I know I've been out of it this year so if you're reading this, THANK YOU for sticking with me!
This has been a crazy year for me and I'm starting to feel somewhat normal again so I'm hoping to blog more than 3 times in 2013 ;)
I have moved from Nashville to Portland, Oregon. I have been trying to find the right words to explain to you, reader, what this move has been like for me. And I realize that I am still processing much of the change, and the words may come more fully later.
Let me just assure you that we have moved out here to follow Jesus. We have moved out here to chase after so many dreams we have for our family. We have moved out here because when one is on the banks of a river, a river you know has your name on it, and the waters suddenly rise, and the current starts to pull you along with it...you have no choice but to let it take you.
Our river has taken us miles away from friends and family, from most everything we know, to a season of newness. Funny that I wrote the song “Springtime” last year, asking God for the new. I just didn’t know how exactly he was going to answer that prayer. New is not always easy. It is exciting and wonderful and full of God’s peace. But not easy.
When my daughter was born, just a few weeks before all of this became apparent, I started writing a song about change. The inevitability of change in this life. And how if I do not bend with it, it will surly break me. Little did I know an even bigger change was around the corner. I’m thankful God was already preparing my heart.
I will try to tell more of the story in the coming months. Will I continue to play music? Yes! The good news is that Portland has a host of rainy days, perfect for sitting at a piano pondering a lyric and a melody. :)
When I went into labor in November, I asked my husband to bring me my computer because I needed some music. I needed songs whose lyrics could encourage me and connect with my heart. This playlist was in my itunes and it seemed to fit the bill. These are the songs that were on repeat for those several hours before and right after Norah was born. It turned out to be the perfect mix of songs of surrender, strength, and purpose. Thank you to you whose music is on here, your songs gave me courage!
Tell Me Again- Michael Olson and Sara Groves
Hallelujahs- Chris Rice
Leave It Up To You- Jill Phillips
Dig Deep- Elizabeth Foster (this was a crucial song for me, thank you Elizabeth!)
Love Will Always Find It’s Way- Pierce Pettis
Hymn- Brooke Fraser
Remember Surrender-Sara Groves
You Move Me- Pierce Pettis
I Am-Jill Phillips
Done Living- Justin McRoberts
Your Hands- JJ Heller
Seeds- Brooke Fraser
Great Big World-Pierce Pettis
Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)- Sandra McCracken
You Cannot Lose My Love- Sara Groves
Everything- Jill Phillips