My Twin Wrote A Song with Ann Voskamp

By January 2, 2012General

Hello Mornings Meetup

One of the sweetest moments of 2011, for me, was in October at the Relevant blog conference where we had a Hello Mornings meet up. It was such a sweet time of fellowship with some of the women we’ve been sharing our mornings with for the past year.

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To make it even sweeter, Christa Wells and Nicole Witt led worship for us. I don’t actually think it’s natural for musicians to wake up and operate at 6:30am, so it meant quite a bit to me that they defied nature to be there.

Image of God

One song we sang, was called Image of God. We’d learned it the night before at a concert Christa and Nicole did for all of the Relevant attendees.

“We come in pieces We come in fragments We come discolored To the foot of the cross Our Maker sees us All that we have been Bonds us together The image of God”

It was powerful to sing that song with women who had met only days before, yet had “known” one another all year long. It was a testimony of how God beautifully weaves lives together for His glory. Such a sweet moment.

What Was That About A Twin?

At Relevant, Christa (left) and I (center) decided we are long lost twins of different ethnicities.

Upon returning home, my daughter even glanced at this picture and asked where I got the bird necklace!

(If you squint really hard, you can see the resemblance. Also pictured: Emily.)

A Giveaway and a Word From Christa

Christa and Nicole have recently released a new album called Image of God. Today Christa is taking the time to share a little about her new project with us.

From Christa:
The greatest compliment I’ve ever received with regard to my music was that while listening to my music, a young woman finds herself worshiping. That absolutely floored me, because, well, I didn’t think I write “worship music.”

While I deeply appreciate music written for corporate worship—I’m a sucker for simple refrains, ancient hymns, and new hymns that sound ancient by writers like Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty—when I sit down to write, it just seems another kind of music comes out…

But apparently, believers can worship anywhere? Even while listening to non-sacred music? Shocking…

So this is new territory for me…

(Pictured: Melissa, Kat, Christa and Nicole)
Together with my dear friend and musical conspirator Nicole Witt, I’ve written and recorded these five songs of worship that make up the Image of God EP.

The title track, “Image of God” was birthed through email conversation between Ann Voskamp, Nicole Witt and me as we prepared to host a retreat called “In the Image of the Maker” last summer.It was a natural outpouring of our hearts as we meditated on what it means to be made in the image of the holy, creative God. (Ann’s name is not on the song, by her choice, but she had much to do with the direction and sections of the lyric.)

All five tracks were written to reflect the truths God has been working out in each of our hearts, in a way that is also sonically true to the two of us…simple piano and violin arrangements and vocal harmony with a touch of cello and percussion.

Our hope is that these songs, too, will lead someone—you?—to worship…that they will point to our need for a Rescuer and lead us to the Savior God who “steals me from the night, leads me into Love and Light…”

Enter The Giveaway

Share one of your highlights of 2011 or an unconventional song that you worship to and get a chance to win a copy of Christa and Nicole’s new album! Click here to leave your comment.

(Be sure to check out the rest of her music too. She’s on constant repeat around my house. Her combination of thought provoking lyrics and excellent music is inspiring.)

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  • Avatar Tammy says:

    I think the most unconventional music I worship to is classical music. It’s not something I sought to do, but the music seems to get my brain and heart connected while not distracting my thoughts since there are no lyrics. I flipped through at least a dozen worship cds the other day feeling unsettled, but when I turned on the classical music my soul seemed to calm immediately.

  • Avatar erin says:

    My highlight of 2011 was giving birth to my sweet Charlotte!

  • Avatar Jessica says:

    I love Christa and Nicole’s music and was so blessed to be at that retreat. One of my highlights of 2011 was having my second son, Otto.

  • Avatar camille says:

    Highlights- all the growth the Lord has taken me through this year, and I couldn’t have made it without worship playing in my home ALOT!!!

  • Avatar Jessica says:

    My highlight of 2011 was having my precious twins…which also inspired my unconventional song, Fire & Rain by James Taylor. While they were in the NICU, that song constantly came on the radio when I was driving to the hospital, and it became a reminder that this scary time would pass and my twins would eventually be healthy enough to come home.

