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Family first: Todd Dulaney on love, family, music and ministry

Todd Dulaney soared to the top of the charts with his debut single "Pulling Me Through" released in November 2011 on his first album of the same title. Suddenly, Todd Dulaney became a household name. From professional baseball player to the limelight of the Gospel music industry, Todd has encountered a plethora of experiences, a lot of exciting times and some not so pleasant. What transpired between that time and now, Todd bares his heart in a recent candid up close interview. Lessons he learned setting his "house" in order.

Family first: Todd Dulaney on love, family, music and ministry [photos courtesy of ImagesbyMarcAnthony.com/Jason McCoy/Todd Dulaney; used with permission]
Family first: Todd Dulaney on love, family, music and ministry [photos courtesy of ImagesbyMarcAnthony.com/Jason McCoy/Todd Dulaney; used with permission]
Todd Dulaney, Images by Marc Anthony
Family first: Todd Dulaney on love, family, music and ministry [photo courtesy of Images by Marc Anthony; used with permission]
Family first: Todd Dulaney on love, family, music and ministry [photo courtesy of Images by Marc Anthony; used with permission]
Todd Dulaney, Images by Marc Anthony

"Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then [Hezekiah] turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord..." (2 Kings 20:1,2 KJV). In the midst of hard situations, we must take down our pride and recognize when we need to retract. There is nothing more humbling, but yet rewarding, when a person realizes their faults and then reconciles never to return to that point again. Over the years, the school of hard-knocks has had a successful graduating class, however there have been those who have had to make up courses because perhaps they missed class or just plainly ditched out that day. Life will definitely make a believer out of you, if you decide not to take heed.

This go around, Todd has taken a "crash course" in marriage. Being on the road traveling and ministering to souls around the world, God pulled Todd's coat tail to the ministry dwelling right beneath his nose, his wife and children. According to Todd, you never know what marriage is all about until you are in it. Living together is okay with the devil because he's against the sanctity of marriage. If he can put a wedge between husband and wife, the home God ordained will dissolve. It seems as if as soon as you become married, the devil pulls out all stops to strategically destroy what God created which is good.

Wisdom and prayer is key to a peaceful home. Todd had allowed himself to be absorbed in ministry and his home life suffered. The days when he would love on his wife, during the honeymoon stage of their relationship, took back seat. His priorities shifted drastically, not intentionally. Todd mentioned during the interview, "Everybody that I gave advice to, I felt like going back and saying 'I am so sorry'... Everybody that I ever gave advice to before I got married, I wanted to go back to them and say 'I apologize' because you do not know until you get married what's going on." An awakening had occurred and Todd began his mission to restore his relationship.

Starting with the love of his life, Kenyetta, Todd rekindled the romance. Wining and dining his wife just like when they were courting. Todd listened intently to Pastor Bill Winston, in his message at Living Word in Forest Park, Illinois, when he spoke on sex as "spiritual warfare". With a renewed mind and enlightened understanding, Todd determined to go to battle. Regardless of how busy and tired he may have been from ministering and as exhausted she may have been from dealing with the children, they came together to make the connection that defeated the devil's scheme to separate their bond. The attack "loosed" on marriage was devised to extinguish the power of the covenant between couples and God. The devil does not care if you decide to "shack up", "play house" and engage in premarital sex because his plan is working to discredit the scripture that says, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13: 4 KJV)

Todd Dulaney's marriage and family life has blossomed in such a way that only heeding to God's voice could manifest. On social media, you will see Todd teaching his son how to hit a baseball, wrestling, playing video games, reading and expressing himself musically. His family bond has tightened tremendously. Loving his wife, Kenyetta, and planting the necessary essentials of life into his children, Todd and Taylor, Todd Dulaney has come full circle to bring forth his "best work thus far".

The new music you will hear from Todd Dulaney has combined "the presence of God...the glory of God...the anointing". Todd has poured his all into this project. The content of this new album is designed with the worshipper in mind. Each song was written and arranged to enhance the believer's worship experience. Todd's vision is to go on a church worship tour to cultivate each church's particular worship service needs. Todd's testimony has been refreshed and he's ready to pour into churches and individuals anew. Tentatively, Todd desires to title his upcoming album "Crossing Over" to chronicle his journey to the person he is today and share his experiences to the masses. In the words of the late profound phenomenal woman herself, Maya Angelou, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Purchase Todd Dulaney's current music on iTunes today, including his latest single "Trusting In You" released independently in September 2013.