May 15th 2001: Wow, it seems like just a little while ago I was getting ready to go to the Dove Awards. A couple of days before, I was asked if I'd like to present the award for the Inspirational song of the year and the Southern Gospel, Country and Bluegrass song of the year. My biggest concern, of course, was what to wear and being able to pronounce the nominees' names right. What fun it was. The most special thing about the experience was that the director aired a home video of a girl in Minnesota who had heard my song "Live My Faith" one late night and it helped her make some very serious decisions. To me, that is what my music is all about. My prayer is that it is a comfort and a blessing to those who hear it.

I just returned from a women's conference in Traverse City, MI where I met almost 300 of the greatest ladies I've ever had the chance to meet. We had a blast. Liz Curtis Higgs, the author of many great books, one being "Bad Girls of the Bible", was the main speaker and her ministry is much needed. Not only does she help us laugh out loud at ourselves, she reminds us that God loves His children no matter how many mistakes we've made. His grace is too great to put in a box or in a cage. I personally know that it is easy to put ourselves in both.

For years I was afraid that I'd never be good enough to serve Him. Then one day after a long time of searching for His will for my life, it was as if I heard a clear voice in my heart telling me to forgive myself and get on with it. I could almost hear Him say that He had forgiven me a long time ago and I was wasting time. Thank you Lord for Your watch and care over us.

I am so fortunate to go to these different churches and places to sing and give my testimony. I pray so very hard that the person who might be helped or comforted will be there each time. I sang in a church recently where this was just the case. A lady who was really suffering hard with her Multiple Sclerosis was in the second row. I have to say it was the first time I truly broke down during a concert. I wish I could make every one's suffering go away. All I know to do is to point them to the only hope for us all, Jesus Christ.

I'm reading now in 2nd Kings in the Bible. Elisha is so gifted by God. At times I am hopeful that I may be given a portion of his gift.

I'm traveling quite a bit right now to sing. Please keep me in your prayers. I pray that I am a blessing to those who I get to meet and that I always honor our Lord. My prayer is that whatever gifts I have been given will be used wisely and with love. I hope to be a good servant like I'm reading Elisha was.


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