  • highlight- Relevant11. meeting so many new and old blog friends.
    I’m not entering the giveaway… I already have Image of God. LOVE IT>
    I’ve had it on repeat since I received it and my family really likes it too, especially my husband. Thankful for it and if I had to pick a favorite I’m not so sure that I could.

  • Avatar melanie says:

    I suppose it is not unconventional to promote your church worship leader’s first album that JUST came out after years of his friends begging and cajoling him to make one, but his music is definitely unique, deep, and worshipful. Not to mention that he sings like an ANGEL. Check out Ben Doggett’s worship music on his blog:

    http://www.bendoggettmusic.blogspot.com/

    Though he’s been leading worship since high school, he’s so new to the professional music scene (and freshly married to our dear friend!) that his real website isn’t even up and running yet: http://www.bendoggett.com So here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor, ladies.

    PS Dear Ben, When you get back from your honeymoon, get your CD on the website so people can check it out, for crying out loud!

  • Avatar Cindy says:

    I know that this is going to sound kinda strange but one of my highlights was creating a “Harvest Tree”…I took our CHRISTmas tree and fully decorated it with harvest garlands, sunflowers and small pumpkins, gourds, etc., and it turned out beautifully with all the lush and rich and vibrant colors of Autumn…THANKSgiving is one of my favorite times of years, not just because of the colors, but because it’s a time of reflection and ThanksGIVING for everything that our Almighty Father has done for us…WHY was this is a highlight? Because my schedule is crazy (like everyone else’s I know!) and I usually don’t decorate…I’m the one that has lovely decorations with the “one day” I’m going to put them out when things slow down??!!! Well, I’ve been trying to live more in the present and wanted to turn that particular “one day” into NOW…THIS day…THIS season! And because I’ve read Anne’s book too, I am grateFUL for many, many things and the tree symbolized that for me. Thank YOU for making this give-a-way available…and a beautiFUL, safe and BLESSed NEW Year to all of you!!

  • Avatar Shonda says:

    I would say my highlight of 2011 was the birth of my daughter. She was a surprise both in finding out I was pregnant and what she was going to be. Her name is Jessna Josine and she’s 8 months old now!

  • Avatar kimberlee says:

    My unconventional song that I worship to is Closer to Love by Mat Kearney. We had a tragedy hit our family and the song was played frequently on the radio during our storm, but I had never payed attention to it but I found that I’d be singing the chorus often. So I finally decided to look up the words and got goosebumps. And that whole dark scary time God was pulling me closer to Him to where I finally got it–I got His love for me after growing up in a Christian home and following Him throughout my life, I just didn’t really experience His love or grace. Didn’t have a testimony of something dramatic until we lost our daughter. And what I loss, His love was my gain.

  • Avatar Gina V. says:

    One of my favorite highlights of 2011 was getting to spend 3-4 hours in a coffee shop sitting across from and talking with my now 20 year old son… by the end of that encounter, I had looked into his eyes and heard him share from his heart enough that I stopped being distracted by the tattoos that cover most of his upper body and arms (he got all of them while in prison)…

  • My highlight was getting my daughter potty trained – Seriously it was high on my list :D!

  • Avatar Christy s says:

    My highlight was having my first son in June. Definitely a year of growth & learning for me!

  • Avatar Sharon O says:

    Would love to win a sample of your music. Blessings to you.

  • Avatar Carole says:

    Hmm…An unconventional song…
    Ben Harper’s “Power of the Gospel”

  • Avatar Kathey says:

    Would love to win. One of higlights of year was seeing my 20 year daughter follow her dreams in pursuing mission field.
    Kathey

  • Avatar LeeAnn says:

    I love how worship can happen so spontaneously. : )

    One beautiful moment of this past 2011 happened right towards the end of it… My parents, who haven’t been to church in… maybe 20 years? CAME to celebrate Jesus’ birth at my church’s Christmas Eve service!! They have a past of brokenness stemming from hurt people hurting people. My husband and I have been praying for healing and for them to come back to Jesus and for them to come after all these years was a miracle. I know God is up to something good with them; His plans are always good!

