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Another Trip Around the Sun

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Hi Friends,

Well here we go again, off on yet another trip around the sun. We make this trek year after year, time and again, and often it results in unrealized goals. That’s mostly because we create unrealistic expectations.

All this while we’re on the heels of celebrating the greatest gift ever. A gift that promises to lead us to a fruitful destination. And how will this happen, because he’s designed the perfect plan for us to succeed.

So maybe instead of coming up with our own promise to keep, we should just rely on the promise that has already been born and sacrificed for us.

My prayer is that we begin anew this year with a renewed dependency on His unfailing promise.

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we’ve been brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Pray on,

Eddy

January Notebook

Eddy-Mann-Logo-2L 850x850As the season moves on, I’ve got a couple of dates this month before heading south for some downtime. All three dates will be close to home.

We’ll be making our first visit to the Recovery Cafe in Philadelphia, PA on Friday the 12th, and returning to the Daniel’s Den Cafe in Pipersville, PA the following night, for a Worship Circle event.

A week later we’ll celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of the ‘Yes Indeed’ album at Karen’s Place in Doylestown, PA. You’re all invited to gather with us and reminisce a bit while looking forward to the opportunities of the year ahead.

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January Schedule

01/12/18 [Fri] The Recovery Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 (combo)

01/13/18 [Sat] Daniel’s Den Cafe, Pipersville, PA 7:00pm (Worship Circle: with Liz Collins and James Harvey)

01/20/18 [Sat] Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA 7:00pm (combo)

More info at eddymann.com

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He’s Coming

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Hi Friends,

Once again we find ourselves waiting expectantly through the season of advent. As I age, I find myself increasingly looking forward to this time of year. I love that we get to remake the set list by revisiting some of the ageless carols of Christmas past. It inevitably awakens the child in me.

As I continue to grow in faith, it also touches a deeper level spiritually. Life is ever changing, and we’re ever evolving, and so it is that the arrival of advent continues to heighten my sensitivity towards those with less.

As I work on the music plans for this months events, I’m struck with the blessed life I get to live. In Luke 12:48 we read, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

When I see the lives of those across our world I’m reminded of how much I have to share… my prayer is that you would join me in that sharing.

Call me, text me, tweet me, message me, email me, write me… we’ve been brought together by God for a reason.

As always, remember you can send an anonymous email to prayer@eddymann.com for prayers and encouragement.

Pray on,

Eddy

December Notebook

Eddy-Mann-Logo-2L 850x850We’ll be opening the month, Saturday, December 02, 2017 with our annual visit to the Souled Out Basement. We’ve been making a seasonal appearance here for as long as I can remember and it never gets old. It’s our only Philly performance this month.

The following Saturday, December 09, 2017 we’ll be in King of Prussia, PA at the annual Romans Road & Friends Christmas Show. This will be our forth year at this event which does a great job of collecting toys for those less fortunate.

Lastly, on Saturday, December 16, 2017 we’ll visit Transformation Church in Mays landing, NJ for a seasonal Night of Worship.

On a final thought, be sure to stop by the website to check out the Christmas Deals.

Song of the Month

December Schedule

12/02/17 [Sat] Souled Out Basement, Philadelphia, PA 7:00pm (combo)

12/09/17 [Sat] Hope Community Church, King of Prussia, PA 7:00pm (combo)

12/16/17 [Sat] Transformation Church, Mays Landing, NJ 7:00pm (combo)

01/12/18 [Fri] The Recovery Cafe, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 (combo)

01/13/18 [Sat] Daniel’s Den Cafe, Pipersville, PA 7:00pm (Worship Circle)

01/20/18 [Sat] Karen’s Place, Doylestown, PA 7:00pm (combo)

More info at eddymann.com

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Love’s Arm Around My Shoulders

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Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph 5:20 ESV)

A new chapter of my life has been unfolding these past few weeks, the pages are crisp and clean, and I find myself unabashedly grateful. I’m grateful for a God who loves me, and who continues to bless me daily.

I’m on my way out of the shadow of my father’s death. The road before me will not always be easy, but I travel with a constant companion in my Lord and Savior. The two of us will march towards tomorrows smiles and tears together, and for that, I find myself thankful.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thes 5:18 ESV)

So as I write this morning, I lift up my words to Him, my great King. My thoughts of praise and worship are offered to the One who has, does, and will always embrace my life.

