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I'm Alive! New Chapter... learning to Trust. 

Hi Friends!

I’m Alive! Sorry it’s been so long since my last update. A lot of things have happened in the last few months that have kept me very busy. 

  

I’d like to start this post with a verse about Trust. 

  

Proverbs  3:5-6 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, 

on your own intelligence do not rely; 

In all your ways be mindful of him, 

and he will make straight your paths. 

  

I don’t know about you, but I find myself trying to rely on my own intelligence A lot. Ugh! Over the past few months I’ve done some serious thinking and searching, trying to figure out the next chapter of my life. I’ve spent so much time planning and sorting-out and strategizing and documenting and worrying when I should have been praying, asking and trusting that God has a plan. 

  

NEW CHAPTER

This past year has been such a struggle to book concerts for myself.  It’s been hard to get and to keep a solid booking agent, so I’ve been doing it all by myself. It has consumed me and it has worn me out! Lol. Over the summer, I did some serious praying on whether this is what God really wants for me or if I should just move on. It’s been a good 20 year run with wonderful blessings and amazing opportunities. 

  

One of the things weighing on my heart has been that Pete was ill for so long. Now with him finally on the road to recovery, maybe me trying to travel and be gone so much is like throwing that gift back in God’s face. We’ve been given a second chance for quality time together. Why would I want to book all of these concerts and be on the road and away from him all of the time? (P.S. We just celebrated our 20 year anniversary in August! Can’t believe it). 

  

Then fear set in… 

If I step back from travelling and doing concerts so much, what do I do for work? 

How do I help contribute to the household finances while still enjoying what I do. 

Should I really take a step back from music and not tour so much? 

…Do not rely on your own intelligence. 

 

TEACHING VOICE AND WORKING FOR RADIO STATION

In the past I’ve loved teaching voice, so I decided one day to just put it out there on FB, pray about it and see if there was any interest in the area or if this was the direction God wanted me to go. Well, God opened the doors big time! Since August, I’ve been teaching at a local music center in Twin Falls and I have 18 students already! God is so good. 

This is my voice lesson room

  

After all of that happened, I was then offered a part-time position at our local Catholic Radio Station. This helped to fill in the gaps of our finances. I’m also trying to volunteer more in my own community through fundraising events and have been invited to do a few this fall. I’m excited! Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and he will make your paths straight. 

  

I know we all struggle with direction and what God is wanting from us. I pray that you will really take this verse to heart and know that God wants what is best for you. Trust him with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding or intelligence, always be mindful of Him and he will make your paths straight. 

  

THANK YOU!

I want to thank all of you who have supported and encouraged this ministry over the years and who continue to do so. The past 20 years have been amazing and while I’m not quitting entirely, this step back from full time music ministry has been a hard decision but one that I am at peace with. I’m really excited about this next chapter and I am trusting the Lord will continue to make my paths straight.   

  

IF YOU CALL... I WILL TRAVEL

I will be doing a limited amount of concerts/events per year. Please contact me if you have an event so I can get that date reserved for you. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME

  

Upcoming concerts are listed on my Calendar page. I’ll be in Wisconsin Oct 27-Nov 1 and I have some Advent/Christmas Concerts and events around Idaho and Montana this year. 

  

Many Blessings, 

Jaime

 

Happy Summer!... New Music Coming!... Celebrating Family! 

Hello friends. 

I hope your summer is off to a great start.  We are enjoying such beautiful weather here in Idaho and I’ve been walking the canyon grade again. Whew! It always amazes me how much better I feel when I’m exercising and spending time getting some fresh air. Great way to start the day! 

Then it’s down to the basement to work (making calls and sending emails to book the tour calendar and taking care of the fun office details of the ministry). I’m really not complaining. I love what I do. Even though Pete does call me the "basement troll" every now and again. lol.  

   

CELEBRATING FAMILY  

We have a lot to celebrate this summer.  

