I never took a class, never learned from a pro, and never actually felt like I know what I am doing but I still write. Songwriting for me is unplanned, it honestly just happens. God puts a phrase in my mind and it gets stuck until I write it down. If I try to write it any other way or force it, it turns out wrong.

So He has put something in my mind lately that I am trying to put into song….the concept of knowing God instead of just being acquainted with God. There are so many of us who are acquainted with God, just as we are with our neighbor down the street who we see every other day. It’s easy to get stuck in the thanks Lord for the day it was great or man God if you could change this one thing for me I would greatly appreciate it and be able to work for you better. Being acquainted with God gets our foot in the door, but keeps us at arms length to what we are really needing an actual relationship. Knowing Him.

Think about it when is the last time you met someone, an acquaintance and really took the time to know them? I can almost guarantee it has probably been scarce since the whole social distancing craziness of this past year. The internet, our phones, social media and the falsities of this world tend to be a great breeding ground for an acquaintance to stay an acquaintance forever sometimes.

What about our relationship with God? Is it a real-lationship or is it just a hi, bye or please and thank you thing?

I want to live, breath and be for Christ. I don’t want the falsities of an acquaintance relationship, I want a real-lationship. As I sit and try to put together the words I want to express in a song that makes you question your relationship with God, I am reminded of St. Patricks prayer:

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitud

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
” (Saint Patrick).

This is my prayer for the song that comes to life with time, that it encompass the understanding of a true meaningful relationship with our Maker.

Thanks for sticking with us out there. We are making more music just taking more time at it this time around. Might have something to do with the one new adult almost in college, three teens and special little girl we are raising too :).

It’s Been Awhile…

Not sure if you have noticed but I took our instagram page down recently. We have once again decided to go against the norm when it comes to what the world tells you to do as artists or musicians. Why? Well I am glad you asked :).

Andrew, the other half of Finding Ground, has never had social media and finds it more trouble than good. I however have tried most of it, but after getting kicked off and blacklisted by Facebook I started to see a change. A change in how I posted, what people responded to and what my intentions to posting were. I realized that most people won’t respond to a post unless there is a cute selfie, beautiful picture, something controversial or something cute. I also noticed my reactions. I would be so saddened by no responses to our music and I found myself being tempted to get angry, jealous or depressed by what was or wasn’t happening on our page. How could I let something have so much control over me!

So I went through the hoops to take it down and delete it. And guess what the world is still turning without us being on social media. I have found that I have more time to put more thought into the songs that coming into my head. Even with that craziness around the world right now, I have found that I now have time to sit down and think about these songs we have been working on for the last year. Sure we don’t have any followers to build us up online, but that is not why we go into this. We got into this because God put a song into our hearts and minds. He puts music into us that has to be written and worked out.

If you have read through this blog from the beginning you know I like keeping things real. There is so much of the world today that is fake and a scam. Jesus is no where to be found in scams. As He is never found in our pity pools. He is all about truth. So if you are looking for more of us we are around and I’ll be posting blogs more often and add some pics of our journey.

What a ride life is…..good thing we are not alone. And Jesus is driving.

Photos: I love clouds this was taken by our daughter. The single selfie is me sporting a self made tie dye shirt. The other is of me and my honey 🙂 We got to go to the lake for a couple hours, God’s creation is always surprising and beautiful. Finally we got a new microphone for music and are using Spire to record on as we work some songs out!

How are you supposed to love others, when you don’t love yourself.

This is a blog post I wrote for my counseling site but felt like I needed to share it here also because it resonates with the music we write in so many ways. We write for the broken and lost. To provide hope and an answer. So read on and feel free to comment.

Jesus said “love your neighbor as your yourself” (Mark 12:31). That means you need to love others the way you love yourself. Sounds simple right, but not everyone loves themselves. I have known many people who loath themselves, actually I was one of them. What about these people, how can they love well if they don’t know how to love themselves first.

