Published January 19th, 2022

Some songs are written from the mountaintops, high points in the lives of the authors when their hearts felt fit to burst with praise and thanksgiving. Others are borne from trials, the sweet fruit of sanctified sorrows.  This song was written after a trip to the woodshed…  Ten years ago, God allowed a devastating trial into our lives. Lots of people were hurt in significant and irreversible ways; our family was just one among several wounded ... (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published January 12th, 2022

It’s still a work in progress, but I’m learning not to be surprised when God answers my prayers.  Wouldn’t that response glorify Him more — to rest in settled faith that, should our request be in line with His will, He is able and happy to give us “what [we] desire” (John 15:7)?  What a kind Father we serve!  So, I guess it was “no surprise” when the final donation check arrived at my house on the last day of 2021, even putting us OVER our prayed-for goal (resulting in the full match of $2000!)  Thanks to ALL of you who contributed! (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published January 1st, 2022

Since you all were so helpful with the first 2 survey questions (many moons ago), I thought I’d throw out another 2!  It always intrigues me to discover where in the world people find out about our music.  It seems odd sometimes to get orders, emails, and social media comments from around the world, and yet there are those closest to home and in similar “circles” who’ve never heard about us before.  Ah, the mystery of marketing! … (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published December 17th, 2021

We are releasing this NEW SINGLE **2 weeks early**!!  I trust you are currently savoring the rich meaning of Christmas amid the usual busyness.  I’ve certainly enjoyed the quiet occasions to reflect on the Reason for the Season.  But we all know 2022 will come just as fast as Christmas did… and arranging our priorities next year is worthy of much prayerful thought!   We are delighted to release this Brand New, Never-Released FBS Single that we believe will help as you roll into 2022 … (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published December 8th, 2021

We have this funny thing we do.  While on tour, after enjoying a meal (…or coffee, or donut, or scrumptious treat that was put on the FBS tab), often we will one by one say, “Thank you, FBS!”  Now, who exactly we mean by “FBS” is never specified, but I know.  (And it’s not coming from the Schopf General Fund.)  It came from people like you…(click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published December 1st, 2021

Beyond the regular and rich sustenance I receive from my local church (yes, my husband’s the pastor, and yes, he feeds his flock sumptuously!), I’ve been significantly poured into from other “free” Christian online platforms over the years.  There is often one main podcast or ministry that will have an over-and-above effect on me in a given year.  I feel indebted to them and their end-of-the-year donation calls compel me.  They have fed me deep… (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published November 14th, 2021

I’m no Michelangelo.  I was reminded of this at a recent ceramic-painting activity with the ladies of my church.  However, I did enjoy the moments I stood in front of shelves of paint bottles, soaking in the array of colors.  Stunning sunsets in all of my favorite colors can be a serious distraction to my driving.  I love being welcomed into my living room that meets me with a smattering of reds, oranges, and greens — my color palette of delight!… (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published November 1ST, 2021

Anyone out there taking an indefinite “leave of absence” from the news?  Yep, me too.  It started at the beginning of 2021 when I noticed that within my spirit, I was subconsciously beginning to feel like what I was hearing on the news was truer than the truth in my own Bible.  It was high time to turn off the news feed, providing greater and quieter brain space for regular, healthy portions of God’s unchanging, undefeated, peace-inducing, hope-inspiring TRUTH! … (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published October 21st, 2021

Every so often, we’ll get inquiries about the music on our first 3 CDs: “Heaven is Looking Brighter”, “An Anchor That Keeps the Soul”, and “Ever On Your Mind”.  These were created during a very exciting time in our ministry as we were just “getting off the ground”.  As any creator/entrepreneur knows, soooo much time and energy go into those first years — so many songs being written, so many dreams being pursued, and so much fun being had by all on that wild roller coaster called “the learning curve” (wink, wink).  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published October 13th, 2021

Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved miniatures.  I constructed my own little doll dwellings with fit-to-size furniture.  I remember the adorable miniature glass ketchup bottle I was given at a restaurant — a keepsake for sure.  I loved my pocket-size OT & NT Bible (that just may require a magnifying glass to read nowadays).  I use to dream of one day zipping around town in my own little Geo Metro.  Now, I’m quite tickled to drive my “Little Scoot” Kia Soul.  And miniature puppies?  Yes, please.  I was smitten way back while traveling with a college music team when the smallest, cutest, loudest (?) little doggie contentedly rested between my outstretched legs while I reclined after a concert.  I knew then and there that if a dog was ever going to be in my future, it would be something quite like that dog  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published October 4th, 2021

“How do your singers from all over the country come together to put on a concert like this?”  If I got a nickel for every time someone asked this question…  First off let me say, if God leads you into a task, He will provide.  Believe me.  I’m a small fish from a small pond, and every time He has provided the needed musicians.  Secondly, it has been one of my greatest personal joys in this ministry to be able to get to know some beautiful, Christ-like souls, who have put so much effort and heart into the Forever Be Sure cause.  Each one has shown me a little more of Jesus  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published September 22nd

From our BRAND NEW “When I Am Home” Mini Album, we will be s l o w – r e l e a s i n g  Single Videos on our YouTube Channel!  Not only is the message of this song close to my heart (!), it was also super fun to sing & record!  While there are pitfalls for the work-a-holics out there, be encouraged!  God has WORK for you to do!  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published September 10th

Oh, how our souls need rest today.  Everywhere and in every direction, we find places of “sinking sand”.  The world is full of feel-good quips that may provide momentary relief, but not permanent, solid ground.  Even a brief encounter yesterday with one who does not yet know Jesus gave me a peek into her heart when she affirmed how there is so much in life that we just can’t know… so much beyond our ability to comprehend, as hard as one may try.   (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published September 3rd

It’s Finally Here!!  This marks a very momentous day for the Forever Be Sure Music Ministry!  “When I Am Home” is (the beginning of) our 10th CD Album released since our first album, “Heaven Is Looking Brighter”, released in the winter of 2008!  While this new album is a mini-album, awaiting 6 more songs to create a 12-track physical CD, we are especially excited to be able to release this now.  The songs seem so pertinent to our time  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published August 11th

Let it be said: Touring is tiring.  Touring is also…

~ filled with rich Christian fellowship among team members while traveling many hours on the road,
~ an opportunity to minister to The Church face-to-face, meeting those who’ve been impacted by our music, and sharing much mutual encouragement, 
~ a practical way to expose and disperse our products to concert-goers, allowing it to have an ongoing ministry in their life,
~ a time to “test out” new compositions we hope will have an eternal impact, 
~ a substantial means of supporting our ministry financially, 
~ a grand exploration of the cities, countrysides, people, and churches of the US-of-A, among other “perks”
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Published August 1st

“You Have Dealt Bountifully With Me”: A strong case could be made that pregnancy hormones played a big part in this song.  If my memory serves me, I was carrying #3 when I composed the lyrics.  But who’s kidding who?  Tracking or predicting a woman’s hormones, emotions, or why-she-feels-what-she-feels is nigh unto impossible I’m coming to find out, and today, 11 years later, I feel the message of this song even more deeply — and I’m not pregnant!  I recall being fully taken by this thought a decade+ ago: God has been awfully gracious to me.  While all the details aren’t fitting for this publication, suffice it to say I was thick in the middle of a very “confining” circumstance  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published July 15th

It’s almost that time of year when we drop our product bundles to BOTTOM-BASEMENT PRICES!  Time for our inventory reduction!  Time for you to replace some CDs that have worn out in your car’s CD player (we’ve heard reports of this unfortunate event!).  Time for… wait for it… Christmas shopping!!  While we’ve taken a few needed “breather” weeks, we are eagerly anticipating some upcoming yearly highlights (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published June 27th

