October greetings to you wherever you are. Your number is growing. There are now over 100 people reading this newsletter. Just imagine – one person, of no particular influence, writing about his experiences as a church musician in an effort to help others – and 100 people, from all corners of the earth, interested enough to sign up for a free newsletter! I call that amazing.

Maybe it’s due to the power of the internet. Maybe it’s due to people’s growing interest in worship. I’m not sure what it is – but I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I’m learning.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.


3 Ways To Beat Fatigue

I don’t know about you, but October can be a tough month. People are back from summer vacations, and normal schedules and their sameness can dull even the most creative musicians in a very short time.

So, this month I thought it would be good to review a few ways to restore your creativity.

1. Take a nap – Don’t laugh. You might not think you need one, maybe you’re young and aren’t used to sitting still for any period of time, let alone intentionally resting for an hour or more each week. But I guarantee this is a great perspective adjuster when you feel your creative juices start to dry up. “Remember the Sabbath” is an all but forgotten notion in our dysfunctional culture, but God planned it for a reason. He knows we need a break – even a planned break weekly.

2. Read the Psalms. Or Isaiah. Or any Bible book that paints huge pictures of God. This helps us focus on Him, who He is, what He has done, and will do. Claim His promises. When we look to Him, growing our faith through His word with prayer, He strengthens us for the journey.

3. Join a small group. I’m a little fired up about this right now. My church is involved in 40 Days of Community, so it’s part of my life for the next 4 weeks or so. But, I’ve got to say, as creative types, you and I need other people. One of the greatest mistakes we make is to devote so much time to our craft that we forget to grow relationships with others. Don’t do it.

There it is. Not difficult, but these things can easily slip away as busyness increases. Don’t improve your art at the expense of losing your heart.

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Until next month, may grace and peace be yours,
Jim Snedeker
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