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Mellifiluous – Deep Inside!

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Mellifluous

Get ready because this song is mellifluous in one way and then bang it is mellifluous in a totally opposite direction. The first words we have fallen should be i have fallen. i have fallen again tonight. i arrived at the prayer center to see a very nice, brand new two door file cabinet being delivered. To whom you may ask? my very question. i got the answer and it has haunted me all day. With all the churches on this single campus we ask that each one puts all their stuff in, you guessed it, nice two door cabinets. i’ll just say some do and some…. not so much. Anyway this cabinet is going to one of the not so much. Your asking why are you blogging about this. Here’s why. i have been asking the not so much group for two years and for one reason or the other they could not or would not purchase a cabinet. But…. one of the not so much, who is moving to a new location is whom is receiving the new cabinet. HEAR ME!! i am blessed that they have found a new home that will meet their needs and the cabinet…. well it’s like God to put in front of me this entire day just to see what i would do with the thoughts my mind would offer me. What does all this have to do with today’s song? The title is Collide! My mind, my will, my emotions, my words… all colliding today. Thus i have fallen. i have fallen again tonight. As of this post all that’s left is as the song asks, where do i go from here? Just for the record colliding is not the same as meltdowns.

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, COLLIDING, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.

06 – Collide (Album Version)

We have fallen
We have fallen again tonight
Where do we go from here
When they’re tearing down our lives?
When all they want is
When all they want is
For us to live in fear
How long can we hold on?
Can we hold on?
Hold on

There’s something deep inside
That keeps my faith alive
When all you can do
Is hide from the fear
That’s deep inside of you
Something, something, something
Something, something, something
To hold me close when I don’t know
There’s something deep inside
That keeps my faith alive

We are healing
But it’s killing us inside
Can we take a chance?
When faith and fear collide
We can make it
Step out and take it
We can’t live feeling so numb
How long can we hold on?
Can we hold on?
Hold on

There’s something deep inside
That keeps my faith alive
When all you can do
Is hide from the fear
That’s deep inside of you
Something, something, something
Something, something, something
To hold me close when I don’t know
There’s something deep inside
That keeps my faith alive [2x]

There is so much more in this song and not about a cabinet but about relationships when they collide. But there is something deep inside that keeps my faith alive and that strengthens my resolve to stick with the process of building relationships. While the word for today’s individual does not seem to be encouraging in general, it does offer great promise in the outcome for them. Thanks for sharing!!

Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. [Dismiss your dread and your fears!] Behold, the devil is indeed about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested and proved and critically appraised, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be loyally faithful unto death [even if you must die for it], and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10

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Mellifiluous – Come On!

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Mellifluous

i know absolutely nothing about this group and for that matter the song. Any interpretation on my part would be just that my interpretation. I did a little research on this group and really found nothing that brings any more clarity. i am sure that the individual who choose this song knows way more about them. This is one of those songs that i think can have many different meanings based on who’s listening. It’s different than the other songs where the meaning is obvious to everyone listening. It suits this individual well as he is… illusive and private.

This song is an opportunity to look beyond the surface, in fact it’s more than an opportunity it’s a challenge. i would encourage you to “come on” and give the song a chance to work it’s magic on you. The song reminds me of one that David might have sung.

It’s a lullaby for me. Okay so not in the traditional sense, but when have i ever been traditional. It’s words are short compared to most songs. It leaves room for “experiencing the words in the middle. And it closes with 9 simple words that say it all for me. “I need you closer so come on.” i end that sentence with a period instead of an exclamation point because of the rhythms of the song. They are mellifluous. i may have it wrong but for me it’s a song to God. “God i need You closer so come on!” If those were the only words to this song, they would say it all for me today. GOD, i need YOU closer! PLEASE, PLEASE come on! As close as you were yesterday, it’s not close enough for today. This is my hearts cry for today and my prayers will be that this person and myself will experience that closeness today in a real and tangible way. No clue what that looks like but i’m sure i’ll know it when it occurs.

07 – Transatlanticism

The Atlantic was born today and I’ll tell you how…
The clouds above opened up and let it out.

I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole.
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
Making islands where no island should go.
Oh no.

Those people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door have been silenced forever more.
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
Oh no.

I need you so much closer [x8]

[instrumental break]

I need you so much closer [x4]
So come on, come on [x4]

Today’s song is the most difficult yet. i am listening over and over and so far all i have is a sadness of heart and a feeling of loneliness that is all to familiar. It’s not how i woke up this morning but where this song has taken me. i understand why this song would be selected to speak for a person as i have experienced days like this.

