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Friday, June 15, 2018 • Damon Stuart

This Sunday, many will be celebrating Father's Day! Many of us will spend time with our Dad's over this weekend, or if you live a long distance away as I do, then you send a card and call on the phone. Unfortunately, there will be those who no longer have their dad around because they have passed away and even some who never even knew their father or maybe they had a dad but he was never really there for them.

I don't pretend to know or understand what it means to not have a dad in my life. I have been blessed with an amazing father who is not only still here on this earth but has always set an example of what it means to be a good man who cares for and loves his family and is also a strong spirit filled Christian. My dad will be 80 this year which is hard to believe but, in the spirit, he is much older and wiser. He is one of those guys who has read the bible so much over the years that he can tell you where that verse or passage is if you wanted to know something specific.
 
I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am for my dad and the Christian heritage I grew up in but most importantly that I am his son. My worship today to the Father comes easier for me because of the example of a loving father I've had here. I love my dad and I love my heavenly Father even more.
 
However, if you've never had or experienced a loving dad in your life, know that there is a Father in heaven that looks and cares about you even more. His love for you is unconditional, merciful, gracious and compassionate. He desires nothing more than for you to run to Him and love on Him because you are His creation and He is always faithful to fulfill the promises of His word to you and for you.
 
So, as we honor our earthly Fathers this weekend, be sure to honor and worship our heavenly Father for just who He is. He will never leave you or disappoint you. He has a plan, a hope, a dream for you because you are His son or daughter.
 
And to the Fathers out there who are setting the examples every day of what it means to be a good and godly father – keep going because you are needed, valued and so much appreciated!
 
Happy Father's Day!
Damon Stuart

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Thursday, March 29, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Hello Friends, 
 
Although technically it's spring, it sure hasn't felt that way here in the Chicago area. Those who know me well know that spring and summer are my two favorite seasons. Seeing the grass turn green, flowers bloom and the leaves blowing in the summer breeze fills me with great comfort and joy.
 
However, in life, we have seasons where things change as well. Many times, they are good things like graduations from school or college. Promotions on the job, getting married, having children which are all great.
 
There are other times when things we don't like take place either because sometimes relationships or jobs end or losing a loved one. Most of us will experience all these seasons in our lives and how we respond and deal with them usually determines our outlook for the next season of life.
 
For those of us who have a relationship with the Lord, we know that He is the one that we depend on no matter what we are doing or going through. I can't imagine not having the Lord with me when I've gone through some of the most challenging times in my life. I'm not sure how I would be today if I didn't have Jesus walking beside me through it all.
 
Right now, I am in a new season in life, ministry and our family. Many of you know my journey this past year to a healthier lifestyle which is going very good. I have a calling to fulfill and a race to run so I have to take care of my natural body as I do the spiritual part as well.
 
Even though I've been leading worship for 20 years now, this is my 11th year in itinerate ministry. This year has been the most challenging yet, but I have really sensed God is changing some things in this ministry. I've also had several prophetic words lately that new directions, new doors and new places were about to open. Please continue to pray for me, my family and the ministry when you can. 
 
 
Thank you and God bless!
Damon Stuart

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Thursday, March 08, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Greetings,
 
Back in November, I gave you an update concerning my health. If you don't know or haven't read it you can go back and read it by clicking the following link: http://www.damonstuart.com/Blog/Damons-Blog/Damons-Blog/Health-Update-November-2017/?link=1&fldKeywords=&fldAuthor=&fldTopic=0
 
A couple of weeks ago I went back to get some follow up tests to see where I was at now since I have been eating right and exercising these past several months. My doctor was very pleased with the results.
 
Since September, I have lost 22 pounds with only 15 more pounds to lose to be at the desired target weight. I've gone down one pant size in the process.
 
My tests results showed that my A1C which was a 10.3 last June is now 6.3 (I am no longer diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes) but I still need to get to the mid 5's. My cholesterol and triglycerides which were extremely high in June and in Sept are now in perfect range. My Vitamin D level which was a very low 12 last year is now perfect at 33.
 
