Songs that 'see' Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As a songwriter I was encouraged by this verse this morning:

Psalm 40:3 "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord."

I get the impression that people can 'see' things when they hear a song. Maybe they can see hope or love or a reason to get up and live today because of what we sing. I certainly have been touched by a song many times in my life.

A truth set to music can really do something deep in your soul, even change your mind.

So as I set out to write a song today, I hope that it will be a song that God puts in my mouth and causes the listeners to see God in such a powerful way that they actually end up trusting Him either for the first time or for the millionth time!

posted by Frances Drost on 04/10/2012

Rainy days remind me..... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I think I'll go into weather forecasting. I could have predicted rain for just about every day in April here in PA and been 'partly to mostly' accurate.

Too many dreary days in a row can really affect my mood if I'm not careful.

Now that I'm aware of this tendency, I'm finding ways to change my attitude since I can't change the weather.

I was challenged by the following passage at church one night and have been mulling it over and over - especially when it rains.

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

Spring is the perfect time to be reminded that even though things look lifeless, overnight things will change. Well, not quite
overnight, but sometimes it can seem that way.

The truth is, it takes time for the process of new life. Though it's never real clear as to when the change happens, sure enough, at some point you will begin to see new life on the trees and everywhere else in nature.

I spend time praying, meditating on the scripture and listening to uplifting music. Many times I don't feel like I see much change in my life as an immediate result.

But now when it rains, I remind myself that just as it is raining and I can't see much change in the earth, the truth is, things ARE happening and the earth IS changing.

Finally, there are leaves on the trees and the grass is growing.

The Father compares His Word to the cycles of rain and snow. He promises that just as the rain waters the earth and brings forth buds and food, His word will do what He sent it to do in me. I cling to that promise and I use rainy days to help remind me of that promise.

Another promise I cling to is found in Romans 12:2a "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind". ESV

As I renew my mind with truth and God's promises, somehow I am transformed, changed like the caterpillar into the butterfly. I don't know how it happens, but there's power in setting our minds on things above - like God's love and forgiveness. I might not see change overnight, but He sent His word and I'm expecting it to accomplish what He promised.

We expect that eventually Spring will come and everyone will see the effects of that dreary rainy season and we will be so glad.

Prayer:

My dear Father, help me to remember that even on the rainy days as the earth is being transformed without me seeing it, so is Your word at work in my life, changing me and making me a new person in heart and mind.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/01/2011

Not-so-fine china Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

My husband mentioned recently that we've had more people over for a meal in the past month than any time he can remember.

I discovered that having something positive to focus on (like having a meal to get ready for friends) was a good dose of medicine for a bad case of the winter blues. So I increased the dosage!

There are so many excuses I've had in the past for not inviting people over:

* house is old and needs work, wait until it's perfect
* kitchen is small and needs work, wait until it's re-painted and en-larged
* landscaping is not as I'd like, wait until it's perfect
* don't have enough serving dishes that match, wait until I get more
* I tend to have bad accidents in the kitchen, wait until I'm perfect
* my grandmother's china is nice, but it's cracked and stained, too embarrassing to use???

I think you get the idea.

When my need for having people around outgrew my need to be perfect and impressive, I discovered that it is much more enjoyable to put aside all my flaws, get out my flawed china and start sharing my heart and home with others.

My kitchen is still small, my home still needs some work (we weren't going to live here this long and here we are 21 years later) and my precious grandmother's china is far from perfect, but we've been having a great time getting to know others better in spite of it all.

My not-so-fine china is actually a beautiful picture of life. Why wait until it's perfect to share it. Maybe others will feel a bit more free to share their heart too when I realize ALL of us are a bit cracked and stained.

After all, my imperfections are easily shared in my songs, why not my home?

posted by Frances Drost on 03/03/2011

Recalculating Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been enjoying using my new GPS, most of the time. I've encountered a few challenges with it, however.

My short term memory creates a problem when the unemotional voice prompts me to take a turn and within a few short seconds I can't remember what she just said. It works much better for me now that I've figured out how to make her repeat the directions.

Then there's the challenge of exactly how far 200 feet really is. I've never been good at judging distances. It'd be better if she would tell me to turn at the blue house with red shudders or look for the pizza shop on the left. I just have no idea how far .4 miles is. (Anyone want to travel with me?)

My first experience with a GPS was in Germany and it was not a good one. (imagine 4 hours of traveling in a foreign country after an all-night flight and listening to 'recalculating' over and over). I decided then that I would never get 'one of those'.

My husband decided otherwise, and I'm glad he did. I'm also thankful for the 'recalculating' because I know that eventually I'll end up at my destination, even if I take a wrong turn.

It reminds me of God's grace somehow. Sometimes I take a wrong turn and wonder how on earth I'll get back on track. But I know that He is always watching over me and He is a Father who finishes the good work He begins in us, even when we get off the main path.

Whether we weren't paying attention to His leading because we were distracted or just plain chose to take a rabbit trail, He is recalculating and working all things out for our good.

Proverbs 16:9 says "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." NIV

Now that's a GPS I can count on!

posted by Frances Drost on 02/01/2011

The Ring Reminder Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

The Ring Reminder
Recently I lost one of my favorite rings. My husband gave it to me for my birthday one year.

This ring has a tendency to slide off my finger easily when I'm doing housework. Especially when I'm washing the floors on my hands and knees. Something about the suds makes it slide right off. (Or maybe it's trying to get out of cleaning!)

I looked through the house over and over to no avail. I even emptied out the trash bag filled with gross paper towels, wet and dirty from cleaning usage and even unwrinkled them to look for the symbol of love. Still no ring.

I finally gave up and prayed that God would help me find it. I had done all I knew to do short of taking all the pipes apart to see if it went down the drain.

As days turned into weeks, my heart struggled to keep hoping.

Last week I was getting ready for bed when I dropped the stud of an ear ring on to the floor. I got down on my hands and knees to look for the small piece of jewelry on the carpet. When I still couldn't find it, I got down as low as I could and peeped under the dresser. Sure enough - there was my ring.

How it ever ended up there is a mystery. The fact that I don't always vacuum under the dresser every week is such a blessing at times like this for I surely would have vacuumed up the ring if I was an immaculate housekeeper. (Don't even go there!)

It was a pleasant reminder when it comes to some other prayers I've been praying. Lately I've been struggling with fear and anxiety over many things. I know the Bible says not to worry or have any anxiety about ANYTHING, but to pray about everything WITH thanksgiving. Knowing is always easier than doing.

I am tempted to try and solve my own problems, get a normal job to help fix all the things that have been breaking down around here, etc. ie. Just got word that our car will cost more to fix than what we paid for it. But then I'm taking things into my own hands, just like the desperate searching the house for the ring.

It seems like when I finally just released it all to God and asked Him to show me where it was, He gently led me to it when I wasn't even looking for it.

My problems, worries and cares are no different. I am learning to just release it ALL to Him and ask Him to lead me to the solutions instead of driving myself nuts with figuring out solutions on my own.

Yes, I'm glad I found the ring, but the truth is, the main reason is that it serves as a constant reminder to me that God will help me find all the solutions I need, as I trust Him to lead me. Worry drives me, but God leads me. I prefer to be led.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/11/2010

A Walk With My Father Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been pondering how much the Father loves us lately.......more so than usual.

I have this incredible hunger to experience His love in deeper ways as I find deep holes in my soul that can only be filled with His love.

I went for a walk recently and my sole purpose in going was to imagine myself walking with Him. I'm trying to talk to Him more and more as if He were right here with me ALL the time. (I know that He is.....in my head, but my heart has a hard time 'getting it'.)

To really grasp His love, I have been contemplating what it means to be child-like. As a child, my most favorite thing to do with my father was simply just be with him, no matter what we were doing.

My walk on this day was a tangible way for me to 'be' with my heavenly Father.

I couldn't help but record some of the scenes we saw. I knew when I got back home I wanted to write a piano song to go with the pictures.

You can view the video under the tab 'video' on my page. Look for the video entitled "A Walk With My Father."

posted by Frances Drost on 11/01/2010

"Talk To Yourself - really!" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Have you ever called your phone and left a message for yourself? (please say yes! I'll feel better.)

I can't even remember why I did it, but one day I called my land line from my cell phone and gave myself a cheery "Hey you" message.

Frankly, I don't remember why I did it or what all I said to myself.

But later, when I checked my messages, I was perplexed at the strange voice on the phone. It seemed familiar, but whoever called didn't leave their name or number. (the nerve....how is one to return calls when you don't know who to call?).

Then the light went on. It was my own voice. Silly me. I had a good laugh. (You might be of the artistic temperament if you find encouragement from your own phone messages.)

But it might not be that strange when you think about it. The psalmist David talked to himself sometimes for encouragement.

Psalm 103:1-3 (A Psalm of David)

"Praise the Lord, I tell myself;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, I tell myself,
and never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases." (NLT)

Perhaps if David lived today, he would use his cell phone to call his land line and leave himself a message. Why not put technology to use in an encouraging way I say!

You see, there is something about being vocal about encouragement. It's one thing to think to yourself that you should be encouraged but it takes it to a whole new level when you say it out loud, like David must have done.

We all know speaking an encouraging word to someone is much more effective thanthinking it. I don't think it's much different when it comes to encouraging ourselves in the Lord either.

Try it.

