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Drug Testing & Worship Leaders

muscle 2Well, I knew that would grab your attention!!!

With all the media talk over the last 12 months about some of our fave athletes cheating, in regards to medical enhanced performances, this got me thinking…..

 

Let me share my story…

Many years ago, we were gearing up for one of the most valuable conferences of the year. We had all been working hard, preparing and simply doing what needed to be done. I went to bed feeling, what I would call ‘interesting.. just not well’.. (you probably know the feeling!!). The next morning I kept pushing myself, but my body ached to the point of being unable to hold myself up, and then, what couldn’t happen at this point in time happened…. my voice went.

I can’t remember many times in my life, when I’ve truly been unable to sing due to illness…. Needless to say, this is something I found extremely FRUSTRATING.

I needed to sing, I needed my voice, so what did we do, where did we go? We got a doctor in to see me and I was prescribed antibiotics which were very needful. Also, for the first time in my life, a steroid was used to quickly kick my voice into gear. Kick it into gear, it did! I was SO thankful. The doctor  gave me a five day dose and I was set. I knew and realized this was quite a common treatment, so I felt relieved.. and was back on the mend seemingly without missing a beat.

Life carried on and I sang at that conference and then countless times after that. I felt good and then it happened again…. About 12 months later, I found myself in a similair position. Off I went back to the doctor for the steroid, not the antibiotic.. just the steroid and again….. it kicked into gear quickly and I continued on, not thinking much about it.

Here’s the thing.. I was still attending speech therapy (my fave vocal training), but I really became slack with the discipline of REST, warm ups, cool downs, etc. All the things we need to apply for longevity but in the back of my mind I knew if I really needed to, I could grab the steroid and be OK.

After a while…. I began to feel challenged to my core about my own behaviour. How I was  depending on medicine and not giving my body the Sabbath space it continually needed to regenerate – Gods perfect formula. In saying this, I am NOT anti-medication… BUT since I started speaking about this, I have heard of worship leaders who are often having their actual vocal folds INJECTED with all sorts of things. They are doing this in an effort to  try to erase the pain they feel as they are required to sing morning noon and night without the necessary discipline of warming up, cooling down, and taking REST.

All these years later, and by going back to the basics and keeping vocal health one of my top physical priorities, I can sing and sing and sing.. with NO medical intervention!! Just plain old fashioned discipline and consistency.

So.. NO, we are not about to start drug testing our worship leaders.. BUT, I’m sure you all hear my heart when I say.. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! Rest, great food, the Word of God, sunshine, friends, and the disciplines of taking care of the gifts God has entrusted to us. It is RIDICULOUS to try to attain for a standard that God Himself is NOT asking you to attain. Its not about impressing or pleasing others, but serving and loving our great God, who only wants the best for you.

Much Love,

Darlene xo

40 yr old

Generation to Generation

40 yr oldTodays blog comes after many trips to many churches over many years and meeting with MANY musicians/singers ~ true worshippers who’ve been part of worship teams for a whole lot of years, but who’ve hit the age of OVER 40…  and are finding themselves on shelves, wondering what they did wrong??

There are a whole lot of differing reasons that this type of problem has reached epidemic proportions, especially  amongst many of the contemporary churches in the west. Without healthy language around the topic, more and more volunteers AND pastors get hurt and confused in the process.

So, here are my humble thoughts on this….. being a 47 year old, female worship leader and pastor of a contemporary church in the west…

Firstly, to those who find themselves in this category. I will put a challenge out to you…. Do you get your worth from your position or from the platform? Because if you do, this getting older ride is gonna be a very difficult one for you! When your security comes from who you are in Christ, and when you adopt a life attitude of SERVICE, then what you do (even if worship leader is what you feel most equipped for) will be less of a challenge for you. ‘To worship’ has the words ‘to serve’ tied up in its origin. Serving Christ is SO much more than the singing of songs, even though this is an important part of our expression.

Personally, I have found that the more SECURE I am in Christ, the less all the other things impact me. In fact, if you’ll allow your heart to go there, you will find GREAT joy, perhaps the greatest, in raising, encouraging and releasing the next generation.

Psalm 145 says it loud and clear….. GENERATION to GENERATION..

Darlene xx

{PS: I love Gladys… Would love to credit this picture to someone but haven’t found it’s origin yet… will keep trying}

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Revealing Jesus

Well, after many many months of dreaming, writing, praying, talking, laughing and planning… ‘Revealing Jesus’ is finally here.

This whole concept has come out of a simple longing for more of Jesus to be revealed in my life. More of Him in every area of my life, starting with my heart…

I’ve been asking God about the authority we have In Jesus Name, and how the finished work of Christ really does affect every single moment of our lives.

