UPDATE: My site is moving!

Hi friend,

Just a quick announcement that this site is moving to well…my site! I won’t be posting here on Passion Driven Worship any longer.

All my blog content will be on…you guessed it…!

Visit me there. We’re still building it out, but that will be my new platform!

Much love, Romes.

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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Worship


SONG STORIES: “Footsteps of my Father” from the album “Release the Sound”

I am a very visual person – some people ‘hear’ God when they pray, some people dream dreams, others read His words each are important and valuable in the life of every believer, but I have found that people will have a strength in one of these areas. For me, I dream a lot, and see a lot of pictures. This is how the song ‘Footsteps of my Father’ came to be. For me to explain the story, I have to backtrack a few years…..

I had an encounter with a visiting ministry in our church that would change the way I expressed worship forever.  I had recently become the worship pastor at my local church and also had a new-born baby.  I actually accepted the role a few weeks before a major conference and for all you peeps out there in leadership positions you know the pressure that comes with that!  I was feeling quite inadequate and really not sure what I was doing.  And of course, not much time to think about it because I had a new baby to care for as well!  To say I was completely out of my comfort zone was an understatement. I have a memory of going into the church offices my first week into the role, and staring at my computer completely freaking out at what I was doing!

During this conference I was able to spend time with our guest speaker.  His words of encouragement were unexpected and grew a giant within me.  I was in my late 30’s, ready to lay down any type of itinerant ministry thinking I was too old, not talented enough – there were people with a greater anointing and greater talent than me.  I was happy to serve in an amazing and vibrant church.  It certainly was not second option for me (felt like a promotion really) – I  felt it was time for a shift and that I was possibly no longer ‘needed’ in the other avenues I had pursued as an itinerant Christian Artist (for lack of a better word).

As this wonderful prophetic voice spoke into my life, I was quite surprised to hear that God was calling me to much higher things than I had anticipated.  And if I be honest, so much more than I expected or thought I could achieve.  It was like a healing balm to me.  I realised God doesn’t have a use by date – He will use you as long as you want to be used by Him.  It might look different from we expect, and there will be twists and turns along the way, but He always has a mission, an agenda for your life.  I found this to be true during this season of working at the church.

That man was Graham Cooke.  During our time together, he encouraged me to begin to write songs out of spontaneous moments in worship.  For those of you who write songs, that’s a scary place to write.  In the past, I would sit in my studio and come up with a hook, spend a lot of time crafting a song from beginning to end.  Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with this – structure is important.  But if structure get’s in the way of The Holy Spirit moving, then we have a problem.  Structure is meant to facilitate the Holy Spirit. When it doesn’t, we have legalism, and the Holy Spirit goes on vacation!

Graham asked me to begin just singing out phrases to him.  He told me to record everything – whether it was in a corporate worship time, or a personal worship time at home.  I started to do this. He then said to craft a song out of those moments of spontaneity. The opposite way of writing for me.

At first, it was a few lines here and there.  It was a picture, an idea, a melody line with no words.  Words clunked in and out of a melody.  But after a while, things really began to flow.  Now when I write, whole chunks of songs come out – even I am surprised sometimes at what is hiding just beneath the surface.

Fast track a few years later, and one night at a soaking prayer meeting, I saw a picture of Jesus walking into the room, walking amongst the people.  I could hear his footsteps.  I began to play a melody that reflected those footsteps.  Hence, the hook for the verses of ‘Footsteps of my Father’ was born.  I played this for a while, then began to hear the melody and words:

“I could hear the footsteps of my father, I can hear the footsteps of my God….walking through the hallways of my heart”.  I sang it over and over.

This is all I had for a few months.  To be honest I was a little frightened to touch it.  I felt it was God breathed and I was scared to mess with it.  But as I began to grow in my understanding of how God speaks to me, I realised that not doing anything with it was like the parable of the 5 talents: Was the Lord going to come back and see that I had done something with what He had given me? Or would he be displeased because all I did was bury in the ground what I had received?

And that is how the rest of the song came to be.  It’s a very personal song for me about my relationship with Jesus.  Every time  I sing it, I go back to that place where it was formed.  I see the picture of Daddy Jesus walking amongst His beloved and reaching into their hearts with Love.  Moving across the room and engaging with his children.

Here are some of my favourite lines in the song:

‘There’s no place I would rather be – than in the arms of my Saviour God, My Daddy King’

‘Your voice sings cobwebs from my corridors, your footsteps echo in my soul to make me whole’

”Revelation penetrates my skin’

I am so grateful that He is not just walking amongst us, but walking inside us – knowing every room, even the ones we keep hidden.  He unlocks and releases us.  Thank you Lord.

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Song Stories, Worship


SONG STORIES: “Hallelujah, He’s Alive” from the new album ‘Release the Sound’

I’m going to start my little story of my songs with ‘Hallelujah He’s Alive’, which I wrote with David Fitzgerald – an amazing worship leader/songwriter/good friend from Florida, USA.

So how did the song come to be? Well, to explain that, I have to explain how Dave and I became friends, which is a pretty cool story.