Talk to yourself, out loud; encourage yourself to praise the Lord and remember that He is good!

Or leave yourself an encouraging message on your answering machine. (You might want to make sure no one else is in the room when you check your messages though.)

Nothing like hearing your own voice tell your own soul to be encouraged.

P.S. If you try this - let me know how it works for you!

Have a beautiful day. You are loved by the Father of all creation!

posted by Frances Drost on 09/30/2010

The Marriage Bouquet Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

A few weeks ago Tom (my husband) was taking a shower and I was in the kitchen doing dishes. A typical scenario.

All of a sudden from out of the bathroom came this odd question. "Is there a reason there are clothes in the toilet?"

How would you answer this question from your spouse?

A) Yes, there is a reason, leave them alone please.
B) I don't know, but I'm sure whoever put them there had a reason.
C) No, there is NOT a reason.
D) What do you mean there are clothes in the toilet?

I went for multiple choice answer D since I knew nothing about any clothes in the toilet.

Now I've been known to put mousse on my face instead of in my hair and get mighty close to putting something other than coffee grounds in the coffee pot, but I've yet to put clothes in the toilet.

I could have blamed it on the children, but we don't have any. Just 2 cats. I'd be impressed if they did it.

Now if you were me, wouldn't you assume that Tom did it since they were HIS clothes in the toilet? (Turns out, he did put them in there thinking it was the hamper. Did I mention we're still in our 40's).

Well, on September 2, we celebrated 21 years of marriage and we find more and more reasons to laugh at AND with each other. We are about as opposite as you can get when it comes to our personalities.

It reminds me of my flowers growing around my yard. Some are very small and dainty, others are big and bold. But you put them together and they show each other off.

Same way in relationships. It's our differences that make our uniqueness stand out. It can also be a point of contention if we're not careful. (Like the clothes in the toilet - I thought his question was worded a bit accusingly - as if he assumed I put them in there. He claims he has no memory of putting any clothes in the toilet.

So as I reflect on the bouquet I gathered from my yard, my husband is the bold orange, and I'm more like the delicate purple with all kinds of smaller intricacies, but together, we make up a beautiful marriage bouquet.

Just need to keep it well watered!

posted by Frances Drost on 09/29/2010

"Who Do You Think You Are?" 6.29.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Have you ever stepped out in faith regarding something you felt strongly about only to find a haunting question plaguing you every step of the way? "Who do you think you are?"

I think David must have heard that attitude when he stepped out to face Goliath. They questioned his motives, his age and his ability.

What if we turn that question around to our nagging doubts....."Who do YOU think YOU are?

posted by Frances Drost on 06/29/2010

"Destined" 6.28.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

If you're like me, you often get the feeling that you were destined for more than what you are experiencing.

I think it's the kind of feeling that actually keeps us going at times. A certain restlessness that occurs right before we embark on a new opportunity.

I think perhaps we came built this way. Always hungering for more. That can be a downer if it comes to material things, but not when it comes to God and pursuing His Kingdom! Hunger keeps us searching for Him in deeper ways.

Certainly King David felt that same sense of destiny in his heart. It must have gripped him when he heard Goliath defy the name of the Lord and frighten the army of Israel. They were stricken with fear!!! He didn't like to see God's people feeling that way I bet.

David must have found the courage to fight Goliath because of the hope he had on the inside of the plans God had for His own children.

Today's song is an attempt to express my thoughts about David from yet another angle. I believe we all carry this same sense that we too were destined for more.

posted by Frances Drost on 06/28/2010

Love of The Deepest Kind 6.15.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I'm still impressed as I read through the story of David and Goliath, but for a new reason this time around.

David killed the lion and the bear to protect the sheep of the pasture he had been given charge of. It could not have been for selfish reasons. It was just part of his job and he was good at it. I think he must have loved protecting his sheep.

When he heard Goliath ranting and raving his threats, David must have viewed this as a threat to the sheep of God's pasture, his people, Israel.

I had to think about my own music ministry and life in general. Why do I want to accomplish all that I do? Is it more for my own gain or is it really about the people of God and protecting the body of Christ from all forms of threats from the enemy? Am I as selfless as David?

Surely this story is a picture of love of the deepest kind. It's also a picture of Jesus!

Listen to the song to go with this blog under "devotional notes" for 6.15.10

posted by Frances Drost on 06/16/2010

Simplicity 6.9.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

God's been speaking one word to me in relation to the whole story of David and Goliath. "Simplicity". I've been meditating on that word for a couple of weeks.

As I research a shepherd's life in those days, I find that at first glance you'd think it was a simple life. No home to keep up, just pick up and move to the next green pasture. But when you start to realize all that went into shepherding, it wasn't that easy. You had to help the new lambs, protect from danger, look ahead to where the next green pasture was and lead them all there.

But simplicity could have come in the sense that David used whatever resources he had with him. The staff and the sling and stone. The staff could lead and also keep prey away. The sling and stone could do deadly damage to enemies of the sheep.

I think David must have had 2 main focus points in his life: 1) his sheep and 2) his music. I don't know how much spare time he would have had out there in the fields, but we know he was a great musician, so he must have made time to practice while he was out there.

So I contemplate simplicity and how it applies to me. You can hear more about that in the audio version of this blog and listen to a piano song that is simply - simple.

Listen to the song and audio blog under "Simplicity".

posted by Frances Drost on 06/09/2010

God is God 6.8.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Goliath had a pretty sophisticated armor to wear. I Sam. 17:4-7 lists all that he wore, plus he had someone who carried a shield out in from of him. Can you imagine the size of shield a 9' man would need?

As I pondered the detail of the armor, I realized that our enemy today is no different. Eph. 6:11 says "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil." (NLT).

I wanted to write something that captures the complication of what the devil plans, but I also wanted something that teaches us and reminds us that God is ALWAYS bigger than anything the devil comes up with.

Listen to "God is God" under 'devotional notes'.

posted by Frances Drost on 06/08/2010

It's His Battle Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Last week I took the week off from the studio and did some much needed spring cleaning. I washed down all the outside window and door frames, washed all the windows inside and out, plus rearranged our bedroom and did some organizing to make life a bit more manageable. Of course we got unusual thunderstorms and the rain came down in sheets and left nice water spots on my clean windows.

Though I shut down the studio and didn't do any devotional notes, I was still meditating on David and Saul all last week. It was good to do something other than music for a change and gave me lots of time to think and listen for God's voice in a more focused way.

This morning I constructed a song to go with the passage I've been resting in for weeks now: I Sam. 17:45-47. Though I think I wrote a song out of this section earlier, I have a new one. Just goes to show that we can spend days in one passage and get many different things out of it.

David saw that Goliath put his faith in his weapons and David didn't threaten Goliath back with his own natural weapons of a sling and stone. He simply declared the power of the name of the Lord and the futility of weapons. Saul should have been the one killing Goliath, but he was afraid. A lot of good his weapons did him. But it's not about our weapons. It's about our faith in God's ability!

I don't know what kind of battle you might be facing today, but be encouraged - if this is a battle that the enemy has brought your way, you need to attack him with God's weapons - not your own understanding!

Hope this song brings you some encouragement:

It's His battle, It's His victory
It's His battle, It's His victory

The enemy comes with his spear and sword
But I'm coming out in the name of the Lord

It's His battle, It's His victory
It's His battle, It's His victory

No weapon formed against me can stand
No one can take me from my Father's hand

It's His battle, It's His victory
It's His battle, It's His victory

He doesn't need any fancy plans
He just wants an obedient lamb

It's His battle, It's His victory
It's His battle, It's His victory

posted by Frances Drost on 06/07/2010

God Is Big In The Little Things 5.25.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I Sam. 17:37 - "The Lord who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine!"

The Lord who is mighty with the lion
is mighty when it comes to the giant
The Lord who is mighty with the bear
is mighty when I call on him anywhere
When I've proved him in the little things
I'll have faith when it comes to the giant schemes

My God is big in the little things
My God is big in everything that I need
So don't forget when you see his hand
that God is with you no matter when.

The Lord who is mighty with the bag of stones
is mighty no matter what the enemy throws
The Lord who is mighty in the meadow
is mighty in the darkness of the shadows
When I've proved him in the little things
I'll have faith when it comes to the giant schemes

My God is big in the little things
My God is big in everything that I need
So don't forget when you see his hand
that he'll be with no matter when.

Not much more to say than this. If we prove God in the small areas of our lives, we are building muscles for the big things.

Listen to "God is Big In The Little Things" under 'devotional notes'.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/25/2010

"Nobody Sees" 5.21.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)


This morning I read just a short portion of scripture in I Samuel 16 as I continue my study on the life of David and Saul.

I Samuel 16:6-7 "When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, "Surety this is the Lord's anointed!" But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't make decisions the way you do! People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions". (NLT)

One thing is pretty clear, David had a good heart. King Saul was afraid of man and did things according to what man wanted, instead of what God wanted, but David was not afraid of anything it seems. He had an incredible faith in God that must have been developed out in the field with the sheep.

So the song for today is "Nobody Sees".

Nobody sees in the depths of my soul
Only my Father could have that control
Others will look at the outside of me
But only my Father can see down deep

He will touch me
He will change me
Make my heart an honest place

So look inside the hidden parts
Reach into the depths of my heart
I open up, I let you see
Everything there is to me.

