A Beautiful Song

This song came on the radio this past week and I was reminded of many things.

I was reminded how the first time I ever heard this song was when I was 17 years old as a senior in high school. It was a hard year full of growth and pain, but this song was one of the things that encouraged me deeply. That first time I really listened to the lyrics it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time… I felt so alone and so unwanted. The lyrics of this song made me weep as I began to let them encourage me and realize what they meant.

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Just in case you haven’t heard it today: you are beautiful. You are so loved and so beautiful. Just know you are not alone in your struggles. Know that you are so desired and loved.

“Beautiful”

Days will come when you don’t have the strength
When all you hear is you’re not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they’d see too muchYou’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful

And praying that you have the heart to fight
Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you’ve held inside so long
And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves
Enough to die

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
In His eyes

You’re beautiful
You were meant for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re meant for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, you are sacred, you are His

Much love. Much grace.
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Cozy Coffee Playlist 2016

As I have mentioned before, I love music. Mr. Yell and I love traveling to concerts, no matter how far they are!  We have records, digital copies, and many (MANY!) CDs. I have written a few posts about my favorite artists and figured it was time to share some of that music with you!

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This month I took the time to create a playlist of songs I have been enjoying this season.  Since it’s February I figured it was time to add a bit of pizazz to the cold weather! These are some songs that Mr. Yell and I enjoy while reading, working, or just drinking a cup of coffee in this winter weather.

Please enjoy this first edition of the “Cozy Coffee Playlist”!

Enjoy this wonderful winter season!

Much love. Much grace.

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Music Love: Josh Garrels

Friends, I love music. I love singing in choirs, musicals, in my car…

I love it.

Music has always been a way for me to express my emotions to others, or even to myself. Which is why I am pretty excited to start this new type of post about sharing the music I love with “Music Love“. The music I will share on these types of posts will be new music I have discovered, music that has defined my life, or just fun songs that I feel are encouraging or have a positive energy.

To kick things off, I want to start with an artist that I have come to love over the past three years through Mr. Yell.

Josh Garrels.

Josh Garrels is not super well known, but is absolutely worth listening to because his lyrics are amazing and his arrangements are so peaceful. Garrels’ music makes me feel like an old friend has taken my thoughts and created beautiful music with them.

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His music is soothing, fun, and just a whole lot of love comes through his music. Mr. Yell and I actually had our first dance to his song “Heaven’s Knife”; which we actually were able to hear him play at his concert in Houston.

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While I admit, I was very apprehensive at first, since his music was different than the style I enjoyed at the time. But I have now come to call him one of my favorite artists. His songs are soft, sweet, and full of heart and emotions. I love his music because they have special meanings in different parts of life.

Be sure to check out his music on Noisetrade and see his latest music video!

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Mr. Yell, Josh Garrels, and I after the Houston, Texas concert (11/2015)

I hope you have a lovely weekend relaxing and recuperating.

Much love. Much grace.

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