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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

05:19 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"Of creatively christian. I'm your host andrea sandefur. and today. i am joined by my new friend. susan vanden whoville. Did i say that right susan. You did full isn't it. Is i love your last name. Though it so great and susan is coming To us from the twin cities area. She's actually in the process of moving as we record this right now but she will be settling into the twin cities area very soon. And she is an author a pastor and the founder of the she rises ministry as well as a host of the she connects podcast that flows out of that ministry. So so good to have you with us today. Susan well thank you so much for being here. It's an honor. I'm excited about our time together. Yeah me too. this is mia fun. It's always so fun to just hear. About what god has done. In the lives of individuals that are doing creative work and it just. It's so inspiring to see how god uses different situations are different people in our lives to really encourage us forward and so so let's start right there. Tell us a little bit about your creative background. While i love this question because you know when i first started in ministry. I didn't really consider myself as very creative and And you know that has changed in the lord has helped me to be able to tap into an understanding of that and so i just love that question we have the creator living on the inside of us and when we really begin to understand that it's just so powerful but yeah like you said i am the creator and founder of she rises here in minnesota host an annual today. Women's conference I am the host of the she connects. Podcast and i am also a four-time author four time author. Oh i didn't realize amazing. Very cool. And i can't wait to hear more about the conferences but so what or was there. A particular person that god used to call you into creating the she rises ministry. Yeah And so it's really a neat story. Because i i found myself. I knew that god had placed something on the inside of me and i found myself always being surrounded by people that were wanting to grow in their faith and learn more about the bible and so it just teaching them. I found like. I really felt just full of joy. And i felt just so alive When i was doing that and yet i found myself. Like i would step out and then i would kind of pull back a little bit because i kept thinking Because of my task is is kind of wild. I have a wild past. And so i used to think that somehow got using me in that capacity Wouldn't just wouldn't be for me because of my past and so in my mind..

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

04:02 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"And empower creative christians of all types. I'm one of your host brandon. Hollingsworth today andrea connects with john kramer to talk about his lego church ministry in about his passion for disability awareness. So let's listen. Hello everyone and welcome. To another episode of creatively christian on your host andrea sandefur. And today i am joined by a very special guest. I think you guys are really going to enjoy this. Unique conversation with john. Creamer and john is coming to us from the lower peninsula of michigan. And we're really excited to share his unique story and his unique artistry with you today so john. Welcome really bruce you yes. It'll be really fun. I've been looking forward to Just having this conversation and let everybody know what you're up to. This is really cool. So so let's just kick things off by having you tell us a little bit about your creative background and how god called you into your lego church ministry well to your your audience. A candidate here. I build every year starring around february in lasting for about one to two months depending on dozen different factors. I build a very large scale. Mini figure sized church i- legrix Is your typical catholic. Parish done layers and we're talking lake kitchen table sized here I think season twenty two by twenty second year doing this..

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

19:24 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"So much for listening today to see the resources mentioned in this episode head over to the often media dot com ford slash. Jason relatively christian is a product of the often. You can find out. More at the media dot com. This show is hosted by brandon hollingsworth andrea. Sandifer bill brooks and lynn babe. Our logo is by bill brooks are music is bhai bill brooks and andrea sandefur and remember. If you enjoy this podcast be sure to rate review in share wherever you listen to podcasts. Have a blessed death and keep on creating for our.

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

03:02 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"Media where we inspire inform educate and empower creative christians of all types. I'm one of your host brandon. Hollingsworth today andrea connects with james egan to talk about the world of theater screen and lyric writing. He shares about why it is important for us to pursue. Excellence in our creative work. Well welcome to another episode of creatively christian. I am your host andrea sandefur. And today i am joined by our guest. James egan from california. He is a christian artist. Who works in the genres of theater music and film. And he's also a writer so This is going to probably proved to be a multifaceted Fascinating conversation today. So thank you. James for joining us. Today it's my pleasure it's Always I don't know it's it's like god's been opening some doors this summer. I have a spinal injury which limits nina physically so the writing is become more far more of my you know communication and I've done lyrics. Been songwriter written a musical. A couple of them so When i hurt my back got like the greatest job up in. Canada is friend of mine. todd sheaffer christian needed a lyricist. So here i am in physical therapy and are working on my back and they said what do you do for a living as i'm just waiting for a job in the phone rates by supplements right then and there and And he hired me there on the spot for this musical. If i can plug it It's called the promise of birth of the messiah. It's an animated musical They're going to be more of dvd's ready soon but you can pick it up on amazon. That's exciting. I'm credited as lyrics As as lyrics consultant. Because i'm i wasn't in canada when they did it so they had to be different credit. Hey it all counts right. And that's a a job's a job especially in the creative world. We'll take it right. Wile james just jump in what your creative upbringing look like. I love to tell stories. Kind of of what. God has done in people's lives in in growing their creativity and it's just always really interesting to know where our guests have started out. So what did your creative upbringing. look like. What was very early. Because i was and am as dramatic show. I spent a lot of time. i'm from illinois. Originally and i spent a lot of time just playing with action figures and toys and stuff and watching fantastic films on television like mysterious island. Ray harry house version and fell in love with that kind of of storytelling..