Listen to "Nobody Sees" under the album 'devotional notes'.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/21/2010

"Faithful" 5.19.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I wasn't going to write a song today. I read Proverbs, meditated on I Samuel 17 again with the story of David and Saul, but I didn't sense any kind of song.

Somedays I just need to have it be just me and God if you know what I mean. Sometimes I can feel the self-imposed pressure to get a song out of my devotions so you will hear it and enjoy it. Today I fought that feeling (like I do other days) and felt victorious to spend time with God without having a song.

I know - I'm complicated. Just letting you see inside me.

I started to go about my day and a song began to come to me, however. Though I have flower beds to tend, a song of love to write, a concert to rehearse for, etc. I knew if I'd sit down and begin playing the song, more would come - it usually does.

So here it is - my thoughts about the kind of guy David must have been since God chose him to be king.

Faithful to the sheep
faithful to the palace
faithful to the king
not a trace of malice

This is the heart of a worshipper
This is the heart of a follower
To love the Lord in all your ways
to seek His Kingdom every day.

Faithful to his friends
Faithful in the battle
Faithful in his trust
nothing could dismantle

This is the heart of a worshipper
This is the heart of a follower
To love the Lord in all your ways
to seek His Kingdom every day.

Faithful in his heart
Faithful in his music
Faithful when he sinned
not afraid to say it

This is the heart of a worshipper
This is the heart of a follower
To love the Lord in all your ways
to seek His Kingdom every day.

Listen to "Faithful" under the album 'devotional notes'.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/19/2010

The Name Of The Lord 5.18.10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe." Prov. 18:10


This is the verse that stuck out to me today in my reading. I've contemplated the name of Jesus quite frequently. The scripture has so much to say about the name of Jesus. I know there is much more available to me just in that name alone.


I also turned to I Samuel 17 again to continue focusing on what God has been trying to say to me through the story of Saul, David and Goliath. Last week I felt as if He was speaking to me about trying to put on 'Saul's armor' in my own life. I've been trying to discern what He's saying to me through that.


David said 2 things in this passage that spoke to me this morning:


1) "David shouted in reply, "You come to me with sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord Almighty - the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied." I Sam. 17:45


2) "Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head....and everyone will know that the Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours." I Sam. 17:47


Once again, there is the pattern of the power of the name of Jesus. David had full confidence in the name of His God. David had proven God's dependability in the small things.


I want to have that kind of confidence in the name of Jesus - starting with the small things.

Listen to the song to go with today's notes under "Devotional Notes" - "The Name of the Lord".

posted by Frances Drost on 05/18/2010

What are you afraid of? 5/14/10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I just got back last night from visiting 4 radio stations in Ohio. Visiting stations helps to build relationships between the artist and the radio programmers.

I love doing that and was sad to see it come to an end for this trip.

I had plenty of down time as I covered over 1,000 miles. Normally I listen to music, podcasts, stories, radio, etc., but for the most part I craved quiet time, so I turned it all off for a good portion of the trip.

In those quiet moments I think I heard my Abba Father speak to me. My next few blogs might focus on fleshing that out as I share what I think He said.

It seemed quite simple at the time, but I think it's a nugget that I must begin to pray over and search out.

King Saul wanted David to wear his armor when David went out to fight Goliath. David tried it on, but it didn't fit right. He was used to facing enemies and saw Goliath to be no different than the bear and the lion.

Sure - no problem - just walk right up to that bear and lion and snatch the little lamb from its jaws - no big deal! I wish! But David must have spent lots of time out in the fields alone with his God and his sheep.

Taking a little lamb from the jaws of a lion was no problem for him. He had seen God work many times in the 'little' things (if you can call a lion little). I'd prefer to start with taking a cricket from the jaws of my house cat.

All he had to do was apply the principles he learned in the field to the battle facing him now. King Saul didn't see it that way. But David stood his ground and said let me do this the way I've always done things before.

The Spirit of God began to speak to me about wearing someone else's armor. Uh oh.

I'm not even sure what all this means yet, but I know this - I want to search out why Saul couldn't kill Goliath (technically he should have) and why David was so confident to fight Goliath with just a staff and a sling.

The first clue I've discovered this morning is that Saul seemed prone to fear of man and David was not. But that's another blog.

"What are you afraid of, who is holding you back?
Who are you trying to be like, do you wanna live like that?
Listen to the Spirit, listen to Him calling your name
He will bring direction, there's no need to strain

Put away their pressure, put away their armor
Do what He made you to do,
Rise up
and be the way He made you to be!"

Listen to the song "What Are You Afraid Of" under the album 'devotional notes'.



posted by Frances Drost on 05/14/2010

The Pruning 5/5/10 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This morning I pruned about 4 of my 8 lilac bushes. I LOVE lilacs and try hard to take good care of my bushes.

My mother recently bought me another one for my collection for my birthday and they gave us a paper on how to take care of your lilacs. I've already been practicing some of their suggestions, but was glad for the detailed information.

"Deadhead (remove spent flowers) each year immediately after the bloom period. If spent blossoms are not removed, flowering will be severely stunted the following year, for the lilac will expend energy into seed production at the expense of next season's flower buds." Courtesy of Ashcombe's instructions.

As I was trimming off the dead blossoms, I was struck with wonder to think that I am doing something that will affect next year's growth when we've only begun to enter Spring for this year.

I sat down at the piano just a little bit ago and decided to play what I felt a lilac bush must experience during this process. It starts with clip, clip, clip - but slowly, new growth will return in even more beautiful array than this year.

Do you feel as if you're just getting into the blossom stage of life and then you get clipped back? Take courage my fragrant-minded friend! God is always thinking ahead - in fact, the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world. Guess He was already thinking about next year's growth.

Listen to the song under "Devotional Notes" called "The Pruning"

posted by Frances Drost on 05/05/2010

Bird Song (5/3/10) Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was away for 3 days leading worship at a camp with about 70 women. It was an awesome weekend! The women were easy to lead in worship and that always makes it a great experience for me.

We were located on a beautiful campground and so Sunday morning I got up early and went for a walk in the woods. I heard one loud squirrel who seemed quite upset by my presence there and saw two beautiful deer jumping gracefully through the forest. Funny how they didn't make a sound. I only saw them because I noticed their bright white tails ahead of me. I watched them move majestically away from me.

I had to chuckle to myself at the stark difference between the loud scolding squirrel and the serenely quiet deer.

I took my walk this morning. I walk faster when I listen to upbeat music, but since I walk by a stream on part of my walk, I just had to shut off the music and listen to the birds. They fill my soul!

Today I tried something different for my devotional notes. Decided to just sit at the piano, hit record and see what would come - though I definitely wanted to give the feel of the birds singing to each other.

Enjoy the new song "Bird Song" under 'devotional notes'.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/03/2010

Every Word of God Is True Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Good morning!

Prov. 30:5 really stuck out to me this morning as I was reading. "Every Word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection."

We cannot base our faith on our experiences, as powerful as they may be. That sometimes has been my problem I think. When I have wonderful experiences, my faith is strong and I can conquer anything, but when my prayers seem unanswered and even unheard, I am not very strong.

That's why our faith must be based on the Word of God - not our experiences. His Word is true and it will not return void but it will accomplish what he sends it out to do. We MUST believe and live a life of faith based only on His word.

Take a listen to the song based on this scripture for my devotional notes today under the song "Every Word of God is True".

posted by Frances Drost on 04/30/2010

Planning my own birthday party Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Just getting back this morning to working on 'devotional notes' this week. I had a different kind of a week.

My birthday was on Monday, April 26th and I tried something different for once. I planned my own birthday party. Yes, I really did! It all started because I've been dreading aging since I turned 40 and I used to really anticipate my birthdays. I decided to try planning something I'd really look forward to and it worked! I had such a wonderful time and barely even noticed that I turned a year older.

It felt really awkward at first and somedays I found myself saying "what on earth have I done". Other days I was excited about getting together with the friends I invited.

As the day grew closer, I was pretty much excited and less nervous. My sister came down just for my birthday party (from Canada) and it turned out to be an incredible experience in so many ways. Maybe I'll try having another party next year and invite ALL my friends.....I'd have to start saving now though.

This morning I decided to do something I know as opposed to writing something fresh. Sometimes we need that in our devotions. Start with something known and venture out into something unknown.

I think you'll recognize this tune - enjoy! "Praise To The Lord"

posted by Frances Drost on 04/29/2010

Watch Out For The Snake Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Well this was an interesting one. I did read Proverbs 23 today for my devotions, but had to run and pick up my 87 year old mother to go clothes shopping. We weren't successful because there were no clothes for sale where she thought they were supposed to be, but we had a nice day together.

I came back home and decided to see if I could write something this afternoon based on what I read this morning. Sure enough, when I had been reading this morning, I could tell there might be a song there about food....with a deeper meaning of course.

Low and behold, a song has come forth.

Have fun and watch out for the snake!

posted by Frances Drost on 04/23/2010

More To Life Than Silver and Gold Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I'm on my 3rd morning of sharing 'devotional notes'.

Every morning I've been writing a song to captivate the phrases I feel the Lord speaking to me from the scripture, or whatever He chooses to use.

I am thinking of it as a way to be 'unhindered' and 'unleashed'.

As a songwriter, it's so easy to get caught up in honing, rhyming, syllablizing (I know - that's probably not a word) and wondering if it could be a hit or not. Just being honest. And if I want to make a living doing this, I should think about those things I guess.

