Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who knew?

So it's been a couple weeks since I last wrote.  Classes have now begun... dun dun dun ;)
So far so good.  I've been crazy busy with classes and study/practice time.  Pretty much, I've fallen asleep studying every night for the last week and a half.  I did get to go home this weekend, which was wonderful - got to spend some much needed time with my friends and family.  

God has been stretching me so much over this first month.  It's amazing how much can happen in that short amount of time.  This past week, I was able to start my private voice lessons.  My new teacher and I sat and talked for the first chunk of my lesson to get to know each other and when I told her I would be graduating in Spring 2010, she said, "Oh, well we better start working on your Senior recital repertoire."  Whoa.  Step back.  It just kind of blew my mind as I was leaving my lesson thinking... who knew that I would be here one day? ... getting ready for a senior recital... working on "O mio babbino caro"???  (If you don't know of this opera piece, look it up on itunes... you'll recognize it)  Crazy... yet God is awesome in that way.  He will take you places and teach you things you never thought you'd learn.  I'm learning so much by being here.  Even though it's been quite challenging at times, I know God is going to do a ton in my heart while I am here... even if it is through the struggles and drudgery (that's a word they really like to use here in the CBU music department!)

Things have been pretty overwhelming the last week and a half, but there are a couple songs we sing in choir that make me cry every time.  I really feel God surrounding me every time I sing them and it's an amazing, overwhelming feeling.  Here are some of the lyrics...

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give,
and I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and Thy power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

Jesus, I can trust in You,
How I want to do Your will;
Come and take complete control,
Come and heal my wounded soul

Oh, when I am alone, give me Jesus.
You may have all the rest, give me Jesus.
And when I want to sing, give me Jesus.
And when I am alone, give me Jesus...

I hope you all are well and I pray that you would all keep your eyes on Jesus, no matter who or what tries to get in the way.  He is so much greater than everything else in this world...


joannanoel said...

thank you so much for this encouragement. I love you chica.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Tamara. I love those songs and what they express! When you sing/pray them, you have to say "AMEN! May it be so, Lord."

Your sister in the Lord and fellow traveler on that Journey,

Anonymous said...

Hi Tamara,
Wow, so much has happened in a short time for you! I really appreciate your focus on the Lord. Not only is it great to see the security He provides for you, but how you give Him glory in all that you do.

"I'm comin' back to the heart of worship... and it's all about you, Jesus".

Uncle Norm