Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Do you have family coming over for Easter? Are you visiting the grandparents? In my family, Thanksgiving and Christmas were really the family centered holidays - and since Dad worked in the church most of my life - Easter meant I simply wouldn't see much of him for a week and a half.

My heart truly breaks for all the families of ministers. As they rush around to plan the 30 weekend services on one of the biggest outreach weeks of the Western church, many times their families are left feeling neglected.

I don't have any simple solution. Reaching people during Easter seems right. But missing out on celebrating Jesus with your family is wrong. What would Jesus do? I have no clue. But if you see the kids of the pastor or worship leader this weekend waiting around anxiously hoping to catch a glimpse of their mom or dad - give them a hug.

Sara Groves

When it comes to songwriting, Sara Groves influences the influencers. Her most vocal admirers range from pioneers of Christian worldview music, including Randy Stonehill, Michael Card and Charlie Peacock, to her peers today, Natalie Grant, Jars of Clay, Nichole Nordeman, Point of Grace and Bethany Dillon.

This former teacher, who lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three kids probably wouldn't strike you as a famous songwriter if you caught her in the grocery store or out at the park playing - but she's already a legend in Nashvillian circles.

Sara has been nominated for many Dove Awards over the years, including "New Artist of the Year" in 2002. She was named one of the best Christian music artists of 2005 and the album, Add to the Beauty, was named "Album of the Year" for 2005 by CCM Magazine.

Sara Groves started writing songs when she was four years old. She describes her youth as being "lonesome", and she wrote about deep issues while still in junior high school. Eventually, she took a songwriting course, prompted by her husband, and she began to take the art seriously.

Latest Album:
Fireflies & Songs


Scriptural Pursuit

Q: Who was the first drunk mentioned in the Bible?

A: Noah (Genesis 9:21)

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