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

02:55 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"She'd be happy to help you with a trump right can be done. Where else can people find your. What are the resources. Might you have for them. Sure well besides go to my website. Oh if you do by the way please sign up and snag free gift. Which is a video that will help. You beat stress and boost your mindset in five minutes or less. You don't even need a drum on your end for the exercises. I also have lots of encouraging a motivational things. That i'm saying during the video that i hope will help release of whatever needs to be released in addition. I'm on youtube Rock the next stage. I think i have to hit more subscribers. Before they change it from my old company named next drumming but you can probably find it by looking for next drumming. An instagram at next stayed dory is men. i'm on facebook next stage drumming as well. Two books are out there. Feel free to take a pizza. Which one floats your boat or you might be interested in them again. I wrote them mainly to help. People get unstuck used the gift. Scott gave them and move forward so they can make an impact and a solid income story. Thank you so much listeners. Thank you for being with us today. On this episode of creatively christian in. I hope you've enjoyed. This is much as i have so go sign up for the website and just take the time to pray and ask the holy ask the lord ask the holy spirit to show you what your next stage is and how to take that creativity that god has given you and put it to his purpose because with that comes his power and his possibly dorey. This was so much un- thankfully run. I really appreciated and this was a blast so banks much again for the invite listeners. Thanks for tuning in hope. You enjoyed until next time. Got less iraq. And thanks so much for listening today to see the resources mentioned in this episode head on over to theophanous media dot com ford slash dory christian a product of the media. You can find out. More at the often. In media dot com. This show is hosted by brand hollingsworth andrea. Sandifer bill brooks and lynn babe. Our logo is by l. Brooks are. Music is by bill brooks and andrea sandefur and remember. If you enjoy this podcast. We should rate review in share wherever you listen to podcasts. Have a blessed and keep on creating for our load..

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

Creatively Christian

03:15 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on Creatively Christian

"I'm your host andrea sandefur. And today i am joined by a very special guest. Her name is libby john. She's coming at us from saint minnesota and she is a creative artist of many different mediums. including dance and music and she has a heart for merging art. Amer faith To really help. People connect with god. So we're really excited to have this conversation with libby today. We hope it'll be an encouragement to you so while how well libyan so good to have you on here. Yes excited to be here. Thanks andrea so just a quick intro. I kinda covered some of the basis but What else what else about. You would love to share. Just right off the bat. Well i'm kind of an artist's in a few different mediums Dances kind of my main vocation but then also done some songwriting and some just devotional writing and blogging and I like to do a little bit of film to using dads and Yes i'm kind of nephew. Different mediums for sure. That's really cool. I didn't realize the video aspect of things. Videography that's awesome. Yeah do a little more of that lately and it's kind of a direction dances going anyway. And so it's been kind of fun to create when you create dance for camera can kind of choreographed through the editing process. Sure can fun too but is fun. Very good so libby. When did you first start discovering your love of the arts in Specifically of dance you know was when i look back it was when i was pretty young and was just like plain in my basement with records and music and i would just choreograph to invisible people which is just kind of funny when you actually look back on your light. But i didn't really grow up. Didn't have the typical going dance. Denial my life type Store you so. I kind of was a late. Bloomer and i started in high school went to a really progressive church with the arts. And it's a little unusual to like come into the arts through a church and so i started kind of discovered choreography through that church and i started worship being through movement there and i really discovered that i love to sing to and and then in college i realized. That's really what i love to do is to dance into continue doing that and so started pursuing more technical training in college so definitely a late bloomer. But that's been my story so that's really neat that you're it was through your faith growth at that church that you actually were kind of drawn into the arts. That's really wonderful. I love that part of your story. Yeah yeah yes so definitely something. God's continued started..

