Tag Archives: loss

Ryan Axtell :: This Valley :: CD Release

I just wanted to take a second to remind you how blessed I am to have Ryan & Danielle Axtell as friends of mine. I’ve been so honored to have been able to walk alongside Ryan during these past months as God has given and taken away with the loss of their first child. Ryan has never ceased to amaze me with his capacity to follow Jesus into ‘This Valley’. He has been relentless to dig in to find out how God could use this tragedy for His glory. Ryan and Danielle have traversed this trial with honor, integrity, humility, authenticity and yet anchored in the hope we have in Jesus. I only hope I can do my ‘valley’ with that level of respect and honor!

That being said, I could think of no greater thing than for all of us to come out Thursday night, April 15th 2010, to support Ryan and Danielle with the release of ‘This Valley’ his brand new CD. Out of ‘This Valley’ birthed songs rooted in the word and telling the God story in their lives. Ryan has worked vigorously on this project and the album sounds AWESOME!! The release is tomorrow night at 7pm in the auditorium at Cornerstone Chandler. Nyke our Camber Pastor will be interviewing Ryan about the still birth of their first child and all that has come with this hard season for he and Danielle. It will be a powerful time to share in music, story and community. Bring your family and friends to come enjoy this night!

If you can’t make it out to Arizona for the show, but, want to purchase his new Album CLICK HERE!!

My amazing Promise designed all the artwork for Ryan. I think she did a KILLER job and, yes, I am totally biased! 🙂

Steven Curtis Chapman on Larry King Live – CNN

In a previous summer I was actually nicknamed ‘Steven Curtis Chapman’ for my incredible possibilities as a Christian musician. hahaha. it really was a joke and my fellow staff team at Forest Home would break out in various choruses of Steven Curtis Chapman songs at the most random times to remind me of who I could potentially be one day. It never failed that the chorus ‘saddle up your horses’ from ‘The Great Adventure’ would be the chorus they’d remind me of so often. oh the great old days of SCC!!!!

The reality is that whether you like Steven Curtis Chapman, moreover his music, he seems to be an incredible guy and has had quite a successful career through his music and ministry. I know many friends in the Christian music industry and I know quite a few that know him personally and I have yet to hear an ill word spoken about him to the day. His integrity proceeds him in so many ways. so you can call me Steven Curtis all day long…if that’s what it could mean for me!! 🙂

Tonight, he and his family were on Larry King Live to talk about the tragic loss of their youngest adopted daughter Maria Sue Chapman after her older brother will, accidently, hit her in his SUV. It’s a painful thing to even think about the kind of loss that they are experiencing, let alone to be living in the middle of it.

I think they did a fantastic job of representing the Kingdom of God in their interviews. here is their blog and a video of the little girl that they loved and that the world has grown to love. she seemed to have had such a beautiful freedom in who she was as a little one. One thing is true, already, they are continuing to use the platform God has given them, even in the midst of adversity, to be Kingdom Agents!

blog: http://chapmanchannel.typepad.com/inmemoryofmaria/

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