Guess what arrived??!

On Friday a semi pulled up to our office and we unloaded 5,000 songbooks!

After piles of drafts, it felt wonderful to hold a finished copy.

The songbook process began when Sarah Roberts came last year, helped with the CD recording, and then spent 2+ weeks full time writing arrangments and entering them into the Finale Software. When Sarah Roberts initially e-mailed asking if there was anything she could do to help Bright Lights for a few weeks in the summer, Sarah (Mally) mentioned that we had just scheduled to record a CD and would love to have a songbook to go along with it. The Lord had already given Sarah Roberts this idea independently (though she didn’t know about the recording) and she was excited to come and help. We were thrilled.

After Sarah left, numerous other friends and BL leaders spent time editing, arranging, and entering in new songs. We saw God’s hand of provision in many special ways through many special friends…but of those, Nickie definitely put in the most time of all as she designed and laid out the entire songbook in InDesign. (Not a simple project!)

As we neared the finish line, Sarah and I realized we needed a little more organized system as we went through each song numerous times editing and catching mistakes, so this is the little chart we developed and used for a couple days during the editing process….

Hey, whatever works, right?!

Editing and more editing…late into the night… Deadlines are VERY helpful when it comes to getting things done. (We wanted the songbooks done by our Bright Lights conferences this summer.)

Even Stephen joined the team…

Finally! Finished product! It’s exciting to see the Lord give a desire and then complete it. Our desire and prayer is that this songbook would be a useful tool for Bright Lights groups around the country and that it would direct the attention of multitudes to Jesus Christ.

For more information or to order a songbook, click here.

β€œIt is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness every night” Psalm 92:1-2

14 thoughts on “Guess what arrived??!

  1. How exciting! I absolutely love the CD, and can’t wait to get a copy of the songbook!

    God bless you all abundantly as you keep serving Him!!

  2. Grace (and everyone who worked on this project),
    Thank you, thank you, thank you SO much!! I can’t say how excited I am! We have been practicing three of the BL songs with our girls choir, but for one of them we need the piano music to continue. Our girls group is going to be so excited!
    Blessings!
    In Christ’s love,
    ~Annie~
    Galatians 6:9

  3. Yeah! This book is being released just in time for me to order it before I start a new Bright Lights group here in Illinois! Thank you so much for all your hard work, I can’t wait to get my copy!

    In Christ Alone,
    Allison

  4. How exciting!!! I can’t wait to get one of my very own. Will they be at the Cedar Rapids & Duluth conferences? If so, perhaps I will pick one up then.

    Oh, I am so very excited!
    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

  5. Hi Grace,
    I am very excited to hear about the new song book! The CD has blessed me in so many ways and I look forward to all that God can do with the song book.
    Thank you to everyone who works with your ministry and to yourself for what you do and your obedience to Christ!
    Continue in Him,
    Amy

  6. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to get one! Thanks so much for all the work y’all put into it! I can’t wait to start learning them with my BL group!!!
    ~Haley πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t even read music and I’m so excited! Thanks be to the Lord for prospering the work of your (collective) hands!
    Ps 90:
    16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
    And Your glory to their children.
    17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
    And establish the work of our hands for us;
    Yes, establish the work of our hands.

    May the Lord bless you (all) within and without,
    Monique

  8. Wow! An answer to prayer:) I’m amazed at how God is really working through this ministry. I’ll be praying that you reach as many people as you can with Bright Lights. The CD has really blessed me and I know the songbook is another blessing to have.

    Will order one soon!

    ~Christy

  9. Yeah! I’m so excited for you all! I know how relieving that must be to finally have it done and in your hands. Thanks for all the work you all put into this, especially Nickie and Sarah and Grace…I like the pictures of your coding for editing. πŸ™‚ cool idea! Praying for you as you do the conferences…

  10. My sister and I just got back from our friend house where we spent an hour singing and harmonizing! We love all of the songs in the book!!!! I have already started learning them!
    Thank y’all so much!
    Haley πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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