Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~ James 1:17
When I made my first record for MCA in 1991, I wanted to thank God for all His blessings, but I didn’t want to sound trite or insincere. I decided that rather than just saying thank you, I’d find a Bible verse and put it in the liner notes of the album. If folks wanted to look up the verse for themselves, that was good by me.
I picked James 1:17 for that record, because I believe with all my heart that everything good in my life comes from God. I truly believe he gave me the gift of music, and he expected me to use it.
Over the years, I’ve included a Bible verse in every studio album I’ve made. It’s my way of expressing my faith. I don’t wear it on my sleeve, but it’s always there.
When I made that first album I was 26 years old. I didn’t have the life experience I have now, over 20 years later. I hadn’t lost my father and mother. I didn’t know just how much I would need that faith. I don’t think that I could face every day if I didn’t believe that God existed; if I didn’t believe that one day I would see my precious parents again.
Excerpted with permission from Once-a-Day Country Faith: 56 Reflections From Today’s Leading Country Music Stars by Deborah Evans Price, copyright Zondervan, 2013.
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