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Happy Groundhog ... er, New Years ... Day

I am the Queen of Resolutions. The Guru of Good Intentions. The Diva of Declarations. The Premier of Promises ... You get the idea.

I'm a big, big fan of New Year's resolutions. Every January 1st, I make them. Every January 2nd, I break them. Tradition is important.

Exactly eleven years ago, January 2nd, 1997, I had an epiphany. If Lamentations 3:21-23 really is true--if God's mercies really are new every morning, and His faithfulness really is great--every day (every moment!) has all the promise and potential of a New Year's Day. Failure is cause for repentance (and repentance means changing direction), but it's not cause for inevitable despair.

This New Year's Eve, like all the others, I wrote a long and stubbornly hopeful list of Things I'd Like to Work On. But at the top I put my most important resolution: Every Day Shall Be New Year's Day. Thanks be to God, that's a promise I can keep.

Here are the words to the song I wrote eleven years ago, the night I had my epiphany. It still applies to me, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Happy New Year!


I buy a lot of diaries

Fill them full of good intentions

Each and every New Year's Eve

I make myself a list

All the things I'm gonna change

Until January 2nd

So this time I'm making one promise

This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

I believe it's possible

I believe in new beginnings

'Cause I believe in Christmas Day

And Easter morning too

And I'm convinced it's doable

'Cause I believe in second chances

Just the way that I believe in you

This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This could start a revolution

Every day is...

One more chance to start all over

One more chance to change and grow

One more chance to grab a hold of grace

And never let it go

This will be my resolution

Every day is New Year's Day

This could start a revolution

Every day is New Year's Day

© 1997 running arends music/New Spring Publishing, a division of Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)

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One More Christmas Song

As I shared in my last post, I've recently had an opportunity to record a couple of new Christmas songs. Due to a longstanding tradition at my church, I write a new Christmas song each year (8 of those songs are on my 2004 release: Christmas: An Irrational Season). Here is a fresh recording of 2005's song: "Everything Changes at Christmas". You can download it for free at Lemme know what you think -- and Merry Christmas!


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What Kind of King

Hey All,

My little Baptist church in Coquitlam, BC has had a tradition of having me write a new Christmas song in time for each year’s Christmas Eve service. This seemed like a good idea fourteen Christmases ago …

Anyway, eight of those songs wound up on my Christmas disc (Christmas: An Irrational Season). That disc released in 2004, so there have been a couple more tunes since then. (Don’t ask me about this year’s song. It’ll come, it’ll come. That’s what I keep telling myself.) I just had a chance to record the 2005 and 2006 songs, and we’ve decided in the spirit of the Season to just give ‘em away. You can listen to the first song right here, and you can download it for free at Just lemme know what you think, OK?

God is with us!


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