In the Meantime… A Must Read by Jonathan McReynolds


Hilltop City is on a break while I am working on a special project. However, I can think of no better point to ponder on in the meantime than this essay written by Gospel singer and songwriter Jonathan McReynolds for The Huffington Post.

Jonathan McReynolds wrote a most FIYA piece on recently called “A Cry for the Unexposed”.  He writes about being wowed by the production Hamilton and how it may not have happened if it weren’t  for his Broadway musical enthusiast cousin.  He describes how the church has, for the most part, kept its members from being exposed to excellence in the form of the arts for fear of crossing sacred with secular.

Attempting to create a wall to worldly influences, the black church has also created a ceiling for every new generation of creative excellence. After the show, I spoke to two of the actors, two firm men of God. They expressed how the church made them fearful of pursuing their art form, an art form that has ultimately forced their faith and their testimony into the eyes of thousands around the country. God didn’t give them that spirit of fear, but the church did. We celebrate safe mediocrity and distrust most greatness that doesn’t fit in a pulpit.

This paragraph in itself sums up one of the main reasons why I developed this blog and the soon coming Hilltop City bible studies. God loves the arts! He’s a creative! He is THE creative. Our culture is missing out severely because so many have been shamed for wanting to go beyond the four walls of the church.  Please be sure to check out the article here and feel free to leave your thoughts.

#SquadGoals Pt. 2- The Right Kind of Crazy: Mary and Elizabeth



Main Scriptures: Luke 1 and Matthew 1

When I first moved to Nashville 16 years ago, there seemed to be a massive influx of people coming from all over the world. What was really cool about that was if you asked someone why they moved to Nashville, even if the immediate answer was “for music” (and it was 99% of the time), there was a main reason that was often said in almost as low as a whisper:

“Okay this may sound crazy but God told me to move here.”

What a relief it was to hear so many people say the same thing! While music and entertainment might have been the means, as always there was an underlying purpose. There was a solidarity that formed because so many of us were on the same crazy adventure.   There’s something comforting about meeting other people that are going out on a limb like you are to bring something different to the world. Life can seem pretty isolating when you haven’t found those people yet.

When Mary the mother of Jesus found out that she was going to be an unwed virgin mother to the Savior of the world, I’d imagine there was no community for that; There was no church small group, no online chatroom, no community support meetups. Quite the opposite actually. Being a young, unwed mother was a disgrace at that time. And if asked how it happened, who in the world was going to believe this story:

Luke 1: 27- 35

27 The virgin’s name was Mary.  28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Can you imagine having to think about how you were going to explain that to people? What’s so great about this story is that God knew that this was not something that Mary should have to go through by herself. His timing is so great.  God loves community and created us to be in relationship with one another.  He already had someone who was in a similar circumstance for her to visit so that she didn’t have to try and wrap her mind around this new reality alone.

36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38“I am the Lordʼs servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Mary’s relative Elizabeth also had a miracle in the oven and her kid was to be no slacker either. The same angel visited Elizabeth’s husband and told him that although they were both old and Elizabeth was barren, they would conceive a child that would “be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born… bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God… go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:14-17). Elizabeth was 6 months pregnant with John the Baptist.

Two very different women on parallel journeys to miraculously birth something that would not only change the world but the course of history altogether.  This was huge! Here’s why Mary and Elizabeth are #SquadGoals and what we can learn from them while being in the industry:

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#SquadGoals Pt. 1: Remember Why You Started- Joshua and Caleb



About #SquadGoals: We are starting a new series called #SquadGoals this week! It’s about the importance of having the right relationships, finding your tribe, and building community to walk forward in your purpose. I hope you dig it. Look for these every Sunday.

Note: This is a revision of a previous post that  * POOF * disappeared one day so it may seem a little familiar.  Check it out anyway as it has some extra nuggets in this version.

What. A. Year.  Unbelievable, huh? We’ve seen so much happen from tragic losses within the industry to a rollercoaster election year, societal unrest and personal tragedy.  It’s easy to feel helpless when it looks like there is so much around you that needs to change. I mean, what can one person do?

Well one person can definitely make a difference. No one should ever doubt the impact that they can make on the world.  However a good squad can do so much more.  I don’t know if I can fully put into words the importance of finding your tribe; like-minded people with a similar vision and mission who are committed to uplifting and supporting one another for a greater good. Community is important.

But what happens if it’s just you and one other person that gets it?  What if within your community you begin to be ostracized because you dare to be different and believe for greater? What happens when you are surrounded by people who are naysayers in the name of being “realistic”?