My doctor was impressed and happy and reiterated that this is will have to be a lifetime goal to stay off the medications etc... I'm very happy to see that the eating right and exercising has been paying off. I want to say thank you to those who have reached out to me to let me know that you were cheering me on and praying for me. With me doing my part, God has stepped in and done His part and I'm so thankful for that.
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart

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Sunday, January 07, 2018 • Damon Stuart

Happy Belated New Year to you all. I truly do hope that as 2018 has gotten underway that you are happy. The holidays can be a time of great joy and happiness, as it should be, but it also can be filled with sadness, loneliness and discouragement for others too.
 
If you're like me, I've been reading and listening to many words from well respected ministry leaders regarding 2018. These words are important and they do play a part in our lives, churches, ministries, regions and country but they all come with a question too. The question is, does that word pertain to me and if so what is the Lord requiring of me to be active in His plans.
 
Here is the flip side to that, what if you're so discouraged because of all of the disappointments and promises you believed were from God and yet nothing has happened. In fact, God seems to be so silent and distant you're not even sure about His promises for you anymore. Trust me; there are many going through this right now.
 
In fact, I'm going to be transparent here and tell you that 2017 was probably the hardest and most discouraging year I've had in ministry – and this was my 10 year anniversary. I had less ministry engagements than the previous few years. There have been several times when I wasn't given a proper honorarium which makes it hard to take care of my family and there has been very little monthly support to barely carry the ministry each month. There is some other things ministry and personally wise that has been extremely tough so trust me when I say discouragement has been attacking me relentlessly this past year.
 
Don't get the wrong idea though, there have been some amazing things God has done this past year. I released a new worship CD last January and every service I ministered in there was such an increase of the presence and power of God like never before. I ministered even more in words of knowledge with people getting healed and touched by the Lord because He showed up big time. God even had me release more corporate prophetic words at every church, place or region as well this past year. Praise the Lord for He deserves all the glory!
 
So, with all of the good things God did in every service and with so many prophetic words I've received about how God was going to take this ministry to higher levels and places, why was 2017 so tough over all? First, we do have an enemy that wants to steal, kill and destroy but second God does allow things to take place too. How do I know that? You just have to look at the life of David and realize that before he was king, he went through some extremely tough times too.
 
1 Samuel 30:1-6 reads like this: Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David's two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
 
After reading this passage we see that everything went really bad for David and his men. They lost everything and so they naturally began to cry but notice they cried until they had no more power to do so. That's some serious despair.
 
But after they cried they wanted to blame someone so they blamed David. They even wanted to stone him but he's also in distress because his family had been taken. However, David chose not to stay discouraged, he had to encourage himself by remembering the promises of God. Because of his intimate relationship with the Lord he could say, but I know a God!
 
So, to strengthen ourselves in God means we have to remind ourselves of what Scripture says about God and his promises and then we must apply those truths to our current situation or circumstances. Strengthening yourself in the Lord is an intentional act; it is not something that just magically happens. When the passage says that David "strengthened himself" the Hebrew verb implies persistence and with a continuous effort.
 
We do love a pity party and I've been guilty of throwing a few of those too but here's the thing – no one else is going to show up with you. You can choose to wallow in despair or be like David and get back up and decree those promises once again.
 
How do we do that? Just get back to the basics by being real with God in prayer. It's even okay to complain to Him but when it's all said and done just begin to ask Him for help. Tell Him you need His insight, His wisdom, His guidance etc…Then start to thank Him for the things He has done including those personal promise and words He has fulfilled in your past. And lastly, just tell Him that your life is in His hands and that you will trust Him despite what your flesh or situation still wants to say. He truly is a good, good Father!
 
2018 is underway now so we can either choose to stay where we are or we can encourage ourselves in the Lord and see Him do incredible things. I want you to read the rest of 1 Samuel 30 because the Lord not only returned David's family back to him; he was also given all the spoils (riches) of the enemy. God will always do more than what you ask, think or imagine if you put your trust in Him!
 
I pray and decree that this year will be a year of God's promises coming to pass for you. A year in which you will see all of those despairing circumstance become your victories. That this will be a year in which new doors of opportunity, promotion and the acceleration of promises will come to pass in your life, career or ministry. I pray that your year will not see any lack in any areas but you will see the spoils of the enemy come into all of your accounts as you declare His promises and His goodness. In Jesus name!  
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart

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Sunday, December 03, 2017 • Damon Stuart

This morning after a time of worship and taking communion at our home church, the Lord begin to give me a picture regarding the birth of Jesus. As I waited on the Lord as to what and why I was seeing this He then began to give me the following word.
 