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

06:56 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"Church with the young people right. Yeah young and old. So i get to be involved in the ministry work of my local church in so many ways but the i've written songs for special projects and i definitely i lead worship on a pretty regular basis but one of the newest projects god's called me in Into is called arts for the kingdom. I get to encourage artists within our congregation to contribute art and music to events So basically plan. These events centered around a theme so our first event theme. I think it was back. In december of two thousand eighteen was advent. We did a whole evening. Around the theme of advent it was really lovely and we're gearing up for our sixth event on february twentieth with the theme of lent this time. So it's been a really challenging theme for our artists. They've really had to dig into the the the heart behind lent There's a lot of misconceptions about lent. And but if you really dig into the different dement. It's such a rich season in the church calendar and we're starting to see some really neat ideas trickling in. We've got photography paintings drawings crafts. I even have culinary artists creating something and then. We have a concert during that evening. Where i know this round. We're going to have some instrumental. Music sim vocal performances. Dramatic reading And i think even have a dancer again this time. Which is it's just so. I'm yeah i could come. They're still online. I just had a young man up to me after church this morning. And ask if we're going to film it so i'll let you know i don't know we don't typically film it but in this day and age when not everybody's comfortable coming to events It has been a huge blessing to be able to offer it like an online version or a recorded version for sure. So i'll let you know. Oh please do yeah. It's such a it's such a fun. Ministry at our church is such an encouragement to those that participate. And i think that's my favorite dimension of it is. I just get to pour out encouragement to these artists. you know. I haven't always been encouraged toward my songwriting. And i still struggle at times to believe that i'm any good at it but you know when we're given a safe place in eleven community in which to share you can really rest and grow into your giftedness and grow into confidence to use your gifts and i've been really blessed to watch old. You know i have an eight year. Old photographer then hadn't taken pictures for over forty years and he's just now getting back into it He's kinda come alive to his giftedness again. It's such a joy to watch him. Kinda come come alive again in that and Young ones kind of just discovering that all i can honor the lord with this this hobby that i'm enjoying. I can paint a picture and tell a story about what god's teaching me and it's just it's such a. It's such a joy to work with those artists and encourage them and Yeah really excited for our next event. It's going to be so exciting speaking of lent since you mentioned it. Most people think that that's just for catholic background gem from a catholic background before i was Saved i go to an evangelical free church now. And when i first started going there they had the stations of the cross and i didn't go because i thought it was connected to the stations of the cross from my old life of course in I went to the pastor. i asked him about. Niece's nothing like the catholic version of stations of the cross and the following year. I decided to go. Because i really wanted to prepare for For resurrection sunday and needed at spiritual refresher. We were going to israel the following year in. Oh oh this would be a great thing to go to in our our worship team. I'm not on the worship team right now because of Logistics but are a lot of our worship team are artists and would they created with the stations of the cross. You know it's like they turnley the gymnasium into it. It's like a maze of different sections in its star. New start and you go to these stations throughout the gm and there's dividers and there's lights an ego to these displays in there like these really creative out of this world art displays and then they have a scripture reading and then they have a prayer for you to say and you go to many think. Twelve oh wow i think. Twelve stations of the cross. Don't go beyond the yeah i. It's been a long long time. But i was so impressed with that. And they had this colossal display at the last one which was the tomb is empty in. They you know they made something out of paper miss shea and you know the empty cross of course with the the grave cloth and just a lotta work went into it and sounds like it was so impressed with it. I told the worship pastor jessica. I said that was so incredible and serving and a really feel that helped me to get ready for for easter this year. So i thought. I thought it showed that with you since you brought up the are in legend added. We're really hoping it you know for those that are pairing something to contribute and for all those that come to this event that it's really going to almost give them a fresh perspective on lent and being encouragement as we move toward holy we After the event is over we hang up the art around the church for for the season. So we're going to have the art up on display through the season of lent so everybody can continue to enjoy it and read the statements and it's Yeah but oh man that that would be really neat experience to you know like you said almost different stations and stuff how neat i bet. That was incredible. Yeah who do it again. This year with with dez easter sheer Honestly i know that ash. Wednesday is february seventeenth. 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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