Days when i wake up, and i feel as though i have not slept a moment because of a bad dream. Days when i wake up, and for some strange reason it’s immediately a bad dream. Some would say i got up on the wrong side of the bed. i wish it were that easy. As though i could go back to bed and get up on the other side and all would be right again.

Days when i was feeling like there’s no one on my side. Recently i had a day such a day. It was an exhausting day because it seemed as though I was fighting constantly. i remember thinking to myself, i  just feel too tired to be fighting.

Rather than try to share my version of  that or should i say those days i’ll simply bold and comment about the words in this song called A Bad Dream by Keane. Then i’ll share the word that has finally come.

05 – A Bad Dream

Why do I have to fly
Over every town up and down the line?

my question was not why do i have to fly over every town but why do i have to do everything? Why am i the one who has to walk in love? Why do i have to pursue peace at all costs? Why me? Mind you i am the one who also says, “ask a wrong question and you get a wrong answer.”

I’ll die in the clouds above
And you that I defend, I do not love

Having been the underdog on many an occasion it has become quite natural for me to defend the underdog verses actually loving the person. i never said i had this all down. i am a work in progress.

I wake up, it’s a bad dream
No one on my side
I was fighting
But I just feel too tired
To be fighting
Guess I’m not the fighting kind

Where will I meet my fate?
Baby I’m a man, I was born to hate
i know this is a well dressed lie! See i have some boundaries about what delusions i will let get to me and what ones i won’t.
And when will I meet my end?
In a better time you could be my friend
Not so much a better time but if i were a different person.

The two lines about fate and my end are bolded because i have said for years that i wanted to live till i was 72 and then just go to sleep. Having gotten closer to that time i am leaving room for a few more years.

Wouldn’t mind it
If you were by my side
But you’re long gone
Yeah you’re long gone now

i realize i am running the risk of too many words for this post, but here goes. As i have said so many times that Ann Marie is my best friend and always has been. But on these days she becomes one of them. Them being those that i am fighting. The reason for that is the last two lines. But you’re long gone, yeah you’re long gone now. Even after 41 years of knowing her and 38 as husband and wife i have those moments where she is gone. Not that she is physically gone but gone in other very real ways. Knowing that she is not subject to what others have done, or might do i still have thoughts that i must take captive about her picking up one day and saying, “enough!” Lie! Lie! Well dressed lie! The first two lines “wouldn’t mind it if you were on my side are truth. Ann Marie can turn a bad dream day into roses. Beautiful but still filled with thorns to be dealt with. I don’t mind any day if she is on my side. i know this is all supposed to be about God but i’m just being honest. God will close out this post today, trust me.  The only bad dreams for me are when i let the lies overtake the truths.

Where do we go? To the only place i can, God!
I don’t even know but i do know!
My strange old face Not so much?
And I’m thinking about those days
And I’m thinking about those days
No, i’m thinking about this day!

And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:10-18 Message

Mellifluous – Speak!

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Mellifluous

Okay God you’ve got my attention. i am sure that i must have known this at some time or the other, but it must have escaped me. Circumstances, situations, nor “stuff” are what cause me to lose my peace. i can’t really blame it on people, although i try often. Here’s what i mean. i lose my job and i am upset. The job did not fire me, it was a person. The boss or his boss or the board of directors. For whatever reason a person fired me. my “stuff” can’t do anything.

Now… people on the other hand…. well, they can do a lot of things. But this is what i was tested… no, reawakened to last week. People can’t make me loose my peace.  They can do a lot of things to me or against me but they can not take away my peace. my peace is just that! It’s mine. And it does not come from circumstances, situations, or “stuff” working out as i think it should. mt peace is a result of relationship with God. The amount of peace that i have and walk in is in direct proportion to the amount of trust and relationship i have with Him. If the lyrics to this song were absolutely true in my life i wonder…? There are days when God has my attention and then others when everything but God has my attention. No wonder ” i almost let go” and have to go on a search to “find my peace.”

Today’s song is delivered by the ministry of Audio Adrenaline. The lyrics are a somber thought of how we often focus our attention on so many other things instead of the voice of God. The word i got while praying for today’s person and their song is at the bottom of the post.

