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Jennifer Grassman

Recording Artist + Author + Mommy

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January 2015

The Evolution of a Diva: Musician + Author < Mommy

New Year’s Eve with Elowyn, December 31, 2014

As a creative person I wear so many hats. There are just so many things I’m interested in! It used to be that I loved nothing more than composing songs, performing concerts, and writing stories. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE those things, but motherhood has changed me. In addition to music and writing, I also love doing craft activities and baking with my little girls, decorating our home, scrapbooking, and crocheting blankets that I rarely finish.

What can I say? I’m a Musical Mommy. A Domestic Diva. A Singing SAHM. A Crafty Composer. A Harmonizing Housewife. A Wordsmithing WAHM. A Scrapbooking Songbird. A Crocheting Chanteuse. A Poetic Painting Pianist. A Dulcet Diaper-Changer. A Modge-Podging Matriarch. A DIY Decorating Damsel in a Domicile.

OK I’ll stop now.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that over the past few years I’ve been undergoing a spiritual rebranding. I used to dream about being a diva on stage under the lime light. Now I dream about teaching my girls to sing and play piano, and being more involved in the music ministry at our church. That’s not to say I’m not interested in performing concerts again or returning to the studio.

New Year’s Eve with Leianor, Dec. 31, 2014

In fact, I have an album (Once Upon A Time) that’s 99% finished, and is just waiting for a final polish so I can release it. But my interests and aspirations are so much more now … They may not be as glamorous or eclectic, but they’re deeper, more diverse, and I daresay more meaningful.

Children change you. Love changes you. I used to think that maturity came with age, but as it turns out, maturity comes with loving others. I’m very excited to grow during this new season of my life, and share my experiences with you here on my blog.

Be forewarned though, you’re going to see a lot more crafts, home décor projects, creative writing, recipes, poetry, and mommy madness.

I’m also planning a few very special concerts this year though, so stay tuned! I’ll be sure to invite you ❤

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Do You Imagine Bible Prophets As Old Men … Or Teenagers?

So I was reading the Bible tonight, and had a bit of a revelation. Check out this passage from Jeremiah 1:

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth. But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

Are you seeing what I’m seeing?  Jeremiah is a “youth.” He’s a teenager! Maybe early college age, but definitely very young.

For some reason, I’ve always imagined the prophets of God in the Bible being old men. You know … long white beards, bald heads, frightening eyebrows … But when I came across this passage, it was like a light got flicked on!

When God called Samuel the Prophet, Samuel was just a little boy.

When Jesus wandered off and got into a deep theological discussion with the elders in the temple, he was only 12.

Jesus quoted Psalm 8 when He said, ““Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies [God has] prepared praise’”

And Jesus entire ministry – all the amazing sermons, miracles, teachings, and acts – was complete before he even hit 35. He is believed to have died on the cross and risen from the dead when he was but 33 … not even middle aged!

Conclusion: God does not need our worldly experience. God does not need experts, seasoned veterans, educated philosophers, or sages with extensive resumes.  God can work through us right now, with all our naivety, weakness, inexperience, uncertainty, and inadequacy.

As Paul wrote to Timothy: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

So don’t worry about what “they” might think. Do good. Speak the truth. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, because God Himself is working through you, for you, and all around you. ❤

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