When asked how Gretchen is inspired to write her songs, her answer is a simple, yet specific one. She says it starts with doing her devotions near her piano and keeping a notebook and pencil on the piano at all times. She also makes it clear that it is a God directed and emotionally moving process. There are times when the songs are simply derived from what God has challenged, comforted, and/or counseled her in that day. Then there are the times that God brings about music and lyrics during both the everyday things that she is doing as a wife and mommy and the things that she and Dan face daily in ministry. One thing she specifies that's true for every song is that, for her, if the song doesn't come in ten minutes or less, it's not coming from God, it's coming from herself, and is immediately discarded. She believes very strongly that if God is writing the song, He already has the pieces and He is using her to simply be the instrument on which He plays HIS music.