Let me take a moment to share the stories behind the songs, their lyrics and inspiratin.
Cryin' Out Loud
I knew prayer was important but by reading a book called "The Power of Crying Out" I began to understand the importance of speaking your prayers out.
Yes, God knows my thoughts and often they are prayers, like the song says, "My thoughts are prayers I haven't said, they go around inside my head".
By speaking out your prayers, you not only declare your dependence on God, you also hear what you've spoken and are more attentive to you're prayers being answered.
I once heard a quote on the radio "Prayer is not so much tangible answers, but a deepening dependence on God."
The Joy Song
During my Discipleship Training School in New Zealand in 2004 I struggled at times with relationships within the school. I was quite frustrated one day and decided to take a nature walk. Being in New Zealand made it easy to spend quiet time with God in nature.
I was so frustrated at myself for letting things get to me after all I was learning, I started power walking and remembering what our speaker had been teaching that week. That as believers, we are people of authority, and one of the things we need to do is move in the opposite spirit against our fleshly desires.
So, how would the spirit move against frustration and anger? What’s the opposite? JOY! So as a person of authority, I began to claim the joy of the Lord. I said aloud “I’m claiming the joy of the Lord for this day!” and then I started to sing the line over and other words started coming!
All of the sudden I was excited about getting back to my cabin so I could write the words to this encouraging song in my notebook! I obeyed moving in the opposite spirit and God blessed me with a joyful song! Almost a year later, I found myself in the local studio recording it! I have yet to sing it without being encouraged so I sincerely hope it does the same for you! Keep obeying! God Blesses!
When I was studying Spanish in Guatemala I found myself touring the jungle in Tikal one of my last weekends there.
I had tried to find a buddy to take the 3-day trip with me but everyone said no. So, God and I took the tour.
I spent about five hours walking around the very hot jungle, somewhat unaware of where I was, knowing it took seven hours to see all the temples but just finding my way around and enjoying the nature and sounds around me.
It turned into a beautiful day when instead of becoming lonely, God gave me a song in Spanish. It's a very simple love song to Him that seems to have peace in it. I hope it blesses you heaps!
I always calm down when I hear it so it just had to be a lullaby.
I have to give credit to the very talented Jeff Cays for his creative and beautiful arrangements.
For the Hymn "Come Thou Fount" he played on piano what he arranged for my voice. What a beautiful blessing. Thanks for thinking of me Jeff!
And "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" he's had his own style of for years and now his son Jeremy has played his Father's arrangement and allowed me to sing with it. Thank you both heaps!
Sweet Hour Of Prayer
My dear roommate and friend Kristiina Hirvonen, from Finland is a beautiful cellist who's studied for years.
We met in New Zealand and roomed together for six months during our Discipleship Training School.
When she came to visit Washington over the Christmas Holiday in 2004 I knew I wanted her to play something in the studio.
She learned the Hymn so fast and then played the solo intro and through the song on a barrowed cello so skillfully.
Almost a year later, I put vocals on it. It was somewhat of a challenge at first but then God inspired how to sing it just right.
I'm so proud to have my roomy on my CD! She's an absolute gem!
The song "If You Want Me To" is a Ginny Owens song used by permission.
I'm proud to have this song on my CD because it's really where I got my start! I knew it well because I'd sung it for all kinds of events. It's such an encouraging song that I often turn it on to remind myself of God's faithful promises.
It's the first song I ever sang in a studio and I remember the comparing the experience to a warm bath, once you're in, you feel like you never want to get out.
What a blessing to be able to have it on this CD now! Glory to GOD!
How Deep The Father's Love
This hymn is used by permission.
After my first incredible experience in the studio and loving it we came up with another song to record just for fun.
My producer played it for me, I cried.
Then I learned it in about a half and hour and recorded it just after that. I meant it with all my heart and hope it draws you closer to God with it's beautiful words.
Thank you for listening!
I pray God heaps his love and kindness on you!