Thankful. Yep. It is a choice. Especially when the enemy continues to steal. And kill. And destroy. One of the things I have learned on my journey is that:



I can focus on what the enemy has stolen
I can focus on what God has restored.

The choice is mine. But whatever I look at will be magnified.

If I look at the bad, I will see more bad, and eventually be consumed by it.

If I look at the good, I will see more good, and eventually be consumed by that.

Good things

It has not been an easy few days here. As many of you know I am a musician. I made a YouTube video and long story short, I found out someone had stolen one of my instrumental songs and put it on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby with worldwide distribution.

Yes, I am angry. Yes, it was wrong. Yes, it was theft. But I have to make a choice. Will I let this theft consume me? NO! What they meant for evil God will use for good – He promised!  Today I choose to be thankful, thank you Jesus!


Philippians 4

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Diana Rasmussen is a Faith Builder, Worship Leader, Veteran's wife, and a Certified Peer Specialist. At her blog Prayers and Promises she shares from her heart on how to find hope in this crazy world!

4 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. I’m standing with you, girl!
    Let’s work hard to get a few more out there and copyrighted, before I go back to school, ok?

    And while I’m really, really mad with you, Steve and I keep trying to figure out ways for you to get your music pulled or demand a mastering license from the perps. Also and I know this is a perverse way of looking at it, but your work was so good that someone took it and is selling it.
    That’s the bright side of an otherwise dim picture.
    But if you can come up with your ASCAP number, we can approach each of those venues and begin to write some strongly worded business letters. Between my brother, Bill and I, we have over 50 years of business experience. We can get something put together for you.

    Just remember you are my partner. I will help in any way that I can. You are closer than a cousin to me (that’s saying something :}).


    1. Sure t, that would be great. Here is my ASCAP info. My publisher is my husband at InnoVativeTeks.

      Company Name
      Member ID
      Business Type
      Individual Ownership
      IPI Name Number
      Designated Representative

      Here is the YouTube video with the disputed contact:

      And here is what YouTube told me. Great today it’s up to 4!

      Your video may include music that is owned by a third party.
      To hear the matched music please play the video on the right. The video will play from the point where the matched content was identified.
      Your video is available and playable.
      Copyright details:

      “Aston Grey Project-Authenticity”, sound recording administered by: 1:04
      CD Baby Claim released.

      “Mario Cason-Close to Me”, sound recording administered by:
      The Orchard Music

      “David Oniani-Muse”, sound recording administered by: 1:36
      Believe Music

      “JagudEye-Remember Me-825”, sound recording administered by: 1:07
      AdRev for Rights Holder

      If you don’t want this claim on your video, you may be able to remove the song.

      I’ll probably change the song for this video. I don’t want to fight 4 of them.

  2. Oh Diana . .. Praying with you and believing that He is going to bring good out of this. ( although right now my teeth are gritted). Thank you for encouraging us and being an example for us. God bless you!

    1. Thanks Debbie. I was so mad. I was focusing all my attention on getting the enemy not to steal. Had an ‘aha’ moment when I remembered:
      The enemy came to kill, steal, and destroy.
      As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t stop him from coming.

      But Jesus came to bring us life, and life more abundantly. Like you said, good will come out of this. Somehow, someway, God is able!

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