Lead Me is about life. Life is about choices. Choices lead to decisions, and decisions eventually propel life one way or the other. Being faced with her own choices and decisions, Hayley put together a collection of songs that are reflective, yet captivating. The newly released EP “Lead Me” features appealing songs by Hayley that blend her distinctive voice with catchy lyrics and fresh new melodies.
Seasons. Sometimes I just have to think about that. Between seasons is transition. Sometimes one season blends into another. Other times, a season ends abruptly and the next one begins without warning. Not all transition is easy…waiting on the next season to kick in is, in short, sometimes a blessing in disguise. Understanding the blessing may take more time.
Life takes us through seasons. Physical, emotional, spiritual seasons, some say, grow us. I’m not so sure I like growing. But inevitably, the process happens. Not to get too personal, let it suffice to say that our family has experienced a long season, not sure if it’s the grueling hot drought of summer or the cruel frigidness of winter. Either way, deep down we know, because of the grounding of the infallible Word of God, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” This scripture found in Romans is perhaps the one most quoted by my Mamaw Oglethorpe. Well, Mamaw, thanks for instilling this verse in us. The good is on the way.
If your life seems upside down, if your long-time friends have left you alone, if your soul cries for more, just know that God makes the crooked path straight, He will be a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and He is the water for the thirsty. You will meet new friends. Your cup will run over. The good is on the way.
What have I been up to the past few weeks? When you hear the upcoming project by the Louisiana Allstate Youth Choir, you will know! The live recording was held a couple of weeks ago followed by a week of studio vocals. I am excited and honored that the project GLAD will include one of my worship tunes. Be watching for this dynamic collection of choir songs!
It’s early on a Monday morning. As I was reviewing my blog, I came across an unpublished one that I started writing over a year ago. To start off this spring day, I decided to finish it and share it with all of you. As the birds are happily chirping outside my window bright and early, I am reminded of the song God puts in our hearts when we experience His grace.
The book of Second Corinthians Chapter 12, verse 9 says, “My grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” This verse speaks so much into a life…
As I was driving along on a Sunday afternoon, my ipod was on shuffle, and suddenly one of my favorite songs came on. Being that it’s one of my favorites, I have listened to it hundreds of times. However, for some reason today, this one phrase spoke to me, “Your grace, it covers me. Your love, it covers me. Oh God, you cover me.” Yes, I was singing along at the top of my lungs and all of a sudden got choked up. Tears started streaming down my face as I began to think about the beauty of the grace of God.
So many times, we take it for granted. We tell ourselves, “Oh it’s ok if we choose to make this one little mistake…God’s grace will cover me. I’ll just ask for forgiveness when I’m done. Let’s face it…sin is fun. It makes us feel good….in the moment, that is. The world has made it look so attractive. At every turn, we are bombarded with lures and enticements of the “lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.”
But God called us to be IN this world, not OF it.
We are all guilty of taking advantage of the grace that the Lord has afforded us. But we, as Christians have a duty….to share God’s love and His grace with those who feel like they have no hope. My prayer is that the hope of glory wraps you tight on this gorgeous day!
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since the CD Release party in May, but here are a few pics from that great night. I am so thankful for my friends, family and fans who came out for the Celebration of my new EP “Lead Me”. I hope these awesome pics bring back wonderful memories for you, too! If you’d like to see more be sure to visit my web site gallery.
One of my favorite songs to sing is “I Feel Change”. I’m so excited to be able to share this live recording with all of you! The message of the song is so true about how God is always changing us for the better.
For the last few months, Hayley has been a part of some life impacting events, such as the Suicide Awareness concert with Building 429 and Royal Tailor. Over 1,200 people flooded into the venue to make a difference in the community that has battled numerous suicides during a calendar year. Helping to raise over $8,000, Hayley was the headliner for the Loveday Twins benefit. Along with Big Al and Fire in Salem, Hayley also participated in the Life Choices benefit concert and was on stage again with Big Al and Lil Nate for the Joplin Relief concert. In between these events, Hayley has travelled as a guest worship leader to churches throughout Louisiana and Texas. If you would like to book Hayley for a concert or as a worship leader, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hello!! It’s been so long since my last blog! But lately, something has been on my heart very strongly, and I just feel that I should share it with you. Within the last couple of months, I started a new job working with a volunteer program called Americorps at our local community center. Americorps has many different branches, but the branch I volunteer for is called S.E.E. which stands for synergy, education, and enviromemt. Their main goal is to simply reach out to our community and help those who are less fortunate than others. They have an afterschool program called KidTech for grades 1-5 that provides tutoring for these children.
During the first week as part of the team, I was completely baffled by some of the things I heard these young children saying. It made me realize that the battle we face is beyond serious. As Christians, we become so distracted and so worried about our lives and what God is doing in OUR life that we lose focus on what God wants to do in the lives of others THROUGH us. Since I started volunteering, God has fueled my passion to help and reach others. It has also prompted this question: Is the church so caught up in planning the next “big event” that it has lost sight of the importance of the small things, such as reaching out to those who can never repay?
A family that lives less than a block from my church participates in the afterschool program with KidTech. When I realized this, it made me so angry with myself. I was suddenly jolted that I don’t even know the community that has been at my fingertips for the last 7 years. Rather than beat myself up, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity that God has afforded me through this program.
As Bible believers, at times, we are so concerned about doctrine, which is important to salvation, yet we forget about its foundation. Some have even taken these matters to the level of competition constantly trying to determine who is right and who is wrong. Yes, I believe the Bible in its entirety and that it is the infallible Word of God. But I also know that at its core is LOVE.
Why do we worry about God’s calling on our life? Why do we try to make it so complicated? Amen to the fact that we should continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Phillipians 2:12) But at the very root of salvation, at the creation of the universe, at the moment of redemption is the main ingredient. It is simply to love. God called each and every one of us to love. When we love others and care for others, then they will see Jesus in us. Then we can tell someone about Jesus and his wonderful mercy, grace, and LOVE.
“For he that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” I John 4:8