Hidden Heroes

Renee Fox Family

Renee Fox Family


My sister-in-law, Sharon, and I write gospel songs together. Last week we received the wonderful news that The Talleys, a progressive southern gospel group, are recording one of our songs—“Hidden Heroes.”  This is a dream come true for Sharon and me. Something we never imagined would happen in the two short years we have been co-writing.  We know it is a door the Lord opened for us and feel humbled and very grateful for His kindness.

People often ask, “Where do you get your ideas for your songs?”

We always reply, “Everyday life.”

We believe there are great songs and books waiting to be written from your everyday circumstances too. “Hidden Heroes” was inspired by one of my new friends—Renee Fox. Renee is a single mother of eight children—six boys and two girls. Her youngest daughter, Molly, is severely handicapped. She is unable to walk and prone to seizures. Renee’s unselfishness is such an inspiration to those of us who watch her faithfully tend to Molly’s needs.  Yes, Renee is one of God’s hidden heroes.

Hidden heroes come in different shapes and sizes. The spouse who is a caregiver to their mate suffering with Alzheimer’s disease is another hidden hero. They take their wedding vows seriously and day after day care for their spouse, even though the mate suffering with Alzheimer’s disease may not remember who they are.

God has many hidden heroes tucked away in every family and community. I would like to honor them today.


Hidden Heroes

A mama sings a lullaby to her child with special needs.

She never mentions sacrifice, but her heavenly Father sees.

Her name may never be in lights on a marquee

But on the streets of Heaven, she’s a celebrity.


Hidden heroes are not hidden from the Father.

Hidden heroes are His special sons and daughters.

He sees them singing in the rain, loving through the pain.

Heaven knows they always bring a smile to His face.

Hidden heroes are never hidden from the Father.


A husband holds the hand of his bride of 50 years.

The doctor’s nod confirms the sickness and his deepest fears.

He renews his wedding vows; in sickness and in health.

Faithfully he cares for her though she thinks he’s someone else.


Blessings in disguise can take us by surprise.

But every angel with a broken wing teaches heroes how to fly.

© 2013 Dixie Phillips and Sharon Phillips


10 responses

  1. That is a great song and I am so glad to hear that the Talleys are going to record it. They are one of Erin’s favorite groups. Congratulations!

  2. I just heard the Talleys sing this on “Gospel Greats” – a program i don’t usually listen to, but happened to turn the radio on as they were introducing your song. It touched my heart – I have a 6 year old grandson with cerebral palsy and this song holds such truth for my dear daughter-in-law who lovingly cares for him, does therapy, is his medical advocate and works with him to reach his highest potential to the glory of God. I’m sharing it with her!

    • Rachel, your kind words made my day. I pray your dear daughter-in-law will feel the Father’s love as she listens to “Hidden Heroes.” My sister-in-law and I find there are soooo many hidden heroes who need a little encouragement. Soooo thankful the Father sees them. Your daughter-in-law is very blessed to have you in her life. Thank you again for taking the time to write.

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