Welcome to SHMAmusic.com!

Shalom to the many wonderful people who have visited SHMAmusic.com through the years and to those of you who have been faithful to pray for this ministry, for my family, and for me.  I can assure you that your prayers and words of encouragement have made a great difference and I am forever grateful.  It has been a tremendous blessing over the many years to travel with my family to bring music and a message of hope to people in so many places.  It was such a thrill to share with people the wonderful ways in which God was blessing us and the great joy that I experienced as I saw His great victories in our lives and the lives of others.  

However, our faith is truly tested in the difficult times.  It is in the midst of unspeakable tragedy that we are forced to decide whether or not we will serve Adonai and praise His name in times of sorrow a well as in times of joy.  For me it was a test of whether or not my service and praises to Him would just be a façade that covered a dying soul within me or would it be genuine?  Unspeakable tragedy can come in different forms, but as most of you know, it came to me when I lost Carmen, my wife and friend, the wonderful mother to my children, and a great woman of faith who blessed many people through the years.  I was suddenly confronted with the question that some of you have faced and that is, “Where is God now and how can anything good come from such a great loss?”  The words from Psalm 13:1-4 expressed my feelings in those days:  "How long, Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?  How long will my enemy triumph over me?  Look on me and answer, Lord my God.  Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, 'I have overcome him,' and my foes will rejoice when I fall."

I must be honest and admit that my revival did not come quickly nor easily.  I lived in great sorrow for a long time, too long.  Grief and sorrow are natural, appropriate, and even healthy when we experience great loss, but my sorrow had turned into self-pity and a lack of purpose or even interest in my life.  I will forever be grateful to three godly men, brothers in the faith, that understood what I was going through and at different times and independent of one another, spoke words of life into me.  I resented their words at first, but the words forced me to confront myself and accepted this simple truth:  Our Messiah has promised that a place is being prepared for us in the life to come, but while we are yet in this life, while there is still breath within us, while there remains any strength in our bodies, God expects us to LIVE!  We are to live for His glory, for the benefit of those around us, and for our own sake.  Yes, I had to learn that God was there even in the darkest times.  He did not abandon me.  He did not forsake me. 

When I accepted this simple truth, my life began to change dramatically and almost immediately.  Life suddenly had “color” again and joy returned.  This brought about some unexpected changes for me (or maybe I should say surprises!).  Amazingly, God brought someone into my life to help me learn to live again.  Although I had known Janine Handler before, God opened my eyes to see her in a new light.  I began to court her and, miracle of miracles, when I asked for her hand in marriage, she said, “Yes.”  Janine is an incredible woman who loves the Lord and desires to serve Him with all her heart.  She has a passion for Bible study and teaching and has a great talent for “making the connections” within scripture.  She is an accomplished musician who spent years in the secular music world until she had an encounter with God that changed her life.  Her music abilities, as well as her gift for teaching are now totally devoted to God.  She has an incredible story to tell and I hope that you will go to her bio to learn more about her. 

Janine and I are now embarked on a new adventure:  a music and teaching ministry that we look forward to sharing with you.  Please take the time to look at some of the information about our ministry that can be found on this website.  We also like to promote the work of others that we support and you can find information about other people on this website as well.  As time goes on, I hope to share more about our new life and our ministry.  I will also try to give updates on the family from time to time.  So, please check back occasionally to see what is new. 

God brings us through the dark times and back into the light.  And now I don’t have to stop at verse four from Psalm 13, but can continue on with Psalm 13:5-6 where these words can be my own and I can speak them with conviction:  "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me."   

Shalom and many blessings, 

Daniel Wedekind

15 comments

  • Babsy

    Babsy Webb

    Shalom Y'all, I just listened to Jessica and Sarah playing.Beautiful.I shared it on FB too.. Blessings in Messiah, Babsy..

    Shalom Y'all,
    I just listened to Jessica and Sarah playing.Beautiful.I shared it on FB too.. Blessings in Messiah, Babsy..

  • Pam Hayden

    Pam Hayden San Antonio, Texas

    Thanks so much for your presence at Baruch HaShem this weekend! Your worship music is such an inspiration to the body of Yeshua!! Blessings, to you and your family in all you do in the Name above any name given in heaven and earth, Yeshua our Messiah!!! Pam Hayden

    Thanks so much for your presence at Baruch HaShem this weekend! Your worship music is such an inspiration to the body of Yeshua!! Blessings, to you and your family in all you do in the Name above any name given in heaven and earth, Yeshua our Messiah!!!

    Pam Hayden

  • Martha

    Martha Albuquerque

    I just heard you at The Olive Tree Fellowship. Such an Annointing. Incredibly Blessed by you. Thank You. I'll be praying for you at UNM. We would love for you to be here in Albuquerque. Be Blessed in Yeshuas Name. Amein

    I just heard you at The Olive Tree Fellowship. Such an Annointing. Incredibly Blessed by you. Thank You. I'll be praying for you at UNM. We would love for you to be here in Albuquerque. Be Blessed in Yeshuas Name. Amein

  • michael David florez

    michael David florez tulsa, Oklahoma

    Shalom Aleichem Jessica and family I too am Sephardic, I've known for a a few years. Oi vei!

    Shalom Aleichem Jessica and family I too am Sephardic, I've known for a a few years. Oi vei!

  • Davidsolomon Budi

    Davidsolomon Budi

    Praise God, His love endure forever. love the song of psalm and praise God forever

    Praise God, His love endure forever.
    love the song of psalm and praise God forever

  • Cristiano Barbosa Vasconcelos

    Cristiano Barbosa Vasconcelos Brazil / São Paulo

    Very good your work. I really like the Jewish songs! Congratulations! Baruch HaShem! ✡

    Very good your work.
    I really like the Jewish songs!
    Congratulations!
    Baruch HaShem! ✡

  • Kim

    Kim Georgia

    Your Kol Nidre is phenomenal. Your voice pierces the soul. Many blessings on you all. May HaShem prosper the work of your hands and cause all your plans to succeed!

