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Allison Lynn- The God In The New Journey Series

God In the New Journey series with Allison Lynn.

So I just love how this blog series is bringing together bloggers, writers, moms,  musicians, ministry leaders, and more to lend their voices here about new journeys and being brave. Today I extend a big welcome to a friend I met last fall through a WIMM Canada event, and who has a love for all things music, writing, and ministry. I’m excited to introduce you to Allison Lynn, one part of a beautifully gifted musical duo called Infinitely More, and even as I read her words, I felt the tugging and nudge of the Spirit in such a beautiful and deep way.
Come with me and listen deep to the truths in Allison’s post today…

Empty. Every single page on the calendar – empty.

My stomach churns into knots and hits the floor.

Here I stand: staring at the empty calendar, and, as always, feeling an immense pressure to fill it.

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Gerald and I had been singers and musicians our whole lives. When we met, we each had solo careers that brought us into venues like jazz clubs and folk festivals. We did all kinds of crazy and creative things, and loved our artistic lives.

The final year of our engagement saw a dramatic change in our whole approach to music. I was called into full-time Christian music ministry. Gerald returned to his roots in country and pop songwriting. Something was brewing in our hearts…

We felt the tug.

I don’t know if you’ve felt the tug, but if you have, you know it doesn’t always feel good.

For some, it’s a nagging idea that consumes their thoughts. For others, it’s an audible voice. Some people get headaches, or even heartaches.

It’s that moment when we know God is asking us to do something we might not have chosen on our own.

That moment when we know God is asking us to do something we might not have chosen on our own. Click To Tweet

You know what I’m talking about. It’s that thing we’ve always wanted to do, but it sits outside our comfort zone. It’s that thing that sparks all our dreams, but the thought of pursuing it brings the crippling nightmares that keep us living exactly as we did yesterday.

Gerald and I were in the throes of wedding planning. There had already been so much change. Surely, God wasn’t asking us to do more?

But that nagging tug…

We need to move to Nashville.

“God,” I said, “You need to stop that right now. I can’t turn to my almost-husband and declare that we move to another country!”

I always imagine God smiling gently but knowingly to me at this point…

One day, Gerald turned to me and said, “If you’re serious about pursuing Christian music, I really think we should move to Nashville.”

My jaw hit the floor! I hadn’t breathed a word about it to Gerald. I hadn’t even implied it. And yet, God had planted that same tug in my almost-husband’s heart.

So we took the leap, and by our first wedding anniversary, we were living in our Nashville apartment! It was an amazing way to start our married life together. We worked hard and studied relentlessly. We knocked on the window of our dreams and doors slowly started to open. Gerald wrote with Grammy winning and Hall of Fame songwriters. I worked with Gaither Homecoming artists and recorded two solo albums. We made friends, wrote songs, served our church, and sang as often as possible.

We entered Nashville as individuals, just recently joined together by marriage. But bit by bit, God was turning us towards each other. Slowly, so as not to frighten us, God was showing us the beauty of our combined musical voice.

By the time we moved home to Toronto, we were Infinitely More – a full-time Christian music duo.

We were full of confidence in God’s calling on our musical lives. In Toronto, we joined a church staff as music directors for a contemporary worship service. We built and nurtured an amazing band of church musicians. We started to grow our Infinitely More ministry, touring and performing concerts whenever we had time off from our church. Our lives were full of events and excitement. In 2013, we even headed into the studio to work on our first Infinitely More CD.

But then, we felt the tug again.

What if we toured full-time?

This time, I didn’t want to feel the tug. Life was good. I didn’t want to step out in faith. Hadn’t we done that already?

On church staff, we had a steady income, a budget, a team of volunteers, and a full roster of events. If we toured full-time, we’d be on our own, and everything would need to come from us.

That’s when I saw that empty calendar for the first time. That vast, empty calendar. Without our church position, the pages were blank.

We’d built such a great life. How could we just walk away from it all?

But that tug… That relentless, ever-growing tug….

Feeling that holy tug on your heart? Be brave and step out into His plans!

So, I started to pray.

I felt so out of control, but as I breathed out my prayers, it dawned on me. Of course I’m not in control. I’m not supposed to be. And I don’t need to be.

I was reminded of the very verse that inspired our name:

“Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” Eph.3:20

God working in us… I didn’t need to do it all on my own.

I can step outside my comfort zone, because God is already out there, waiting for me. He knows the plans He has for me. Plans to prosper and not harm me. Plans to give me a hope and a future.

