I just have to tell you right off the bat that when I saw the post to write in I basically started jumping for joy. Your music has been so influential in my faith walk over these past 8 years I'm excited to finally get the chance to thank you.
Thank you for making the music you do. It has only brought me closer to God and has encouraged me in difficult times by reminding me of God's promises.
Now onto why I have this hope. Goodness there are so many stories I can share but I will just share the most recent one.
In April 2016 I gave birth to a happy, healthy baby girl, Audrey. She is such a ray of sunshine, I just can't believe how much you can love a person. I went on maternity leave and loved devoting that time to Audrey. Far too quickly my leave was up and I had to return to work. It ripped my heart out to leave her, all I wanted was to be home with her. My student loan debt, however, was too large and my employer's health insurance too good for me and my husband to justify me staying home with Audrey. I prayed and prayed for God to show me that plan because I honestly felt that I was supposed to stay home with her. I just felt that it was a desire put in me by God himself. I didn't understand why it was working this way. I also couldn't deny His hand at work even then. Our daycare situation essentially fell into our laps. My mother-in-law is a school teacher and my leave was over in the summer so she came to my house everyday to watch my baby for free. Praise God for mother-in-laws! Then we happened into a conversation with a friend who said she would be willing to do daycare for us. I couldn't believe how perfect this was, someone I trust and a situation I was completely comfortable leaving my baby in. I still didn't feel that this was the end of the plan and God indeed had more up his sleeve. Very shortly after transitioning Audrey to our friend's care my manager informed me of a reorganization of the team I was a part of and that we were all being placed on new teams in our company. There was a month's period of time where I was actually unsure if I would continue to be employed here as they were having trouble placing me. During this time I was extremely stressed and yet excited with anticipation of what as to follow. I felt God's peace resting on me at that time. Honestly, I could just feel Him telling me to have peace and patience, that He was in this situation. Sure enough, after a month of waiting and wondering, I was placed on a team that allows me to work from home FULL TIME and my boss is a wonderful person. My schedule is so flexible I can actually be home with my child without the need for extra care currently. Throughout this situation I could see God moving and working and your song "What You Want" had just been released. I was listening to this on repeat pretty much every day and it became my prayer I prayed over and over. When I first heard "I Have This Hope" I just about lost it as it felt like the words were already in my soul. The song gives me chills as I sing it and has become my anthem. Through this God showed me his faithfulness and He gave me the hope I needed to persevere as I was able to be confident in Him that He had this situation all figured out. "I have this hope in the depth of my soul, in the flood or the fire, You're with me and You won't let go." He was with me and He never let go.
Thank you for letting my share my story. Thank you again for making this music. Your music has seen me through some of the worst days of my life and some of the best.
Written By: Liz Olson