Dara Maclean Not A Holiday, But Every Day.
Not A Holiday, But Every Day.
It's Thanksgiving day! Is anyone else thinking, how in the world did it get here so quickly?! Then, to top it off, Christmas is just around the corner?!!! Ahhhh!!! It really is such a special time of year, as you breathe in the seasons air and the thought of new possibilities and how good you have it, crazy how it's almost tangible. This is the time of year we hold the ones we love close, we remember where we've been and where we are, we gain perspective, we give more, we celebrate whats to come, this just for starters... There's really nothing like it. However, for that very reason, the fact that in every way, "that feeling" is abundantly more apparent and focused on around this particular time of year, I very much so think, ought not be the case. I shouldn't just feel like this now, this shouldn't be the "time frame" I choose to see the needs of world around me. Or, actually appreciate my parents for the selfless years of sacrifice they endured, which now allows me to partake in the abundance of their efforts. Or, forget to remember the fact that I have had a specific dream put in my heart since I was a little girl, to use music as a platform to be a minister of the gospel. To worship unconventionally and to be a part of an industry that creates music that unites a body of believers to discover their true identity and wholeness in Christ. To pray it speaks beyond me and inspires, then together, we can walk outside the four walls of the church and actually see the point, people.
So, this is me, choosing to remember, in every moment, that I have had and have, the most amazing honor of doing just that, being a part of something bigger than myself...
...I felt like "it" was supposed to come out of no where, that I was to learn how to be a worshiper, not on the platform, but with me life. To be about the process, to learn how to do ministry, to be faithful and serve, while falling in love with people. Out of that place, the dreams of my heart would be birthed... God, my father, did just that and far more. In the midst of leading worship for my parents, during a class my Father was teaching, a women was there listening. At the end of the class, she asked me if I had any music out, I told her about the independent projects I had done, she asked if she could have them ... On a perfectly sunny day, I got the phone call I had been praying for, literally my whole life. That amazing women named Debby Berry, passed my music along to another women named Susan Riley. Susan called me and said, "based on your independent project, I want to sign you as a song writer, but, tell me what you want to do". I was pacing in the back yard, while the beautiful sun was beating down on me and when she asked that question, I stopped in my tracks and it was like all the years of waiting, wondering, praying and serving added up and God my Father handed me the gift of a life time, my dream.
I answered by saying, yes, I am a writer and want to always be developing in that for my own artistry as well as for others, but, I know I'm called to be an artist...
Long, long, miraculous, God filled story short, she believed in me and she signed me. Six months later, we were artist focused & a crazy and awesome two year journey later I got signed to my amazing label family Word Entertainment.
I say all of that to say, today and every day God has been more than faithful. He fulfilled every dream He placed in my heart, only better, just because He's good.
I really never have the right to complain, I'm so blessed and I had nothing to do with it, I just said yes.
I wanted to share my story and remember, not just on a Holiday, but every second of every day. God is a promise giver and a promise fulfiller. So lets dream and keep dreaming impossible dreams, fall in love with people and worship with our lives, as we live from a place of constant Thanksgiving. The miraculous happens there, joy and peace are there and when we purpose to see Him and His goodness in everything, those are things that no one and nothing can take away from us.
Choosing to be thankful, lets help each other remember always.
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