Nowadays, there are many people who have gone to church all their lives, or have at least lived pretty good lives, but have never truly repented and committed their lives to Christ. One of the reasons being, they believe that they are good enough to go to heaven. But in Isaiah 64:6 it says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…
When someone claims that they have to be a good person to get to heaven, what they are really saying is that what Jesus did on the cross wasn’t enough. But it was enough, he paid the price.
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A little while ago I was reading the biography of George Muller, a man whose life was centered on trusting God to fulfill his every physical and spiritual need. I learned so much from Muller’s life. That God is always in control, and He has a reason for everything that happens. One day as I was reading that book, I felt God leading me to write a song. At first I wasn’t sure what to write, but since God was teaching me a lot about faith during that time, I decided to write about faith. What makes this song so unique is that the words that I recorded weren’t altered at all. The words just came as I sang. Usually, I have to change the words big time. Sometimes, I will even take the recorded rough draft of a song, and only keep the theme, and melody. Though actually, the second and third verses were written at a later time after I had learned the melody, but God continued to lead me with the lyrics. Another thing that makes this song unique is the fact that the verse is in a minor key and the chorus is in a major key.
What is amazing is that soon after I finished writing the song, God used it in my life. One day I had driven a thirty minute drive to an old ladies’ house. Every once in a while I would come and clean for her. For some reason that day, the lady only wanted me to vacuum. I was kind of upset that I had gone all that way to only do a little vacuuming. Then the unexpected happened. As I was driving home, I ran out of gas in the middle of the highway! It was a cold winter day, and I had absolutely no way to communicate to anybody, because my phone hadn’t been charged when I left. But I myself had written, “He will provide for you. Have Faith”, so I had to trust God. I had to trust that He had not only a reason for my situation, but that He would get me out of this situation. For thirty minutes I waited, prayed, cried, sang, until my dad who “happened” to be coming back from playing soccer, and who “happened” to notice his old minivan with me in it on the side of the highway took the next exit and turned around. That day was certainly a big test of my faith, but looking back I am so thankful for it! The truth is I shouldn’t have even gone anywhere that day, and I could have just as easily have run out of gas on a different day when there would be no chance of my dad passing by, but God works out everything for good. Romans 8:28-All things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are called according to His purpose.
I could tell story after story of tough situations I went through, but God was always faithful. I’m not saying their won’t be tears, because their will be. What I am saying is that when something bad happens, we don’t need to worry, because God promised that he has a reason for everything that happens good or bad, and because He loves us more than a father could ever love his child. Everything that happens will always be for our ultimate good. That is why we as Christians can have peace, and joy in every situation. But faith is a choice. You either choose to trust God, or you don’t. Dear Christian, He is worthy of your trust! Don’t lose faith!
“Love is a Sacrifice”, was written because of the Couples Valentines Party that my mom organized in 2015. Ana and I were looking for some Valentines songs to sing, but we had a really hard time finding a Christian song that was actually love themed, that we liked, that we could sing, and that worked for the party. Well, one day my older sister was just playing around on the piano, and I was doing something, but I don’t remember what. Randomly, Ana played this awesome sounding chord, and when we both heard it, we immediately started figuring out a chord progression with this chord in it. Then Ana said that I should write a song about love for the Valentine’s party out of this chord progression, and I did.
If there is one thing out of all the things my dad taught me that I could never forget, it is what love is. Even when I was around Esther’s age, my little eight year old sister, I remember my dad ingraining in me, “Love is not a feeling, but a choice”, and I also remember thinking about my crush when I was little, “I know that I don’t really love him, but I still want to marry him when I grow up.” I am so thankful that growing up, I was taught what love truly is. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that love is patient, love is kind, does not envy, does not boast, and is not proud. But what is love? The way I always define it is: love is a choice that we make to care about someone in a self-sacrificial way. There is a verse that I think everyone knows that tells the greatest example of love, and that’s John 3:16– For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
This song is different then the rest of the songs on my CD, in that, I only wrote the words. The melody and music of “Beyond the Stars” was written by my friend, David Fenton.
You see, David had sent me a recording of his song. He actually wasn’t intending for anyone to write words to his song, but when I heard it, I fell in love with his beautiful minor melody. I asked him if it was okay if I did write lyrics, and, of course, he said yes, otherwise this song wouldn’t be on my CD.
In the first two verses, I’m acknowledging that if I surrender my life to God, then he will use me in a powerful way, and that I shouldn’t fear the thought of surrendering my heart to him, because he gave his life for me. In the third verse, I am asking God to give the strength to surrender to him.