"As my people begin to focus on the Christmas season I want to see them drawing closer to me now then they have all year. This time of seeking me will release a breakthrough that many are desperate for and have been anticipating as we head into Christmas and into 2018.

 

When I sent my son Jesus into this world, it was with a majestic proclamation of angels to those in the fields. What the world would consider a small gift by being born in a barn, I declared my Son's arrival with a big star so men who understood its significance would come and welcome him through worship. For He was not a small gift to mankind, He was the most precious gift I could give that would have the biggest impact on humanity and eternity. This was done because I love all people and because I love you. Every promise written in my word to you was fully completed by my Son's birth, death and resurrection.

 

During this Christmas season there are many facing situations and circumstances that are overwhelming and for some you really feel like you're walking alone. Some will even feel like they are or were abandoned, with no real hope for the future. Some will even feel like maybe they have been restricted to the stable because there's no room in the inn.

 

But I tell you that if you will be determined as the wise men, pursue what I (the Lord) have put in front of you to do and give your best gift, which is your worship, I will turn your problems upside down. I will turn your sadness into gladness and turn that emptiness into fullness. I will send the assigned angels to you for your help and you will see the Holy Spirit lead and guide you into my hand of rest, into your destiny and My promises becoming your yes and amen.  I Am the gift that keeps on giving!

 

And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:10-11, NASB)

 

O come and adore me and watch this season of your life be the season of the miraculous for you, your family, your job and your ministry."

 

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Damon Stuart

 

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Thursday, November 09, 2017 • Damon Stuart

Hello Friends,
 
A few weeks ago I did a Facebook live video giving a brief update as to what was going on with me and all of the walking posts this past year. I thought I would share more details here as to help inform and encourage others who may be going through something similar.
 
Over a year ago I had reluctantly gone to see my doctor and the initial exam results revealed that I had very high blood pressure, which was a shock to me. I was put on blood pressure medicine and told to monitor sodium intake and start exercising. My vitamin D levels were severely low as well. The range for vitamin D is supposed to be around 30-32 and I was a 12. And to top it off, I was also 25 pounds overweight which was not good.
 
I was told to come back in spring (May 2017) to see where everything was at. Because I had started a walking regiment and watched my sodium intake my blood pressure was staying around the normal ranges. My vitamin D level had come up and I had lost 5 pounds. Not great but the doctor was pleased I was trying. So he ordered more tests and a full physical and he told me to come back at the end of summer for a follow up. He said they would call me with the tests results while I was traveling.
 
Since my summer was very busy ministry wise and I was traveling until the end of July I forgot about the tests. The lab also made a mistake I would find out later and they never called me with the results either. When I went in for the follow up I was expecting great news because I had been walking almost every day around 5 – 5.5 miles and trying to eat better than before. When the doctor walked in he had a strange look on his face and it wasn't a good look.
 
He apologized on behalf of the lab for not calling me as they should have and began to tell me how bad my results were from back in late May. He said that my blood pressure was looking okay and that my vitamin D level was still low but the major concern was that my A1CS test came back a 10.2 – which meant I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Normal range should be in the 5's and I was now at a 10! My cholesterol was bad and the triglycerides were extremely high.
 
It was like the air was sucked out of the room. I'm in my late 40's and now I'm going from high blood pressure to diabetes? The doctor went on to explain that I would be taking 4 medications now with one of them being twice a day etc.My head was spinning and I was thinking there's no way I'm taking all of these drugs.
 
Then I told the doctor that all summer I had been walking even more, watching my diet better than before and that new tests should be taken. He agreed and said that this time he would call me personally to let me know the results in a couple of days. I told him that I would wait until then before taking any medications.
 
A couple of days later he called to tell me that he was very encouraged by the new results. My A1CS test now came back at a 7 which meant that I had been doing the right thing during the summer months. My blood pressure test came back normal. My vitamin D level was now near the 20 mark and my pancreas, liver and kidneys all looked normal and healthy.
 
He still wanted to me start all of these medications so I compromised and decided to just take the one for blood pressure and one for my cholesterol/triglycerides.
 
