Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Filter your thoughts...

"I will set no evil before my eyes." (Psalm 101:3)

     Did you know that what you think determines the direction and quality of your life? The Bible encourages us to think on things that are pure, wholesome, and of a good report. (Phil. 4:8)

     In order to think on the right things, it is important that you filter what you watch, read and listen to. Don't let the enemy slowly deceive you into lowering your standards and desensitizing you to what is good and pure

Don't let him have a single opportunity to pull you down by watching or being involved in things that are questionable. 

     Remember you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Fill your thoughts with the promises of God found in His Word-
promises of peace, joy, and freedom; promises of safety, deliverance and provision; promises of a future and a hope that are only found through Jesus Christ! 

As you fill your thoughts with God's Word, victory will come alive in every area of your life!



Prayer for Today:
     Heavenly Father, today I ask You to fill my thoughts with Your thoughts, and fill my heart with Your promises. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have in store for me. I will meditate on Your Word. Thank You for guiding my every action, my every thought and my every step.

(from "30 Thoughts For Victorious Living" by Joel Osteen)


     I'm heading out the door for Runyon Canyon Park. I pray I make it to "Cloud's Rest." I'm a little out of shape. Up and down the paved path is a little more than two miles, and takes about an hour. I want to work my way in to the "fitness buff" category. Wish me luck.

Have a blessed and victorious day!

-k-

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


Good morning, Friends

Today's forecast is mostly sunny, here in California!! Highs from the upper 60s at the beaches to the upper 70s inland. 
Matthew, Michael's brother, is out visiting for Spring Break... I believe we're going to fill today with some Venice Beach Fun!! They both played college ball, so I'm looking forward to them kicking some beach-bum butt on the courts!! I didn't cheer in school, but I'll be doing my best to celebrate their awesomeness in the bleachers. 
I'm also looking forward to the Boardwalk. It's the most visited destination in Los Angeles... 16 million visitors a year! Over a mile of it is lined with funky shops, cafes, and vendor booths. Colorful street performers, artists, and hard-bodies running around in weird spedos at the Muscle Beach outdoor gym are only SOME of the main attractions.
 Seeing as how today is St. Patrick's Day, I'm sure the madness will be amplified! yay!


FYI- One traditional icon of the day is the shamrock. I read this and thought it was interesting... 
This stems from a more bona fide Irish tale that tells how Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day. 

The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737. That was the first year St. Patrick's Day was publicly celebrated in this country, in Boston. (Shout out to Catherine!) Today, people celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and drinking beer. (Seeing as how we'll be in Venice, I'm sure they'll not only wear it... many will be smoking it...) One of the reasons St. Patrick's Day might have become so popular is that it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring. One might say it has become the first green of spring. 

This video is just a little something fun the boys and I did late afternoon, Sunday. We'd never done it before, but thought we'd record it for kicks. The best part is Frank with his arms in the air at the end... "woooh!" It's an awesome original by the eldest of the Monroe boys, Michael. It's called "Last Kiss" ... Enjoy & Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

video Blessings!! -k-

ps. Please don't post this video anywhere else. It's for blog viewers only. Thanks! 

Monday, March 16, 2009

A note from me to you...

I cried myself to sleep last night, ignoring the comfort my Father offered. 
I saw something that wasn't there. I believe that someone didn't care.
I lost my cool just when it mattered most. Not only were my fears revealed, I showed a lack of growth. It's hard to see the truth of where you stand, when you're standing in the lie. My only desire is to be a woman of faith, hope and love, and to speak His word with fire. I felt the old me start to burn. My Spirit revealed my pain. I could smell the death as my heart continued to whale, and I knew I'd never be the same. When I awoke this morning, the warmth of the sun drizzled on my bed. There's a calmness in His presence that's become my daily bread.
It's crucial. It's real. It's perfect.

Regardless the mistake, fall to your knees and pray.
There's a God that loves us all, and we're covered by His grace.

It's a beautiful beautiful beautiful thing. 

-- In Him,

-k-

Live By The Spirit!

"If you live by the Spirit, you'll not fulfill the lusts of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)

Did you know that you make over 2,500 choices every day? The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your decisions. Because of that, choosing to live according to the Spirit is the most important decision you can make. One way God speaks to you is through your spirit, that small "voice" inside that prompts you when you should or shouldn't do something. When you choose to obey God's leading, that "inner prompting," you will always make the right choice!

1John 3:21 says that a guilty conscience hinders communication with our Heavenly Father. That's why it is so important to stay true to your conscience and quickly repent if you've made a mistake.

Remember, Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God has great plans in store for you and when you choose to follow His leading, He will guide you on a path of victory in every area of your life! You are born to win!

Prayer for today:

Precious Father, thank You for Your promise to lead and guide me by Your Spirit. I ask You to teach me to clearly know Your promptings in my heart so that I can follow Your leading. Thank You for setting me free to walk in victory today. 
 "30 Thoughts for Victorious Living" by Joel Osteen


May we all do our best to Live By The Spirit today. :)
Blessings!!

