Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Me In A Nutshell

Hi friends! Sorry that it's been a while since I've posted on here. I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little about me (assuming you don't know me from Adam, lol). I am a wifey of one, Dave Nelson. Someday I'll tell you our story. He is my knight in shining armor. My BFF. The most amazing Daddy to our kiddos. And a really good kisser. ;) I am also a mommie to three beautiful babies. Sophie is 5, Micah is 3 and Noah is almost 17 months. They never cease to amaze me.

I am not a supermom. There are many things I need to work on and I don't hide that fact. You will hear nothing but the realness on this blog. For example, I don't enjoy cleaning, and therefore I rarely do it. If you come to my house, you will experience this. LOL. There are days that I really enjoy staying at home with my tribe and other days I'm pulling my hair out desperate to fly away on a magic cloud that takes me anywhere but here. Writing a blog like this should probably take less than an hour but it will probably take me the rest of the day because in between sentences I am pulled away for, "I need some juice", "Mommie, let's do a fun craft", "Whaaaaa!!! Hold you!!!" (That one is happening right now, actually.) But even with all the lack of sleep, the puffy eyes, the "mom hair" (you know what I'm talking about), and the, "Mom! Micah hit me!", I love being a mommie to my little people.

I have many hats that I wear. I think women do that often. I am a singer, an actor, and a freelance makeup and hair artist. It has been a while since I have been able to use my acting skills but I will always love and appreciate that art. I try to help out my favorite theater company, the Tennessee Women's Theater Project, when I can. I started doing freelance makeup and hair for weddings and photoshoots about three years ago, though I've been a makeup artist for about 12 years now. It has been a wonderful way to get out of the house and be creative and make a little money as well; a true blessing from the Lord. If I had to choose one creative outlet to focus on for the rest of my life, it would have to be music. I don't claim to know everything about music. I'm only just learning to play the guitar. I can read music but very very slowly. I love to write songs but I can only write them in my head and then pray that an instrumentalist can hear my vision when I sing it for them. But I love to sing. Singing is like breathing for me. It comes naturally. And I am fully aware that it is a gift from God. I will be forever grateful. I'm not sure what the Lord wants to do with my voice in the long run but right now I use it to bless Him by leading worship at my church and I just finished my first EP. The greatest joy for me would be to worship with angels in Heaven. Oh, what a glory; what a song!

I grew up in the church. My dad was a pastor. I'm learning to change the way I speak about that. It is too easy to say, "Yeah, I was a PK. We're the worst, you know. That's why I was so rebellious." And maybe that's true, but what is also true is that I got wonderful teaching about the Bible and about Jesus and that teaching ignited a love for the Lord and a longing to know more about Him. I have a wealth of the Word in my spirit and the Lord used my father to put it there. I am so thankful for that.

In the last year the Lord has blessed me beyond words with revelation of His love and acceptance. The Holy Spirit has done what only He can do and that is to unveil the loveliness of Jesus and His finished work on the cross. I'm living in the truth of grace; in His abounding love. It has changed everything (and continues to change me). The more I look at Jesus, the more I see myself like Him. In this blog you will hopefully read words that are filtered through grace: the unmerited favor of God through Jesus and His finished work. I have been set free from the law and I no longer wish to return. My prayer for the one who reads this blog is that you would be filled with all wisdom and understanding in the knowledge of Christ and that you would truly know how high, how deep and how wide is the love of God for you. Thank you for taking this journey with me. The ride might be bumpy at times but it will be fun!




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