It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been ruminating a good while about the “who are we” question. Having been in operation for 13+ years now, beginning in January of 2008 (and writing music 1½ years prior to that), I’ve had to confront this question a time or two. In a business, a church, a ministry, a family, or really any entity, it is always beneficial to keep refining your identity, your purpose, your goals. Some things stay the same and the roots go deeper. Sometimes greater focus results and you shave off “extra” things that don’t contribute to your ultimate goals (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published June 9th

Hello Summer!  A few words on my mind…  Busy.  Hot.  Ouch… and Uffda.  Allow me to expound.  After arriving back from tour (see pics below), my family literally dove headlong into a busy camp season at Camp Chetek, 40 minutes north of where I live.  Though this wasn’t in the Schopf family plans about 2 months ago, we are thankful for another opportunity (our 4th!) to be a part of the ministry at Camp Chetek this summer, albeit with a few pre-planned trips in between  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published May 20th

Psalm 73 is making its way to the top of my favorite Scripture list!  I was familiar with the famous verses 25-26 — “Whom have I in heaven but You?” — but the phrase that hit me hard 3 years ago was this one: “I was like a beast before You.”  Yep, that was me.  Life can be awfully confusing at times.  Mix that with a heart already prone to deceit, distrusting God, and running in the opposite direction of His will… well, there are times we are like a stubborn, ignorant, raging “beast”.  BUT!  This Psalm is so filled with hope and generous love  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published April 30th

What is the will of God for you?  Believe me.  With a bent toward doubt, this question hits home.  But believe me, too, when I say that through the now 3+ decades of gradually coming to know my God more and more, this question is not as daunting as it once was.  Through the years, I recall conversations with those who seem to either 1) “mystify” God’s will by mostly speaking of the Christian life in less-defined terms (such as “walking with God”) while at the same time breaking clear commands of Scripture, or 2) who view God’s will as a pre-paved road out of thousands that is distinctly and only His perfect path for you  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published April 19th

Who needs birthday presents when they have… God’s mercy?!  Mercy’s been on my mind lately.  One, because it has shown up in various passages in my devotional times, and two, because I’m in desperate need of it.  God’s mercy “showed up” one night recently as a whisper of truth when I felt I had hopelessly failed… again.  Sometimes our besetting sins lay us flat.  And it was in one of those moments that God didn’t press in on me with more guilt.  That was already painfully present.  But He met me with mercy.  He whispered again a familiar passage of Scripture  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published April 14th

It is always so refreshing and humbling to hear of those who pray for our ministry!  With hours of vocal practice and much collaborative effort toward some brand new orchestrations/accompaniments, we are diligently working toward recording 6 (maybe 7?) BRAND NEW FBS SONGS this coming Thursday & Friday!!  We believe in a God Who works on behalf of the prayers of His people, and I know that God is able to give vocal strength, expressiveness, and Holy Spirit “unction” — as one friend put it — for these upcoming few days through the means of prayer!  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published April 2nd

The theme of this song has wormed its way deeper within my heart over the last 6 months.  Anyone else out there nearly completely detaching themselves from the news??  For my own emotional & spiritual health, I needed to pull away shortly after the November election.  In the weeks to follow, I realized just how much I (along with “the bandwagon”?) had put far too many eggs in one basket.  My heart began to see the political “realities” (if you call the media “reality”) as such a severe threat, and even subconsciously considering them truer than the unseen realities.  How ashamed I feel — and rightly so — to have given such less significance to God’s truths that stand unmoved no matter what the political scene of the day  (click picture above to keep reading!)

 

Published March 15th

Music and drama — the “arts” — can impact us so deeply.  Perhaps you also watched some free online full-drama productions from the Sight & Sound Theatre impact 2020?  To this day, I’ve been affected by both their “Noah” and “Jesus” productions and even had the chance to see “Noah” live this past Thanksgiving in Branson.  If you’ve never been, I’d highly recommend!!  (click picture above to keep reading!)