But I'm wanting to get back to just singing to the Lord without any of these hindrances. Don't get me wrong, they still creep around the corners of my mind, but I must press on and put aside any hindrance!

So here's the one for today: (based on Prov. 22:1,2,4,9, 17-18)

There's more to life than silver and gold
The rich and poor, God made them both
True humility and fear of the Lord
Lead to riches, honor and more

Listen to the words of the wise
Apply your heart to the truth
Keep it inside of your heart
Keep it on the edge of your lips

There's more to life than silver and gold
The rich and poor, God made them both
Being held in high esteem
Gets you more than money could bring

There's more to life than silver and gold
The rich and poor, God made them both
Blessed are those who give away
Give to the poor it's the Kingdom way.

Listen to it under "Devotional Notes"

posted by Frances Drost on 04/22/2010

Tap, Tap Tap Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I try to read a chapter from Proverbs every day. I've done that for years because I find myself always in need of wisdom. You'll probably often find me blogging about wisdom - or at least mentioning it.

Today I read from Proverbs 20 (it's the 20th of April) and I came upon one of my favorite verses.

Proverbs 20:5 says "though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out."

That tells me that deep within my heart wisdom sits, waiting to be drawn upon. As I allow the Holy Spirit to fill me, He gives me an overflowing supply ready for me to tap into.

I began to play a pattern on the piano and sensed the 'tap tap tap' coming up from within. As I focus on the words I hear, I find a haunting melody comes forth.

Maybe you will enjoy it too. Remember, take time to tap into the well you have within you. You can listen to the 'unedited' song under the album titled "Devotional notes". The song is called, Tap, Tap , Tap.

posted by Frances Drost on 04/20/2010

The cup or the coffee? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Last night my husband served us our snack. How nice!

Only one problem. He didn't bring me my drink in one of my favorite mugs. He brought the old chipped one that I keep for him to use out in his welding shop where it can get beaten, bruised, greased and chipped and it doesn't matter.

I have a few of my favorites and I was quite disappointed when he didn't bring one of those. I bit my tongue. I did't want to dampen his servant heart. It's what's in the cup that matters anyway isn't it?

I have a bright flowered mug that is ugly, but I love it because it represents an argument I had with a friend when she wanted to 'buy' my CDs and I wanted to 'give' them to her. So she went and bought a mug of flowers for me instead.

I have another favorite that is bright red and has a cat on it. My sister gave me that one. Say no more.

The next one has two pigs on it and is a gift I bought for my husband because he was a pig farmer and loves baby pigs.

Then there's the great big one for the really tough days. It was a Christmas gift from a friend, complete with cocoa mix to go with it. It has frosty the snowman on it and works in all seasons.

I partook of my cup that he gave me without complaining. Even though there's a chip in it, irremovable grease stains on the bottom (from the shop) and a big ugly blue logo that says Discmakers on the outside. Reminds me of the company I used to use to manufacture my CDs. It reminds me of work. I want to rest while I sip my drink not think about work.

I knew I could pour a meaningful application out of this if I just brewed on it long enough.

Sure enough - "man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart." Too often I've been turned off by someone just because of how they looked. I totally missed the inside of them and misjudged them by their cover or 'cup' in this case.

Sorry Lord.

posted by Frances Drost on 03/18/2010

Crud on our spoons Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I just finished washing dishes. If I had a dollar for every time I wash dishes, I would be pretty well off I think. I don't have an automatic dishwasher, so it's up to me if I want clean dishes. And believe me, I do want clean dishes!

I'm the kind who tries to wash up everything as I go when I'm cooking. I don't like dirty dishes to sit real long. They are obnoxious to clean! Our food can be on the table, ready to eat, and I'm still washing up the last of the pots and pans. I think I've become a bit over-the-top obsessed with this practice.

I had a spiritual moment this morning while I was trying to clean a spoon that had baked beans from overnight.....(crock-pot spoon - used to stir the baked beans occasionally). I tried to clean it, but the beans just wouldn't be removed. Time to soak.

Soaking is the best thing for hard to clean foods, like oatmeal, eggs, over-baked casseroles and baked bean spoons.

Ah yes. Came right off after it had soaked a while. I began to think.

I have some areas in my life that are getting a bit dried up these days. I can feel it. I've been here before. It's time for some soaking. Extra time praying, meditating in the Word, worshipping God for who He is, setting my mind on things above. Eventually that dried up state is going to have to slip away from the washing of the Spirit. It can't possibly stay as the soap-suds of the Word clean my heart.

I just came back from CA and the California Women's Retreat. Dr. RoseAnne Coleman http://www.roseannecoleman.com/ and Margaret Feinberg http://www.margaretfeinberg.com/ were the main speakers. Though I led the worship and did a concert I got to do some soaking of my own as these two amazing women spoke.

It rained the first 2 days I was there. Kind of a disappointment. I wanted to see sunny CA! It never occurred to me until this morning (one week later) as I was washing dishes, that maybe the rain was symbolic of the 'soaking' we needed at this conference.

I think we often go to these kinds of things with lots of crud on our spoons. The only way to remove it is to soak in God's presence, which can easily be done at get-away weekends such as this one. Maybe the rain wasn't such a bad thing after all.

When I left the CA soil in my "Alaskan Airliner", the sun was bright. The flowers were blooming and all was well. Maybe for some, as they left the retreat, their flowers were blooming again and their spoons were cleansed from the soaking rain of God's love.

Maybe rain wasn't such a bad thing after all. Soaking rain.

posted by Frances Drost on 03/07/2010

No brakes and no suitcase - but lots of Angels! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As I drove through the mountains of northern PA, my thoughts were pretty focused on the upcoming events. I was looking forward to the two sweetheart banquets where I would make new friends and share my music.

There was also another event that I was really anticipating. I would be having breakfast at the farm where my oldest brother Doug died in a tractor accident. After breakfast, we would visit the site where the accident took place.

As far as I could remember, I had never been back to the farm since his death. I was only 7 at the time and I don't even remember the funeral.

As I traveled the twisting roads, I was filled with wonder. How is it that while 2 of my siblings were taken so quickly (on separate occasions) for some reason, I still remain?

Life is a precious gift. I don't want to waste it.

We had a wonderful breakfast and headed out into the cold wind up to the site. The Brubakers (owners of the farm) were gracious hosts and my heart was warmed to be able to spend time with them and hear the story first-hand for the first time in my life.

Sharing my music brings many wonderful experiences. This one was very special and I'm thankful to Jemison Valley BIC Church, Cedar Heights and Liberty Baptist for inviting me to come and minister.

I will never forget that morning together with friends who shared the memory of my brother Doug. It was such a warm experience as we shared in laughter and tears.

There is much more to this story - if you want to hear the whole thing, tune in to this month's podcast. (go to iTunes store and type in "Frances Drost" in the search box. Underneath my albums you will find the podcast). In the midst of this serene experience, my brakes gave out, I hit a house and forgot my suitcase for the three day trip. I'll also reflect on visiting the site.

Anyone want to travel with me? It's rarely dull!

I know that folks pray for me and I truly felt God's protective hand on my life during this trip!

posted by Frances Drost on 03/03/2010

Tips for Wisdom from Proverbs 2 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

In my never ending quest for wisdom I soak up these tips from Proverbs 2.

1) tune your ears to wisdom
2) concentrate on understanding
3) cry out for insight
4) cry out for understanding
5) search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure

Then.......
* you will understand what it means to fear the Lord
* you will gain knowledge of God

How do you get wisdom?

1) (He gives it) The Lord grants wisdom
2) (Read the Word) From his mouth come knowledge and understanding
3) (He grants it) He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly
4) (Walk with integrity) He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity
5) (Walk justly and faithfully) He guards the paths of justice and
protects those who are faithful to Him.

Then.....
* you will understand what is right, just and fair
* you will know how to find the right course of action every time
* wisdom will enter your heart
* knowledge will fill you with joy
* wise planning will watch over you
* understanding will keep you safe

posted by Frances Drost on 02/02/2010

What would you do? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was only 7 when we got word from our Pastor that my oldest brother was killed in a tractor accident on a farm hours
north of our farm. They didn't know exactly what happened, but found him pinned underneath the tractor and wagon at the bottom of a cliff in a riverbed. He had been unloading rocks over the cliff.

Something must have gone wrong.

Our family took a small airplane to Northern PA for the funeral, navigated by my other brother, Adriel. I faintly remember that trip.

In a few weeks I'll be providing music for 2 sweetheart banquets about 3 hours from where I live....and yep, you guessed it, I'll be near that farm where my brother died.

I had an interesting e-mail today in relation to these bookings. Apparently the secretary of one of the churches lives on the farm where my brother was killed years ago.

She has extended an invitation to come and see the farm and see where the accident happened while I'm there ministering in the area.

I answered her fairly quickly because of course I'd like to see the farm!

Or do I?

I find that as the day goes on I feel nervous about visiting the site. After all, I was just a little girl and that was such a long time ago, yet the loss of a loved one never really leaves you.

You feel their absence at family get togethers. Your heart flutters with delight when you meet someone who knew them and tells you more about them that you didn't know. They are always with you.

You look at their grandchildren and wonder if they look like their grandpa did at that age.

I am excited and nervous about this. I'm afraid of my emotions. Maybe I'll be fine. Maybe I'll want to cry and be alone. Maybe I'll learn more that will give hope and courage in the face of tragedies like the one
right now in Haiti.

