Inspiration on a Napkin


I’m NOT one of those “middle-of-the-night-have-a-great-idea-now-gotta-write-it-down-IMMEDIATELY” kinda dudes. Truth be told – I am a morning person, I feel most alive in the morning. Steaming hot cup of java and the Word open in front of me, and the sun just peaking up over the horizon. That’s my primo time. I’m not a night dude – nights are for chill-axing.

So, it was extremely “un-Mike-like” [man-am-i-using-a-lot-of-hyphens-today-or-what?!] 2 weeks ago when my lovely Melanie was in Romania, it was me and the kids…enter a wicked thunderstorm. Like this mama just kept coming. Both kids, already on edge from a Mommy-less week, both appeared at my bedside, demanding immediate admittance. After I put up a futile paper-resistance, I acquiesced and allowed them to enter.

Yeah…cuz sleeping with a 12-yr old and a 9-yr old will work.


It didn’t, and as I patiently waited for the storm to end, one of those very familiar worship leader thoughts entered my mind. “Holy Cats. I’m leading next week and I guess I should think of a set.” Perhaps it was the storm, or the lack of sleep or whatever, but I was immediately drawn to the power and awesomeness of God and thought what a great worship set that would make.

I exited my crowded bed, put on my glasses [yes, I’m a contact wearer], startled the dog by emerging from my room [she knows that if I’m up in the middle of the night there HAS to be trouble afoot], and quickly stumbled into the kitchen in search of something that can never be found – paper and a pen.

I found the pen, but no paper.

Just a napkin…so it will have to do.

The set then just literally flowed onto the lovely thin, flower embossed, Marcal white napkin.

To date, it’s one of my favorite sets I’ve done. God really blessed us with His presence. We even played a special number that my friend Mark Lisa arranged himself.

Here’s what it looked like:

Call to Worship: And Can it Be
(Whoever thought that a lost crook would, be brought to the point where the cross looked good. Thank you, Cross Movement.)

Mighty to Save
It is Well (definite leanings towards Ashely Cleveland versions, we rocked this)
More Love, More Power
I Exalt Thee

What Do I Know of Holy / From the Inside Out


One thought on “Inspiration on a Napkin

  1. “And Can It Be” might be my very favorite hymn – the words are awesome and so victorious!

    I am not familiar with “What Do I Know of Holy?” Who does it?

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