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In a nutshell, I am a Singer/Songwriter/Speaker in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love God, people, strong coffee, good conversation, making people laugh, and creating music that stirs the soul.
For the last 15 years, I have struggled with chronic illness. Let me back up. In high school I played three varsity sports, sang in the school choir, started a pop band, and led worship for chapel. Shortly after I graduated, an unknown illness crept into my body, and it's hung out there ever since. Through this struggle of chronic fatigue, migraines, body ache, and stomach pain - I have learned so much about faith and grace. In fact, grace has taken center stage in my life. My aching body is a daily reminder that I get the divine opportunity to trust God one day at a time (and sometimes even moment by moment.) Mercies somehow meet me every morning. I know my pain has not gone unnoticed. And neither has yours. We all have a unique story. The one I am living is probably not the one I would have chosen for myself, but call me crazy, I'm grateful for it. The brokenness of this world pushes me toward the unbroken Healer. And that is an undeniably good thing.
What's YOUR story? I'd love to hear from you, encourage you, and infuse hope into you.
Please let me know how I can pray for you today! Seriously, drop me a line!
Official Video: "Let Yourself Be Loved"
"Everybody" Ingrid Michaelson Cover with Sarah Wood.
"Swing Low" - Disney's Night of Joy Performance
"Overwhelmed" Recorded Live at Church on the Hill, San Jose, CA as part of the Invitation Worship Project
"Take Me By the Heart" - Immerse 2010 Song Winner
"Lord, I Need You" - Matt Maher Cover
A MORNING PRAYER
(by Rachel Barrentine)
For the glory of Your name,
Open my eyes to see what You have prepared
and divinely highlighted for me today.
Open my ears to hear Your whispers,
Your direction, and Your Word.
Open my mind to think Your thoughts,
for they are higher than mine.
Open my heart to greater surrender
and deeper dependence.
Open my hands to receive and take hold of
every spiritual blessing and every promise
You have died for, purchased, and granted to me.
Move my feet to go and be active where You lead,
confidently trusting that You will guide me
one step, one moment, one breath at a time.