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I love listening to Christian music and I enjoy learning of artists that are new to me. I had heard of Nichole Nordeman before, but wasn’t sure about what specific songs she sings. Even so, I was excited to be able to review her new cd, Every Mile Mattered, because music just soothes my soul.
Why Nichole Wrote Every Mile Mattered
“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.”
*Quote found on her official website.
Song List for “Every Mile Mattered” CD
- 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
What I Thought About Every Mile Mattered
Nichole Nordeman has a very beautiful singing voice. Her voice is so clear and has a very pure and beautiful tone. I really enjoyed listening to the cd and sometimes even stopped what I was doing to just sit and listen. I liked all of the songs, but I don’t want to spoil your listening experience by telling you about all of them, so I will just tell you about my favorite 5.
“Dear Me” was inspired by Nichole’s high school teacher who had them write a letter to their future selves in 10 years. My high school teacher did the same thing! This song has such a beautiful message and for those of you that have read my cd reviews before, you know I love to sign along with the music sometimes, and this song was perfect for that. Also, I really enjoyed the beautiful orchestra music that was in some parts of the song. My daughter plays the violin, so the orchestra was nice to hear.
“Listen to Your Life” was an encouraging song about learning to hear God speaking through His Holy Spirit, while learning to ignore all the other sounds in your life. I have a hard time ignoring all those other sounds, so this was a song I needed to hear. I also enjoyed the acoustic guitar that could be heard throughout the song. My older son plays the guitar, so it was nice to hear an acoustic guitar in the song.
“Beautiful Day” was a song written for me. It talks about various negative things that could happen in your day, but in spite of that you need to look for the positive, and you’ll see that it really was a beautiful day. I always focus on the negative, and I know I need to learn to focus on the positive instead.
“Anywhere We Are” is an absolutely beautiful song about love. The words are beautiful, the message and emotion in the song are beautiful, and the cello is beautiful!
“Slow Down” is a very moving song about kids growing up, but you want them to slow down. Parts of the song are sung with a child, and their voice is just so precious and sweet. It made me think of my kids, 2 in college and 1 entering 5th grade, and how sometimes I wish their growing up would just slow down. The song even brought tears to my eyes, and that rarely happens!
This CD is very encouraging and reminds you that your life matters. I think this is a message that all of us want, and need to hear.
Where to Find the Every Mile Mattered CD
She also has a book coming out August 22, called Slow Down:Embracing the Everyday Moments of Motherhood.
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