  • Avatar Cathy V says:

    My highlight was buying our first house. I never never never thought it would be possible at the beginning of 2011. Truly a blessing from God.

  • My highlight of 2011 would probably be baby boy #3 and finding a hunger for the Lord. Having 3 boys pushes me to my limits each day and I needed to hold steadfast to Gods promises for me to have supernatural strength each day. Now each morning I can’t wait to delve into my devotional and reconnect with the Lord in my quiet time. I’m still working on 5:30am wake up :). I’m excited for my first MaxMorn challenge to stretch myself even further in Gods presence.

  • Avatar Melody says:

    Our house sold in 2011! We moved three years ago to take a call at another church and it was a major learning experience regarding relying on God’s plan, provision and timing. I still can’t believe it’s finally over.

    My unconventional worship song is “This is Not the End” by Gungor.

  • Avatar Meg D. says:

    So privileged to be at the retreat and here this song.
    So thrilled that others will get to know Christa and her wonderful music!

  • Avatar Melodye says:

    One highlight of 2011 was my son learning how to walk!!! So amazing to watch him learning and exploring the world on his own two feet. Would love to win the giveaway — I have a feeling I will need lots and lots of worship music to get me through the day with a curious toddler!!!

  • Avatar Heather Altvater says:

    My highlight was hearing that my biopsy was benign! Such a simple word but after months of worry and a failed attempt at biopsy it was the sweetest word my ears had heard!

  • Avatar Bridget K says:

    My highlight was moving to Omaha from Maryland – big change for the whole family.

  • Avatar Jen says:

    A song I love to worship to is Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes’

    Great lyrics that I love to sing aloud to my Lord! 🙂

  • Avatar Lori-Anne says:

    A highlight of 2011 was a family trip to Myrtle Beach. It’s so exciting seeing things through the eyes of sweet young children!

  • Avatar Nancy says:

    I worship while listening to lots of “non-worship” songs. Image of God is easily one of them… but so is Weightless… both by Christa. What a gift she has!!

  • Unconventional Worship songs: Long Trip Alone by Dierks Bentley and “Muddy Water” by Trace Adkins.

  • Relevant ’11 was an overwhelming and surprising highlight. Listening to Christa and Nicole was . . . breathtaking. It was like part of my soul was breathing again after years of the Elmo song and Father Abraham.

    • Avatar Kat says:

      Katrina,
      That made me laugh out loud! So glad Christa’s music revived the atrophied musical part of your soul. 🙂

  • Avatar Tabitha says:

    The highlight of my year was graduating with my Masters degree and getting a job as a school counselor! I have learned so much patience and God has taught me how to rely on his strength while pursuing my dreams.

  • Avatar MomOfFour says:

    I find myself worshipping to “Cry Out to Jesus” by Third Day.

    That is not a conventional worship song for me.

  • Avatar sharon allen says:

    I am so thankful that I got to spend another year with my wonderful family and my dad. It is truly a precious gift.

  • Avatar Kelli says:

    Gymnopedie No. 1 was a worship song for me last year. It’s simple piano was perfect for calming my anxiety.

  • Avatar Faith says:

    I love to sing Annie’s Song by John Denver to Jesus.

  • Avatar Danielle says:

    The highlight of my 2011 was my husband giving his life to Jesus. I’d been praying for many years and the Lord was faithful in promising me that “soon” it would happen…..and it did. Now we begin a new spiritual journey together.

  • Avatar reba says:

    I would love to hear Christa’s new album. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Avatar erin d. says:

    My highlight was my husband graduating from seminary and starting a job with a missions organization that we love!

  • Avatar Marisa says:

    My 2011 highlight would have to be the surprise of my fourth pregnancy. We have a four year old and 18 month twins. We have three girls…we were not planning any other children at least for awhile and did not think we could get pregnant due to infertility. In September we found out we were pregnant…a shock but thankful for the wonderful gift from God. On December 30th we found out that we are having a boy! After three girls it will be a joy to have a son.