That’s exactly what happened to Joshua and Caleb.

When God was leading the children of Israel into the promised land of Canaan, he didn’t want them to walk into it blindly.  He wanted them to examine the land first and know exactly what it was they were inheriting. Check out the instructions Moses got from God to give to Joshua, Caleb, and ten other scouts before they scoped out the land.

Scripture references: Numbers 13:1-33, 14:1-24

18 (And) see what the land is and whether the people who dwell there are strong or weak, few or many,

19 And whether the land they live in is good or bad, and whether the cities they dwell in are camps or strongholds,

20 And what the land is, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is timber on it or not. And be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land.

The Promised Land, in this case and whatever that signifies in your life, is not heaven so it’s bound to come with some challenges.  I don’t care how good you’ve got it once you get there.  For a lot of you, God has shown you what you are destined for and it’s bigger than you and in an unfamiliar territory.  Just like the children of Israel, He wants you to be prepared for where you are headed.  God wants to set you up for success not failure.

So the 12 scouts went out as spies and explored the land for 40 days.  Even though they all went out together, not everyone came back with the same perspective. Check out the noise they came back with upon their return:

27 They told Moses, We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey. This is its fruit.

28 But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage].

30 Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.

While the rest of the spies were being “shook ones”, Caleb boldly spoke up declaring that they already had the victory.  It was just a matter of getting to it. He recognized the obstacles but since God said it was already theirs for the taking (Numbers 13:2), it was a done deal. The others besides him and Joshua, not so much.

31 But his fellow scouts said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.”  32 So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land, which they had scouted out, saying, “The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.  33 There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

Note that verse 32 says that the report they brought back to the Israelites was described as being evil. Not just negative but straight up and down evil.  Why such a harsh word?  I believe this was for a couple of reasons.

  1. Pessimism is Poison

One of the many discouraging things we sometimes hear is that the temptations in the industry are far too great for a believer to resist.  Therefore we have no place in it. It is this discouragement that has driven many artists away from the church and some even further away from God. I remember reading Mase say “Why is it Christians are more confident in the Devil taking me more than Christ keeping me?” Sometimes this discouragement comes from people at church, family, friends, and even other artists- those who have spent some time on the mainstream side, had terrible experiences, and then decided to do gospel music instead.  Then afterwards as a part of their “testimony” will dissuade anyone from venturing into mainstream (as if the gospel music industry has no temptations at all).  I’m here to tell you that’s an evil report.  Let’s be clear: every believer that ventures into mainstream is not called to it and so sometimes that’s why they fail.  Let’s be even clearer: Some actually have been called to it but haven’t developed the character to sustain them and THAT’S why they failed (study the life of King Saul for a really good cautionary tale on that right there.).   This is why it’s so important to “make your calling and election sure” (1 Peter 2:10). If this is where you belong, be confident but most of all be prepared. Pessimism is poison. Stay far from it

2. They spoke poorly of themselves

Verse 33 says “There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” I’d be really surprised if someone told me that they have never been afraid in the music industry.  Everyone has had fear on some level. That’s understandable.  What’s dangerous however is to go into an industry like this with a poor opinion of yourself.  The 10 spies basically said that because of how they saw themselves, the giants saw them the exact same way.  Now I don’t know how much attention the giants were actually paying to them but I do know that sometimes those that hold or appear to hold a certain level of power can sniff out “grasshopper mentality”.  Too many artists have been taken on a ride because they thought so little of themselves and their capabilities that they allowed other people to mold and control them.  Not being confident in yourself can be a sure way to either be too scared to try or leave you vulnerable to be lead down the wrong road by someone who seems to be a “giant” to you.   Too many people have gotten “got” that way.  Just about any episode of Unsung, Behind the Music, and E! True Hollywood Story can tell you that. How you see yourself is crucial.

3. They were basically calling God a liar

Do I really need to go into why that’s a bad idea?

When Caleb spoke up and encouraged the people to believe God for the victory, not only were they not trying to hear him, they wanted to STONE him! Joshua tried with all of his might to the point of tearing apart his own clothes to convince the people to believe that God would lead them safely into the Promised Land:

Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

Persecution can happen when you dare to be go to another level and do what hasn’t been done before. Some people want things too easily and when they can’t get it their way, they can sometimes persecute you for moving forward. It hurts when persecution comes from the very people you are trying to deliver. It’s heartbreaking when the same people you’ve been riding with turn against you because they’re too afraid to move forward and they want you to be stuck like them. A lot of us have experienced this and it can be devastating.