I do check my blood sugar levels each day since I'm not taking the medication for diabetes. Since starting this process in early September, I have only had 3 times that my sugar levels have gone above normal. I'm still exercising almost every day and I have found a great app and joint website (MyNetDiary Pro) that I use which helps me eat healthy. I'm able to watch the calories but it also helps me monitor carbs, sugars, sodium, fats etc...
 
It's also taught me how to eat the right food combinations which has been educational. People ask me if I'm giving up the good foods I used to eat and the answer is no. Most foods I did eat prior to this, I can still eat but at the right size portions and by making smart changes or alterations in preparation. I also cut out 95% of sweets and stopped drinking my favorite drink which was sweet tea.
 
Since then I've actually started losing the weight, feeling better and my daily sugar level tests are in the normal ranges. I have until January until I go back for another follow up but my goal is to get to my target weight by eating right, exercising and trusting God to heal me completely. I refuse to be a prisoner of sickness if I have a choice in changing it myself. Food is supposed to be our friend, not our enemy, but we can easily lapse in judgment, laziness and convenience and I have been guilty of all of it.
 
If you struggle with this then it's time to get up, start walking, stop eating the fast food, cookies and Little Debbie cakes and begin changing your mindset about food. You can start slowly but just start. You can eat healthy without spending a lot more money if you do your homework like I did. If I can do it, you can too. This is not a temporary goal – this is a lifetime change to stay off of medications and out of the hospital. You only have one life to live so let's plan on living it full without physical problems and limitations.
 
I will update you in January when I go back to the doctor for the next round of tests again!
Damon Stuart

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • Damon Stuart

Greetings, 
 
Here it is almost the end of July already. I knew this summer was going to go fast because I had such a busy ministry schedule in June and most of July. I thought I would share a few highlights (and a few photos) with you as to what God did in the services and adventures I experienced these past few weeks.
 
My summer road trip officially kicked off on June 16 in Green Lake, WI where I led worship for The Aglow North Central Regional Rally which was a three day conference. The main speaker was Diane Fink who is the Aglow International Institute of Ministry Director. It was well attended from those in Aglow from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. As I led worship in each session the presence of the Lord was rich and powerful and Diane ministered in the word and the prophetic to everyone there over the three days. I'm so grateful for the relationship connection that God has given me with Aglow International as I've been ministering for their events over the past 10 years.
 
Next, I was off to Oklahoma, along with my daughter Alaina, where we would be staying the next 3 weeks. We had a great time staying at my parent's house in southern Oklahoma which has become a home base where I can spend a few days then go to the ministry event(s) on the weekend in either Oklahoma or Texas.
 
During that time span I ministered at the Beautiful Women of God Ministries monthly meeting in New Boston, TX. Then I was at New Life Family Church in Idabel, OK. The next stop was at Church of His Glory, Rockwall, TX and the same weekend at True Worshipers Global Worship Center in Dallas, TX and then I finished up at New Life Family Church in Boswell, OK. On our way back to Chicago, we stayed at my Brother and Sister-in-laws place near Branson, MO as I ministered at Calvary Fellowship Church in Duke, MO on that Sunday before coming home on July 17.
 
Each service was really amazing. As I led worship the people really entered in and truly worshiped in one accord. In every place the Lord had me give a corporate prophetic word for their church, their region and in most cases even the pastor(s) as well. There was also an increase of words of knowledge for healings which many would testify during or after service that they got healed when I called it out. Praise the Lord!
 
I would say that at most of the places I ministered at, I witnessed such a powerful presence of the Lord where many were weeping while standing in worship and then several would fall to the floor face down and just weep. The Holy Spirit was ministering deeply to His people as it became such a holy time. God was and is so good!
 
 
On a personal note, this trip was so good in that I got to spend true quality time with my parents, my sisters and their families in-between the services. We talked and laughed a lot. We definitely ate too much food and we did some one day adventure trips together. I even got to catch up with some friends and overall made some wonderful memories that I will not forget anytime soon.  I'm so grateful and blessed in all that God did during this month long adventure as He promised me back when I gave my life to Him that He would take me on the greatest adventure...He has always kept His word on that one.
 
 
As we head into late summer, school is starting up soon and fall being not too far behind, would you be praying for me and the ministry? The next few months I still have several dates open for ministry which is usually filled up by now. If you or someone you know who is a Pastor or ministry leader, would you please let them know how they can get in touch with me so I can book something with them. Thank you for your prayers and for spreading the word.
 