01 – Attention

You call me here from all the things I’m chasing
You bring me to this place to lie down
You pull me from the wars I’ve been waging
And remind me there’s a table set for us

Exhale, shut my eyes and make me slow down and be still

Speak, You have my attention
You have my attention
You have my attention Lord

You called us here so we could find our purpose
You bring us here one body to find rest
You pull us close to You, close together
So close we hear Your whisper, feel Your breath

Exhale, shut our eyes and make us slow down and be still

Speak, You have our attention
You have our attention
You have our attention Lord

Oh, More than I need
More than enough
Are Your words, Oh God

All that I am
All that I have
Are Your words, oh God

Speak, You have my attention
You have my attention
You have my attention Lord

Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

Jesus resumed talking to you, but now tenderly. “The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with mewatch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Mellifluous – I’ve gotta!

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Mellifluous

i graduated from 8th grade with a D+ grade average. The words of my teachers to my parents were that i would never make it through high school. Today’s song reminded me of that and the many other things that i have been told were impossible. When my children were younger we had a can, that we called the “Can Do” can. Every time any of us were caught saying, “i can’t do that” we had to make a contribution to the “Can Do” can. Today i can do all things because of the God who lives inside of me and not just a determined mind, will and emotions.

Growing up with an alcoholic father and a co-dependant mother i had to fend for myself much of my life from 5th grade on. Without really knowing it i learned the concept of being a “Can Do” person. By 5th grade i had declared that i would have a life that would be different from the one i was experiencing every day. All things being possible i GRADUATED from high school in the top 10% of my class.

Today’s song is supposed to be about finding peace and indirectly that is what i was doing by believing that i “Can Do.” For me this song is about doing the impossible. It’s also about relationships. Growing up without a father, mother, husband, wife, relationship example, i pretty much determined that i didn’t need anyone. That is until i saw Ann Marie for the first time. Another impossible! She was from one side of the tracks and i from the other. We’re celebrating 38 years and she has made relationships possible for me in more ways than just husband and wife. She is my best friend. With God and her on my side i have peace of mind and all things remain possible for me.

i have two verses for this individual. The first, Zechariah 2:13 Quiet, everyone! Shh! Silence before God. Something’s afoot in his holy house. He’s on the move! The second comes at the end of the post.

13 – I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind (Album Version)

I gotta find peace of mind
I know another cord…
I gotta find peace of mind
See, this what that voice in your head says
When you try to get peace of mind…
I gotta find peace of mind, I gotta find peace of mind
He says it’s impossible, but I know it’s possible
He says it’s impossible, but I know it’s possible
He says there’s no me without him, please help me forget about him
He takes all my energy, trapped in my memory
Constantly holding me, constantly holding me
I need to tell you all, all the pain he’s caused, mmmm
I need to tell I’m, I’m undone because, mmmm

To finally be in love, and know the real meaning of
A lasting relationship, not based on ownership
I trust every part of you, cuz all that I… All that you say you do
You love me despite myself, sometimes I fight myself
I just can’t believe that you, would have anything to do
With someone so insecure, someone so immature
Oh you inspire me, to be the higher me
You made my desire pure, you made my desire pure
Just tell me what to say, I can’t find the words to say
Please don’t be mad with me, I have no identity
All that I’ve known is gone, all I was building on
I don’t wanna walk with you, how do I talk to you
Touch my mouth with your hands, touch my mouth with your hands
Oh I wanna understand, the meaning of your embrace
I know now I have to face, the temptations of my past
Please don’t let me disgrace, where my devotion lays
Now that I know the truth, now that it’s no excuse
Keeping me from your love, what was I thinking of?
Holding me from your love, what was I thinking of?
You are my peace of mind, that old me is left behind
You are my peace of mind, that old me is left behind
He says it’s impossible, but I know it’s possible
He says it’s improbable, but I know it’s tangeable
He says it’s not grabbable, but I know it’s haveable
Cuz anything’s possible, oh anything is possible
Please come free my mind, please come meet my mind
Can you see my mind, oh
Won’t you come free my mind?

Oh I know it’s possible
Anything, anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Anything, anything, anything, anything, anything, yeeey
Oh free! Free, free, free your mind
Free, free your mind… free, free your mind
Free, free, free, free your mind
Oh, it’s so possible, oh it’s so possible
I’m telling you it’s possible, I’m telling you it’s possible
Free, free… free, free… free, free… get free now
Free, free… free, free, free, free… free, free

What a joy it is to be alive
To get another chance, yeah
Everyday’s another chance
To get it right this time
Everyday’s another chance
Oh what a merciful, merciful, merciful God
Oh what a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful God

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor; For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie down together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. When these words are experienced in the right relationships… then we will find peace.

