? Because we BELIEVED WE COULD BE. Because we believed that we could rise up and lead the world. That the lives of our children would be better than ours and because we believed prosperity was achievable?
Take a look at our country… ask about the current debt crisis and economy and they all say the same thing “hopeless”. Well then I submit to you that we’ve already lost.
What is a characteristic that all of the richest people in the world share??? Optimism… the belief that in the end, they will achieve what they set out to do regarless of the current circumstances. We could all learn from that couldn’t we? Did you know that subjects who visualiaze making every shot from a freethrow line actually make more shots than the subjects that don’t? There is an intangible quality that is impossible to quantify that makes you BETTER when you believe things like “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”.
I want my son and daughter to believe that they can do ANYTHING that they set their minds to, but how will they ever believe that if I haven’t lived that out in front of them??
I want my church worship team to believe that there is no ceiling on our ability to lead the city of Clarksville and the world, but how will they ever believe that if I don’t exemplify the dreamer?
I want the crew that rides on the Building429 bus to believe that they can achieve any dream that they desire, but how can they believe that if I don’t chase crazy dreams too?
Hilarious isnt it, that the most successful things in my life were all pipe dreams! haha. People told the core group that started our church that they would never make it, and that they shouldn’t try… but they did, and in 7 short years our church has become the biggest church in Clarksville, TN with eyes on influencing the WORLD. WHY? Because 20 crazy people left the sure thing… believing there was more… and RAN!!!
Building 429 is still a miracle. We were huge in 2004 with a massive hit song “Glory Defined” and then we faltered and people started chattering about how we should hang it up. Perhaps the thing I am the most proud of is the way that my brothers and I got back up after getting knocked down so far and still believed that God could do something spectacular with us. (HELLO…. “Where I Belong”)
Here’s the point of all of this…..
I think by and large we dream way too small. As a nation we need a new DREAM. All of us. I think even now I’m personally dreaming too small. So how can we dream bigger? How can we start to practice optimism on a daily basis? We serve a huge God and He can do all things right? So why not YOU? Why not US??
Some questions to consider:
1) What can I do on a daily basis to help myself get into the practice of dreaming big?
2) What dreams did I have that I let go of long ago, but are still viable today?
3) What proactive steps can I put on paper to help me begin to move toward bigger dreams and the HOPE that comes with that?
4) How can I exemplify the heart of a little girl running through the airport for my friends and family so that they will find the joy that comes with dreaming and believing as well?
My hope is that you will find the courage to roll down a hill with your kids, or dance like a fool at the park with your wife and enjoy the blessings that this life has to offer. In the end dreaming is what keeps my heart satisfied… because without a vision, a hope, a future… what do we have?? Breath????? It’s not enough. “Sometimes it feels like I’m Breathing but am I alive?” Great question…. RUN… you’ll find your life!
Wow……………………………….. that’s going to keep me up tonight. Thank you.
Love being a catalyst!!! DREAM BIG when you sleep!!!
WOW awesome thought provoking message. I keep listening to Where I Belong over and over again for the last week. Thankfully I have a job that I love and that makes a difference – I work with youth at my church and love almost every minute of it! 8 years ago after the death of my oldest son while he served in Iraq I Ran I left a job I hated and promised to live my life to honor him and would use it for God’s Glory. Jer was 21 and he lived his dream all he ever wanted was to be a Marine. I started a new life the day that his ended. I am not the same person I was then I am a new being. This year he would have been 30 and I will turn 50 and I will continue to RUN thanks for the encouragement and the reminder.
SOOOOOO inspiring to hear your story. I’m sorry about your loss, but proud of you for deciding to mix it up…. to jump in the fight and get off the sidelines!! I know God is using you to do huge things in those kid’s lives…. So awesome. So I have to know how did you let go of “Good” to gain “Great”?? I mean what was the thought process that made you just go for it????
the fact that Jeremiah always wanted to be a Marine and he lived his dream though his life was short in human lives it was huge in God’s eyes. In order for me to honor my son and to live out the promise I made that I would turn it around for God’s glory I had to follow my heart and listen to the direction that God wanted me to go. I started by substitute teaching for 3 years and that helped pay the bills until God blessed me with a job that he wanted me to have where I help people on a daily basis.
