The beginning of my story goes way back. I mean waaaaaayyyyy back. Like back when God created the world. The very One who spoke the universe into existence, who made the land and the seas, who created every living and nonliving thing, thought to create me. Well…He actually created Adam first. But He knew that it would eventually lead to Paige Givens. He knew how I would be. He knew what I’d do. He knew how we would all be and what we would cost Him. But He made us anyway. What kind of love is that? It is something I will never understand until I get to Heaven. Until then, I will live my life in praise and obedience to the One who made me anyway. The Teller of my story and Singer of my song.
So what’s the song like for one who grew up in the middle of three girls born to a minister of music/bluegrass singer dad and a choir director mother? Well, mine was very…musical. We sang all the time. All. The. Time. We would sing while we were getting ready to go anywhere, we’d sing in the car on the way and on the way back, we’d sing at church, at friends’ houses, on demand (“Girls, sing O Worship the King for your Granny…”), you name it. One time we went on a long trip and we sang from the time we pulled out of the driveway until we reached our destination about 6 hours later. I remember my dad saying “I wish I would stop singing, but I just can’t.” When we weren’t singing, we practiced piano, tried out for choir and drum major, listened to daddy play the mandolin, or in my little sister’s case, danced (she thought she was a great country line dancer and break dancer–we were skeptical but we clapped for her anyway). My maiden name is Muncher, and growing up my friends called us “The Singing Munchers”!
I am so very grateful for my parents, who showed me early on what it meant to love music and what it meant to love the Lord. God used the events of my childhood to write some pretty awesome first verses of my song, and I didn’t even realize it at the time.
One thing I love to do is to take old hymns and add a little twist to them. One hymn that I want to leave you with is Tell It To Jesus. This song has been on my mind lately. I’ve left the original German author’s words alone but I’ve made some changes to the timing and melody. Are you weary or heavy hearted today? Just tell it to Jesus. He will take your heartache and troubles and turn them into a beautiful song! So for today, this was the beginning of my story, and this is my song…take a listen!