Excited to announce the upcoming release of my new album “Sweet Christmas” (Nov. 10)! In fact, cd’s were shipped yesterday! Whoohoo! This album was a first in more ways than one: my son Joshua engineered and produced it with me (yes, our whole year was consumed with it and Rob can’t wait to have me back!), AND, I actually covered songs for the first time, whereas in the past I’ve done all my own songs. So it’s been a huge learning curve for us, but we are excited to offer you a Christmas album that really sticks to the meaning of Christmas – JESUS! Stay tuned!
Although I’m late in acknowledging this on here, I want to thank the GMA committee for nominating my song “The Least of These” for 2016 inspirational song of the year. Rob and I went to Edmonton at the end of January to take it all in, and even though I didn’t win I am very excited and honored just to be nominated.
For months I was so sure that this album would be called “FLY”, after the first track. But out of the blue (it seemed) I had a moment of clarity, when I realized that this whole album is really about THRIVING! In our walk with God, in our trusting and jumping into the riskier, bigger dreams, yes, but ALSO in our ability to learn and walk in contentment wherever we are and whatever we’re doing. To thrive in the peace and strength we gain from Him as we confess our great need for Him through every minute of the day, and then to grow some more as we learn to GO and be his love in the flesh, ministering out of who we are and how He has crafted us. And finally, as I sing the last song on the album, it’s my heart’s cry that the poorest children of the world, the least of these, would have a chance to thrive through our giving and love as well.
On top of all that, my husband Rob and I had decided not long before that we should have a name for “us”, as in, our ministry together, as a speaker/author/consultant/worship leader/singer, etc. combo. And we chose the name THRIVE MINISTRIES, because that is our heart for churches, individuals and the least of these.
So as you listen, I pray that you would truly thrive in the love of Jesus, as you worship, trust and walk with HIM!
Excited that my new album THRIVE is here! We’ll be celebrating this Sunday night, Nov. 1 at a cd release party at Bethlehem Lutheran Church right here in Outlook, SK. (Actually a joint release party celebrating Rob’s new book REFUEL as well!). If you’re in the area, come on out for some music and food (of course). Looking forward to a relaxed coffee-house kind of opportunity to share my songs with friends and family.
Want to shout out a big thanks to all who helped with this project. HUGE thanks to Josh Parkman for so much help in not only coming to Chicago with me and drumming on this whole album, but also for all your hours (and patience) in the graphics department. I’m amazed at your talents and even more at your patience and character! Thanks so much to Jaben Pennell for producing, engineering, guitar playing, tambourine playing and so much more! To the string players, Chris Carmichael and Trevor Dyck, and Libby Ungs for the great additions you made, THANK YOU!
Praying, writing and practicing towards another album – getting excited! And I’ll take any prayer backing I can get!
Wow! We had such an amazing and eye-opening time in the Dominican, seeing what God is doing through the partnership of Compassion and the local church there. This is one of the best evangelism/discipleship programs in the world! Between 350-500 kids come to the Lord EVERY DAY, and then are discipled and nurtured by loving and godly workers for years. We were so privileged as sponsors to meet one of our precious kids, Francisco, and spend a whole day playing with him. Life-changing! (I highly recommend that for any sponsors out there – now THAT would be the ideal way to “holiday”!) I will never take letter-writing lightly again – it means the world to them when you do, and we found out, from some honest sponsored kids who are now young adults, that they are crushed when sponsors don’t write. Yikes.
You can be assured, as we are more than ever, that Compassion is an organization of integrity (ie. they keep track of every receipt for every pack of pencils they buy), is effective, is needed, and is sustainable, especially because they work through the local church. We heard one pastor say, “I had all these dreams, but my dreams became nightmares because I didn’t have the resources to make any of them happen.” Then he heard of Compassion, and now his dreams are coming to pass!