Mellifluous – Not so much?

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Mellifluous

i am a couple of days into the new fall season, it’s a couple of days before Onething’s four-year anniversary, a couple of days away from all those leaving the campus and all those coming to the campus and all the moving is over and…  just hours away from completing a ten-day time of fasting and praying, when i experience a partial meltdown. No it’s not hunger! But talk about God’s timing… yesterday’s song raced through my mind a hundred times as i repeated to myself “Oh NO, never let go!”

People asked me how are you and my responses were less than enthusiastic. I am not a fan of answers like, “I’m hanging in there.” When i hear that i immediately see a person hanging on for dear life from a bar and the drop is deeper than the eye can see. I then see them look at me and ask “aren’t you going to help me?” So you won’t hear me say that. I am also not a fan of answers like “I’m fine or I’m okay.” To me that’s saying “i’ll live but?” i am okay with a short simple “good.” But better yet is, “this is the day the Lord has made.” It doesn’t have to be loud but it must be firm. What am i saying really? i’m saying, regardless of my feelings or circumstances God made this day whether i like it or not, whether it’s what i deem as good or bad, whether i embrace it or not, it is His day.

i don’t want to dwell in yesterday so today i am listening to two songs. Both speak the words as to where i was but both mellifluously directed my mind, will and emotions to the place where i need to be. The first is Laura Story and the song is Perfect Peace. But my reason for…. well my excuse for lack of peace was relationships that…. i’ll say no more. The other song is by Sara Groves and the song is Loving a Person. I need not speak any other words as these songs tell it like it was and is today.

10 – Perfect Peace (Album Version)

stay close by my side
keep your eyes on me
though this life is hard
i will give you perfect peace

in this time of trial
pain that no one sees

trust me when i say
i will give you perfect peace

and you’ll never walk alone
and you’ll never be in need
though i may not calm the storms around you
you can hide in me
burdens that you bear
offer no relief

let me bear your load
cause i will give you perfect
stay close by my side
and you’ll never walk alone
keep your eyes on me
and you will never be in need
though this life is hard
know that i will always give you perfect peace
i will give you perfect peace

The words i have bolded captured my attention and my mind will and emotions wanted to hang on to them for dear life. What i needed to do was to take those words captive to the ones that i did not bold. Those are the words of truth and the others….. they’re just well dressed lies. The same thing applies to the second song.

12 – Loving A Person

Loving a person just the way they are, it’s no small thing
It takes some time to see things through
Sometimes things change, sometimes we’re waiting
We need grace either way

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

There’s a lot of pain in reaching out and trying
It’s a vulnerable place to be

Love and pride can’t occupy the same spaces baby
Only one makes you free

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

If we go looking for offense
We’re going to find it

If we go looking for real love
We’re going to find it

Mellifluous – Oh no!

Posted: September 22, 2010 in Mellifluous

Here i am doing life with a group of people who are at least 25 years younger than i am. i see that my years of life experience could save them much time and energy but my experience from raising my own two children tells me they most likely will have to learn much of life on their own. But doing life together with these individuals is not all about what i can offer them. No they often bring… yes sometimes challenges… sometimes frustration… but so often new life or new perspective to my experiences. This series of writings is just that. Many of these songs i would never have searched out, let alone listen to. But that being said they are speaking volumes to me.

Yesterday the song spoke about almost letting go and i shared that i have been there. But for God! Regarding that song and this person, i hope as we continue to do life together, that we can remind each other of the mercy of God that the song talks about and that we both have had to rely on.

Unlike the first two songs, today’s song and artist i am familiar with. i hope that shows i’m not totally out of touch. Yesterday the song spoke about almost letting go and i shared that i have been there. BUT FOR GOD! That takes me right into today’s song and intercession for yet another person. This is a person whom i’ve known for a little over a year and all my can say is WOW! The growth that has come in that short period of time has been an encouragement to myself and many others. Sometimes to the point of others being jealous. my heart is leading me to put this song into the third person, as though it is the Father singing these words back to this individual. The capitalized words are the changes i made to accomplish that. Please forgive me Matt Redmond.