And I’ve been learning how important my speech is… To declare this finished work, to speak out His word and not just accept some of the situations we find ourselves in, but push the enemy right back with the Word of God as we face any trial in life.

SO… from my heart of hearts to yours today, I truly pray these songs become fuel for YOUR journey… songs of praise, songs of war, songs of deep worship and adoration. And that the devotional is like a river of life to your soul.. bite size pieces strength as you read daily.

I Love this text from Corinthians 2…

‘God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of His purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out His best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. That’s why we have this Scripture text: No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it—
What God has arranged for those who love him. But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.’
(The Message Translation)

So my friends.. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal Jesus Christ to you… for He is the Greatest of the Greats, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. And He has a great plan for your life. Ask Him to come be YOUR Lord today… The center of your life… He is a prayer, a breath, a heartbeat away…

Much much love to you all today…

Darls. xx

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Zschech Christmas Card 2012

With much love to you all at Christmas x

Live Album Recording – Revealing Jesus Project

Hey lovely ones.. I am so glad that in our part of the world, Spring is finally here!!! The air feels like it is announcing the arrival of new experiences, and the blooms are doing their best to open up right on time!! My natural tendency is to fling wide the windows of our home, let the fresh air in, clean all my windows, pull out the paddle board…… and write new songs!!

And writing is what I am doing morning, noon and night at the moment, as I prepare for a new LIVE recording which we are capturing during the Church of the Highlands , Birmingham Alabam USA, annual womans convention, on SEPTEMBER 29th.. 7pm. If you are in the area , YOU ARE SO WELCOME TO JOIN US!! I am SO excited about it!! (guys are welcome on the Saturday night!!)

The project is called Revealing Jesus… and I cannot wait to share these songs with you all. The songs are about the finished work of Christ, songs declaring our love for Jesus… and I am simply praying that they are songs that will serve your heart well as you draw closer to Him.

Israel Houghton will be there, as will Kari Jobe.. and some other special guests which you will see during the conference.

OK.. so, back to my piano, bible and laptop… love you so..

Darls..

Hope: Rwanda Volunteer Positions Available for 2012

Volunteer Positions Available for 2012 

 

Why not volunteer and join a short term HOPE: Global training team in 2012 and share your professional skills with others??

We need 70-100 skilled volunteers to travel and train people in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Cambodia throughout 2012.

Positions available in the areas of:

  • Teachers – Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Disability education.
  • School Administrators
  • Community Health Professionals – Nurses, Doctors, Community Health Workers
  • Allied Health Professionals – Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists
  • Business Professionals – With particular emphasis in small business start-ups and entrepreneurship.
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Anyone with media/photography or film experience

HOPE: Global is looking for willing hearts and hands to give 2-3 weeks to build the capacity of schools, orphanages, vocational training centres in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Kenya.

Selection Criteria & Important Information

These are all unpaid positions that require volunteers to raise all their own support and travel expenses. There will be fundraisers held throughout the year to assist you with raising your support.

Volunteers need to be available to attend training in Sydney, Australia prior to travel.

We are looking particularly for people who can demonstrate an ability to adapt their professional knowledge to a cultural/situational context.

Applications close on the 30th January 2012. APPLY NOW!

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Travel dates, itineraries and more information is available on the HOPE website. CLICK HERE.

Please note: All applicants must submit an Australian Federal Police Check and sign a Child Protection Agreement.

 

Address: PO Box 6049 Baulkham Hills BC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, Australia
Tel: + 61 2 9659 2553 Fax: + 61 2 8883 2533
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.hoperwanda.org

HOPE INC. ABN: 31 100 136 359 | Copyright © 2010 Hope Rwanda

URGENT NEED FOR A SCHOOL ROOF

Pictured: The students of Fruits of Hope Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, who will be unable to attend school next year without a purpose-built classroom.

The Fruits of Hope Academy in Kigali, Rwanda, is a small community based primary school in desperate need of your help.

The need for education is very high and functioning on minimal resources. The grade 4 class was being held next door in the local church building throughout 2011 (pictured right). However, government representatives have advised us that this class, who will be grade 5 in 2012, must be in a purpose-built classroom by January next year.

The classroom is complete – except for a roof!  We need $7,000 before January 2012 to fit the roof so that this grade 5 class will be able to restart school in the new year.

Please give today and give 35 ten-year-olds the gift of a new classroom for Christmas.

A Christmas message to all HOPE volunteers from Mark & Darlene Zschech…

Here’s a personal thank you video from Mark & Darlene Zschech to all HOPE volunteers, overseas and at home for their contribution, effort and loyalty over 2011.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Address: PO Box 6049 Baulkham Hills BC, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, Australia
Tel: + 61 2 9659 2553 Fax: + 61 2 8883 2533
Email: [email protected]  Website: www.hoperwanda.org