“You’re keeping me where I’m supposed to be, there’s never been a better view… anything that comes my way I know where I wanna stay, cuz I know if it’s not you taking hold of me, I won’t make a move.”

Dear Natalie,

Being a songwriter, it blows my mind that we could write songs based on Biblical truths and yet I am so often the first person to forget those truths!  When we go into our song writing sessions, I get so excited about finding a new way to encourage our listeners; sometimes I like to think that our music is just a more creative way to tell a friend how amazing she is, or to remind her of God’s nearness and His amazing love!  It’s easy to speak words of truth and love when I have someone in mind that I want to encourage, but I’ve learned that it’s a lot harder to speak wisdom into my own life.  (Ahem…another reason why two is better than one, and being in a duet with you is WAY better than doing this solo!)  Have you ever given advice to a girlfriend only to realize it’s actually what you should be telling the girl in the mirror?  Lately that’s how I’ve been feeling about the lyrics of our song “Move”… It’s easy to get caught up dancing to the fun vibe and catchy “ooh, ooh, oohs,” but behind all of pop hooks are words that I need to be reminded of daily.  I am the QUEEN of wanting to make my own way.  So often I am impatient, stubborn, and the idea of “waiting on the Lord” is like telling me I can’t open up presents on Christmas morning until after dinner… are you kidding me?!  But “Move” is all about trusting that God’s way and His timing are best.  We don’t have to rush things, or force our own way, because all over the Bible we see that God is writing a story that is unique and beautiful for each of us!  (And frankly, when our silly human minds try and figure it out or “speed it up” we just mess it up, slow it down, or end up walking around lost in the desert for 40 years…)  For big dreamers like us, it can be really hard to patiently wait as God’s plan unfolds day by day. Especially in a world that is telling us to find every quick fix and do whatever it takes to “make it” as fast as you can!  It’s such a good reminder that God is “keeping me where I’m supposed to be” and that even in the most mundane of moments, God is writing another page in my story that will ultimately lead to my happily ever after!

My prayer is that I’ll learn to take my own advice and stop comparing myself to the world around me.  Instead, I want to focus on listening to the voice that is leading me down a path all my own.  His way truly is best, and I don’t want to make a move until He tells me to!

Thanks for walking through it all with me, Best!

Love,
Camstar

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Dear Cammie,

I am sitting on a plane flying to you right now! Flying is one of my favorite things because it gives you the opportunity to take a break from reality for a few hours. My favorite thing to do is just listen to an amazing worship album, read my bible, and write. It’s such a rare and beautiful time to spend 3 straight hours just focusing on our Creator and Savior. Airplanes help me break away from the world and focus on what my soul really craves.

Right now I am just overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives. I am flying to you to put on our first “Two Is Better” Conference, a dream of ours that has been in the works for years now. It has been a journey full of a lot of work and even moments of human frustration and impatience, but the time has finally come and I cannot wait to see how the Lord uses this weekend to draw girls (including ourselves!) closer to Him.

One of the songs that I am so excited to lead this weekend, a song that has been the cry of my heart for the past few weeks, is called “Give Me Jesus” from Bethel Worship’s “Tides” album.  This is the song that has been on repeat daily and I never seem to get tired of it. The words are so simple and that’s one of the reasons I think it hits me so deeply.

Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus

You can have all of this world

Give me Jesus

I want that to be the constant cry of my heart. These might be simple words, but they are so hard for each of us to truly mean. I fall short time and time and again and choose the immediate pleasure the things of this world offer me.  But I want Jesus to be my souls only desire. I want Jesus to be all I delight in, all I hunger and thirst for, all I need, all I ever want. I sing and talk about His sufficiency and that He is enough, but sometimes my heart turns elsewhere. I need to be reminded of these words DAILY. I need to ask for Jesus in every moment of my day in order to keep my eyes fixed on Him.

What would it look like if this was my constant focus and cry? Would my life look different? Would my decisions, actions, and thoughts start to change? Would I change my perspective of what is important throughout my day? Would my selfish heart begin to transform into one that is so focused on Jesus and others that no things of this world could satisfy me? ABSOLUTELY. Give me Jesus. Give me His presence each and every day.

Well, I guess that’s my heart today. I pray we can work towards lives that crave Jesus daily together.

