Mandisa: Behind the Song Overcomer!

There are very few things I love more in this world besides a positive, encouraging, make you wanna get up and dance new song from  my favorite female artist, Mandisa.

Off the top of my head, the only worldly thing I can think of  that I love more is my 6 year old son, Alex.

So, you can imagine how excited I am that Mandisa’s latest and greatest single, Overcomer, is finally available for downloading over on iTunes today!  Yippee!!!  (Of course, I stayed up until midnight to download it.  I’m always afraid that when a song is as good as Overcomer is, iTunes might run out or something 🙂

In case you were wondering where Mandisa found the inspiration for Overcomer, check out the above video where she shares a little bit about the thought process behind the song.

If the story behind Overcomer doesn’t inspire you, then I bet Mandisa’s warm smile and beautiful inside-and-out self will.  (And if neither inspires you, then you should probably see a doctor because there’s something wrong with you!  I kid, I kid! 🙂

Zumba With Mandisa

Imagine, if you will, the kind of crazy chaos that would go down if your local health club advertised a new Zumba class with the one and only Mandisa as the course instructor.

If I were to guess, such a class would sell out faster than any exercise class ever in the entire history of (wo)mankind.

I’m sorry to tell you that there is no Mandisa-led Zumba class that I’m aware of anywhere in the continental United States of America.  (There’s probably no such class in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, or anywhere else, either.)

There is, however, a bit of good news for me to report in relationship to Mandisa & Zumba.  This morning Mandisa tweeted a YouTube video of herself leading a Zumba routine to her Zumba-tastic song, “Good Morning”.  As one would expect of a video starring Mandisa, it is awesome.

The best part about the Mandisa-Zumba-YouTube routine?  The grace/coordination challenged Mandisa fans of the world (ok, so I’m talking about me here) can now Zumba our little hearts out in the privacy of our own home.

Not only is Mandisa one of the most talented and beautiful people on the planet, she’s also pretty brilliant for coming up with this, too.

So, check it out below! (And, if you see an ambulance parked outside my house later, you’ll know why.)

Mandisa News!

One of my favorite ladies, Mandisa, has a busy day in store tomorrow, February 20th, 2013! First up, the multi-Grammy nominated sweetheart will be performing her hit song, ‘Stronger’ on Good Morning America in celebration of Robin Roberts triumphant return to the show after a near death battle with cancer. GMA had previously used ‘Stronger’ as an anthem of sorts during updates about Roberts’ progress following her bone marrow transplant treatment in 2012. This will not be Mandisa’s first time on GMA; in August 2012, Mandisa performed a rollicking rendition of the song ‘Good Morning’ from her latest album, ‘What If We Were Real’, along with Mr. tobyMac. Mandisa is set to sing ‘Stronger’ tomorrow during the 8 o’clock hour on Good Morning America (ABC).

Following her performance on GMA, Mandisa will head over to the popular daytime TV show, The Doctors, to discuss her weight loss journey with Dr. Travis Stork. (Anyone remember him from The Bachelor? I do!) According to my Mother, who unbeknownst to me until today is an AVID fan of The Doctors, the show is on NBC here in Fort Wayne at 9 am and 11 am.  Apparently, it is such a popular show here in Northeast Indiana that they need to air it twice daily.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to live in Indiana, you can find out where to tune in in your neck of the woods at The Doctors official website, http://www.thedoctorstv.com.

After her TV appearances, Mandisa will be jetting off on a 23 city 3 in 1 tour along with Brandon Heath and Laura Story.  I’m taking my sister and 7 year old niece to go see the show on April 12th in Indianapolis and can’t wait! (Side Note to my sister, Stacy–if you are reading this, you best act real surprised when you open the tickets for your birthday!)

If you want to practice singing along to ‘Stronger’ so you’ll be ready for both Mandisa’s appearance on GMA and her upcoming tour, check out the video below of her performing ‘Stronger’ live in studio.  (Okay, I have to write one more side note:  I love Mandisa SO much that I have even been known to sing AND dance along with her at her concerts.  I NEVER do that, which is a testament to the lovely and talented Mandisa’s spirited performances.  She’s a true Jesus loving gem!  Definitely check out her TV appearances tomorrow, and if you get the chance, go see her on tour this spring!)

27 Days of Christmas Music, Day 5: Mandisa’s Christmas Makes Me Cry

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Matthew West – Christmas Makes Me Cry – feat. Mandisa

I’m going to be completely frank for the next few minutes.

For a lot of people out there, Christmas sucks.

Harsh as this may sound, you know as well as I do that it’s true.  We live in a completely broken, torn apart world.  Even while Psalm 47:8 plainly tells us, “God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne,” I’d be lying if I didn’t freely admit that most of the time it seems like the only thing reigning in this messed up world is our own brokenness.

You better believe Mandisa and Matthew West aren’t the only ones Christmas has the potential to make cry.

I’d be surprised if anyone, anywhere didn’t at one time or another feel pretty darn miserable at Christmas.

I know I hurt when I think about how much I miss my grandmothers at Christmas time.

My heart breaks when I think about the Christmas memories I didn’t get a chance to make with my little girl.

I turn into a floodgate of emotions when faced with Hallmark Commercials, photos of golden retriever puppies wearing Christmas bows, sappy romantic holiday movies and stories revealing the true meaning of Christmas this time of year.

Niagara Falls has nothing on me in these instances, that much is certain.

Tonight as I ponder the true meaning of all my Christmas tears, an unexpected thought pops into my mind.

No one has ever written a song called “Easter Makes Me Cry.”

For a brief moment, I wonder why this is the case?  I mean, all the holiday stuff that makes people cry at Christmas is still pretty applicable at Easter.  Come to think of it, the story of Easter comes right on the heels of Jesus spending three days being tortured, dying a horrific death, and taking a trip to hell for sins He never committed.

Shouldn’t we not just be crying at Easter over the atrocities committed against our Savior, but tearing out our hair and gnashing our teeth as well?

I mean, seriously, if we are crying at Christmas time over the sweet story about the birth of a little baby boy lying in manger, shouldn’t Easter be filled with a little more angst?

Of course not.

(Had you going there for a minute, though, didn’t I?!)

So why all the tears at Christmas and not Easter?

Perhaps my favorite line of lyrics in Christmas Makes Me Cry explains why our emotions are closer to the surface at Christmas time than any other time of the year:

I think of Mary and the virgin birth
And I’m amazed by how much God thinks we are worth
That He would send His only Son to die
And sometimes Christmas makes me cry

As I picture my precious Savior lying in that lowly manger, the joy I feel as I celebrate His birth is coupled with the full knowledge of what Christmas would one day cost Him.

Because of me.  (You, too!)

…I’m amazed by how much God thinks we are worth

That He would send His only Son to die

While I’ve shed many tears at Christmas time, I can’t stop my heart from rejoicing with the knowledge that our Savior’s story didn’t end at Christmas.

It didn’t end when He died, arms outstretched, for you and for me, on the cross at Calgary either.

The promise that was made to us on that Christmas night so long ago was fulfilled in its entirety on that blessed Easter morn when the angel triumphantly announced, “He is not here; for he has risen as he said he would.” (Matthew 28:6)

Because of Easter, because my Lord is risen indeed, I believe with unsurpassing confidence that one day the tears I’ve shed in the past will matter no more, and all the pain and brokenness and death of this world will pass away.

All that will remain is the joy I feel knowing that the price my Savior paid for me has set me free from all of my tears, all of my sadness, and all of my pain forevermore.

No one cries at Easter because Jesus is alive!  Hallelujah!  (And a very merry Christmas, too!)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4