Why Did I Create this Site?
I began sharing inspirational contemporary Christian music during the beginning days of March 2020. Since our church was shut down, I felt the need to support and comfort my church choir, family, and friends, that had been very special to me over the years. I came up with the idea to offer a weekly contemporary or sometimes traditional Christian praise song to go along with my friend’s morning/evening devotion, online message, or weekly moment of praise. With this music selection, I added my thoughts regarding the music’s message, perhaps the artist, its relevance to our lives today, and our Father’s mercies and love towards each of us. Knowing that many found themselves alone, isolated, confused, frustrated, and angry with what was going on with and around them and their loved ones, I thought having a song sent out weekly might offer comfort, hope, assurance, peace, and affirmation of our Father’s love and continued provisions even through our most difficult seasons.
I believe we live in a self-concerned and motivated society that is often happy to take our money, time, and resources from us. If I could be an instrument of our Father’s selfless love by delivering a positive message and bringing a moment of praise and worship into others’ lives for a few minutes each week with no expectation, I would be happy to do so.
Over the decades, I have been involved in the music ministry of various churches. I have had the privilege to lead traditional music and be at the forefront of introducing contemporary music from the 70s to today, 2021. In the first days, we played music by J. W. Peterson, Don Wyrtzen, the Gaithers, Keith Green, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, today’s artist, Darlene Zuskow, Elevation Worship, Chris Tomlin, and Canadian artist Matt Maher.
During the many years of music ministry, I have learned that music is powerful; it can break down walls we create, bring unlikely people together, soften our hearts, teach biblical truths of our Father’s love, sacrifice, redemption plan of salvation, enable the indescribable presence of the Holy Spirit within our Praise and Worship, and most importantly allow us to give praise and honour to our Heavenly Father.
I believe the Holy Spirt was at work in the composers of inspirational songs from generations of old and alive today in inspiring current artists with new contemporary songs being introduced to a new generation. I am happy to include old musical favourites, How Great Thou Art, Great is thy Faithfulness, new contemporary music, Way Maker, Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) and everything in between, if we allow it, can spark a spirit of praise and worship to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us in each of us.
My intention is not to dazzle as a great preacher, theologian, or writer (this will be clear) but as an everyday person trying to bring comfort, hope, peace and joy to everyone I can. I hope to point you to praise songs that can help you as they do me, sing, pray, and praise our Lord and Creator. My heart desires that you come back over and over to this website, to your favourite praise song for encouragement, for comfort, to reflect upon the mercies and blessings upon your life, to feel the presence of our God’s living Holy Spirt through worship, to sing, pray, laugh, dance, cry, but mostly to praise our Lord and Father as we were indeed created2praise.
The idea to create this music blog site came from a nudge from the Holy Spirit. I am not sure how it will be received, but if this endeavour encourages you to be moved by the Holy Spirit for a work He has set out for you, please let me know. I will be thrilled to hear of your promptings and offer encouragement.
I also understand we come from many religious institutes and backgrounds; I realize what I write of and believe may be different from your understandings and teachings, but I hope in such cases, this blog will prompt each of us to think about what we believe and allow us each to search for our promptings from the Holy Spirit as well strengthen our faith and relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.