Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered CD Review + GIVEAWAY

There's never a day that goes by when music is not playing in our home. We listen to a lot of different genres, but especially enjoy listening to anything that speaks about Jesus and glorifies the Lord. Recently, I've been listening to Nichole Nordeman's latest CD, Every Mile Mattered, and I have to say it's definitely an album full of emotion, reflection, and testimony to God's faithfulness.

Nichole Nordeman is set to release her fifth full length studio record Every Mile Mattered. Following up her 2015 EP, The Unmaking, which featured the viral hit 'Slow Down,' Every Mile Mattered is a collection of songs taking a reflective look at her life's path to becoming the woman and Christ-follower she is today. From the leading single 'Every Mile Mattered,' to a vulnerable introspective track titled 'Dear Me,' this album is all about the journey, the ups and downs of life, and not looking back with regret, but with thankfulness that God was there at every turn.

Nichole Nordeman is one of Christian music's most respected singer/songwriters, with four No. 1 songs and seven Top 5 radio singles, including hits such as 'Holy,' 'Legacy' and 'Brave.' Her album Brave debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian & Gospel Album Chart.

All the songs on this CD are amazing, but of course I have a few favorites. The title track, Every Mile Mattered is one of them. It's all about not holding onto regrets. Even though we may have made previous mistakes, every moment in our lives brought us to where we are now. You can't erase those things, but you don't have to let them define you, either. What a powerful message!

Speaking of powerful messages, another beautiful song that is definitely worth listening to is Dear Me. I was reading the story behind Nichole's lyrics to this song:

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who asked us to write a letter to our future selves in ten years. Who would we be? Where would we live? Marriage? Family? Career? What would be most important to us and how would we find space in our lives for the things we claimed to cherish and value? Then, he mailed those letters to us, ten years later. There was significant eye rolling, as you might imagine, when I opened mine. All the hard won wisdom of a sheltered, privileged 18 year old white girl, dreaming her dreams.

She then wondered what it would be like to do the opposite, and actually write a letter to her younger self, instead. What would she have wanted her to know back then in order to prepare her for today?

I would tell her she’ll do it all wrong one million times, (and still is)…and that there is so much grace for the long road. Grace for every mistake and weakness. Grace for hypocrisy and shame. I would tell her how much Jesus loves her, not for her potential or progress, but exactly as she is.

Some of the lyrics to Dear Me:

What's inside the rear-view mirror is closer than it appears. We do the best that we know how, with what we have been given. And the difference between you and I is, I've been given time. In time, you'll see...And there is nothing you could do or say to separate you from the love of God who made you just exactly as He meant to. And you cannot imagine all the places you'll see Jesus. But you'll find Him everywhere you thought He wasn't supposed to go. So, go!.. Go!

Whoa, I get chills just reading those lyrics! This would be a really wonderful dedication song to a female who's just graduated high school and is going off to college or to be on their own. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see that her hit track Slow Down was included on the Every Mile Mattered album, since this was also on The Unmaking. This particular track is a different variation featuring the adorable voice of Pepper Ingram. I really love this song. The lyrics speak from a parent's point of view as they reminisce about their child and all the fun memories of when they were young. The parent is wondering where all the time went, and reminds their child not to rush the special moments–time goes by so quickly and they will be grown before they know it. It's hard not to get emotional when listening to the lyrics of this beautiful song. Also, some folks may remember the heartwarming video that was released, which displayed a montage of children and precious family moments. It's definitely a tearjerker, so grab some tissues before watching this:

Another good song that I definitely recommend listening to is Sound of Surviving. This is probably one of my favorites on the entire CD. It's just a really good song with a lovely melody, and of course to no surprise–powerful lyrics. It's kind of right up there with Every Mile Mattered in that it speaks about fighting through a battle, while not letting it defeat who we are in the here and now. This could be something physical like an illness or an addiction, or perhaps an emotional battle of some sorts. The song is not exactly specific to any one type of tribulation, and that is why it will definitely speak to the hearts of many who listen to it. On that note, I couldn't forget to mention You're Here, which is another song that I REALLY enjoyed, because it speaks of how God has always been there. Sometimes we forget this or try to run out and make it on our own, eventually realizing that we need Him. The beautiful thing is, it's not too late! He is right there waiting to take us back and show us His unconditional love. As Nichole puts it in her song, the only invitation that He needs is the very air we breath.

Let's face it, this whole CD is amazing and really touches on my heartstrings in so many ways. The official release date for Every Mile Mattered is July 28th. Be sure to look for it online or at your local music store.

Every Mile Mattered CD Giveaway

I've also been blessed to offer a giveaway opportunity to Our Everyday Harvest readers. One winner will receive Nichole Nordeman's Every Mile Mattered CD. To enter, just follow the prompts below. Thank you for entering!

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