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Day 31: “Add to the Beauty”

This is it– the last post in the 31 day series, Stories and Songs. There’s no better song that I could think of to end this series other than “Add to the Beauty” by Sara Groves. I feel like this song sums up why I was inspired to start this blog and do the 31 day writing challenge. I want to be a small part of telling THE story and adding to the beauty.

I have enjoyed having this little outlet in “blogland” for this series. I’ve enjoyed it so much so that I want to continue to write here– just not everyday! In many ways, it was good for me to only have 2-3 hours to come up with a blog post, but I feel like my writing process generally takes much longer than a few hours. So, I do plan to continue writing on this blog, but it won’t be everyday. It’ll probably be more like once or twice a week. Hopefully, that will give me more time to really chase down some of the big ideas and songs that I want to communicate (and hopefully add pictures to the posts). Anyway, I really hope you’ll stick around to check out what is to come. I will continue posting the same type of content from this series– songs and encouragement to help you and I take that next step in faith toward God. I still have many, many more original songs that I hope to share with you. I hope you’ll stick around!

Continuing to write on this blog will be my attempt to “add to the beauty.” What will be yours? Can’t wait to hear about it!

p.s. Check out this cool blog post I saw today about ways for the modern Christian woman to indulge in Scripture.

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Day 19: “The House You’re Building”

I love the Bible verses from yesterday’s post that tell us that God is using imperfect people– like me and you– to build his house, the church, the body of Jesus Christ. Now here’s a beautiful song that shares the message from the verses that we read yesterday. God gives us a place to belong– even if you feel like a misfit like I know I do at times.

You should definitely listen to Audrey Assad’s story behind this song here. So good!


This post is a part of a 31 day series for the month of October called Stories & Songs.

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Day 18: Feel Like a Misfit?

“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” Ephesians 2:19-22, The Message

In the verses above the writer of the book of Ephesians, Paul, was addressing the Gentiles, a group that had formerly been shunned by the Jews and even the early followers of Jesus. Paul was saying to them that God had accepted them into his home, the church of believers in Jesus Christ (See Acts chapter 10). He told them they belong.

Just like the Gentiles were misfits to the Jews, you may feel like a misfit today. God showed the early followers of Jesus that they were wrong to “un-include” the Gentiles in God’s home, the church. God tells us even today that anyone– yes, that includes you— is welcome in his home (Romans 10:13). You belong.

After all, Christians– the home, the church of Jesus– are all just misfits who have been called into a place of belonging in the family of God. Ephesians 2:19-22 tells us that God is building his church with living stones of people– all different– but he is fitting us in “brick by brick, stone by stone.” You belong.

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Day 17: “Can’t Help Myself”

This post is a part of a 31 day series for the month of October called Stories & Songs.


I love this song, “Can’t Help Myself” by another favorite singer-songwriter, Sandra McCracken, about fear and trusting God. The video is pretty cool too because it really gives a feel for the emotion and story of the song.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lordwho made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1

“Can’t Help Myself” lyrics:

I confess the things I am afraid of:
thorns and danger just around the bend
I pray for tongues of fire and bands of angels
to come and circle ’round me like a fence
I lift my eyes to the hills, where comes my help?
I lift my hands–empty hands–I can’t help myself
I can’t help myself; no, I can’t help myself

My enemies surround me like an army–
within, without, the battle’s raging on
I pray the Spirit will be strong and mighty
for courage through the night until the dawn
I lift my eyes to the hills, where comes my help?
I lift my hands–empty hands–I can’t help myself
I can’t help myself; no, I can’t help myself

Oh trust the Lord–my soul and all that is in me–
oh trust the light to show your darkest parts
With wounds of truth and love, a friend who has known me;
a fool would keep his secrets in his heart
I lift my eyes to the hills; here comes my help
I lift my hands–empty hands–I can’t help myself
I can’t help myself, can’t help myself
Can’t help myself; no, I can’t help myself; I can’t help myself

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Day 15: “If You Doubt”

This post is a part of a 31 day series for the month of October called Stories & Songs.


Check out the story behind this song here. I wrote this song as if God were speaking to me… asking me how many times does He have to prove that He’s faithful.. and telling me that when I do doubt His faithfulness to look back at all the things He’s already done in my life. I share this song to encourage you too when you’re having a hard time trusting Him. Leave a note in the comments of one way– big or small– that God has been faithful to you. 

“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”                 – Lamentations 3:23, NLT

“If You Doubt” lyrics:

Go ahead, pull the curtain down/ No where to hide, you’ve been found out/ All of the lies that you believed/ Let the light make them fade away

What makes you think that you cannot trust me?/ If you doubt, turn around/ I was there for you then and I won’t leave you now/ Turn around/ If you doubt, turn around

Out here again all by yourself/ Won’t let me in ’til you figure me out/ Out here alone you start to drown/ Hold out your hand and I’ll lift you out

What makes you think that you cannot trust me?/ If you doubt, turn around/ I was there for you then and I won’t leave you now/ Turn around/ If you doubt, turn around

How many times do I have to prove that I will always be faithful to you?

If you doubt, turn around/ I was there for you then and I won’t leave you now/ Turn around/ If you doubt, turn around

If you doubt, turn around/ I was there for you then and I won’t leave you now/ Turn around/ If you doubt, turn around

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Day 13: “How the Pain Comes”

This post is a part of a 31 day series for the month of October called Stories & Songs.


I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lordwho made heaven and earth.

– Psalm 121:1-2


Check yesterday’s post for the story behind this song. The best news is that there is hope! “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”                   -1 John 1:9

“How the Pain Comes” Lyrics:

This is how the pain comes when I’m feeling that You’re oh so far away

This is how my heart starts beating when I let myself make me feel this way

And I find I trap myself in my mind sometimes

And I realize I do all the things that I despise

But not this time cause I don’t wanna be somebody I don’t like

Not this time cause I’m not gonna let me get You off of my mind

This is how my life starts leaking when I know I haven’t held you near

This is how my strength starts fleeting and I let myself get washed away in my fears

And I find I trap myself in my mind sometimes

And I realize I do all the things that I despise

But not this time cause I don’t wanna be somebody I don’t like

Not this time cause I’m not gonna let me get You off of my mind

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

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Day 12: Far From God

“Every man is as close to God as he wants to be…” – A. W. Tozer


I was living in Brazil on my own. I was 23 years old. I remember going on jogs on a walkway median in between a four lane highway. I would jog out to the bridge that had “Portal do Sertao”  (which would translate to something like “Gateway to the Dry Region”) written on it. I remember each time I would re-enter the “Dry Region” thinking about and feeling my own spiritual dryness. Did I mention that I was there as a missionary?

One night, after realizing just how far I had drifted from God, I wrote a song. It’s called “How the Pain Comes.” I hope to share it with you in tomorrow’s post.

The thing about my “spiritual dryness” was that it was my own doing– and it didn’t happen overnight. My relationship with God requires work on my part just like any other relationship. If I don’t spend that daily time connecting with Him through prayer and reading His Word, the Bible, then I may not feel His nearness. So, the key to feeling close to God is to fix my eyes on Him daily.

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” -Hebrews 2:1 

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