May 26, 2021
This week on Real Talk with Rachael I'm speaking with singer,
songwriter, and author Ginny Owens about finding hope - the topic
of her new book Singing in the Dark.
Ginny became a household name as the Gospel Music Association’s
2000 New Artist of the Year. Growing in notoriety as both a singer
and a songwriter, winning 3 Dove awards and multiple ASCAP Awards
along the way, Owens has sold over a million records over the
course of her career. A top performer on the Christian radio charts
with hits like “If You Want Me To,” “Free” and “I Wanna Be Moved” among others, Owens has released
no less than 11 full albums and 3 EPs, and her music has also
impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film
Festival and the White House.
Key Points from Our Conversation:
- Her experience of living with blindness helped inspire her new
book. We all live with an element of darkness in our lives on this
side of heaven that distorts our view of God and therefore our hope
in Him. Singing in the Dark
talks about what it looks like to find lasting hope through
engaging scripture with song.
- There's always a negative message that repeats in our minds,
often about our value. Once that "dark song" becomes stuck in our
heads, it's difficult to overpower its message with love. We must
replace our song our doubt with the truth of our worth in God's
Word. Like anything else we want to get good at, it will take daily
- In her Song for Inner Peace chapter, Ginny talks about Paul's
letter to the church from prison found in Philippians 4. Despite
his circumstances, he knew that Christ was the secret. The bigger
Paul's view of Jesus became, the more that he believed Jesus was
powerful enough to handle every pain, sorrow, and fear he was
facing. The more he was about Jesus' work, his earthly
circumstances lessened in comparison. He saw a Jesus who loved him
enough to suffer and die for him, so he knew he was never
- “The bigger our view of Jesus gets, the more can walk through
whatever comes next.”
- If you want to expand your view of Jesus, start by meditating
on Philippians 4:4-13. We tend to think the more scripture we read
the better, but God instructs us to spend time thinking about what
it says about who Jesus is and who we are. Invite God to speak to
you through scripture.
- Resting requires intentionality. Set aside time for things that
fill you like community, purposefully setting aside time to spend
with God, and even napping.
- We get burned out when we're driven by anything but Jesus. God
never wants us to be depleted of our resources, but it requires
self-discipline to determine what we need to operate best and trust
God the most.
- Accountability requires showing up and being vulnerable with
the people you trust and admitting you can't do it
Let’s Get Real Practical:
Our simple steps this week center around accountability.
- Find in-person community
- Let your community in
- Listen to trusted people when they speak into your life
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