Songs For Our Times #32

Emeli Sandé – Prayed Up Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 32nd song, I chose Prayed Up by Emeli Sande. I chose this song for a song of hope, and a reminder that we are all one. We are here to help each other.

lyrics:

In times like these we gotta love and try and trust each other
I am your sister and you’re always gonna be my brother
In times like these we gotta make sure hate don’t start to poison
Before you know it streams can quickly turn into an ocean
To all the doctors, teachers, nurses and to all keys workers
You are our inspiration
Have all our admiration
See all the rainbows in the windows painted by the children
Thank you thank you

Everybody stay safe
Stay prayed up
It’s time to show the world
What you’re really made of
Stay safe
Stay prayed up
Things are gonna get much brighter
Come on I know you’re a fighter

In times like these we gotta hold on tighter to our families
And separate the who we wanna be from who we have been
Dig little deeper give your soul much needed conversation
I made a pinky promise with myself to make some changes
I’m praying for all people locked in houses they’re not safe in
In times like these inequalities becoming oh so blatant
Some people good some people numb
Some people still ain’t eating
Please God we need some healing

Everybody stay safe
Stay prayed up
It’s time to show the world
What you’re really made of
So stay safe, stay prayed up
Things are gonna get much brighter
Come on I know you’re a fighter
Stay safe, stay prayed up
Things are gonna get much brighter
I know you’re a fighter

Thank you for the life I’m living
Thank you for the strength you’re giving
Even in these times so different
Your love remains the same, no different
When I need my spirit lifted
I can count on your assistance
Grant us peace and grant us patience
Let us see souls before races (Let us see souls before races)
Give us hope to stay united (Give us hope to stay united)
Come to far to be divided (Come to far to be divided)
Thank you for all you’re providing
(I thank you for all you’re providing)
Thank you, thank you

Everybody stay safe (Stay safe)
Stay prayed up (Stay prayed up)
It’s time to show the world
What you’re really made of
Stay safe (Stay safe)
Stay prayed up (Stay prayed up)
Things are gonna get much brighter
I know you’re a fighter

Bruises and Scars

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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The bruises are gone but the scars remain

She will never look at you the same

You were supposed to be her protector

You were never meant to neglect her

What were you thinking ?

Do you blame it on your drinking?

That’s no excuse , that doesn’t make you a man

Tell me where do you stand?

You think those words won’t leave a mark

Man those go straight to her heart

They leave a scar only she and God can see

Why don’t you just let her go free

Let her learn to spread her wings

Let her learn how much beauty she brings

Would you want your daughter treated like that?

Always flinching, always watching her back

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Man, why can’t you understand?

She was made from God’s own hand

If you keep treating her like that

I know where you will spend eternity at

Daughter, I know you want to scream and shout

On your knees, your prayers, He hears, that I never doubt

Don’t despair

Know someone cares

Daughter, I pray no matter what you go through tonight

You’ll remember the scars Jesus bears so you know there is a light

When the bruises are gone and the scars remain

Daughter I want you to know that He knows your name

He knows your name, He knows your name, He knows your name

October is officially domestic violence month but we don’t hear about it. All we hear in October is breast cancer, a worthy cause to fight also and one that needs to be fought daily as well. We don’t see any football teams wearing purple. It simply isn’t talked about.  Domestic violence is something we need to look at every day, because every day someone you know is the victim of it.  One in three women, one in four men are victims. One of of every fifteen  children are exposed to domestic violence and 90% of these children witness domestic violence a year. Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness in the United States.  Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.

These are reported.  Most domestic violence incidents are NEVER reported.  Speak up, speak out, and make a difference for victims of domestic violence. The time is now to change these facts.

Silenced my Mersi Stone – 

Face Down by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – 

Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carroll –  

The Door by JJ Essen – 

Leaving You Behind by Emii – 

Lies and Bruises by Ryan Daniel – 

Luka by Suzanne Vega – 

No More by Kuzie James – 

Voices Carry by Til Tuesday – 

Broken Girl by Matthew West – 

Beautiful by MercyMe – 

God’s Daughter by Son of Adam – 

I Believe You Domestic Abuse and Faith Community –

He Knows My Name by The McRaes – 

He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli – 

Songs For Our Times #31

TobyMac Drops New Single, "I'm Sorry," Today - The Gospel Music Association

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 31st song, I have chose I’m Sorry (a Lament) by TobyMac. A song about asking God for forgiveness for all the wrong we are doing. For our division, for overlooking the least of us, for worshipping celebrities instead of Him.

