Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Sitting outside in the freezing cold
But the sun is bright 
and my coffee's bold

No, that's not a lyric from the new album.   ...kinda sounds like Vanilla Ice.  We actually share a birthday.

Anyhow, I must admit, I've struggled for a few weeks with having just a few gigs, while other artists were touring the country, as if I were doing something wrong, or that 'my time' was up.  But, I don't think that's true, I think I'm just in an in-between-albums-season that has me home.   I'm still working on stuff for the future, the new album, a title, artwork, photo shoot ideas, I need to write all 12 song journals for you guys to read (which i love to do).  So it's been great to be home and eat Sarah's cooking and sleep in my own bed and play with my two boys.  It's a blessing.  Thank you, God.   Speaking of which, Daniel just walked outside in his navy PJs and Elmo snow boots.  It's not snowing, but uncle Nick bought them for $2 at a Salvation Army when we were in PA.   Daniel loves them.  a little too much.
So, instead of fun stories from the road, you're going to keep getting fun stories from home.  Or in this case, deep thoughts by Aaron Shust.  Shallow-deep.  This morning, I was taking Daniel downstairs to fix him some "e-mail" (oatmeal) and it was chilly in the house (66).  We have hardwoods downstairs, so I was putting socks on his little feet.  I sat him on my lap at the top of the stairs and he got a little wobbly and scared, "Anyo paul down?" (Daniel fall down?)  "You hold on tight, buddy," I told him, then realizing that he's sitting on my lap, facing out, he really can't hold on at all.  So I told him, "Don't worry, bud, Daddy's going to hold on to you, I'm not going to let you fall down the stairs"  And he relaxed; he trusted me. 

Maybe you see where I'm going, 'cause it hit me like a ton of bricks.  How often to I TRY to hold to God for dear life AS IF THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO DO THE SAVING.   Nothing against Mr.Powell, whom I highly esteem, when he sings "Hold On To Jesus" cause I sing along to that song with gusto, and I need to remind myself to hold on, just like any chance Daniel gets to hold on to my neck when we're on the slippery stairs, he does!  But sometimes you just can't.  

It's in those moments that we need to trust that He Holds On To Us.  Jude 24 calls God "the One who is able to keep us from falling!"  

One of my favorite songs on the new album sings this chorus:
Rest in the arms of the One who holds you
Rest in the arms of the One who knows you
Rest in the arms of the One who won't let go


Tunafish said...

Great comcept! Those lyrics sound promising to a great new song! Can't wait! It's great that you like to write the song journals because I love to read them! :P Keep it up!

Melody Joy Francis said...

So excited for the new album. Love the stories from home, you have a precious family! Thanks for sharing!

Mayra said...

It makes me sad that your 'time being up' would even cross your mind, but I appreciate your humility and willingness to be transparent. I really, really, really, wish you would come to Houston or somewhere w/i 3 hrs because It's been awhile since I've seen you live, and the last time I tried it started raining =( However, I'm always lobbying for you at KSBJ! Maybe one day they'll get tired of me, and invite you over here..haha.

Daniel looks so cute in his lil boots, and You're right about Jesus holding on to us....Praise God he does!

Thanx for sharing new lyrics,and can't wait 'till it comes out!

Anita Koller said...

I heard a sermon once where the preacher shared how his little boy was sitting in the back seat of the car. He kept asking, "where we going daddy?" He replied don't worry buddy,you'll be okay. He said it reminded him how we should be with the Lord, We don't always know our destination, but with God in the driver's seat, we can trust we'll be okay.

I'm sure I didn't give the story any justice.

cleanaturalady said...

I am really looking forward to hearing the new songs from your new album. I am sure they are going to be great. What a great time for you to be home, though, with the two little ones, I am sure your wife loves the help too. They are little for such a short time, you will never be sorry that you spent time with them.

Aaron Shust said...

you did the story justice just fine, anita. that's a great lesson.

thanks for your comments guys! :)

Kimberly said...

Umm, I can't wait to hear that song, that is SO where I am right now!
Love, love love that you are getting some family time! But can't wait for the new album and to see you "on the road again" c'mon sing it Willie!

Dan said...

Too many people share our b-day Aaron ;)

I appreciate you being so open w/ pretty much everything, and the home stories are just as interesting as on the road.

Looking forward to your album as always.

Yannochka said...

Thanks for sharing Aaron. I enjoy reading your stories. I also love it when artists open up there lives to us fans, such as yourself, and let us have a glimps into their lives. I guess sometimes its fun to remember you guys ARE normal just like us, but with way cooler jobs! :)

I like the story about Jesus holding on to us, I too think we forget that its not about what WE can do, its about what Jesus WILL do.


baylormum said...

I love your album journals. It adds just that more to the meaning behind the song; what you were thinking when you wrote it.
I have been out of work for several months and sometimes I get a little ticked at God. Why? Ultimately He know where He wants me. Right now it's connecting with other Christians through blogs & twittering! Who knew? My life has been enriched by these blessing while I've been at home. Just like you told Daniel. "hold on"

Melody Joy Francis said...

It's snowing her in Northeast PA, I am jelous of your April like weather! Enjoy! :0)

Lori said...

Aaron, there's no way your time is up 'cause you rock! I'm honored that you found me on "MySpace" a long time ago and chose to click, "add me". Thank you! I will be finally getting your C.D. soon, even if I have to give it to myself for my B-day! ;)
I love what you said about God holding on to us and I enjoy all of your stories, from the road and from home! Love in Christ, ~Lori~

Melissa said...

You are actually better off being home , up here in the Arctic North , in PA the Weather is great for Eskimos , but talk about " Bleak Midwinter " 0<<< : o (

Gosh ! We're having snow squalls for 3 days ! Does your mind really meander onto " Deep Thoughts" , Aaron - ? You seem more like a Happy - Go - Lucky - Light - Thinker !!! We're gonna find out ! Hope the Stories YOU Post here are humorous , to make our Winters less B_L_E_A_K ! Tell us an especially Comic Incident that happened to you or a Friend ! Please ! Thank-You Shuster !

I finally got the Comment - POSTED !

Anita Koller said...

Been enjoying your tweets on twitter! LOL! You know that sounds kinda funny.

Melody Joy Francis said...

I just bought Francesca Batistelli's CD, thanks for "suggesting" it on your shust tube video! :0)

Mayra said...

Aaron, seems like you like coffee..so, i definitely think you'll like this phone...


hope you get a kick outta exploring the features. I did!

Melody Joy Francis said...

You should def. always play MSMG, Watch Over Me, Long Live the King, oh and I Will Wait! Although then you would have to bring a toy piano on tour with you! LOVE that song! :0)

JoshuaCreative said...

Love the honesty in your blog. Love the lyrics—almost haiku. I've often thought that someone who loves writing words might benefit from a study (or read) of old skool Japanese poetry (tanka/haiku). In so few words/syllables they say SO MUCH.

Enjoy the down time. So often we see things as trials/struggles that God intends for refreshing/rest. It's a gift (as is every day)--worthy of His thanks!