Unconditional love – some kids never get it. That is my purpose to love unconditionally, I can never replace the empty part of my heart that misses Jer but the love that I have for him I share with my kids. the letting go of the good to gain the great was truly a GOD thing. Trusting God.
What I love is the wisdom that you chose to display by holding down a job that wasn’t your ideal in order to wait for what the Lord would give you. So hard for people to understand that dreams are never about leaving responsibility… they are about believing and hoping for better! So proud of you! Keep RUNNING!! What is the old saying…. Do what you love for a living and you’ll never work a day in your life!!
Eva, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your son was serving to make it a better world for other and now you are working with other to better their world, Thank you! Putting time and love into others lives, especially the lives of youth, is such a blessing and such a showing of God’s love. You continue to run girl!! And Jesus will be running right along side of you! Blessings to you and your home. Linda
That was very inspirational. You’ve gotten me thinking quite a bit. Thanks for sharing this, Jason. =)
It is so amazing to have the freedom to dream, and an an all-powerful God who can help make those dreams a reality. This was a great thing for me to read tonight. Passions are starting to stir inside of me again lately and dreams are resurfacing. I’m so excited to see all that God has planned. Thank you for sharing this. The image of the girl running free will sit with me for a long time.
Love it Alicia!!!! You can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens YOU!! BELIEVE IT!!
Amazing how children don’t have a care in the world. I’d love to live like that too. So many fears hold us back, but the bible says: God has not given us a spirit of fear…
Fear is a big enemy, and probably most ignored. I want to live and have life in abundance and this is sumthin I definitely have to confront everyday. We are free and we ought not to go chain ourselves again voluntarily.
Thanx for the article. God bless you dudez 🙂
So True Naomi…. love that verse… my mom taught it to me when I was a kid and I still use it to steady myself when I get overly concerned with a performance or an appearance. Love that one!
Jason thank you for this. I was telling Jeannie this morning that I often talk of going on a mission trip but God always changes my direction right back to home. I’ve been involved with kid min for over a decade and presently at GCom. I get tired, frustrated etc but leaving this service…this act of love never crosses my mind. I have an in home daycare that can exhaust a normal human but I keep plugging along because they need me. I am their safe place, the hands of Jesus work through me to love these kids. I keep running that good…fantastic..wonderful race. My mission??? Surrogate mom, baby whisperer, caregiver…most definitely one of His. 🙂
L.I.F.E. always meant to me…Love-Intercession-Fellowship-Encouragement. Without those, you can lose out on so much in life.
Thank you for your encouragement to know my future is bright.
I will seek and pray to run, n live L.I.F.E.!
So much to look forward to. My tongue also needs to learn how to be used.
Let God get the glory in all that I do. Run!
On the way to Cantinas yesterday my son, Grant, sat in the back seat of our car. He quietly said,”Mom, do you think we’ll get to talk to B429 today?” Without hesitation I replied to him, “Grant, if that is your DREAM, pray right now that God grant you the desires of your heart.” God answered his dream in abundance and even better than we could ever imagine. On the way home I asked him if he had prayed. He said,”yes, mom I did. God answered my wish.” Thank you for having a role in showing my son God’s greatness. I tell him to DREAM BIG, because we have a BIG God!
Completely amazing!! So glad that we could be a part of a dream for him! Such a cool kid! We have to hang out again next time we’re in Cali!! By the way, did you enjoy the show??
We enjoyed it very much. We took a group of twenty (aren’t you glad we didn’t drag them all down to Starbucks). They were all newbies to your music. Everyone was amazing by your stage presence. Your new song is crazy good. It’s going to be huge. Best part was opening with Made For You & the closing of it revised.
First time I’ve read your blog and worth it it was. I’m glad for you, Jesse, Michael and Aaron never quit. There was something obviously in the cards for you!
