Closer

Did I tell you Kevin started playing with the worship team at our church last Fall?

Yep. He usually plays at church every other Sunday, and I can’t tell you how full I feel for him as he grows his relationship with God through music every day.

We were invited to a casual dinner for worship team members at our church’s office in Prattville a couple of weeks ago, and it was so fun to hang out with all the folks he’s been rehearsing/playing with at church!

We sat six to a table, and dined on chicken kebabs and banana pudding. Okay fine- there were other side dishes, but the banana pudding was INCREDIBLE! I don’t even really care for bananas, but I can’t believe I didn’t know about the amazingness that is banana pudding until I moved to the South. If you haven’t ever tried it, and aren’t allergic to bananas- you must experience a spoonful soon!

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Our (folding) table was covered in a simple, paper tablecloth that night, and a single yellow flower leaned against the rim of a blue mason jar in the middle of the table in front of me. Kevin sat to my left, and fellow worship team member, Ashley Wade, sat to my right.

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Ashley sing.

It was in May of last year, and it was the first time we had ever attended Centerpoint. I left the building with my sunglasses on that day (ifyaknowwhatImean)- largely in part because of the way her gift/spirit made me feel. Girl’s got a way with worship!

I shot some video footage of her and my hubby while they recorded some just-for-fun vocals and guitar at our house earlier this week. Click the play button on the video player below if you’d like to watch and listen:

I hope it leaves your shoulders feeling a little bit lighter, and your heart feeling a whole bunch’a happy!

PS- I look forward to sharing more music from Ashley and all the other talented folks on Centerpoint‘s worship team in the future!

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Comments

  1. Heidi says

    How beautiful! And a beautifully made video as well. Thank you Layla I needed that today :)

  2. Kim says

    You have such impeccable timing! I was just thinking last week that I must’ve missed the post where you gave us an update about Kevin’s audition, but just KNEW he would be asked to join the worship team! God is so at work in both of your lives and it’s wonderful to see you using the amazing talents he’s given you for Him. (Makes me think of Eph 3:20).

    The song was incredible – thank you, thank you SO much for sharing it with all of us!

  3. Rox says

    Please tell me they have plans to collaborate on a project! Her voice is fantastically amazing. I’ve never posted to your or any blog but this really is something special.

    P.S. I have family in Prattville (pronounced Prattvull) and I’ve been too long gone from the South. I get homesick when I read your blog sometimes. Thanks!!!!! :)

    P.P.S. I love how you’re still sloppy over your hubby. I love mine the same way and even though we’re going on 9 years next month I still get excited when he comes through the door!

  4. Danae Morgan says

    My family has had the joy of knowing Ashley for many years now. She’s the real deal! A truly beautiful woman inside and out with a God filled heart and the voice of an angel. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  5. Meggie says

    Absoultely amazing! Kevin and Ashley are both truly talented! It’s amazing seeing God use someone with their talent and put them excatly where they belong, I can truly see in this video that God is using him right where he intends. What a blessing! Praying for you both on your adoption journey!!

  6. says

    What a wonderful song! Great vocals, clean strumming and balanced mixing of music. This made my morning :) Thanks for sharing.

  7. JLloyd says

    One of my favorite worship-basking-in-His-presence songs…I have to say that, not only did it leave me in tears with my heart in my throat, but it left me feeling like I had spent some time wrapped in my Savior’s arms this morning. Much-needed, and I am so thankful that I visited your site today. I always leave filled up~Thanks for sharing Layla : )

  8. says

    You had me at Prattville!! I can’t believe that’s where you are from!!! I’m from there and so is my husband and all of our family is still there, we are in Texas now. I have many friends that attend Centerpoint and LOVE it!
    Small world, I clicked over from The Gospel Girls, they recommended this post on their page…so glad I did. Nice to “meet” you!

  9. Suzi says

    Wow, I just listened to Closer. I was so blessed. Can’t wait until they record a CD I can download! Be blessed and keep moving in your gifting. You minister to so many just with your effortless creativity.
    :)

  10. Kelly says

    What an amazing video. I think I’ll watch it again :) Definitely needed the encouragement today!

  11. Amy says

    Hi, I so enjoyed this song this morning. Is there a place to buy this song or album?

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Amy! :-) Kevin and Ashley just “covered” the song, but you can purchase it from the original folks that recorded it at Bethel Music!

  12. says

    Ever since you posted about the audition, I have been wondering how it turned out. I assumed he was on the team now since he was so awesome on the video you shot of him auditioning, but I’m glad to have an update!

  13. says

    Oh I have a big ol’ puffy heart now! So beautiful, I don’t think I’ve ever pinned a page for the music inspiration until now!

  14. Michelle says

    I’m not from the south but you just reminded me of my mothers banana pudding. She use to serve it in individual brown diamond cut glasses. When i saw them sitting on the counter i knew what we were having for dessert. I can’t believe I forgot all about her making that for my brother and I. Thank you for reminding me of a happy memory of my childhood. I needed that today.

    Also thank you for sharing your husband and Ashley’s talents. I have goose bumps and my heart is full. What a beautiful voice you have Ashley Wade.

    • rachel says

      Just moved to Prattville in October and have been attending Centerpoint…. she is amazing as is the Centerpoint worship team. Thank you for sharing the video.

  15. angie says

    Beautiful all around, thank you so much for sharing with us!
    I love the Christ tattoo… is it solo or is there more?

  16. Melissa M. says

    Beautiful reminder of how great His love is for me. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Diana Matteson says

    Incredible! Kevin and Ashley you have amazing gifts from our Lord and how blessed to glorify Him and bless us all at the same time!
    Thank you for sharing!!

  18. Angie says

    I remember you posting a 13 second clip on Facebook with Ashley and Kevin a few months ago from a performance at church, I was left wanting more….such a BEAUTIFUL VOICE!!! So glad I found this while poking around through your archives :-)