01 – You Never Let Go – Matt Redmond

Even though YOU walk through the valley of the shadow of death
MY perfect love is casting out fear
And even when YOUR caught in the middle of the storms of this life
YOU won’t turn back
YOU know I AM near
And YOU will fear no evil
For I YOUR God is with YOU
And if I YOUR God is with YOU
Whom then shall YOU fear?
Whom then shall YOU fear?

(Chorus:)
Oh no, I WILL never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, I WILL never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, I WILL never let go
I YOUR LORD, WILL never let go of YOU

And YOU see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
YOU WILL live to know YOU here on the earth

Yes, YOU can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still YOU will praise ME, still YOU will praise ME

The word that comes to me  is Psalm 56:4 By [the help of] God you will praise His word; on God you lean, rely, and confidently put your trust; you will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to you?
When to many of my thoughts are on what i think man and flesh can do to me, and i almost give up, i must remember that “By [the help of] God I will praise His word” because He never lets go, never lets go of me!

Mellifluous – I almost let go

Posted: September 21, 2010 in Mellifluous

Mellifluous: [muh-lif-loo-uhs] – sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones, flowing with honey.

Okay so i didn’t think this through very carefully. here i am interceding on behalf of this person and listening to their song no less than 30 times mind you, and i’ve already posted the blog. So what am i to do with what i got out of interceding for this person? HUMMMMMMMMMMM?

Then i also did not explain myself very well so i must clarify today. Red are words that i got for the person who submitted the song. They come from the word and are not advice or opinion. Blue are the words of the song. Black are my words.

Comments on HUMMMMMMMMM?

i was reminded of my younger days when i was thought to be weird because i wouldn’t swear. I never fit into the popular circle because i was a “christian.” i was never cool. i didn’t wear the designer name clothes. my car was a 1960 Buick station wagon. Not cool! Oh, and it had no reverse so parking was a skill that i had to develop. How cool would it be to have to push your car out of the parking spot? NOT!!! But like the song says my mom thought i was great.

Not all of the song pertains to me but music for me does cure lots of “stuff.” i have to clarify the part about feeling alone and putting on your headphones. When i “feel” alone it’s usually because i have not had sufficient time with God. So i put on my headphones to experience a mellifluous moment.

All that being said i want to say to this person that your cool just as you are. No one wears a banana suit as well as you did. Your music has brought about many comments so be encouraged, it has blessed them. You are valuable and a real blessing to me and the campus.

Today’s song and person i will be interceding for brings to mind three very memorable times in my life when i can say i almost let go. Let go of what? Everything!! Yes everything from Christianity to God to life itself. But for God!! Deuteronomy 1:32 says it best, ed, “Yet in spite of this word you did not believe (trust, rely on, and remain steadfast to) the Lord your God.

06 – I almost let go By: Kurt Car

I almost let go.
I felt like I just couldn’t take life anymore.
My problems had me bound
Depression weighed me down.
But God held me close, so I wouldn’t let go.
God’s mercy kept me, so I wouldn’t let go.

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

I almost gave up.
I was right at the edge of a breakthrough but couldn’t see it
The devil really had me;
but Jesus came and grabbed me,
And He held me close,
So I wouldn’t let go.
God’s mercy kept me,
so I wouldn’t let go.

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but you trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord so you are compassed about with mercy and with loving-kindness.

So I’m here today because God kept me.
I’m alive today,
only because of His grace.
Oh, He Kept me,
God Kept me,
He kept me,
So I wouldn’t let go.

When or if you are ever tempted to “let go” please remember these words from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Life is not always how we thought it would be… but for me… and for this person who shared this song, it’s as the song says, “God’s mercy will keep us so that we won’t let go!!!”

Mellifluous: [muh-lif-loo-uhs] – sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding: a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones, flowing with honey.

Words and music mellifluous sweetly or smoothly flowing, sweet-sounding, mellifluous tones, flowing with honey.

my look at words and music and the idea that the two become one was expanded with my last post. One of the comments from the previous posts said this, “Words and Music blended by the Holy Spirit does seem to reach a certain place in the heart where separately they perhaps they would not meet.” i agree!

From the last posting i went to a weekly meeting where 10 to 20 of us are exploring relationship or i should say doing life together. i gave everyone 30 minutes to come up with a song that did one of three things.