Wow Jason! That was phenomenal! Really inspirational to me. I use to care a lot what other people thought of me and didn’t wanna let anyone down and later in life it got me in trouble. Then I found Christ and it has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. Never thought i would be where I am today. Graduated high school last year and now I’m in college. Why because I began to not think what others thought about me and how if I was smart that people may call me a nerd or other names but like you said I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Christ had a huge impact in me this month. I had no idea how I would start college and in a matter of a week with Christ it all fell into place. I registered for classes and paid for my classes in less than a week. The day before I went into the counseling center my aunt and uncle and I said a prayer and then after my uncle and I said a prayer together but instead I said it and rebuked everything that was cause me to feel stressed and all that. This day I ha to take placement exams ad two of them were in reading and writing which are my least favorite subjects. When I finished I found out I scored an 83/99 on one and 99/99 on one. Christ was really with me! Ten later I began to worry again about how am I gonna pay for this and is my parents gonna be ok with me going to out of state college. I then stopped said a quick prayer and called my mom and told her about all that went on. I told her that I was concerned about how to pay for my college and she then said she has money set aside for me and it was the exact amount I needed to go to college! Christ was surely moving mountains for me that day! That I my first testimony of my walk in faith and I’m glad to share it with you. You guys have been a huge inspiration to my father and I as we live listening to your music! I have been to a few of your concerts and you guys surely are amazing and have moved in my heart with what you guys sing and what you guys preach! God bless you all for what you do!
WOW, Jason this provoked in huge way. I was born with Turnersyndrome, Crohns, have had two open heart surgeries, one horseshoe shaped kidney. Pretty crazy huh ? This list goes on. But this hasn’t stopped me from stepping foot in India, Mexico 5 times and I’m Lord willing going to Kenya in December I wads suppose tot go last year but my health hasn’t been best, people said maybe you should not go. I let it get me down but this encouraged me to RUN !!! Thank you for posting.
Do proud of you staying in the fight!!! You are such an inspiration!!! Keep moving forward and trusting the lord!!!
Hey Jason! Thanks for this post! I’m gonna be starting my senior year pretty soon and I’ve been thinking and and rethinking carrer options and planning for stuff after high school. As we get older and move on from one milestone to another, I think it is so easy to lose the ability to dream big. I think as I go to college or university or wherever God is leading, I’ve got dream and remember that we were made for more than just breath.
This post is very moving, thank you Jason, as an 18 year old i want to work in the children’s ministry at my church, and every point you make in this post is what I want kids to know that they can dream big, they are capable of doing big things for the Kingdom of God. In middle school and high school these days I just feel like kids doubt each other and that lowers there confidence.
Jason, thank you for your blog! It’s a great challenge! I am facing watching my son break free and run! Next week my husband will go with him to get set up to start his first year of University! He is going in to be a teacher and an awesome teacher he will be! He has a big heart and loves the Lord! God has gone before him and we found a good Christian landlord and 3 other Christian room mates! Praise God that He’s been by my sons side for 21 years and will continue to run with him in his next leg of his race! To be honest though letting your first child go is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but praise God we can pray for him and know that Jesus is walking right beside him! I don’t know how one can let go with out the comfort of knowing Jesus! So thank you. I’ll try to take comfort as I remember the joy that my son is feeling as he takes on the next big run in his life! His name is Josh if you wouldn’t mind saying a prayer for him. Blessings and looking forward to more of your blogs! Linda
That’s such a huge step… I woke up on August the 7th of this year realizing I was halfway done with my time with my son as he had turned 9. I will pray for you and your family for sure. Tell your son to be strong and courageous!!
Jason thank you so much! And keep enjoying your time with you son and daughter, who by the way are so precious!, the time seems to go all to fast! I do have 1 more son at home who is 18, so not an empty nest just yet! Blessings on you as you continue to bless so many! Love your music! 🙂 Linda
The impact you have on your children doesn’t end when they turn 18.While it is true this is your time of greatest influence, the time and love you pour into them will effect everyday of their lives. It is obvious that they are very precious to you. You and your wife are doing an outstanding job. It shows in all the beautiful pictures you post. Your children glow with that love and acceptance. God bless you :0) Maria
I know why I love building 459 so much.Yes Jason you are so right in what you wrote . Thank You so much for all you do for Christ.
