A Sparkle In The Mud

I've been mining through stacks of old journals lately. Unpolished thoughts about life with God. Sometimes these thoughts weave into songs or the words in between the songs or just move my thoughts upward. 

Here's one on 1 Peter 1:6-8

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by
various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire, may be found to the praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love."

NEW ALBUM- While We Are Alive

In the last two years, I did a lot of traveling and singing. But I stopped creating. While still grieving the loss of my dad, I was diagnosed with adult onset type 1 diabetes … and then I lost my mom. The weight of it all left me unable to concentrate for any length of time, and I wondered if I would ever write again.

Then came a song.

While on my couch with guitar and pencil in hand, I had a God-inspired moment. For a brief second, I had a revelation of where my parents stood at that moment, and Whom they were beholding. And I was flooded with joy. Aware once again of the glorious end of our story, I turned a sharp corner back to the land of the living. Out of that moment came track 10 of this new album, “Never Have to Say Goodbye.”

The songs kept coming. But unlike any other album I’ve written, this time I took each song to the studio one by one. Normally, a musician brings an album’s worth of songs into the studio. Not this time. Over the course of a year, I’d write a song, travel, come home and record it, travel, write a new song … and on it went. Producer Danny Donnelly put in long hours, stretching two days into four days’ worth of time. And now, at the end of that year, WHILE WE ARE ALIVE is ready. I am so happy with how these songs came together and can’t wait to share this, my eleventh full-length album, with you.

I realize I couldn’t do this without you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Thank you for all the support creating While We Are Alive.
Here is the video we posted on Kickstarter.

She Looks To The Sky

I sing a song called She Looks To The Sky from the album by the same name, and it was inspired by a specific piece of writing- an essay written in the 1700s called- Apostrophe to Sarah Pierrepont. 

Jonathan Edwards wrote it in admiration of his fiancé’s relationship with God and it was found written on the cover of his college Greek notebook. His mind wandered while he had much studying to do. I like this about him, but mostly, I’m intrigued by what he witnessed between Sarah and the Great Being she loved so. 

First, here’s a bit of the song:

 


-SHE LOOKS TO THE SKY LYRICS-

They say she is loved by the greatest of all
Who have walked in the world
He lives far away, still she spends all her days
Content with only His words

She often walks alone, but never is she lonely
You can offer her anything
Her affections are all for Him only

She looks to the sky
As if He is coming down through the clouds up above
Though no one has seen Him you cannot deny
She is drenched with His love

She often walks alone, but never is she lonely
You can offer her anything
Her affections are all for Him only

All the day long she sings sweetly
She says He speaks to her mind
She’s only rich with affliction
Yet a bitter word you won’t find

She lives with assurance He loves her too deeply
To let such distance remain
She’s brimming with longing for Him to come calling
And sweep her away