Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Q AND A.

As tweeted... a little Q&A this post... :)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE U.S. CITY....
Would it be right to say anything but St. Augustine, Florida? The place where i was born and raised.. where the sun shine's more often than not... where Barnacle Bills feels like home... where my mom and dad and brother and sister in law are right around the corner... and where surf groms roam free to cause trouble... yep, i definitely couldn't say anywhere else. :)

CAN WE BE PALS....
absolutely. the more pal's the merrier the gal. (ALMOST rhymed)

WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO BLOG....
well, i don't find it nearly often enough...because bible reading, writing, journaling and a few other heart things take precedence... but when i do find the time... i LOVE it.

WHEN YOU WERE IN THE WAITING...AND THE WAITING... DID YOU EVER HAVE DOUBTS & HOW DID YOU HANDLE THEM....
absolutely. I love 2 Corinthians 10:5 (MSG) "We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ."
Waiting can be so painful, but one thing I decided would be more painful, was getting to the end of the waiting season and holding my God promise in my hands, and wishing I would have gleaned every single God moment and lesson from the waiting. I certainly didn't/don't have it all figured out, but that was one thing I held to.. as well as having verses like 2 Cor that were truths I would/do cling on to.

WHAT HAS GOD TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOURSELF THROUGH BEING A MOM TO YOUR SWEET BABY....
phew... so many things i could never fit them all... selflessness... love in a new form... choosing to be thankful even when I'm tired and worn down... when you wait for a miracle baby and she comes, i decided i would never complain for what i begged God for... in every challenge, she reminds me of God's faithfulness, and i always remember in my heart those that are still waiting for their promise... it brings such perspective.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET READY TO WRITE... WHAT INSPIRES YOU....
writing is a discipline as well and an 'in the moment' expression... so when its a discipline, i make the space I'm writing in practical... computer ready to catch ideas, tv off, house tidy so it doesn't distract me, phone off... but preparation for the God moment expression of my heart is all in the preparation of every day... reading my bible, journaling, worshipping in the every day...
i get inspired by other music, by life moments of heart ache and thankfulness, by need, by the expression i feel in my heart like God is desiring to give the church to sing..

WHEN YOURS INSPIRED BY THE LORD TO WRITE A SONG, WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU? MELODY OR LYRICS....ooooo..... tough one... both... one ... the other... depends every time...

YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO BE SO HAPPY...HOW DO YOU KEEP IT UP?...
I believe ONE HUNDRED PERCENT with all my heart that you can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for. so even in the moments when life is the hardest, choosing to see and speak the good and choosing to give yourself perspective will change your outlook. Its really not hard to look around and realise how blessed we are... i decided a while ago that i would always choose to do that.

WHATS YOUR TAKE ON WALKING FORWARD IN FAITH VS. WAITING IN FAITH....
My take on that is to be a sheep.
Jesus said that His sheep know the sound of His voice... so, incidentally, i want to be a sheep.
I think that we need to be people that pray for wisdom and discernment so that in each individual situation we are hearing the Spirit of God and knowing when to walk forward and when to wait. Sometimes our waiting involves walking.

DO YOU HAVE PLANS ON RECORDING YOUR OWN ALBUM, WITH YOU OWN SONGS?
I love being a part of my local church, Hillsong Church, and writing for the house God has put me in... the album stuff just happens sometimes to be a part of that in our church.

DO YOU FEEL A DESIRE TO LEAD PEOPLE IN A DIFFERENT EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP OTHER THAN SINGING SONGS? IF SO, HOW?
I love interpretive dance. I'm pretty good at twirling.

WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS ON HOLD?
Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength... Love people... and flourish with what God has placed in your hand for the moment. He will never fail you...and every dream and hope that He has placed in your heart will come in time... the time between now and then has purpose beyond what you could ever imagine....


Hope you endured my rambling and poor grammar :)

xoxoxoxoxoxo

jilly

11 comments:

anina said...

always an encouraging read.

praise God!

MicheyMoo said...

Wonderful, faith-filled inspiring words Jill. You and Matt have been a tremendous inspiration to me (from afar - promise I'm not a stalker, lol) during the seasons of life that you have endured over the years. I love how you have found a deeper intimacy and love for God through them. I have found that in those dark days the light of God's love for us shines its brightest, though you have to a heart and faith that is willing to see it.
(PS: And it was nice to meet you at the lifts at BJ after the service on Sunday morning. I'm excited that you've joined our little BJ fam.) xxx

Ioana` said...

Hey Jill,

Regarding the last question, thanks for answering it.As you probably figured out, I'm dealing with this feeling that my life is on hold.I feel like I'm stuck, like I've failed.I had some many dreams and expectations and so many promises from God, and nothing happens. Don`t get my wrong, I love God, but sometimes is so hard to like Him.Sometimes I'm mad at Him, and then I feel guilty that I'm mad...and the I get frustrated and so on...and it's hard to be efficient when I don't feel fulfilled.You know what I mean?
Anyways, thanks for your advice.I`ll meditate on it and try to apply it in my life.

Jonatas said...

Thanks for your blessing words! You inspire me!

God bless you!!
Love from Brazil!

jefferson rodriguez said...

ur an nspiration to me : ) God bless continue to worship God with all your heart with all your soul and mind you're a great and true worshipper

Vik Mone said...

Hi Jill,
I am impressed what God is doing in your life!Year ago I was watching on DVD "This is our GOD".And I made a drawing for you like a gift and to encourage you( http://vikmone.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=72#/d38caea ).Some times I can't tell a lot like words but I drawing for people to give them piece of God love.A few days later I find your blog and start to read it.So from there( :) or here) I understand more for you,your situation and so on.I didn't know how to tell you this :) :) :) To be more brave took me 1 year nearly :D :D :D.However so I would like to send you the original(but is not framed) :).Is it ok to send it to Hillsong in Australia and just to put your name on the envelope?
Regards
God bless you and your family !
Psalm 30

A psalm of David. A song for the dedication of the Temple.

1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3 You brought me up from the grave,[a] O Lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4 Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

6 When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7 Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8 I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9 “What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Vicky x

Mercy said...

I loved everything ! especially your answer for the last question.. I needed to hear that! Thank you :)

dirtboyz said...

Dear McCloghry family,
I first became aware of your heartbreak over Max when I saw an interview with you about the story of "Desert Song". It moved me very much, and each time I play that song in our church (I'm a worship leader too), I think of your story, and it adds much life.
But then I wondered if that was the end of the story. So I searched on the internet and found your blog. It not only revealed the joyful end of the story, but also the depth of heartbreak you endured in losing Max, which the video didn't capture.
Well, I just wanted to thank you for sharing all this with us. It is a beautiful story of God's goodness and mercy. Ten thousand miles away, I feel love for your little baby girl, and I pray all of God's blessings for your family. Most of all, I praise God for his goodness.
Thank you again for sharing.
Your brother in Christ,
Mark
New Jersey, USA

Cherie Baker Vann said...

how on earth did I JUST read this?? Such great convos - love your blog!! Merriest of Christmases!! Cherie

Carolina said...

Hi Jill!

Your words were adorable.

I'm from Brazil! I follow your work through Hillsong music..It's amazing how you & your mates praise God with all the heart.
If its possible, I have a question for you:
How you found your mission? I mean, how did you discovered that
what you do now, your work and projects are what you & God planned?
I'm stucked in this question for myself.
I would love if you could answer.

Kisses from Brazil!
Carolina.

Julia said...

Jill, I just love your story and praise God for the hope he has given you in his promises. No doubt he has used you to encourage others to trust him in desert seasons. Also, your baby girls are beautiful!