I have two little kids who love to read books, so writing a board book for children was a very natural extension of my everyday life. It was so fun to be able to have a little test audience in my own home while writing Who Sang the First Song?…
I’ll never forget the day I heard my cousin read this verse from Psalm 139 to her children: “If I say, ’Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139:11-12 NIV). She asked her boys, “If y’all are in a dark room, & you turn on a flashlight, what are you going to see?” They both piped in energetically, “The light!!” She said, ”That’s right boys, don’t you ever forget that the light is ALWAYS stronger than the darkness.” …
For the Lord is good.
His love endures forever.
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
These three statements give me such hope. God is good and trustworthy, even when our circumstances are hard, even when we are in a season of longing or loss, His goodness doesn’t change. God’s love endures, it NEVER runs out on us. My kids LOVE the song “One Thing Remains.” I can’t tell you how sweet it is to hear them belt these lyrics out in the car: “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”
I love hearing them sing of God’s enduring love, because it’s one of the truest things I’ve experienced in my life. God’s love meeting me in my most broken places, the places of my deepest loss and longing, the places where I still have questions and doubts, and then as I hear my children sing this truth, I’m reminded of the last part of this verse from Psalm 100, “His faithfulness continues through all generations.” He doesn’t change, and even though I know I will fall short as parent (though it’s the LAST thing I ever want to do), I’m reminded that God is a GOOD and LOVING Father who will be faithful to me and who will be faithful to my kids and their kids too, no matter what... So grateful for this simple and beautiful truth and for the way it gives us good reason to SING and to REJOICE with our voices and with our very lives.
I bought my son a cup of caterpillars for his birthday. We fed them, watched them grow to 7 times their size, marveled as they spun their cocoons, and waited with great anticipation for the incredible transformation to happen. It felt like watching a miracle unfold in our very own kitchen. I’m so grateful for this “world of wonders” that we live in, and that in SO many ways, creation sings the song of redemption and beauty that we were all made to listen to and to sing. So thankful that because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, because He rose from a grave, and because He lives today and intercedes for us, we ALWAYS have a reason to sing a brand new song to God. Here’s hoping that today and every day we won’t miss out on tuning into Creation’s beautiful song.
I just released a book and a little EP that lean into the theme of Creation singing and the invitation we’re all given to sing along with our voices and our lives. If you haven’t seen my book, Who Sang the First Song or heard my new children’s EP, Sing: Creation Songs, you can check them out at the link in my profile. They were both very much inspired by this beautiful verse in Psalm 98. MY hope and prayer is that the book and the EP feel like an invitation for both children AND adults to join in the song that this lovely world of wonders sings day in and day out.
I am so grateful for the way I see evidence of God’s faithfulness, love, and beauty in creation. It is as if creation itself is constantly singing the song of our Creator. Every morning that the sun comes up, I’m reminded that His mercies are new... that His love never runs out on us. Every evening when I see the stars sparkling bright in the sky or the moon glowing, I’m reminded that light is always stronger than the darkness. So deeply grateful for the consistent love and presence of the Light of the world, Jesus Himself, and I’m so grateful for the constant reminders that He has written in the sky so we won’t forget His love for us. We’ve just welcomed our third baby into the world, and I announced a new children’s book and EP as well that tie into this beautiful theme that Creation sings. My prayer is that all of our children would hear the beautiful song of God’s love and faithfulness that is played day in and day out like symphony. Goodness knows, I need to listen closely, because there are so many days that I forget. Thankful for the way God writes His love for us in the skies and all over the earth, giving us tangible reminders of what is true.
This week we’ve welcomed our third child, Samuel “Rivers” Holcomb, into the world - our little family is over flowing with love, and it’s got me thinking about sweet lullabies. Working on an album of songs for kids has been so fun because I’m always singing to my kids as we go through our days, so this music feels like a natural outflow of our everyday lives. My precious little girl loves for me to sing to her at night.
We welcomed our third baby into the world this week. Samuel Rivers Holcomb. He’s named after Drew’s brother, Sam, and Samuel means, “Heard by God.” We’ll call him Rivers, and this is the verse we’re praying over his life. May this precious boy know that God hears us, and may he know Jesus from an early age so that rivers of living water will flow from within him. Praying he will be a man who trusts God and who brings the life and refreshment that come from knowing God’s love with him wherever he goes.
I love remembering this verse as I get dressed in the mornings. So many days, I’m running around in the morning trying to figure out what to wear… these days... just a few days away from welcoming our 3rd kid into the world, most things don’t FIT, so it can be complicated, :) But what if instead of rushing about in a flurry of worrying about what clothes to wear in the mornings, I focused on clothing my spirit with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience? What if I began my days remembering the forgiveness that God has lavished upon me and making sure to forgive those who have hurt me? What if before I put on any outfit, I make sure to put on LOVE... to remember that I am deeply loved by the God of the universe, and because of that, I can love those around me... even when they are difficult and hard to love. I’m not knocking cute outfits here, and I’m not saying it’s wrong to think about what you’re going to wear each day, but I’m pretty sure my heart and my family and all of the people I encounter each day would be better for me focusing first on putting on LOVE.