We need to enjoy our Lord Jesus Christ,our life ,children, Don’t forget how to live,love,laugh,dream,keep yourself true. Build your faith on the true rock . I am learning that through the storms and the rain of life. It rains really harder some days than other days . I am learning to Praise Him in the rain and storms that hit us . I do sometimes want to just quit. I can’t we have amazing 13 year old girl. For the doctors she should have been dead years ago . They have told me to give her up and let her to starve to death . That would be the best for her. The road has been very long, tired, over overwhelming all the time. I am really am trying to get myself together.I want to teach her no matter what storms comes in her life I want her to forget to dream ,act crazy , laugh, enjoy life and in brace what ever comes her way . I lost all of that when I had her because I lost myself. I did not lose the most important thing .
I held on to (Dad)God . It has made our bond like no other . Our faith has be made so strong . We been blessed with a church that is truly has a hunger for the lost .Once a month we go out in our community and show them that we care . Tonight was the night to go door to door have fellowship and show them We care. We want to show the light of the world that He has gave to use and that we truly care . Our hand out was socks .We are making a difference in the community. It is time that the people that says that they are Christians they need start showing their faith , Your faith helps you to grow fruits .I don’t want my family’s works to be dead.We are followers of Christ.Please stay close to Christ and hold him close . He is pouring in to each of you . You are pouring out in the songs he is giving you . Stay true to God,yourself, family and each other. Yes we name it claim it because it is all ready ours. God Bless each of you
P.S. I will have to tell you the story about the song Where I belong . That is my daughter’s song that she lives out everyday.She will tell you this world is not her home. She wants to go home
You are now added to my prayers…. bless you and your precious daughter.
I saw you guys in concert last night in paso. Great show. I can relate to your story. I have a 10 year old daughter who loves the Lord. I call her my social butterfly because she has faith that can move mountains. If I have a prayer request, I give it to her. She is amazing!
What an inspirational and timely message. This weekend my first Mission trip to Haiti was sidetrack by Huricane Issac!This was my first run. But we are going in Nov and it will be amazing. God has used you yet again to inspire and encourage me. My dream is to go where the Lord sends me and He has already said this is just the first trip!I can only do this through Christ who strengtens me.I love that verse!Jesus has so many dreams for us we just have to Listen to the Sound:)Thank you for this blog and your amazing ministry!God Bless you!
This also reminds me of how many people will “Run” before they have Christ in their lives.They struggle to find peace and happiness by turning to drugs,alcohol,ect….only to go down a long and lonely path. It’s great to see how when they welcome Jesus into their lives they will do a 360 degree turn around! Brian “Head” Welch comes to mind. When we run from what will harm us and begin that “Walk” with Jesus life has purpose and meaning!It’s so comforting to have a Father who loves us so much that he’ll never leave us nor forsake us!!Many times I wonder why I even deserve it,it’s very humbling at times.We as Christians are just a bunch of sinners and he still loves us! GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME……and…….ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!!! ISN’T IT WONDERFUL!!
Its a monday morning here in Nigeria and I needed to read this! With God I can do all things, so therefore I will dare to dream knowing that He knows every dream, every hope, every desire and he will make it come to pass as long as its to His glory.
Thanks men! Come to Nigeria soon :). Heck I’ll host you hahaha.
So proud to know that we have people who care in AFRICA!!! Hope to come see you sometime soon in NIGERIA!!
Great stuff Jason! I would add in that going after big dreams together as a husband and wife is one of the most powerful things that can happen in a marriage. Can’t tell you how many times we have looked at one another and quoted lines from one foot at a time this year. Keep blogging…we’re loving reading it! Miss you guys!
Hey Becky… we miss you guys too!!! DID I SEE YOU GUYS STARTING A CROSSFIT GYM?? sooooo cool!
