Life has been crazy lately. Melting in our current heatwave, struggling to get back on track with my diet and exercise program, trying to find time to shop around for bargains instead of making a quick run to the convenience store, trying to lean on the promises of Jehovah Jireh instead of fretting about college tuition, insurance payments and credit card bills. (You would think that printing, folding and stuffing more than 330 bulletins each week, with Philippians 4:19 staring me in the face on the front of each bulletin, that I'd get the message!)
To quote Francesca Battistelli, "in the middle of my great big mess, I forget how big I'm blessed." A big blessing showed up in my mailbox this week, in the form of Robert Pierre's new CD, I'm All In. I had a chance to listen to some sample downloads of Robert's music earlier this year, and loved his voice, his musical style, and the message to his music.
Robert Pierre is only eighteen years old, but here he is, with a new album -- and he wrote most of the songs himself! The songs are lively, the words are thought-provoking and challenging, and they were just what I needed, like the words of "Trust in You": I don't have the answer to what comes next. I can't see the outcome of my next step. Still my anxious heart and give me rest. 'Cause you are in control.
I've been listening to the CD for a couple of days, and I still haven't decided on a favorite song. Some appeal to me because of the music, others because of the message in the words. Robert said that all of the songs have something to do with the things he's going through in his life as he transitions from his senior year in high school to heading off to college. Having two girls who are also going through transitions, with Connie graduating from college at the end of the year, and Candy trying to figure out the next steps in her medical school journey, some of these songs really resonate with our family. I appreciate the way his music focuses on keeping your eyes on God no matter what path God is taking you down.
Robert's CD will be released on July 26th, but you can check out samples of the music at Amazon before then: I'm All In Stop by Robert's Website (if you go quickly, you can enter his drawing for a guitar!) or his Facebook page.
One lucky person can also win a copy of Robert Pierre's I'm All In CD. To enter, visit the CD's sale page on Amazon and listen to some of Robert's music, then come back here and leave me a comment to let me know which is your favorite song (remember to leave your e-mail so I can contact you if you win). Giveaway ends Sunday, July 31st at 11:59 PM. Winner will be selected in a random drawing on Monday, August 1st. Limit one entry per person.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Robert's "I'm All In" CD mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”