thoughts in process —
the idea of exploring “REAL” demands an examination of what is meant by “REAL” . . . can a human being know what is “REAL”? Since we all are biased, most often guilty of cognitive blindness, how can I trust what I view as my own reality? Many times I have arrived at a “aha moment” and been opened to a deeper understanding only to later find that it was just a surface scratch on a truth that I know is there, but . . .
My path to this point in my reality has been interesting, to say the least, filled with challenges/opportunities and I can say without reservation that LIFE IS A CLASSROOM or rather a series of classrooms and I have, at times, resisted lessons that were confronting me and have repeatedly said “I keep feeling like I am coming back to the same mountain again and again . . .” as if I am missing a point that will be presented to me time and time again until I “get it.”
Dreams, intriguing thoughts, traumas, perceived failures, drawn to examination of wounds and scars, and running from reviewing some levels of experiences, denying the need to plumb the depths of the pain to bring healing afraid of what it might reveal about me.
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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