THE MIRACLE - ALL THE WAY FROM MUMBAI, INDIA
THE MIRACLE - ALL THE WAY FROM MUMBAI, INDIA

I’ve seen many children’s groups sing “The Miracle” before (and I love them all) – but this one is special. This group is from Mumbai, India. And their video made me cry. 

If you’ve been on my website before, you’ll know that I wrote “The Miracle” in a car on my way to Chicago, and you’ll know that I wrote it for my primary (a children’s group in my local church congregation). You’ll also know that I have no expectations for my music. But through just writing what I feel and what I believe, sometimes the most incredible things happen. And this video is an incredible thing. Click here to watch it. 

 

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THE 'MORE THAN ENOUGH' STORY
THE 'MORE THAN ENOUGH' STORY

I've only ever collaborated on a couple of songs. But I wrote "More Than Enough" with my daughter, Rebecca, and I loved every minute of it. (Including our 5 hour phone conversation late one night. From 10:00 pm to 3:00 am. Yikes!

Rebecca isn't the only family member who had something to do with this song. My own mother is also part of the story. This is a song influenced by three generations of women who all had occasion to feel the same way...that they weren't doing enough. 

Read more about the story here, along with why I chose the specific lyrics I did, and why I didn't use the word, "Mother" in the song...

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    HOW TO TEACH
    HOW TO TEACH "MORE THAN ENOUGH"

    Masa Fukuda, Director of the One Voice Children's Choir, and my all-time producer. Thank you, Masa -- you're a genius. :) 

    Okay, to start with, I know what you're thinking. "How am I going to teach 3 verses?!" Which might be code for, "What in the world was she thinking?!" 

    Well, I was thinking that I just HAD to have that 3rd verse, because it's the most beautiful, and because the song kind of 'grows up,' just like a child does. And I'm also thinking about several easy ways to teach it. Yes. Easy. 

    Here are a few ideas for you, and then a detailed description of how to teach the song quickly -- with NO visual aids:

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    A NEW MOTHER'S DAY SONG
    A NEW MOTHER'S DAY SONG

    I emailed the first draft of my new Mother's Day song to my daughter. She wrote back and said, "So I don't love it. And I don't relate to it." 

    Well, at least she's honest.

    Then she shared the kind of day she'd had -- that she didn't feel at all like the Mother's-Day-song-kind-of-mom that day because she was frustrated and tired and just hanging on 'til bedtime. 

    She said, "On days like today, I just need to know I'm doing enough. I wish you'd write a song about that."

    And so I did. Read more about it here. 

     

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    MAKING ROOM by HAVING LESS
    MAKING ROOM by HAVING LESS

    The 50-50 Challenge

    Have you ever set any the following New Year’s Resolutions?

    Own more stuff. Waste more money. Spend more time and energy on things that don’t matter. 

    And yet, do you ever get to the end of the year and realize that you've wasted too much time on things that don’t matter? 

    That's what I did in 2016...and this is what I'm doing about it...

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    BECAUSE YOU ASKED...
    BECAUSE YOU ASKED...

    So.....I've lowered the "Choose Him Again" group bundle price to $4.99, because I wanted to make it as affordable as possible. And since I've started with the topic of money -- and I NEVER talk about money -- I think now might be a good time to answer this question I frequently (but indirectly) get:

    1. Why isn't your music free? (We're used to getting Church music for free) 

    Believe me. I've struggled with this question many, many times...

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    CHOOSE HIM AGAIN – AVAILABLE TOMORROW! (DECEMBER 3rd)
    CHOOSE HIM AGAIN – AVAILABLE TOMORROW! (DECEMBER 3rd)

    I’m excited about my new children’s song, which will be available on the website tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd. 

    And I have to say – it may have my favorite line I’ve EVER written…drumroll, please...

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    ONLY THREE MORE DAYS...
    ONLY THREE MORE DAYS...

    This crew recorded my new song tonight -- part of the One Voice Children's Choir, directed by Masa Fukuda. These kids are amazing...

    Super excited for this song -- CHOOSE HIM AGAIN -- which will be available this coming Saturday! (December 3rd) See you then!!! 

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    DAY 6 DOWNLOAD: THE MIRACLE
    DAY 6 DOWNLOAD: THE MIRACLE

    If you've been on my blog and read about "The Miracle," you'll know I wrote it in the car on the way to Chicago. I guess I should say that after I had the initial idea (somewhere in Nebraska), the song just kind of wrote itself. 

    Some songs literally take me months to write, but some songs are a gift. And this one was a gift. I can only say that about two songs I've ever written - "Do You Have Room?" and "The Miracle." I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're my most popular songs.

    And so this morning I just want to say...

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    LAUNCH DAY 5: BECAUSE
    LAUNCH DAY 5: BECAUSE

    To start with, I just want to say thank you! We've been so busy the past couple of days that I didn't get my blog posts written...I guess that's a good thing, right?  

    Today, I just wanted to express my profound gratitude for Jesus Christ, and this song is my testimony of all He has given - and all we have because of Him. In fact, every good thing I have is because of Him. 

    This is a song I've never shared publicly before - at least 

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    LAUNCH DAY 2: DO YOU HAVE ROOM?
    LAUNCH DAY 2: DO YOU HAVE ROOM?

    It's Day 2 of our Social Media Launch, and our free download for the day is our signature song, Do You Have Room? I wish I could tell you everything I've learned from writing and sharing this song, but for now, I'll just publicly say 'thank you' to my dad...

    Here's the story: 

    I wrote Do You Have Room? as a Christmas gift for my family...

    I sang it to my family on Christmas Eve, then filed it away in my music drawer and forgot about it. It might still be there, if it weren’t for my Dad, who regularly asked me, “Have you done anything with that song?”

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    LAUNCH DAY 1: COMING HOME
    LAUNCH DAY 1: COMING HOME

    Well, it's finally here -- the first day of our social media launch. And "Coming Home" is the free download of the day. In case you didn't understand the details of how to get the free downloads, which we'll offer every day for 6 days, here are the details below...

    This is the beautiful and talented April Meservy, by the way, who sings "Coming Home," and whose cover of "Do You Have Room?" has been heard the world over. She makes my songs sound better than they really are...

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