Baby Steps

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Four years ago, I was working as an assistant for a producer in Nashville, buried in the chaotic logistical world of touring, staying up til the wee hours of the morning packing orchestra envelopes for Michael W. Smith’s symphony Christmas tour.

Tonight, I’m actually one of the ones going on the tour.  Hymns For The Christian Life Tour with Keith & Kristyn Getty.  6 weeks.  25 cities.

To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  There are few writers of songs of the Faith that I respect more than the Gettys, and they also happen to be dear friends of me & Jack.  I’ve been to at least a handful of their concerts, and have yet to make it through one without crying.  All that to say, I’m a HUGE Getty fan, so to be invited to go on tour with them is an honor.

In all this, I am reminded of the principle of baby steps.

I’ve been out of college for six years, and have been pursuing God’s call on my life as a songwriter and worship leader full time since then.  The road of music world can be a daunting one – discouraging at times, marked by twists and bends you never expected and seemingly long detours in strange directions.

But if I’ve learned anything these past six years, I have learned that twists and bends can end up being blessings in disguise, and seemingly long detours end up leading you to places you never would have found otherwise, and after the fact you find yourself grateful to have stumbled upon them.

Like babies do.  They find their way one small step, or stumble, at a time.  When they fall, they get back up and try again.  Putting one foot in front of the other.  One step at a time.  One door at a time.

When I look back over the past six years, I never would have written the journey this way, but I am overwhelmed with gratitude by all that God has done.  The people He has allowed me to encounter, the places He’s allowed me to visit, this crazy, maddening and beautiful journey He has me traveling.  And despite all the craziness, the joys far outweigh the tears, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So… I’ll keep taking one baby step at a time, and keep enjoying the journey.

Next stop?  Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas Texas with a band of Irish musicians, a few toddlers, and two of my favorite songwriters on the planet.

Gonna be fun!

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  • Becky Lehmann
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    so excited for you Shelley and so blessed I knew you in those early days at the Hope Center as God inspired your songwriting and used you in mighty ways to encourage the broken hearted and downtrodden… keep enjoying the journey and blessing all those you sing to!!

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