But this is what is so awesome about our God: While the people were talking about stoning Joshua and Caleb for daring to believe God, God showed up.

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Who’s Gonna Check You, Boo? Why We All Need a Nathan


“What about your friiiiiiiiends, will they stand their ground, are they gonna be lowdown, yeeeaaaah”. Okay I know it’s corny but any chance I get to include TLC in something I am gonna take it.

Main Scriptures: 2 Samuel 12 and Proverbs 27:5-6

Far too often we see entertainers doing all kinds of crazy stuff while surrounded by a group of trouble makers, hangers on and yes men who are along for the ride of fame but usually don’t stick around long enough for the consequences. It’s unfortunate the kind of people that fame can draw sometimes. I know we’ve all seen entertainers make a string of poor choices that get out to the media and we think, “They CAN’T have any real friends!” But sometimes, it’s not so much about the wrong people you are letting in as much as it is about the right people that you may be keeping out.

Here’s an example: I have a very small group of people I call my All Access Friends. These are people that have full access to information about any part of my life. They have shown themselves to be true and trustworthy friends. Yet within this circle, I have just one friend that I refer to as my Nathan. When everyone may be clapping and cheering me on, she is also clapping and cheering but will stop to raise one finger in the air and say “Yeah but my question is this…” She will then challenge my motives and my actions with grace, often showing me things from a perspective that I otherwise would not consider. She is my Nathan (thank you Tonya).

I am fully convinced that everyone needs at least one Nathan.

Who Is Nathan?
The name Nathan means “God has given” which basically means gift. Nathan, a prophet in King David’s inner circle, was definitely that. Anyone that will go to God in prayer and listen to Him on your behalf is truly a gift. I tend to think that Nathan wasn’t just a spiritual leader in David’s eyes. In fact, David went on to name one of his sons Nathan and I wonder if he named him after this person who played such a huge role in his life.

One of the things that I liked about Nathan was that he truly had David’s best interest at heart. God knew this and trusted him enough to go to David with His truth. We see this for the first time in 2 Samuel 7 when David has this good intentioned idea to build a temple for God. Nathan’s response to this was…

“Go, do all that is within your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

Translation: You the man, boss. God knows your heart.

Now building a temple wasn’t a terrible idea. It was quite noble actually. However, doing it David’s way was not the way God wanted. The Lord gave a word to Nathan that night explaining that it was actually David’s son who he wanted to build the temple. Nathan went back the very next day to tell David what God had shared with him about what the plan to build the temple should be. Why is this important?

Nathan’s initial response sounded good but it wasn’t the truth. He misspoke. Not a big deal, we all do that from time to time. For the people we care about, we will sometimes name and claim things for people that are not to be theirs. For some people however, it’s not a matter of being a true friend and wanting to see them happy; for some it is just a matter of tickling someone else’s ear because of what they can do for them. Nathan didn’t try to tickle David’s ear nor hide the fact that even as a prophet he spoke out of his own mind and not from the heart of God. I bring this up because I’ve seen this happen. Be careful and please pray for wisdom when it comes to people who speak to you about anything concerning your life, especially if they put the God stamp on it. Some people just want to be attached to your life for all the wrong reasons and will make it seem like their intentions are good and godly just to be a part of your circle.  It was more important to Nathan that David be in right standing with God than it was for him to appear right in what he initially said. That’s huge.

However lots of us are more familiar with Nathan’s role in the story of David and Bathsheba found in 2 Samuel 11. This story has about everything a good steamy Hollywood movie is made of. To make a long (but really good) story short, let me just give you a quick rundown of this infamous tale:

1 “Battle, shmattle”, David decides that unlike most kings, he doesn’t need to go to battle this one day so he sends his army without him. Chillin’ out on the rooftop of his palace, he sees a beautiful woman, Bathsheba, bathing on a rooftop across the way.

2 He inquires about who she is and finds out that she’s the wife of of Uriah who happens to be one of his soldiers. Doesn’t stop him from summoning her to the palace though. She comes through the crib, they have sex and wouldn’t you know it, she winds up pregnant with King David’s child. David then devises a plan to get Uriah to come out of battle and go home to sleep with his wife. That way when the baby is born it will appear to be his.

