Excited to announce that two of my songs from my “Sweet Christmas” album, “Sweet” and “Deliverer” have been nominated for Seasonal Song of the Year for the 40th Covenant (GMA) Awards in January! As well, the whole album itself has been nominated for the Seasonal Album of the Year. Thanks so much for the vote of confidence from a the decision-makers at GMA – so encouraging!
I was excited and nervous to be buying tickets last night for the Covenant Awards in January. But even as I think and pray over the last couple of weeks about awards, radio play, Spotify, cd sales and all these “glorious” things that an independent artist can pursue, it has been strongly impressed on my spirit that success in God’s eyes has nothing to do with any of these things! I am reminded that when I first set out to sing my songs for others, it was all about ministering to the LORD in worship, and then ministering to the hearts of his beloved. So I wrote out (in one of those not-so-rare moments of discouragement, followed by one of those rare moments of clarity!) what success means for me, and I will be vulnerable enough with you here to share that:
- Success is to be a continual worshipper (whether on my own or as a worship leader) – to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength REGARDLESS of any tangible response from others.
- Success is putting out the best songs I can and promoting them the best I can, REGARDLESS of the tangible response/receptiveness of others (sales, radio, spotify, words of encouragement, etc.)
- Success is trusting that God will take all my efforts and use them, somehow, REGARDLESS of whether I can see see fruit or not.
- And of course, success is faithfully loving my family, friends, and neighbours, both close and worldwide, with the unconditional love of Jesus. As we watch our boys growing deeper and deeper in their love for Jesus we are increasingly aware that any time spent as parents pouring into them was WELL WORTH IT! I believe that our children are our most important disciples and our best disciples, and that our marriage is one of our greatest testimonies for the LORD.
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!