Ladies and Gentlemen, the beautiful and talented Marie Miller!

Dear Readers,

I would like to encourage you to listen to a brilliant musician – Marie Miller! I’m sure many of you already know her, but just in case you don’t I wanted to share her music with you today.

I believe it’s exceedingly important to support artists who carry and present themselves with dignity and modesty. I couldn’t think of a better role model for young women then Marie in that regard. Marie comes from a wonderful Catholic family in Virginia. Marie began performing when she was eleven, performing at local churches and bluegrass festivals with her family. Marie is a complete musician that not only has an incredible singing voice, but also writes her own songs and plays multiple instruments. Curb Records recognized Marie’s potential and signed Marie to an artist and publishing deal. Their faith in Marie paid-off when her first single Cold enjoyed a four-month run on the Christian charts. She is now back and forth from Nashville, TN and Shenandoah Valley area Virginia.

Check out some of Marie’s amazing talent.

Below is Marie and her sister Justina

Pretty incredible huh?

During the past few days I have received several questions from young women about eating disorders and I really want to encourage you to listen to the following song by Marie. It speaks into the life of an eating disorder and the dignity that each woman has being created in the image and likeness of God. Marie describes beautifully how God is waiting for you to come to Him, so He can heal you. I want to encourage you to surrender all to our Father in Heaven, so He can transfer you.

If you can’t envision that, or if you don’t know how it will feel, let me tell you something that will be published in my book this winter. At my lowest weight in high school at 5 feet 8 inches I was 35 pounds lighter than I am today. The fact that I am alive today is a gift, it’s a miracle. The day I surrendered all to Him, is a day I’ll never forget. I can’t even compose a string of words to describe how scared I was when I did surrender it all over to Him. Was I going to gain 100 pounds? Blow up? What was this going to be like? No, none of that happened, He simply wanted me to be healthy and return to my pre-eating disorder weight.

What God has done with my life is mind-blowing to me. He wants to do that for you too. Take that first step, surrender your life to Him and let Him work through you. Tell Him you want to be the weight that He wants you to be. I know it’s so hard, but I’m vulnerable with you today because I desire you to have the same freedom. Listen to Marie’s song and let her words speak to your heart.

Wonderfully Made v1-2.3

Please visit Marie’s website by clicking here. You can buy Marie’s music on Itunes as well.

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Meg Murray

If you live in Nashville, TN it is not uncommon to see famous movie stars and country singers around town. Keith Urban goes to my Church. Jake Gyllenhaal has eaten my muffins and Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift have frequently visited the bakery. Fido has often times had to dodge phone calls from People Magazine to not disclose the whereabouts of certain stars. Can you imagine having a reporter call a local coffee shop  to ask what you ordered, what you were wearing and whose hand you were holding?

Well, let me let you in on a little secret. The coolest part about living in Nashville is witnessing your friends turn their dreams into realities. Meg Murray is one of those people who really inspire me.

Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Meg moved to Nashville, TN to attend Vanderbilt University. Since graduating with a degree in Human and Organizational Development, Meg worked at Lululemon Athletica while pursuing her career in music. Meg recorded and released an EP in the spring of 2011 and since then her endeavors are truly beginning to produce tremendous success. This summer Meg is leading worship music at Camp Greystone.

Meg has a song called Porcelain that I wanted to share with you today. When I first heard the song I really identified with it. I am an exceedingly sensitive person, and I use to really dislike that about myself. Over time I have come to not just accept, but love this trait about myself. Why? Because that is the way God made me.

Someone once told me that my sensitivity is a gift. At first I didn’t understand how something I didn’t like could be a gift, but it really is. Sensitive people see, feel and experience things differently thea others. And discovering your God given personality is a wonderful thing, as you learn and discover who you are and how you can best serve others.

Here is the song: 01 Porcelain

Check out Meg’s website: www.megmurraymusic.com

SaraBeth Geoghegan

I work with an exceedingly talented musician and song writer. Her name is SaraBeth Geoghegan and I have had the privilege of getting to know her over the past few months. One of the first things that caught my attention about SaraBeth is her joy. Blessed Mother Teresa once said, “Joy is a net by which we can catch souls.” SaraBeth lives out that joy beautifully and naturally draws others to herself by her positive personality.

SaraBeth is a southern girl; she grew up in New Orleans and moved to Nashville to attend school several years ago. Since graduating from Belmont University SaraBeth has launched a website, recorded several cd’s, performed in countless shows, been on tour, and provided worship music for many youth camps around the country.

A majority of SaraBeth’s music is Christian and one day she is going to play a show for my non-profit. I wanted to share three of her songs with you today. The first song is called Ooh, we need Jesus. This song is so comforting and gentle. SaraBeth’s candor is beautiful and describes is an elegant way how dependent we are on God. Click here to listen to it: 05 ooh, we need Jesus

The second song is called Beautiful Jesus. SaraBeth played me this song one night after we went out to dinner together. I think this song truly captures a glimpse of SaraBeth’s talent. Her songwriting skills are impeccable as she gives her listeners a glimmer inside the life of an eating disorder. This song is profoundly close to my heart, because I use to say the same line to God that SaraBeth sings, “Beautiful Jesus, make me look like You.” Click here to listen to it: 05 Beautiful Jesus

The third song is called Tell me what You see. This song also describes the inside life of an eating disorder, and how desperate we are for God’s help in our lives. It also could be used to help with self-esteem and other issues as well. Jesus sees such beauty in His children and is waiting for us to ask Him to show us that beauty. Click here to listen:

08 Tell Me What You See

I hope you enjoy the songs and that they inspire you as much as they have inspired me. Check out SaraBeth’s website: http://www.sarabethsongs.com