Our Adoption Story

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hats off to Sara Groves

I just love getting a new album and taking it in...locking myself in my room, taking a long drive, listening to the lyrics, reading the words. I'm such a lyric person...most of my friends know this because when they get in the car with me I see this as my chance to share a new favorite song, I turn it on and tell them to listen, and I want everyone to be quiet so that they can experience it like me...and then I want to talk about it, what do you think it means, I ask....and I get weird looks like "seriously cant we just talk normal".....

So when I received a Christmas gift from my sister Jess (a fellow lyric lover, actually probably the one who taught me to be a lyric lover) this past weekend you can imagine my excitement to have the new Sara Groves album in my hands!

Sara Groves has such a way with her words that seem to speak exactly what I need to hear or wish I could say. She really inspires me to see beyond the common, she reminds me how grateful I am to live in community, how God made me to feel and love deeply, and how much I want to live out the Kingdom of God.

Okay so I'm not trying to sound too obsessed with Sara...but I wanted to share the lyrics of a few of her new songs that have really meant a lot to me the last few days. I highly recommend the cd.....

This song reminds me of being down town under the dim lights at Henry's, sipping a margarita on the rocks, staring at Adam across the table, feeling like we can talk about anything on our hearts, no conversation is untouchable, no important thing left unsaid....being completely know and loved.

These songs expressed how wonderful it is to do life with the women in my life. I had a moment over lunch with a handful of girls in my bible study...I was wide open for them to see my worst parts and they were like an army of women coming around me to fight the good fight with me, loving me gently all the way. There have been multiple phone calls, moments of conversation over coffee with sisters or new friends, or over diet coke and puerta queso dip with old friends that I would swear were holy and sacred moments, where friends or family have loved me well and made life "half as hard and twice as good" ....these songs are for them (ha like they are mine to dedicate)


Different Kinds of Happy
Sara Groves

go on and ask me anything
what do you need to know
im not holding on to anything im not willing to let go of
to be free , to be free
ive got to ask you something
but please dont be afraid
there's a promise here thats heavier than your answer might weigh
baby it's me, it's me

it's a sweet, sweet thing
standing here with you and nothing to hide
light shining down to our very insides
sharing our secrets, bearing our souls
helping each other come clean

secrets and cyphers
there's no good way to hide
there's redemption in confession and freedom in the light
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid

its a sweet, sweet thing
standing here with you and nothing to hide
light shining down to our very insides
sharing our secrets, bearing our souls
helping each other come clean

better than our promises
is the day we got to keep them
I wish those two could see us now
they never would believe how
there are different kinds of happy
different kinds of happy
there are different kinds of happy
different kinds of happy


Twice As Good
Sara Groves

when I am down and need to cry till morning
I know just where I am going
when I'm in need of sweet commiseration
to speak out loud

raise a glass to friendship and to knowing
you don't have to go alone
we'll raise our hearts to share each others burdens
on this road

with every burden I have carried
with every joy its understood
life with you is half as hard
and twice as good

with my good news your dancing on the table
babies born to celebration
the joy of life oh what a sweet communion
shared with you

with every burden I have carried
with every joy it's understood
life with you is half as hard
and twice as good

I know we're growing older
can you imagine what that will bring
it's all a mystery to me now
but this one thing
it will be half as hard, and twice as good



I cant promise this is my last Sara Groves lyrical post:) I don't write well nor do I enjoy it as much as others so I will continue to let others words inspire and teach me to see beyond the common.

So thank you Sara for using your gifts, for diggin in and taking the time to write what God is teaching you, and I "raise a glass" with you "to friendship and to knowing you don't have to go alone."

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Loved it - thanks for sharing. Is it weird that I have tears in my eyes WHILE my students are taking their Algebra final?? I think not :)

I am so grateful for the way God has knit our hearts together over the years. I am continually challenged by you and your marriage to go deeper with the people around me. Thanks for always initiating in "diggin" in to my heart - and loving me still. Love you!

Amanda said...

I love that about you. Thanks for sharing!

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