I run into this question with many of the people God brings my way. It is one of those questions not many people in the church want to answer or really even address at all. Honestly there is no simple answer to this being that one who can not love themselves didn’t just wake up one morning and decide this. It took years. Years of being told they were not enough, they were ugly, good for nothing human beings. In some instances these people were not told these false things but this frame of thought came from shame, guilt or confusion caused by abuse or neglect. One of our best examples of love should be our parents, not everyone has this because of one reason or another. So love to them is distorted.

A few years ago my husband and I got to experience this first hand. Our daughter spent 7 1/2 years in an orphanage being told all false lies about herself from the time she was born. She was treated like the lowest of the lowest. Unable to even understand reality by the time we finally got permission to bring her home. She knew nothing of love. We showed her love when she got home but she was unable to express or show any towards us or herself. She only repeated the lies she believed. It took about a year of repeating in a mirror that she was strong, brave, loved and perfectly made by God for her to start to show a glimpse of love for herself. A year later she was able to love her siblings and daddy. It took a bit longer for her to love mama but God worked it all out.

To love others you have to first love yourself. Not in a prideful, arrogant manner but in seeing yourself through the eyes of Jesus. What does this look like? Here is an example of true, pure love:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

How to love yourself well:

• Be patient with yourself and kind to yourself. We all fail at things but be patient and continue work on what you need to work on.

• Loving yourself doesn’t mean you need to brag or have self love as the world sometimes advertises as the answer to all things. Stay humble knowing you have weaknesses, recognizing them, working on them and allowing God to teach you a new way of responding.

• Know you are perfectly, uniquely made by the Maker of Heaven and Earth. You have gifts so unique only you can do. It may be what you have overcome, a gift of art, organization, empathy or encouragement.

• Seeing yourselves through God’s eyes not your own, because our eyes are flawed. His are not!

• This one is vital. Forgive yourself. We all screw up, all of us. There are so many things out of our control. Those mistakes we had control of sometimes have reasons behind them and there are times when our mistakes have no reasoning. But unforgiveness (even of yourself) only builds bitterness, shame, sadness, self hatred, and the inability to love others well.

This is only the beginning. There is so much involved when it comes to how you got to the point of not being able to love yourself but start here. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart to love; love of self and love of others.

Here is the last point I want to make (and most important one):

God is Love, love is not possible without Him. So if you have not come to know or love Jesus now is the time, He will help work out all this confusion, fear and loathing of self. He will teach you how to love well. Believe, surrender and trust.

Our First Worship Song…

You was written over two years ago. After listening to many hours of worship music God put it on my (Rachel) heart to write a song that praises Him. Yes this isn’t a new thing but I wanted to write a song that took the names of God…these names are so powerful and describe the indescribable things the Lord does for us.

Here are the lyrics:

You knew me from the beginning
You had my plan before creation
You loved me before I even was
Even when I couldn’t love you

You……Lord…..oh You  x2

Your glory is overwhelming

Your love is astounding

Your mercy unending

You…….Alone……You are all I need

As I walked beyond the valleys
You helped me find home
When all I could do was cry out for you
You carried me through 

You…..Lord…..oh You x2

Your glory is overwhelming

Your love is astounding

Your mercy unending

You…….Alone……You are all I need

You have opened my eyes
when I was to blind to see
that life isn’t only about me
But about Jehovah Nissi

You…..Lord….oh you

You are El Shaddai
You are Adonai
You are Elohim
You are The King of Kings x2

Your glory is overwhelmin

Your love is astounding

Your mercy unending

You…….Alone……You are all I need

I don’t have the finesse, words or would I even try to describe my Savior. So I will let Him speak to you through this one. May you hear and meet Him in this worship song.

-Finding Ground

The Single Crooked Halo is out!

Crooked Halo actually came from a dream. The Lord in my dream told me to write a song for all those who have experienced sexual abuse, human trafficking or who were once the forgotten children of our world. He gave me the name of the song in this dream and promised a bit more….but that will come to pass in time. Right now we are laying down this song Crooked Halo.

The lyrics are….

They say faith of a child
Is the way to go
What about the child
Who does not know

That child who can not believe
Only searching for pain to leave

With a crooked halo
Here she stands
Hands held out
Crying out

What about me!

What about me!