In closing, I am so thankful to those who support us each month in prayer and in financial giving. There are currently 5 monthly supporters but I have been praying that God would add 5 more as it takes finances to get things done. I still have ministry projects waiting to move forward but I'm not going to go in debt for anything so please prayerfully consider becoming a monthly supporter as the Holy Spirit leads. In advance, thank you for your support and obedience.  (See below for giving)
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart
 

If you would prayerfully consider becoming a prayer partner and/or a monthly support partner I would be humbly grateful. For those who commit to give $20 or more per month, I will send you my new worship CD, "Your Glory," as gift to say thank you.
 
May the Lord bless you abundantly and once again, thank you for supporting this ministry!
 
To make a secure online donation, please visit the Donate page link and follow the instructions!
 
To mail a check or money order, please send it to:
 
Damon Stuart Ministries
PO Box 35
Northbrook, IL 60065
 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • Damon Stuart

Greetings,
 
On Monday, April 17, 2017 I posted on Facebook regarding hope and breakthrough. It was something the Lord was speaking to me about while I was in prayer. I thought I would share it with you today because it's timely for so many people.
 
In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 we read: "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed."
 
If you're reading this, you might be feeling pressed on all sides, in despair and where is God right now in the midst of this situation. I can imagine that's how Job felt too when he lost everything. I'll be honest; I've been going through this for some time now myself. We are currently facing some impossible situations while it seems like the promises of God are like a vapor – there for a moment but then gone, which can easily cause you to be in despair. But, there is hope! There are two verses I want to share with you:
 
Job 11:19 - Having HOPE will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.
Psalms 147:11 - The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their HOPE in his unfailing love.
 
I know my breakthrough is almost here and so is yours if you put your hope and trust in the Lord today. In fact, my prayer has been, Lord, thank you for my breakthrough that is starting today. It's already happening. As Daniel prayed and waited for his answer/breakthrough it was already on the way but was delayed for a time by the enemy. Your answer/breakthrough may be delayed – but its coming!
 
Remember, God will make a way but He usually likes to do it in His timing and in a way we didn't think or know about. Many of us have heard, read or know by heart, Psalms 91 but I want to finish by posting this portion of it from the Passion Translation:
 
Psalms 91:14-16 - For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: "Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious Hero and give you a feast! You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!"
 
Today I pray that God will answer your cry for help and show off His goodness and mercy to you in ways you've never experienced. Today, I declare to you that God's got this & He's got you too!
 
Blessings,
Damon Stuart
 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 •

The latest blog from Damon Stuart Ministries!

The Story Behind the CD!
 
In 2007, I released my first full worship album titled You Reign. In the last ten years I have ministered throughout the U.S. and several places overseas. Everything I have learned and experienced during those years has led to the release of my new CD Your Glory.
 
In 2010 I released the worship single Hallelujah to the Lamb which was inspired by Revelations 19:4-9. This song, about worshipping God at His throne, is meant to encourage people today to have that same level of intimate worship. Since the release of the single I have been writing the songs that God has given me and waiting on His timing to record. I had to place my ministry and my hopes into His hands.
 
Two of my goals for this new CD were to be able to add layers of music with orchestra, woodwind and brass instrumentation's and to produce a high-quality worship album. I was counting on God to help make this all happen.
 
To lay the foundation for this CD it helps to know my where some of my musical inspirations come from. Besides praise and worship music, I've been a huge fan of classical music composers such as Mozart and Beethoven to film scores by contemporary composers like Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino and John Williams (Gladiator, Star Trek and Superman - The Movie) who have influenced my musical stylings. God has given us this wonderful thing called music which is a powerful part of my life—a language I understand and love.
 
One thing about serving God that I've learned is: He loves to surprise us with the desires of our hearts. A few months into 2016, God spoke to a very good friend of mine who is a worship leader, talented musician and recording engineer who had recently started his own recording studio. The Lord told him to reach out to me and offer his studio and services so that I could record a worship album. This was an answer to my prayers.
 
In August 2016, we began to lay down the foundation for the ten songs that would be Your Glory. Although there were delays and some obstacles, miracles continued and the CD was recorded, mixed and mastered by the first week of December. When I look back through the process of this entire project, there was almost 275 hours of studio time, even more additional time for mixing and mastering and the financing coming through for it all. I know what a miracle this has been. I'm truly thankful to the Lord for opening the door for me to do this worship album. What a mighty God we serve!
 