07:47 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"You. Fear not frame with you was just listening to that song before. Oh good i love it. I love it too and i was. I was so comforted. By those versus. That i i had to capture them in song. I i needed something really comforting. Like i said like i could read those words over and over. I could say them out loud. But there's something transformative when you set them to melody. And if like whenever i would start to feel afraid again Or like if my children like my daughter really struggled after that for a while just the year i would sing it over her on it was it was such a comfort and it still brings me comfort every single time that i do do Spend time with it. Absolutely well I was really sorry to hear about your friend able. It was so sorry. Yeah thank you. It was it's still you know. I have moments of like the even this morning because she used to be the soprano to my on our worship team. She my my right hand lady and to I even. I even struggled to sing for a while without her there and We have since. I hate to say replaced her but i do have a new friend on the team with us and got to sing with her this morning again and really enjoyed The relationship with i have with her now and It's still don't feel completely at peace about that situation. You know having lost her so young and without reason they never figured out what had happened and she left behind the family Six yeah has been and it just felt felt really broken like I know this world. Oh this world is so very broken. Yes i get it but I'm really thankful that. I'm learning to in the midst of the broken nece to really lean in and trust god with it. I don't it doesn't mean i'm going to ever understand it or be okay with it but i still. Yeah i can trust him. he's is good now. You have any favorite artists or songs messiah and songs that that you go to those hard times for encouragement i do. I was just listening to this album this morning as i was resting my voice a little bit after four full morning of leading worship and then our conversation. I'm like i better not talk much. But personally i love. The music created by. Jj heller She's a wife and a mom from the nashville area and she writes primarily in kind of a lullaby style very instrumental and released soothing and My favorite song is one from her. First lullaby album called the sun will rise and it really administered. I remember the first time i'd heard it. It was during a difficult health season of my life and my favourite lyric from that song is sometimes it feels like forever when it's dark outside Baby the sun will rise however long the night and it's just i mean it's cute and it's awesome comforting and sweet and yeah kind of revisiting that album this morning it. Yeah in the middle of winter. It's really helpful comforting. But i i have recently discovered the music of william a gusto. He's a brazilian artist. Who creates instrumental. We call it like soaking music really lengthy tracks that are really great for meditative prayer times or as background music as i journal or seven crafting lyrics just having some kind of they're very inspiring very uplifting these beautiful tracks of music so i really really enjoyed his work lately and and for congregational worship at teased that The gettys kim. Kristen getty are probably my absolute favorites. I think if. I pick the the worship i any morning. There's at least like three of their songs sprinkled in a their their biblically. Solid songs and kind of celtic. So there's that And they're really joy to lead. So i do enjoy them to. I'll have to say like a pretty obsessed with leland and we've went through one of their concerts when they came here to town but oh my husband has listened to them for years when we got married. He put the leland's music in the car. And i was like. Who is this guy and i could just feel the the presence of the lord in the car while we are listening to this yeah their songwriting is so oh they have lot of scripture based songs and you know we know their story their their siblings and they do live for the lord day their songs are from their relationship with god and so appreciate their their ministries. Let's usually would. I go to when i wanna wanna get some encouragement Tell you what song my favorite would be really hard but this hard. It'd be really hard because they don't have any bad songs in grades and i'll look at. It was watching movie. One of my favorite movies. Have you seen amazing. Grace about william wilberforce. He's one of my heroes of the faith for those. That don't know who william wilberforce is. He was the one responsible for any slave trade in. Uk it's it's the uk so he does need to that movie but it does feature john newton in they feature the song Amazing grace in the the soundtrack. And that's the first time that i heard chris tomlin did the remain kind of person. Yeah my chains are gone. i'm just like balling through the whole song. Yep and put that song on my album. Because i was so very moved by it My chains are gone. That's the year. I i left my abuser in a movie. Came out what you had said that. You have a favorite quote from newton. Oh man so many. But i you know. I was digging through my john newton staff and have you ever read his lyrics from approach my soul the mercy seat. No oh my goodness so it is. It is such beautiful lyric I mean some of the phrases are like thou call list burden souls to the in such. Oh lord i. I mean just his use of language is just like what is is. Just amazing. Very poetic and I think one of my favorite lines and that is be vowel. My shield and hiding place that sheltered by side. I mean just gorgeous so anyway. His use of language is so rich and deep. And i need. I need to continue to study more of what he wrote. Because it's it's all it's just so rich in deep in the use of language is really inspiring vision incredible credible songwriter and his life. If people don't Don't know anything about john noon. He was he had slave ships and That's i think that's probably why the he was included in that movie but yeah he knows about being restored and being forgiven for some really horrible things truly in trying to make up for that in whatever way he can. Yeah awesome loved john newton. No on top of you. Being a worship pastor Tell us about your creative art projects. You're involved with.