    Your Kol Nidre is phenomenal. Your voice pierces the soul. Many blessings on you all. May HaShem prosper the work of your hands and cause all your plans to succeed!

  • Shane

    Shane Sanford florida

    Theres not much jewish music i have come acrosss in my search or videos from isreal not even messianic jewish music , finding joy in jessicas presntation of love for hashem , her respect to the audience and love for her family is obviouse. Im sorry to hear of her depression and hope she knows well now how much that would hurt the people of G'd, i dont know hoqq it happens that people get warn out but thank you for shareing among your sugery as well. I will be praying for you with the loss of your dog dont lose that joy you where so well, your voice IS like a knife offered to hashem for his use, and never wounds, thats awesome. Im proud of you and the way things are in G' ds kingdom and the illness of people everywhere it seems, you are a beacon of hope to those who suffer or proof that healing still exisit, i believe thhay you guys have found a heart beat in hashem that some will come to believe in and find for themselves, stay safe and ill be praising you guys more for the excellence of music presented and beauty of holiness, may hearrs be revealed in the joy of the music. shalom blessings.

    Theres not much jewish music i have come acrosss in my search or videos from isreal not even messianic jewish music , finding joy in jessicas presntation of love for hashem , her respect to the audience and love for her family is obviouse. Im sorry to hear of her depression and hope she knows well now how much that would hurt the people of G'd, i dont know hoqq it happens that people get warn out but thank you for shareing among your sugery as well. I will be praying for you with the loss of your dog dont lose that joy you where so well, your voice IS like a knife offered to hashem for his use, and never wounds, thats awesome. Im proud of you and the way things are in G' ds kingdom and the illness of people everywhere it seems, you are a beacon of hope to those who suffer or proof that healing still exisit, i believe thhay you guys have found a heart beat in hashem that some will come to believe in and find for themselves, stay safe and ill be praising you guys more for the excellence of music presented and beauty of holiness, may hearrs be revealed in the joy of the music. shalom blessings.

  • MIrjam Bucher

    MIrjam Bucher Basel

    Your heart is reaching my heart and may God in Jesus bless you with joy, peace and justice!

    Your heart is reaching my heart and may God in Jesus bless you with joy, peace and justice!

  • Jero

    Jero California

    Your voice is beautiful and your music is awesome...Thank you so much for the uplifting, Shalom!

    Your voice is beautiful and your music is awesome...Thank you so much for the uplifting, Shalom!

  • Isaac

    Isaac Mexico

    You are a great blessing to me. We love you so much. Dios les bendiga a todos.

    You are a great blessing to me. We love you so much. Dios les bendiga a todos.

  • William Anderson

    William Anderson Chicago Illinois

    Such beautiful music I'm praying that I can get a CD of this music to play in my car but I ordered a couple of songs now I can play on my phone, maybe I need to get a stereo in my car that I can play phone to stereo, God bless you for this beautiful music.

    Such beautiful music I'm praying that I can get a CD of this music to play in my car but I ordered a couple of songs now I can play on my phone, maybe I need to get a stereo in my car that I can play phone to stereo, God bless you for this beautiful music.

  • William Engel

    William Engel New Jersey

    Wow! This is amazing! Praise God and thank you! God bless!

    Wow! This is amazing! Praise God and thank you! God bless!

  • Abhishek

    Abhishek India

    Music was good but didn't understand the lyrics of some song

    Music was good but didn't understand the lyrics of some song

  • Beatriz Cortissoz de Mendoza

    Beatriz Cortissoz de Mendoza Miami Fl

    I am amazed with beauty of the music and lyrics of your songs, specially La cancion de mi corazon. I am a 72 years old lady of sefardic descend from my paternal grandfather who was born in Colombia, South America,from jewish parents but married my grandmother ,a catholic lady, and my first language is spanish.I dont practice the jewish faith but I have much respect for it and in my senior years I am researching ladino music and playing the guitar and singing these beautifull old spanish songs wich appeal much to me . And then is when I found you ,Jessica. Because it is in spanish it was easy to understand the meaning of the song and the pain of not been able to practice your own faith. I have cried singing this song. I know the meaning of the Shema prayer and I feel it can be recited for anyone who beleaves in God .I have already figured out the chords, but there is a frase I cannot understand and I do not want to sing wrong words or words I do not know the meaning of.There is a verse "tantos anos han pasado,es el shema sheiki data( o fasa)"I do not know if this is correct. Could you tell me the correct words and the meaning?I would be very thankfull and could let my family know of the beauty of this song

    I am amazed with beauty of the music and lyrics of your songs, specially La cancion de mi corazon. I am a 72 years old lady of sefardic descend from my paternal grandfather who was born in Colombia, South America,from jewish parents but married my grandmother ,a catholic lady, and my first language is spanish.I dont practice the jewish faith but I have much respect for it and in my senior years I am researching ladino music and playing the guitar and singing these beautifull old spanish songs wich appeal much to me . And then is when I found you ,Jessica. Because it is in spanish it was easy to understand the meaning of the song and the pain of not been able to practice your own faith. I have cried singing this song. I know the meaning of the Shema prayer and I feel it can be recited for anyone who beleaves in God .I have already figured out the chords, but there is a frase I cannot understand and I do not want to sing wrong words or words I do not know the meaning of.There is a verse "tantos anos han pasado,es el shema sheiki data( o fasa)"I do not know if this is correct. Could you tell me the correct words and the meaning?I would be very thankfull and could let my family know of the beauty of this song

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