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Point Of Grace Receives ICM Nomination

Point of Grace was nominated for Vocal Group or Band in this year's ICM Faith, Family, & Country Awards! Winners will be announced at the October 28 presentation.

The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards caps off the annual Inspirational Country Music Week, which runs Oct. 24-28 in Nashville that draws fans and industry alike. Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will host the week’s activities before the Awards.

CLICK HERE for a full list of nominees and more information.

At The Fair

POG had a fantastic time yesterday in Philippi, W. Va at the Barbour County Fair. POG has never been to Philippi, but we certainly hope to return. We seldom get the opportunity to "see" the surrounding area of where we actually play. Often times you go from the bus to the hotel and then hotel to the venue and then back to bus...However, our fun began with a lovely walk in the woods just near the fair grounds... (did I mention the temp was about 80 degrees with NO humidity?) Just a bit of exercise is necessary especially when around fair food (a weakness for each of us girls).

And a lovely walk it was... Michael (our pianist and friend) Shelley and Denise just taking in the fresh air.

We even ran into King and Kate, the horses. The owner is keeping them cool in the woods before all the fair peeps come. So sweet... (I am holding my nose but they really didn't smell).

After our walk, we ran into the most beautiful pink pig we all have ever seen! It looked as pretty as all the pictures you see in books and the movies. We asked the owner what this pig's name was but they informed us the pig didn't have a name. They don't give the pigs they will slaughter a name... what?... That's right, they will eventually have to chop ole "Wilbur" up - it IS the circle of life and I DO love me some bacon!!

Speaking of food, we were now ready for some vittles... would you know our awesome host/driver owned a pizzeria just down the road. This place was no ordinary pizza joint. The dough and pizza sauce are made fresh every morning and the hoagies were a prize too. We would enjoy the pizza's later after the show (and they were fantastic) but for lunch each of us tried something alittle different. I had the Philly steak cheese hoagie and I had them substitute the green peppers for banana peppers - whoa whee!!! It was out of this world delicious. Next time you pass through Philippi, W. Va., stop by the Hometown Pizzeria and enjoy a hoagie or a pizza pie!! You want be sorry!! (Ya'll they even had a Ms. Pac Man arcade game!)

These folks were so hospitable! On our drive back to the venue (after stuffing our faces) the host/driver, Heather, mentions to us the lady that is fixing our dinner is famous for fixing a "Thanksgiving" feast for ALL the fair artists every year. (I can't even think about food right now... and we are leaving for dinner in about 2 1/2 hrs - how is a girl suppose to keep her girlish figure with these temptations?) Boy, did they ever have a feast... turkey, meatballs, ham (Wilbur), stuffing, green beans, sweet potato soufflé, homemade rolls, rigatoni, slaw, strawberry spinach salad and SSSSsssssoooooooooooooooooooooooooo much more. Then the dessert table - German choc. cake, choc. delight, upside down pineapple cake, cheese cake with cherries, cream cheese tart (and that is just what I ate)... Seriously too much to even remember.

That is a hint of the kindness we were shown and are constantly shown everywhere we go! Thank you again to all the wonderful people we met in Philippi we look forward to seeing you again very soon!!!

p.s. thanks to the gentlemen that brought to our signing table some fresh HOT corndogs - the madness never ends!!!

Hope everyone is "stuffed" today with God's blessings and His presence in their life, leigh capp

Your Weekly Encouragement from Point of Grace

Encouragement

Give me a "B"

We can all use a cheerleader in this game of life, because we all need encouragement from time to time. Life can be hard, and we need someone who can cheer us on and pick us up when we fall down. We need someone who can encourage us when we feel defeated. A cheerleader knows how to find the positive in the negativity of life and invites us to take a NEW look.

Barnabas, was the apostle Paul's personal cheerleader. In fact, Barnabas's name means "son of encouragement"! Paul was a formidable persecutor of Christians, costing many of them their lives. When he was converted and became a follower of Christ, the Christians in Jerusalem were afraid of him and wouldn't have anything to do with him. Who could blame them?

Barnabas, however, believed in Paul, took him around to the other believers and convinced them to take him in. His willingness to stand beside Paul resulted in a long-lasting, trusting relationship between the two men.

I have been blessed to have great encouragers in my life as well. As a matter of fact just this morning one of my "cheerleaders" called me and reminded me being broken and crushed can be a great place to be - it causes us to depend on God completely and that is when we grow.

I am uncertain of where you are in your heart or even your mental state of mind but recently I have been privileged to have conversations with some of my cheerleaders and maybe their words of encouragement/wisdom will bless you as it has me. Here are a few of them that I wrote down in my journal:

* "Friends are for a reason, a season, a lifetime."
* "Don't navigate the crooked places - let God make them straight."
* "God took your place of shame and brought YOU to a place of grace."
* "Don't waste your sorrow!"
* "My tears were used more than my words ever did."

Whether you need encouragement or extend encouragement today - we have biblical proof it will reap great benefits - and that does a heart good!!

Acts 9:26 - 15:39

-Leigh, Shelley, & Denise

Shelley Says...

Last Saturday morning I took a little trip by myself to the Farmer's Market. I couldn't convince anyone to go with me, even with the promise of a Krispy Kreme visit on the way home.
(Went anyway cause we all know I was the one that really wanted them in the first place.) I always, always, always buy way more than my family of 3 plus dog could ever consume. I just get so excited when I see all those fruits and vegetables sitting out and looking pretty that I can't help myself.

Anyway, I love sweet corn in the summer so much, so of course I bought a huge bag. I told the lady taking my money that most likely half of it would end up in the trash...such a crime. Then she said something that is my mother's answer to pretty much everything in life..."Why don't you just freeze it?" I have a little issue with freezing. I just feel like you can always tell that whatever you are eating was once frozen. The lady swore the corn "froze up real good."

So yesterday, I tried to remember exactly how she told me to "put it up". I think it's actually gonna be good. And hopefully, in a few months when it's cold outside, I will pull out a bag, heat it up, and think of summer.

In case you have an over abundance like me, here's how ya do it...

Shuck that corn. I had seven ears left. Get all the pesky white hairs off. No one wants to see those.

Cut it off the husk. (See my Nespresso machine in the background. 8th wonder of the world.)

Put the kernels in a frying pan with a hunk of butter. Hunk = 2 tbsp. or Ryan Gosling

Add a couple pinches of kosher salt, some fresh ground pepper, and about a half tablespoon of sugar.

Saute' the corn for about 10 minutes over medium high heat until it's crisp cooked.

Then, take a tablespoon of flour...

You like my awesome Young Chef's Academy measuring spoon?? Thanks.

and add about 1/3 cup of milk to it. (Or half and half if you're smart) Mix it together with a fork and add it to the corn.

Looky there...

Continue cooking for another 5 minutes or so. It will become KINDA like a cream corn, but not soupy at all. Just complete goodness.

Cool it off, and baggie it up...

Then just freeze 'em like the lady said. Reheat over medium low heat and pray it doesn't taste frost bit...that's what I'm gonna do.

I'll let ya know...

Later gators,
Shelley

PS I know this looked like a super poor attempt at copying a Pioneer Women blog post. I don't care.

Blast From The Past

In this month's "Blast From The Past" video, Point of Grace plays in Sidney, OH where the girls witness Leigh's baton twirling skills, try a new fair food, and play a show!

Tell us your favorite "Blast From The Past" video at YouTube.com/PointofGraceMusic and we may feature it here next month.