New Life in Progress

If it seems things are going wrong…you’re in the midst of a turnaround.

(Listen to my song “Make Your Way” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Psalm 31:23

Once I said in my anguish, “I am cut off from your sight.” Yet you heard my voice, my cry for mercy, when I pleaded with you for help.


Sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom before our egos will finally relinquish control long enough for us to actually be present to the Divine Presence.

It is only then that we have a chance to actually hear God.

Paradoxically, that is also when we can hear our true self.

As Thomas Merton said, “If I find (God), I will find myself, and if I find my true self I will find (God) (New Seeds of Contemplation).

For me, I had to become so miserable with my job and life in general before my ego would surrender.

It happened on a Friday in March of 1997.

That’s when I heard in the silence of my heart to “get your guitar”…a guitar I hadn’t touched in ten years.

I did pick up my guitar that day…and ten years later I released my first album of original music titled Listen to Your Heart.

Today I have four albums and a published book titled, Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing.

The music led me on a winding path that led to youth ministry, chaplaincy, jail ministry and social justice work.

God does hear us when we cry out.

God always hears us…it’s just that many times we are only listening to the constant chatter of our ego-controlled minds.

Now is the time to stop, take a deep breath, be present…and listen.

You are already perfectly loved and complete…right now.

Live from that place.


Listen to the song of the day “Make Your Way” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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