Enjoy this ocean relaxation soothing sound. This track is recorded at 444Hz. Healing Waters by Keith Murray from the album, Peace in the Storm, remixed and added to the sound of ocean waves rolling onto the beach. You can purchase the CD on our website. You can also stream this video right from this page. Bookmark this page to utilize this track every time you a ready for relaxation, or to lull you right to sleep.
If you buy the digital downloads, you will receive MP3 files. If you have an Android, you can click on the link in your email and it will automatically play the files for you, and you can then import them into Google Play Music from your device.
If you want to play these files on an iOS device such as iPhone or iPad, the files need to be imported into iTunes on your computer first. This video shows how to put the songs on your iPhone. But let me add something that he didn’t cover.
This video shows how to put the songs on your iPhone. But let me add something that he didn’t cover.
Today we put up a sneak peak of track 2 which features Caleb Murray on bass. This clip shows the beautiful sound of chording on a 6-string bass guitar, which Caleb is masterful at.
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Thursday and Friday, I will be in the studio laying down the final sax tracks for the new album! It is finally coming together. We still have to get some mixing and mastering done, and we are looking into marketing like album art, photography, and distribution.
Here is a 3+ minute rough clip of the first song on the album without sax on it. It is titled, Healing Waters. There is still mixing and mastering to be done, but this will give you an idea of what is coming in the next few weeks!!
Thank you all for your support!
As many of you know, our pastor at New Life Church in Augusta was led to have the members come up during worship and sow into my album that I had said God had directed me to make. I have started the process. The necessary equipment to start laying down tracks at home has been purchased and the recording is underway. I am working on it in the evenings and weekends as time permits.
Because I also have a business to run, it will take a little while to get the album ready. I am planning on doing two albums back to back with the funds that were raised. The first will be a quiet soaking music album – suitable for creating a soft atmosphere in your home or car for quiet times before the Lord. They will be songs focused around healing. The second will be more of a smooth jazz album with some well-known worship tunes from now and from the past.
Thank you for your support! And there will be more information and videos to come as progress is made.
Well, it’s not really news. If you have followed along on this blog, you know that God has done two well-documented miracles in Caleb’s victory over cancer. But the protocol for the clinical trial we were a part of calls for follow-up scans at set intervals after chemotherapy is completed. We got the call last week that the latest scans are still showing that everything is clear and Caleb is (as he will remain!) cancer FREE!
While we were at the clinic that day for his scans to be done, we ran into a family that we have gotten to know over the last few months. They have a precious, vivacious little boy with such an amazing personality. They had been done with chemo for a few months, but they are going back in for some follow-up scans because there was a questionable area they saw on the scans he had done that day. Please pray with us for this family that the doctor’s belief that this was just a shadow or some other easily explainable blip will be confirmed and there was nothing to it. We are believing for a good report, and they would appreciate your prayers.
Caleb has been doing awesome. His hair has come back completely, and it is SO soft – like “baby”soft. He is so thrilled to not be the subject of so many stares, but he still finds opportunities to share his testimony anytime he can.
Many of you know what a tough road this journey was for us not only emotionally, but also financially. Many of you gave so generously, and there is no way we could have made it without you. Your love, prayers, and gifts left us speechless. We had another local church that we have many, many dear friends at that did a fundraiser concert for us right before Christmas. They raised just enough money to cover the rest of Caleb’s leftover medical expenses! We were so thankful for them doing that and thinking of our family. As a testament to God’s provision, we never missed a meal or were even late with a single bill during the whole ordeal! And although things were extremely tight, we always had enough gas to make the treatments, although sometimes it was provided at the last minute by an unexpected gift or unexpected renewal check in the mail. The cool thing about God being perfect is that He is never late.
The biggest reason for the tough times was that our insurance was through Holly’s employer, so I had to be the one to stay at home and provide the full-time care that Caleb needed. Well, I am back at work now, and God has been so good! We put the boys in New Hope Christian School (the school our church has) and they are loving it. Of course, I am, too, because I am a horrible teacher and I felt like I needed to be the one out providing for my family. However, we did what we had to do for our family in the situation we were in. So I am driving them to school and then going out to work during the day before picking them up in the afternoon. Things have been going very well and God has opened some amazing doors. We believe for even greater! We appreciate your prayers in that area.
I don’t know how much more updating I will do here. I have given some thought to turning this into a regular blog about healing and edification in general. If I do and you would rather not get updates in the future, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of the email that you receive. I am continuing to share healing verses and thoughts on Twitter – @healingverse.
