"Letters from the Heart"

From the rearview mirror - 60 days into the journey

Here we are, 60 days into this new life God has called us to. What’s it been like? 

I had been in worship ministry, full and part-time for 40 years, 15+ at Friendship Church. My last day in that role…

Mental Health - It's a thing.

Sometimes mental health is the thing that gets pushed away, an afterthought, almost judgmental in some ways. “If he (she) only trusted Jesus more, all would be well.” “If he (she) read the Bible more, they would be fine.”  There…

Giving it Everything I Got (Cindy's take)

How was it possible that I didn’t “see” my first homeless person until I was 12 years old?  It was while visiting Washington DC on a school safety patrol trip. Of all the sites we took in, that was the…

Giving it Everything I Got! (Mark's take)

So we wake up on Monday and face another week. Hopefully, you and I are working in a passion or at least something that we don’t hate :-) Sometimes we have jobs that aren’t much fun or maybe even worse…

Pass it along (#3 of 3)

Pass it along 

I pressed in, I pressed on. Now what? Most of us in this “category” think you cannot and should not talk about it. My therapist told me, “Mark, I want you to tell your wife about this…

Press on (#2 of 3)

After "Press in" comes "Press on"

I started therapy with the second therapist in late 2010 and we dove in. After two sessions she confirmed there was something deep inside and it would take some work to get to the…

Press in (#1 of 3)

Mark Alewine Music is all about helping people press in, press on and then pass it along. Each of these has a special, personal meaning. 

Press in comes first...

After seeing my reactions to stress over the years, in late…

Like a hidden picture

Mark and I are so excited to have been given so many songs and want to get them produced and released as quickly as possible. We have encountered lots of little “mountains” to climb along the way; nothing extraordinary, just…

WHO'S on your playlist? WHOSE playlists are you on?

I recently asked myself these two questions. It was very helpful to me so I encourage you to do so as well...  

Who is on your playlist today?  

What songs are top of mind when you wake up in the…

May Your Coffee Taste Much Sweeter

For 31 years now, my son and I have gone on an annual fishing trip in northern Minnesota (since he was 6 years old). It’s an amazing time in a primitive cabin and some of the most beautiful, peaceful scenery…

Reclaiming Christmas

From Cindy… 

I confess that over the years I have been a bit cynical and less than gracious about all the “Christmas” trappings. Mark and I have usually had jobs that required a lot of extra effort at Christmas. This…