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

07:53 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"Around you when you're right. Honestly i'd say life life experiences and life while following. Jesus i mean it's hard but i i love i've really learned to invite the holy spirit in as a co writer. He's the best so incredibly generous. As a co writer and ev learn to pay attention to what he won't let my mind get away from like if there's something i've read in scripture lately and he keeps bringing it to mind as i go about my day i lean into that. I try to capture that somehow. And if there's something. I'm struggling to believe you believe about god. I ask him for clarity and comfort and peace. Tonight i listen to how he responds and You know when i'm writing. I typically start with one of those ideas. And i. I usually start by journaling. I don't know if you journal before you start trying to dig into a lyric. But sometimes i'll just i'll sit down with a notebook and for like fifteen to twenty minutes. I'll just try to write without stopping brainstorm. Yeah like a brain dopp. Let me just put down everything. I can think of about what i feel about this. This thing that i'm trying to capture and you know well-crafted songs. They tend to start or they they tend to contain one big idea like a central message and everything else in the song can points to that. And that's the journaling. Process helps me to almost identify. Okay what's my what's my central gem. What is my center of this song. And almost look for other ways to describe in point to that that i can use throughout the song and i tend to my tendency is to put way too many ideas into one song and learned that if you save some of those ideas for later you get more songs so if you can with your one big idea and save the rest for later than you have more material but honestly lyrics take me the longest to craft and arrange. I've i've been told. I can be pretty poetic with my wording. Which isn't a bad thing But you know crafting a lyrically solid song that reflects my heart as well as my artistry is worth the time and effort melodies tend to come a little easier for me They usually find their way into the lyric before even done writing. Like as i'm writing. I can almost hear the tune in my head already. And i've got so many voice memos on my phone like trying to captured what i'm hearing as i write and compile those that yeah i i just i do everything here at home When i capture music process is pretty simple. I just have a midi keyboard that a using garage band and A nice vocal mike. Same thing just throw it into garage band still learning how to mix and produce my own music cured home but it's really fun. It's it's been a a fun thing to learn how to do a lot of growing pains and learning how to make the technology work blessed musician husband so he does all the heavy lifting would they send him north. I could use them as sometimes. Yeah yeah it's good definitely would help you anyway. Anyway we can and now we talk about on the podcast about our different hailing tolls. That we have and music is definitely one of those tools. So yeah how has music been a healing part of your life Yeah i have found. That music communicates truth deeper into my heart than mere words ever can There's something about singing something over yourself or over others that it sticks with us more or has a way to just dig deeper into the pain and the hurt and i thought you know to kind of explain what i mean. And maybe an example i thought i might share a story From a traumatic experience. I went through almost a couple of years ago So my family. And i were out navigating some of the swamp lands in alaska Near our family cabin during the season we call breakup which is when all the snow and ice starts to dwindle in the spring and almost becomes brittle and kinda rotten. Well that day we were. We were riding in our eight wheel rig call an argo and we fell through some thin ice and it was. It was totally hidden the surface of the ice kinda match the surface of the snow. So you couldn't was and But only the right side of the argo went in to the ice because the other side was kinda stuck up on lands. Were tilting into the into the water. So to help my husband get the rig. We sent my kids onto the left toward their grandparents. Who were in another rig across what we thought was land And then i followed along the exact same path to let wait out of that rig to make it easier to get it unstuck. Well i found another soft spot in the rotten nice. And i fell through. Oh no yeah. And i should say that i i had been struggling quite a bit with trusting god during that season had lost a dear friend a few months prior she passed away suddenly and without cause she was only thirty eight and that it absolutely rocked my faith I was having a really hard time. Believing that god was good and that he truly had good for his people so that day he reached out to me through that situation. I win in a up to my shoulders. I haven't caught myself by my arms But i never. And i never felt bottom so it was. It could have been really bad. But i was. I was calm. I could hear my family especially my kids. Panicking and crying out and you know honestly in my state of calm. I recalled a hilariously silly youtube video. That i had watched showing what to do in that situation. Still funny what comes to mind when you're you know in a traumatic experience and times but i'm so thankful for that because i knew what to do. You know we. We've always wanted to be as prepared as possible. Adventuring in alaska because things can change in an instant like that need to be ready. I was able to get out safely. Make it to solid ground without further mishap afterward After we were we were safe. We were in the truck again. I was getting warmed up. The trauma of that moment really started to set in. And i started to think about what could have happened like my head. My children fallen through the same ahead of me. You know the enemy really tried to deepen my doubt that was already in of god's love and care so i i knew enough. I needed help. So i turned. I turned to scripture. I tried to dig in and really find solid ground to To turn to. And i i found Some words It's it's isaiah forty three Versus one through five. That really ministered to my heart. And i thought. I'd read so kinda paraphrasing a little bit but that reads fear not for i have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine when you pass through the waters i will be with you and through the rivers. They shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire you shall not be burned and the flame shall not consume for. I am the lord. Your god the holy one of israel your savior because you are precious in my eyes and and.

