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11/25/2017
LEADING SOAKING, MONTHLY
12/02/2017
SPEAKING & PROPHETIC ART


I'M CURRENTLY IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON MY THIRD FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, AND INDIVIDUAL SONGS.


TAKE ME BACK TO THE RIVER


A Reflective Soaking Worship Album, by Nicki Black. Released May 2011.

Take Me Back to the River was sown from a personal fabric of over 20 years of walking out the discovery of who God is, and how much my faith has been grown during the many trials, losses, and victories I've encountered. This raw, worshipful journey begins in a place of searching for His voice, then finding understanding and purpose, and then resting in that quiet refining peace that only He can bring and sustain. No matter what, He will always hold our hearts. We are well. Yes, we are well.

THE FAITH SAID YES


A Collaborative Soaking Worship Project, by Nicki Black and the late Scott DePrefontaine, who went to be with the Lord in 2016. Released May 2011.

This is not your traditional, fully-planned CD. The Faith Said Yes project was a largely spontaneous soaking worship session, directed by the Holy Spirit. Will You Trust Me, Blow Wind Blow, and No. 7 were written prior to recording the album. All of the other songs on Faith Said Yes, including flow within and between all of the songs, were recorded as the Holy Spirit led.

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INDIVIDUAL SONGS FOR UPCOMING ALBUMS

While the Lord leads in showing which titles are to be included on any given final song list for album releases, there are always songs that either must wait a little while longer for their own album and timing, or the Lord reveals that they are to remain individual.

This is a small collection of those songs that are available now, as singles. I have a larger catalog of worship and soaking songs that are currently being recorded and/or mixed in our studio, and will be available in the future.

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CONTINUOUS SOAKING WORSHIP IN HIS PRESENCE

This is a collection of individual 2-hour soaking sessions that were recorded live. They are included as separate tracks, and also as a continuous 24-hour stream that increases in length as more 2-hour sessions are added.

"Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." ~ Matthew 11:28

What is soaking? Soaking is a restful time you purpose with your heavenly Father, where you don't actively pursue or engage him through worship, such as you would do on a Sunday morning at church. Soaking worship may be quiet and reflective, or it may be more intense from a watchman's wall. It may be songs of testimony and refining fire. It may be instrumentally light, or more prophetic with breakthrough. It may be His spoken Word over an instrumental background. One thing for certain is that it is not unBiblical. It dates back to the beginning of time with David and the Tabernacle, and the appointed Levites (Deu 10:8, Daniel 10:8-10, Psalm 27:4, 1 Chronicles 16:23, Matthew 22:37, Genesis 2:21, Luke 9:32, for starters). When you make soaking part of your daily walk with the Lord, you can find peace and great perspective. You will find that you are able to navigate the stresses of the world in which you live much more easily. When we allow ourselves to be made still for refreshing, discernment and strength arise, and guide our words and actions.

What does soaking look like? Soaking is ageless, for all who come can lay their burdens down and find rest. When you come to soak, you come to tune out the troubles and worries of the world, and plug into the place without distraction where you can hear His voice and receive comfort from the Holy Spirit. Some people bring a blanket and pillow, and they fall asleep as they soak. Some bring their art supplies, and they sketch what the Holy Spirit is stirring within them. Some journal while soaking. Some soak by waving and/or dancing with worship flags. I paint and soak, and very often we leave it playing in the house throughout the day and night. It looks different to everyone, for there is not just one way the Lord speaks into our hearts. There is not just one way to soak. It is as personal as we are individual (Psalm 139).

When I lead soaking in a live setting, it is always unique and more often than not, spontaneous. I press into what I sense in the room, and the needs of those who have come, and even the needs of those who may be listening at a later time. I have learned not to sing just to sing, for the more I submit to the unction of the Holy Spirit, the more I take my hands completely off the wheel. My goal is only this: To stay in a place of intercession and listening without myself as an obstacle, and to pursue His face with new eyes and new ears. I do not want to miss His voice so I can effectively and compassionately minister to you, and to my own heart, as well.