I don't handle tragedies very well to be honest. Maybe that's why I write a lot of songs about death. Never realized I wrote so many until my producer listened to all I was writing when we began working on "Inside Things"and pointed this out to me. I guess it helps me process it.

If you had this opportunity, what would you do? Would you visit the scene of the accident of a deceased loved one?

posted by Frances Drost on 01/27/2010

Fasting is Like Buttoning Your Top Button First Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This past weekend our Pastor challenged us to 10 days of fasting. My husband and I decided to take the challenge. What better way to start off a new year. I found the message to be so helpful and thought I'd share his points on my blog.

Fasting in a nutshell is refraining from eating food for the purpose of spiritual growth and sensitivity.

Why fast?
1) To declare over our life and body that we are going to do more than merely exist.
2) Because we want to hear God.
3) Because we long for breakthrough in our lives.

Ways to fast:
1) No water, no food - this is a supernatural ability and should only be done with strong leading from God and approval of doctors.
2) Water only
3) No food; minimal liquid supplement
4) Daniel fast (Daniel 1) - no meats or sweets - only vegetables, fruit and water
5) Omit meals

Results of fasting:
1) Deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord.
2) Powerful cleansing work

body - removes toxins
mind - removes distractions
spirit - removes strongholds
3) Humbles us - softens us, makes us pliable and flexible
4) Releases faith
5) Increases wisdom
6) Powerful and lasting breakthroughs

"We were created to be led, not driven"

"Fasting is like buttoning your shirt starting with the top button first. Somehow the Lord lines up the rest of the buttons in our life and makes sure they get buttoned."

posted by Frances Drost on 01/11/2010

Love Wisdom Like A Sister Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been trying to read a chapter from proverbs just about every day for years now. I crave wisdom in such a huge way.

Being a full-time musician has its challenges in ways you might not normally think of. There's always the thin line of letting people know what you're doing and feeling like you're doing too much 'self-promotion'. No one in your life can really tell you where that line is. The Holy Spirit has to guide you and even then, it can feel tricky to discern His voice.

Today I read Proverbs 7 and was struck again by a simple piece of advice.

"Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family." Prov. 7:4

I have one older sister whom I dearly love. We have been friends since I was little. We shared a bedroom in our big old farm house growing up and I think I caused her distress sometimes because I wasn't too great at keeping our bedroom real neat.

She was real good at saving money and the family used talk about going to 'the bank of Brenda' because if anyone in the family had money - she did. Even if it was just the little 'see me save' bank in which she collected her money.

She was also a good seamstress and I remember one Easter in particular when she made me the most beautiful long dress I had ever seen. It was brightly flowered and had a beautiful green ribbon around the waist. As I recall, she stayed up a good portion of the night to finish that in time for Easter morning.

We would make music together too. She would play the flute and later the recorder and we would do classical music duets together or sing our favorites from the Honeytree songbook.

When Proverbs says to love wisdom like a sister, I get that kind of relationship. The hard part is figuring out how to really love something that you can't see.......like wisdom. But I think it is a gradual quiet kind of attachment, just as it was growing up with my sister. We spent time together. We did things together. Even now we e-mail, call on the phone and try to have 'sister time' when we do get together as a family...even if it's just a walk around the block.

So loving wisdom must be like that. When I read Proverbs, I'm loving wisdom. When I pray about decisions and ponder what the Holy Spirit might be saying to me, I'm loving wisdom. When I make choices based on the inner guidance I sense, I'm loving wisdom.

When I fight the feelings I have inside and don't want to follow through, I'm pulling myself away from that 'sister' relationship and letting something come in between. When I feel too busy to read and meditate on the Scriptures and let the busyness win, I'm shutting out that 'family' member.

I want to include wisdom in everything I do so that wisdom is a part of my 'family'. It's easy to love my sister because she's a part of me and has been a long time.

It must be like that with wisdom. The more time I give to it and the longer I know it, the more I will make it a part of me and my family.

posted by Frances Drost on 01/07/2010

Ratatouille Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I wish I could have a rat living in my hair who would make me a great cook....just like the movie "Ratatouille".

Truth is, I don't really like to cook. I was most comfortable as a hostess when I worked at restaurants in college. I tried waiting on tables but gave it up after slamming my finger in the vegetable crisper and bursting into tears. It really wasn't the crisper that was the problem. It was more than one table waiting for me to meet their every need that did me in. Never even tried the cook's position. Somehow I knew better.

Now don't get me wrong, I do cook and sometimes I've been known to actually like it, but for the most part, I would much prefer to be in my studio writing music or practicing my instruments. It's what comes natural to me.

When I saw previews for the movie Ratatouille, I wasn't interested, sad to say.

I just finished watching Ratatouille for the second time, however, recently.

Pixar did it again. I'd never been a big fan of animated films until Toy Story came along.

But with a winter storm barreling down on us, I decided whatever I could find at the local library would have to do. Ratatouille was among the pile I signed out.

Remy the rat didn't fit the mold of the typical rat. He wasn't content with 'stealing' any old scrap of food as his family did. He wanted to experiment with the food and be different than the rest. At first, his family thought he was a bit odd. They eventually found a good use for part of his talent, but the core of his talent was yet undiscovered. Until he met Linguine. Another misfit.

Well, to get more of the story, you'll just have to watch the movie.

I remember the day when I was making a pumpkin roll for our Thanksgiving dinner. I had just come home from a trip to Germany where I led about 400 women in worship at a conference. It was a mountain top experience for me and the opportunity fit my hand like a well-worn glove. I had crossed a line. Something inside of me came to life like never before. I knew for sure that my life was meant to be spent sharing music.

As the pumpkin roll began to fall to pieces, the tears began to roll. I would have rather been doing music in Germany. All the years of feeling like a failure in the kitchen and feeling like I let my family down because I didn't fit the typical 'house wife' role, came pouring out through the tears I was shedding.

In that moment of utter frustration I heard a still small voice say to me: "It's ok. I know you don't like to cook. I know you love to do music. I made you that way and it's ok."

I stopped what I was doing, wiped my tears and began to put the pumpkin roll back together as best I could.

Remy had a similar revelation when he was caged up in a trap in the trunk of a car......but that reveals more of the movie. You have to watch it if you want to know more.

Needless to say, I was right there cheering for Remy. He was destined to be a cook and when he came to terms with it, he really began to shine, and so did those around him.

Nothing like knowing what you were created to do and doing it!

posted by Frances Drost on 12/29/2009

I'm Like My Cat Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

This week I made salt dough ornaments for my music students. I'd love to give them more for Christmas, but funds are really tight right now. I decided to get creative and make them something for a change.

In the midst of the floury mess, with rolling pin in hand, and socks on my feet, I noticed my cat seemed to be getting a bit playful on the kitchen floor. Couldn't be that I was making ornaments. This could only mean one thing: a mouse!

Sure enough. She had a dead mouse. At least I think it was dead. I didn't want to get too close to confirm it. I'm not real fond of mice to say the least.

Since I was pretty sure it was dead, I resumed working on my ornaments. Next thing I knew, that mouse came flying across the floor right into my stocking feet. I screamed out loud and jumped away.

So that I could finish working on my ornaments and deal with the mouse later, I put my empty laundry basket upside down on top of the mouse to keep my cat from flinging it at me again.

While talking on the phone with my big sister, (I couldn't get the ornaments to roll out right - so I called for advice) I happened to see my cat playing in another part of the house. Sure enough, somehow she had managed to remove the mouse from under the basket and was now flinging it around in the living room.

That's it. I couldn't take the pressure of not knowing where that thing would fly to next.

I went to the basement and grabbed my husband's big leather gloves, picked up the mouse by his/her tail (how do you know which it is?) and went outside.

I'm still not sure if the mouse was alive or not, but it bumped against my glove and once again I screamed and flung it across the yard.

When I came back in, heart pounding out of my chest, I noticed my cat lounging by the window as if she could care less that I had just removed her pride and joy from her.

Everyone says that she was proud of her mouse and wanted me to see it and to notice her. Whatever.

I got to thinking though. I'm not much different than her.

I have a new project coming out soon. It's called "Hand Painted". It has eleven contemporary worship tunes painted on the piano (and other instruments). Every time I post my progress about it on facebook or twitter, I wonder if others are feeling turned off by my 'flinging' it around. But I can't help it. I'm quite fond of it.

This is my catch. My hard work is now finished and soon to be released to the world.

This project is a canvas of musical colors created out of sheer joy with my hands and heart.

Playing the piano is where my musical journey all began, so doing this was like going home in a sense. Leading worship has been a part of my musical journey too for many years. Now the portrait is complete with some of my favorite tunes played on my favorite instrument.

Thanks for listening, thanks for enjoying and thanks for continuing to support my music.

And if it feels like a dead mouse to you that you personally have no interest in, that's ok. That's the beauty of art. Whether the beholder enjoys the art or not, I've had a great time 'capturing my mouse'.

Hopefully others will notice and enjoy it too. Does that mean I'm like my cat?

posted by Frances Drost on 12/20/2009

"Weepy Worship Leaders" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was privileged to lead about 500 women in worship through music this past weekend. It's something that I frequently do and I find it a very enjoyable privilege.

