1Corinthians 9:18 "What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it." (NIV)

My name is Kate.  I strive to live my life every single day for the Glory of God.  But do I succeed at that?  Absolutely not.  I fall short, every single day.  But I am saved by the Blood of Christ; and I strive to further His Kingdom, even though I know I will fall short.  Why?  Because it is what I am called to do.  Through music and relationships.  Those are the gifts I was entrusted with, and since I did not ask for them, I had better use them to the best of my ability.  I will not hide them under a rock, instead I will stand on The Rock and use them for The Glory of God!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The next Austin installment

So, I am heading back down to Austin on July 4th for 9 days!!!  I am so excited to go.

And the most exciting thing?  Is that The Lord just keeps opening doors for me down there!

I won't go into all the gritty details, but He has provided a place for me to stay (with a lady that I met the last time I was down there), and has connected me with new people already who I will be meeting when I go down, including a Mary Kay Director whose Sales Meeting I'll be attending.

I'll finally be connecting with Paul Vick in person, and meeting his wife too.  And who knows what else will come together in the next 51 days before I leave (yes, I know how many days until I go) :)

My friend Jen, who is planning to move there with me is likely visiting with me in July, at least for part of it.  So I'm really excited about that too!  God is so good, and He provides everything that we need, and He paves the way--all we have to do is walk on His path.

Leading worship

So, I have a new venture upon me.

I will be leading worship at my Grandparents church in Fairfield, ALL BY MYSELF! This is a new thing for me, and I'm pretty excited about it!

Not only that, but it is Children's Sunday, which is even better since I directed the Children's Choir at my church in Massachusetts for 2 years, and led the Children's Worship. So my head is full of kids worship songs, and kid-friendly songs.

Plus, this church doesn't really know ANY of the popular worship songs. Most of them don't even know who Chris Tomlin is I'm sure. So I plan to teach them some songs too.

Then, I got an email from my Aunt the other day who also attends that church, and she informed me that not only am I leading worship when I go, but I AM the service that day. Yup, the entire service is mine...and she said I can do whatever I want. I can do kids songs, worship songs, perform some songs, preach, anything I want. And she's totaly serious. So...this should be interesting.

I plan to do some kids songs, and some worship songs. I really want to teach them all songs they can enjoy--that is my goal. To get them comfortable with modern worship songs.

I thought I would share this too. Some of my friends on Worship Frequency discovered this website which we can share our own music on! So far I only have one song up, but I'm working on more. (It'll probably take me some time to get them up though)

(if there is no 'play' button, then click on "01 Kate Libby - I Love You Lord" and the song will play)

Worship as a way of life

It is impressed upon me more and more, that worship as a way of life (in our day to day lives) is oh so important.  It isn't like I didn't know this previously, but I feel as though I am being prodded and reminded of it more and more.  Which leads me to believe that I myself need to become more conscious of this.  What does this mean exactly?  I'm not quite sure.  But I would think that it requires first of all that you give up your own earthly desires and inclinations.  It requires that you probably will have to do things that aren't necessarily in your own plans.  What am I talking about?

Well, it was announced the other day that Chris Tomlin and band may be moving to Atlanta to plant a new church (A Passion Church possibly?) with Louie Giglio.  The comments from people at The Stone (Chris's church) say that Chris did not necessarily seem happy about this idea of moving to Atlanta.  That his comment about it was that he does not like the idea of living in Atlanta and likes being in Austin, but that he was trying to follow God's leading.  Wow!  Talk about living a life of faith!  Being willing to go to a place that you have no desire to go, is huge. 

I mean, here I am, planning a move to Austin--which is a place I WANT to go, I desire to go there, and here is this guy who is telling The Lord that he is willing to go to a place he has no desire to live.  Talk about giving up your life for The Lord.  Now, nothing is set in stone yet--they aren't going for sure.  They have put their houses on the market and are going to see if they sell and go from there.  The housing market is amazing in Austin, and houses usually go pretty fast--so we'll see what happens.