All my life, I’ve wanted to make a difference in an epic way. I suppose we all want that but I happen to think it’s possible. Idealism; it’s my strength AND my weakness. I don’t know when to accept defeat because I’m convinced it can always be done somehow, which drives other people crazy!
Here’s an example: When I was nine years old I became aware of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for children of muscular dystrophy. When I saw that program I thought “we’ve got to save these kids, we’ve got to heal them all”! So I went around the neighborhood to all my friends and shared my vision for irradiating muscular dystrophy by cleaning yards to raise money. They bought in and we went to work. I can’t recall, now, how much money we raised but we sent it in to Jerry and made our difference.
The point is, it was epic and I felt like I had found my purpose in life. Fast forward 40 years and I’m still thinking the same way. Only now, I have 40 years of bumps and bruises to temper my epic desire.
But then, when I think about what the Bible says about the disciples, “they turned the world upside down”, I think, “we can do that”! In fact, we’re called to walk in the same footsteps as them.
~MY MUSICAL JOURNEY~
Since the age of 8 when I picked up my first plastic play guitar in a hospital room, then at the age of 14 getting a real guitar, I began writing songs and haven’t ever stopped.
I’ve played music in church for most of my adult life, in coffee houses, women’s’ groups, praise and worship teams and personally, around Thanksgiving tables, Christmas trees and sang lullabies at night to soothe babies to sleep. The personal kind is my favorite.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved music. All kinds! I grew up with styles from Rock to Motown and Country, dancing in the living room of our house, singing and playing in the melodies and singing harmonies with my sister. My dad playing harmonica. All of these memories and events in my life, shaped my love for music and the music I love to play and write.
There has been a down side to this musical journey, however, in that I’ve struggled most of my adult life to give myself permission to release the authentic sound, musically, that I was gifted to make. Yeah, me, the idealistic girl! This struggle has been a profound distraction from the unique sound I’m supposed to make, but after watching an interview with a very prominent country artist, I was encouraged to forge forward and release it!
In the video, the interviewer used the word “risk” and asked the artist to comment on the fact that people considered him a risk taker in his music. His answer was that he never considered it a risk but simply a willingness to heed the call. He explained that he didn’t mean it in a grand kind of calling, but a simple sense of where he’s supposed to be; where his heart and soul wanted him to go. And the willingness to seek out that journey seemed very natural to him.
His answer echoed a lifelong “yes” in my own heart to do the same; something that had been speaking to me my whole life. I just hadn’t given myself permission to follow it.
I allowed the opinions of others and my own misguided expectations to derail me. But it came with a great price and consequence. Because of this experience, I write about it, to guide others so they don’t allow their life and purpose to do the same. There’s too much at stake, not to “heed the call”. I just happen to personally know the price and speak from that regret that it may bring life to others.
~MUSICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE CHURCH~
At the age of 16 while growing up in the Catholic Church, an experience that was very rich for me, I began playing the guitar and singing with another girl as part of the “guitar mass”. This was very popular in the 70’s as the Catholic Church was changing to appeal to the younger generation and break away from some formality.
My love for music and the arts has given me many opportunities to live out my musical passions including leading worship and ministering music in coffee houses, churches and women’s meetings and events. One of those opportunities included the great privilege of leading the music ministry at Covenant Love Church for almost 10 years and being apart of their music ministry since 1998.
During my years in worship ministry, along with an amazing team, I wrote and produced many songs that are part of the worship services at Covenant Love to present day.
My experience in Worship Ministry for over 20 years, turned my perspective of what God desires concerning worship, upside down! One of my paths is to communicate that perspective with worship leaders and teams and inspire them through my experience in that same area. My musical journey from choir member, to band member, the praise team leader to shepherd of a worship ministry, affords me a wide array of perspectives that can be very helpful to every member of the team, no matter what role they fill. This awakening inspired THE WORSHIP LIFE Blog and teaching series.
Through those years I developed a deep desire to live a life that declares Jesus Christ, His love and reconciliation not just sing about it. Although I certainly felt the call to celebrate, through my MUSIC, the wonderful life of freedom we’ve been given in the extravagant love of God, I also felt the stirring to bring healing and encouragement to others in their life of faith, relationships, ministry and purpose through writing. This is where the blogging comes in.
At my core, I am a communicator, an exhorter, one who inspires and desires to awaken hearts and spirits. I love to encourage, provoke and inspire change and revolution in people’s personal lives and in our world. At the core of my music….. I am a songwriter! Can you see the theme here??
“Our dear friend, Psalmist, Crisie Hutchings breathes life, anointing, and freedom into every place she ministers. I was personally transformed by the presence of God as she ministered. Crisie carries a unique gift that exposes everyone to what it truly means to be overwhelmed by the Love of our Abba Father! Rarely, have I met someone so pure and uncompromising in her delivery of the word of God! Karen and I highly recommend this prophetic voice to all churches, ministries and deep gatherings! Get ready to be wrecked and astounded by this powerful voice! She is an oasis for the weary soul and a match stick for the Jesus fueled!”
~My Awesome Family~
I have a beautiful family! I feel like the most blessed woman in the world to be given the privilege of stewarding these incredible lives. I haven’t done it perfectly, but I have done it wholeheartedly! I have been married to my husband, John, for 37 years and share life with three, very unique grown children and world changers in their own rite; Our beautiful daughter of 35 years and her thoughtful husband and college bound son [our wonderful, terrific, excellent, awesome, genius grandson] and twin, professional wrestling sons of 33 years keep us laughing and hoping for that WWE! And of course the family would not be complete without our little beagle, Buddy. THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE KEEP MY HEART JOYFUL AND MY LOVE TANK FILLED!!!!