I prefer to maintain some sort of professionalism when I lead and though I can be quite emotional off the stage, I find it hard to sing well and cry at the same time, so I prefer to maintain some sort of composure. But this past weekend was so full of little kisses from heaven upon my own heart, that I couldn't hold back the tears very well.

In discussing this with some friends, I discovered that they much prefer to see a worship leader who isn't afraid to cry and let their true emotions show.

I held it together until the other singer, Bonnie Keen, sang a most beautiful arrangement of the "untitled hymn". The last time I sang that song was at the funeral of a 13 year old son of a deacon family at my previous church.

I've never handled death very well, not sure if it's due to so much death in my own family or what, but whatever the case, I couldn't get through that song at his funeral and I wasn't getting through listening to it this past weekend either. I was doing ok until the last verse......'fly to Jesus'. My tears began to fly too.

It was my turn to lead an upbeat version of "I Am Free" right after Bonnie moved us with her song and all I could do was cry. Since I had just had a discussion about showing your emotions when you lead worship, I decided to do something different and let the tears flow freely. After I was able to pull myself together enough to speak, I just told the women that I was so moved by that song and could not hear that song without thinking of the family who lost their teenage son. His name was Nathan. The brother I lost in our farm pond was named Nathan also.

On the way home from the conference, I got up the courage to ask my friends what they thought of letting my emotions show in that instance. I was quite shocked at their answers. They wanted to see a worship leader who was 'touchable' and somehow my transparency made me relatable to them. If these were my good friends feeling this, how much more must people you've never met need to feel this.

This hit home when a new found friend on facebook sent me the following message:

"thanks 4 ur friend acceptance 2 fb. i say again how awesome ur leadership was in our worship music this past weekend @ sandy cove. luv'd 2 ur open emotion, i think that shows a true heart & i forgot any tissues...so thankgoodness for sleeves!! lol."

I don't mind being transparent, but I always feel that hesitancy when it comes to being on the platform and being in front of people. Why do we need to be so prim and proper?

I welcome the thought of being a 'weepy' worship leader.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/19/2009

No egg in this 'face'book today Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

It took a lot of persuasion for me to join myspace years ago. A teenage friend of mine finally convinced me that I need to get with the program if I was going to communicate with her generation. That's all it took. I joined myspace. After all, she even offered to set up my page for me.

Later when she told me 'facebook' was the new way to go, though I was a bit frustrated with having to join yet ANOTHER social network to keep up with her, I joined facebook and again, she set up the page for me. (She's now in her twenties).

I have to say that I have fallen completely head over heels for facebook now. I love communicating with people in this way.

But recently, I saw a new side to the face of facebook when I posted a link to a blog I wrote about having to take my mother's car away from her. She's 86 and ready to give up driving, but it was a hard task for me. (see earlier blog post)

She seems to be doing well with it, so that's not my reason for this blog.

The 'egg farm' from which my mother would go and buy delicious home-laid eggs posted a comment on facebook that they were aware that she was no longer going to be driving because she sent them a note in the mail to tell them she would no longer be able to come buy their eggs.

Another FB friend read the egg-farm comment and offered to pick up eggs from this farm for my now 'grounded' mother and drop them off right at her front door.

I just talked with her yesterday on the phone. The FB friend had located her home, stopped to visit her and offered in person to pick up and deliver eggs right to her front door. (They have been a long time family friend, so don't be spooked by this. It's just that we have reconnected recently thanks to FB).

Those of us who grew up on a farm where we had fresh eggs understand that there's just nothing like fresh, home-laid eggs.

Thanks facebook for providing a way to show random acts of kindness just by a post on the wall. No eggs in your face today.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/13/2009

"Busted" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I thought it was cool when I was little and missionaries came to our church and told of how they had to live by faith and trust God for every single need they had. They'd tell of amazing miracles God did in providing for them supernaturally and I wanted to live like them.

That was then. This is now.

Over a year and a half ago I left my 'day job' to pursue songwriting and performing full time. It's a vision I had for a long time and was thrilled to see it finally come to pass. Though it was a big step of faith, I have seen God provide for me and have always been able to not only pay all my bills, but pay them on time. My bookings have increased and doors continue to open.

Lately however, I've been sensing the call to step out in even greater ways. To trust more fully. To let go of one of my last sources of 'steady' income. Teaching private lessons in my studio.

I was reading Matt. 6:31-33 recently where God asks us why we worry about clothes and food? If He cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, surely He'll care for us, He promises.

My exact words to Him in response were "I'm not worried about food and clothes...I know I have enough of those things....I'm worried about paying my monthly obligations as a result of this ministry that I've given myself to."

So me and God have been working on this part of my faith. I'm still working through the 'whys' of my lack of faith and asking God to help me trust Him more. Why am I so afraid He won't care for me???

This morning as I was reading in Psalm 78, I got hit between the eyes.....or 'busted' as some folks might say. Guess I still have more work to do in this new season of trust.

"They even spoke against God himself, saying, "God can't give us food in the desert. Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out, but he can't give his people bread and meat." When the Lord heard them, he was angry. The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob. Yes, his anger rose against Israel, for they did not believe God or trust him to care for them."


Ya know - I truly believe that it must hurt my heavenly Father when I don't believe he can supply all my needs or can't trust him to care for me. I can believe that we'll have enough food and clothes...but like the children of Israel I doubt that He can go beyond the daily needs to the bigger things.

Yep - I've been busted. Again.

"Lord, I believe. Now help my unbelief".

How have you seen God meeting your needs? I'd love to hear your comments.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/10/2009

The final list of songs on my new CD Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Since May of 2009 I have been working on this new CD and I am so happy to see it come to completion. I have really enjoyed getting back into being creative in a different way these past 6 months. Normally, I'm writing new songs, practicing for concerts, preparing topics for speaking and writing songs for terminally ill children and youth.

It's been a nice change to sit and play the piano and be creative with songs I usually lead for worship. Now my fans will be able to enjoy some of their favorite worship choruses in an instrumental version.

Here's the final list of 11 songs:

Blessed Be Your Name
The Wonderful Cross
How Great is Our God
Here I Am To Worship
In Christ Alone
Holy is The Lord
Beautiful One
Forever
Indescribable
You're Worthy of My Praise
Breathe

We are planning for a pre-Christmas release. So consider ordering for Christmas gifts too!

You can help move the process along by pre-ordering this new CD. Visit http://www.francesdrost.com and click on "buy music".

posted by Frances Drost on 11/09/2009

When The Flowers Fade Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I like to wog around our block. Somedays. On beautiful sunny days like today.

Wog is my term for the combination of walk/jog that I do. I walk until I feel energized, then jog until I feel like I'm going to die, then I walk again.

There's a beautiful home on the road that I walk. They've had a beautiful showcase of petunias all summer long and I've admired them on every walk!

But recently I noticed the flowers were gone. Before I had time to feel sad because winter is coming for sure, I saw some aspects of the landscape I had not seen before because I was always sidetracked by the flowers.

Without the flowers, the grey stone walls of the house show up more. The black shutters are strikingly black, which show off the remaining flowers with their big red dinosaur-size blooms.

I had to think. There are days when I feel like the flowers in my life are gone. News of the death of a friend's baby, or a friend losing their job and having trouble finding a new one.

Over time though, from experience in my own life, I've observed that when one aspect of landscape is gone in our life, we somehow see some other parts more clearly. Things we took for granted before become really special.

Not everything fades when the flowers fade.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/06/2009

Upside Down Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was rendered speechless recently when a long time piano student of mine plopped down on the bench for her lesson and challenged me to guess what she just learned to do.

Now this is a girl who started back when her feet couldn't even touch the floor. Though she has always worked hard, she is quite shy and has little to say. I was shocked at both her outburst and her pride at her newly discovered accomplishment.

When she offered to demonstrate, I watched in sheer delight as this reserved young lady proceeded to lay down ON the piano bench with her head UNDER the piano keys and her hands reaching up from underneath to play UPSIDE DOWN!

All she needed to get started was for me to orient her back to middle C (a hard thing to do from the upside down position) and away she went with a few little elementary tunes made complicated by her 'reverse' position. (Halfway through I realized that this was indeed a kodak moment and grabbed the camera).

Don't be surprised if you see this new technique next time you see me in concert. I just hope I can get back up afterward.

The only thing to which I can attribute this new found boldness is the recent removal of her braces. A few weeks ago, she announced in another shocking outburst that she was finally getting her braces off. She has been like a different person. It's almost as if the braces made her feel inhibited in every way. Now she is talking and laughing and coming out of her shell......and playing upside down.

I think many of us walk around with restrictive braces on our hearts that keep us from living fully and abundantly. Sometimes it's someone elses words that inhibit us, sometimes it's as simple as our own self-doubt that causes lack of confidence.

It's fun to be a part of someone's life and watch them grow and become confident in who they are. That's a big reason why I do what I do. I hope it will create in others the courage to be all they were created to be....even if it appears upside down to my way of thinking.

posted by Frances Drost on 11/01/2009

Marching Music Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

What have you always been good at?
What needs do you care about most?
Who do you admire most?
What makes you feel most fulfilled?
What do you love to do most?
What have you felt called to do?
What do you most want to be remembered for?

We were standing on the Gettysburg battlefield watching a re-enactment of the little band that marched ahead of the soldiers in battle. Their uniforms looked a bit warm to me.....but our outfits weren't much better. We were on our motorcycles so we were wearing our leather jackets and chaps.

