Ok, What's Happening To Me?


#1

I’m a karaoke junkie - at least I thought I was until tonight. So, me and my girlfriend decide to go to a local karaoke bar where we can sing. She’s going around, talking to everyone, waiting for her turn up at the mic. I normally would do the same thing, but I ended up taking a cocktail napkin and writing down “The Memorarae” and “Anime Christi” (I’m trying to memorize them) inbetween my songs. And surprisingly, I only put down two songs instead of the half-a-dozen I usually give the KJ…

I’ve always had this notion that singing was what I lived for. Since my reversion back to the Church, I’m thinking constantly about our Lord, have songs of worship and praise running through my head, thoughts of Scripture coming and going…it’s glorious! But oh! So different for me! On weekend nights now, I’d rather stay at home, be with my hubby and kids, watch and little of ETWN, reading my daily Scripture readings, and prepare myself for Sunday Mass.

I know this is all wonderful, but I guess the reality of it has hit…I’m no longer the same person I was merely a year ago. Will there come a time where I will abandon my hobby (once a great passion and love) for karaoke singing, or can I still try to go out every once in a while? BTW, I’ve been doing the latter already, and even I’ve noticed that I’ve become restless in those karaoke bars, to the point where I see no real reason now to go out. This might be a little problematic for me, because I’m co-founder of a karaoke fan site on Yahoo! Groups, plus involved in a local karaoke magazine and website.

I know the Holy Spirit will lead me to where He wants me to go (I’m about 85% there, singing in choirs at church, where I seem to be most happiest at) but I’m just curious about some of your opinions here.

Thanks for any insight, guys! :thumbsup:


#2

Don’t resist the Holy Spirit :slight_smile: If you feel called to do a little extra scripture study instead of karaoke, then study scripture! Growing in your faith has eternal value, whereas spending a night singing karaoke only gives you a few hours of entertainment. You shouldn’t feel like you *have * to do karaoke, even if you’re the co-founder of a fan club. I’m sure the other founder(s) would be pleased to take over for you if you needed a break.


#3

I agree with the above, but would add that you can easily have a full life. Just because you are embracing Jesus, doesn’t mean you can’t sing in a bar.


#4

[quote=pira114]I agree with the above, but would add that you can easily have a full life. Just because you are embracing Jesus, doesn’t mean you can’t sing in a bar.
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That’s true, but it’s also true that the closer we get to the Lord the less other things attract us, especially things of the world. I might find singing at a bar a fun experience for the novelty of the thing, but really wouldn’t want to make it a hobby. Besides, with a husband and kids, it’s time to put aside the attractions of girlhood for those of a woman. :wink:


#5

[quote=pira114]I agree with the above, but would add that you can easily have a full life. Just because you are embracing Jesus, doesn’t mean you can’t sing in a bar.
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That’s just it. I know I’m going to have a full life (maybe even a fuller one) if I don’t sing karaoke anymore. But I guess I’m just lamenting, maybe even grieving a little of my former self and former life. It brought me a lot of friendships that I’ll always be thankful for, but at the same time, because they’re on such a different journey than I am, I feel that a lot of those friendship are already pretty distant and are in possible danger of losing.

I know in Scripture it says that in order to live, one must die first. The realization of that is pretty sobering! :frowning:


#6

[quote=Tonks40]I’m a karaoke junkie - at least I thought I was until tonight. So, me and my girlfriend decide to go to a local karaoke bar where we can sing. She’s going around, talking to everyone, waiting for her turn up at the mic. I normally would do the same thing, but I ended up taking a cocktail napkin and writing down “The Memorarae” and “Anime Christi” (I’m trying to memorize them) inbetween my songs. And surprisingly, I only put down two songs instead of the half-a-dozen I usually give the KJ…

I’ve always had this notion that singing was what I lived for. Since my reversion back to the Church, I’m thinking constantly about our Lord, have songs of worship and praise running through my head, thoughts of Scripture coming and going…it’s glorious! But oh! So different for me! On weekend nights now, I’d rather stay at home, be with my hubby and kids, watch and little of ETWN, reading my daily Scripture readings, and prepare myself for Sunday Mass.

