Music Monday

I know you were expected a song from that sweet Jesus tunes CD…maybe tomorrow.

The song today is Beauty From Pain by Superchick.

This song has been through a lot. There is still alot I do not understand, and some of it I’m not sure I ever will. I used the lyrics of this song for a rhetorical assignment last week. We had to read the piece and then invite the class to discuss it with us. Remember I go to a state university and have 2 known Christians in my class. A girl who went to Catholic high school. 2 that profess to be spiritual but have no “belief” in Jesus or Christianity.

It was neat how God used this simple piece of rhetoric to stir up conversations in a diverse classroom. One of the guys who does not believe in religion asks lots of good questions and was open and responsive. Another girl said she was glad to have this song. This Friday is 3 years since her Dad died. You can tell she is still heartbroken. If anything, He reminding how far something small can go. And now I know they are watching. They are waiting to see what God will do next. They are waiting to see if He is real. If He exists or if I can just read words of hope and another a Psalm and that they will fall deafly like the leaves without a sound or thought. I needed this reminder and experience as I prepare for my interview Friday (feel free to pray about that).

Melissa (read Psalms) and I now know who and what to pray for. And we are going to. There are opportunities in this class and God is ready to show the lost that He does exist, that His love is real. So if you think about, pray for Kim on Friday. And pray that these people see Jesus in a real way.

God is ready to heal the brokenhearted and bring beauty from pain. Will you show the lost that He is real?


“Beauty From Pain”

The lights go out all around me
One last candle to keep out the night
And then the darkness surrounds me
I know i’m alive but i feel like i’ve died
And all that’s left is to accept that it’s over
My dreams ran like sand through the fists that i made
I try to keep warm but i just grow colder
I feel like i’m slipping away

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

My whole world is the pain inside me
The best i can do is just get through the day
When life before is only a memory
I’ll wonder why God lets me walk through this place
And though i can’t understand why this happened
I know that i will when i look back someday
And see how you’ve brought beauty from ashes
And made me as gold purified through these flames

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Here i am, at the end of me
Tryin to hold to what i can’t see
I forgot how to hope
This night’s been so long
I cling to Your promise
There will be a dawn

After all this has passed, i still will remain
After i’ve cried my last, there’ll be beauty from pain
Though it won’t be today,
Someday i’ll hope again
And there’ll be beauty from pain
You will bring beauty from my pain

Music Monday

Music Monday

Hey friends, it’s music monday. as you all read below i am in need of refinement. so my goal and desire is to sit and truly be with Him this week. i love this song for so many reasons. it hits me in so many moods. sometimes all i want to say is “stop the world, I want to get out” and yet then i’m reminded that we must stop the world to seek Him not to run…running is way easier in the beginning. so here is to stopping the world and slowing down a life i’m not even sure how to control or if i want to control it

Stop the World by Matthew West

The T.V. is talking
The telephone’s ringing
The lights are all on and the radio’s screaming
A million distractions are stealing my heart from You

I’m tired and empty
This life is relentless
It weakens my knees and it breaks my defenses
It’s wearing me down and I’m desperate to hear from You

Stop the world, I wanna get out
I need an escape away from this crowd
Just to hear You speak to me

I need to be still before I make a move
And I need to be humble with nothing to prove
And I need Your Word to show me the truth
I need time, precious time

Stop the world, I wanna get out
I need an escape away from this crowd
Just to hear You speak to me

Stop the world, I’m ready to listen
Show me a sign, just give me a vision of Heaven
That I can hold on to
Stop the world, I need some time with You

Before I can find my voice
I need to hear Your voice
Above all the senseless noise

Stop the world, I wanna get out
I need an escape away from this crowd
Just to hear You, I need to hear You, Lord

Stop the world, I’m ready to listen
Show me a sign, give me a vision of Heaven
That I can hold on to
Stop the world, I need some time with You
Stop the world, I need some time with You

i am tired. so tired. ultimately i am tired of anything getting a part of me and robbing me of what belongs to Him. i just want to be still. i need an escape and to be held by Him.

[Stop the World!

Music Monday

Music Monday

this song pushes me. because if i’m going to be honest, i could not sing this song fully right now. i am hurt, broken, weak, and desperately desire to sing this song but i get to that one line and choke.

“Hallelujah” by Bethany Dillon

Who can hold the stars
And my weary heart?
Who can see everything?

I’ve fallen so hard
Sometimes I feel so far
But not beyond your reach

I could climb a mountain
Swim the ocean
Or do anything
But it’s when you hold me
That I start unfolding
And all I can say is

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Whatever’s in front of me
Help me to sing hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Whatever’s in front of me
I’ll choose to sing hallelujah

The same sun that
Rises over castles
And welcomes the day

Spills over buildings
Into the streets
Where orphans play

And only you can see the good
In broken things
You took my heart of stone
And you made it home
And set this prisoner free

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Whatever’s in front of me
Help me to sing hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Whatever’s in front of me
I’ll choose to sing hallelujah

Music Monday

Music Monday

sometimes music captures what is in our hearts and ministers. i desperately wish i could sit at the piano or strum a guitar and just sing what is in my heart, but alas Jesus figured differently when He decided what gifts to give me. i probably would have been vain had i been a musician thinking i was the hip in hippopatamus crooning to my Jesus music. but anyway, sometimes i, when very alone and quiet will sing my own song, i think He finds joy in our songs no matter the talent or not. in fact we know He loves and desires that devotion and swell of love or outcry of our Spirit for Him. for backup on that please refer to pretty much any chapter in Psalm.

 

ok so on to music monday. this week’s song is by Tenth Avenue North. i am pretty much in love with all their stuff and should be a reviewer for them. i think i could write a short devotional book based off their lyrics alone and truly letting God heal and love on us. there is something to be said about really allowing God to love you. anyway, this song, “By Your Side”,

i think it’s Jesus song to me right now as He fights to hold me and revive me.

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands and my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world’s sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I’ll never let you go

Music Monday