3 King David pulls Uriah out of battle and has him over to talk man to man about the war. He later sends Uriah home hoping that he will sleep with his wife so it will look like she is pregnant with his baby and not David’s. However Uriah, a noble man, bless his heart, feels bad that his fellow soldiers are camping out while he gets to go home. He decides to sleep at the palace entrance along with the palace’s guard. David then has to go to Plan B.
4 Plan B: David has Uriah over for dinner and gets chummy enough with him to get him drunk. Uriah still refuses to go home and spends another night at the palace’s entrance. Now David has to go to Plan C: Put him in an area of the war where he is bound to get killed. Unfortunately, Plan C is the plan that worked. Uriah gets killed and David and Bathsheeba get married. Of course God sees all of this and is not a bit pleased.

So what does the bible say that God does?

“So the Lord sent Nathan to David…” 2 Samuel 12

We are living in a time where it’s pretty popular to say “Only God can judge me.” Yes God is our judge but a lot of times when people say this they mean only God can point out their faults to them. It’s pretty arrogant to think that the only way that the Almighty God himself should speak to some of us is by writing a message on a wall or through a burning bush or by coming down himself to appear to us. God often sends people. Yes, flawed imperfect people just like us. Don’t be so prideful that you miss what God wants to say to you through the people he sends your way. By the time you learn the lesson on your own, it may be too late.

I think it’s important to note how Nathan approaches David. He didn’t wag his finger and say “Oooooooh God knows what you did last summer!” He tells him a story. He describes a situation of a rich man who had many flocks and a poor man that had nothing but one little lamb who was very dear to him and his family. The rich man had a visitor coming to town and instead of taking from one of his own flock, he took the poor man’s lamb, killed it, and served it to his guest. David was so mad that someone who had everything would so maliciously take from someone who had nothing. He said to Nathan that “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this is worthy of death.” To which Nathan replied (my translation), “David, YOU ARE THAT DUDE!” He doesn’t blast him and tell him what a terrible person he is for what he did. He tells him what God says.  He explains to him that after all that God had blessed him with, he went and took a poor man’s wife and had him murdered. He then went on to tell him what the Lord said the consequences of his sin would bring him and it was not pretty. Not only would there be much strife in his kingdom but his newborn son was to become sick and die. David sorrowfully repented and prayed for his son to be spared but the Lord did not see fit to heal him and he later died. David got himself together and continued to worship God anyway.

The bible says in Proverbs 27:6 that “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.” You need people in your corner who care more about you than they care about your feelings. People who want you to be successful in your life, not just your career. People that want you to prosper not because of what it could look like for them but because they care for you as an individual whether you have everything or nothing. If you have shunned such people because they insist on telling you the truth that you don’t want to hear, I encourage you to go to them and ask them for forgiveness. If you look at your current circle of friends and realize that you don’t have one person that tells you the truth, it’s time to make some squad cuts and pray for God to send some faithful friends your way. No friendship should ever take you further away from God. The right friendships should only help you grow closer to him because they are a reflection of his love for us. The right relationships are crucial to our lives. Please choose who you share your life with wisely.

The Ultimate Rockstar Devo 003: Do You Know When to Call a Time Out?


This devotional is a part of the devotional series “The Ultimate Rockstar: Parallels Between the Life and Times of Jesus Christ and the Life of an Artist”. For more info,  Click here.

Main Scripture Reference: Matthew 14: 1-23

I know a number of people traveling on the road right now who find it difficult to find time to spend alone with God.  It can be tough. There is a lot that goes into being a musician.  I’ve observed the lives of many people I know who are in various facets of the industry and am constantly amazed at how they juggle it all: Touring musicians having no idea what city they are in at the time because it’s all a blur; Singers that have to make time for complete strangers when they haven’t seen their family in weeks. There’s a lot of internal and external pressure and expectations. With all that goes on, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and think “I’ve been on the road for 9 days and I have no idea what day it is or what city I am in. How on earth do I have time to spend with God?” The fact of the matter is you really don’t have time not to.

I’m not talking about “clocking in”. I’m not talking about because you are a believer then it is your “duty” to read your bible and pray. I’m not talking about going through the motions. What I am presenting to you is that there are so many things that you need that can only be found in spending time in the acknowledged presence of God. It is imperative. Jesus, (the rock star who this devotional is about remember ?), recognized this. There are some really good reasons why you should too.

Let’s take a look at what happened around the time of one of Jesus’ biggest “performances”,  the miracle of feeding the 5000.

No Rest for the Weary…or the Grieving

Right before Jesus’ famous fish dinner for over 5000 people, Jesus got word that his cousin John the Baptist, someone who really got and understood him, was senselessly beheaded (Matthew 14:1-23). John was someone who loved and supported Jesus and was never trying to get in his spotlight. He was a true friend and he was senselessly murdered. Understandably, Jesus needed a time out and withdrew to a solitary place to be alone. Unfortunately, people followed him.