    My favorite song right now that I can’t help but sing out is:
    Where I Belong by Building 429. It is such a great song!!!

  • Highlights of 2011 – realizing my 4yo loves snakes and bugs and all kinds of creepies…

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    Highlight of 2011 – Our first family mini-vacation!

  • Avatar Sharon says:

    One of my highlights in the year 2011 was having a wonderful and blessed Christmas with my side of the family.

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    I live in Joplin, MO. In May an EF5 tornado tore my city apart. That lead to the highlight of 2011….a deeper understanding of the sovereignty of God, of His overwhelming love for us, and His ability to redeem all things for His glory.

  • Avatar Susan says:

    A non-conventional worship song I’ve been loving this month is “Yahweh” by U2. It’s a song of offering ourselves to God, and it has a line about childbirth that has always made me feel like it’s an advent song. I’m pregnant with my second child and being pregnant at Christmastime has been such a meaningful thing – I’m praying for a posture of offering myself and my body to God through this pregnancy and this next stage of parenting two!

  • Avatar Sarah E. says:

    We had such a great year but one highlight was surprising my son and daughter with tickets to a Steven Curtis Chapman concert. My son just thinks SCC is the best. It was so much fun enjoying the concert with them and I remember being moved that night with his song “Yours.” I’ve heard it many times but was moved that night that really, Everything is Yours God.

  • My highlight was seeing my oldest daughter grow up so much as she started kindergarten, lost her first tooth and has matured so much spiritually.

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    My Highlight of 2011 was God opening up doors to attend Relevant (my first time). He provided the funds, the travel, and got me home in a snow storm to teach that following Monday. The best thing about it….seeing God’s heart in the many friends that are now in real-life friends!

  • Avatar Missy says:

    Christa Wells- a wonderful friend, who also just happens to be one of my favorite musicians! I love to run, especially the trails, and this is one of my favorite times to pray and commune with our Father. I don’t always listen to music when run, but I always want to have an uplifting, thought-provoking song in my head, and Christa’s songs “Run” and “I want to know that Man” are ideal for repetition when I’m tired and pushing through the steep inclines of running and life. They remind me to look up to Him and remember that He is my all in all.

  • Avatar Kelly says:

    our one true highlight of 2011 was finally arriving in Uganda, after fundraising for two straight years. He is faithful! Praise His name!

  • My highlight of 2011 was bringing home our 18 month old son from Ethiopia after spending 9 weeks in the country. My favorite praise song when I’m running is “You are My Joy!” by David Crowder. No doubt the most motivating song out there when you want to get moving in the morning!

  • Avatar KathymC says:

    Songs are what lead me back to Him!

  • Avatar Corrie-Lyn says:

    My highlight for 2011 would be having my hubby home full time while we build our home. The reason for this is I have been suffering post natal depression and he has been a tower of support that God knew I needed him home to tackle being a mum.

  • Avatar beth lehman says:

    I have been listening to Shaun Groves album since August/September and it never fails to move me. I love the idea of worshiping with something that resonates deep within…

  • Avatar Jacque says:

    Highlight of 2011 was bringing our newest son home — born on Valentines Day. What a beautiful blessing he is!

  • Avatar Becky says:

    My “unconventional” worship song is albertine by Brooke Fraser. Reminds me of my time overseas & all God revealed to me there

  • Avatar Jody says:

    The highlight of 2011 for me was finding out that my brother and his family will be moving back to town!

  • Avatar Daniella says:

    A highlight of 2011 was the progression of learning that my heart is going through by counting 1,000 gifts and beyond….. I have SO much to be grateful for, and yet, yes there are always a few things I HOPE for, things I don’t have, but the highlight came when realizing even IF….even WHEN I don’t receive those things I HOPE for and PRAY for, I am STILL showered with gifts always! ….so I will never EVER be unhappy or discontent if I am counting gifts and giving thanks to God.

  • Avatar Kristen says:

    My highlight for the year, and continues to be, my marriage slowly being restored to what God is intending it to be. We’ve had some serious trials but God has given me a heart to forgive and strength and peace to know that He truly is in control.