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

08:03 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"To one of the beautifully large stained glass windows in our church there in our little town. The scene on the window is of jesus kneeling and praying in the garden of gas semi before the crucifixion. And i remember being really struck by his love and his desire for me to know him. And i like that. That's when i started pursuing him. But i still didn't have good leadership toward a transformative faith at that time so i can't say that i really started understanding the gospel and following hard after god until much much later after we moved to alaska here A major turning. Point for me occurred when i learned to study the bible and glean god's truth for myself I had previously been taught and led through bible study but i was never taught to read it and hear from god myself And it was so transformative. And i mean yeah. I'm so grateful for those that poured just taught me how To hear from god myself and interpreted and enter into relationship with him myself. Yeah it is so important in tow the listeners. All the time is that you have to get in the word yourself. You can't depend on. What the preacher. On the pope it or your bible teacher says in your small group you have to get in the word yourself to know if what they're is is true. You don't There's a lot of Twisting scripture going around these days so you found the lord With going to church with your now husband or was you found the lord in alaska You know it's it's one of those. I heard our pastor describe it. No because i've often been bothered that. I didn't have like a moment when i prayed the prayer on. I was officially you know. I belong to jesus i. It's been a very long slow sanctify process for me. But i do remember that moment back in high school. When i think i was. I really awakened to the fact that god loved me and then in my pursuit of trying to figure out what that meant. I was searching. I was i was. I was like that process of sanctification had begun. But honestly until i had really started reading his word. It's so transformative when we actually dig in for ourselves and read his words and allow it to transform our lives. And that's when. I think it went from head. Knowledge to heart knowledge That's an you know if i had to say you know was a christian before that happened. Yeah but was i following hard after jesus and devoting my life to him. Well probably not until more recently. Yeah probably about a decade ago honestly. I'm glad that you are candidate in that journey because a lot of christians they they don't have the experience of okay. Somebody sat down with them with the romans road or say this prayer or they went down the aisle and in somebody at the altar led them to christ or somebody knocked on their door. It was very similar to what you said. Yes i believed in the lord but it was a very slow transition to my beliefs. And i think it's important for for people to realize that as long as you're progressing or walking towards lord and you know that okay lord is with me. I do have salvation. I'm just in the beginning of my journey. Gaffe we're talking alongside the lord and he does show himself to you if you seek him like you did go in the scriptures seek him. You're going to church. You're hanging out with other christians and being mentor. So i appreciate you sharing that with us on our apps back. So let's talk about when you discovered your love for music was at a specific time in your life or was that progressive is all. I think that was even slower of progression. It's so funny I yeah. I learned to play the piano early on in life. You know is blessed to have been given piano lessons. And and i but i grew to enjoy playing by ear more than anything like reading. Music is still i can. But i don't like to can at a. Yeah i pick out melodies from like my favorite movies like some of the The tracks from movies and or radio songs. Like i could. I could plink it out on the piano and figure out how to play it without any music. And i really enjoyed playing them for people and then i i started to kind of dabble in creating my own instrumental songs. Once i kind of figured out what they liked to kind of together and it was really fun. And i loved to poor emotion and depth into music when i played and Honest i didn't know i was any good at singing until early. High school My older sister. We were driving home from school. One day and i was singing along to the radio. I think she twain was on or something like that and that dates me a little bit but anyway she was like. You're keeping up this. You know you should actually consider trying out for the school musical. I was only a freshman. And i thought lou. You know there's all these other girls that have been around forever. And but i got to play bloody mary in south pacific as a freshman much fun and it was really. It was the first time it was really fun to watch. People respond to an enjoy my voice and it was Like people would just. Your voice is so soothing and you know thank you for singing and i really. It was just such an affirming thing As you know freshmen in highschool and it really stuck with me. I i liked that feeling of ood. Maybe am created to do this and But my my love for creating music kind of grew as my faith grew which to me is evidence that honoring god with the talents that he gives us creates a kind of fruitfulness that is like anything else as we pursue Using our gifts and talents to honor him it just produces a whole different kind of fruit in our in our own soul. And when i started to realize how creating music writing my own music made me come alive. I started to lean into that. And it's been it's been transformative. It's been just a huge part of my own. Faith is actually creating music. And like i said earlier you know it. Ministers to hearts and and it ministers to my own heart at the same time in it really draws me closer relationship with god on I believe it brings me joy. I believe it brings him joy to absolutely amen. I definitely amazon writer as well. We've talked about before but it takes me a long time to write a song. I struggle with the process of it. I like seeing other people's songs. But when i'm around other musicians than it's a lot easier additions. Just kind of been a dumpster fire. And i haven't met with my band or anything and so yeah need to get on the stick and get back to writing some more songs. Especially since. I got this new juno with all the bells and whistles. I don't know how to use get on the stick can get in here and start start recording something that We say as christian musicians we get our inspiration from the lord but in a practical sense besides the lord. What is your inspiration.

