Get your name into the Grand Prize! That’s an order.

I can’t believe that the week of announcing the Grand Prize winner is HERE! In only two days, the winner will be announced on May 5.

If you’re name is not in the Golden Box for the Grand Prize, then you still have two days to do so! Don’t be one of those people who think you don’t have a chance of winning. Believe me, you DO! You have a great chance. And it’s so easy. You have nothing to lose! I would bribe you but I think 2 free registrations, a hotel room, and 2 airfare tickets are enough….

All of your Facebook posts, Tweets, and emails will finally pay-off (well at least for one of you). And if it doesn’t, it was fun right? I’ve enjoyed getting all of your emails and getting to know many of you through email. Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize, I hope you can still make it to a NWLC so we can meet 🙂

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May 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm 1 comment

I Hate Change

Not the pocket type of change. I love that type of change. I’m talking about the Change that meddles in things you’re comfortable with, forcing you to do some mending and evaluating.

And I know it seems melodramatic to have “hate” right smack in the middle of a title post. But Change is one of those things you either love or hate. Sometimes I welcome change, but lately, I’ve been hiding from it because I don’t want to start adapting everything Change has changed. But I know slowly I will have to let go, either forcefully or willingly. I haven’t been forced to… yet. So I’m still grasping on until Change pries my fingers away after May 22. Graduation.

Graduation is a funny time. I’m so ready to be done with semester projects, finals, and papers. It’s exciting to move on to bigger things than a classroom (even if an office is, admittedly, smaller). And I’m even looking forward to moving back home (free meals!). But it’s scary to recognize things are going to change. Friends are moving away, getting jobs in other states, and even getting married. My life as I know it will begin shifting beneath me until it has morphed into something only faintly familiar.

But amidst all of the change, it’s comforting to know God is the center of all things and the firm foundation. He is in control if I let Him. I haven’t quite figured out the best way to completely give it up to Him yet, but I’m learning. And even though the unknown is easy to fear, we persevere and keep going because the Lord is with us. Just as Haggai 2:4-5 says,

‘Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

P.S. I said “change” 11 times in this post. Considering it was all about change, I thought it was going to be more. Well, make that 13 now 🙂

April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm Leave a comment

The BIGGEST Giveaway Ever?

Wisdom and Ben over at All About Worship claim they have “The BIGGEST Giveaway Ever.” I don’t know if it competes with the NWLC Grand Prize, but it’s pretty awesome. If you’ve been entering your name into Grand Prize, check out Widsom and Ben’s giveaway for another opportunity to win a free registration. There’s a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. The 1st place winner will receive a free registration to NWLC in Kansas + 13 free CDs. There are two simple ways to enter the contest. Go to their site and check it out! But hurry, you only have until April 30!

April 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

Song DISCovery in the Round this Thursday! And new URL coming soon!

So things have been pretty busy over here in the WL office for the past week. Mostly because Song DISCovery in the Round is happening in Nashville this Thursday, April 22. If you don’t know, SD in the Round is a one-day songwriting conference for anyone interested in sharpening their skill as a worship songwriter. We even created a whole new site that is meant to connect attendees before they get there. They can post a mini-bio about themselves and start discussions on a forum. Almost half of our registered attendees visited to tell everyone a little about themselves and why they’re looking forward to SD in the Round. It’s really neat–you should check out the site here!

I hope you like it, because we’re planning on doing the same thing for the NWLC conferences. We really want to provide you all with a space to connect beforehand. So be looking out for that in the near future. Another heads up, the URL for this blog will be changing soon as well. It will look the same, only new and improved, because we’re moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog. If this doesn’t quite make sense to you, don’t worry, I’m still learning too. But we’ll let you know as soon as we make the change.

But back to SD in the Round….

Since Song DISCovery is separate from NWLC (just by one floor), I don’t have anything to do with the planning of these one-days. BUT I will say, we ALL knew when Amy Grant joined SD in the Round for Nashville because everyone was so excited. Poor Suzie got the confirmation message and was screaming for joy, only to realize nobody else was in the office to hear or to share this moment with her. Amy was just such a pleasant surprise that we weren’t expecting 🙂 But everyone at SD in the Round is worth getting excited about including: Natalie Grant, Paul Baloche, Jason Ingram, Carl Cartee, Tony Wood, Matt Papa, Jennie Lee Riddle, Jonathan Allen, Glen Packiam, Calvin Nowell, Ricardo Sanchez, and our own Chuck Fromm and Phil Sillas.

