SNS: “Get By” Chords!



Ok, so maybe you don’t have my issue.  Maybe you’re one of the ones who were made to take lessons from the age of 4, who can play all manner of runs and scales at 900 bpm with perfect accuracy.

My issue is this.  I have been playing for 6 years and, in that time, I have developed a ‘sound’.  I praise the Lord for that sound.

The ONLY problem is, that sound has become STAGNANT.

It’s funny…no one else notices at rehearsal on Mondays.  They say,

‘Shaine, don’t be so hard on yourself!’

But I can’t help it.  Participating in worship on the piano was something that the Lord grew in me, and I love to do it…especially since my personality in worship is more on the ‘lowkey’ side.  It allows me to express myself to Him through melodies and musical movements.

But when I can’t play the sounds I hear in my head, it gets frustrating.

For you keyboard players out there…have you ever been at such a place?  What have you done to get beyond it?

On my next post, I’ll cover my journey in moving past this place.  Pray for a brotha!





We all want to do things. A lot of things.
We want to learn to play an instrument.
We want to lose weight.
We want to ‘eat right’…whatever that means.
We want to be nicer to people.
We want to do a better job at work.
Or do we really want to?

My challenge to you today: take 2 minutes to look up the word “intent”, and then ask yourself if you really want to do the things you aspire to do.

Food for thought…your life could be totally different…if you really wanted it to be.


Day 11 – Not Backing Down (I Know My Rights)

Since the last doctor’s visit, I’ve been fighting…mentally, and spiritually.  When your foot (and almost your whole lower leg) swells up for no reason and all you do is research symptoms and read scary story after scary story, all you can pretty much do is worry. 

Oh, and lose sleep.  And lose some degree of appetite.  And other things that the robber named “Fear” brings along.

I recalled a sermon a pastor named Dan Downey preached, that I’ve listened to probably 30+ times.  In it, he explains that people often want to receive promises from God “on the cheap”…meaning that they are not willing to fight for them.  In the sense of healing, the bible says that Jesus took our sicknesses and carried our infirmities.  So why do so many of us have them?

I won’t go into details on this post, but I have approached this thing from a faith standpoint.  Each day for the past week or so,  I’ve declared, “alright Lord…either this thing is true or it’s not.  Either Jesus did heal me once and for all, or He didn’t.  I choose to believe He did.  And if He did, then thats a promise I’m holding on to.  And if that’s a promise,  then this sickness has no right to remain here.  GET OUT!”

That’s my confession.  And between confessing my faith and doing things I believe the Lord has been leading us to do, I’ve noticed that the swelling and pain are steadily decreasing.

Jesus is truly Lord. 🙂