A little before I had written these lyrics, I had had one of those moments were something just clicks in your heart. I had been reading in John 15, and the fifth verse had particularly struck me. I am the vine , ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Even though I had read this verse many times, I realized in that moment for the first time that what the verse is saying is: When we spend time with God through prayer and reading the Bible, then there is naturally spiritual fruit in our lives as Christians. In this song I wrote “help me to abide in you each day”, because abiding with God is so important to living a surrendered life. Not that is easy, but he is willing to give the strength.
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Thankyou so much for your support in my endeavor.
Your Sister in Christ,
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I wrote my first song at age eleven, but my songwriting story goes way back to when I was about seven years old, because that was when I wrote my very first poem, and this is how it goes. Now mind you, it’s really deep. Mr. Nobody said one day, I’m going to disappear today, then the monster said to the crab, search for him right away Moab. Really deep, right?
Well, as I got a little older, about the age of nine, I actually tried to make up songs with Christian lyrics and remember them. I also tried to make up poems with more meaning and with a definite theme. Some examples of things that wrote about were exercise, pets, and friendships. Here is another poem that I probably wrote at the age of nine:
As I went through the world on a trip
I wondered if I could give a tip.
If you look this way and that
You will see green, blue, and black.
Through wonders all displayed,
You can see it’s all grand made;
And our God so mighty and tall
Is so great and made it all.
Could you have made a flower,
Or a dog, and a tree that towers,
A cat, a knat that flies,
All the insects buzzing by,
Can’t you see, He has made?!
For all the things are written with his name.
But all words I wrote that were “Christian” were exactly that to me, just words that I had heard all my life. Now that I look back, even though I tried to write Christian lyrics, I miserably failed because I myself was not a Christian till the age of eleven. At the age of nine, even though I did believe that Jesus had died on the cross for my sins, I hadn’t accepted him into my heart because I didn’t believe that I had really done anything that bad. Until God brought me to a point where I recognized that my sin, however small it may be in the eyes of people, was no better than a murderer’s sin. After my salvation, a new melody was ringing in my heart, which was the most important step towards my writing songs.
At age elven, I also started for the first time playing with chords on the piano, which was another step for my writing songs.
Soon after I accepted Christ as my Savior, I started writing an Easter song. After working for a long time on it, I finally finished it, and though at the time I didn’t know what to call the song, it’s now called “Jesus is Alive”, and it is really my first song that I ever wrote. Some of you here might actually remember me singing that song in church. I certainly know my family remembers because I practiced that song almost every day for two months straight, and I would say it drove them a little crazy after a while.
After I sang that song in church, I tried really, really hard to write another song, but I could not figure out how on earth I had written “Jesus is Alive”.
It frustrated me that I could write down words to the melodies in my head, but then I would always forget the melodies. This went on for two years. At age 13, it finally dawned on me to record the melodies with a camera, and that small discovery opened a huge door for me. Also at age 13, I had started going to music camps and there I learned many things that aided me in writing songs. I grew much more proficient in playing with chords on the piano, I took some theory classes that helped me to understand music better, I learned some techniques for writing songs, and I learned how to improvise really well, and writing a melody to a song is really just improvisation, and remembering what you improvised. During those two years, God was also growing me spiritually, and the lyrics that I wrote was a reflection of the lessons I was learning, and the ways that God was changing me, and that is still true today. For me, writing songs is a way to share a message that I desperately want others to know. The message of what it is like to live a set- apart life for Christ.
Now that I look back, I realize that it was God working in my life. He is the one who gave me the ability musically to write songs, he is the one who gave me the desire to write songs, and he is the one who gave me the words to write songs. Whenever, I had tried to write the songs on my own, the words were empty and didn’t have much meaning. All the glory belongs not to me, or my parents, or Danika Massagli, who is the wonderful lady who taught me how to write songs, but the glory belongs to God, because He is the one who made me. In the same way, he is the one who made each one of you, and he is the one who has given each one of you a gift that you can give back to God. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart..”
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
Psalms 139: 13-14
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Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with shouts of joy! ~Psalm 33:3
I am so excited about my new and first CD! God has blessed me so much in this whole process!
My original music is very different then most music out there. All songs are very melodic and are not comprised of the mundane four chord progression pattern that is so prevalent now a days. Each song has a clear and powerful Christian message meant to help the average Christian in there walk with God.
You can check out sample of the songs that I wrote in my album “Victory in Jesus” below:
I want to personally inviting you to come to an amazing music camp that me and my sister go to every year in Loomis called Newsong Music Camp. This camp not only has theory classes, enrichment classes, choir, and orchestra but it also teaches each individual to improvise which is truly the key to music. Without it, there is no freedom to express yourself. It is divided into beginner level camp and a more advanced level camp.
For more information and registration click on this link:
Here is a video from a previous music camp:
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