This new worship CD contains seven new original songs I have written and three songs that many will know which are personal favorites of mine. My prayer is that as you listen to Your Glory, you will be drawn into the place of wanting to worship the Lord as though you were before Him in the throne room. May the melodies, harmonies and overall music of each song cause your heart to soar in the spirit and minister to you in your churches, your car and in your quiet times with the Lord.
 

The Story Behind the Songs!
 
 
Jesus Lord of All: This song came about during a time of prayer and meditation. It was one of those moments where you get the revelation that life is very precious even though the world and galaxy seems so big in comparison. In that moment I sensed God saying to me that we are never alone. As sons and daughters to the King of kings, He is always with us and He made all things possible through His son Jesus.
 
I was then drawn to Ephesians 2:4-22. There the Holy Spirit spoke to me about how God's heart towards us is rich in mercy and His love for us is immeasurable. With that revelation, the melody and then the words came together capturing my response back to the Lord, based on that passage.
 
Eagles Wings: This song was written by Reuben Morgan of Hillsong Music Australia around 20 years ago. The words to this song were also my hearts cry and I knew that it was going to be the perfect fit for the CD because of what the other songs were lyrically speaking. Reuben Morgan's worship songs have been very inspirational for me.
 
I Will Exalt You: I was in Israel in 2009 when the Lord gave me this song. I was sleeping at a hotel in Bethlehem when around 5:00 am the Lord woke me up. The melody was so strong in my head I grabbed my cell phone and started recording myself humming it so I wouldn't forget.
 
A couple of hours later, the Lord had me open my bible and read Psalms 118. When I finished reading that chapter, the melody came back again but now the Lord was giving me the words to the song from start to finish—which rarely ever happens to me. I realized then that the essence of the song and even some of the phrases in the song were inspired from Psalms 118.
 
I Sing Praises: This is one of many anointed and well known songs from Terry MacAlmon who is a close friend of mine. This song has deep meaning for me because this song delivered me out of a season of a heavy spiritual attack. It was important for me to add this song to the CD.
 
About three years ago I went through a spiritual attack of depression that lasted about a month. After the third week, the Holy Spirit just lightly spoke to me and said I should start singing I Sing Praises. I was so down that I couldn't even bring myself to sing out loud so I started playing the song in my office and put it on continuous play.
 
Later in the afternoon, I started singing along and by the next day I could play and sing it on my keyboard again having felt heaviness lifting off me. Since then I use this song when leading worship wherever I go and I'm amazed at how God uses this song at every event I'm ministering at. People get touched and set free when they start worshiping to this song. For His name is great and He is greatly to be praised!
 
Your Glory: This is my newest song I wrote several months before this CD project started. After a time of prayer, I was thinking about all of the services I had just ministered at. They were all powerful services where God really showed up. I focused on what I always ask God to do right before I go onto the platform to lead worship or minister which is "Lord, show us Your glory" or "Lord, let Your glory fill this place tonight." "I just want You to have Your way from start to finish."
 
That's when the music and words started to flow and so I sat behind my keyboard and within no time this song was written. When it came time to record this song, it started as a fairly simple piano only song but the Lord also let me hear the instrument score in my head when I was writing it. I knew that this song was going to be a majestic song with strings, French horns and trumpets. I didn't realize until after the project was underway that I would be able to add all those parts. This song is a favorite of mine because it embodies my prayer of show us Your glory Lord. There's nothing better than being in His presence and in His glory. It is the greatest thing we could ever desire.
 
So in Love With You: I remember so well the day the Lord gave me this melody. With most of the songs, I usually get the music first before any lyrics and with this song it would be awhile before the words would come.
 
One day, as I was cleaning around the house, the Lord just began to drop the words in my spirit. I quickly ran and got my iPhone out to record and started singing the words until I had the song. I then went and sat at my keyboard and started playing the melody and singing the words and it just became one of those songs to the Lord which was from my heart to His –Just for who He was and all He is to me!
 
There's Something About That Name: Hard to believe that this song was written over 45 years ago but the songs that are anointed by God have longevity. Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote this song and many other worship songs over the course of many years but this one has always had a special place in my heart. It's an exciting time we are in when new worship songs are coming all the time from everywhere but I don't want to forget the timeless songs that have and still touch people's lives.
 
