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Instinct in Ignition

Between the wee hours of Friday morning and today, my creative juices have stirred, my mind intrigued, and passions reignited.

The first sparked came after finishing the seventh chapter of Instinct by Bishop T.D. Jakes. That was followed by this fire-kindling video by Antonio Neal that I shared with several friends. I hope it inspires you, too.

This morning we had Leadership Orientation at church. The gathering was loaded with pertinent information for Community Fellowship Church leaders to align ourselves with the Lord and the mission of the church.

Lastly, today I did something I haven't done since college: I created and tracked an entire song in one session. It took around 4.5 hours of brain-frying studio work, but worth it. Additionally, I'm looking forward to more as I praise and worship the Lord in music tomorrow.

For you, dear reader, remove any blocks, thoughts, notions, and perceived tendencies that keep you from creating like you know you can and should. The world needs your God-given gifts and no one does it like you.

"It could be that opposition and opportunities alike challenge us to draw from our inventory that which we might've been oblivious to otherwise. Think of how many things you had in you that required a challenge or a change to help you discover, utilize, and embrace."

- Bishop T.D. Jakes from Instinct

A screenshot of my session earlier today in Reason 9.


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