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A Composer is Born! April 27, 2009

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I know you have heard of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach,Chopin, Handel and Brahams now let me introduce you to Dustin Nelson an upcoming composer of our day. He has played piano composed by these great composers of their day and now plans to compose music of his own from his day.

Dustin is my oldest son. From as long as I can remember Dustin has had a heart for music. He gets it honest. I have always loved music. Nothing moves me more than music.Dustin says nothing challenges him more than music. 

Dustin began playing piano when he was 6 years old. He took his first piano lessons from a college piano student, Kenny Rouso, in Graceville, Fl. Then we continued lessons with Mrs. Linda Vaughn for a few years. From there he continued on his own because we couldn’t afford to pay for piano lessons. We did continue to buy the books and he taught himself. He has always been a gifted child at whatever he does, from academics, to music, and even sports. When he went to college he received academic and piano scholarships. It was such a blessing. The professors could not believe he was mainly self taught. He was awarded a piano scholarship. He had to compete for the academic scholarship over a two day period, he didn’t win the overal Presidential scholarship, but he won the Provost. It is hard to believe that his days are almost over a Union. He will become an Alumni like his dad. We love Union University.

 He  is graduating from college in a few days. He passed his big piano hearing for him to graduate…woohoo. Now it is all down hill from here. He will be having his Senior piano recital on May 8th. That will be a big time of celebration for him. To him it is bigger even than graduation. All of the family will be coming in to listen to him play piano for an hour. His peers and music professors will be present as well.

Since being at Union he not only studied piano, but also theory and composition. He also sings in three different choirs. He found that his true passion is composing music. He enjoys taking a blank music page and creating beautiful music to be played by himself or others. Well, today was an awesome day for him. Dr. Boud a music professor at Union chose one of his music composition pieces to play for the prelude at First Presbyterian Church. He composed music to Psalm 63. Me and Randy went to hear his music being played by Dr. Boud on a pipe organ. It was so awesome to see Dustin’s name  in the bulletin giving him credit for the arrangement. I was so proud of him.  I tried to record it, but it was not good. It picked up too much of the background noise. He will have his compostion recital the week of graduation. I think they will record it professionally. I can’t wait to hear the Union symphony band play his music.

He plans to go to grad school and get a degree in music composition. He wants to compose music for churches.He says that music is the only thing that really challenges him. I pray that God will direct his steps and give him opportunities to use his talents for God’s glory. mission-jackson-008

Dustin at First Presbyterian today in his choir robe. I know he looks like a monk.


Dr. Boud at the organ.

Dustin Nelson Composer

Dustin Nelson Composer


Road Trip!! April 26, 2009

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Yesterday, Cody wanted me to take a road trip with him and Jessica to check out his new college. He wanted me to get a feel of the campus and to check out his new apartment.  I have not been thrilled with his decision to leave Union to go to Murray State. I knew that while he was at Union he would not be taught things that were contrary to our Christian beliefs and values. It was a safe environment for him to learn in. Not that everyone at Union is Christian they are not, but the professors are Christians. When you go to the book store at Union, it is a Lifeway store and awesome place to hang out. I love to browse around Lifeway and check out there new selection of books. We went to the book store at Murray and there were not many if any Christian books. It was a portrait of the world around us. I did not spend any time in the store at all. I did not find anything that held my interest. It was just another sign that he is no longer in a Christian environment, but a worldly one. He is excited about his new adventure. I wish I could share that excitement. Murray has a nice campus and it is a nice town to live in. I pray that God will work in his life to be a witness to those around him.

We had a funny experience when we started to walk onto campus, someone had written in chalk Cody Nelson is 20 today in huge letters in two different locations. It was not my Cody. Cody will be 20 in a few days. So that means there are 2 Cody Nelson’s at Murray almost the same age. It was just too funny.

We left Murray and went to eat at Patti’s our favorite restaurant, but it had a 4 hour wait. It was prom night and Patti’s would be a prom paradise. It has such beautiful scenery with a waterwheel, and gorgeous flowers, and gazebo’s to take pictures of the couple in their prom outfits.

We then went on to Paducah to check out the Outback where Cody plans to transfer. It was a 40 minute drive from there to Murray.

We got home late last night, and I had a list a mile long of things I needed to accomplish. Oh, well I was glad I got to spend some time with Cody before he moves off to Murray. I will miss him. I have decided it is time to let go, and let God. It is easier said than done. This mom likes to hold on as long as she can. Life will not be the same without my boys around. I will miss all the jokes, and laughter.  It will definitely be quieter and cleaner, but not near as much fun.

 Cody and Jessica aren’t they cute.


Keeping my head above water. April 21, 2009

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I have had so much going on lately that I have to stay focused to keep from being sucked under. I love to be busy don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it seems everything piles up at once. Last week I helped work the Birth Choice Banquet. This week I am decorating a table for our “Splash of Joy” women’s conference at church. When the women’s director asked me to decorate a table I laughed and said “NO”. I told her this is not my field of expertise. She said, it doesn’t have be fancy it can be really simple. Yeah, right! There are some wealthy ladies in our church who thrive on competition in this area. They like to one up each other. I told her if I could find someone to help me I would do it. I called my friend Amanda and asked if she could help me. I don’t even have matching plates, cups, or anything nice around the house to decorate, but I knew Amanda did. She was willing to help. So, I will just assist her. I can handle that. There was a time that I would not have been intimidated by such a request, but the older I get the harder it is to feel good enough. I am always willing to help, but I don’t always want to take a lead role. I know this sounds crazy when as a pastors wife I had to lead or things wouldn’t get done. Lately, I am content to stand in the shadows and help someone else. I was fine just showing up and helping at Mission Jackson until I was asked to take over and be the coordinator for our section so the leader could start another backyard Bible club in another housing project. I am glad to do it, but it adds more stress to my life. I know longer can just show up, now I have to be in charge.