I know this is all wonderful, but I guess the reality of it has hit…I’m no longer the same person I was merely a year ago. Will there come a time where I will abandon my hobby (once a great passion and love) for karaoke singing, or can I still try to go out every once in a while? BTW, I’ve been doing the latter already, and even I’ve noticed that I’ve become restless in those karaoke bars, to the point where I see no real reason now to go out. This might be a little problematic for me, because I’m co-founder of a karaoke fan site on Yahoo! Groups, plus involved in a local karaoke magazine and website.

I know the Holy Spirit will lead me to where He wants me to go (I’m about 85% there, singing in choirs at church, where I seem to be most happiest at) but I’m just curious about some of your opinions here.

Thanks for any insight, guys! :thumbsup:
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That definitely sounds like the nudgings of the Holy Spirit to me!
Consider it a blessing that you are getting the wisdom to see what really counts. That is how the Holy Spirit leads and guides us.


#7

Do you know what will be exciting for you? One day He will do something do you and you will no longer desire karaoke. You can expect to lose your friends. Do not be sad, because this will be from the Lord. Do not worry, because this will be gradual and very peaceful. Be sure to follow the prompting sof the Holy Spirit and let go of the “old wine skin” when the time comes. It will be like going to college, only the real friends will stick with you.

The best part! You will be getting new friends that love what you do, God. One day you will have a converstion with a stranger and know this is someone God sent to replace your former friends.

Do not be suprised when you find out your new friends know each other, even though you meet them at totally through different circumstances.

God is good! :bowdown:

I am so excited for you. :thumbsup:


#8

[quote=Tonks40]I’m a karaoke junkie - at least I thought I was until tonight. So, me and my girlfriend decide to go to a local karaoke bar where we can sing. She’s going around, talking to everyone, waiting for her turn up at the mic. I normally would do the same thing, but I ended up taking a cocktail napkin and writing down “The Memorarae” and “Anime Christi” (I’m trying to memorize them) inbetween my songs. And surprisingly, I only put down two songs instead of the half-a-dozen I usually give the KJ…

I’ve always had this notion that singing was what I lived for. Since my reversion back to the Church, I’m thinking constantly about our Lord, have songs of worship and praise running through my head, thoughts of Scripture coming and going…it’s glorious! But oh! So different for me! On weekend nights now, I’d rather stay at home, be with my hubby and kids, watch and little of ETWN, reading my daily Scripture readings, and prepare myself for Sunday Mass.

I know this is all wonderful, but I guess the reality of it has hit…I’m no longer the same person I was merely a year ago. Will there come a time where I will abandon my hobby (once a great passion and love) for karaoke singing, or can I still try to go out every once in a while? BTW, I’ve been doing the latter already, and even I’ve noticed that I’ve become restless in those karaoke bars, to the point where I see no real reason now to go out. This might be a little problematic for me, because I’m co-founder of a karaoke fan site on Yahoo! Groups, plus involved in a local karaoke magazine and website.

I know the Holy Spirit will lead me to where He wants me to go (I’m about 85% there, singing in choirs at church, where I seem to be most happiest at) but I’m just curious about some of your opinions here.

Thanks for any insight, guys! :thumbsup:
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It may be time for a Karaoke Night at the Parish Hall!


#9

What a great idea!


#10

[quote=Tonks40]I’m a karaoke junkie - at least I thought I was until tonight. So, me and my girlfriend decide to go to a local karaoke bar where we can sing. She’s going around, talking to everyone, waiting for her turn up at the mic. I normally would do the same thing, but I ended up taking a cocktail napkin and writing down “The Memorarae” and “Anime Christi” (I’m trying to memorize them) inbetween my songs. And surprisingly, I only put down two songs instead of the half-a-dozen I usually give the KJ…

I’ve always had this notion that singing was what I lived for. Since my reversion back to the Church, I’m thinking constantly about our Lord, have songs of worship and praise running through my head, thoughts of Scripture coming and going…it’s glorious! But oh! So different for me! On weekend nights now, I’d rather stay at home, be with my hubby and kids, watch and little of ETWN, reading my daily Scripture readings, and prepare myself for Sunday Mass.