Years of being unseen
Being made to feel unclean 
What about this child
Who was sent to the wild

Given away to what sin brings
Left with the feeling
Of constant spinning
Spinning that seems unending

With a crooked halo
Here she stands
Hands held out
Crying out

What about me!

What about me!

What about my purity
What about me running free
What about the child in me

So blank and hollow 
They have been left to wallow
Something has to change
For these without names

With a crooked halo
Stand and be free
His hands are held out 
Crying you belong to me

You belong to me!

Here is your joy restored
Here is your future to run free
Here is your faith in the God who sees 

Run free

With a crooked halo
Here she stands
Hands held out 
Crying out 

What about me

It’s hard to expect normalcy from those who have walked this path. It sets us apart from the rest of the world….until the realization that Jesus can take that pain, can take the sin put on us and heal the brokenness.

Each one is a precious life. Not to be forgotten or seen any different then anyone else. As you listen to this song our prayer is you allow God to open your eyes and see the hurting people around you and love them as Christ loves. Trauma brings heartache which in turn brings confusion, unhealthy views of self , relationships and loss. Love (His Love) brings light, happiness, certainty and comfort.

To those who are listening and have walked this road. You are seen! You are loved and you are wanted! Let Jesus carry the burdens you are bearing. You are not alone, there are many of us out here learning how to live life in a broken world.

“Here’s your joy restored
Here’s your further to run free
Here’s your faith in the God who see’s” -Crooked Halo

There is freedom living in Christ. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

If you are currently experiencing abuse reach out to national human trafficking resource center at 1-888-373-7888; 800-656-4673. If you would like to reach out and speak with someone about what you have been through Focus on the Family has pastors and counselors available 1-855-771-4357.

Please share Crooked Halo on your Social Media and other places. We are so grateful for your support and encouragement! By the way it is out and you can find the song on Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Amazon Music and other music streaming services.

His Will be Done….

Ever wonder if you are walking in His will?

There are days where I ask myself this question. If this was His will wouldn’t He be blessing it? Wouldn’t there be people listening? Sure I can blame these thoughts on satan but I don’t give him power over me.

Who am I doing this for? Me? No….I have no physical strength to do this, it would be easier to make the songs stop that keep coming to my head.

Should I press on?

Ha….that’s the question. We are getting so close to being done with this album, Crooked Halo, I will now be able to tell if anyone reads this because this is a spoiler! As we get closer I question myself, my lyrics, my voice, my notes, my intent, and my heart.

In a couple of our songs I talk about that still small voice…..the one that answers yes press on. Then the human part of me thinks okay God I literally have no breath to spare in my broken body, no experience on getting it to the people it needs to get to, no presence on social media to let people know, and all the other excuses I can come up with to give myself an out.


His answer is always press on……well Lord only you can do this because it’s obvious I am not. This is where I need to be though…where it is all taken from my hands and put into His hands. I will press on by finishing the album, doing what little PR I can do and let Him do the rest. Because His power is greater then my own here and I am where I should be.

These have been the passages I am standing on while wrapping this all up:

  8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:8-12).

Even when my body tells me to quit its too hard, I will attempt to press on. Because it is through my weakness that God shines brighter.

Behind our upcoming album

This album we are making right now is all about love.  Pure love that only comes from the Father.  It is dedicated to all the broken, betrayed, abused and lost people walking around today trying to find something to sooth the pain.  Only Jesus can do this.  I was one of these and my daughter from India was another. Actually we all are! But Jesus met us where we were and has since healed our wounds and continues to. There are so many others out there who need to hear of His pure love.

As we are working on naming, doing art for the covers, making finishing lyrical choices, and working on vocals we humbly ask you for prayer.

On Christ the solid rock we stand, anything other is sinking sand (Mode).

Sooooo much closer!

Tracks are getting ironed out and I am getting my air back and preparing for vocals!!! This is so exciting! The last few months have been difficult. I have literally thought about giving this one up.

Then He stepped in and has shown me that I don’t do this in my own strength, obviously because I run out of breath literally in a 30 min time period of singing. I can not do this without His strength. I wouldn’t want to honestly. I don’t want to do life without Him in the drivers seat.

