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Outkicked My Coverage

Happy Birthday, Amanda!

With every passing year, you grow in grace and beauty.  You stole my heart when I was 16, and yet you somehow manage to take more of it day by day.

I often say to others that I “outkicked my coverage” when I married you.  I am simply way out of my league. And one day, you are going to wake up and realize, “I could have done so much better!”  And you will be right!

And when that happens, I know that you will still love me anyway because that is the kind of wife that you are!

What I love about this year of life with you is that others have begun to notice that truth as well.  It’s a good thing.

As a pastor’s wife, you oftentimes are seen as simply the spouse of the one doing the ministry.  While you have always been active in serving Christ and others, I have loved watching you this year as you give more of yourself away (and I don’t know where you keep getting those reserves from!).

Whether it’s seeing you internalize the pain of the one you are counseling, checking up on the one that is hurting, or offering encouragement to those who have run out, you are the most giving and compassionate person I have ever known.

Whether it’s sporting a Batman t-shirt for your sons’ birthday, allowing rowdy boys to be rowdy boys, or playing silly games with Gloria, you are an incredible mother.

Whether it’s following me on some crazy idea, supporting me in front of others, or knowing just how to care for me when I get discouraged, you are the best wife I could have ever dreamed of having.

I used to be the one college students would come to for advice, and now they all say, “Yeah, Trav, I would love to get Amanda’s opinion on this.”

People are starting to realize what I have known for years: I am way out of my league with you, my dear.

Thanks for letting me still tag along!  You are treasured and adored, my bride.  Your husband, your children, and so many others think it doesn’t get better than you!

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. -Prov. 31:25

 

“Holy” // Storytellers

Holy

We led the song “Holy” on Sunday from the “Stand Firm” project.  This was the second song we worked on composing as a group and has been one of our church’s favorites to sing.

The song is based off of 1 Peter 1:13-2:3.

The Scripture

1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
 
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
 
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The song focused on how Man’s sinful conduct is leagues away from the holiness of God, and yet we need his help to bridge that gap.  The precious blood of Christ and the Word of God cleanses us and makes us increasingly all the more holy.  We are praying that God continues to make us more like him.

Arrangement

Being the second song we composed, it went through a lot of development.  The first time we started playing with the song, we had 10 people contributing.  After a lot of work, it came to its current form.

We played around with the selection of keys, but we finally landed on the key of A and got Eric Bryant and my wife, Amanda, to sing lead on this song.  While their voices are very different, they worked so well together on this song.  Both of them had an honesty in their voices that I thought was so rich on this track.  The only sad thing was that she had the flu on the day of the release and couldn’t sing with us.  Richenda did a great job taking over though on the spot.

The song has moments where the cello, banjo, or flute shines.  I love the layering of the instruments and the interweaving of lines that are happening in the background.

But my favorite part is hearing the worshipers sing out!  I love when a song captures the heart of God’s people and they respond to his revelation.

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Nothing is Impossible – Storytellers

“Nothing is Impossible” was written during our adoption process.  As we looked at the huge obstacles concerning timing, situation, circumstances, finances, etc., the process seemed impossible…for us.

But with God, there was nothing to it.

“For nothing is impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37

Amanda, Obadiah, and myself would often play this melody on the home piano and remind ourselves of these truths.  We needed to remind ourselves that nothing was too big that God couldn’t handle.

In the picture above, you see my lovely wife leading this song one day and you see cards all around her feet.  These cards were prayer requests from our church asking God to intervene in certain situations.  These cards became the artwork for our CD cover spelling out the word “Overcome.”  As we lead this song in our congregation, I am reminded of these truths over and over and I love to sing it over our church as a reminder of our God’s faithfulness.

The older I get, the more I see how big God is and how he is still in the business of making things happen.  Hope you enjoy the snippet from the song:

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Storytellers – Nothing is Impossible

Yesterday, we introduced a new song to North Side called “Nothing is Impossible.”  My lovely wife sang the lead on it and sang her face off!  This song has been our worship song and prayer over the last year in our family, and it was such an honor to share it with our church family yesterday.

We still believe that nothing is impossible for God.  Now more than ever.

This video is the story behind the song, and soon you will be able to hear it on CD.  She is singing her lead vocal on it this morning at 9:00.  Can’t wait for you to hear!

Luke 1:37!

If you can’t see the video, go here.

Happy 6th Anniversary!

This is my 1,000th blog post.  As I looked down the line at what this monumental post should be about, it was very simple: I have the most amazing wife in the entire world.

Today marks 6 years of marriage for the Agnews.  Amanda and I were high school sweethearts, and why I cared for her then, I can’t even begin to describe my love for her now.  It has been a full 6 years since we have been married.  Both of us have worked busy jobs, finished 3 degrees, had 2 children, and experienced countless memories.

While I could dote on Amanda’s beauty, commitment, faithfulness, joy, devotion, godliness, selflessness, mothering abilities, or so much more, I am reminded of one of the things I love the most about her today: her smile.

This picture above, taken by the ever-so-talented Paige Stumbo, reminds me why I am blessed beyond any man in the world.  When we were engaged, I had a verse printed on a picture of her that so eloquently describes my wife:

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future” (Prov. 31:25).

When I think back to that engagement picture, I remember that joyous smile that looked ahead to the future.  6 years later, the smile is even deeper and more satisfied, and I can only wonder: “God, if you have allowed us to walk beside You and experience all that we have in the last 6 years, what more amazing things do you have in store for our family?”

Today, I am thankful for a strong wife.  I am thankful that who she is is characterized by dignity.  And I am thankful, that after all that we have experienced, I still have a smiling wife.  There she stands in my arms, simply radiant and joyous.

And I am the lucky one.