Remembering 11/11

Today is a big day for me.  It’s a day of celebration, a day of remembering God’s faithfulness.  A day to laugh and wonder at the amazing journey He has taken me on in the last 3 years.  A journey that started with a little goal I made 3 years ago this November…

THE CRAZY GOAL:
In November of 2010, I gave myself a crazy goal: write a song for every book of the Bible in one year, before I turned 30 on 11/11/11. I called it The Scripture to Music Project, and it was one of the most fulfilling and amazing things I’ve ever done.  Week after week, I was digging into a different book of the Bible, trying to figure out which story or passage to concentrate on, trying to discern how to tell that story in a creative and yet faithful way. During this year of writing, the redemptive story that God has authored for us in Scripture became vibrantly beautiful to me, both in its personal details and its panoramic fullness.

A house show in Houston

SHARING THE STORY:
When I finished my goal, I knew I wanted to share these songs and this Story with everyone I could. So, in January of 2012, I left my super supportive husband Nick at home and hit the road with my little girl Ellie (then 18 months) in tow to play house shows in cities all across Texas. I was also about 4 months pregnant with our little boy Harrison. Night after night, people sat and listened to the story of Scripture through song. And night after night, people told me how encouraged they were, how they wanted to dig back into the Bible, and how they loved hearing the old stories in a fresh, new way. And this got me thinking…

What if people could actually take these songs home? What if you could own an album that creatively traced the story of Scripture from beginning to end? What if you could listen to stories from the Old Testament during your morning commute to work, and stories from the New Testament while you were waiting in the carpool line to pick up your kids from school? And what if you could give this same CD to a friend who was completely unfamiliar with God’s Story?

A few months later, I launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds needed to record a studio album. It would not be an album made up of arbitrary songs, but an album that would share God’s story of redemption, from beginning to end, using many of the songs I had written during my 29th year.  It was a big risk, a huge step of faith for me.  I had many tear-filled conversations with my husband on our couch after Ellie went to sleep for the night, wondering “what if I fail? wouldn’t it be easier just to forget about this? how can I do this while still being a stay-at-home mom too?”

My fears and self-doubt nearly kept me from beginning this journey.  Eventually, this became my prayer: “If I fail, let it be to your glory. If I succeed, let it be to your glory. Your will be done.” I launched the Kickstarter campaign on April 11 and we met our goal in just 5 days.   

And, oh the journey we’ve been on since then… I feel so privileged to be a vehicle for God’s redemptive Story through these 12 little songs.  If you know me well, you know I’m not a slick, rock-star type.  You might also notice that I’m not the most polished singer or the most skilled guitar player.  I’m a stay-at-home mom of two kids, and one more on the way, who spends much of her time nuking chicken nuggets and changing diapers and reading kids’ books (which is an amazing gig!).  And yet, God has used me and used these songs as I have faithfully tried to take the next small steps of faith I know to take.

So, today I celebrate.  Today, I remember.  Today, I am grateful.