Forever Grateful

To Sandi and the entire Forever Grateful Tour Family:

I would have loved to share this with you in person, but there is no way I could have kept my composure well enough to communicate effectively.  I should be sleeping, but I find myself lying awake, unpacking an incredibly meaningful evening, weekend, and month.

I know most of you don’t know my story, but if I may dare to be be bold and honest (which I feel I can do since we are family), I’ll tell you that I’m in the midst of the absolute hardest time of my life. Maybe I’m more of an open book than I think I am, or maybe you’ve been though the fire yourself and can just recognize that look from a mile away, or maybe you’re just good people, but by the grace of God, and probably without knowing it, you have all been a lifeline to me. You’ve been, as Sandi says each night, the hands, the feet, the skin of Jesus. I am amazed at His faithfulness to me in the midst of what could easily destroy me. Even though I was hired for my musical skills, I have genuinely felt seen for more than just my ability to play the correct notes, in time and with the correct feel (an ability I question regularly). If this was just a business, I’d have been just a means to a musical end, but it’s a family, and you made a place for me in it. I love Colossians 3:17 because it assures us that it’s not the what that matters so much, but rather the Who and the why. My what was playing keys for a time. And now it’s something else for the next season. But no matter the what, we will always all have Who and why in common, and that’s what makes us a family.

There have been so many meaningful lyrics to me, but I keep coming back to this one: “The arms that hold the world will never let you go.” I cannot comprehend how He could love someone as broken and imperfect as me, but I know this: those arms have looked and felt a lot like yours this past four weeks. Be encouraged that you have loved well. Know you are loved deeply.

Much like Mary after the shepherds’ visit, I will treasure these pots, pans, and things (embellishment mine) and continue to ponder them in my heart.

Let’s do this again.

Forever grateful,


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…has turned my little angel…

…into a beautiful 5-year-old princess.

Slow down please.

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Thoughts on ISYC

ISYC 2013Anyone reading this who knows me has probably been wondering when this post was coming.  Although I only have the concentration to be an occasional blogger, how can I not recap a weekend I’ll never forget?  If you don’t know about my life, here’s a quick recap of what happened the first weekend of November: I had the honor of leading about 1,400 students and their leaders in worship at the Indiana state youth convention (affectionately termed “ISYC”) of the Church of God.  I had with me three amazing guys who gave up their normal weekend responsibilities to invest in some kids–and in me as well.  Joel, Ben, and Stephen (Twitter link unknown) normally are with Alanna Story, but they kindly agreed to join me, effectively creating a new superband called Matt Story.

Ok, not really.  In fact, I’m a bit ashamed of that attempt at humor.  I promise we never called it that.  At least publicly.

It was an exhausting yet exhilarating weekend.  Charissa (who was an amazingly supportive wife the whole time) made a new friend in Joel’s wife Elise.  I got to know Stephen and Ben a lot better.  I’ve known Joel for a long time.  The leadership team from Indiana Ministries (headed up by Kim Schuessler) pulled off some significantly impacting programming.  Scot Longyear challenged students about what it really means to follow Christ.  Students engaged in worship and made life-altering decisions for Christ.  I began to identify some strengths and weaknesses in my worship leading (and leadership skills in general) I hadn’t noticed before.

I would never recommend moving to another state a week before undertaking a leadership role such as this, but somehow (with God-given focus and determination–and a ton of prayer from a handful of people), we survived the whole ordeal, and I look back at it as one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.  Charissa, Kenlee, and I are now just starting to get settled into the next chapter of our lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and I am convinced that November 1-3, 2013 was a launching pad for me in one way or another.  I’m excited to see what’s up the road.

And yes, that’s me trying to play the guitar.  Oy vey.

ISYC 2013 Highlight Video (produced by Creative Juices)

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Two Years


I can’t believe it’s already been two years! I know I’m not always the most romantic person in the world, but would you let me take this opportunity to publicly say what you mean to me? I never felt worthy enough to be with anyone, let alone someone who captures my eye and my heart like you do. You are stunningly beautiful. You are a wonderful mother to our daughter. You make me laugh. You have great taste in fashion and decor. You make me amazing food. You take care of me in so many ways. You are my biggest fan and support me even when your introversion tells you to stay home. You fight for my heart.

And I will fight for yours as well. I am your biggest fan. I want God’s best for you as much as I want it for me.

As we venture to a new chapter in life, there is no one else I’d rather have by my side. My commitment to you and my resolve to it remains unchanged: “’til death do us part.” Thank you for choosing me. I love you.

Forever yours and yours alone,



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ISYC 2013

I am so excited to be this year’s worship leader for Indiana State Youth Convention of the Church of God!  What an exciting opportunity this is.  I have been planning in my head since the day I was asked many months ago.  It’s a bit funny that the theme is a Twitter-inspired take on being a follower of Christ because that’s exactly what I’ve been dealing with lately.  Sometimes He calls us into the unknown, and for detail-oriented control-freak perfectionists like me, it’s pretty scary and definitely not anywhere near the comfort zone.  My prayer for the first weekend of November is that God would confront us in our places of comfort and complacency, help us to hear His voice saying “Go!” and show us the reward of following Him with everything.


ISYC 2013 Homepage
Mark 8:34-38

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Welcome to the new! This site has been a long time in the making and has gone through several revisions recently. Chances are, there will be more to come. Anyway, have a look around, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Feedback on the site would be greatly appreciated!


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