A couple of years ago I was ploughing through facebook looking at people’s facebook updates – as you do when there is not much going on. I came across a u tube link on someones page (who knows whose!), and saw this crazy video of a guy using his ipad like a giant iphone. I don’t know why, but it was just funny. I laughed. Then I thought – who is this guy? Dave Fitzgerald. Dave Fitzgerald? I have not heard that name before. So next thing I do a google (as you do!) and headed to a pretty cool website that revealed to me that Dave is one pretty amazing songwriter and worship leader. I immediately loved his stuff. So, as all good face bookers do, I added him as a friend with a note that went something like “Hey you are pretty cool, and your giant ipod vid was pretty funny).

Next thing you know we are chatting back and forth and Dave graciously posted his latest album all the way across the seas to my home. Then spanned countless weeks of playing it – in the car, at home, on the plane. It is such a great record (Hope of Heaven). I started playing it to all my friends. Everyone just loved it.

Fast track to around 12 months later, and Dave is finally making a trip to the Land down under to minister. Did I want to have a go at writing a song? Heck yeah! Except that I had just found out a few weeks earlier I was pregnant, spending most of my days throwing up….and I have never even met the guy. Would we get on well enough to even write song? Could I get through a writing session without reaching for the toilet bowl? Only time would tell.

Finally, there’s a knock on the door. And there’s Dave, and Anton (my manager). After the initial hello’s we spent about an hour talking – it was like I had found a long lost brother. I felt like I had known this guy since I was born. Finally we sat down to write.

We spent about 1 ½ hours working on a song, which I honestly can’t even remember. I’m sure if I pour through some of my garage band files I will find it hiding. Then finally, our time was up and it was time for Dave to go. “I have another idea for a song”, he says. “Maybe I can throw it at you and next time we get together we could have a go”. Well, the rest is history. Within ten minutes we had written the anthem “Hallelujah, He’s Alive”. I loved it straight from the beginning. I love how we can have our own plans, and then God just turns up. It changes everything.

I knew straight away it was a special song, but as we began pre production and the song selection process, the more I liked it. Then, when we finally recorded the basic band tracks in the studio, momentum began to build. By the time The Melbourne Gospel Choir came in to sing backing vocals on it, I was totally immersed in the spirit of the song. Every time I would play it I couldn’t help but raise my hands and worship.

Then I thought, this song is really special – maybe I should ask Dave to sing on it? Considering he lives in the states and I had not even recorded my own vocal yet, this was going to be interesting. Would Dave even want to do it? Well, as you can hear, it all worked out – Dave had a friend who owned a studio in Florida (Thanks Inertia studios), he went in and recorded his vocal even before he heard mine or the choir singing on it. We just trusted the process and let God work out the rest. The power of technology is pretty mind blowing too.

By the time I got to sing my vocals, I felt so blessed, because Dave was singing his heart out, the choir was giving their all, the band had played incredibly, all I had to do was open my mouth. I feel so humbled by how this songs has turned out.

Nevertheless, I didn’t know if anyone else would feel the same way. The album was only released on good Friday (three weeks ago). Within that time, my heart has leaped at all the stories, emails and u tube links of people singing this song all over the world. It was so special to sing it on Easter sunday at Hume ridge Church of Christ in Toowoomba, Qld – it’s the perfect song for Easter! The most amazing experience recently was leading it at my home church a few weeks ago. I sang the first line and the congregation erupted into worship. The band couldn’t even play. I couldn’t even sing. The congregation was on fire – the revelation that our God is alive, and death has no sting had awakened all of our hearts. It was so beautiful.

I think the thing that is the most amazing to me, is that every time I sing it I get more unveiling revelation on how alive our God is. It’s such a simple truth – sure, we know He’s alive, sure, we know He’s conquered the grave – that’s the essence of the Gospel. But I don’t know about you, but it’s a truth that has been so ingrained that I was almost numb to it. Since I have started singing this song, I am overwhelmed by how powerfully simple that truth is – He’s ALIVE!!!! My spirit keeps saying “Don’t you get it? He is really alive!!!!! There are lots of gods around, but He is the only God that died and rose again!!! He’s alive!!!!!”.

I feel so blessed that Dave and I were the pouring vessels that God chose to fill to release this song. I hope it’s a song that fills your mouth with praise and your heart with worship like it has ours.

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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Song Stories, Worship


Me, Jesus and a piano – The Percentage Ratio

I remember when I was on staff as worship pastor at my church we did an excercise that has proved valuable even to this day. We were asked to write down in percentage form how much we spent doing what each week.

It came as a shock to me that 85% of my whole role was spent on the platform – worship leading, playing keyboards, rehearsing, speaking. I was quite surprised. I had become so used to spending my life on a stage that it had become a normal and acceptable way to do ministry. Without realizing it, most of my ‘moments’ with God were on the platform. This was not intentional, but as a young mother, traveling in ministry, it was often hard to spend alot of alone time with God away from platform ministry.

What also came as a surprise was that another 10% of my role was administration – emails, rosters, phone calls. (don’t know if that will ever change, but it doesn’t mean I can’t hate it!!!) The remaining 5% of my time was spent on the creative elements – songwriting, advancing my prophetic gifting, brainstorming. This 5% was the reason I was intitially employed by the church, but it had the least of my attention. I’m sure it is no surprise to you that I became quite stressed and empty.

