Hi, everybody! I’m back! You’re probably wondering why I’ve dropped off the face of the earth for so long. I was able to start my school year at college, and I’ve been crazy busy working on photography homework assignments and projects. But I’m finally getting used to the college life now, and things are starting to calm down, so I’m ready to return my focus to music.

Despite the fact that I now have more time to devote to my music, I still have those times when I try to write a song, and everything just goes blank. That drives me absolutely nuts.smiling-light-bulb-md

Wouldn’t it be great to have a light switch on the wall that we could flick on every time we need an idea? We could just flip the switch up and jot our ideas down on a sheet of paper, and we would end up with an immediate hit song. Ta-da!

Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way.

Trust me, I’m very thankful for the musical gifts that God has given me, and I definitely want to use them for his glory. But sometimes I just get frustrated when I want to work on my music, and it seems I can’t get anywhere with it. Even when I’m physically, emotionally, and spiritually motivated, I can run out of ideas. My mind feels like there’s some sort of dust scattered throughout the atmosphere, and it’s so musty that my creative side can’t breathe. It looks like I need to spend a lot more time in prayer.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

If God wants me to write a piece that will glorify him, he’ll give me the ideas, opportunity, and ability to do it. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I should just sit around surfing the Internet all day while I wait for “inspiration” from on high. I don’t want to test my God; I want to work hard to praise God in all I do. So, perseverance isn’t really much of an issue right now. But I still get stuck.

What do you do when you don’t have any ideas, but you have the unmistakable urge to write a song? Clear your head: read the Bible, take a walk, listen to music (if it won’t botch up your own songwriting process), have a snack, or read a book. Then write something, anything down on a sheet of paper, and then go back and fix it up so it doesn’t sound stupid. Or, if you feel like being super analytical, you can figure out which metaphors, form, and rhyme scheme you want to include, and then carefully choose words that fit into the categories you’ve selected. I suppose both ways work, depending on the person.

I’ve tried and failed using the analytical approach before, so I think my style is more creatively-based. I’ll go just write something totally weird and off-the-wall and see where it takes me. Who knows what good my God will make out of my messed-up, flawed work? The God who turned water into wine can most certainly change my scribbling into a masterpiece that touches the lives of whoever hears.

God bless your day!

Alicia Michelle

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV).