Monday, February 05, 2007

Breathing Room is here!


Well, Breathing Room is officially now available. Not just figuratively or literally but spiritually! They just became ready for distribution this past weekend, and we have already sold quite a few. As I've said before, the goal of this project is not to show my capabilities vocally or to become more well known or anything. Truly I don't care about being known for singing. (Yes, other things I do struggle with the desire to be known for...that's not one of them anymore.) With that said at the same time, I still like to sing and play. Anyway, I digress.

The first copy of Breathing Room went to a mother who just lost her toddler when he drowned in a swimming pool two weeks ago. He wandered out to the back yard in a moments time...and that was it. Her cousin is a member of our church and she asked me if I had any copies of the CD ready yet. At that time, I had just two sitting on my desk. She took one and immediately drove it over to her cousin's. I understand that the music and the prayer have been really comforting to her. My prayers have already been answered.

Really, that's what this CD is all about to me... that's what I envisioned it for. It was a vision in my heart two years ago to do it...some might think it crazy. Sing a bunch of gut wrenchingly honest songs about wanting to give up and crying out to God, then pray a 20-something minute prayer at the end of the CD for people who are grasping for hope. It doesn't sound too exciting to many people, but to those like that Mom who lost her little boy, it may have been all she had to hold on to the other night.

What is my goal for this CD? That people will remember that it is available when they have a friend or family member who is depressed, grieving or struggling in any way. That they will give it as a gift, perhaps enclose it with a "thinking of you" or sympathy card, and give the person more than just flowers or something that will just fade away and not make any real difference in a week or two. I want it to be something people can go to time and again, at 3 am if they need to, actually 24/7 - ANYTIME - they are having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

When people are at the end of their rope, I want Breathing Room to help them tie a knot on the end, and hang on.

2 comments:

Pastor Lisa said...

Where can we purchase?

Pastor Deanna said...

You can purchase by sending a check for $13.00 (extra $3 because I'm going to pack and ship it) made out to me - Deanna Shrodes.

Send the check to me at -

Northside A/G
16235 Lake Magdalene Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33613