I wrote one of the songs on this album called Loved to Life under immense pressure.
But who knows that when you find yourself in a pressure situation, it forges a diamond?
I was at DIVE school in Dallas, with Rita Springer.
That’s her and I pictured together above.
Rita has mentored what would be fair to say, thousands of women and men around the world in the arena of worship
And is currently an artist in residence at Gateway Church with Kari Jobe.
She sings to 30,000 people at church every week and travels the globe extensively with her beautiful boy Justice
To release and inspire women to develop into all they can be in their calling as artists.
She also has one of the most prolific song writing and recording careers for a worship artist in the world.
I found myself at one of her DIVE schools for a week long intensive with 20 other women who wanted mentoring in this area.
One of the ‘tasks’ we had was to write a song and sing it to a panel at the end of the week.
In my short song writing career, I couldn’t think of anything more terrifying.
I laugh now, but at the time it caused me sleepless nights in my little hotel bed in Dallas, Texas,
Next to my roomie, Amie (my drummer pal with green hair).
On the ‘panel’ was Jennie Lee Riddle (aka Revelation Song)
Oh yes, just one of THE MOST sung and recorded worship songs in the world,
Also, Brandon and Sean
Of Dove award and One Republic collaboration fame….
Kari Jobe’s PA sitting up the back inconspicuously,
And of course
So, I try and write this song.
It’s there in me somewhere,
But the whole week I couldn’t find the words to say what I really wanted to say, the way I really wanted to say it.
Rita was like,
‘Hey Cate (Californian accent), you know you don’t have to stress about this song right?’
I’m like, ‘Yeah. Nah, I’m cool. Nervous laugh. Haha…..’
DIVE school came for me at a time in my life when things were a little topsy turvy.
I really needed to know that God had forgiven me for some stuff and that He was still on my side.
I got some lyrics for the chorus…
‘Cos You have loved me to life, turned my crimson to white, I’ve been bought for a price, Jesus, my sacrifice.’
And I knew that’s what it was about.
It was about no matter what I’d done, that Jesus had paid the price for me.
I found words for a verse…
‘Jesus, precious sacrifice,
You gave it all,
Laid down Your life,
And said what’s mine is Yours and Yours is mine,
And in that trade You made a way,
For me to know Redemption’s grace,
Your blood has sanctified and set me free.
So I lay it down,
As far as the east is from the west,
You removed my sin.
You have loved me to life…..
Yes, Jesus really has loved me to life.
Actually, if we’re being honest, there have probably been times when He has loved ALL of us back to life.
He has taken all our brokenness and sadness and mourning and pain and discontent and disappointment and loss and heartache and wilderness seasons and so on and so on and so on…..
And has TRULY loved us,
Back to a place of abundant spiritual and emotional life.
The words of this song will always remind me of that week at DIVE school
But more than that,
They will remind me of a season of immense turmoil
Where I needed to hear the word of the Lord over my life
Reassuring me that I was still His girl, His royal kid.
Out came this song,
And in the same way as it ministered to me and to all those who sat their listening to me at the end of the week at DIVE school,
I pray that it will minister to you as one of the songs on the Forerunner Collective EP.