Today I want to welcome the wonderful ladies from Mercy River! Mercy River is a woman’s vocal group that just released their newest album “Higher”.Â On top being amazing vocal artists they are also moms, wives, friends, neighbors, and church members. Sound like a lot right? Well today the ladies from Mercy River are going to share a little bit of their story with you, including how they manage to “do it all” and achieve their dreams. So sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired by these amazing women!
Â “On Doing it All & Achieving Our Dreams by: Mercy River“
If you look at our Facebook profile youâ€™ll see that who we are is summed up in eight simple words, â€œWeâ€™re just three moms who love to sing!â€
While this may be true, there is obviously a lot more to the three of us, and there is nothing simple about our lives. For starters, we all have great husbands, who are our biggest fans and supporters. But besides three husbands, there are also 13 kids between us! Thatâ€™s a total of 19 people in the Mercy River â€œfamilyâ€…and it gets challenging. Between rehearsals, doing homework, making dinner, carpooling to dance, making time for our husbands, and just everyday busy-ness, life can get quite crazy.
Every time we perform we get asked, â€œHow do you do it all?â€ and our answer is always the same, â€œWe donâ€™t!â€ Something always has to give. Sometimes our houses are a mess, our laundry piles are up to the ceiling, and sometimes our husbands have to make dinner.
Sometimes we have to turn down a girls-night-out or give up extra hobbies to perform with Mercy River or to spend time with our families. It just isnâ€™t possible to â€œdo it all!â€ (Or if it is…we just havenâ€™t learned how yet.)
Butâ€¦we HAVE learned how to â€œmake it work.â€ For example, we take our kids with us to rehearsals (see our Youtube video for an example of the chaos). We set limitations on how much â€œMercy River-ingâ€ we do each month. And weâ€™ve learned to be patient with ourselves even though our vans might smell like old socks, or we have 7,385 non-printed pictures sitting on our computers, or our two year old doesnâ€™t have â€œI am a Child of Godâ€ memorized.
Weâ€™ve learned that if you are following the spirit as it prompts you day by day–being where (and who) God wants you to be–it isnâ€™t â€œallâ€ you can do, and it might not be the â€œbestâ€ you can do, but it is enough.
So, how did a blonde (Brooke), a brunette (Whitney), and an auburn (Soni), who didnâ€™t know each other, become Mercy River? Simply put, all three of us were singing in the Jenny Phillips choir when Jenny had the idea of putting a three-girl group together. She asked each of us if we wanted to do it, and of course we were excited about the opportunity. Little did we know what was in store for us! Although we have been able to work with incredible producers and musicians, meet many amazing speakers at Time Out For Women (as well as hundreds of wonderful fans), weâ€™ve also had our own share of humbling experiences. The kind of humbling experiences that make you want to crawl in a hole and hide. We actually have our own â€œTop 10 Embarrassing Mercy River Momentsâ€â€¦which we will keep to ourselves.
Through all the ups and downs of Mercy River, the three of us have become best friends. Such good friends, in fact, that we are often asked if we are sisters. In these moments we just look at each other and smile, knowing that we sure could be. But perhaps more important than friendship, weâ€™ve gained the knowledge that â€œwith God nothing shall be impossibleâ€ (Luke 1:37). The song â€œWith Him We Canâ€ on our new album is really our expression of this truth. Through our experiences as mothers, wives, friends, and members of Mercy River, we have for sure learned of our own limitations. But weâ€™ve also learned of the amazing things that God can do if we let Him. If there is anything we want to share through our music and mothering, it is
this eternal truth.
What did I tell you? Inspirational right? And now for a giveaway! ….
Â WIN A FREE COPY OF MERCY RIVER’S NEWEST ALBUM!
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Winner will be chosen randomly on 03/16/2012 & notified by email & at the top of this post.
GIVEAWAY CLOSED :: WINNER WAS MaWe