If you have read the blogs before you might remember I let you know I was doing this a different way this go around. We did think before finding our new producer that we would do it all ourselves, well I am eating those words :). Let me tell you a little about our producer….I found him through His Musican’s Pool. He is a gifted young man named Nathan Yake of Insight Music Production. He is taking our ideas and running with them adding so much to them and making this project come alive.

Would you like to hear just a little bitty of what is to come?!


Well before I let you hear this quick minute long compilation of a few of the songs I wanted to explain why I took Finding Ground off Facebook….I know I did it once again. Facebook has gotten a lot more difficult to work with when it comes to pages and the new rules and regs are making me crazy. So going against the grain here….

I will bring Finding Ground Music back to Facebook because it really is a good tool, but I would like to put it on through a third party this time. I am so not good with social media, but I also know it really helps the music get to where it needs to go. So it will go back up once the third party becomes known to me….:).

Here it is enjoy this little shot into some of the songs!

I have really gone and done it now!

As you might notice I went and changed my music name once again for the last time. This in the music business is quite a no-no. So let me explain why…..

I have met and worked with some amazing artists, producers, musicians and seen this music come together and still sit in wonder… this for real?

We have been in this adventure now for over two years. The words just seem to keep flowing out of my brain and the melodies are finding their ways into the minds and through the music of some incredible producers and composers. I am left in awe of how God is bringing this all together and working it out the way He wants it and in His time. I could not do this alone! Thus the final name change.

For me this really isn’t a dream come true, this is a calling. One that I am honored to answer. One that looks so different from others who are gifted and called to share with the world their music. I do not have the tools, the health, the voice, the knowledge, the energy or the know how to do this. When I am hit with a flare of up it takes me three months to get my air back into my lungs and if I try to stand up and sing well there goes my breath. So He is my strength….literally I need Him to be my breath so I can share the music He brings to my heart.

Finding Ground Music is so much more then just me….Rachel….it is made up of so many amazing people like my honey (Andrew), our producers out of Missouri, our musician friends and the ones who have inspired our love for music but have since found their way Home.

The name Finding Ground comes from the old song Edward Mote, My Hope is Build on Nothing Less. The verse “on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand” was the inspiration behind the name Finding Ground. My ground is Christ, my desire is for those who hear our music to find their ground in Christ alone.

My story was written in the album a Walk Through Me…..the album coming up will be different….fresh….and an experience. I can’t wait to get it out to you and show you what we have created.

One last thing…..with a band name I am going to need a band! If you build it they will come :)……..right!?

The process of grieving

I have dealt with a lot of grief in my life…. At the age of 16 I found out my best friends from third grade has passed away after an accident. Over my life I can think of 10 friends or family whom I have lost already. Just recently I lost my father in law. He was quite the man! He was a Godly, patient, loving man. His impact on my life was great. We shared our love for music and our love for bluegrass music in particular. Most importantly we shared our love for the Lord. He produced such an amazing man who I have the honor of calling my husband.

The last three weeks have been difficult and I tend to cope by writing music and singing. So along with my brother in law Nathan Moore and my husband Andrew Moore we wrote a song for their dad. I hope you enjoy this and I hope you hug your loved ones a little tighter. Those you love are not here by accident God ordained them to be in your life. Enjoy that.

His legacy lives on through our families…

Bill’s Legacy

Gone away, wish you could have stayed
Any other way…..just for a day

Life’s so fleeting, and I find myself pleading
don’€™t go….don’€™t go, there’™s so much I need to know

But your legacy, can you see, your legacy lives on
Lives on

A time to laugh, and a time to cry
And for you, your time to fly
From loves first kiss, to eternal blissThe strength you showed, the strength you showed
I now knowThat your legacy, can you see, your legacy lives on
Lives onYour humility has pointed me to the One
Who’s loves extraordinary….never ordinaryLike your love…like your love….like your love 
my daddyFrom those you leave behind 
Your legacy lives on(One of these days we are going to record this with all the little voices that his legacy lives on in; until then enjoy).