A Shoutout to God

 

Yeah, I play piano.

God is good!

Today I just got a text message that said,

Hi Jacob,

If you are available every other Tuesday starting on August 5th at 7:30pm to play the piano for the Hollywood Heist Show. Please let me know ASAP. Thank you,

Jose Barba.”

Now you might not see at first, why this is so amazing, so let me give you some back story. 

I am a musician who is looking for work. (It kind of goes hand in hand.) In March, I met a pianist named Pedro who played at the Next Door Lounge on Tuesdays. He needed a substitute to cover him and so he asked me and I accepted. That was God. I subbed for him a few times in March and May and I enjoyed playing there. In June he told me that he was leaving the country and that I could take over his job permanently. I was so excited,

However when I showed up the next week, Jose Barba, the manager, told me that the owner hired another band instead. I was very dejected, but I was glad because Tuesdays were now free for me to go and rehearse at Oasis. Oasis is an amazing church that I recommend to anyone in Los Angeles County.

Oasis is a blast!

Oasis is a blast!

In the last few weeks, however, I began to pray consistently for more work. Naturally, I was overjoyed and blessed by seeing this text message.

To work every other week, means I would have a steady gig, but also the flexibility to play at Oasis on my off weeks.

And I had completely forgot, but I had scheduled a two week vacation at the end of July and I arrive back home on the 4th of August – A day before I’d start work at the Next Door Lounge. 

Wow!

God knew the perfect answer to my prayers; I’m so glad he has everything in control.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

So I told Jose, “I sure am. That’s perfect.”

And how can I say that’s perfect? Because I serve a perfect God.

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My crazy family

In one word: Crazy

In one word: Crazy

This is my family.
Well it’s two families, the Abinante and Campos families, but my family can be quite crazy just by them selves if they want to. I have my mom, my dad and four siblings! They can get on my nerves.
 
A week ago, everyone in my family except me went to Texas, and needless to say, things have been very peaceful at home. Unfortunately, they come back tomorrow… Oh no!
 
I know God says, “Love is patient, love is kind… it is not easily angered.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)  but it’s hard to have patience. Here is a verse that I find comforting for a number of reasons.
 
James 1:2
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
 
It sure does feel like a trial when five voices around me are singing and yelling and yakking away constantly, but Paul encourages us to count it all joy. In a nutshell, we need trials to make us perfect. Yes I can see that by being patient (i.e. long-suffering,) I would eventually develop an ear to tune out the noise and coexist, and as a result I would become a better person… OK Paul, that is true.
 
Additionally, seeing our “trial” from Paul’s perspective brings into reality that our trial is not really that bad. I could think of more painful things that would deserve to be called trials. For example, loosing a job, and wondering if the rent will get paid, is a little worse. Or getting thrown in jail for our views like Paul… That’s a whole lot worse.
 
If we begin to be grateful that our lives aren’t truly as bad as they seem, then conversely, gratitude can lead us to seeing the good in our situation that we often overlook. When I am grateful for my family, I can see that even if they bother me, they still love me, listen to me, bring out the best in me, challenge me and are there to lift me up. They are good people and I do need them. In order to see that however, I have to get into a gratitude mindset.
 
I think everyone would have a better life by focusing on what’s right instead of what’s wrong. The positive instead of the negative. And that’s biblical too.
 
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
 
So now that I’ve taken just a few minutes to be grateful for my family, I can truthfully say I’m glad they’re coming home.
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Introducing: Me

I don’t deserve anything. I make many mistakes, I loose my temper too often and I have difficulty committing. However, God is perfect and so I lean on his strength.

My name is Jacob Abinante and I am an artist. God has given me a gift with music and writing. I play piano, I sing and I write songs. I also found that this creative gift can be applied to blogging. So what I hope to accomplish with this blog is to share what God shows me. My intent is not to talk down or display superiority, because there is no such thing. God loves us equally and we are all at a different place in our journey. Hopefully, I am only at the begging of mine. Still I know for a fact that community is good and so I commit to contributing what I have to say.

I'm the only guy with a jacket...

Community is good

I welcome, comments, feedback and even criticism – but not too much of that please… I take to heart what Solomon said:

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

I want to be the wise man in this equation. So bring it on!

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Choose To Move Forward

Surrender is Freedom

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”2 Timothy 4:7

Paul chose his life. He chose to pursue the Father and His plans despite all obstacles. Paul never denies his challenges, weaknesses, mistakes, frustrations, and disappointments. He admits life was extremely difficult at times. Yet, he never views his struggles as failure. He viewed them as reason to press into God and charge forward even harder… to the glory of God.

Paul doesn’t brag of winning the race, he boasts of finishing. He stayed in the race because that’s where God wanted him. Paul chose not to allow his obstacles to become an excuse to give up or say he was too weak.

He made the ‘choice’ to move forward and in return, God used him and blessed him in incredible ways. And in the end, Paul’s result was “Henceforth…

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