 

Love always,

Natalie

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Dear Natalie,

I’ve been reading this new book called “All In” by Mark Batterson. (Remember when I was
obsessed with “The Circle Maker”? Well this is the new book by the same author ­ and
I’m just as obsessed!) In it he says this quote that really got me thinking…he says,
“Downplaying sin is downplaying grace.” His point is that until we acknowledge how sinful
we are, then we can’t truly see how amazing the grace of God is. This is so true! The
more I realize my sin, the more I see what God has saved me from (and then I just
become a teary­eyed baby thinking how incredible His mercy is) and how ridiculous his
love is that He would go to such lengths to put me in right standing with him!
However, the more I thought about this quote the more I realized that the opposite of it is
true as well…”Up-­playing sin is also downplaying grace.”

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the “world” a lot of times portrays Christians as
these people who claim to be perfect; that Christianity is all about living by this set of
rules, and whatever the Bible says is a sin, well… you just don’t do that anymore. (Like it’s
really that easy!) I’ve been called a “goody­too­shoes” (I’m sorry, are we still in the 50’s?!
Get a new line people!), I’ve been called “boring,” “no fun,” and plenty of other things that
people felt were somehow correlated to me choosing to live my life in Christ. Those
judgments used to really hurt me, especially because I felt like they couldn’t be further
from the truth. But the older I’ve become, the more I’ve realized that maybe they just
don’t know what being a Christian really means… Maybe no one told them that being a
Christian is SO much more than choosing to follow a moral code that happens to be the
Bible. Being a Christian is SO much more than acknowledging that you are you sinful and
wanting to change. Being a Christian is SO much more than just recognizing our sin and
trying with all your might to live better.

When we up-­play the power of sin, we downplay the purpose of grace. In fact, in
comparison to God’s grace sin is NOTHING. In fact, grace for our sin was already nailed
to a cross, buried, resurrected and now seated on a throne in victory in Heaven! To me,
THAT’S what being a Christian means…believing that sin has no hold on me anymore
because of who Christ is and the fact that He lives in me! I think it’s easier to label
Christians as rule­ followers, than to understand our belief in the ultimate rule bender who
defeated the “rule” of death.

You and I should be praying that in our generation we will see the Church become a body
that is more abounding in grace to others, and less condemning and judging to those
living in sin. Because maybe no one has told them that there is another way? (And maybe
when the Word says to spread the good news, it means that it’s our job to tell them!)
We should also be praying that in our generation we will see the whole world come to
understand that being a Christian is so much more that “not sinning” and in our
understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower we will stop “up­-playing sin.”
No sin is too bad, no person is too far, His grace is MORE than enough! Can I get an
amen!? ;)

Love you best!
I am so honored to have a prayer partner like you in things like this!

Love,
Cam

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Dear Cammie,

I feel like God is constantly reminding me that most of the time my cookie-cutter plans for my life are the exact opposite of what He has in store for me. I’m a dreamer and therefore imagine and picture my life looking a certain way. I want everything to look a certain way, feel a certain way, and end up a certain way. However, this isn’t reality and life is and can never be picture perfect. Recently, a friend made a decision that essentially altered these “perfect plans” of mine. I didn’t know how to handle it. My vision for the future seemed crushed and now all of my plans and dreams would have to adapt and change. In this moment though, I realized how extremely selfish I was being. I felt that because I wanted what was best for my friend, than I must be being selfless, but the Lord revealed to me it was the exact opposite. I had planned out both of our lives and wanted them to fit into my perfect world. Funny thing is though, I am not God. I don’t get to make my life plans. Instead, I get to trust my life with HIS plans. He seeks us out and whispers in our ears, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). When this is promised to His children, why then do I try to take things into my own hands? He continually reminds us of His promises and provision for our lives through His word. It’s time for me to trust Him with everything, not just certain parts of my life, but with ALL of my life. After all, I am pretty sure the creator of this universe can handle my problems and can plan out the best possible path for my life. Today, I am giving it to Him. Today, I am choosing to walk in His perfect and known plan.

Love always,

Natalie

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Hello!!

Today officially marks the official release of a lot of big things for us! Obviously you have found that our website is now up :) Woohoo! AND today we released our debut single “Love Like You”!! If you haven’t yet, hop over to our music page and take a listen!

We both feel SO incredibly blessed to get to share our hearts and dreams with you all! Still can’t quite believe this is all happening–the Lord is good and ALWAYS faithful! We have a lot more things coming your way so be sure to stay up to date with us :) Thank you for joining us on this adventure, we cannot wait to see where the Lord takes it!

To keep up to date with us check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/2kaleidoscopegirls instagram at www.instagram.com/kaleidoscopeduo or twitter at www.twitter.com/kaleidoscopeduo

Love,
Natalie & Cammie

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