2022 was a whirlwind of a year for music for me!
I released the Cloud of Witnesses album in June, and the 30 EP on my 30th birthday in October.
I just posted the final lyric video from that EP on my YouTube channel, but in case you missed it, here are all of them in order below – featuring the live recording of the songs at Church St. Studios in McKinney, TX with Caleb Connaway! 🙂
Sense of Direction, the first song on the 30 EP (all about my transition from my 20s to my 30s), was written in 2020 – a time when I was, and maybe most of you were, feeling COMPLETELY on pause. God made me laugh by showing me that it’s actually impossible to be on pause because the earth is not flat and we’re constantly rotating around the sun. So, if you feel on pause right now, maybe this is just the perspective shift you need. 🙂 Featuring some of my travel footage from 2019 and 2021.
Fragile, the second song on the 30 EP, was written in the fall of 2021 when I was extremely stressed about a major decision I had to make. I thought if I said yes, I would be missing out on something else God could do in the future, and if I said no, I would be missing what He was doing in the moment. Needless to say, I was paralyzed and overwhelmed…so I called my Mom! Ha. I’ll never forget what she said:
“Amanda, if this is God, it’s not fragile. You can’t mess it up.” 🙂
God’s glory is not fragile. It’s not hanging in the balance based on whether you accidentally take a wrong step or not. If you have truly surrendered your life to Him and you want His will for your life, He’s truly going to have it all. I wrote this song to commemorate the truth that set me free. I hope it does for you as well. 🙂 Featuring pics of me as a little girl (the meaning behind the song)…
I wrote Laughing Again, the third song on the 30 EP, in March – July 2022. It came out of a dream I had last fall in which I was happily flying high over a banquet table. I woke up feeling like my spirit was still soaring! As it turned out, the fall was truly a wonderful time of prayers being answered and what I thought was a harvest coming to pass, but it ultimately ended in a very different way than I expected (with lots of tears). It took the first three months of 2022 to process it with the Lord, and He comforted my heart through Psalm 126:
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”
Then He spoke to me the lyrics of this song:
Our faith is UNTO something. Believing that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). That will make you cry tears of joy. 🙂
I wrote Sweeping Me Off My Feet, the fourth and final song on the 30 EP, in April-July 2022 based out of the true story of two scars I received on my knees about seven years ago.
One was after a major heartbreak when I was headed to the studio to record Seasons, my first EP, and the other came a year later when I was healing at the ocean (listen to the lyrics of the song)!
I will never forget that I understood the book of Job for the first time reading the whole thing and pouring out my heart before the Lord at the magnitude of the sea in front of me. He opened my eyes to see that He is POWER and He is love.
He can handle when we fall, and He can handle when we’re dropped, but He will NEVER fail or drop us, even when it feels like it. He’s got us in 2023. He’s sweeping us off our feet into His love. Featuring the FIRST TAKE of the song. 🙂
I pray God blesses you with an absolutely WONDERFUL new year.
I’m excited for all that He has planned for us!
We can trust Him!