This wasn’t uncommon.

Jesus was always in demand for something- someone’s sick kid, someone’s problem, etc. He had just lost a loved one and couldn’t even have a moment to grieve. He could’ve turned to the crowd and said “I just found out they killed my cousin. Can you NOT follow me today? Can I live?” Yet the bible says he still had compassion on them (which says a lot about the selfless compassion of Christ). He put his grief (and his right to grieve) aside, healed the sick and fed an audience of over 5000 people. My goodness.

There are times when whatever is going on with you has got to be put to the side. It may be some bad news or an argument with a loved one. It may be sickness or exhaustion. It may even be loneliness, stress or emotional trouble. But the demands of your career sometimes require that you put those things to the side for the sake of others. That’s why it is so important to grasp what Jesus did next.

After feeding the 5000, it says “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.”

Basically, Jesus took authority over his personal time. He told his crew to go ahead without him, told the people to be blessed and move on, and then he took some time to pray alone. Sometimes that’s exactly what you have to do. You have to take charge of your personal time with God. It has to be a priority because there are so many benefits that you are going to need to survive. Here are just a few.

  1. Spending time with God is where you can lay it all down.

When you spend time alone with God, you can lay it all down, the good, the bad and the uncertain. I think my favorite example of this was in the writings of David in the Old Testament. A musician himself, David’s span of emotions went from complete adoration of the Lord to complete anger; from frustration due to life’s disappointments to repentance of the disappointments he had within himself (See Psalm 13:1-6).  According to the bible, he was a man after God’s own heart. Not because he did everything right because he definitely was not without sin. I really believe it was because he was in constant reverent yet transparent communication with God.

        2. Spending time with God brings you back to who you really are.

Do you have anyone in your life that really gets you? Someone that you can sit in complete silence with and it’s all good because you don’t have to explain yourself because they just know you? It’s like that with God. You don’t need to try and entertain God. There is no need for pretenses. He’s not trying to sit with whatever your stage name/nickname/Twitter Username is.  Just the real you. He knows exactly all that you are.   That should never fill you with shame or make you want to be fearful. That should only bring peace, truth and relief (See Psalm 32:1-5). When you are sitting with God you are sitting in the presence of Love.

  1. Spending time with God is where you can get wisdom and strength for important decisions

God speaks in a lot of different ways. I am not going to tell you that if you ask God a question during your time in prayer that you will get the answer you are looking for right then and there. Sometimes you’ll get an answer to what you are praying for and sometimes you have to pray about it, leave it there and wait for an answer (See Psalm 40). Sometimes you may not get the answer you would like, much like when Jesus prayed in the garden before his crucifixion (Matthew 26:36-45).  Either way, rest assured that you were heard. You are always heard.  If you don’t get an answer right away, pray for wisdom and the ability to keep your mind open to how He wants to answer you. Remember, it will never go against his word.  If you think you’ve heard otherwise, it’s not God. The more time you spend with him, the easier it will be to know the difference.

Listen, I know you may think that you have a lot to do and squeezing time in with God and his Word may not always come high on your priority list but let’s put this in perspective: Jesus constantly had crowds following him, walked this earth loved, hated, and misunderstood, all with the weight of knowing that he was born to sacrifice his life for a very fickle public due to his purpose. This is someone you may want to rock with. Often.   Which brings me to my fourth and final point.

  1. Spending time with God will help you become more like Jesus

In John 14, Jesus is explaining to the disciples what his relationship with them will be like once he leaves earth.  He says On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  How awesome is it to know that you can ask the Lord exactly how he would want you to handle a situation and to know that he will show you?  Hebrews 4:15 says this about him,

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Everything you need is in him but it is just like any other relationship.  You have to make the time and be present.

If you know you are really busy but are trying to find time to spend alone with God, I can recommend a few things. Aside from following Jesus’ lead and taking authority of your time, I recommend getting a journal and a bible app on your phone (a lot of us spend so much time on our phones anyway.)  Find a devotional or two (like this one or one on They have plenty).  Think about the scriptures that you read in the devotional throughout the day, write them down and ask God what he wants to reveal to you through them.  Putting this into practice can do so much for your journey and can help you stay on track.

I hope that seeing how even Jesus needed to take a time out often was really helpful for you guys.  I want to extend this to you as well: if you are on the road and would like someone to pray for you, please email me.  I have a list of people I pray for and would be more than happy to add you to it. My email address is