I never meant to share this album outside my little world.
In 1998, I suffered from esophageal problems. The pain, I often describe as a knife in my back and a shovel handle in my chest. Most days, my voice was hoarse. Worried, I may lose the ability to sing and to share my songs, I made plans to record the album for my family.
While in the recording studio, I struggled to hold certain notes. To this day, while listening to the songs, I cringe when I recognize those notes. Their sound, sending me back to those days of misery.
When the album came out in May 1999, I shared it with family and friends, and they began to share it with their family and friends. One friend carried it with her to Iraq.
In January 2002, I awoke to the words, “This is a time of rejoicing. I have restored health and healed your wounds.” I began praising the Lord. For several weeks the pain remained, my faith tested. But, I held to His promise and kept praising the Lord. I awoke one morning, and the pain was gone. Fifteen years later, it is still gone. Praise the Lord!
I share a couple of songs now because I’m far enough away from the pain it doesn’t hurt so much when listening to them. I hope when listening to the words, you will find hope, encouragement, and strength.