Travel Journal 2018 Whew! Exciting, but Exhausted!!
Proclaim Music Festival was a smashing success! A wide variety of music groups gave outstanding performances among them were Hannah Dota, Wrestling Angels, Exodus Road, Mason Clover, Shawna Rae, Dan Grieve, Zachary Bruno, Praises for Yahweh and Sandy DeLapp and family. Our hats are off to these awesome musicians! And YES! Steve and I were the Grandma and Grandpa of the group! We were humbled and honored to have a place on the stage with all of these very talented musicians. (Warning, run-on sentence ahead!) There was something about being out in the middle of America, surrounded on all sides by miles of corn and soybean fields, worshiping YHVH with all our hearts all the while contending with blazing sun, or pouring rain, flies that bite and a varied assortment of other biting insects, hassling porta potties and the always, (it seems), wind; but through it all the people shared with happy and rejoicing hearts, and we all had an awesome time together despite all the minor irritants — it was quite an inspiring weekend!
Thank you to the Johnks for lending the use of their farm, talents and energies to keep us all well fed and our every need of assistance met with cheerfulness and a servant’s heart! And everyone else who volunteered in numerous ways spending countless hours making sure all the bases were covered! And a HUGE thank you to Shawna Dose for carrying this vision from YHVH to completion (for this one anyway, we know there is more to come!). Steve and I appreciate and love you all!
The day started at 9:00 a.m. and went with different groups presenting until campfire time around 10:00 p.m. Any and all musicians could join the campfire band and jam the night away — or as long as they could stay awake! Steve hosted the first campfire, but didn’t quite make it to midnight — there were younger ones who dropped out before he did though!!
We had two time slots; Friday morning, first thing at 9:00 and the Shabbat afternoon slot at 2:00. Steve played several of his Psalm compositions and I told a story each time; The Boy’s Lunch and The Rich Ruler’s Agony. It was interesting during the Artist’s Q & A Sunday afternoon that a person in the audience asked how we all had become Artists; when it was my turn to answer I said, “I am the odd duck in this gathering for I don’t sing or play an instrument, but I tell stories. For years and years I have begged Abba to gift me with a voice that could sing — (I think my pleading went something like this, let me sing like Sondra Beam!) Anyway, a while ago when I was in this pleading mode YHVH spoke to my heart and said, “I gave you a voice to tell stories and that is a different kind of voice than someone who sings.” I still would love to sing like Sondra, but I don’t beg and plead for it anymore; YHVH’s answer satisfied me and I am now content with what I have been given! (Maybe in the Earth made new I will be able to sing like Sondra! Until then I’m good!)
Php 4:11-13, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”