So… I don’t know a girl who doesn’t like a make-over. And i decided my site needed a little freshening-up! I hope you like it. We’ve worked hard to make the site very easy to navigate and as always, give you the information that you want.
Have you ever seen anyone with too much make-up on? Oooh, I will so NOT show my pictures from the 9th grade, but I was guilty of piling make-up on top of make-up, orange line under the chin and all. Through the years I’ve hopefully learned to peel some of that off and only highlight the “good stuff” (*wink*) but that’s often how I feel when I’m surfing the web. TOO much. I’m not sure about you, but I get annoyed at the busy, flashy, pop-up, long-intros on the many sites I visit. so, there’s not a whole lot of bells and whistles. just clean, fresh, simple. hopefully highlighting all of the “good stuff”! all of this courtesy of my friend, the web-king, Brody Harper from SkörInc.
I will continue to blog as often as i can, as this is the most important part of the site to me. I love the opportunity to connect with all of you. I often read your comments and smile, and some of your stories bring me to tears, as I whisper a prayer on your behalf. please comment and let me know what you think. tell me what you like and what you don’t like. tell me what’s missing. I promise, i can take it after all, this site is for you.
p.s. look for my all-new store to launch in the coming weeks. we’re designing new merchandise now
You’re invited to be in the studio audience for the television interview with Christian singer/songwriter and four-time “Female Artist of the Year”, Natalie Grant . Natalie will appear on the LIFE Today show with James & Betty Robison, Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but you must reserve your seat. To do that, call 817-354-3655 or email email@example.com. The studios are located at 1801 West Euless Boulevard, Euless, Texas 76040.”
**This is television interview only. Not performance. To see Natalie live in Dallas, check her out 8/29/09 at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church**
Natalie is featured on the new Glory Revealed II CD, which is available Tuesday, July 14th. Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship, features 12 new worship songs based on scripture from 21 Christian artists.
Natalie Grant Hits the Road This Fall with Jeremy Camp on The “Speaking Louder Than Before” Tour. Joining these powerhouse vocalists on stage will be BEC Recording artist, Bebo Norman.
Tickets for the 30+ city tour go on sale this Friday, July 10th in addition to a special iTickets / iTunes promotion. For those who purchase tickets via iTickets from July 10th until July 24th, they will receive a code for two free downloads at iTunes. The codes will be given out for each ticket purchased (not per order). Dates are listed below and you can check out www.nataliegrant.com/tour for ticket information.
I have one of the best tour managers around, Mr Chris Farnsworth. He’s the nuts and bolts of my touring operation. Chris is smart and talented, and an all around great guy to tour with. But one of the things I know he didn’t expect to be a part of his job description was the madness of having twin toddlers on the road. I’m hard enough to take care of (*wink*), but it’s a whole ‘notha level with kids on the bus. But he doesn’t complain. He carts the extra luggage around and has even taken out a poopy diaper. Haven’t gotten him to change one yet, but I’m working on it – haha! Seriously, this guy has worked with some of the biggest names in Christian music, but he’ll still call around to see if there’s a playround at the local McDonald’s.
What about you? When you’re asked to serve, what is your response? Do you say yes, even when it’s below your “pay grade” and requires you to clean up somebody else’s…poop? (for lack of a better word-teehee) Believe me, this is not something I have mastered. Especially given the nature of my job, people are doing things for me all of the time. It’s very easy to get used to someone serving me. But we are called to serve others.
Ouch. That’s a tough one. Oh sure, it’s easy to give lip service to helping the needy and being an advocate for the down-trodden. But what about serving those who are not easy to serve? What about helping someone else get ahead, even if it keeps us from advancing? What about serving in secret, even when it means getting no credit or recognition? Read how Paul puts it in Philippians 2:
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (The Message)
Serving can sometimes be adventurous and exciting. Often times serving can be monotonous, mundane and may even feel like what we’re doing is “beneath” us. But in the end, it’s always fulfilling, because we’re doing what we were created to do. The above video, as silly as it may be, illustrates my point. My sweet tour manager does whatever he can to make my life easier, even if it’s not in his job description. And his simple little phone call brought a dance of joy out of my daughter, Gracie. And bringing that joy to her, brought joy to him. That’s one of the many benefits of being a servant. Bringing joy to other’s is quite rewarding. It may even make someone feel like dancing. Careful, it may make you feel like dancing.
Pray this with me: Help me, Lord. Help me to serve, expecting nothing in return. Help me to find opportunities to promote others, even if it keeps me in the shadows and puts the spotlight on someone else. Because ultimately, when I choose to live this way, it puts the spotlight on You. Remind us all that’s it’s about making YOU famous.Amen.