Wow. God is SO good! I wish I could thank each of you personally for the love, prayers, support, and for just being there for us. There is no way I could do that, so let me say – on behalf of our family – THANK YOU and God bless each of you for your kindness. Words could never express the appreciation we have for you all. You are family and I thank God for each of you that are a part of our lives.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.”
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Caleb and I wild hog hunting last month.
What an amazing week it has been for one 12 year old boy! On Monday, he had an incredible wish come true thanks to the wonderful people at the Make A Wish Foundation.
We got a call just a few weeks after Caleb’s diagnosis last year from Make a Wish. We were told that he had been recommended for a wish and we started a process that culminated almost a year later with a smile that is still entrenched on Caleb’s face. We have had phone calls, paperwork, and visits over these last few months from some wonderful people that I am forever grateful to.
We finally sat down with a lady from North Augusta and her daughter, both of whom are volunteers and work with patients with possibly terminal diseases for Make a Wish. Caleb had gotten a packet a few weeks earlier that told him how to go about coming up with a wish. He was a little overwhelmed. I cannot count how many times he asked us what he should do for a wish, but we kept telling him it was HIS wish. We finally caved and sat down to make a long list of ideas with him.
Caleb thought about it and discussed it for weeks. On the night that the volunteers came to talk with us, one sat with Holly and I to talk about logistics while the other talked with Caleb in an adjacent room. We could hear him occasionally, and one thing that stuck out to me really touched our hearts. He told her, “Whatever I get for a wish, I want it to be something my whole family can enjoy with me.” As many times as you doubt whether you are making the grade as a parent, it is good to hear that something has gotten through. What a selfless, awesome kid!
It came down to three wishes. His first choice came from watching his (and our!) favorite TV show, Duck Dynasty. It is hilarious and clean, and we enjoy watching it together and howling with laughter. As you all know, Caleb loves his four wheeler and loves riding motorized vehicles. So he got the idea after seeing it on the show and riding in a good friend’s vehicle to ask for a Polaris Ranger RZR. Of course, Daddy was stoked with that idea! He said he only wanted it if he could get a four-seater so we could all ride together.
His second choice was one that his mom was more in tune with. It was a trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. His third choice was to go to France to visit the plant and test track where they build his favorite car – the $2.5 million Bugatti Veyron.
They took his choices and told us it would take a few weeks to make a wish come true. About a month after the meeting, I got a call from the volunteer saying that MAW has a policy of not giving gas-driven vehicles for wishes, and would Caleb like to look for an electric model or go to wish number two. She had found an electric model online that we checked out. Caleb said he would still prefer that option, much to his mother’s dismay!
So fast forward to last week. I got a call from the volunteers stating that a wish had been granted and they were delivering it Monday! We met them in Avera Monday afternoon at 5:00 to get it. When we drove up, there was a big Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. box truck with a huge Bad Boy MTV (multi-terrain vehicle) sitting there with balloons attached to it and a nice trailer for towing it. Caleb was jumping in his seat! Before I put the truck in park, he had jumped out of the door and was running over to it. My heart was swelling for him.
In those few seconds I flashed back to a year of trauma. As he was running away from me, I saw a little boy whose hair was falling out in clumps. I saw a little boy with tubes and wires connected to his body. I saw a little boy with tears running down his face, wondering why. I saw a little boy hunched over a green bag getting nauseous. I saw a little boy biting his lip and getting ready for yet another injection. I saw a little boy say to a mountain to be removed and be cast into the sea, and then watched with him as the mountain was moved.
I had told him earlier in the day that I wished he was not getting a wish that day. The only reason he was getting one was because of what he had been up against for so many months and the fact that it was the enemy’s plan to steal his life. If he had not had to endure all that he had for the last year, there would have been no wish granted. And as happy as he was in that moment, I wish that could have been the case. But what the enemy intended for destruction, God is using for His glory!
Caleb has ridden it for hours until the batteries have died every day since then. I am so glad to see him happy and smiling. That is what Make a Wish is all about. Today, he has a good bit of peach fuzz all over his head. His hair is finally coming back! Things are good, and it is only because God is so good. Where would we be without Him?
I (Jesus) am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. -Revelation 22:13
We have to do something tomorrow morning that I have not had to do in a couple of weeks – get up and head to the clinic with Caleb! It was such a part of our lives for the past year and now it seems like we have not been there in forever. We are SO thankful for the mercy and goodness of God.
Caleb has been doing great. He is getting more and more of his energy back and doing stuff he hasn’t done in over a year. He is ordering lettuce on everything he can get it on! He still has not started growing his hair back yet, but we expect to start seeing it any day now.
