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Mile After Mile - Story Behind the Song

Updated: Jul 21, 2019

"Mile After Mile" was actually inspired by some dear friends of mine. I was so deeply moved by their commitment to God and by how they live their life on mission, and I liken them to them being missionaries everywhere they set their feet. One day their journey took an unexpected turn and, as they packed up and moved away, I gave them a recording of this song. The song was written for them, but it was also so much for me.

I’ve found that life is a journey, an adventure; and you never really know what lies around the next bend in the road. Sometimes we take that turn only to learn out that the next few miles of the journey are going to be some tough ones. That’s what happened to me. As I went through a particularly challenging time in my life, this song became something I held on to. When I felt sad, I would sing and remind myself that “there’s always a horizon.” When I felt alone, I would declare “through the valleys, through the mountains, You’re the God who’s there for me.” I learned so much about God through that time. Through hard times, I found that God is still good. When it seems that life keeps trying to kick us down, God is the grace we need to keep going.

I’m still in touch with those friends, and so happy to say that they’re doing really well. The great thing about life being a journey is that the road keeps going. The landscape changes, and life eventually gets easier. Challenges don’t last forever, so long as you don’t give up.

Maybe you or someone you know is in a difficult time in life. Let me encourage you to look to The Lord in every moment. He is such a source of strength, hope, and encouragement. And He is ALWAYS with you, mile after mile.

Here are some of the scriptures that inspired Mile After Mile. If you look them up, I know they’ll encourage you as much as they did me!

Psalm 23:4, Psalm 119:1-5, Psalm 139:2-5, John 10:28-29


Pack the van

Find the destination on the map

Say goodbye to the house

And to all we had

It's not easy to follow

Something we can't see

But there's something to be said

About this life we lead

There's always a horizon

There's always more to find

And I've found Love is with me

Mile after mile

God will go before me

And God will come behind

God is always with me

Mile after mile

I have heard "are we there yet?"

Playing in my mind

And I may have even said it

A couple of times

You’re the bridge o’er troubled waters

Headlights when I️ can’t see

You’re the road I’m traveling on

You’re the lamp unto my feet

Through valleys, through the mountains

You’re the God who’s there for me

I know I’m in Your hand

Every mile along the journey

#storybehindthesong #music #god #hope #mileaftermile

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