-k-

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Focus On The Future-

"Do not cast away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded" (Hebrews 10:35)

God is constantly trying to plant new seeds of victory inside of you! He's trying to increase you and enlarge your vision. He wants to take you to new levels of victory. But in order for this to happen, the seed has to take root in your heart. Before you're ever going to be successful, you've got to see yourself being successful. Before your dreams come to pass, you've got to look through your eyes of faith and see them coming to pass.

The enemy doesn't want you to fulfill your destiny, so he immediately tries to discourage you and uproot the seed God planted. In order to defeat the enemy in your life, you have to stay focused on God's promises. Constantly meditate on His promises, live a life that is pleasing and honoring to God, and thank the Lord for His faithfulness no matter what the circumstances look like. Before long, you'll begin to see the dreams God placed in your heart come to pass-- dreams filled with blessing and victory!

Prayer for today-

Heavenly Father, I commit my thoughts to You today. I purpose in my heart to stay focused on You and the good plan You have for me today. Holy Spirit, remind me of God's Word so I can fill my heart with His promise of victory today.
In Jesus' holy name... Amen. 


Happy Friday the 13th, my friends!

I'll be in the studio twittering away. ;)

STAY STRONG & BE BLESSED!

-k-

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A little bit of everything...

... Showering you with my thoughts, & praying a WORLD PEACE prayer for our leaders ...

     Father, in Jesus' name, we give thanks for the United States and its government. We hold up in prayer before You the men and women who are in positions of authority. We pray and intercede for the president, the representatives, the senators, the judges of our land, the policemen and the policewomen, as well as the governors and mayors, and for all those who are in authority over us in any way. We pray that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon them. 
     We believe that skillful and godly wisdom has entered into the heart of our president and knowledge is pleasant to him. Discretion watches over him; understanding keeps him and delivers him from the way of evil and from evil men.     
     Father, we ask that You compass the president about with men and women who make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in Your sight. We believe You cause them to be men and women of integrity who are obedient concerning us that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. We pray that the upright shall dwell in our government -- that men and women blameless and complete in Your sight, Father, shall remain in these positions of authority, but the wicked shall be cut off from our government and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
     Your Word declares that "blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12). We receive Your blessing. Father, You are our Refuge and Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation). So we declare with our mouths that Your people dwell safely in this land, and we 
prosper abundantly. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus!
     It is written in Your Word that the heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and that You turn it whichever way You desire. We believe the heart of our leader is in Your hand and that his decisions are divinely directed of the Lord. 
     We give thanks unto You that the good news of the Gospel is published in our land. The Word of the Lord prevails and grows mightily in the hearts and lives of the people. We give thanks for this land and the leaders You have given to us, in Jesus' name. 
     Jesus is Lord over the United States! Amen.

 I realized this morning --Mom and I are long over-due for some good, quality girl time. This is kind of off subject, but the older I get, the more we're mistaken for sisters. The similarities used to not be so evident; at least not to me. If I were on the outside, I'm sure it would have been obvious that we were related. However, lately, in the occasional picture, I'll have a total Annette expression and it'll
 freak me out. Over the years her eyes have changed from honey
 brown to light green. I'm seeing hints of the green in my own eyes now. It's kind of cool. 

We
love the sun, the beach, warm wind, mood music, 
humming birds and our little girls, Missy and Roadie. If time permits, we may blast some Enigma through Topanga Canyon all the way to Malibu for an
 afternoon of fun.

...if you're not familiar with Enigma, here's the link to their music myspace page...
www.myspace.com/enigmaplanet 

     I'll always be Momma's baby, but I've recently been wanting one of my own. Yes........ I know I'm not married yet. I'm also aware that I've not yet released my record. Just because I want something doesn't mean I don't know how to wait for it. I'm just being open and honest... Don't hate. 
     My grandparents called yesterday telling me about the millionth friend of mine back in Texas that just had her baby. It seems like they're just popping out everywhere down in the south. The norm is quite different here in the city. 
     You can be twenty-nine and still club every night with your girls, serve tables part-time, meanwhile hoping you may meet someone in the industry that'll make all your dreams come true, and go on auditions and attend acting classes in the meantime. It blows my mind.
     When I first moved to California, I didn't want to be friends with actors or actresses because I thought they were all fake. I had to get over that. It's a very lonely world without friends. And in California, you really don't have a choice. Nine and a half times out of ten, that's who they are and what they do. You get used to it.

Until then... on the music note... I've been working out of Casa Mafia with the Midi guys. They're becoming like family. Bruce talks a lot, and Swift finds his chi. They're hilariously fabulous. They make for great inspiration. I absolutely adore them. If you're not yet familiar with what they've accomplished, I encourage you to get that way. 
They've got awesomeness spread all over the bread of the business right now. They're hard to miss, and impossible not to love.

