Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chivalry is not dead!

Mark 16:15
And then he told them,
"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."
We hosted a benefit concert the other night for
 our daughter Amber and her close friend Tray, one of her fellow XMC classmates.

Amber & Tray
They are raising money for domestic and overseas missions and also tuition costs for their discipleship program XMC.
We didn't have the turnout that we hoped for,
probably due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,
but still and all,
it was a great event and the talent was simply amazing.
I can say that because,
some of the talent included my daughter.
I'm one proud Momma of this fabulously talented young woman.
Amber began writing songs when she was only 11 years old.
They weren't just any songs,
they were songs annointed and straight from the heart of God.
We knew that God had placed the gift of song in her life.
When she was 12 years old,
she asked for her first guitar for Christmas.
With fingers bleeding and numb,
she began to teach herself to play the guitar through simply praying,
 that God would guide her hands and be the song in her heart.
She spent hours upon hours in her room during the following months and years with only her guitar and God.
I remember worrying at times thinking she was too secluded and needed to be more social,
but we left her be and watched greatness come out from that room and within those moments with her, her guitar and God.
When she moved out of our house to begin college over a year ago,
one of the things I knew I would miss the most,
was the sound of her sweet voice singing along with her guitar from her bedroom.
The sound of her worshiping God with music and with her whole heart made my heart full every time I heard it.
It would echo throughout the house while I was cooking supper or as we watched television at night.
Oh, how I miss that beautiful sound.
Those hours and months behind her bedroom door have truly paid off and she is a girl that exumes great talent.
She writes, sings and plays the guitar with a servants heart.

It is just astounding to me what God can do with one simple life when we hand it over to Him.

Psalm 25:1-2a
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul,
O my God, in You I trust.

Her best friend from highschool surprised her that night and came to the concert.
Her eyes grew wide and filled with tears when she saw his face.
He posted a picture of her singing at the concert later that evening on Instagram,
 and wrote this underneath as the caption...
"Amber performing at her benefit concert. My sister is absolutely amazing. She's the only person I know with remarkable talent and doesn't want to be famous. Just to worship and minister. I miss my sister like crazy."
What more could a mother want?
A child with a desire on her heart to worship and minister.

To do the exact thing that she was created for.
The exact thing we were all created for,
to worship the King and bring Him Glory.
That blesses this momma's heart more than words could ever express.
Amber, Tray and some close friends have put together this amazing band.
They call themselves Chivalry.

chivalry- Gallantry, courtesy and honor.

The noble qualities a knight was supposed to have,
such as courage and a readiness to help the weak.

What a great name for them.
They all have a great desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this fallen world.
They have a passion to honor God with their lives, their music, and within their hearts.
To be servants among the weak and the broken.
It was their very first live performance together as a band and they rocked the house that night!
They played so great together,
as if they had been playing together for years.
  I am super excited to see where God will take them in their future together.
They not only gave an amazing concert,
but they each brought a powerful message that night within the stories behind the songs they had written.
Psalm 57:9
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
God touched the hearts of many than night and we were so humbled by His presence there that night.
I wish I had all kinds of video to share with you from that night,
but I was so busy crying,
 that I was only able to capture part of one of their last songs of the night.

I know, I know...Boo me!
( Uugghh! I seriously need to pull myself together during those moments.)
NOTE TO SELF: If you are going to be a big crying mess, get a videographer for the next concert!
I did manage to capture a few minutes of their last song that night and posted it on my facebook page.
After you finish reading this blog post, please go take a look at the video here:
I snapped this picture of their band after the night was over,
and you can just see the joy of the Lord all over their faces.


Tray, Amber, Daniel, JP, Jerrad, and Steven
I have a feeling that God has great things in store for these six beautiful faces!
I'm so blessed to be able to watch His love unfold in their lives.
Look for them to perform again in the Springtime of 2013.
We will be having another concert!
I will be posting updates of their performances here on my blog as well as my facebook page.

 A special thanks to Danny Dardeau and Ty Cook of Lighthouse Family Church for allowing us to hold the concert at their place of worship!

If you would like to donate to Amber or Tray to help out with their mission funds,
please contact me at
Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


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