Lyrics:

We started out strong
But somewhere along
We lost our way
Done things in Your name
I’m so ashamed
I don’t have the words to say
We’ve killed and destroyed
Stolen and blamed
All in Your name
You told us to give
Told us to love
But we chose to take

You laid down Your life
Put power aside
Showed us the way and the truth
We roll into church
Open the word
And forget that we’re called to include
Now it’s long overdue
But I can’t dilute
What we seem to have put on the shelf
I can’t speak for us all
But I gotta believe
I’m speaking for more than myself
When I say

I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry
I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry

We say that we’re one
But we’re broken up
By anything that can divide
Our color of skin
The clothes we’re in
That valley is deep and wide
We overlook the broken
The homeless
And discard the poor
While we celebrate the rich
And the beautiful
With a wide open door

I’m sorry we’re nothing like You
You chose to bear a cross
We choose to give you parts of us
And rarely the parts that cost
Now it’s long overdue
But I can’t dilute
What we seem to have put on the shelf
I can’t speak for us all
But I gotta believe
I’m speaking for more than myself
When I say

I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry
I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry

Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up, Lord
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up, Lord
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up

I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry
I’m sorry, I’m sorry
I’m sorry, so sorry

Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up, Lord
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up
Wake us up, wake us up, wake us up, Lord

Blessed are the poor in spirit
For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
Blessed are they that mourn
For they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek
For they shall inherit the earth
Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness
For they shall be filled
Blessed are the merciful
For they shall obtain mercy
Blessed are the pure in heart
For they shall see God
Blessed are the peacemakers
For they shall be called the children of God
Blessed are those which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are ye when men revile you
And persecute you
And shall say all manner of evil against you falsely
For my sake

Way Way Down In The Deep

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Way, way, way down in the deep

Is a monster who is waking from a long sleep

If you are still enough, you can feel a slight breeze

As it slowly unfurls it’s wings

Can you hear the demons sing?

God only knows the horror it will bring

From way, way, way down in the deep

Is a monster who is not afraid of defeat

A monster who believes it can not be beat

Can you feel the electricity in the air?

A monster like this is truly rare

It will tear you apart and not even care

I don’t mean to cause you to panic or for you to fear

But many of you do not believe this monster is near

But it is closer than you think and its goal is clear

Its eyes are open, its wings have unfurled

It doesn’t care if you are a boy or a girl

It only wants to destroy the world

But tonight, I travel and I can not sleep

For way, way, way down in the deep

Is a monster that I seek

I travel to the darkest of places

Looking, searching for the tiniest of traces

Don’t worry, I am not afraid to face it

I feel the wind stir, I can smell the evil

It knows I am coming, it mistakes me as feeble

But God has chosen me to protect his people

I travel deeper into the depths of darkness

This monster thinks I am nothing, that I am harmless

But I won’t leave here without carrying its carcass

From way, way, way down in the deep

I have found this monster I seek

Before it fully wakes, it will die in defeat

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Made For This by Carrolton – 

The Elements by Tobymac – 

Nobody by Casting Crowns – 

This Could Change Everything by Francesca Battistelli – 

Monsters by Shinedown – 

Songs For Our Times # 30

Can't we have peace? Asks Arie Camp in new single 'What We Need' ft. Alena  Pitts | Step FWD UK Christian Chart

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 30th song, I chose a new song by Arie Camp and Alena Pitts called What We Need. These two young girls are very talented. Arie is Jeremy Camp’s young daughter and if you know me, and my wife, Jeremy is our favorite Christian singer. We have seen him in concert numerous times and met him the same.

lyrics:

With liberty and justice for all
We need to stand up when others fall
We’ll fight for each other, we’re one let’s stand together
No matter what race we all need his grace

Can’t we have peace
All I want what we need
Can’t we have love
We’re all made from the one above

Violence more hearts are silenced
Excuses that don’t add up
We’re all chosen and beloved
So let love come down
Let’s tear up this ground
And the walls that we built

This world is broken all our tears have made oceans
Lord come down we need You now

My Week At Work -Every Day This Week

Sorry, I was going to post more this week but this has been a week from Hades.

Anyone else have a crazy week?

Where you walk in the door to this:

A tornado outbreak killed 64 people in Pennsylvania 35 years ago. We still  know terrifyingly little about the storms.

Then as soon as that passes you get this:

Hurricane Categories: What Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Mean | Time

Then that passes and you are left with this:

Floods in Jakarta - Wikipedia

Then your eyes turn yellow from having to use the bathroom so bad but you can’t get out of your chair to do it.

Then you eat lunch at your desk so you can try to stay caught up and this:

Quick stain removal without washing - Insider

Then this happens:

Are You Ready for a Wildfire? | Via

Followed by this:

Japan's secret war and the atomic bomb - Asia Times

Then you look like this:

Pulling my hair out (2:51am - 15.12.06) | Its been an overwh… | Flickr

Then on drive home get stuck behind this:

6 of the Worst Car Accidents in Recent U.S. History | Mental Floss

But hey, it is Friday, what else could go wrong.

Curing the Eeyore in You!” – Daily Dose With Dr.Shermaine

The Maze

I was shivering. Strange, since when I went to bed I put an extra blanket on and set the thermostat to heat up the house at 6:00. I then realized I was also wet. I startled awake only to realize I wasn’t in my warm bed. I was in some type of… give me a minute to look around. I was in some type of maze. Confused, bewildered, baffled, were some of the words that came to mind. I had to be dreaming, but I wasn’t.