Optimism is key to happiness. I run, I don’t follow the crowd. My God has given me freedom to run w my eyes open or closed. Without HOPE and believing in what we cannot see is key. Great thoughts Jason.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Being a parent is one of the greatest privileges that we can have. God gave us our kids as a gift to raise and have an influence on and to use to glorify him. I can appreciate a father asking his daughter if she wanted to run through the airport…not caring what others thought or said. Sometimes, I have a habit of dancing and being funny in public with my little girl. I am almost in a world with just the two of us. We should cherish the time we have with our kids.
So what I am getting out of your thoughts is RUN…but don’t care what others around think while doing this. When God is asking you to do something regardless of where you are at, do it at that exact point. You never know, God may be trying to get someones attention through you. The running you do, may influence someone else to do the same.
LOVE that you dance with your little girl in public!! So amazing!! Keep being brave for the sake of your children… when they see the way that you love them in public completely unashamed of what others think they will know the love of JESUS!!
If you can’t RUN……then skip,hum,sing,walk….enjoy life through the eyes a child. Optimism is key!
Jason that was great. I really dream to be a great parent, husband, Pastor, teacher, and friend. I love how you threw in the last part from “Where I belong”. Thanks. That was really good. Keep typing up these things. 😀
As I sit here in tears all I can think about now is running. Running away from the negativity that fuels my fear which keeps me bound to the thing I fear the most. Running towards new opportunities that have surfaced. Running towards dreams I never thought were attainable. Thanks JRoy for bringing inspiration and hope to a darkened world! “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
Thank You!!! As one who, for the most part, is positive, it is a struggle/challenge when it seems that all who surround you are so negative AND don’t wish to escape from it’s vicious cycle…I keep them in my prayers. Again, thank you for this wonderfully written, uplifting piece! ..am bookmarking it! 🙂 God bless you, your family and friends always.
How very true… When I was little, around five or so, I always dreamed of being a writer and publishing my stories. So what did I do? I took my dream and ran with it! I mean RAN!! I couldn’t spell correctly at that age, sure; I started with complete gibberish, no plotline, just random things, but it’s amazing where that led me. I’ve been writing for 7 or so years and now I have a novel self-published. I, of course, did fail a bit. I had attempted to edit myself and had completely missed a ton of errors, forgot to fix a few minor plot mistakes, blah-blah-blah. People still loved it, but I was a little perturbed that I had messed up, but thankfully, a good friend of mine who is majoring in English opted to help me do a second edition, and so far the two of us have done great work. I’m nearly finished with it!
But wait! I had to think about it recently: Who says you won’t mess up? Nobody’s perfect, right? After all, even bestsellers have typos and errors. It happens. Another thing: you can’t really do it yourself, either.
Reading your blog here also made me switch perspectives and bring it to a greater level. When make mistakes we have to learn from them. When we have a dream, we should pursue it and see where it takes us. The gifts that God gave us were for a reason… so why hide them, why waste them?
And, you can’t do life yourself. God should be at the center and the first one you go to, but it’s also good to have people around, friends, family, that will help you along, encourage you, and pick you up, just like He does. People who reflect Him one way or another.
Thanks for another great post! I’m more determined than ever to pursue the dreams and plans that He has for me.
Love this… your mistakes make you who you are. Truly…. The scars that I wear on my body are all stories… moments were I learned… and where I picked myself up and kept fighting. I won’t trade those, because they make me who I am and give me perspective that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Keep RUNNING Sophia!! You can DO IT!!
So true! Thanks again Jason!!
I’ve gotta say, too, that I’m truly inspired by your story. I really love where you’re at and how you’ve gotten so far; how you RAN. Proof right there that all things are made possible with Him, huh??
Your story, your blog posts, your music… they’ve always gotten me through hard times. Keep on running!