  • Avatar Sara A in SC says:

    For 2011, I would say it is GOD teaching us to be thankful for what we have and to keep our eyes on HIM through the storm…

  • Avatar Liberty says:

    how to pick one ?? my 3 year sober husband becoming ordained?? that was such a HUGE testimony of God’s loving faithfulness…but I have highlights everyday as He leads me new places ( high and low) during my morning prayer /talk time with Him. Knowing Hes right there, all the time, is a constant mountain top…

  • Avatar Bekah says:

    The highlight of 2011 for me was my 4 and 6 year olds learning to ride bikes. It sounds silly, but I was so proud of them, and we have had such fun, precious family time all riding together (with our 2-year-old in a bike seat). I never knew it would be such a blessing! (and heart attack inducing at the same time) 🙂

  • Avatar Amy Lynne says:

    Toby Mac songs get right to my heart, almost every time I hear one!

  • Avatar Kristiana says:

    Oh what a wonderful wonderful post! All of it warms my heart! And you two are twins–I thought she was you when I first looked, too! GORGEOUS inside and out!

  • Avatar Cristie says:

    One of my highlights of 2011 was just enjoying times with my husband and kids! and my latest favorite worship (while not really unconventional) is the new world mandate CD!

  • Avatar Angela Smith says:

    I can’t believe no one commented about your twin!? Really & truly my husband & I are convinced you should have genetic testing–YOU LOOK IDENTICAL! Seriously, she looks more like you than most siblings!!
    Anyway, must be fun to have met someone you can now play tricks on people with!!

  • Avatar Lisa says:

    One of my highlights of 2011 was ending the year at a Faithwalkers Conference in the mountains of NC. A great way to reflect on 2011 and pray for God’s direction for 2012. Thank you for introducing me to this worship music, a refreshing way to be starting worship in a new year.

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    My highlight for 2011 was finally begining to write. It was a big deal to me. 🙂 As far as unconventional worship songs….. hmmm, “Red Letters” by DC Talk kills me. Is that unconventional?

  • Avatar Diana says:

    A highlight for me this year was the birth of our second baby. There was no heartbeat at 6 weeks and no development. I was sent home to finish the inevitable miscarriage. However, a week later, there was a 7 week baby and a healthy heartbeat! The rest of the pregnancy was filled with various complications that “should’ve” affected my baby, but didn’t. My water broke and he was born 2 weeks later, a month premature, but completely healthy! Looking at the long year, his uncomplicated birth was the highlight!
    Very unconventional song that I sing to Jesus as a worship song is “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. I don’t really listen to it sung; I sing it as a worship hymn when it’s just me and Him.

  • Avatar Celita says:

    Hi… I am so grateful to have found this giveaway… through Winning Readings. I must honestly say that… I am SO behind in my knowledge of today’s music in general, but sadly and especially Christian music. I used to work at a Christian bookstore, and I loved learning about new artists and sharing joy, hope, tears, and praise together, even just through lyrics. I have SO MANY that have touched my heart, there is NO way I could list them. Since we moved to Italy in 2003 (Nope, I am not Italian, not with the military, and not a missionary in the traditional sense of the word) , well, I have been in the dark about this area of my life. It is sad, but… the Lord has kept me. He does fill my heart with a new song, and that means more to me than just listening to the song He has given to others’. though I like that very much, too. I I find out new things from people all the time. sometimes they even provide some new things for me. hahaha… I would love to win this album, if internationals are allowed. I do have an address in the States, too, though, if that is not possible. Thank you for sharing this interview and these thoughts. May God bless you… Possa Dio benedirvi…

    http://daysease.blogspot.com/
    http://perilloparodies.blogspot.com/

  • Avatar allison says:

    a highlight of 2011 was getting to celebrate my parents’ 60th birthdays and their (almost) 40th wedding anniversary. Truly a time to celebrate God’s blessings. My favorite way to worship is by communing with nature while running. All kinds of unconventional songs run through my head!