|Posted by iveywebsitemanager on April 2, 2015 at 6:10 PM|
My words typed in this entry can not express how thankful I am to all those who have donated so far to my first album. I will never forget how much of an important role you have all played in my pursuit of this career. God has blessed tremendously, and I am praying that He will bless you all for your sacrificial hearts. An update for you all: I got to meet with the owner of Lucky K Recording Studio Monday, and I am even more excited about starting on Three On The Fifth. Mr. Lucky seems to have vast experience as well as many years in the practical side of recording. The studio was beautiful; musical atmosphere, hardwood floors, stress-free design-Not to mention the Yamaha Concert Grand Piano in the side of the room. I am confident in the skills and capabilities of this studio and I do not at all regret my decision to book recording time there. The date has been set: Recording starts April 10th. I ask that you all keep the recording in your prayers and that God will bless us with ease in recording, with open hearts for our ministry, and for the hearts that this music will minister to in the near future. As Mr. Lucky said: "The devil does not want this to happen". Please pray for protection against the evil that seeks to destroy all good and all hope in this hurting world. Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." With God's blessing and guidance, I have faith that this will be a great success and a major jumpstart to this ministry I am So anxious to begin.
|Posted by iveywebsitemanager on March 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM|
A Journey begins:
Where to start? This seems to always be the first question asked before starting an adventure; and this is exactly what I asked myself when it came to this musical journey.
"I see Ivey on a big stage, screaming fans around" I laughed as my friends Yonnathan Varela and Daniel Pero talked of their foreseen performance in my future. I love music, and I suddenly loved writing it. Music holds an amazing portion of my heart, but after all, I didn't think the music life was for me. I want to be a Pastor, have a church, a family, live in a quiet house in a nice neighborhood, and live my life with the constant struggle of answering my phone and early mornings.
Ministry is one of the sole purposes of a Christian's life. And A Pastor is one of the noblest, most respectable jobs in the world. And I couldn't wait to become one... or so I thought.
How could this be? I asked this while metaphorically slapping myself in the face in the middle of Homiletics class, an upper level preaching class I was taking last semester. Why was I slapping myself in the face, a good question. It was because I felt a cold, embered heart barely beating inside of my chest. "How could I not want to be a Pastor anymore? I knew a few things..
1. I knew God wanted me to come to this college
2. I knew God wanted me in full time occupational ministry
3. I knew I loved helping people
So why am I losing my desire for a Pastoral ministry? I concluded that there could only be one answer..My own carnality.
Surely this was it, the only explanation for my loss of passion for my Major, course of study, a future occupation.
….What if I did use the music God lays on my heart for a career? Is this right?
So the struggle began.
Prayer- This was the only key. After all, how else am I, or any Christian supposed to know anything about our lives without both reading God's Word, and talking to our Savior. The decisions that were made right in the Bible, by Abraham, kings of Israel, Mary and Joseph- All were made after communication with the Almighty, All-Knowing God; and this is what I knew I had to do.
I prayed, I begged, I pleaded. I was terrified of departing from my previous dreams to follow something else which seemed frivolous, fame-hungry, and selfish.
And so I talked to someone who has never given a single piece of bad advice, never led anyone astray, and has never been wrong. I asked God for His direction.
Time went by, and hours passed; and I felt something that I hadn't felt in what seemed like forever….An electric blue flame sparked in my heart…