My Story: In Words and Music

For those of you who know me personally, you may know my life has had its challenges, although sometimes I hide it well. But art isn’t about hiding. And neither is life. I’ve learned that lesson over the last number of years from brave people who have shared their stories and prayed with me—the stories that God put in my path—the ones that got me through heartache and loss. They reminded me that there’s always more ahead of us worth discovering and that God has a purpose, which our frail, human eyes cannot always see. We get the most value from each struggle or heartbreak by connecting with others who understand and by learning new things about ourselves and finding our faith stronger in the end. And we feel the most joy by sharing it with others and seeing that joy in a brighter light than we ever could have without the pain.


It may sound cliché, but life really is a journey. Like most of you, my journey has been one characterized by moments of despair and quiet desperation, times of great joy and triumph and continued testing of faith—trials punctuated by great blessings. Perhaps, just as with joy, we can see the blessings better because of the trials though, and often, it’s through trials that great art is born. A devotional I once read by William Taylor in Streams in the Desert said something like: For God to give us songs in the night, He must first make it night...

Let It Go: Love Is So Much More

I wrote this quite a while ago, but never got around to posting it.  I found it recently as I was organizing some files, and Valentine's Day seemed like the perfect time to share it with you:


Say what you will about Disney’s Frozen.  Its famous song that has been played, sung, and requested endlessly by children everywhere has caused us to never again use the phrase “let it go” without automatically hearing Idina Menzel’s vocals thunder through our brains with visions of ice crystals and fast-forming castles.


But for me, the movie was something different—something unexpected—and it caught me off guard...

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