I can step outside my comfort zone, because God is already out there, waiting for me! Click To Tweet

In 2013, Infinitely More took the leap as a full-time touring duo. We’ve had challenges, but we’ve never regretting saying, “Yes.” As we drive across our beautiful country of Canada, singing for the loving family of God, we’re constantly reminded of God’s unlimited goodness and faithfulness.

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So here I stand at the beginning of a new year: staring at an empty calendar.

My stomach churns into knots as I feel an immense pressure to fill it.

But I’ve been here before. I know those empty pages are ready for new blessings and new possibilities. And I know who walks with me.

I’ve learned to trust the tug…

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Allison Lynn from Infinitely More on big dreams and what to do when you feel the tug on your heart from God.Allison Lynn and her husband, Gerald Flemming, have been married 11 years & form the band, Infinitely More. This prolific and acclaimed duo drives over 40,000 KM annually to share the Gospel through story and song. As members of the World Vision Artist Collective, Infinitely More uses their music to change the lives of children around the world.
Stay tuned as 2017 brings new adventures, new songs, and a brand new CD!

 LINKS:  www.InfinitelyMore.ca
 www.Facebook.com/InfinitelyMoreBand
 www.Twitter.com/Infinitely_More
 www.YouTube.com/InfinitelyMoreBand
 www.AllisonLynn.Blogspot.com

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19 Comments

  1. Christine Duncan

    March 16, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Allison, so thrilled to turn the blog over to you today for this exciting series, and to hear all that God has been doing! Praying today that your story inspires, motivates, and encourages others to step out and let Him lead where it may look impossible to go. Lord continue to bless you as you do just that all year long!

  2. Love this post! Stepping out of our comfort zone sometimes it can be scary, but making changes can lead us to great progress and success in what we do. This post is a blessing for me today.

  3. Wow! This is so encouraging! Thanks for sharing your story! I pray divine appointments will abound for you both in 2017!

  4. Oh, “I have learned to trust the tug.” How beautiful are those seven little words strung together? Love that. What a sweet testimony, Allison. And, if God’s gonna all me someplace, I’m all on-board for Nashville. 🙂 Seems like such a lovely place. I keep thinking I need to tell my music-loving sons to head that way (but, of course they need the Divine “tug,” don’t they?) — Prayers for your calendar to fill with God’s best for your ministry. Thank you for sharing, and thank you, Christine, for sharing Allison with us. Blessed to have you share words with #ChasingCommunity today. ((xoxo))

    • Nashville is definitely a special place, Brenda! It’s the home of so much music history, and yet every day, new songwriters and musicians arrive to live out their dreams. Thank you for praying for our calendar! We truly want to reach out to churches of all sizes & denominations to encourage believers & doubters alike. Be blessed 🙂

  5. Wooooow : ) Going to be listening on YouTube today!

    Thank you for sharing this piece of your testimony, Allison! Trusting the tug. The Lord has done the same in mine and my husband’s life too- having my husband say “this is what the Lord is telling me” after the Lord told me and I refused to voice it in anyway. I love how He grows us together in the plans He has for us. So much to glean from what you’ve shared today. Thank you!

    • Thank you for this, Bethany! I’m encouraged to hear this snippet of your story too. These moments always remind me of the words “and the two shall become one…” – God working in the oneness of our marriage. Blessings to you <3

  6. Such a deeply inspiring story of faith and trust in the One who looks at our days and, if we let Him, fills them all with Himself. I think that is the kind of calendar that I want to start looking at.
    May He continue to open doors for your gifts to be spilled into the lives of others and enrich their faith journey.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    • Dawn, I want that calendar too 🙂 I find it beautiful that you used the phrase “open doors” – it’s one I use often when praying over our calendar. Thank you for your prayers!

  7. Thank you, Christine for inviting me to be part of this series! I pray my words are a blessing of encouragement <3

  8. What a beautifully testimony to putting confidence in God and following His lead! Thank you for sharing.

  9. This is a powerful testimony. ….I’m super blessed reading this.
    When God sends you He definitely makes a way.
    I appreciate Allison for sharing her story here.

    Christine , thanks for putting this up.
    Hugs and blessings to you ladies.😊

  10. Such encouragement in your words, Allison Lynn. Especially this: “God working in us… I didn’t need to do it all on my own.” Thank you for the reminder!

    Thank you, Christine, for this beautiful series! ((Hugs)) to you, sweet friend.

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