Vacation Week – Guest Blogger Miranda Telford
Today’s guest blogger is Miranda… another gem of a post! (I think I’m going to have to let these ladies take over for me more often!!)
I was thrilled when Jenni asked us to post on her blog this week. I hope I will provide some entertainment for her avid readers!
Some little nuggets about me:
*I am a proud Texan
*I am a loud extravert, but extremely nervous in social situations
*I am the lead singer of a 90’s Cover Band
*I love to decorate and create innovative art projects
*I am obsessed with coloring and changing my hair (should have been a hairdresser)
My husband Jason and I have lived in Nashville for three years now. No kids yet, but we have a little miniature beagle named Charlie Brown who we often call our son! I joined the Cross Point staff in June of 2007 as the Creative Arts Coordinator. I love telling people I meet that I help with the marketing elements of our church AND have a hand in the creative departments of music and production. I hope that I will be able to work at Cross Point for many years to come.
I have always been a creative person with a crazy imagination. As a child I would change into different people, animals and random things. Using my imagination took me to places that I would never be able to see in real life!
Children have a reoccurring theme of change. I experienced more as a child when my imagination ran wild. My insecurities or barriers that keep me from taking chances did not hold me back. I love watching children because it takes me back to a time when joy overwhelmed my heart and each day was a day of discovery. I could be a princess, a mom, a hunter, a cop, or a movie star! I say that is living life to the fullest!
I have asked myself time and time again, “When do we transition into the stage of life when imagination seems lost?”
I babysat a two year old name Harrison my senior year of high school. We would sit in his bed that was shaped like a boat and pretend we were fishing. We could cast out our pretend rods and nets and because I had a hard time picturing all the fish swimming around in the sea (carpet), I would ask Harrison, “I see one, what color is it?” His favorite response was, “It’s a rainbow fish!”
One day Harrison put the imaginary fish in my hand. He kept saying, “Do you see it Randa? Can you pet it?” I looked down at my hand and nothing was there. I wanted to be a child again. I cherished his innocence and I was envious of his gift.
I believe if we still used our imaginations as much as we did as children then our dreams might be easier to obtain. I come to this crossroad often, especially now that I am privileged to work in the Creative Arts Department at Cross Point. Am I willing to take a chance when a vision is born? Will I let my guard down and run wild with a beautiful idea of what God could do in our community?
I am committed to working on living a life of wonder, beauty and simplicity.
Nichole Nordeman’s music has played a fundamental role in my life. Her music allows me to experience moments of innocence regained.
I will conclude with the words to one of her songs, Help me Believe:
Take me back to a time when I was maybe eight or nine, and I believed
When Jesus walked on waters blue, and if he helped me I could too, if I believed
Before rational analysis and systematic thinking robbed me of a sweet simplicity
When wonders and when mysteries were far less often silly dreams
and childhood fantasies
Help me believe cause I don’t want to miss any miracles
Maybe I’d see much better by closing my eyes
And I would shed this grow-up skin I’m in and touch an angel’s wing
And I would be free, help me believe
Lord, help me believe.