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. Lisa T says

    I just stopped in to check things out this evening and what a blessing I received! sniff, sniff. Absolutely beautiful! So moving, you all are so talented. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

  2. Kellie says

    How lovely — thank you to you all for blessing us with your God-given gifts (even the videography is stunning).

  3. Marianne Olafsen Heymans says

    It was beautiful! I enjoy starting my day with a cup of coffee, and reading your blog. It is very inspiring.. Thank you for sharing, and I am looking forward to hear more music:) With Love, all the way from Norway, Marianne.

  4. Kathy K. says

    That is the first time I’ve heard someone sing like my grandmother, who by the way sang for the Boston Pops and in church. Warmed my heart, thank you. Ashley if you’re reading this, please never stop singing, your voice puts people at ease. Kevin looks so happy and right where he belongs, playing and recording music. He’s incredibly talented. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ashley says

      Thank you Kathy! I don’t think I could stop singing even if I tried! There is so much to sing about when you’re singing to The Lord!

  5. Ter'e says

    Simply beautiful. My heart was on the verge of bawling the whole time I listened to them. Ashley is just lovely. What a sweet voice.
    P.S. Kudos to our Kev and his darling talent and personality peeking thru some more. I got to see more of those tats. Nice, Kev. Nice.
    Nice way to start the day kids.

  6. Julie B. [Holland] says

    Stuck with a bad cold , and this sure did life the spirits, Thank you both! Happy Weekend!

  7. Laura Forman says

    Love Ashley! She has been out at the Pike Road campus with us the past few weeks and I have loved hearing here sing…such a heart of worship! :)

  8. Moe says

    WOW!!! What a talent!!! That is some instrument she’s working with. Kev is talented as always!!! Thanks for taking the time to shoot and arrange this amazing video. I am just sad that there is no cd to buy, I can’t get enough of this!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Nancy says

    Thank you (Ashley, Kevin and Layla) for sharing your God given talents!!. Your love for the Lord is shining through. :)

  10. Wendy M says

    Ashley has a gorgeous voice, Kevin played and ‘mixed’ the song wonderfully, and you did an awesom job on the video. A total trifecta! Inspiring.

  11. Tami Bator says

    Goosebumps, chills, and tears. Thank you for sharing and blessing all of us with such great talent.

  12. says

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    “….how great your love is for me…” has me in tears; HIs love has carried us through some hard stuff recently; I don’t ever want to forget WHO we can lean on…

  13. Terry says

    “Bless the LORD, O my soul!”
    Beautiful voice, beautiful music and lyrics. And great job on the video, Layla! New career on the horizon?!
    Thank you for taking time to share!

  14. Michell says

    I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I was filled with the feeling of peace. This is truly a gift from GOD. I thank you. P.S. I love to hear Kevin play his guitar.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. 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 : )

  20. 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!

  21. 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.
    :)

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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!!

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