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This past year has been quite a transition year for my middle child. She participated in her last music festivals – going to districts for both jazz band and orchestra and progressing all the way to the state level for orchestra; she had her last piano and violin lessons and recitals this past spring also.; she completed her homeschool courses and has started taking college classes. And she got her drivers license! It seems like almost every day this past spring, I was posting on Facebook about some milestone or the other with her – all very bittersweet for me, as a mom. And, almost every day I found myself praying, “Please, Dear Lord, let this time slow down – it’s going much too quickly!”
The song, Slow Down, on Nichole Nordeman’s newest album – Every Mile Mattered – really resonated with me. In fact, it brings tears to my eyes. I know new mothers find it cliche when we older moms say things like “treasure every moment – it goes so quickly” but it truly does! If you can relate, you can listen to Slow Down, featuring Nichole’s daughter Pepper, on Nichole’s website.
Every Mile Mattered
I love the reasons why Nichole wrote Every Mile Mattered. I feel these things. So many things have happened in my life, many of which leave me questioning and wondering, “why?” But, like Nichole says – EVERY MILE MATTERED.
Here are her own words:
For anyone who has been on a faith journey for some time, walked the long road with Jesus, the peaks and valleys, the deep joy and deep sorrows, the confusion and questioning, the moments of certainty and gratitude, every mile, every bump, bruise and beautiful encounter… these songs are for you. For both of us.
There comes a time in your life and in your faith where it makes sense to look back at what’s behind you. Looking over your shoulder at where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, what you thought you knew, but didn’t, what you’d change, and what you wouldn’t. That’s where I’ve been. Taking spiritual inventory. Examining what I thought I understood, but didn’t, what I got right and what I might still be getting wrong.
In that moment, the looking back, it is easy for us to judge ourselves. To look at certain decisions or beliefs or experiences and feel regret. Wishing that a certain chapter ended differently, wishing I’d taken a right instead of a left at that fork in the road, wishing I could re-write history. Rewind the tape. It’s only natural to glance at the miles in the rear view mirror, and see all the “if onlys.”
I’ve been doing a bit of that.
I feel like God interrupted those conversations in my head…the “if only” talk. He interrupted with compassion and reassurance to tell me that all of it mattered. All of it…all the pain, the tears, every long night staring at the ceiling, the questions and struggle and confusion, brought me to this place, a place where I could finally be honest before God as I am, not as I wish I was.
God reminded me that He uses everything. None of it is wasted as we journey closer to who we were meant to be and who God intends for us be.
These songs have given me permission, and I hope you too, to silence the voices of regret. To recognize that every part your journey, every broken place, have all been part of the story God is writing in your life. Lessons we had to learn. Tears that had to fall. Chapters that had to be written and then closed, to find ourselves in a bigger, more beautiful story.
It all mattered. Every single mile.
Listen to You’re Here
Every Mile Mattered includes a great round-up of original songs:
- Every Mile Mattered
- You’re Here
- Dear Me
- No Longer
- Hush, Hush
- Listen to Your Life
- Beautiful Day
- Sound of Surviving
- Anywhere We Are
- Slow Down
Learn more about Nichole by visiting her website.
You can buy Every Mile Mattered at the following sites:
I have a copy of this fabulous CD to give away! If you’d like to win, head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment answering the question I asked over there. (Comments on this post won’t count for this giveaway, though you’re more than welcome to leave a comment!)
I’ll select a random winner next Monday, August 7th, at noon. Winner will be contacted via Facebook.
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“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.