Rachel Aldous is a Christian artist based out of San Diego California. The songs on this album come straight from her heart and real life expiriences. Princess or Pauper-This song is about me in years gone by. It is a sad thing to watch a daughter of the King himself living like a poor man's daughter. I still remember the moment when it occurred to me that I could just come home. I had been alienating myself from the "royal family" but the King still loved me. He wanted me to come home. He waited by the window watching for any sign of his "little princess". The day I came home He ran out to meet me with his arms open wide. Texas Sky I was visiting my family in the Hill Country of Texas. It was an exquisite evening. The stars looked like they had been hand placed in the sky. I found myself staring up at them and marveling at just how tiny I felt at that moment. God is so big, powerful, and magnificent and I am so small and feel so insignificant. But somehow in this vast universe my God has this very intricate perfect plan for me. Matthew 10:29-31 says: "Are not 2 sparrows sold for a penny?Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. Even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don't be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows." Everything to me I started working with Brian Murphy a couple of years ago. He was not a christian at the time. He was drawn to the music and kept coming back. On one of our trips to sing at Donovan State Prison Brian found the message hitting him square between the eyes. A few days later Brian gave his heart to the Lord. He wrote this song a couple months after his conversion. I think it's amazing. He's Got His Eye on You This world can be a sad desperate place. People everywhere are hurting. I've had the question asked to me more than once: If there really is a God; why is there so much suffering? The answer is simple- sin. We live in a fallen world. But God wants to be with us and help us if we will just cry out to him and allow him the opportunity. He sees our pain and I know He hurts for us. Larry and the Mortuary I passed a funeral home one day. People were gathered for some poor soul that had just passed away. I started thinking about the conversation I had the day before. Someone told me that they just tried to be "good", and that is all they really could do. The fact is there are an awful lot of people in the torment of hell because they were living their life just trying to be "good". Romans 3:10 "There is no one righteous, not even one." Matt. 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the path the leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the path that leads to life, and only a few find it." Worth of a Man This song is about my parents. They currently live in Sri Lanka as missionaries. Their lives have been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. They have tirelessly served God at the expense of worldly possessions or position, putting eternity as their goal. I can only imagine what kind of treasure awaits the two of them when they do finally see Jesus face to face. While they remain here God has blessed there lives with rich experiences and the true joy of serving him. It doesn't get any better than that! Broken Brian wrote this song. When he describes his inspiration for it he says, "It is my life story." I feel like this is my life story as well. When my hard heart gets broken it becomes pliable and soft towards God and his plan and purpose for me. Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite heart." Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Grace of God A few years back the enemy found a weak place in me. I was tempted and dabbled in something I knew I shouldn't be messing with. I was playing with fire. But as God's grace is sufficient to make a way of escape, I took the escape route and the enemy lost his bet with God. Fortunately, I have no long term scaring from my perilous juggling act. 1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has seized you except that which is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." Transform Me This song just fell out of me one day. I was telling God all my frustrations of being so ridiculously human. Sometimes I feel so defeated and sinful and other days I feel just a little too confident that I'm doing so great. It's as if I am on a pendulum swinging back and forth between complete failure and arrogant spiritual pride. I want to find the balance so desperately. And I want God to use me and allow me to walk in his power and victory. Thank God, he isn't done with me yet! Hannah's Prayer At night while my babies are asleep I often sneak to there bedside and watch and marvel at how beautiful and innocent they are. This always turns into a desperate plea with God to strengthen them and forever keep them in his care. I wrote this song on one such night as I prayed over my daughter Hannah.