Today is one of those Mississippi days to remember. I’m at a coffee shop in downtown Jackson surrounded by wonderful people and the sun is shining so bright I can barely read the words I’m typing on the screen. After being back home for a bit, I’m reminded why I love this place so much. I believe Faulkner nailed it when he said “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”

God abundantly rewards the bold and the faithful

I left off my last piece with the worship project that I’m apart of in Spain called Proyecto En releasing our first full length worship album. The project is basically a group of worshippers, song writers and musicians living in Barcelona that recorded a worship album to give away for free so that Spanish-speaking people could worship to songs written in their own language. Reminiscing about the nerves and excitement of releasing it brings back some great memories.

In the Studio Projecto EnIt’s been out for a month and a half now. I could fill this article up with incredible testimonies from people that have been touched by the album or that the album has been downloaded in over 45 different countries (yes COUNTRIES, even Taiwan!) but that’s not the point I want to make. I want to use those triumphs to express that God abundantly rewards the bold and the faithful.

I’m a total guiri (colloquial Spanish name for “foreigner”) as we’re called in Spain. I had every excuse in the world not to go after this project that was laid upon our hearts. I don’t speak perfect Spanish, I sound like a guiri when I talk, I haven’t lived in Spain for very long, Spaniards would never listen to spanish songs written by a guiri, how in the world are we going to raise the money, etc…But I’ll say it again, God abundantly rewards the bold and the faithful. I can tell you it definitely wasn’t easy! Getting 8 musicians together to even have a coffee was near impossible, much less record an album.

as my Papaw would say ‘it ain’t worth it if it’s too easy’

However, as my Papaw would say “it ain’t worth it if it’s too easy.” Easy it never was but I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve ever been apart of. It had God’s providence all over it from day one and I’m just blessed to be able to play a small part in His plan. We are now praying about what our next step is. Should we travel to places we’ve been invited to like Colombia to lead worship, should we even play live at all? Strangely enough, I’m ok with not knowing right now. All I know is that He’ll provide and exceed our tiny expectations more than we could ever imagine.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Josh Brister
is a Mississippi guy serving in Barcelona, Spain. Heart of God seeker, song writer, siesta lover and diehard fan of the best football club in the world Liverpool FC. Radically redeemed.