I love music!
When I'm in the car, when I'm cleaning the house, even when I'm giving my daughter a bath I can be found singing a song. Most of the time, it will be a Christian song. There is just something about a beautiful melody accompanied by words that truly have such truth and such power that I cannot help but love.
I am always on the lookout for great new walnuts to add to my collection. Today I'm excited to share with you the newest addition to my personal collection- Laura Story's Open Hands:
Open Hands is the follow-up to 2013’s critically-acclaimed God of Every Story, and in the years that have passed since her last release, Story has given birth to twins, making their brood a family of five. Now, as a mom to three kids—Josie, Benjamin and Griffin—the posture of “open hands” feels more necessary than ever before as she juggles ministry and motherhood.
“We never get to a point where we can do life apart from complete and total daily dependence on Jesus,” Story admits. “The irony is the less control we have, the more peace we have and the more, I would even say, success and joy we find. It’s a contrary picture to what the world tells us, but it’s gaining through letting go.”
Open Hands’ fresh collection of originals blends Story’s signature congregational worship with intimate moments. “I wanted to make an album so that each song I write would be just that seed of hope or that lifeline that someone listens to during that tough moment and thinks, ‘I’m going to choose to trust God, even during this,’” Story shares. “I pray that God would speak through me in the midst of the music.”
I was first introduced to Laura Story a few years ago through her song Blessings. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful words and the incredible voice behind them. There was something just so classic about her. The songs simple, but the words powerful. I was excited to be able to experience her newest music! It did not disappoint! Once again I found myself falling in love with these songs. Listening to Laura sing, you can tell that she sings with her whole heart, giving it all to God...and isn't that what worship should be? I didn't feel as though I was purposefully being entertained (though her music certainly is entertaining), but instead felt as though I was being taken along this worship experience with her.
As I listened through, I found choosing a favorite was extremely difficult... I loved each song. Still, as a mother the lyrics of 'Give You Faith' truly stuck out to me, reminding me of what I truly want to leave my children with- not material possessions or loads of money, but a foundation of faith to carry on:
I wanna give you faith
I wanna leave you hope
That you would know a love that
Never let's you go
More than wisdom or wealth,
More than happiness or health,
May you say I gave you faith
How absolutely beautiful is that? But it truly is just one of the many great songs you can enjoy on this album. I've often said there tend to be two categories that Christian music most often falls into. There are those albums that make you want to shout for joy, dance and sing praises to God. Then there are those who make you want to stop, listen to the words and just find peace in God's presence as you worship. For me, this album was certainly the later.
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