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

08:11 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"Seasonal depression. We hear about over share. It really it can for a of people. We moved up here in august of two thousand six and that first winter i really struggled. I was really tired all the time. And honestly i didn't know what depression felt like but i in working with my doctor. I was officially diagnosed with depression for the first time in my life we had moved from colorado which you know the sun can shine there almost every day of the year and here we can get some pretty long spans of cloudy days and as i mentioned before the daylight hours can really decrease and pretty limited. I think it it really. I was surprised how much it affected me. And it still can. If i don't help myself through those seasons and so what i experience is often called a seasonal affective disorder. Sad sad it's a very fitting Description of it. I've learned that getting outside when the sun is out like yesterday even just going for a walk. Even though it was four the sun was out at. It does so much to help me. And i just. I was thinking about that yesterday. How so many parallels to Scriptural life you know if we soak in the light you know it's to our benefit. I just thought it was really cool to be thinking on that yesterday. Yeah i have used like a full spectrum light for like light therapy before was just gonna ask that. Yeah they're really cool. They're very effective. They're worth the money if if you definitely Brogel with that especially. If it's a cloudy winter. I'll get that out pretty regularly and it all it all it takes is typically like sitting in. I just have kind of off the side on my computer and it just while i work in the morning i have it on for about half hour. It can make a difference so but honestly one of the best things. I've learned to do during the darker. Season is to stay busy and create more right so much more music in the wintertime than i do in the summer. There's a benefit. i guess. Staying busy is always is really helpful. So that the that light doesn't give you a tan though. Does it now darn it. I mean i'm like as white as a sheet i am. I don't believe me. I definitely changed tone in this summer. I'm outside all summer and it's glorious we. I live up here for the summer. I i really really do you. Mention that you weren't born in alaska. What kind of a childhood did you have. why did you decide to move up to alaska tease. You know is my husband's idea to move up here. And i thought he was joking when he i was like let's go to alaska. What so. But i you know i honestly. I had a really good childhood. I grew up in the midwest Are you know we were around. Extended family For the first twelve years of my life I have tons of fond. Memories of family gatherings really deep friendships. During that time. And then when i was twelve we moved to colorado and we moved to a really small town with a small k through twelve school. And there i ha-. I had a lot of opportunity because it was a small school. I could participate in sports band. Musicals maury jeff. I could do. I could participate in anything available and my parents were really really supportive of all those endeavors and pursuit. We were taught to strive for excellence. They educational success was a pretty huge priority in my family and i was blessed to graduate top of my class and go one to engineering school. Actually for my bachelor's degrees so yeah an interesting trajectory looking back. But i sense have grown into the realization that that striving and all of those pursuit you know while good and worthy of effort. They weren't to last. I mean yeah. I'm i'm really thankful for my education and all of those experience because i i do believe that helped shape who i am today. But now that i'm a parent i really want to show up as a support for my kids in their pursuits as well as their emotions in struggles. I have learned the power of emotional support and when emotional needs aren't met while child that child can grow and struggle to deal with their emotions as an adult. And that's that's that's part of my story. I've been working with a friend on just how to how to process. Maybe some of the things that i still struggle with than how to how to heal from that and you in on i had an still have amazing parents. They did the absolute best that they could with what they knew and you know they were raised by imperfect parents too. But i'm just finding it. Something really worth digging into. And i'm excited to discover the healing that can be found and the prevention of further emotional neglect going forward In you in my children and hopefully their children and spiritual and emotional support is definitely something. I wanna give my kids almost more than anything so give us. An example of emotional neglect adds a good question Like i said. I'm still kind of learning about it but something i've discovered in my story. Is that which we didn't talk about our emotions very much. Like i said we had a huge emphasis and priority on success But if like i remember not feeling like if i if i were sad or contemporary whatever even just feeling like i was struggling with something we wouldn't necessarily i mean sometimes we'd sit down and talk about it but it was less about what i was feeling and more about. How are we going to fix it. How are we going to move past this. Which i appreciate but i'm now realizing that i really have a hard time processing emotions when i start to feel sad. I fall deep into sadness. I can't like i can't get past it. Or if i am extremely excited about something i have a hard time containing i just. I don't know what to do with my emotions. And and when as a child grows if they're not if they're not taught how to handle. I mean kids have big emotions. They do and if they're not taught what to do with all of that in the those emotions are okay Yeah they can really kind of struggle with What to do and how to move not necessarily past him But just even learn how to acknowledge and Have healthy relationships with their emotions. So it's really interesting I'm still digging into it. My friend of johnson. She's like a spiritual coach. She's been teaching me about it. It's she's developing a core surrounded and she's she's noticing that most of the people she works with struggle with some form of childhood emotional neglected As she teaches or digs into their stories she notices that a lot of people. Don't consider that you know they. They've never heard of that where they've never considered that maybe some of the things they struggle with are tied to you know again. You know it could be the best parents in the world but if if a certain aspect of our emotional health isn't dealt with a power young it can. It can leave lasting well. Yeah lasting struggles. I guess yeah. Yeah for an adult. So it's really interesting. I can't wait to dig more into that in. I think it's learn how to process in a he'll going forward. It's gonna affect my music to which is exciting. Yeah because i think god he doesn't want us to struggle and feel broken in our in our flesh as much as we are so he wants to stay he'll and in a partner with us in our own healing too. So i look forward to seeing how. Yeah.

