JJ Heller has been making thoughtful music about her life, her faith and her family for more than 15 years.
This 42-year-old California native is probably best known for her chart-topping single “Your Hands” from her 2008 album Painted Red. And while that was 15 years ago, Heller continues to make encouraging music that looks for the wonder in everyday life. Sort of like her latest track, “Look for Miracles.”
This beautiful song incorporates both pop and folk elements and recognizes the duality in life while encouraging listeners to search for God’s wonders all around them.
Heller recognizes that life is difficult and full of its own unavoidable troubles, and yet we can still find hope (“There’s always something to be scared of/But there’s no joy without the pain/…There’s no hiding from misfortune/But there’s always room for hope”).
She says that life is “a little bit of both” trouble and hope, and she encourages listeners to actively “look for miracles’ and “beauty” in everyday life because, if they don’t, skepticism and cynicism can easily shroud the good moments.
Isn’t it true that we often, so easily, allow our fears and frustrations to become our main focus?
We have to train our minds to focus on Christ and a positive perspective. We have to train our minds and our hearts to hope and rest in God. And that’s really what this song is about.
It’s about silencing fear so that we can see the beauty and goodness of life all around us which will, in turn, allow us to be more present and to make memories with those we most love.
Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).