Great post! Just think about how the world would be if no one chased their dreams…just to name one, we wouldn’t have Building 429 and that would make me oh so sad! 🙂 Anyway, right now I’m struggling with my dreams. I currently teach Kindergartners and it’s what I just knew I would be doing. It was my dream in high school and what a blessing to be able to do it, BUT lately, I feel that God is pulling at me on something new, but I am faithfully and prayerfully waiting for him to open the doors necessary to make my new dream a reality, IF that is what HE wants me to be doing anyway. I find myself asking…is this just what I want or is it what God wants me to do? I don’t want to do what I want…I want to do what God wants me to do. This new dream involves promoting Christian concerts and sharing the love of Jesus through music. So far I have promoted 2 concerts at our church and am having our third in October! Bringing in bands and artists is so amazing. Hearing the stories minutes, hours, days even weeks later about how that show changed their life or encouraged them to change, it just melts my heart. It makes all that hard work totally worth it! You know as well as I do that a show can forever change someone’s life. I want God to use me as a vessel to bring more people to know him. I feel that God definitely wanted me to read this post and once again thank you for posting it. You are such an encouragement and hopefully I can continue to RUN! Be Blessed! 🙂
What I forgot to mention yesterday about my dream of going on Mission trips is that I am 54 years old. And while the Lord has me in the best shape of my life I am far from physically fit! When I go it will only be through Christ’s strength in me. When I am weak,He is strong!To God be all the glory! Am I a little scared-yes. Excited- incredibly and filled with incredible joy. Jesus has been whispering dreams to me lately that will take me completely out of my confort zone but I trust Him completely to lead me through every one. I am so inspired by all these comments from people who are daring to run against incredible odds. Thank you for this blog. Please don’t stop writing it as well as those amazing songs that I sing everyday. The other day I realized that in a few weeks I will be living out part of You Save Me.Holding my breath taking a step and talking to little Haitian children and their Moms about Jesus. Again God Bless you for inspiring, encouraging and teaching me and millons of others. Your honesty and humility when you are so talented is truly beautiful. You are a mighty Man of God Jroy!
Thank you so much for writing this awesome blog. You have inspiried me not to give up on my dreams. One of my dreams is coming true in two weeks Saturday. I was asked to sing at a Woman’s Conference at my sister’s church. The worship leader asked me because she heard that I love to sing. I was touched that she would ask me. I haven’t sung in over four years, I used to be a part of a worship team but the leader litterly kicked me off the team. At the church that I attend now I was told that my voice isn’t strong enough to be a part of the team. I will be honest with you, there have been times that I wanted to give up on my dreams of ever singing again. The Lord has different plans for me, Jeremiah 29:11 and Philippians 4:13 are two of my life verses. I will be singing four songs for the conference. You are one omy inspirations, my dream is to sing with you one day. My parents always tell me not to give up on my singing, the have always encouraged me in my life. I love the song Where I Belong as well. God bless you, I love your music.
Thanks again for writing this blog, I look forward to read more of your blogs. Love Marjan
You guys are totally my top favorite group.
All I have to say is WOW. I am 13 years old and lost my dad 5 days before my birthday. I felt as if all my dreams were lost and that I could never have that full family feeling ever again. Then I went to JFest soon after that at Camp Jordan in TN. You don’t have to have to have everyone alive to be a family. You have the AMAZING God and everyone else. And your song “Where I Belong” and “Listen to the Sound” those are my favorite. After our youth group got together afterwards we discussed our favorite verses in the bible…mine were Philipians 4:13 and Jerimiah 29:11. Those verses and “RUN!!!” have really inpired me to do somethimg way out there for me ever since Febuary 7th. Thank you Jason.!!
Yesterday one of my dreams came true, I sang at a Woman’s Conference. The topic was about being a light in the darkness. The verse for the conference was taken from Psalm 27:1. I felt very blessed to have been a part of the day. I helped to lead the singing, plus I sang 3 songs on my own. It was an emotional time for me. I was well accepted yesterday by the ladies at the conference. It had been over four years since I sang in front of anyone. I let the Lord take control of the singing. I look forward to hear new music from you guys, and to see you guys in January at Breakforth here in Edmonton. Take care and God bless you and the rest of the band. Love Marjan