This week, for Quiet Time Tuesday, we have a great giveaway from Dana at Songs for Saplings!
Our family has enjoyed Dana’s songs for years and we’re so excited to be able to share them with you today.
Before we get to the giveaway, we had the opportunity to interview Dana & her husband James via email. Read on to learn more about Dana’s love for the Lord and her heart for children. Then enter to win any two of the Songs for Saplings CDs!
Why did you begin writing songs for kids?
Kids are really smart. They soak up everything they hear and see. What I really wanted to do was create fun, interesting music that would be saturated with Bible verses and theology. The question and answer method is an ancient and beautiful method for teaching kids. My prayer is that the lyrics will sink down deep in kids’ hearts and they will be able to turn the truths they learned there for the rest of their lives.
What goals have you seen accomplished through your work with Songs for Saplings?
To be honest, when we finished the first album I was thrilled. We really didn’t know what we were doing and didn’t have a model to work from. Watching how God shepherded that project through, gave us the creativity we needed, and brought all the right people with the right skills. Just listening to that first finished product was a thrill.
Since then we’ve done Volumes 2-4 and, Lord willing, will release Volume 5 next year. I have to admit that doing this on our own without a label or outside help has been a lot of work, but we’ve seen how God has provided each step of the way. I know this doesn’t answer your question about “goals,” but I want to encourage people to listen to God’s calling and recognize the gifts He’s given you and strike out. You’ll be amazed at how it turns out.
What do you see as Song for Saplings’ biggest milestone?
Work on Volume 6 is underway. It will be the last album in the “Question with Answers” series. One hundred-fifty songs about God, Creation, Sin, Salvation, Christ and His work, the Bible, the Sacraments, and the return of Christ. That’s a lot for a stay-at-home mommy with 6 kids. I am humbled that God has let me be a part of this, and I can’t wait to see how God will take this work and use it.
What two things would you love to see happen with Songs for Saplings in the future?
1) Our goal is to get the music out there and know it’s being used. God has always provided for us and he always will. If we can move a million CDs and cover our costs, I’d be on cloud nine. We don’t need to make one cent. I’d love to hear “Questions with Answers” playing in every minivan in America. I’d love to see that more and more churches are using songs in their Sunday school programs. I’d love it if every mom or dad could ask their kids “How can you glorify God?” and their children could, without hesitation, sing the answer to them. (click here if you don’t know, #15). By the way, if you have readers who want music but can’t afford to buy it right now, point them to music.songsforsaplings.com where they can listen to all of the albums for free.
Did you all catch that? You can listen to Songs for Saplings online for FREE!
2) We’ve started translating the songs into other languages. We have Volume 1 done in Chichewa (the language in Malawi), and are working on Volume 1 in Russian, Polish, and French as well as Volume 2 in Chichewa. I was in Malawi this summer visiting villages where I heard children singing songs from Volume 1 in their own language. Laughing, dancing, drumming, and singing God’s word and his truth. More of that.
Doesn’t that sound like the type of music you want your children learning, singing, and internalizing!
We were bless by Dana to receive the new 123 CD and the 4th CD in the Questions with Answers series. Both of these CD have received a lot of play time as our children learn truths about God and hide his word in their hearts.
This new CD was designed to teach children about the word of God as they learn their numbers. Along with the Songs for Saplings ABCs, this CD makes a wonderful addition to any home with young children.
The Questions with Answers series continues with this latest CD with songs designed to teach children about the importance of God’s word and how we can please God by doing what he says in his word. The first ten songs teach about the 10 Commandments. The rest of the CD teaches about why God’s word is important, why we should obey it, and what good these rules are in our lives today. If you want to plant seeds of sound theology in the minds and hearts of your children the Questions with Answers CDs are sure to deliver!
Now, for the giveaway:
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This giveaway is open worldwide, however if you live outside of the US you’ll receive your chosen albums as digital downloads not as physical CDs.
Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 6th at 11:59 pm EST.
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