Moment By Moment Grace
The recording process is a long journey that usually takes at least about a year. It is full of ups, downs, road blocks, delays, and at the end everything has to be done ASAP. There are lists of songs from amazing writers who pour their heart out to write their life stories or the next big hit. All these songs have to be narrowed down to the usual ten or eleven tracks that fit that particular artist at that particular time. Then you have the producer, who has to be able to decide what treatment and musicians each song needs to get the most out of it and create the biggest impact for the artist. When all the tracks are laid down, it’s time for the producer and the artist to unite and get the right vocals laid down. This can be very fun, but trying at times, because it has to be perfect. The mixing and mastering are the fine tuning of all the hard work to make it the best it can possibly be. It seems like a lot, and it is. I love it. You’ve learned from me that I love a challenge. I think we have hit the mark on this new project “Drive”.
Everyone thinks the latest project they have just finished is the best thing they have ever done. I am no different I guess, but I have many reasons to think this way this time around. I have always just been myself. I’ve never really tried to be anything different or tried to be like anyone else. Of course that attitude has got me into some trouble and honestly I may be farther along in my career had I been a little more forward. What you see is what you get. I love God, my family, and I love this music and sharing it with people all over the world, whether that be in a stadium or on my back porch with just friends. I feel God has a plan for me and He is going to guide this journey and passion of mine to the right places and right people in His time. At this point I am learning to take life one step at a time with Moment by Moment Grace.
On the new project there was one song that I knew from the moment producer and friend Wayne Haun played it for me, I had to record. It is the song Moment By Moment Grace written by Rachel McCutcheon. I have been fortunate to have had some great songs in my career. This is one I needed as a constant reminder of where I’ve been and what the Lord has brought me through. I have found that in recording songs that speak so strongly to me, there are others who can relate to the same thing and the same hardships, struggles and victories.
I am probably safe in saying that we have all had that moment when, in reflecting on our lives, we probably didn’t know how we got through those difficult times. I have had many, whether it was mistakes, failures, deaths, or something as simple as opening my mouth when I should have kept it closed. There are also those times when the only person we could talk to was Him. The times when the pain was so great that we questioned everything about life, even God himself. God was there all the time guiding and weaving to protect us so we could see the perfection of his plan for us in the end and to give us the peace we needed to get through. Yes, we have taken some lumps and shed many tears, but in the end, we have grown in wisdom and have made it through. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us, and He hasn’t. My life has been a Moment By Moment Grace process. I know in the past, present, and future that He is and has always been with me protecting, guiding, and forgiving, because He loves me. The great thing is, He has done the same for you. My favorite life verse is Psalm 91 “He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, my fortress and my God. In Him will I trust.” I love this verse so much, because it is my statement of faith. In reading on, I have fallen in love with this part as well: (VS 4) “He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings we can trust. His truth shall be our shield and strength.” (Vs 10,11) “There shall be no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He has given his angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways.” The bottom line is, everything is going to be alright.
Moment By Moment Grace written by: Rachel McCutcheon
“When I pause to ponder how I ever made it.
Where did the strength come, when I felt too weak to stand?
As I recall the long hard days, the cold and lonely nights
As I walked through the wilderness again…
It must have been moment by moment grace
Nothing else could see me through
No one else but you could supply
For all my darkest days
Cause me to stand amazed
At moment by moment grace.
I’ll leave the rest for you to hear on your own 🙂
These days I find myself walking around just saying thank you Lord. Thanks for your strength your love and your Grace. I stand AMAZED.