Linking up with my favorite place today – Five Minute Friday.
When I first decided to walk with Jesus, instead of just waving to him from across the room, I had a few life-changing things that happened.
Ok, that’s a totally wrong. All the life-changing things happened. Like, all OVER the place. But one of the most immediately obvious was my taste in music.
Dana, Before Walking With Jesus: Christian music on the radio? Isn’t that just Carmen and Amy Grant? It’s dork-city.
Dana After Walking With Jesus: Christian music on the radio? It must be on, all the time, twenty-four seven, dorky or no. I am praising my saviourrrrr all the day lonnnnnnnnnnng!
Still don’t like Amy Grant music though. Sorry, Amy. You are a wonderful person.
Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin, Watermark, Phil Keaggy… I loved them. Still do. I think I even bought a few of those WOW! ALL CHRISTIAN! cd’s because I needed a bit of variety and their plastic covers were so bright and dorky. I found out something. Walking with Jesus meant I could finally stop trying to be so darn cool about everything and embrace my inner dork, and you know what? The DORK IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE.
And so, one day, I found Sara Groves.
And her music cracked me open, and then put me back together, on a daily basis. I own every one of her albums. We played her song, “Fly” as “our song” at our wedding. I reference her song, “Toy Packaging” every Christmas for those who need to know the struggle is real, with the toy packaging.
I just love her. She is my best-friend musician that I have never met. She writes songs about marriage, and fights with husbands, and family, and the bible, and all of it is threaded throughout with a voice that is strong in faith but still has a lot of questions.
This is me. I have a strong-ish faith. But I have a lot of questions. Like, a LOT.
Long ago, before marriage, before recovery (I am a sober momma, because me and wine broke up long ago and that’s a whole other story), before children, before a lot of things, my heart was broken into a million pieces by life and love that was lost. I am pretty sure that’s a thing that has happened to all of us – heartache so profound it threatens to scoop us up and throw us out with the trash. It’s that hard.
I would lay on my bed, feeling tears drip warm down the sides of my face and pool up by my ears, too tired to wipe them away. Sometimes my dog Norman would jump up there with me and snuffle the tears away. He was such a good pupper.
And I would listen to Sara’s song, Remember Surrender.
You see, I was walking with Jesus, yes. But I was still hurting. And this song seemed to understand that. And with each listen, I got a little better.
Just so you know, there were ther things helped me get better:
Reading the bible. (Walking with Jesus now, duh)
Prayer. (Double duh)
Reading just about anything by Melody Beattie.
Going on long runs with Norman even when I didn’t want to (He always did, so he would drag me. We made it work).
Talking to friends. DUH.
Crying with those friends. And then praying some more. (Quadruple duh. And thank you, friends, for always listening. And always offering to pray with me. And gripping onto my hands hard while you did so, so hard that it almost kinda hurt but in a good way. I’m looking at you, Katie.)
And so, I would like to share this song with you today. If you walk with Jesus, but your heart is still sore and sad, and you just want something so badly, but it can’t be yours… Listen and get a little better.
This version has some pics with the video. They’re a little dorky. But, as you know, I like the dorky.
I literally told Jesus, “this is why Momsie so much!!” (There’s other reasons, you know.) but you get the Sara Groves love. I pretty much sang along to her when my mom’s mom passed before Christmas 2014. That whole next year, I think it was Sara Groves 24/7. I drew stuff based on lyrics and just sang and let God meet me. She’s one of the first Christian artists I get all 😍 about the vulnerability. And Remember Surrender was what I immediately thought of when I saw the prompt. I could go on and on but I just want to say we should totally go see her in concert one day 😂
I love I’m on your neighbor on fmf today. ❤️
Love you girl.
Love you too. ❤️
beautiful thoughts! Such depth of God’s story written all over your life!
Amy Grant was totally my music HERO when I was growing up. However, I think we would still be great friends. I love your humor and your writing. Visiting you from #93 FMF this week,
We are Sara Groves junkies. We even got to meet her after a concert at a church up here in NY and sit around a table with about 15 other people and just talk to her! 🙌 She is the coolest and her lyrics are so real.
I’m glad to have found your blog! Any friend of Sara’s is a friend of mine! 😏
(I’m an English teacher, too. Now I teach ESL.)
Blessings and thanks for writing.
Hi Lisa!! Thanks for the read. 🙂 I am so jealous that you got to just sit and TALK to Sara G! What a lovely thing.