Happy Birthday to my husband Pete! Pete turned 44 on June 4th, but we are celebrating much more than his birthday. He doing so much better and able to work 25 hours per week doing what he loves! He’s an awesome social worker and loves helping others. We Praise God for the continued healing in Pete’s body. He still has some hurdles, but we are so happy for what he is able to do now and how far he has come from just last August. God is so good. Thank you for your prayers.  

I snuck a picture of Pete at the Doctors office 2 weeks ago. He looks AMAZING! 

Last month we celebrated Mother’s Day. My mom is amazing. Last year she opened her home to us when Pete got so sick and couldn’t work. She has allowed us to stay here until we can get back on our feet again financially and I cannot tell you what a HUGE blessing this has been. Thank you Mom for always being there for us. We love you!  

This month we celebrate Father’s Day.  I love my dad! He has always been there for us as well. In fact, it was because of my dad telling us to come down to St. George to see the specialist there that Pete was properly diagnosed and is doing so well. Thank you DAD!  

   

And last, but not least, two weekends ago we celebrated my nephew’s baptism. My sister’s oldest son made the decision to follow Christ and be baptized. He wanted it to be at a lake so a small group of us gathered near the shore and watched Tanner be baptized. For those of you who don’t know, it was watching Tanner be born (17 years ago this month) that changed my views from Pro-Choice to Pro-Life.    

My journey for being a voice for the unborn began at that moment.  

I’m so grateful God used Tanner to speak to me and I couldn’t be happier that he has chosen to follow and serve Jesus.  

 

Family is so important. I do my best not to take them for granted because family and friends are a precious gift from God.  

   

NEW MUSIC COMING SOON  

I have some new music recordings in the works. The plan is to get 2 songs finished and released as singles by September. Very excited to get back in the studio and start creating again! I will keep you posted as things progress.  

   

TOUR NEWS  

I’m heading to…  

KANSAS for National Right to Life Convention the end of June  

IOWA for a week in July with the other Carrick Ministries artists  

TEXAS in August.  

WISCONSIN in October 

Check out my website calendar for more details.  www.jtmusic.com/calendar. If you live close, I would love to see you there.  

   

Blessings and enjoy your summer! I will reach out again next month.  

Jaime 

Easter Message & March Concerts Recap 

Happy Easter! 

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Easter Season. I love that Easter doesn't last just one day. We have 50 days to Celebrate! The Octave of Easter which is eight days of high celebration that begins with Easter Sunday followed by 42 more days of Rejoicing which ends on Pentecost Sunday (May 20). So Keep Celebrating! 

Message from Jaime 

Well the trees and flowers are blooming here in Southern Idaho and everything is greening up and making beautiful scenery to enjoy. For those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies it is definitely a challenge to "enjoy' this time of year. For the past two weeks I've dealt with severe allergy symptoms which include cough and asthma. 

Not Fun for a Singer! 

On Friday I landed in the Doctor for the third time. We are hoping we found the right mixture of products to help get it under control. I ask for your prayers. 

Staying positive? Yes, because I've decided after the past two weeks of being miserable through the post-nasal drip, sneezing and coughing,  that I will try to enjoy the beauty and positive things going on around me. Because no matter what life throws at us, we can decide to be miserable or we can push through the muck and make the best of each day by trying to focus on the good things happening instead of the bad (there will always be both). 

The past two weeks I spent time planning and trying to figure out how I was going to do music full-time with this sudden onset of severe allergies in my 40's. I even thought "well maybe I should do seasonal work and not do concerts in the spring/summer. Will that pay the bills?" (insert sound of numbers crunching here). 

Then I Prayed! 

Yep, should have done that in the first place. 

God knows what I am going through and He is in control. I put all of this in His hands and He will provide. He has a plan. And I will continue to do my best to stay in His Will for my life knowing He has and will continue to provide for all of His children. 