The drummers and pipers had specific pieces of music they were assigned to play for various events in the battle. I was especially interested in their breakfast call. (I like food).

They had all kinds of tunes for all kinds of orders and assignments. The last statement of the leader particularly caught my ear. "Soldiers march a little faster when there is music." As a musician I was inspired by this statement.

We have music at funerals, weddings, gyms, restaurants, parades, graduations and music at church where we gather to worship with our friends and family. Music can brighten any occasion!

Every soldier had their part in the battle. They were much more successful when everyone did their part. I am so happy to have the part of 'musician' in this life. If music helps us step a little faster, feel a bit more victorious and keep us attentive to our roles and assignments, than I am honored to be one of those that contributes in this way.

Finding your place is so crucial - especially in these times. An organization of any kind that does not have people functioning in their gifts will never reach its full potential.

Consider asking yourself this question - it's one that changed my life forever and got me on this road of music. "What is your place?"

I had to do a lot of soul searching and praying to find that answer, but when I did - it changed my path forever.

I'm so glad someone challenged me with that question. I hope that as a result, the 'soldiers' I serve among march a little easier and happier because I'm playing my role of musician.

posted by Frances Drost on 10/01/2009

Rocky soil and how it relates to my life.... Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I love rocky road ice cream. I don't care for rocky roads however (especially on my motorcycle). Neither do I care for rocky soil.

I distinctly remember having to help pick up rocks on our PA farm when I was little and I didn't care for that either. We had beautiful limestone soil on the farm, though it was rocky in some places. It produced a bountiful garden (which I didn't enjoy having to help with at the time). Now I treasure those memories.

The house where we live now is only about 4 miles from the farm where I grew up, but the soil is completely different! I've had trouble for 20 years trying to grow ANYTHING on this property. Now I know why.

Recently we had to dig a trench around our house complete with tile so we won't have a flooded basement anymore....which of course meant uprooting all the flowers I had planted. After seeing what's below the surface where I've tried to grow gardens and flowers, I'm not sure I'll EVER re-plant anything now. About 6 inches below the soil (or less) is an unwelcome foundation of rock - as far as you can dig.

The scripture tells the story of a farmer who went out and planted seeds and though at first they appeared to be growing, they soon hit rocks and couldn't take root. It describes the rocks as problems and cares.

Have you ever felt like you had a seed from God in the form of a promise or a dream perhaps? You receive it and jump up and down because it's something really special and you know it will grow into something big. But not too long after that, your car breaks down, you experience alarming physical symptoms and end up at the doctor's office for the next few weeks with tests and bills following you home. Next thing you know, discouragement has taken hold, you're anxious about many things and you let go of the promise and the dream.

That's exactly what problems and cares do. They come to steal our dreams and promises. They come and test us. If we're not careful, we will begin to develop a heart that simply functions with no feelings. We enter survival mode. We try to plant beautiful things, only to find that they just don't grow and flourish. Underneath the hope we have are some rocks that won't let anything take root.

This describes me for the past month. I feel like I'm being challenged to take more steps of faith. I can't see the end result, but I feel the pull to let go and jump in with both feet. Car problems, illness, fear - it all amounts to one word. "Problems". They wear you down and steal your joy. So here's what I've been doing to help!

In the mornings when I read the Word of God, I have been writing down specific verses on a separate sheet of paper. Verses that speak to me and fill me with hope and faith. Then I take that piece of paper with me to my studio and put it on my keyboard where I can see it all day long. I look at them throughout the day and remind myself of them. I say them aloud and soak in all their meaning. They have a way of chipping away the rocks.

Problems and cares may keep coming - but I'm not going to let them steal my dreams. I wish the same for you! Get out that jack hammer (the Word) and start breaking away the rocks! Hold on to those promises!

posted by Frances Drost on 09/09/2009

Sitting Through A Tornado In The Car??? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"There are tornado warnings in our area right now. You need to vacate this building because it is NOT a safe structure for weather like this. It would be safer for you to go to your car or go to a restaurant with a basement."

This was the announcement made at the recent seminar I attended in Nashville, TN. Now as you can imagine, I began visualizing sitting through a tornado in my car. I guess it's not a big deal. The seat backs could become a floatation device, the air bag could pop out of the steering wheel and provide oxygen for me (if I could pop it and get it to deflate into my mouth so I would have clean air to breathe) and the seat belt securely fastened would certainly protect me from turbulence. I wasn't sure what to do about a tray table, but maybe the restaurant with the basement could make provisions for that.......but, like I know restaurants in town that have basements.....hmmm.

Everywhere I go, I seem to have quite the adventure and this past weekend in Nashville was no different. I went for a 2-day seminar called the CIA Summit. (stands for Christian Independent Artists - don't worry, I'm not working for the government). It was full of great resources, topics and networking.

One of the most moving statements I heard over the weekend was this: The one thing we still have in America that the world respects is in the area of the arts. They don't respect our politics, our government and now our economy - but they do still respect music and the arts. What a great time to be a musician and an artist. We have the capability to impact the world like never before. I went away so happy to be a part of music!

As for the tornado?...we did find a restaurant, but no basement. The tornado never formed as far as I know and we were able to continue our seminar a couple hours later.

Though the toilets at the TN airport seemed to work well, (read my NY toilet experience under I Love NY in the 3/16/09 blog) I somehow managed to book my flight for p.m. instead of a.m. and didn't realize that until I got to the airport Sunday morning to fly home and was told by the customer service agent that I was there 12 hours early. I love Nashville but did not relish the idea of spending 12 hours in the airport. Fortunately, though it cost me, I was able to get on the next flight out that morning. Alas, I'm home safe and sound again and still happy over my trip to TN!

And by the way - forgot to mention - I was so thrilled to receive the "Female Artist of the Year" 2009 Momentum Award at this Summit

posted by Frances Drost on 03/31/2009

I Love NY! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

What an amazing trip to NY I had on March 13 - 15.

Even though the toilet in the Albany, NY airport kept automatically flushing before I even had a chance to really lock the door and though it kept spraying me from across the stall and I ended up deserting it and deciding I could wait until I got to my hotel to use the bathroom, and even though my hairspray can (which I had in a plastic bag for protection) exploded in my suitcase and spotted a brand new outfit I intended to wear for the weekend, which my host so kindly took to the dry cleaners for me and learned that they couldn't easily get the spots out in the time we needed it, so her daughter ended up taking it home and working on it for me so I could have it Sunday, and even though I arrived home late Sunday night in Harrisburg safe and some-what sound, my luggage is still out there somewhere between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. But all in all, I had an AMAZING weekend.

It was an incredible experience to lead 800 + women in worship. They were such a responsive group and I was so touched by their worship. Carol Kent moved me to tears, as she always does, with her incredible heart-wrenching story and how she has learned to choose hope and joy in spite of those circumstances.

As far as we know at least 20 women gave their lives to Christ on Saturday and so many were specifically touched by God in a special way.

I got to stay over for the Sunday morning services at the Loudonville Community Church and co-lead with their worship team. What a wonderful experience that was to finish off the weekend. They have a great worship band with the basic band, but also flute and violin.

My heart is overwhelmed by the opportunities I have been given to share Him through music with people all over this country. "I Love NY" as the T-shirts say. : )

Oh, and by the way - I found a toilet in the Albany Airport on my way home that doesn't spray continuously. Nice end to my trip!

posted by Frances Drost on 03/16/2009

Just The Way You Are??? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Recently I did the music at a Women's Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, MI at Cornerstone University/Seminary. The keynote speaker was Dee Brestin and wow what a great speaker! One of the things she kept saying over and over that really challenged me was "God loves us just the way we are and too much to let us stay that way".

It's so nice to be loved and accepted just as I am - no strings attached. But I like the thought of being loved enough to be moved on to be all I can be - not just what I am now.

posted by Frances Drost on 03/03/2009

New music video is released Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I am so happy to announce the release of my new music video "Inside Things". This video takes a look at the process behind writing a song and recording it for others to hear. This video features top-notch players from Nashville who were also a part of the original recording of the CD "Inside Things". Players such as Tom Hemby, Matt Pierson, Dan Needham and Jonathon Willis. You can also see the tracking and mixing engineer, Ronnie Brookshire and producer Eric Copeland.

Be sure to check out the video on my IH page and also on YouTube. It will be released on Gospel Music Channel mid to late February.

posted by Frances Drost on 01/30/2009

Trusting - from the bottom of your heart Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I have been contemplating a phrase for a while that seems fitting
for the start of a new year. "From the bottom of your heart".
It comes from Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do,
everywhere you go;
He's the one who will keep you on track."

To me, very simply, this means underneath all the stuff that we wade
through in our heart, let trust be found as the supporting foundation.
Trust must be the underlying attitude of our relationship with God as we walk through this journey of life and what it brings. I don't believe that
trust is something we gain by gritting our teeth and determining we
WILL trust (though maybe that helps sometimes). True trust comes
from a relationship that has been built over time where there is mutual
love and respect. The older I get, the deeper my trust goes.

Of course, that means any violation of that trust can go pretty deep too. My trust as a child was pretty deep and then some life events came along and tried to knock that trust wall down. Slowly I'm building it back up as I read scripture and spend time in prayer. I know more stuff will come along and try and knock it down again, both with my trust in God and in my relationships with other people. But I want to be a person who trusts - deeply.