The biggest stressor on me right now is that Dustin is graduating on May 23rd from college. He has his senior piano recital on May 8th and I am expected to host a reception for him. Again, not my comfort zone. I have not got a clue as to what to do. We could have anywhere from 50 to 100 people. I asked Dustin what others have done and he said some do a simple reception with cookies and punch and others do an elaborate reception like a wedding. Sooo what to do??? After that he has his composition recital and then in two weeks he graduates and I am not sure what to do for that either. We will have family coming in for both events and staying at the house.

Randy finally was back in the pulpit last Sunday for the first time in 18 months. That too brought back a rush of emotions and uncertainties. He will be preaching for the next two weeks as well. I want to be willing to go wherever God leads, but it scares me sometimes as to what that will be. Especially when Dustin and Cody will not be with us.

Cody just signed his lease for his apartment in Kentucky. He registered for classes and has everything set to transfer. I am not thrilled about him leaving the safe enviroment of Union to go to a secular school and study Psychology. It is hard to step back and let your kids make their own decisions even if they are 20. He is still my baby.

Tanner adds a whole other set of worries to me. I worry about what the future holds for him. He has Beckwith-Weidemann Syndrome, which is a cousin to downs. he has high hopes and dreams of becoming a truck driver for Jesus. He wants to take Bibles to truck stops and give them out. He is such a blessing. He was recently in the newspaper for the photo of the day. A photographer followed him and his dad around as they played disc golf taking their picture and one of Tanner made the front page of the locals.

We  stayed with my mom for Randy to preach. I got a chance to see my nieces play softball, after the game we took my mom to the ER because she was complaining with chest pains and not feeling well. The ER kicked into gear and checked her over good. They didn’t find anything going on with her heart, which was good. My sister, mama and I then went to eat and went to my nephews ball game. On Sunday the whole family came to mom’s for Sunday dinner. My parents are not really old they are only 60 and 61 but they have both had a lot  of major health problems. Mom has too many to mention including open heart surgery, diabetes, thyroid, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, to name a few. Dad came close to dying last year with cancer. I see what their lives are like now and want to try to keep from following in their steps. I want to get healthy and eat right and get the right amount of exercise. This is a big issue for me. I was always the skinny girl and now I am far from that. I am overwhelmed with how to get back to a healthy weight. I saw some people from high school while I was home and I was embarrassed by my weight gain. I was a size 3 when I married and in the past 10 years I have gained sooo much weight.

I know I am rambling, but I needed to get some of this stress off my back. The only thing that has kept me afloat is God’s promises. I cling to his promises that he is my stonghold and ever present help in time of need., that he will never leave me or forsake me. He promises to uphold me with His righteous right hand. When my mind starts to focus on my tasks for the day or the evil of the day I combat those thoughts with the Word of God and His peace washes over me. Thank you father for your presence in my life. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you. Give me strength and courage for whatever I face today. May I never grow tired of doing good. Fill me with your love to overflowing that I can share it with others.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the task, for the Lord God, my God is with you. 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NIV)

Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Phil. 4:6 (NLT)


AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!! April 17, 2009

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Kids Creation is giving away an awesome swing set, play set over at dad blog. You need to go over to their blog and check out how you can win this awesome play set for your kids. It is an unbelievable giveaway valued at $4,995.00, what kid would not love this!!! My kids are grown now but I would love to donate it to the Dream Center a shelter for women and children. They do not have any place for the kids to play that come to the shelter. This would be an answer to prayer for them.


 Can you see your little ones spending lots of hours in the sunshine on this baby. Be sure to go to dad blog and enter for a chance to win.


To top it all off they are throwing in a Cannon Powershot SD110 Digital Eph camera for you to take pictures of your kids playing on their new play set. How awesome is that.


I Need A Revelation! April 6, 2009

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It seems that my life has been in limbo for several years now. I just have not been settled. My husband has been a pastor for over 25 years. He has pastored around 7 churches. For the most part we have had a great ministry. We have been instrumental in leading many to the Lord and encouraging Christians to have a closer walk with the Him. We have had the privilege of doing Mission work both at home and foreign. Well, the past two years Randy has not pastored a church. We were terribly wounded by the past two churches. I won’t go into any details, but I will tell you we have had to recover from the blows we received. Thank the Lord we have been nurtured and fed spiritually by our church, Englewood Baptist Church. I love this church and I am greatful to be a member of it. I am very involved with Missions. Randy teaches Sunday School and is a Yokefellow. Why then do I feel so unsettled. I feel like  we are suppose to be somewhere else….but where. I need a revelation from God. I do not want to move until He moves me. I don’t want to stay if he says go. This song by Third Day sums up my heart.

Jeremiah 29:11 has been one of my all time favorite verses, it says…I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm, plans to give you a hope and a future. I want God’s plan for my life. My hearts desire is to be in the center of His will. Pray for our family as we seek God’s plans for our future. This will be a year of change as Dustin graduates college and moves to St. Louis and Cody transfers to Murray State….where will we be?????


“ALWAYS”—I love this song by Building 429 April 1, 2009

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We had the privilege of going to a Building 429 concert and I fell in love with this song, “ALWAYS”. Jason Roy the lead singer shared the story behind the song. Watch this clip of him sharing the story.

Here is the song for you to listen to..I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It is so reassuring to know that God will be with me ALWAYS!!!