29: Fun Times with Dave Barnes

29: Fun Times with Dave Barnes

On today’s episode we had such a blast with one of our favorite musicians of all time…. Dave Barnes

Whether you’re already a huge fan of Dave or just learning about him for the first time, you are going to LOVE his music and this conversation! As you will soon hear, Dave is not only a super talented singer-songwritter, he’s also one of the funniest guys on the planet!


We chat with Dave about :


  •  His journey of becoming a musician and how God has carried him along the way


  • How becoming a Dad has shifted his priorities as a traveling artist and changed his view of what success actually looks like


  •  How to intentionally create room for your spouse’s dreams while living out a big dream of your own.



We had such a blast chatting with Dave! You will laugh! You will cry! And as always, you will be moved and inspired on your own journey to live out your calling!


Make sure and stick around till the end to enjoy one of our favorite songs off Dave’s new album!




“There was not a lot of me pounding my head against the wall, praying, ‘This is what what I want, Lord, give it to me!’ It was more like, ‘Hey, this is kinda cool! Ohh, this is fun!’ I just walked through the doors that He opened.”


“It’s all been through God’s kindness and graciousness.”


“Once I started playing guitar and writing songs, I found what I loved most. It just fit me well.”


“I can’t explain my career without talking about the Lord.”


“It’s so important to celebrate and be grateful for the current wins as opposed to comparing them to the wins of the past.”


“I heard this as loud as I’ve heard anything,. The Lord said, “You can’t pray for encouragement and then qualify what I give you.”


“She (Annie) has never ever worried about money or if I could pull this off. She’s always believed so much in my ability, which is really humbling, but I think even more than believing in me, her theology really informs her lack of anxiety. She really believes that God is in control, that He’s good, and that His plan is the best plan. So, it’s not just that she thinks I’m great, she also knows God is good, we’re right where we need to be, and it’s all gonna work out.”


“ I was really convicted that I needed to make space for her to do what she loves to do and that brings her life and fulfillment.”


“My family doesn’t exist just to support me and my dreams. We’re two people that both have dreams and aspirations and ways that we feel fulfilled occupationally, spiritually, and emotionally, and I need to create that space for her.”


“I wanted to write songs on this new record that were really honest and vulnerable.”


“I literally thought to myself one day during a difficult season, “ Why is it so hard for me to just be myself? Shouldn’t it be the easiest thing in the world? Why can’t I just trust that God is good and that I was made wonderfully and perfectly, as opposed to thinking I need to try to be someone else.?” But it’s really hard to do that.”


“I want to be able to write songs that make people’s soundtracks for every season of their lives.”


“The biggest risk I’ve taken is putting more time and effort into my family thriving than in “successful” career. I could definitely spend more time playing shows or being gone, trying to chase more opportunities, but I don’t really feel like that’s what the Lord wants. So, I’ve just decided to hedge my bets on this and hopefully, healthy kids that know the Lord are worth the risk.”






Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer


The Road Back to You, Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile


The Path Between Us, Suzanne Stabile









“Stay on the Path.  Just keep doing what you’re doing, trusting the Lord, and things will work out.”




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