Psalm 3 from Simple Song

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January 2021 began with tremendous uncertainties in my life.

Psalm 3:1
“O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!”

In the bible, King David cried out to God because he had to flee from his rebellious son Absalom. He left the palace in the middle of the night with a few of his faithful followers.

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in my life resulted in my small business loosing work from all my clients and inevitably moving out of my lovely apartment. After packing every inch of my Kia with the last load of my things, I was finally ready to leave. As I drove out of the parking lot at 1:30 a.m., I was teary-eyed saying goodbye to the apartment and great neighborhood I lived in. This was not my plan but it was the logical choice of action for me.

From Charles Spurgeon’s bible commentary, King David’s foes were rebellion from his son and attacks from his enemies.  The foes haunting me at the time were: I thought my life was out of control, no place to call home, no source of income, losing my small business, and only some savings left to sustain me. Thankfully, my sister and brother-in-law opened their home as a temporary place for me to stay until I can get back on my feet.

Psalm 3:2
“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.'”

One night while trying to fall asleep, doubt and worry overwhelmed me to sleeplessness. So I started praying. Completely surrendering my life and will to God, I cried for the Lord God to intervene and help me, asking Him to show me the way I should go, even if it meant letting go of my small business dreams, goals, and plans. In the last week of January, this was my prayer in the wee hours of the morning: “please Lord God help me, please intervene and show me the way, I surrender all!”

Psalm 3:3
But you, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”

Psalm 3:4
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.”

The following week, my heavy heart was lifted and replaced with assurance and confidence to begin searching for employment and a new place to call home. The 1st week of February I submitted my CV and application to several employment opportunities. The 2nd week I received an invitation to interview. The 3rd week I completed a personality questionnaire. On the last of week of February, I received an offer of employment. Praise the Lord! for His Faithfulness to provide. I started my new role in March.

Psalm 3:7
“Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God!”
Psalm 3:8
“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”

How amazing and wonderful to realize that this song, recorded a few years ago, would be so meaningful and relevant to me today because I can personally relate to it’s message. This song now serves as one of my daily reminders to “Trust in the Lord” all the days of my life. My faith and love for the Lord God Almighty is deeper and stronger now than it was when I first recorded this song.

I was inspired to write this blog when Peter Vantine, the composer of this song and my collaborator, created the official video of Psalm 3 along with other videos of his solo vocal music compositions featuring my Soprano voice. Watch the video recently published on YouTube.

 

 

 

Loving You (Blog)

Loving You by Julie-Ann JoyHappy 2021! Warm Greetings to you and Wishing you a year filled with Unexpected Joy and Blessings!

Many years ago, while grieving from a broken heart, the Lord God inspired me to write Loving You to tell me He is my Provider, Protector, and Lover of my Soul. Though my future was uncertain at the time, it was the beginning of surrendering my Independent Life for God-Dependent Living.  Read the full story

In January 2018, the Lord God blessed me with an Artist Support Grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis to produce my second album “Silver Bells Songs of Christmas JOY!When my producer Peter Vantine suggested that I record one of my original songs, I decided to include “Loving You” in the album. I believe the Lord God wants me to share this song with the rest of the world, so that others can be inspired to love God and live a God-Dependent Life.
Mark 12:30-31

In addition to the album,Loving You” is also the first single I released as Julie-Ann Joy.

You can listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Jan. 1st and final Song Blog in (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Thank you for reading my blog and listening to my playlist.

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Happy New Year

My Christmas Song Blog series is almost finished. Happy New Year’s Eve! and Happy New Year to friends and family in Asia, Australia, and Europe! Join me tomorrow for my New Year’s Day blog. JOY Album - Steven Curtis Chapman

Here’s a song to welcome 2021 from Steven Curtis Chapman’s JOY Christmas album. Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Thank you for joining me throughout the entire Christmas Holiday season by reading my blog and listening to My 2020 Christmas playlist. Please share your comments below. I’d love to get your feedback. Thank you.

This is the Dec. 31 Song Blog from (my)  Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist.

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Here With Us

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Psalm 8:3-4 says:

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

As I was looking through the “100 Most Beautiful Christmas Songs” songbook, I came across this song published in 2005 by Joy Williams, Ben Glover, and Jason Ingram. Before I even listened, I read the lyrics and it immediately touched my heart and I was overwhelmed with reverence for God’s Gift of Love. This song reveals God’s salvation plan for all mankind. Here’s my recording of “Here With Us” and I encourage you to listen with your heart, mind, and soul.

(Chorus)
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah, son of God, servant King
Here with us, You’re here with us.

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 30 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Let us Adore Him

Prayer Improvisations Christmas“Adeste Fidelis” is the original Latin title of the Christmas hymn carol known as “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” For many years the writer and composer was unknown. According to Kenneth Osbeck, the hymn was first published in 1751 in the collection “Cantus Diversi” by John Francis Wade, who wrote and composed this Latin hymn carol in 1744. One hundred years after its publication, the carol was translated into English by Frederick Oakeley, an Anglican minister.

John 1:14 New International Version (NIV)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

As I listen to the Prayerful Improvisation of this beloved Christmas carol performed by Peter Vantine, I reflect on John 1:14 and then think of the third verse of this carol. I invite you to do the same and perhaps realize that the phrase “O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord!” is an invitation for all of us to do likewise.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord!

Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 29 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Sing Joy!

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This medley arrangement by Mark Hayes includes the following Christmas carols and songs:

  • Joy To The World
  • For Unto Us a Child is Born
  • O Come All Ye Faithful

The bells orchestrated into the medley by Peter Vantine, adds a majestic ring to the entire medley that weaves in the message of Christmas beautifully! Listen and reflect on the words and let them breath new life into your heart and soul.

Joy to the World the Lord is Come! Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given
And His name shall be called:
Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!

O Come all ye Faithful, Joyful and Triumphant
O Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and Behold Him born the King of Angels
O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!

You can also listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 28 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Angels We Have Heard

Gloria in Excelsis Deo. “Glory to God in the Highest.” In his book “Amazing Grace 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories of Daily Devotions, 2nd Edition,” Kenneth Osbeck writes:

“The Bible teaches that angels are the ministering servants of God and that they are continually being sent to help and protect us, the heirs of Salvation. Certainly, their most important task, however, was this momentous occasion announcing Christ’s arrival on earth!”

Prayer Improvisations ChristmasTo ease your mind, heart, and soul on this Lord’s Day. Listen to Peter Vantine in his piano solo recording of this French Carol, while you reflect on Luke 2:14 New International Version (NIV):

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Are you an heir of Salvation? When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You become an heir of Salvation and have Peace that transcends all understanding because God’s favor rests on you.

Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 27 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Joy To The World

“Let heaven and nature sing, Joy to the world the Lord has Come!” This is the reason the birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated by Christians around the world. The Lord has come to earth. JOY Album - Steven Curtis Chapman Hymn writer and English Christian minister, Isaac Watts wrote this song. It was first published in England in 1833, and popularized by American church music composer, Lowell Mason.

Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck writes, “‘Joy to the World’ is a paraphrase of the last part of Psalm 98.” He also adds “…this psalm was intended by Watts to be a New Testament expression of praise. It exalts the salvation that began when God became incarnate…”

Jesus is “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” He came as a baby and grew up to be a man who was without sin. The perfect sacrifice to atone (make amends) for the sins of man. The Messiah (Savior).  William Peterson writes “We need to look back and praise God for the glorious gift of his Son, Jesus. But we should also look forward to Christ’s return, when God will bring a righteous conclusion to all things. Then we will begin to fully enjoy the ‘wonders of His love’ for all eternity.”

Listen to this recording and arrangement that is full of Joy for Jesus’ birth and expectation for his second coming. Steven is joined by the The African Children’s Choir sounding like angelic voices singing out loud “Joy To The World.” Listen on Spotify  if you’re a subscriber or YouTube.

This is the Dec. 25 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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Do You Hear What I Hear? (piano solo)

Christmas Romance - Jim BrickmanOn this Christmas Eve 2020, I’m embracing a more relaxed and quiet evening than last year. 2019 was the year I was cast in an elaborate and beautifully staged production of a Christmas pageant called “The Majesty of Christmas” at Six Flags in Eureka, MO.  There were twelve performers including the main characters of the Christmas story and live animals including six cuddly looking sheep, a temperamental donkey, and Clarence the camel.

We performed 3-4 shows a day every weekend starting the weekend of Thanksgiving and then everyday during school Christmas break except for Christmas Eve & Day, and all the way to New Year’s Day. This was the most performance I’ve done for a show in my career. It was close to 50 shows and my voice stayed strong in singing 1st Soprano, until I got sick with a cold then flu and missed one day of shows.

What a stark contrast Christmas 2020 has been with almost no live shows except for “live on-line.” While tonight is not the traditional Christmas Eve I’m accustomed to, I’m embracing this time to reflect and treasure the true meaning of Christmas. Instead of rushing to get ready to perform, I can be still and pause with my heart filled with Joy for the birth of My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is the reason my family and I celebrate Christmas, along with others who believe in Jesus Christ as the begotten Son of God who came to be the Savior of the World.

As I reflect on Matthew 1-2, with my Christmas playlist in the background, Jim Brickman’s contemplative piano solo recording of this song allows me to sing along and imagine the time when the Wise Men came to visit the baby Jesus.

Matthew 2:10-11 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. ESV

Listen on Spotify if you’re a subscriber or YouTube. This is the Dec. 24 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

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O Holy Night

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Early edition blog since it’s already Christmas Eve in Asia and Australia. Merry Christmas Eve! This is my recording of “O Holy Night” in music collaboration with Peter Vantine on the piano.

It was the 1st week of July in Boston when I recorded this song for my first Christmas album. While I was there, I was able to visit and catch up with my dear friends Diane, Jantina, Karen, and Tracy in between recording sessions. Fortunately, our schedules worked out so that I can be in Boston when 4th of July events were happening all over the city. We stayed at a hotel in Cambridge and I watched the 4th of July fireworks along the Charles River on the Cambridge side for the first time. Instead of Boston where I used to live.

My Mom also taught me this song when I was a young girl. She often accompanied me whenever I sang this on Christmas Eve. If it’s not already playing, just press the play arrow below. Happy listening!

This is the Dec. 23 Song Blog from (my) Julie-Ann Joy’s 2020 Christmas Playlist. Check back everyday until New Year’s Day as I add another song to my playlist.

Can you please help grow my audience by ordering my Christmas Album or sharing this page so that your network of contacts can also enjoy my Christmas Album?

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