I know this is all wonderful, but I guess the reality of it has hit…I’m no longer the same person I was merely a year ago. Will there come a time where I will abandon my hobby (once a great passion and love) for karaoke singing, or can I still try to go out every once in a while? BTW, I’ve been doing the latter already, and even I’ve noticed that I’ve become restless in those karaoke bars, to the point where I see no real reason now to go out. This might be a little problematic for me, because I’m co-founder of a karaoke fan site on Yahoo! Groups, plus involved in a local karaoke magazine and website.

I know the Holy Spirit will lead me to where He wants me to go (I’m about 85% there, singing in choirs at church, where I seem to be most happiest at) but I’m just curious about some of your opinions here.

Thanks for any insight, guys! :thumbsup:
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I can totally see where you are coming from. I feel the same way. Every now and then I will go eat out with my friends and have a few drinks to celebrate our birthdays and what not. Ever since my conversion I really have not felt comfortable about the songs we sing and dance too if we go out to a club. It used to never bother me and I am one who likes to have a good time, but after the night is over I just do not feel right about it and I feel the need to go to confession. I really feel called to give up those nights and stay home with my family. I know that I can still go out once and awhile with them and eat dinner and what not, but as for as going out I think I would rather not go there if it may lead me to an ocassion of any kind of sin. It is a scary thing cause I feel I will lose my friends as well, but I can’t serve two masters. I am not the same person I was before and it is time fo rme to realize that, but it is very hard. I am glad that there are others here who can understand my situation. I hope I am making sense.

I also find myself wanting to only watch EWTN, and ready scripture and say my rosary. Of course I have family and friends who think it rather strange, but I do not see anything wrong with praising the Lord and spending time with him in prayer. Besides EWTN has a lot better programming then things on TV these days.

God Bless,

Kerri


#11

[quote=LSK]It may be time for a Karaoke Night at the Parish Hall!
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That is a great idea :thumbsup:


#12

get a karaoke machine to enjoy at home with hubby and kids. DD got on from her in-laws and they love it. It came with a Christmas carol CD and songbook, and they since got a Sesame Street (C is for cookie etc.) and borrowed a Veggie Tales silly songs.


#13

Yeah, I like the karaoke machine idea. I’ve collected quite a few karaoke CD+Gs over the past decade, and they’re just sitting there collecting dust now!

We did manage to purchase “Karaoke Revolution Party” for the PS2, and I have blast with it! So does my kids - they’re getting pretty good with it, too!

Being on the Stewardship Committee, a Karaoke Night at the parish hall is an awesome idea, too! We had karaoke at our Ministry Fair this past September - it was great seeing our pastor singing a Beatles tune (he saw the karaoke, grabbed the song book and said, "I wanna sing! I wanna sing! :rotfl: :rotfl: )

I’m feeling a little better about this decision - I’ve already told the co-founder of my website/Yahoo! Group to take my name off of the administration rights for the sites. It really wouldn’t be fair for him to take up a load without explaining my withdrawal.

Boy, the possibilities of my new life are ENDLESS!! :thumbsup:


#14

[quote=grace68]I can totally see where you are coming from. I feel the same way. Every now and then I will go eat out with my friends and have a few drinks to celebrate our birthdays and what not. Ever since my conversion I really have not felt comfortable about the songs we sing and dance too if we go out to a club. It used to never bother me and I am one who likes to have a good time, but after the night is over I just do not feel right about it and I feel the need to go to confession. I really feel called to give up those nights and stay home with my family. I know that I can still go out once and awhile with them and eat dinner and what not, but as for as going out I think I would rather not go there if it may lead me to an ocassion of any kind of sin. It is a scary thing cause I feel I will lose my friends as well, but I can’t serve two masters. I am not the same person I was before and it is time fo rme to realize that, but it is very hard. I am glad that there are others here who can understand my situation. I hope I am making sense.

God Bless,

Kerri
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You totally make sense. And yes, I do believe a lot of how I feel has to do with the whole “bar-scene” thing. I was once where many of those people who frequent places like this were - that feeling that you want something to fill your life, and you try and find it outside from where it matters most. My life in Christ has been rocky to say the least, but with His mercy and grace, I was able to find where I belonged - and it fills me more than any karaoke show or performance can ever do!

God bless you, too! :slight_smile:


#15

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