This is my story…

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!

 

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27 Responses to This is my story…

  1. Hannah Sparks aka the little sister says:

    FYI I am a great dancer!!! Lol just kidding but no really. Love this story and I loved our childhood too! We are so blessed with the family that we have. More than ever, I am seeing that now. Love you!

  2. Linda Reid says:

    Loved reading part of your life’s story. We love to sing also. I feel so close to God when I sing a song to him. I missed hearing you sing your beautiful Christmas song this last Christmas. Love you and keep the songs coming.

  3. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to read/ listen to more! ❤️

  4. Tammy Holmes says:

    I love to hear your beautiful anointed voice. I still have your CD and still listen to it. As a matter of fact, it’s in my CD player in my car and I listened to it today. God puts people in our lives at just the right moments. I loved working with you years ago and Lee loved having you as a daycare teacher. God knew Lee needed you then because starting kindergarten was a little rough for both of us. It was awesome that you got to be his kindergarten teacher and help him wean his way away from me. You are a very special person and I’m proud to see your story unfold and grow. Your little young men are blessed to have such a Godly mother who follows her calling and sets such a wonderful example.

    • lpgivens says:

      Thank you Tammy. I sure loved working at GLP! Poor Lee had to have me when it was only my second year of teaching. There are lots of things I do now that I wish I’d have done then! I love your whole family!

  5. And we all loved hearing you sing. It’s been fifteen years and several hundred miles, but I still think of you all and your Dad every time we have a mandolin in praise band.

  6. Amanda Waddell says:

    Paige your voice just gets more and more beautiful!

  7. Jennifer Wisener Sharpe says:

    Thanks Paige. Was blessed enough to have listened to y’all sing many times. Many special events were made more special by your voices.

  8. Linda Parker Gorum says:

    Beautiful story and so blessed to have such a wonderful Christian family.

  9. Jessica galloway says:

    Paige oh my goodness! That was so moving! You have an incredible gift in that voice! I was so moved before the song was over that I was teary eyed and on my knees praying. Keep the blog coming and more songs. Had no clue you had such a beautiful singing voice.

  10. Melissa Muncher says:

    Hannah would tell us to clap! And we did!

  11. Marti says:

    I’m so honored, so blessed, so humbled to be a part of your life. You have the sweetest spirit! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you! Love you!

  12. Kayla Hight says:

    I’ve been seeing this on FB so I finally got a little break and I read this. Paige your a very inspirational woman to me. Your whole family is and I love them all. I’m so glad I got to meet everyone of you! You have one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard and your whole family has a gray gift very talented. The Lord has blessed you with so many talents. I’ve always wondered when you would start publishing your music I really think you should it’s that a Good. I’d buy it as soon as it came out lol I’m always excited to hear you sing in church I never know what you’ll sing next. I really like your message and your song it’s very inspirational to me. You help inspire me to follow Jesus better and for my children to know who he is. Your children and husband are very lucky to have you as a mom and a wife. Thanks for sharing:)

  13. Connie Sullivan says:

    WOW! I am always inspired by your sweet voice and the message of your heart. You always loved the Psalms in Acteens. Now we know why-a kindred spirit!!! God is doing great things in you!!! I can’t wait for another CD. I can sing along (alone in my car) with your other one! I’m sure passers-by think I need to be committed-singing, crying, shouting, raising my hands – praising “my Father” with you!!! You are very special to me. I’m not a tecky person but I look forward to more of these!

  14. Belle sparks says:

    Love to hear you girls sing:)!!

  15. Tim Muncher says:

    Love this Version of “Tell It To Jesus”. It means a whole lot more now that I have read your blog and what we have been going through these past months. God is Good!! He is a true friend that’s well known.

    Love you middle girl. Dad

  16. Deb Frisbey says:

    Hi Paige, May I get your story without the extra adds. Keep the pictures 🙂 Love those 🙂 I have a lot I want to say, But it would be more appropriate over an email. Blessing 🙂 And thank you how you love your students to Jesus Daily 🙂 Deb

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