I hope that brings you some peace in whatever trials you may be going through right now. Don't give up. Don't be miserable. Don't try to plan your way out of God's Will for your life because you are scared. Learn from my mistake and let your knees hit the floor first. You will save yourself a lot of wasted energy and peace. 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2 

 

 

Think of Me for Your Next Event 

We are now booking for Fall 2018-Spring 2019 and I would love to come share with your Church/ Parish or Event. 

Please contact me so I can answer any questions you might have and let's get your date reserved on the calendar. 

 

Concert Recap (March in beautiful Pennsylvania) 

I had such a wonderful time in Pennsylvania sharing the Lenten Presentation "Beauty and Hope in Suffering". In York, I shared with the wonderful parishioners of St. Patrick's Church. And in Waynesboro, I shared with the wonderful parishioners of St Andrew the Apostle Church (the students joined me in concert and did a fantastic job!). 

It's a blessing to be able to travel and meet new people and this trip was no exception. I feel like I made some life-long friends on this trip.

Thank you for inviting me to come, for making me feel so welcome 

and for blessing this ministry. 

I pray the music and message blessed all of you. 

 

 

Thank you for supporting this ministry and I pray you have a blessed and safe Easter season. 

Jaime 

 

Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! 

 

Concert Recaps, Praise Report on Husbands Health, Lenten Message from Jaime  

Happy March Everyone! 

What an amazing and blessed whirlwind this year has already been! Traveling and booking is continuing to keep me very busy with more to come. I head to Pennsylvania next week for 11 days and am really looking forward to getting back out to the east coast. 

Below are pictures from the places I’ve been blessed to share since the New Year began 

Thank you for inviting me to come and share with all of you. What a joy and blessing to meet new faces and to be able to share what God has put on my heart. 

Health Update on Pete 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your continued prayers. I’m so happy and excited and humbled to say that God is working miracles in Pete’s life. As many of you know, last August Pete was finally diagnosed correctly and began the proper treatment for his jaw pain (after over a year of dealing with debilitating facial, head and jaw pain and put on several heavy neurological medications). You can read updates in my previous posts if you are new to the newsletter and want “the rest of the story”. 

Mid February he was able to begin training for his new job as a therapist using his Master’s in Social Work degree.  It probably comes as no surprise to you that he specializes in counseling youth and young adults.  He is only able to work very part-time until the doctors wean him completely off of the neurological medications he’s on, but he is loving his job! Praise be to God! 

Last week Pete went in for his regularly scheduled Physical Therapy appointment and after working on Pete for 15 min or so the therapist said “I can’t find any knots today so you are all good. Just call me when you start hurting.” Here is Pete’s FB post from last week. I am in tears (tears of joy and relief) as I write this because it has been a very tough 2 years for this man and I am SO happy things are looking up for him. 

Pete's Post last week 

“I was able to work 6 hours today. I know it doesn’t sound like much but I haven’t been able to do that in over a year. Also, yesterday my jaw PT said he can’t find a single knot in either side of my jaw. I had 9 when I started PT in September. I am so thankful for answered prayers, good doctors and support of family and friends.” Pete 

And this was Pete's post August 7 of 2017 

“The last couple of weeks have been bad. I have spent nearly all of my time laying on our couch in silence. This crucifix (pic of crucifix in his post)… is on the wall to remind me that someone who went through far worse is watching over me and I am thankful.” Pete 

Thank you for your prayers for my husband. We serve an amazing God who answers prayers. Pete never gave up hope. He prayed constantly. He’s such an inspiration to me. 

Final Thoughts 

As we are now well on our way into the Lenten Season where we journey with Christ as he suffered, let’s all try to look at those things in our lives that cause us pain, things that cause us to hurt or feel broken and try to look at them with an attitude of acceptance (like Christ accepting His cross) and not lose hope. My husband never lost hope. He knew that whether he was healed or not, that God had a plan. We serve a God who suffered greatly, and He knows just how much we suffer. He will never leave our side even in our darkest hour. That is true Hope. 

Have a blessed Lent, friends. 

Jaime

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