1. It was a song about them.

2. It was a song that spoke to them.

3. It was a song that they would use to speak to someone else.

What a blessing it was and still is three days later. The willingness of this group to expose themselves through the songs was totally unexpected. So much so, that i felt led to spend however long i need to, to share these songs with you and… and for me to focus my time of daily intercession for each individual on the day i use their song. i will not be naming the person whom the song belongs to but i am hoping that God will share with me a word for that individual and for anyone else who may listen to the song.

the first song is called Headphones by Britt Nicole. i had never heard the song or the artist but……. i challenge anyone to listen to the song and not find themselves moving in some way to the mellifluous rhythms. The words and the music draw me in… into words and music that i would never have found on my own. i enjoy everything about this song, especially the way it makes me smile. It encourages me and i have experienced the truth of the chorus which says, “Anytime you feel alone, put on your headphones.” i am not including all the written words, but just the ones i will comment on.

05 – Headphones

She gave it her best
She tried to fit in
She tried to be cool
But she never could win
Her mom says she’s great
The kids think she’s weird
Honestly she wish she could disappear

Why you try, try to be like the rest of them
When you know there’s so much more within
There’s only one you
Here’s what ya’ gotta do

REMEMBER you are God’s child made in His image and likeness! Remember that you are not peripheral to the world but the world is peripheral to you. In my opinion we need free thinkers! So like the song says,

Whoa, whoa…
Anytime you feel alone, put on your headphones
Love, love’s coming through your headphones
Anytime you feel alone, put on your headphones
Love, love’s coming through your headphones
L-o-o-ove is coming through your headphones
L-o-o-ove is coming through your headphones

Hey, you might not see it with your eyes
But keep your head up to the sky
The sun is coming through
Here’s what you gotta do

So keep your head up high and dust off your shoulders
It’s alright, no, it’s not over
Love is here, it came to dry up all your tears
Oh, can you feel it
Gotta believe it, gotta see it
By your side in the middle of the night
So keep your head up high and the dust off your shoulders
It’s alright, no it’s not over

Everything begins in God, everything goes through GOD, AND EVERYTHING ENDS IN GOD! It’s alright, NO it’s not over!

Twinkle, twinkle in your eye
Listen to this lullaby
The sun is shining in the sky
I see love it’s in your eyes

And this i pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

My closing thought is Proverbs 17:22 A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Your song  gives me a happy heart. It makes me smile but it also brings tears to my eyes because i let “Stuff” steal my happy heart. BLESSINGS!

“Words” The two shall be one!

Posted: September 18, 2010 in Mellifluous, Words

i find it almost impossible to select a favorite song but if i take the word favorite and make it favorites, well that’s doable. my love of music requires me to look at words and their message by adding music to them. Today, i have selected four songs made up from words. Words put to music. Words and music are a winning combination for me. It’s not that one is better… i guess the best way for me to describe it is, the two become one. Often if there is no music i find myself creating the music and if there are no words i create the words.

i am listening to four songs today. The first is a four year favorite. It is the song that introduced me to IHOP (International House of Pray) in Kansas city. i have worn out 3 cds just listening to this one song. It is long… and flows beautifully… but more importantly for me at least is that, it ministers to my entire being every time i hear it. It awakens my spiritual man and takes me to heavenly places where my hope of living a God filled life are renewed and strengthened. It changes me, if only for a time. I have not included the printed words for this song as they are many.

The other three are new to me but speak much and all three for different reasons.

Song of Solomon –  IHOP – Dwayne Roberts & Worship Team

12 – Loving A Person – Sara Groves

Loving a person just the way they are, it’s no small thing
It takes some time to see things through
Sometimes things change, sometimes we’re waiting
We need grace either way

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

There’s a lot of pain in reaching out and trying
It’s a vulnerable place to be
Love and pride can’t occupy the same spaces baby
Only one makes you free

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

If we go looking for offense
We’re going to find it
If we go looking for real love
We’re going to find it

06 – I Belong(2) – Kathryn Scott

Not angels, nor demons, no power on earth or heaven
Not distance, nor danger, no trouble now or ever

Nothing can take me from your great love
Forever this truth remains

I belong, I belong to you

Not hardship, nor hunger, no pain or depth of sorrow
Not weakness, nor failure, no broken dream or promise

02 – Favorite One – Misty Edwards

Jesus,
Here I am your favorite one
What are You thinking, what are You feeling?
I have to know

For I, I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You

And I’ll crown You with my love.

Jesus,
Here I am your favorite one
What are You thinking, what are You feeling?
I have to know

For I, I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You

You know that I,
Than I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You