We got word from our last scans that were done a couple of weeks ago that everything is clear and Caleb is officially cancer free. We also found out that one of the requirements for the clinical trial we were a part of was to get another PET scan at the end of the treatments. We have to get that done tomorrow.
Right now it is just after midnight on Friday, October 25, 2012. That means that today is a milestone for Caleb. Exactly one year ago today he got his very first chemo treatment. Holly and I were talking about that earlier today. I went back and read the blog post from one year ago. It is a sober reminder of what we were facing, yet also a testimony of the power of God that was working in our lives. What an amazing journey it has been. Our eyes have been opened to the plight that so many families face in battling health issues with their kids. We will never look at children in those situations the same. We can relate to them and have a story of hope and healing to share with them.
Caleb continues to get better on guitar. He has gotten to the point where it is fun for him and not just a chore to learn basic fundamentals. It is amazing to hear him playing in his room and to hear some of the things that he can pick out of his head. He’ll start playing and working out a song that he has not heard in months by memory. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for him!
I have been asked by a good, long-time friend to help him with an organization that he has had on his heart for some time. He feels that with our experience in dealing with a potentially life-threatening illness that I would be uniquely qualified to help with it. His company he owns has a large tract of land that has a big deer population and a beautiful lodge on it. He is wanting to start a non-profit organization to provide children with serious medical conditions (specifically cancer to start with) an opportunity to spend a weekend at the lodge and to get a chance to hunt deer and fish at no cost to them.
I am very excited about this! I actually had considered months ago whether God would have me to do something like this on my own. We have had a lot of support over the last year from organizations that help families going through what we did. I thought maybe there was something that I could do with my areas of expertise to help kids, too. It is so funny that right after we finished treatments and I started thinking about what I was doing next in my life, that this opportunity came along. Things are progressing much quicker than any of our newly-formed team thought they would and I am bursting with excitement with what God is going to do through this.
One of the things we are doing with the weekend is to have it surrounded with Christian activities and ministry. We have discussed having Caleb and I to share our testimony with the kids and their families. What an opportunity! God did not bring this sickness onto Caleb (John 10:10), but He can and will get the glory for the great things He has done in us! Please keep our endeavors in your prayers.
On another personal note, I have said it over and over that I am ready to get back to work. I have spent many weeks and months praying about what is next for me in my life. I had considered finding a new career to pursue; something more in line with my musical giftings. But I keep getting drawn back into what I have done for 16 years now, and that is insurance.
I had a client that I have worked with for over ten years to pass away last week. I was able to get over to see his widow last week when Holly was off on Friday and help her get things situated, and to help her with all of the paperwork. We also got her set up with some of his investments he left to her so that she would have income for the rest of her life without touching her principal. It felt so good to be helping someone in that way again. She was a little intimidated with making big money decisions, and it was so fulfilling to be able to help her. In her vulnerable state, I could have easily taken advantage of her and had her to invest in products that would have paid me a very high commission.
She made a comment to me that hit me hard and made me realize that what I was doing is truly a ministry in so many ways. She said, “Keith, I’m glad I have someone I can trust to look after my affairs and not have to worry whether he is selling me something that is better for him than it is for me.” So many charlatan insurance agents have given the industry a bad name over the years. I have worked with many widows over the years and have gotten so many referrals to other people because of doing the right thing for them. My dad told me the first day I came into the insurance business to always remember to put my clients first. He said that if I would take care of them, they would take care of me. That has been so true.
I am meeting with one of the most successful agents in the state who is a longtime, close friend of mine next week. We are going to come up with a battle plan to get me back into the insurance business as much I can while still attending to the boys for now. Ultimately, I would love to be able to put them into a private school and get to work now, but we will have to see what doors the Lord opens. We are still praying about all of this and covet your prayers in this area, as well. We know that “the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord, and He delights in his way,” (Psalm 37:23) so we are trusting and depending on God’s direction. We have a lot of decisions to make in this regard in the days ahead.
Thanks again for listening to my ramblings. This blog has been a wonderful outlet for me. Our family still needs your prayers. There is a lot going on in our lives. I cannot remember if I mentioned on this blog, but we almost made a very bad, very big decision a few months ago. We met with our pastor about it and he said that as he had prayed about the situation and the decision we were considering, he felt that the Lord had shown him that the enemy had seen that he was making now leeway in the area of Caleb’s health – he had suffered a huge defeat there. So therefore, he was going to attack in other areas and try to bring us down however he could. We have definitely seen the attacks in the last few weeks. It has been intense. Please continue to stand with us and fight. Your prayers have done wonders in our lives and we still need you to pray with us. We have the victory!
