Longing for My Eternal Home
To say that 2020 was easy and “smooth sailing” would not be honest or truthful; at least not coming from my perspective. What I can say is Jesus was right here with me through the storm that all of us have felt to one degree or another. I learned quite a bit about myself and where the Lord is still doing a good work in me. I also realized just how much I want to go home-to my eternal home with Jesus Christ.
Last January when we started into 2020 I was filled with excitement at the new year ahead. It was a whole new decade and I looked on with optimism and high hopes for my future. The Lord had started me back on this musical path in 2015 after many years of silence and by Sept 2019 He had begun to fast track me full speed ahead. I was following in faith, even though I would not be able to see what would hit me personally as well as the whole world as 2020 rolled on. I was busy creating this website and learning more about music creation-all things I had not committed myself to learn years earlier. When it comes to my music and this journey, creating this website and getting my latest album “The Return of the King” ready for publication has been the hardest and most rewarding as well as challenging thing I have ever done.
I took my time in the creation of this website and had a lot of help. I thank God for the people He brought to me as I walked along this path. My main goals with my music has always been that the music bless as many people that the Lord would allow. I have also learned through much pain and sorrow that sometimes the things we set out to do is not always what the Lord plans for us. It has always been my desire to do my “due diligence” in my preparations both musically and personally. I have learned that with even the most stringent of planning, as fallible human beings, we typically will only be able to complete 70-75% of where we see the Lord leading us. Because of the uncertainty of life, the other 25-30% remains open for the Lord to finish for us.
Being patient has not always been a willing virtue for me. Yet, through the storms of my life, I can say the waiting the Lord has had me do, has created in me more patience and perseverance. I have been doing an online bible study with a few other brothers in the Lord on my personal YouTube channel and one of the main themes in our Philippians and now James study is to let patience have her perfect work in you.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:4-8
Walking through 2020 has for sure taught me more about patience and perseverance. The fact that I made it through and am here writing about it in 2021 is indeed proof of Gods unfailing mercy and love. Like most of you, when the pandemic hit, it hit me out of left field. It blind-sided me and I was unprepared. I have went through the gambit of emotions that all of us have felt-grief, anger, depression, despair, loss of hope, and a longing to go home to my eternal home in heaven. Things that were important to me suddenly weren’t as important. Having a good Christian support network of other believers is what carried me through 2020. Doing the online fellowships and being able to fellowship in real time was also crucial to surviving 2020. The thing I strive most for my own life and have expressed to my YouTube followers, is to keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ at all times.
Back in September, I started a program called “Lorraine’s Music Hour.” This is a time where I can perform my music for my brothers and sisters as well as well loved cover songs in real time. Since this is broadcast live, I am also able to fellowship with people in the live chat area. I had to learn a whole new system to be able to do this, and it has been the highlight of the week when it was time for another LMH (“Lorraine’s Music Hour”.) During the program, I have also given away my albums as well as products from my other online business, Love’s Creation, which creates all natural bath and body products.
The next music hour is scheduled for January 17th at 1 pm PST. I now plan to do them once a month due to the time involved and my work schedule as an Uber/Lyft driver. It has always given me great joy to share the music the Lord has given me with as many people that the Lord brings my way. My hope, is those who are reading this, will set a reminder for the next upcoming music hour on January 17th.
So, as we head full steam in 2021, there is so much that remains a mystery and things we will not know until it happens. Many people feel an uneasiness about the future of America. Yet the one sure thing we can all rely upon, is that Jesus Christ is already there in this unknown future, and there is nothing beyond His control. May we all keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ and sharing the good news of salvation, that is once a person has put their faith in Jesus Christ, they are forever sealed and forever secure. And just as with me, so you too can be assured that “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6.
If you have not had the chance to check out my latest album “The Return of the King,” or my other 2 albums, “The Good Shepherd” or “Best Part of Me,” I hope you will. Your support of my music is greatly appreciated. I hope my music truly blesses you and encourages you to keep fighting the good fight as we await The Return of the King!
You can view the professional music video to The Return of the King here.
Please see my other YouTube channel for more music videos of my songs.
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