CCM: “Through Your Eyes” just seemed to come out of nowhere and is really resonating with people. What’s the story behind that one?
BN: I wrote that song with my friend Ben Glover (“The Lost Get Found,” “All This Time”). We usually come together in the recording process and write at least one song together. We wrote some songs, but we didn’t love them…didn’t feel like they were right for the record. When I was almost finished, I felt like there was something left that I wanted to say and thought maybe Ben and I should write together one more time, because we’ve always written really strong songs before.
I noticed for a couple weeks I’d been walking with my head down, literally looking down, not living in God’s truth of what he says about me. The morning I was going to write with him, I was getting my kids ready for the day, and I felt like I wasn’t doing a very good job balancing everything. When we were getting in my car, I just sat there in the garage for a few minutes. I had my head down and I was pulling on the steering wheel, and I started to say these things to myself like, “Britt, you gotta get it together. You’ve gotta do better.” For some reason I put this pressure on myself, to be the best mom and the best wife and the best artist, almost trying to reach this perfection.
I’ve never made a record while being a mom and being a wife, so this has been a brand new process for me. Even with my walk with God I’ve been putting pressure on myself. And right then, I felt like God walked into my car and literally lifted up my head. I could feel Him saying to me, “Britt, you’re okay. Take the pressure off. Give me your heart and I’m gonna meet you and help you.” In that moment I saw myself through his eyes.
I think about my kids and how I love them. I’m not looking at them every day thinking, “Well, you guys are not perfect enough.” They’re going to make mistakes and learn, but I love them and help teach them. And God loves us way more than we can even love our kids!
So I went to the studio, and Ben and I wrote this song. I just want people to let that message speak to their hearts and minds, and to see themselves as God sees them. I think we live in a time where—especially with social media—people want to portray perfection. I think people resonate with us when we say, “I’m not perfect. I need Jesus.”
CCM: So your debut came out almost ten years ago…
BN: Oh…I hadn’t realized that!
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