“People are so important when it comes to the struggles we go through, whatever they may be. Talking with those closest to you can help so much in knowing that you’re not alone.” -Haley Klinkhammer
The Bible calls us to tell our story. Psalm 107 begins by saying “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” Haley Klinkhammer is someone who is gifted at telling her narrative through music.
Though never expecting to make herself a “YouTube star,” Haley first picked up a guitar at thirteen years old and began a YouTube channel. Ten years later Haley has over 235,000 subscribers, most of which were built through cover songs she would perform in her bedroom. Soon after her success, she began writing her own music and eventually crowdfunded her latest CD From Where I’m Standing. This girl packs a punch of heart-felt life lessons in songs like Breaking Free and It’s Not You, It’s Me and upbeat reminders in songs like Clocks and Mirrors and La La La. The realness of her testimonies with an overall positive outlook is one reason for her success.
Because of the purpose behind Waves of the Sea and Psalm 107, we want to share the story Haley has written in her song The Valley.
“Our stories are so very important!” Haley explained. “I tell my story through music because I believe there is a reason God gave me the ability to create music. I feel that I need to use it to share my experiences and what I have learned and it will give people hope.”
The Valley is that place of desolation and bleakness that you may find yourself in. It’s easy to lose hope, focus or direction. It’s understandable to ask “Where is God?”
Haley explains the feeling in her song:
“Is this it, is this all there is?
Did I miss my chance to see all that you have for me?
I don’t know, I don’t know how to get myself out of here
But I know, yeah I know that I need your hand to guide me”
Haley penned these words in a moment when she felt God was distant from her.
“I was in a place of feeling like I missed it. Like everybody else was feeling something I wasn’t feeling. It made me question if I had ever felt God’s presence in the first place.” she said.
I agree with Haley and I think many people have struggled with this doubt. Seemingly, God is silent and we’re not really sure why. What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to get through?
Haley’s advice in The Valley is faith and worship.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) is a verse that has been a foundation to her walk with Jesus. It’s important to remember we don’t have the whole picture. God has our best interest at heart, to be conformed to the image of Christ. When we choose not to focus on our problems, but rest in the faith of the “One who gave you breath” we invite God’s will into our lives and in turn He helps us get through the valley.
Jesus was the perfect example of God looking at a person’s faith, verses the situation they found need in. In Luke 5:17-20, when a man is lowered from the rooftop in order to be in Jesus’ presence for healing verse 20 says “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.” and he was healed. Jesus didn’t see that the man couldn’t physically move, but only that he had faith. Because he believed so strongly, the man got himself to Jesus by any means necessary and that is when God responded with an answer to his need.
Singing and praising our way through life’s Valleys, is another way to help us all get by. This helps us to be filled with God’s Spirit (Ephesians 5: 18-19), shifting our focus, becoming more wise and keeping us in a spirit of rejoicing. Feelings are fleeting and even at a point of not understanding, Haley’s words also encourage us to praise, sing and dance! In this moment of praise, we invite God’s presence into our situation.
“Make a joyful noise to the one who gave you breath…. Make a joyful noise to the King of Kings”
We invite you to listen to The Valley by Haley Klinkhammer and to follow her here.
Photoshoot location The Old Jefferson Cotton Mill