I write from thankfulness, from a heart that cries of joy, from a soul that knows of peace, and from a faith that knows no other.

I write as a mourner who knows healing, who knows a love that surpasses all understanding, and knows of a hopeful and joyful path to eternity.

In all times, in all places, and in all circumstances I offer my complete life as a sacrifice, honoring His will for me. It’s the least I can do.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:17 ESV)

I’m embarrassingly blessed. I don’t deserve the life I get to live. Sure I do my best, but inevitably I come up short at the end of the day, and yet the blessings continue to rain down. So it is that whatever I do in word or deed, I do in the name of the Lord.

Prayerfully I go forward striving to appreciate the grace that surrounds me, and to recognize the Love that always has an arm around my shoulders.

Pray on,

Eddy

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Create In His Name

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So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 ESV)

I’m currently the owner of a clear mind and I’m loving it. It’s a mind that’s free from darkness, it’s free from obscurity, and it’s even free from cloudiness. It’s dictionary clear. There’s no discoloration, no defects, not even a blemish. It’s a gift that’s been lovingly given to me, and graciously received.

It’s with this new found clear mind that I’ve become truly inspired to create again. As I was walking through my previous season of servanthood, I neglected to keep a balance in my life, and I wandered away from the God given gifts that were there to feed and strengthen me.

I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but by not having symmetry in my life, I was missing some deep emotional opportunities to be creative.

But I’m now experiencing a heightened sense of harmony. I’m beginning to explore other areas of expression. Some of these I haven’t visited before, and a few others are outlets I’ve long left behind.

And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze, (Ex35:3-32 ESV)

I’m not sure where any of this will lead, but that doesn’t seem to matter at the moment as the journey itself seems to be the most important thing right now.

Embracing the process is a luxury that sometimes gets lost when we find ourselves being enslaved to deadlines.

While in the studio I’ve had to remind myself on more than a few occasions to remember that this is fun. That’s how and why I fell in love with it in the first place. I create for that exciting moment when a mistake becomes the catalyst for something beautiful and new. I wonder for the stream of conscious work that seems to have been created by someone else when experienced the following morning. I have to be more mindful of not letting go of that.

And so that’s where I find myself at the moment. I’m filled with this childlike enthusiasm, and I can’t wait to open my new box of crayons… whatever that may be. And that in itself is motivating me to see, hear and think about things differently.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Col 3:23 ESV)

This place that I dwell in right now has been provided by Him. The surrounding expressions of love and wonder have been produced by Him. The gifts have been bought and strategically placed are by Him.

So one thing’s for sure, I’m wholly inspired by the Author of all things, I’m encouraged by the love that He lavishly expresses over my life, and I’m honored to be given the opportunity to create in His name.

Pray on,

Eddy

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After the Storm

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And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7 ESV)

There’s a sense of calm that engulfs me right now. I know that it’s temporary, but I’m enjoying it none the less. My heart and mind feel amazingly peaceful, almost what I imagine would be heavenly.

After any storm comes a settling calm, and it’s in the calm that I’m currently residing. If you’ve ever tried to describe such a place, you know how difficult it is to find the words. That’s because it’s a peace which surpasses all understanding.

If I’m unable to understand it, then I’m unable to explain it!

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John16:33 ESV)

We need to reconcile that peace is a fragile moment of time that can disappear in a heartbeat. We’d do well to never take it for granted.

Overcoming the trials of this world is a lifelong challenge. We face trials daily, and sometimes even hourly. They can knock the wind out of us quickly and without warning. On our own we’re doomed to fail. On our own we look for worldly cures and strength, but there aren’t any sufficient answers or fixes to be found here.

The only way to maneuver through the maze of this world is with the One who has gone before us, with the One who has successfully found His way through. On our own we’ll spend a lifetime of running into dead ends and repeating the same mistaken choices and never finding our way out.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27 ESV)

The calm I have is heaven sent, the peace I’m experiencing is beyond understanding, and the only way out of this maze is through Him.

Pray on,

Eddy

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