I Love You Lord: I remember vividly when I wrote this song early in 2012. I was going through some difficult times both personally and ministry wise. A dear friend of mine, who is also in ministry, called to give me a word that the Lord had given him to share with me. He said that the best way out of a hard situation is to worship your way out. He said, remember King Jehoshaphat, in 2 Chronicles 20, that when he was facing an impossible situation the answer was to worship God because the battle was not his, but God's!
 
After we spoke, I spent some time at the keyboard and worshiped. When I ran out of songs to sing, this song began to come out of my spirit and I began to sing I love You Lord because no one can compare with You. As I continued singing and playing the rest of the words began to come. With all my heart I worship You because I love You Lord!
 
Worthy: The word worthy is used around 70 times in the Bible. It was because I was curious about this word and how it was used in the Bible that it became a song. Once again the Lord gave me the music first but it would be awhile before it would eventually have lyrics to go with it. As I studied the context of the word worthy throughout the Bible that the song really began to take shape. This was somewhat different from how most of my other songs came together.
 
Glory to the King: For those of you who have heard the song You Reign from my first CD, you may recognize this bridge section from that song. When the album You Reign was released in 2007 it was done so with piano, guitars, bass and drums. I didn't have the ability at that time to put together the music arrangements and instruments that I wanted. I always wanted to do something more with the song, particularly the bridge section, if I ever got the opportunity.
 
When I was in the studio recording the song Worthy, I immediately got the idea to go right into the bridge section of You Reign where we start to sing "Glory to the King" and I was able to build it up musically as I had always envisioned it and it became a song itself.
 
Waiting is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when the worship rises up so strongly in your spirit. However, I have learned that His ways, His process and His timing will result in the true release of the ultimate goal – that which gives Him all the glory. Father, to You…Your Glory!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016 • Damon Stuart

The latest blog from Damon Stuart Ministries!

Season's Greetings,
 
Christmas time has always been a very special time for me personally. Of course being a father I always enjoy watching my kids opening up their presents on Christmas morning. There were times where I truly enjoyed those Christmas mornings even more because it was God who miraculously provided those gifts to me and my family.
 
June 2007 I released my first full worship CD titled You Reign. Not realizing then that it would be another ten years before I would release another full worship CD but God does things in His timetable – not mine. One of the main delay's in recording a new CD was the financial costs. But God had a plan and I had to wait on Him for that.
 
The first week of August I began to lay down the tracks for my new CD because a friend, who is also a worship leader and talented musician, had started his own recording studio. The Lord spoke to him and told him to record my worship CD project for free. I began the process but was also calculating the cost as though I had to pay for it.
 
When all was completed I had put in almost 275 hours of studio time which would have cost around an estimated $35,000 and another $7,000 for mixing and mastering. However, the total costs actually became $5,500. Now that is a miracle! Praise the Lord!
 
From the Kick Starter Fundraiser and other donations God provided for this project in ways I couldn't dream of but the key was I had to wait for His timing through every step. Even during this project I ran into hurdles, obstacles and delays but God still made a way through it all.
 
Because of you, I was able to complete this project because you believed in me and donated and supported this project and I can't say Thank You enough for that. I call you blessed for your heart of generosity. I believe God is going to use this CD to bless many around the world and you are a part of that outreach.
 
I am happy to say that the last obstacle has been removed and now the CD is the process of being made. Due to the Christmas season there will be a little longer delay but it worked out and they are adding on additional 200 CD's in my order which was a miracle.
 
So the release date now for the new CD Your Glory will be on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. As for when the CD will be available on iTunes and other online digital stores and streaming I don't have that information yet. Usually it's a week or two later after the actually CD is available but I will keep you posted when I have that info.
 
Again, thank you to those who continually stand with me and support me each month and with these projects. I still get amazed and usually cry every time God answers my prayers and the miracles happen to me. For some reason it's always easier to believe for someone else and not ourselves but God is more than good and He desires to be an active participant in every area in your life as well as mine.
 
Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Damon Stuart
 
*I'm excited to share one full song, Jesus Lord of All, from the new worship CD with you. This new CD has 10 songs and runs just under an hour. To get the full song preview, just click on the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/uX2rNB30f1c

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