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S.A.N.S. Episode 129: Pieces

From time to time, artists will change their name to appeal to a broader audience. Such is the case for Meredith Andrews whose birth name is Meredith Frances Sooter. I discovered Meredith on a compilation of up-and-coming female Christian artists. Although Meredith hasn’t gotten the notoriety like Mandisa who was also featured on this album, I was touched by today’s featured song Pieces.

The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent, Psalm 34:18.

The lyrics of Pieces speak to daily circumstances in life that wear people down. These trials often result in spiritual bruises and scars. If these wounds aren’t healed, you may walk through life trying to pick up all the broken pieces in your life. This is where God fits in who knows how to make your pieces fit back together. When you come to Jesus with your burdens, Matthew 11:28-30, God will bring rest to your soul.

by Jay Mankus

S.A.N.S. Episode 59: Overcomer

About five years ago, I discovered a couple of Christian music mixes on You Tube. One collection was Electronic Praise, another Hip Hop, and the final one was Dance. This search on the internet for quality Christian music introduced me to today’s artist. Mandisa followed a song by Capital Kings. As soon as Overcomer started to play, I made an instant connection with the lyrics.

 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you,] John 16:33.

No one likes to endure disappointment and failure. As a former professional athlete, practice doesn’t always result in improvement. If progress is stunted or you start to regress, you need an overcomer spirit that Mandisa sings about in her song. If you ever find yourself down and out, doubting that you will ever achieve your dreams and goals in life, use Mandisa’ Overcomer to ignite and spark hope.

by Jay Mankus

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