But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -1Cor 15:57
We have known for months now that Caleb was miraculously healed. One moment you could feel the tumor in his leg and a few minutes later – after receiving prayer and the laying on of hands – the tumor was gone. There was no doubt what God had done! But now we have the official, medical diagnosis that his scans all came back clear – WE ARE OFFICIALLY CANCER FREE!!
Our oncologist called us late yesterday evening to give us the news. I was at a meeting with some friends and local businessmen that want to start a non-profit to help kids in similar situations to what we have dealt with the last year – please be praying for their effort. She left a message that everything was all clear! I was so excited, as you could imagine. I talked to her this morning and she was excited, as well.
We did find out yesterday that the protocol for the clinical trial we participated in calls for a final PET scan at the end of the chemo. We go in for that next week. Following that visit, we don’t go back for a whole month! How will that feel?!
The visits now will come once a month until the port is surgically removed. That usually happens six months after chemo ends. After that, the visits fall back to once every three months for a couple of years for xrays. Caleb is also officially released from his restrictive diet. He can have lettuce, strawberries, apples, runny eggs, and can go to a buffet again (not that we need that!). He is also cleared for all activities including beach trips.
Caleb was able to go to Alpha (the youth group at our church) last night for the first time in a very long time. He was so happy about it and talked all the way back home about the service and seeing his friends. I was so excited for him. What an amazing kid he is. I am so proud of who he is and who he is becoming. His strength and patience during this time has inspired and taught me a lot. Now we are ready to see that beautiful full head of hair back like it is supposed to be. Caleb has remained self-conscious of the fact that he has no hair. So many kids stare and some even snicker. I have my opinions on that, but I’ll keep them to myself. It should start coming back soon!
The spiritual battle continued to rage against us yesterday. Something very interesting happened that showed that the spiritual attack of the enemy is real. We were in the room awaiting xrays – our first look inside the leg since right before the surgery. The room was dark, and not just the lighting. I felt a sense of fear that was very real. I started having doubtful thoughts like – what if there is something on the xray? What if the cancer came back? Many kids that go through and beat cancer have it come back on them after they have beat it, you know?
Well, there was no doubt where that was coming from! I started quietly praying and coming against that while Caleb lay on the table waiting to get started, staring at the ceiling. I very quietly said, “You are a liar, devil! By Jesus’ stripes, Caleb is healed. God began the good work and He will carry it to completion. No weapon formed against us shall prosper, and nothing shall by any means harm him! God has done the work, it is finished, and we have victory through the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony!”
I don’t know every reference for all of those scriptures, but they are all scriptures that we have quoted and stood on. And notice that although I was quiet about it, I spoke those words out loud. The enemy must respond to the Word of God, but he cannot respond to your thoughts because he cannot read your mind. When you are fighting a spiritual battle, your words have to be spoken out loud. Also, God’s word will not return to Him without accomplishing what He sends it for (Isaiah 55:11) and the only way we can “return” His word to Him is by speaking it.
Caleb turned to me and said, “Sir?” I told him I was not talking to him but was speaking against the enemy’s attack of fear and doubt in the room. He said, “How did you know I was fighting that?” I told him it was because I was fighting it, too, and we both had picked up on the attack of the enemy in that room against our thoughts. If he can get control of your thoughts, he has control of you. By the Word of God that was spoken, the fear and doubt was gone, the xrays were taken, and we saw immediately that they were clear.
We can have victory in every area of our lives by speaking what God says in His word about our situation out loud; by returning His word to Him. I still have to remember to apply that to other areas of my life daily. Whether we like it or not, we are in a spiritual battle every day – it is why Jesus told us to take up our cross DAILY. And we are in battle whether we like it or not. There is no demilitarized zone. We are either on the Lord’s side or the devil’s side.
I know I say it almost every post, but I would rather overstate it than understate it – we are so thankful for all of you that have endured this journey with us. We are still going to be a one-income family for the next little while, so we appreciate your prayers for us in that regard. God has been so faithful!
There are some opportunities that we are praying about and doors that may be cracking open, so we covet your prayers for direction and provision; that the Lord’s will will be made plain to us. I would go back to work tomorrow if I could, but I feel there has been a shift and God has used this attack of the enemy for good. It is time that I pursue something I am passionate about and the opportunity for a refocus has never been better. We are praying about the possibilities ahead and I will be making a big announcement as part of that plan next week. It is something very big for us and something I have wanted to do for over 20 years now. We feel we have the direction and the timing is right. Be on the lookout for more information on that in the next week or so! And PRAY! Love you all!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.