Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Paradigm Shift

Every year Christmas is a weight around my neck. I begin the feel the downward pull into Holiday Dread around August. Panic sets in around mid-November.

Not this time.

Over the past few years, I’ve set out to redeem the things I hate. The way it works is this: I’m miserable because I’m focused on myself instead of on the Gospel. So I ask God to help me focus on the Him and His Kingdom instead.

Practical application: In college, Valentine’s Day became the day I cooked and baked goodies for all my single friends and delivered them as “The Valentine’s Fairy.” I still do this and love it!

This year for Christmas, I’ve begun accumulating a list of places I can serve and help out. Our BIble study did a huge fundraiser for GFA that brought in more than twice as much as my high goal.

And since my family already did GFA last year in lieu of presents, they were on board for this year, too! As a family, we donated 4x what we gave last year!

Some of my friends and I are making eggs and bacon for the homeless guys in my neighborhood. Just setting up a table on the corner and hanging out.

I’m looking for other people who have crappy Christmas situations (divorce, sickness, child in custody of other parent, etc.) and I’m praying about ways to lighten their load and share some of the Father’s joy with them. It thrills me when I find a need like that and get to put it on my calendar.

What I’m finding is that the Gospel actually works. Not just to save people from hell, but to save me from the tyranny of myself. And perhaps you may think that’s selfish too. But the God I serve is loving and efficient enough to make the right thing bring joy. He’s beautiful like that.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

COOOOOKIEEEEEES!!!

Tonight I made 21 dozen cookies! It was so much fun that I've decided to quit my job as a musician and become a professional chef!

For those of you who donated to the album fund at the "Cookies" level: I hope they're still fresh when they get to you, and that the shipping process leaves them in something more than crumbles!

Best,
TLC




WE DID IT!!

A NOTE & SOME QUESTIONS

NOTE:

Tonight at 7pm eastern time, we crossed the goal for the Kickstarter funding, 5 hours before the end of the $8,000 pledge drive! And for the next 5 hours, you continued to give!

I could go on for hours about how I am overwhelmed at the generosity you've all shown...

I could share with you the emails and texts and tweets about how God has used this to encourage your heart...

I could tell you how He has humbled and loved me so well through this process and through the love each of you have shown...

But it still wouldn't suffice. I will remember this and be grateful for each of you for the rest of my life.

I got messages from so many of you who were sitting at your computers, refreshing the screen because, as you said, "I can't wait to see when we pass the goal!" The fact that you began to view it as a "we" project instead of a "TLC" project is the most beautiful thing about this.

I have a new story to tell, not just ON this album, but ABOUT this album. And you're each a part of this new story:

There are prayers in my heart like acorns.
They’ve been there for years it seems.
Today I woke with a branch as a finger.
Tonight I am covered in leaves.


Thank you is insufficient. I pray that God will bless each of you for your kindness and sacrificial giving. You have made a difference. You have.

With gratitude and joy,
TLC:)

QUESTIONS:

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2. If you chose COOKIES, please reply to the email about your cookie preference.

3. There were some "errors" in collecting funding from some of your accounts. If your pledge did not go through, please update your information as soon as possible so that Kickstarter can use your funding! The errors actually put us back below the goal, so it's important that we get these remedied asap. Thanks!