Technology is everywhere. We have smartphones, smart TVs, our cars can park and drive themselves. Everyday the world gets inundated with a flood of what the next big thing is. Well, this time I think technology has really stepped up its game! 

It's not enough for people to be playing in bands and giving concerts, now the robots are starting to do it as well! I came across this the other day and just had to share! Hope this brightens your day! Who knows, maybe this is what worship teams will look like in the future!

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I would consider myself a little bit of a dare devil. I love that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach when I'm about to do something that is a little daring, a little scary, and a WHOLE lot crazy!

This coming Sunday I get to do just that! I have the honor of representing Jaxon's F.R.O.G. Foundation at the Make-A-Wish “Over the Edge” fundraiser! (You can learn more about it HERE.) When our sweet friend, Lenzie, contacted us and asked if Michelle or I would be interested in rappelling down a 38 story building, Michelle quickly said “Sure! Justin will do it!” My first thought was, “Yeah, that's great! I would be happy to do this! I've been rappelling before, no big deal.” Then Michelle reminded me that I would be rappelling from a 38 story building. Wait...WHAT! 38 STORIES?!? That's over 450 feet in the air!! When I realized what I had agreed to and caught my breath, I became very excited about being asked to go “Over the Edge” for Jaxon's F.R.O.G Foundation! This annual fundraiser helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes to kids from Central and South Texas who are fighting life threatening disease. We know many families who have benefited from this amazing gift and I am so excited to help raise awareness and funds to continue bringing hope to these brave fighters and their families!

The coolest part about this event is that it falls right in line with our very own “I Am Courageous” ministry! This is the ministry that was birthed out of the Murata and Davis families generosity as they shared our music, especially our song "Strong and Courageous," with other kids and families going through treatment at the same time as their children. Music is such a powerful tool and can lift your spirit, give you hope and encourage you in your journey and that is exactly what we wanted to do for these precious kids and their families. To date we have donated over 1,000 I Am Courageous CD's to kids all across the country. We currently have 600 CD's ready to donate that we are raising funds for. It only takes $5 to send one of these CD's to these brave kids and we are asking for your help! In conjunction with the “Over the Edge” fundraiser, we are also trying to raise $5,000 for “I Am Courageous." It won't be hard to reach our goal if everyone simply donates $5 or $10. That small gift will help send these amazing kids music that will lift their spirits and encourage them to be “Brave, Strong and Courageous!” Check out the flyer below to see how these funds will be used and then share it with your friends! With your help we can make a difference, give hope and let these families know that they are not alone in their fight! We only have one week left for this fundraiser so help us spread the word! Go to www.JustinGravesBand.com/IAmCourageous-home to learn more about this ministry and donate today!

I will give you an update and share some of the pictures from my adventure in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Thank you for your help! Sing it with me now..."I'm gonna be brave, I'm gonna be strong and courageous!"  

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As a Worship Leader when it comes to selecting songs for a service there are many things we have to consider. A few of which are; what songs to sing, what key to sing them in and how long we should sing each song. I found a clip of comedian Tim Hawkins talking about this very thing and thought I would share! It made me laugh I hope you enjoy it too!


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Tomorrow is a very special day in the history of the Justin Graves Band. Actually if tomorrow had never happened there would be no Justin Graves Band! Thirteen years ago, on May 13, 2002, I made a commitment that would change my life forever. I said 'Yes!' to an amazing woman and pledged to be her husband. Yep, that's right! Michelle and I got married thirteen years ago tomorrow! 

I just wanted to write this post to let you know how amazing and faithful God is. Michelle and I have a wonderful life, but like everyone we have had our share of good times and hard times. We have seen the world together. We have felt the thrill of victory and the crushing blow of defeat. We have laughed until we cried and we have yelled until we cried. We have soared through the clouds with the feeling nothing can stop us, and we have hit rock bottom thinking there is no recovery. We have held one another when all we want to do is just curl up into a ball and disappear, and we have held each other knowing there is nothing that can stop us!

It blows me away to know that God has trusted me with a wonderful wife that loves, challenges, supports, teaches, cheers for, defends, and encourages me no matter what. I am truly bless to have Michelle in my life and I just wanted to take a moment here today to celebrate what God is doing in us and through us. These past thirteen years have been a whirlwind (in a good way), but I am so excited to see what God has in store for us in the future! 

Here are some pics of us through the years! Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me today! Hope you have a wonderful week and I want to encourage you to celebrate the special people God has put in your life! 


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After spending a nearly 3 months in Los Angeles, we feel like we have gotten to know the area and culture very well! Here is a list of some of the things we learned while we were there.
In no particular order...

Avoid the 405 & 101 no matter what.
The El Capitan Theater is the BEST place to see a movie. EVER!
Even after living there for 3 months, it is still exciting to see the Hollywood sign...every time.
LA has the largest urban park in the country. Larger than Central Park in New York City!
Being Gluten Free is easy.
Despite what they say it is NOT always sunny in LA.
LA is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
It takes AT LEAST an hour to go anywhere in LA. It doesn't matter if it is one mile or 10 miles.
There is always a line at In-n-Out, no matter what time of day or night.
There are a ton of free entertainment options in LA.
No matter where you are you can see the mountains.
Everyone drives a Prius or Tesla.
You rarely meet someone who is actually from LA.
Spiderman and Jack Sparrow are always hanging out on Hollywood Blvd.
It doesn't matter what the weather is like, it's always a good day to go to the beach!

So, those are a few things we discovered during our time in LA. If you have any you would like to add, feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page! Thanks for hanging out with me today!  

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As a songwriter it can be frustrating when things aren't coming out right. A few years ago I was struggling and it seemed like everything I was writing was awful! So, instead of quitting I did the only thing I knew to do...write a song about it! I wanted to share it with you just so you know what goes on in this crazy head of mine! I filmed this in the other day in the high desert of Acton, CA. so you could experience a little of the beauty we have been enjoying while we have been here!

Hope you enjoy! Please share this with your friends! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page! Thanks for hanging out with me today!

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As the NBA regular season is coming to a close and we are in the heart of March Madness I thought this would be just fun way to kick off the weekend! 
This video was made a few years ago, but parodies a worship service as if were being broadcasted by ESPN. My favorite part is the "fumble by the Media Team!" 

Enjoy...and Go Spurs Go!

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As life marches onward and I continue to get older (which is better than the alternative- says Michelle), I find myself saying things that I never thought I would say.

Here's a short list of some of the most shocking...

Kale, brown rice and turkey burgers, YUM!

When I was your age...

Can you turn that music down, it's WAY too loud.

Oh man! I'm getting too old for this!

Because I said so!

I'm so full! I don't think I can finish my dinner.

The concert doesn't start till 9pm! That is past our bedtime!

 

Some phrases that I hope to never hear come out of my mouth...

I'll have a DIET Dr. Pepper.

5am, yeah, I just naturally wake up that early.

No dessert for me please, I'm watching my figure.

Coffee...? Oh, no thank you. It will keep me up all night!

I just don't understand all this new technology.

 

I would love to hear some of your favorite phrases! Feel free to post them here or on our FB page www.facebook.com/justingravesband

 

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