Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What Defines You?

In an interview I had today, I shared a recent struggle and how I had decided not to "let it define me" any further. Towards the end of the interview, one of the gentlmen interviewing me returned to that topic. He said, "You said you weren't letting [that situation] define you, but what would you say does define you?".

Excellent Question.

How do I want to be known? The question gave me pause for a moment. I shared with him that I want to be known as someone who loves Jesus and is busy sharing His light. I want to reflect Him. And, then I told him that I think my friends would say that I'm a person who loves really well. I definitely want to be known like that.

But, as I think about it, I think I would have to define myself as a work on the way. I really want to love like Jesus, but I know that I often fall short of that goal. But, I'm trying. I want to be a great support to my friends and someone whom they can trust. But, again, I know I fail in that area too. I am an honest person. But, much of that comes from an innate inability to lie, so I'm not sure how much credit I can take for that.

Here's what I know - this is how the Lord defines me (and I'll rest in it):

"You'll get a brand-new name
straight from the mouth of God.
You'll be a stunning crown in the palm of God's hand,
a jeweled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.
No more will anyone call you Rejected,
and your country will no more be called Ruined.
You'll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),
and your land Beulah (Married),
Because God delights in you ..." Isaiah 62:2b-4a


It's an excellent question and one I'll probably consider for some time to come. What would you say if someone asked what defines you?

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Our Angel (Ansley's Song)

On Christmas Eve, 2009, our family was blessed with a precious little angel. This last year has been amazing. I've loved getting to see so many of her firsts and watch her experience the world through a fresh and untainted lens.

A few months before she was born, I was hanging out at my house when a song idea and melody popped into my head. I jumped up from the couch and sat down to write a song for my soon to be born niece. Sometimes, when I write music, I write from the perspective of someone else. In this case, I tried to put myself in the shoes of my brother (Daniel) and sister-in-law (Katie) as they were expecting their first child. I thought about how much we all already loved this little baby and were looking forward to her arrival. And, I thought about the hopes and dreams of Katie's Abuela (Grandmother) as she had hoped and prayed for a baby with Daniel's eyes and Katie's curls.

This song is what followed. I hope you enjoy it.

Ansley Katherine, Aunt Christy loves you so much and is so proud of you already. I can't wait to see what a beautiful young woman you grow up to be. And, even though, when I wrote this song, I was thinking of how your mommy and daddy must feel, you are truly an angel to all of us. Love you, Baby Girl!

(Click here if the video doesn't come through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nIW2gxKKhM)



Photography by:
Brenna B Photography
Britt Clearie Photography
Christina Lynn

Words and Music written and performed by:
Christina Lynn

Produced by:
Josh Fisher

Special thanks to:
Howie Lauer
Karlee Bradbury