So if you’re in or near Nashville, go check it out. Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are more than welcome!

Song DISCovery in the Round, Nashville

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grace Chapel
3279 Southall Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

April 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

“Attending,” “Maybe Attending,” or “Not Attending.”

As you may have seen if you’re a fan of our “Nat’l Worship Leader Conference” fan page on Facebook, we’ve created three events: One event for each conference location. We’re asking you all to go to the conference you are planning or hoping to attend and respond with “Attending,” “Maybe Attending,” or “Not Attending.” Hopefully you don’t choose “Not Attending,” which only gives you two options left. Because if you’re anything like me, these event invites cause a very stressful process, because each response carries another, alternative message within it, that needs to be taken into consideration.

If I click “Attending” I will feel obligated to go, of course, because I said I was. They are counting on me. If I click “Maybe Attending” it’s mostly because I’m not really planning on actually going, but I feel too guilty about clicking “Not Attending.” Because if I click “Not Attending,” I feel like the invite sender will think I don’t care, which is not the case. This is why I am indecisive.

So, more often than not,  I let the invite sit in my notifications because I can’t make a decision between “Attending,” “Maybe Attending,” or “Not Attending.” The invite will stay there, until the date of the event has passed, and the event will remove itself automatically, lifting the obligation to ever have to make a final decision.

So, I am asking all of you to not be like me and let those decision-making brain cells go to work and make one of the easiest decisions of the year– “Attending.” So if you’re on Facebook, go to our fan page, then click on the “Events” tab and click “Attending” for the corresponding conference. Or if you’re already logged in, just click here (http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Juan-Capistrano-CA/Natl-Worship-Leader-Conference/55292494758?v=app_2344061033&ref=ts). Now, if you go to the event and see that only a handful of people are attending, don’t let that fool you—there are hundreds already signed up and planning to attend. They just may not be as social media savvy as the rest of you 🙂

But the point of creating these event pages is so you can start connecting with others who are attending as well. We know many of you come from out of state, and often by yourselves. Use this page to start connecting before you get to the conference. Looking for a roommate to cut down the price? Or need to carpool to the church? Post it on the wall.

Also, the event is “open” which means you can send out the invite to your own Facebook friends. This is a simple way to spread the word about the event and who will be there. And if you’re worried about feeling like you’re spamming your friends…it’s okay. They’re used to it and probably don’t really care. And besides, if you’re excited about it, it’s only natural you should want them to know about it and get excited too!

April 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Back from Japan and only one month left to enter into the Grand Prize contest!

It’s April 5th, which means you have one more month to make sure your name is in the Golden Box for the chance to win the Grand Prize to NWLC10! The winner will be announced on May 5th.  If you haven’t submitted something yet, then get to it because a simple tweet or status update is well worth two free registrations, a hotel room, and airfare for two! And if you have submitted something, keeping doing it once a week to increase your chances!

And yes, I’m back from Japan! It was amazing and beautiful. The sakura blossoms (cherry tree blossoms) were blooming and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. They only bloom 7-10 days out of the year, so when they do, it’s a big deal and everyone celebrates with festivals and cheer. I feel blessed to have been able to join in and witness even a piece of it. Here’s a picture of just a few of the thousands of trees that cover Japan with their pink, delicate flowers.

When we were there, we were able to meet up with Peggy, a woman who works with Campus Crusades for Christ in Japan. Peggy grew up in California and went to Pomona College. But soon after graduation, she was called to go on a missions trip to Japan. Not too long after, God called her and her husband back to move there and do His work. They have lived in Japan, now with three children, for the past 25 years, committed to serving their community with God’s love. I just thought it was a wonderful portrayal of God’s sovereignty and a servant’s obedience to Him. I pray I could have even an ounce of that courage if God called me to do something that huge!

Same place as above, just at night. Beautiful!

April 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Work is piling up…and Katie is off to Japan :)

Hello Everyone, Suzie Stablein here…Katie is off to Japan with her Mom and Dad for a week!  What a great opportunity for her – I can’t wait to hear all about it when she gets back.  But in the meantime, I’m alone here in my office and I’m piling up the work on her desk for when she returns 🙂

Keep her in your prayers and look for a new post from her after Easter.

Blessings,

Suzie

March 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm 1 comment

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