Growing up, I had one primary desire in life: to be a wife and mother. Even deeper than that, though, my heart longed to live out God’s purpose for my life, whatever the cost. After I married the man of my dreams, he voiced fundamental spiritual questions, and I thought God hadn’t been faithful to give me the desires of my heart. Disappointed, I placed my happiness in having a good marriage and pursued higher education and a professional career with its resulting money and prestige. Seven years later, in an unwanted divorce, I had a second chance at processing through whether or not I would believe God’s goodness and word. After trying every tactic I knew of resistance and control to change my circumstances (and failing), I chose absolute surrender to God instead of suicide. Since then, my life has been a journey of growing in love, grace, and joy.

In the healing process, I wrote some songs to the Lord, of raw heart cries. Also in seeking him, I had the idea to set whole chapters of scripture to music, and what a blessing it was to me, to have those tunes and texts playing through my head! When my heart was grieving about how sad and sorry I was, and hurt and fear would have swallowed me up, I determined to think scripture. This was life-giving to me! How can I be depressed when God is telling me he has thoughts of peace toward me, that he has loved me with an everlasting love, and that he will work all things together for my good?! It built my faith! “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Ro 10:17).

Tirzah Joy (Tears of Joy) is the pseudonym I chose in a dark valley to reflect both the painful work God was doing in my life and my heart’s longing. God used this music to sanctify and cleanse my mind with the washing of water by the word and worked his healing in me. I sent out one CD each year to family and friends in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. These CDs were recorded at a recording studio, but in 2009, it seemed God was halting the work. In 2013, I was able to release one more CD, singing with my sons and finishing the edits on prior-recorded Psalms. In the spring of 2014, a friend offered to me to borrow her recording equipment to try recording from home. In 2015, God opened the door for me to continue by giving me time to get back into it more consistently.

Writing Process

When I want to set scriptures to music, I start with a piece of staff paper with the scriptures written beneath each staff. Then I pencil in a melody line with the rhythm and pitch as I hear it in my head. When that is done, I take it to the piano and work it out, writing in chord symbols and making changes to the melody as needed. After that, I am ready to type it up on my music notation software.

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  1. All I can say is God bless you, and your family!!! What an amazing work you are doing. I literally found your music 8 days ago and its already made an impact in my family’s lives. As I am typing this up my 10yr old son is doing his chores with head phones on and singing Proverbs 1. I’ll be praying for you and your family! Please keep it coming! May God bless you and your work!

  2. All I have to say is God Bless you. I literally found your music 4 days ago and in that time I memorized all of Isaiah 1 which is 31 verses! I look forward to memorizing many more. Thank you so much for this. Just a quck question, do you have the books of 1 2 and 3 John done as well?

    1. Hi Wali,
      It is great to hear you are memorizing! You can find drafts of John’s epistles on this website under the sheet music tab, in the scripture song drafts folder.




  4. You are amazing I discovered your website and your YouTube music last night and so I set it beside the nightstand and I listen to it as I go to sleep and as I’m doing everything else too it’s wonderful it’s absolutely beautiful and wonderful then I read your story and you’re an amazing personally I prefer to have it playing 24/7 I prayed this morning God bless her life abundantly. As far as going through things I understand where you’re coming from and you need to know how anointed your music singing the Bible is there’s other versions of it and stuff like that out there but not like yours it’s so powerful what do I mean it scatters the enemy like you have no idea you play the piano so very very well and your voice is so anointed praise God for you

    Austin TX but working in Beaverton OR

  5. As a church, we sing only the inspired psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as the apostle paul instructed. Needless to say, your meodies are the ones we use. Glory to God.

    PS: Our daughter’s name is Tirzah Abigail (1yo), and our eldest daughter Eloise (3yo) is probably your biggest fan!

  6. I just emailed you but am so happy to have found your YouTube page and, subsequently, your website. What a joy and blessing! May the Lord continue to bless your endeavors!!!

  7. Hello! I am so grateful to stumble upon your work. I am always looking for scripturally faithful music works based from the KJV. This is just fantastic! And you have such a wonderful, clear and soothing voice, singing the very thing that is precious to me. It’s like life support! This pleasantness entering through one’s ears and making the heart leap in the Word! God is certainly using you in your gifts and faithfulness! God bless you!

  8. I am so happy to find your page (via YouTube, where it was providentially recommended after I listened to a Hebrew Proverbs 31 song!). Your voice and writing gift are lovely gifts from God. I am so appreciative that you work on chapters and books. It’s awesome to have the full context of the message in our minds. I think music is such a delightful AND effective way to memorize. I’m grateful for your vulnerability in sharing your story and love the reminder that our Father is WITH US in the midst of all our pain. I am starting on Ephesians 1 tonight, thank you sister!

  9. May God continue to shower His love and blessing on your life. I think of you different times and pray for you and your boys. Blessings, Ezra

  10. Ive been looking for exactly this: verbatim KJB sung psalms for about 10 years! Whatever you do…DON’T QUIT.

  11. What an encouragement your life story is to me again this morning!!! God IS working ALL things together for GOOD in our lives, whether our feelings and experiences tell us that or not! How my heart identifies with your story! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your RICH ENCOURAGEMENT!!!

  12. May The Lord Bless you and Keep you my dear sister Tirzah Joy, such a wonderful testimony of what Our Most Precious Lord Jesus Christ Is Doing in and through your life, and His Desire To Sanctify you, To Make you Holy, To Set you apart from this sin-cursed and profane world. It’s encouraging to connect with “the 7,000 who have not bowed their knee to false gods”, because we’ll need all the encouragement we can get with the way this world is headed; but that just means Our Lord Is Coming To Get us soon! Maranatha, Lord Jesus Christ! =)

  13. Thanks for your comment! Jesus told us “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” So even though trusting him does not mean everything will be easy, it does mean that we are not on our own. Another quote that has helped me is, “Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light.” Keep the faith!

  14. Thanks for sharing how God is working in your life. I prayed and trusted today as well that God’s way is best. Feeling overwhelmed just means that I need to trust Him for His plans for the day. May God be with you and make you a blessing.

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