One favorite place

Words cannot express how much I love Park Chapel.  I really love the low-key, artist vibe.  And LOVE how much this group worships.  Something about them is just so sweet.  I really think that people who attend a church will follow the lead of their pastor.  He has such a loving heart, you can see it reflected in the people.  One of my favorite things (and also the most intimidating) is that this particular church is FULL of musicians.  I’ve never seen so much unique talent in one spot!  And some really great debut albums have been recorded in their studio! (Wink, wink)

YOUR KINGDOM COME

In Matthew 6 Jesus tells us how to pray. It’s an awesome piece of the Bible to memorize! The best way to memorize anything is to hear it, speak it and see it… this video is so pretty to watch, you might want to watch it again and again. You will for sure walk away with the verse in your head! The song is called Your Kingdom Come, by Diane Luna. The song is available on iTunes.

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NEW RELEASE: EVERYTHING IS GOOD

Read how it came about:

I totally believe God can inspire you through simple obedience to Him.  How do I know? It happened to me recently.

First, a little about me. I’m Diane Luna: mother of two tykes, happily-married pastor’s wife, busy worship leader, part time day job worker and full time garage sale forager. I’m also a painter. And… I am a songwriter and a blogger.  How did I manage to pull off making a new album? Settle in, grab a coffee, and I’ll tell you all about it.

Life has been crazy the last few years. Our two kids arrived unexpectedly out of nowhere (we had been trying for six years), my husband left his day job to become a full-time pastor of a church, and we dug up our roots and relocated. New kids, new ministry, new town, new friends.  In the midst of the “excitement” my prayer life kinda took a back seat. It wasn’t like I had a bad attitude, I just became caught up in work, chores and mommy-do’s.  Here’s a little video I made about it all…

My first album Rock Everlasting (click to listen/download) came out about six years ago, while we thought we weren’t going to have kids. Surprise… Isaac arrived right smack in the middle of recording everything. He was so cute, his little bundled-up six-week-old self all snuggy on the studio couch during recording days. Love!

Seeing a song go from scribbled bits of paper to moments of beautiful recording has been amazing. Indescribable, really. I toured as much as I could with that first album, even though our life-happenings made touring progressively harder to accomplish. Dragging diaper bag in one hand and guitar case in the other is not very glamorous. Do-able, but not glamorous!

I learned something with that first album. I learned there comes a point when you kinda want to make ANOTHER album. Those old familiar songs might still be new to some folks, but to you they’re just… old. So I recently summoned up my courage and approached my hubby: “Babe I really want to do another album.” Want to know what he said?

In that low, steady voice that I adore, I heard these words:

“Do you have songs?”

I can’t remember how I hedged answering that question, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I did NOT have songs. I just had scattered piles of ideas.

My thoughts went a little something like this: “How can you expect me to finish songs while pulling THIS schedule? Come on, just say yes for now, I’ll figure it out.” But my hubby in all his wisdom cut straight to the chase: To make an album, I needed songs.

I’ll not kid you, our schedule is definitely challenging. Any of you who have children will nod to this: it’s entirely impossible to get it ALL done. You have to let things go. You might get the little ones to school on time, but maybe your bills are a day late or the fridge is running on empty. You just choose your priorities for that day, and shuffle the rest. At least that’s what we do in our house. It works, and we have a blast. All is good.

But adding another project in? Oh so hard. I had NO idea when I’d make time for working on songs. In my sleep maybe? My new-album balloon deflated at the thought. But something inside me wanted to try.

Well, one can only keep their prayer-life in the back seat for so long… and conviction came deep to my heart. I knew that God had been wooing me to Himself. To spend MORE time with Him. To linger over the scriptures like I did when I was younger. To talk with Him about my goings-on. To include him in my stress level. To become a better wife. A better mom.

I wasn’t sure how I was gonna do it, but I decided in my heart I was gonna do it.

Enter… the alarm clock.

It is as simple as this. I began to drag myself out of bed an hour early, and zombie down the hall to my pre-designated quiet-time spot. Or “psot” as my two year old daughter affectionately calls it. I had my year-thru-the-bible permanently placed on the table, a little throw-blanket, my iPhone with prayer list, and my wonderful hubby who gets up earlier than I and makes the coffee. Wakie wakie! I made a commitment and have stuck with it since.

And here’s the best part of the story:

Does anyone else’s mind wander during prayer? Or is it just me. I had this new commitment to spending God-time, and I was doing it (just about) every day before the kids woke up. Awesome! But I kept getting DISTRACTED by bits of songs I would hear in my head as I read the scriptures. So, as every good songwriter dutifully attempts, I would STOP and write the ideas down right then. I never could quite focus. And I felt guilty for straying from plan.

…it took me a while to realize… that WAS the plan.

Duh. Hello! God hadn’t wasted time rewarding me for committing to Him. He rewarded me HUGE… with songs, and songs. In less than three months, I had a whole stack of finished drafts to play for a producer friend to see what he thought. (He loved them by the way.) This after like a four year dry spell! And not only did I have a stack of songs, the songs had distinct vision and direction as a group. They were like this little bundle of gifts from God. Which were designed by Him to become an album.

Enter… the album title: Everything is Good.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17

This new album? Sounds WAY better than I ever dreamed.

Coincidence? Not at all…

Still praying?  yes I am.

Are YOU?