Tom (my husband) and I often talk about allowing 'wiggle room' in our trust with each other and with other people. It's another word for grace.

What's in your heart? Do you have stuff to wade through? As we head into a new year with new opportunities and challenges, may you be found trusting from the bottom of your heart!

posted by Frances Drost on 01/09/2009

Fear Not! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"Be generous and don't be afraid" - that's what my husband Tom is feeling God is speaking to him these days. It's one thing to read these words in the scripture and another thing to hear God speak them to your heart as it applies to the current economic crisis!
The other day I was getting ready to write out my tithe check and I felt God whisper to my heart that I should double the amount. I kind of freaked because right now is not an easy time to do that. Our retirement fund is quickly losing money with the roller coaster ride of the stock market and since both of us are now self-employed it makes it even more unsettling.
Did you know the phrase "fear not" is used 62 times throughout the scriptures (KJV)?
I love reading the Christmas story this time of year and refreshing myself with all the miracles that took place during that time. "Fear not" is a common expression in the story.
I guess God says it because He knows that fear is exactly what we feel when things are beyond our control (which is exactly how things are feeling right now). He has to speak the words out loud to remind us that we should NOT fear.
I hesitated as I wrote my check. I felt a similar impression the week before, but I just wasn't sure I was hearing right. When I heard it again this week, I decided I better obey! God is our source of provision and I desire to be full of faith, not fear.
These are uncertain times for all of us and I just wanted to encourage you with these thoughts as we head into the Christmas season. Spend some extra quiet time alone with God to hear what He might speak to you regarding your own situation.
Christmas is coming - let's be found generous, not afraid.

"And though it's not much
it's amazing how quickly it grows to be something of worth
In the hands of Almighty what seems to be tiny
will stretch now to be just enough
'cause little can be so much more,
when it's all in the hand of the Lord."

"In The Hand of The Lord" - music & lyrics by Frances Drost from "Inside Things"

posted by Frances Drost on 12/03/2008

The story behind the song "I Can Pray" Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

"I was asked to sing for a National Day of Prayer event and struggled to find very many meaningful contemporary songs about prayer and decided to write one. As I thought of what I would want to say, it was clear that it needed to be about the struggle I feel as a human when I see another person hurting due to unexplained tragedies and hardships of life. Right over that time, a terrible tragedy happened to some friends of mine and from that experience, the song emerged. There is something we can do, even when we don't know what to say."

Help get "I Can Pray" out to others:


posted by Frances Drost on 09/20/2008

Porta Potties and Dressing Rooms Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

You never know when you go to minister somewhere what you will encounter - both positive and well.........not so positive.

I arrived very early this morning at a little country church to do a concert. I set up all my equipment (like I normally do) and was quite sweaty by the time I was finished.....just in time to locate the bathroom and get changed into superwoman. When I asked for directions to the bathroom I was quite surprised to find out they didn't have one - but that I could use the porta potty out back. I've never tried to change into a concert outfit in a porta potty - no mirror, no faucet and certainly no great place to catch my breath with fragrant potpourri and relax right before ministering for an hour.

Did I mention that halfway through setting up my equipment, I realized that my one sandal suddenly felt very lose and when I investigated further, I found that my sandal was hanging on by a thread. I only had one pair of shoes along, so they would have to do. I tried electrical tape to keep it together (maybe I should add duck tape to my traveling stash). So much for 'running with authority' on stage like my performance coach teaches. I guess I could have still tried running...but forget the authority part.

But it was a really neat concert after all and I felt God's presence as I shared my testimony and challenged the listeners (including myself) to deeper surrender to God and all He wants to do in our lives.

I concluded the event with backing into their local water pump (cast iron by the way) as I tried to navigate the car to the ramp where I could load up all my stuff. No damage to the pump - just more scratches on my car.

Well...that's life on the road. It's rarely ever dull!

posted by Frances Drost on 08/24/2008

Following the Inside Things Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was reading this morning in Acts 24 in the Message and got a revelation of something. Paul was on trial before Governor Felix and was explaining about Jesus Christ (the Way) and what He had done for Paul and how much Paul wanted to worship God. This is Felix's response: "Felix shilly-shallied. He knew far more about the Way than he let on, and could have settled the case then and there. But uncertain of his best move politically, he played for time, "When Captain Lysias comes down, I'll decide your case."

Bottom line - so many times we know deep down inside instantly what our plan of action should be regarding decisions, choices, direction, etc. but then we start second-guessing that feeling and wonder how we will look to someone else, or how this will affect our career or reputation.....no, we wouldn't claim to be political - but yet we think about how we will look don't we?

I was challenged this morning to follow that still small voice I often feel on the inside, and not let it be clouded over by doubt, self-preservation and reputation. Think how differently things might have turned out for Felix, had he followed his initial leading from God's still small voice. Instead - he put off the decision so he could make sure he saved his own skin......how sad.

posted by Frances Drost on 05/23/2008

A bag lunch or a buffet? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been thinking about the story in the Bible where a little boy brought his own lunch to a huge meeting - at least 5,000 people were gathered to hear Jesus speak - He was this amazing story teller. The crowd was there a long time, so Jesus decided they should be fed before they went home.....how nice. I like how He thinks! Feed the folks! The only food around was this little lunch a boy brought (thanks to his well-prepared mom). Jesus took that lunch and prayed over it and next thing they knew, everyone was being fed and there was plenty left over to spare. (like a buffet). In this world of music where I work really hard day after day to write good songs, put on a good concert, sell CDs, keep up with my friends, etc., etc.... I feel like I'm just getting up and packing this little bit of a lunch for the day and over and over, Jesus comes along and touches my small efforts and next thing I know, I get a really great booking that will put me in front of hundreds of people - something I couldn't have made happen on my own - but because I keep getting up every morning and 'packing my lunch' - or 'doing the regular old tedious day to day stuff' - He seems to honor that and make it stretch much further than I could ever make it!

posted by Frances Drost on 05/23/2008

GMA Week 2008 Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Tuesday night of GMA week, I got to see a few of the Creative Soul Record artists perform 1 song for radio programmers at the Old Spaghetti Factory in town. I've seen the fancy showcases that happen at GMA, but I was really inspired by the simplicity of this event. Just the artist with their guitar, keyboard, no mic, no big sound system - just them sharing their hearts and the meaning behind the song. Kristyn Leigh did "In Jesus Name" - a very touching song written by Eric Copeland, and delivered so tenderly by Kristyn. Gregory Paul Smith shared his heart-breaking journey of being separated from his kids and still trusting God in the midst of life with his beautiful song. Then Brett Rush shared quite transparently about being a Pastor and music artist and learning to still take time to worship God on his instrument in spite of busy life ministering through music and being a Pastor.

I went away with renewed enthusiasm about this thing called music. It has such a powerful way to touch us in places that nothing else can. I appreciated the simplicity of the evening. It reminded me of why I do what I do!

posted by Frances Drost on 04/28/2008

GMA Week Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Hey,

I'm here at GMA Week in Nashville, TN. I'm having a great time just hanging out and meeting folks involved in all different aspects of the music industry. It's neat to sit at the Creative Soul Record booth and talk to other artists, producers and radio stations and get a feel for what's happening in the music world.

I've been getting to know some of the other Creative Soul Artists as they come and go to their various events. Tonight I'll go to the Spaghetti Factory downtown Nashville and see Kristyn Leigh, Gregory and Brett all perform a single for radio promoters. I'm looking forward to seeing how this kind of thing works.

I feel so honored to see part of my dreams and passions coming true - just getting to be with other people who share the same ministries and passions is so invigorating.

Last night as I went back to my hotel room, a rugged character approached me and asked me for money - right outside my door - right down the street from where all this great stuff is happening. I was frustrated to be approached in the darkness like that, and a little nervous, but I reached in and pulled out a few bucks to give him. Yeah, I know - they say you shouldn't give these folks money - it just encourages ....whatever - you name it. But I honestly couldn't say no. God knows that there have been times I've been in need myself, though I don't go around begging, but I'd rather give a bit and have him blow it on nothing, than to say 'no' and miss an opportunity to bless someone who might actually be in real need......

So it goes in Nashville.

posted by Frances Drost on 04/22/2008

Heavenly Angels or Earthly Angels? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I was reading yesterday in the book of Acts about the time when Peter was put in jail. He was chained to a guard and had 4 squads of 4 soldiers guarding his cell. Not a pretty situation. He was in prison for preaching the Good News of Jesus! The Message says he slept like a baby through the night.

In the morning, an angel came and walked him right out of his cell and into the city. A complete miracle. I love those parts of the stories. No keys needed, no fights with the guards to let him go - just out of there miraculously.

Did you know that in that story however, Peter went to a friend's house afterwards to tell them all he was set free but they didn't believe it could really be him, so they didn't let him in. He stood outside knocking on the door while his friend went and told all her friends that someone looking like Peter was outside the door.

It struck me - an angel did an amazing thing by walking him out of that prison and opening all the doors and gates. But in the next scene - Peter has no miracle for opening the door to his friend's home. He has to depend on someone else to open the door and let him in. Heavenly angel one minute - depend on a human friend the next minute.

But it's just like life! Sometimes amazing miracles happen and we are so charged from it. The next minute we're back to the regular mundane of life and have to depend on others to help us out. But that's the beauty of the mixture of heaven at work in our lives and our brothers and sisters at work in our lives too.

posted by Frances Drost on 04/04/2008