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I GAVE IT TO YOU


I whole heartedly believe that everybody has been blessed with gifts. Everyone's gifts are different and often times in this harsh world they are compared and criticized by oneself and by others. I believe that we have been given gifts to contribute to the world, to benefit others as well as oneself. We are designed to be a network of people, working together for the greater. That being said, gifts should be cherished and nutured. The more positive energy we put out there, the more positive of a place we will live in.

I started playing guitar about two years ago but it wasn't until January of 2013 that I began to write. Music has always felt like a huge, huge part of me. When there was no one around that understood me growing up, there was a song that did. I could breathe through songs. I could learn through songs. I often felt like I existed in songs but it wasn't until this said January that I discovered I really could exist in songs, well at least a part of me. I have always adored writing. I'd say it was one of my first embraced artistic passions. My journals and computers are heavy with poetry and late night thoughts. Well, I as all people do, experienced some heart ache and difficult decisions during the time I began writing music. I felt extremely lonely and lost and one cold afternoon in solitude I began to play chords that sounded the way I felt, and it felt amazing. I did this for hours, letting the emotion I'd been hiding pour out of me through the strings, when suddenly I was struck with words in my head. So I let the words out.  Fast forward a couple months later to me sitting on the living room floor of my mom's house singing and playing guitar. Keep in mind, at this point, I hadn't really let anyone know that I'd opened up this part of myself and honestly didn't plan on it. I didn't start writing music to share, it was my own personal way of getting through difficult times. It was an outlet. Well my father listened to me play on this specific occasion and he told me something that changed me forever. He told me I had to share this musical part of myself with the world. I instantly retreated, getting nervous, saying to him that I wasn't good enough to share, it was just for me. And he told me, our Heavenly Father doesn't give us gifts to keep them to ourselves. He gives them to us to share and help others. His words hit me hard and I knew he was right. I was still uncertain of my ability but I didn't even care, it was set in my heart, I was going to share with whoever wanted to listen. So I continued writing and sharing with friends and family. I've now written nearly 40 songs and had the wonderful opportunity to play a song at a church event.

If you're still here, reading my story I want you to undestand this:

I'm not claiming to be a talented singer/songwriter I'm simply claiming to be an honest, inspired person aiming to share my personal messages in a melodic way. Writing songs allows me to feel my emotions at a stronger level and maybe, just maybe I can reach people along the way.

Thanks for caring.

Here are the lyrics to this special little number I wrote on my ukulele, Ukulayla.

It's different than most of my songs and not proper song structure but it feels right for me to share this one.

Who am I to question a world that You built for me?

What must I do to show my love and get back to You?

I want to be bigger than myself

I want to make a difference in somebody else

And at the end of the day

I want to be able to say,

I gave it to You

What have I done to bring the world closer to You?

What can I say to help my friends and take the pain away?

I wanna be bigger than myself

I want to make a difference in somebody else

And at the end of the day

I want to be able to say,

I gave it to You

 

Love, Madeline

Matthew 5:14-16

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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