Sweet Surrender

The Inspiration and Meaning Behind Each Song


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When Will You Come?

This song was birthed in a season of great travail. I discovered that asking the questions unearthed by life’s deepest challenges is not only allowable, but completely integral with how the Lord wants us to interact with Him. It gives us the opportunity to release the angst of our soul and to declare His goodness despite whatever we may be facing. The psalms are full of this kind of grappling with God, so we need not fear wrestling with God’s delays or His silence. Ultimately, it is not our experience that determines who He is, because He is good no matter what happens. Our experience, though, can forge His likeness in us, and that is what makes it all worthwhile. (Psalm 13:1-2a; Psalm 107:1)

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Come Away My Beloved

While away on a retreat, I became acutely aware of how distant from the Lord I had been feeling in light of all the responsibilities and distractions of my life. I felt like a loser Christian who had a lousy devotional life. It was as though He called to me through the veil of guilt I felt wrapped up in and did what He does best. He spoke to my weary heart and reminded me of His unrelenting love. He impressed upon my heart that He loves me because of who He is, not because of anything I do. In response, I was drawn to Him and could clearly hear His song of love calling me to Himself. He’s always waiting for us to turn our gaze to Him…(Song of Solomon 2:10; James 4:8)

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I Can See You

One day the Lord gave me an assignment. After giving me a picture of a woman in the fetal position in the corner of the room, He asked, “Do you see that woman over there?” I replied, “Yes.” He then explained that He wanted me to ‘sing her out’ of the corner. The result was my best attempt to reach out to someone in deep pain and isolation to create an escape route to safety. While recording the song many months later, I was shown by that the woman in the corner was actually me. This is a song of deliverance, indeed! (Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3)


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Your Love

When my oldest daughter, Hannah, and her family unexpectedly moved to Rhode Island, I was completely brokenhearted and devastated but I didn’t want them to know how hard it was for me. Instead, I really wanted to be an encouragement to both her and her husband! It was only by giving my pain and sorrow to the Lord that I was able to navigate this sudden loss and find strength to press on despite their distance. He heard me, He held me, He healed me…And then miraculously brought them back to me! (Song of Solomon 8:5; Deuteronomy 33:27)

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Long Enough

I was reading a book that referred to the concept of a dance of hope. As I pondered the idea of learning the dance of hope in the midst of deep struggles, I began to hear questions in my spirit that led to the development of this song. It is clear to me that suffering is one of the many ways that we are carved out. It’s also something that I believe we are entrusted with. No one gets to avoid loss, grief or pain — it is simply a part of the human experience. So, the key is how we respond to our suffering. Through our dark nights, it seems like God’s intention is to enlarge our hearts and develop deep compassion in us. I encourage you to embrace what you are facing with confidence that it will bear great fruit in you if you allow it to. (1 Peter 5:10; Isaiah 30:41)

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Child of My Love

This song was written for survivors of satanic ritual abuse who I have had the great privilege of ministering to over the years. I celebrate that there is truly nothing is too difficult for our God and that He delights in making all things new. Many such precious souls have told me that the music God has given me offers them a plumb line of Peace that they desperately need to navigate the challenges of their journey. This song is an invitation into the lap of God, a most intimate place to climb into. (Matthew 11:28-30; Isaiah 49:16; Revelation 21:5 )

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I Surrender

This is my anthem, this is my song, sweet, sweet surrender, all the day long! This is a song of posturing my heart before God and declaring my desire to hear His voice and to give myself to Him fully. Too often I hear from people who do not feel like they can ‘hear’ the voice of God. If Jesus hadn’t said it plainly, I may not believe it either, but He did and I do. It is my prayer that many will find themselves positioning themselves in surrender before the throne of God in response to this offering. (John 10:27; Psalms 78:1; Isaiah 55:3)

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Let My Kiss Be Your Delight

This was a song that the Lord gave me the morning I was going to be leading worship at an evening service of a local church. As far as I was concerned it was a song just for them. The blessing is that it has now become an incredible invitation into intimacy spoken from God’s heart to ours. May His kiss be your delight! (Song of Solomon 1:2)

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Yehovah, Who Sees

This song spilled out as I nestled myself in His presence. It expresses the comfort and joy we experience in that place of care. While recording the song, the ending came spontaneously, “You see what nobody else sees, You see what nobody else sees, You see what nobody else sees!” He sees it all and meets us in the midst of it and loves us through it all. What a good Father He is! (Genesis 16:13; Psalm 102:1-2)

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I Always Hear Your Cry

This is another song that God is singing over His people. His words of love are woven throughout the Scriptures, so writing this was a pouring out of what He had poured into me as I spent time in the Word. He really does hear our cries and He is able to keep us! “My heart is turned over within Me, all My compassions are kindled.” (Hosea 11:8) “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Isaiah 31:8) “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,” (Jude 24) “And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18)

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Love is Never Too Late

I wrote this song to sing over my brother and his bride on their wedding day! I pondered how we so often question God’s timing, but He really is never too late. Several stories erupted in my thoughts and I wrote a few verses based on those accounts from the Bible of God’s delay not being too late. I then wrote a verse that spoke of how Bryn and Deb had found each other ‘late’ in life, but it was just on time!