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"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

The Wounds Of The Faithful

06:34 min | 1 year ago

"andrea sandefur" Discussed on The Wounds Of The Faithful

"Singer songwriter. Who lives in south central alaska. Mom of two and wife to her high school sweetheart. She enjoys serving alongside friends in her local church. Bible study and worship ministries. Andrew plays piano leads worship at her church in enjoys writing songs about what god is revealing himself as she meditates on his word one of her favourite activities is encouraging creative artists in her congregation through planning and hosting artists for the kingdom even which are events that honor god through contributed expressions of art and music andrea and joyce life in alaska for their family through gardening. Fishing hunting and snow machining. Will you please welcome andrew sandifer to the show. Thank you so much andrea for coming on the podcast today. Great to see you again you know. That's my absolute pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me and How's the weather in alaska today. I think when. I drove to church Seven this morning. It was about nine below zero. A little brisk walk in Because we try to park kinda far out and let everybody have the the parking spots as they make their way and it was a little brisk of a walk But i think it's. It's now that the sun is up and shining a bit. It's it's above zero and of entering into this season where the sun actually starts making a difference so much appreciated when it starts that cold. Yeah it's very nice here it's Between sixteen seventy degrees. I just have the scarf on for decoration. And it's not even warm enough for a scarf anymore though. Tell the folks who you are in what you do. Yeah everybody My name is andrea. Sanfer i'm a songwriter from south central alaska My music kind of flows out of my faith From what god is teaching me and generally has a pretty chill and melodic five Most people that listen to my music. Call it celtic which makes sense as i tend to gravitate toward that style when i listened to music but i also love to write instrumental music as well and I truly believe in the power of music to minister to hearts can like outpourings of prayer through lyric and melody and one of my greatest joy in my work is when someone hears a song and tells me oh. It was so peaceful and comforting. There's no greater joy. There's no greater honor in being able to minister to hearts like that -solutely a first time. I heard your music. I i thought wow it just brings me right into worship and relaxes me and puts me in the right frame of mind. You know in this all this craziness out there. So we need to have her on the podcast. You're my official first musical guest. So all right sides my husband so her very excited for this. So we'll definitely talk more about your music here in the show but us would. It's like living in anchorage. Alaska we all see the tv shows. But yeah you know. Some of them are close to true to life. But oh man you know. It's not as not as extreme. Maybe it is extreme. So i live just north of anchorage a bit in the matinees valley. we're surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush forests and tons of untouched. Land places to explore. It is a pretty wildlife. I we were just talking about how cold it was to start. It's pretty wild and my family really enjoys the outdoors you know. Currently here. In the winter season our main activity we actually all own snow machines and the kids are old enough that they go out with us and We enjoy riding out to our family's cabin which is about ten miles off the roadway To spend time totally off grid together. It's it's kind of a nice little retreat location. We our food and our close in on sleds feels very rustic. Yeah they love it. My kids are total Adventure bugs. I love it so It can get pretty cold but not like you know you hear like up in fairbanks from prudhoe bay can get like thirty to fifty below and i've only seen at one time in my fourteen years of living up here Down here and that was really extreme. So we don't typically get that bad. We're we're far enough And close to the ocean so get a little bit more temperate but Yeah i went for a walk yesterday with a friend and it was four degrees but the sun was shining and get to walk in get warmed up a little bit makes a difference yet and i think our short-stay of the year in the wintertime. We still get about five and a half hours of sunlight from sunrise to sunset. So we're not in one of those locations that doesn't see the sun. Oh that's like a month. I know i. I don't think i could make it. Honestly i really don't think i could so i yeah i i love the sun only here exactly right Yeah and up here in the summer. I mean it's fantastic. We basically get the opposite We get constant light Not the temperatures appear in the summer are typically in the seventies. it's it's just beautiful and It can get kind of warm for us. Ninety is like i'm dying. It's way too hot. That's not very typical though But i love to garden. I love to fish In my whole family loves to go hunting in the fall so it sounds kinda wild. But i don't live very far from target store so can yeah. We live in a big enough city that we pretty much have everything we need here in our church families about a thousand members so it's a decent sized church even that i get to call on my church family so it's life to the full for sure so it's not like if you don't get that big bull elk you know then you gotta starve to death. You have civilization. I can buy grapes in the middle of winter. If i want to know My husband and i were just talking about the what you said about the the sunlight there is living in alaska. Bring that.

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