Now, I make sure those percentages are in the right balance. If I am spending more time on a platform than I am with the Lord, I know I need to make changes. This is a constant balancing act because the demands of ministry and travel are high for me at the moment. But I no longer have a problem saying no. For me, the time I spend writing etc is prayer time. It fills me up when it’s just me, Jesus and a piano. He talks to me – my songs become my prayers, and sometimes even my answers because He has the space to speak. I know it wont always be easy to live this way and it will demand will power and discipline, but I believe it is absolutely necessary to my growth as a God-artist.

It does not matter what creative endeavors you embark upon. If you are a lover of God, it does not matter whether you are a worship leader or a professional musician, a painter, dancer, poet, editor, journalist. To be effective as a public person you need to always be investing in the private person.

Psalm 46:10 “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Worship


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Apple Strudel Cupcakes

This is one yummy cupcake.  You can have them as a dessert with cream if you really want to indulge, but they are also great for the kids lunches or as a snack.  They sure look nice sitting on the kitchen bench! I stole this recipe from a new cookbook I recently bought from the market – called “The Cupcake – life’s better with a cupcake”.  Looking forward to trying more of the recipes after the success of these ones!


1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda

280g apple sauce (from a jar)

53g butter, softened

85g demerara sugar (I used raw sugar)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

175g self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

For Topping:

50g plain flour

50g demerara sugar (I used brown sugar)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

35g butter


1. Preheat oven to 180. Put 12 paper cases in muffin tray

2. To make the topping, put the flour, sugar and spices in a bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces, then add to the bowl and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembled fine breadcrumbs.

3. For the cupcake mixture, Add the bicarb of soda to the apple sauce and stir until dissolved.

4. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.

5. Gradually beat in the egg.  Sift in the flour and spices and using a metal spoon, fold into the mixture, alternating with the apple sauce.

6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases

7. Scatter the topping over the cupcakes and press down gently

8. Bake in the over for around 20 minutes, or until risen, golden and firm to the touch.  Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.


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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in Food


Caramelised onion, pumpkin and goats cheese tart

Caremilised onion, pumpkin and goats cheese tart

This is a yummy tart that is so easy to make! Tastes very gourmet with little effort.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! This recipe serves 6.


1 1/2 sheets puff pastry

120g goats cheese (I used herb and garlic for extra flavour)

2 cups diced roasted pumpkin

2 onions diced and roasted

4 eggs

3 tablespoons sour cream

seasoning to taste



Preheat over to 180 degrees.

1. grease, then line a fluted flan tin with the puff pastry

2. Roast the pumpkin and onion together in a pan with a little olive oil and salt

3.  One roasted, crumble the goats cheese into the roasting pan.  Stir/mash it all together

4. Spread over the base of the flan tin

5. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream and seasonings.  I just used a little salt and pepper, but you could probably add some herbs if you like.

6.  Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until set.  Serve at room temperature.


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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Food


Jamie Olivers Custard Tarts

I recently made these when friends came over for dinner and yummo – they were delicious! They are easy to make and once I got the hang of it I actually made a second batch.  They did take a little bit of time to make, but only because I was learning how to do them – once you have made them, the process is actually quite easy and shouldn’t take much time at all. The recipe calls for orange and orange rind, but I used lemon instead and it worked a treat. I like them because you can make them beforehand and there is no preparation when your guests arrive.  More time to chat and relax!

Quick Portuguese Custard Tarts – Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals
(makes 6 tarts)
• plain flour, for dusting
• 1 x 375g pack of pre-rolled puff pastry
• ground cinnamon
• 125g crème fraîche
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or vanilla extract
• 5 tablespoons golden caster sugar
• 1 orangePre heat oven to 200C.
Dust a clean surface with flour. Unroll the sheet of pastry, then cut it in half so you end up with two 20 x 20cm squares of pastry (put one in the fridge for another day). Sprinkle over a few good pinches of ground cinnamon, then roll the pastry into a Swiss roll shape and cut into 6 rounds. Put these into 6 of the holes in a muffin tin, and use your thumbs to stretch and mould the pastry into the holes (just like in the picture) so the bottom is flat and the pastry comes up to the top. Put on the top shelf of the oven and cook for around 8 to 10 minutes (set the timer), or until lightly golden.
Spoon the crème fraîche into a small bowl. Add the egg, vanilla paste or extract, 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar and the zest of 1 orange. Mix well.
Take the muffin tin out of the oven, and use a teaspoon to press the puffed up pastry back to the sides and make room for the filling. Spoon the crème fraîche mixture into the tart cases, and return to the top shelf of the oven. Set the timer for 8 minutes.
Put a small saucepan on a high heat. Squeeze in the juice from the zested orange and add 4 tablespoons of golden caster sugar. Stir and keep a good eye on it, but remember caramel can burn badly so don’t touch or taste.
Pour some caramel over each tart (they’ll still be wobbly, but that’s good). Put aside to set.
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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Food


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