... if you'd like to know more about chi, visit http://skepdic.com/chi ...
... and to get connected to my guys, check out www.themidimafia.com or follow them at
 (www.twitter.com/midimafia) (www.twitter.com/dirty_swift) (www.twitter.com/brucewaynne)
You can also hip an ear at www.myspace.com/MidiMafia

Little Missy seems to be enjoying what we're doing. She comes to the studio and hangs with us occasionally. She likes to be with her Mommy. :) 


Speaking of adorable animals and their mommies... 
Michael took me to the zoo this past Thursday. You have to see how sweet this is.


Here are other misc pics from the zoo ~




We enjoyed ourselves. 

...Ok, so there are a few other people in my life I want to recognize. 
  • My friend Matt is in a band called "The It Boys..." They just released a cover of "Just Dance" ft. Jeffree Star. Be sure to check it out on their music myspace. If you like it, show your support by making it your profile song. (www.myspace.com/itboysmusic)
  • Jesse has a show at the House Of Blues here in LA this coming Monday- March 9th. 7:30-10pm. I won't be able to score extra tickets for this show. Sorry guys. Also, he's playing House Of Blues in San Diego Tuesday night, March 10th- 8pm. If you're unable to make these, there will be more come July/Aug. For more info on Jesse, visit www.myspace.com/jessemccartney
  • Nikki Flores, my fellow Lakers fanatic, is still doing what she does best-- And that's make incredible music. She's a voice of an angel and gets more myspace plays the God's best, unsigned friend. haha... I believe her next plan is a trip to New York to finally score the RIGHT deal for her. This business is quite crazy and seemingly getting even crazier. I pray for favor for Nikki, and for the perfect company with united visions. <3 class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;">www.myspace.com/nikkiflores

--Meanwhile, we all have to pay the bills. 
Talking about favor... I'm able still to do what I love and get paid for it. It's the next best thing to touring. 
My JOB is helping prepare and develop young artists that share the same dream. You can learn more about it at Talent Boot Camp's official myspace page.
www.myspace.com/talentbootcamp

I've become pretty tight with several of the young artists there. One of which I want to give a shout out to. 
Danielle has become my "itGIRL..." She's really turning in to her own. You can see her in the "That's My Lane" youtube video on my youtube page. If you haven't seen it, check it out. I'm so proud of you, D! xx

... I couldn't continue doing what I do without the support of my best friends in the world, which hardly ever get the attention they deserve... 

Darla Dickson and Erica Verner, both of Sulphur Springs, Tx, are two of the most amazing human beings on planet earth. They've been with me since the beginning. Life has taken turns we never anticipated, but there's that something between us that nothing could ever tear apart. I love you both with huge pieces of my heart!! 


Jayson Sanchez is brilliant and genuine. He's that being in the room that helps everyone lighten up. He's got an adorable giggle and a huge heart for God. He's that friend that will answer the phone at 3am, hold your hair back when you puke, and let you cry when someone hurts you. He'll laugh with you even when he doesn't think it's funny, then laugh at you for thinking that he did. he calls me a dork. 


Catherine is that friend I hardly know, but without a doubt, she'd do anything in the world for someone she cares about. She's beautiful inside and out, and deserves to hear it.

... And one of the greatest supporters of all time is a young woman I met on the Backstreet tour in 05. Angie, you've been an angel of encouragement over the past couple of years. There aren't many people I've seen in multiple states, and you happen to live in one of my favorites. The love of Christ has been so evident every time I've seen you face to face, and I want you to know what an impression it's made on me. You're always giving, and I don't thank you enough. Keep being you. We all love you for it.

Ok Ok... 

I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this beautiful day!

Peace, Love, and Blessings to you all...
-k-

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The mint budget doubled...

Hello, Friends! 

So... Michael always has a stash of ICEBREAKERS' sugar free mints. I eat them two at a time. (Suck on one & chew the other...) What's cute is how frugal he is. He knows exactly how much he spends a month on these mints. Since we've reunited, his mint budget doubled.
I took note of this and decided to buy my own at the gas station yesterday, while I was waiting for my tank to fill. Half of me wanted the mints. The other half just missed the way his mouth tastes.  ;)

Since the last time I blogged, I was sick & have made almost a full recovery, & I saw my first NBA game!! I looked online for the Feb. 20 recap. Lakers vs. Hornets.
THE LAKERS WON IN OVERTIME!! (such a great game...) 
C. Paul had 21 points. K. Bryant had 39


Michael turned 26 on the 21st. Check out his blog, if you get a chance. It's super sweet!
Also, he finished recording new material down in San Diego. I'm the proudest kid on the planet. The first mix was great. The new mix, as of yesterday, sounds incredible.

I've been hitting up the gym & the studio on a regular basis, & am making attempts at becoming more involved in allowing others to be involved in what I'm doing through Facebook & my newest obsession, TWITTER. :)

I'm loving life & PRAISING THE LORD!!!

I'm beyond blessed...

Have a great one, my friends!

-k-