Sharon Tedford wrote the book, Stand to accompany her CD Stand.  When she shared a story from the book we were moved.  She is an accomplished musician and has a heart for people.  Her website is called 61 Things.  Below you can read some of the story/meaning behind it.  

I recommend watching the interview so that you can hear Sharon Tedfod’s voice in your head when you read her new book Stand.  If you didn’t see the interview live, you can watch the replay here.

Stand. The Stories and Scriptures: The stories behind the songs and the Scriptures that give them foundation.

Stand by Sharon TedfordStand – The Stories and Scriptures is a devotional book that will engage both your heart and your mind. The ten chapters follow the pattern of ten songs which are featured on Sharon’s inspirational album, Stand. Allow the poetry found in the words of the songs to draw you into a deeper personal experience of God. The thoughtful prayers and captivating stories will give you a new understanding of how to Stand on the truth of a Heavenly Father who loves you.

More about Sharon

Sharon Tedford is a longtime, avid writer. Her work includes plays, poems, songs, spoken word narratives, and creative worship experiences. 2017 marks the year she finally published some of her work, with the release of her first book, Stand – The Stories and Scriptures. This book was birthed out of the songs on the companion CD, also entitled Stand.

Sharon TedfordAn experienced worship leader of more than 20 years and more recently a Bible teacher, Sharon has traveled the world, including her favorite setting so far—in the beautiful mountains of Australia.  She is a Brit, currently residing in Texas. Not surprisingly, Sharon occasionally has a different perspective from those in her adopted home state.

Sharon loves diving deeply into words and has an uncanny gift to expound on the truth of Scripture through story and song. Her conversational writing style puts people at ease and leaves the reader feeling as though they have enjoyed a chat and a warming cup of tea with a friend. If you’re not a Brit, you may find yourself reading her work with an internal English accent – you have been warned!

Sharon lives with her Irish husband—yes, more than one accent in her house—and three children. If you’re looking for Sharon you’ll probably find her at her local shoe store. 

“1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.”