Wow! I just realized I haven't blogged on Runboard in one year! What is wrong with me? Get with the program, girl! Okay, so I've been lazy. Obvious, right? I thought you'd say that. So I guess this blog is going to be really, no, reeeeeeeeeeeally long. ha ha
Most of the message I posted in here before, I have taken out.
One of the things I've been keeping myself busy with these days is social networking, specifically Twitter. A few years ago, I repeatedly insisted on not getting into MySpace. Now...I'm on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter! So I'm tweeting away now.
Most of you Runboarders who frequent the same boards I do probably know that I have been a loyal fan of the group Avalon for several years. Well now, that's changing. I first heard Natalie Grant way back in 2001, and I always liked her music, but then I got too busy obsessing over Avalon to notice, really, any other artists for a long time. And now I realize that I had terribly underrated Nat for ages. Most people probably know Natalie best for the song "Held," from 2005. But that wasn't the song that did it for me. For me, it was "I Will Not Be Moved". I heard that song, and it was rockish, different for Natalie because she doesn't usually do aggressive type songs, different for me because I didn't usually listen to that sort of music. But guess what? I fell in love right then and there. I bought the CD Relentless a few weeks later, and over the past two years, while my Avalon fandom may have dwindled a bit, my Natalie Grant fandom has grown considerably. Now I listen to her music all the time. In fact, I think her music has influenced me so much that I now tend to do those little runs with my voice when I sing, where I never used to do much, if any of that before. I have almost all her CD's now, and I am buying the new CD, Love Revolution...I mean, I WILL BUY IT; I know that much!...when it comes out August 24.! When you see a link to a board called "Relentless" in the blog below this one, don't click on it, or you'll get a "page doesn't exist" error message. I deleted that board for good and made a new board for Natalie Grant fans called The Deeper Life
after the song and CD, "Deeper Life". Come join up if you're a fan of Nat's! :)
Okay, here's the closing part. Now let's get to the real reason I haven't been here as much. I seem to kill every laptop computer that finds its way into my hands, never intentionally, of course; it just happens. I crashed the hard drive on one, downloaded a bunch of completely unnecessary junk and got malware on another, and somehow, still another has lost its ability to emit output sound, which I, being blind, need in order to access the computer. So it's no good to me anymore. So now I'm back where I started, using a desktop computer that has to be shared between three people. So that makes it harder for me to spend a lot of time at places like Runboard. That's why I haven't been on as much, and that's also why the All Avalon website
hasn't been updated in ages. No, it's not because I'm a Natalie Grant fan now. It's just because I haven't been able to do it.
So that's what's been going on with me. I hope I'll be able to come here more often, and especially update my blog.
Okay, so I'm sitting here in a dorm room, trying to write a new blog...with nothing to say.
Oh yeah...almost forgot! "All Avalon" has a website! The place to go now is All Avalon
. The name of the board has been changed to All Avalon :: Official Forums
, and it is now connected to the website. Speaking of Avalon, did you hear that Melissa Greene has left the group? When I first heard about it, I was shocked, surprised, and sad all at the same time. I mean...beautiful voice, and the girl can just hit those high notes!! :) Well, now I'm excited for Melissa, that she's leading worship at Gracepoint Church in Franklin, and I'm also excited for Avalon, their new member Amy Richardson (Jeremi's wife) and the new album Reborn. Yes, I will miss Melissa's gorgeous voice, but you can't "grieve" forever; at some point you have to "get back up and take the next step" (from Melissa's song "Next Step"). That's what she's done; it's what Avalon has done, and it's what we fans must do! Let's learn to move on, because if we don't, we might miss out on all the amazing and exciting things God has planned for us!
Over at Relentless
, we are keeping track of Natalie Grant's new song "Perfect People" on the AC chart. It's still moving up! Yeah! Woo hoo! :) I've wanted to type that all day. lol
I love the message in this song, which is one that Natalie really takes a stance on. It's so easy to just wear a mask and hide what's behind it from everyone. When people ask the rhetorical question "How are you?", we're told the "polite" response to give them is "I'm fine, thank you." But when you say that, are you really fine? Probably not. More than likely, you've got something going on in your life that only God, you, probably your family and maybe a few really close friends know about, and you want to keep it that way. But you're not perfect, and God sees what's really there anyway, so what's the use in trying to hide it from Him? Or anybody else, for that matter? Why are Christians probably some of the biggest masqueraders? And to each other? It really doesn't make any sense to me at all. We've been set free! The Light of Jesus Christ has come into our darkness! What reason is there to hide anything? I highly commend Nat for taking such a stance on this! :)
Well, I guess I wasn't exactly as bored as I thought I was. :)
God Is Faithful...Even To The Slacker!
There's a beautiful hymn that says: "Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me." I listen to that song, and even sing it on occasion, but I sometimes wonder how my faithfulness is to Him. I mean, I don't seem to be very faithful in much of anything. I'll get started on some huge ambitious project that I strongly believe in, and the whole thing ends up taking so much time, so much patience...which I desperately need more of anyway, and then I'm such a perfectionist; I am never, ever, ever satisfied with anything I do until it is completely complete and perfectly perfect. Well, of course it takes a lot of time and patience to get everything right, and to work out all the kinks, so much so, in fact, that I might have to end up enduring a little frustration, which I'm terribly prone to. Sometimes I just get so frustrated, or overwhelmed, with a project I had previously invisioned and dremt of doing; I just give up on it. When I think about how God never gives up on me, I am truly amazed. I mean, if it was me, I would have been done with this crazy little girl a long time ago! I guess I just think that way because I'm human. God is always faithful, even to those of us who admit to being terrible slackers, procrastinators, and impatient people. He is always faithful to us, even when we're not faithful to ourselves, our tasks, or even Him. I'm still so amazed at that, even now as I sit here and type this!
Board Updates: Relentless
One of my newer boards is Relentless
, for fans of the fabulous singer Natalie Grant. Natalie is my second favorite artist right now, and she's also up for yet another Female Vocalist of the Year at the Dove Awards tomorrow! There's not much on this board yet, so feel free to come join.
Board Updates: All Avalon
Well, I have decided to start doing this just for my boards. I said for a long time that I wasn't going to let myself become enslaved to these Internet addictions, but sadly, I have; what with MySpace and all those things.
Well anyway, my almost-two-year-old board is All Avalon, a discussion place for fans of the group. We have eleven members, two of which are currently heavily active. If you're an Avalon fan but not currently a member, come on over to the Newbies forum and drop us a line. If you are a member we haven't seen in a long time, come check up on the board. We have a set of featured topics where you can see what is currently being discussed. We're obviously talking about Avalon's new Greatest Hits album and Melissa Greene's new solo release, Next step; but there are some other things too. Come to All Avalon
and join us!