I yelled out, but no one answered. I did the only thing I could and started to walk. Around this bend, turn left here, turn right there, dead end, start again. I then saw a note up ahead. I read it: If you have ever lied turn left at the next turn.  Well yeah I have lied, who hasn’t? I came to the turn and went left. After about 200 yards or so I found another note. If you have ever stolen anything, turn left again. Unfortunately, I had to turn left. I kept walking for another 200 yards and yet another note. If you have ever dishonored your mother or father turn left again.  Well, to be honest I am sure I have but if I did maybe it was just something little like talking back or missing curfew. Guess my answer was already made for me because the only way I could turn was left.

I know I just walked in a square but yet I was someplace new. Hanging up at the end of this walkway was a mirror. As soon as I looked into it I heard the voices. You are ugly. You aren’t good enough. No one likes you. Your kids don’t even like you. Look at your body, what have you done to it. You are a disgrace. Why are you even alive?

I covered my face with my hands and ran. I ran as fast and as far as I could but I could not get the voices out of my head. I came to another intersection.

Have you ever committed adultery? Well. Not physically. Then another voice: that doesn’t matter. Have you or haven’t you? Okay, yes I have! Correct. Go right.

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Have you ever murdered someone? Of course not, I said. Are you sure about that? Yes, I am positive on that one. Then the images came to me like it was yesterday. The girl I talked into sleeping with me. She was so young and innocent. I wanted her. She said no but eventually I wore her down and she gave in. I murdered a piece of her that night. I murdered a piece of the boy I used to make fun of because he wasn’t like me. Oh God! Make this stop. Good try! God isn’t here and he isn’t coming. This is my world and you are just a pawn in it.  Go right.

Have you ever worshiped someone other than your so called God? Have you ever used your so called Gods name in vain?  Have you ever ….  GO RIGHT I SAID!

NO!! I screamed. I don’t have to listen to you. I don’t have to go where you want me to. I can break this. I can walk away. You are a liar.

No, you can’t. Remember you are a nobody. No one likes you, except me. You are what I need to change this world.  YOU can follow me, YOU can rule the world with me. YOU can turn stones into bread. YOU can jump off a building and angels will catch you. I can make you into the most powerful person in this world. TURN RIGHT!!

No, that’s where you are wrong. I don’t want to be the most powerful person in the world. I don’t need to be liked by everyone because I know God loves me. I don’t need your lies. I just need to follow the truth. With that last word I sprinted as fast as I could, to the left, and ran and ran for what seemed like days. I didn’t realize that the maze was disappearing as I ran. I was breaking free from the chains that bind me. By the time I stopped it was all gone.

I fell to the ground. Exhausted. Sweating. Breathing hard. I didn’t hear the footsteps come up beside me. Maybe there wasn’t any. I heard his voice. The one I have heard many times throughout my life but ignored. I felt him kneel beside me. I felt his hand on mine. I heard him say well done. I heard him say I love you. I heard him say I want you. I heard him say you belong with me.

He picked me up and walked me back home. He said trust in me. Have faith in me. Love me. And just like that he was gone. But was he really?

Breaking Inside by Shinedown – 

Lost by Red – 

Lost and Found by Rocket to the Moon – 

Come and Lead Me by Danielle and Mackenzie – 

You’re Not Alone by Owl City – 

Lead Me To The Cross by Hillsong – 

Impossible by Sidewalk Prophets – 

Lost Get Found by Britt Nicole – 

Changed by The Katinas – 

Songs For Our Times # 29

Earth to God by John Rich on Amazon Music - Amazon.com

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 29th song, I chose a new song by John Rich called Earth To God. God, we need help.

Lyrics:

Earth to God… come in, God…

I know you’re there hearing our prayers wherever you are
We need you now, to send your love down
Take away the pain in your holy name
We ask this now

We need your light, we need your love
To heal the world you made
And save us now in our darkest hour
With your amazing grace
Earth to God

We’re holding on, but not for long
Can you pull us all close to the holy ghost
And keep us strong

We need your light, we need your love
To heal the world you made
And save us now in our darkest hour
With your amazing grace
Earth to God…

Earth to God… come in, God…

We need your light, we need your love
To heal the world you made
And save us now in our darkest hour
With your amazing grace
Earth to God… come in, God…
Earth to God… come in, God…

Noah Scape

There was a man named Noah Scape

Who felt misfortune was always his fate

He hated everything on this earth

Not once did he ever say a kind word

When people saw him coming

The other way they’d go running

Noah Scape would quite often offend

Surprisingly, or maybe not, Noah had many friends

But the ones he had felt the same as he

Noah Veil, Betty Wont, Miss Happs, and Y. Me

Dee Zaster, Emma Fraid, Hope Lescase,

Lois Steem, Shirley Knott, and Ray Neday

They all felt the world was out to get them

Perhaps, that is why they were all friends

But one day Noah Scape

Fell into it in a bad way

He needed help

But he truly felt

His troubles he could not share

No one he knew would care

With his head down he walked away

Wishing he could find Sunny Daze

A girl he knew once upon a time

Or maybe Yul B. Allright

He was always positive

And always quite supportive

Gene Yess was thoughtful and smart

Phil Hope always spoke from the heart

Then Noah thought maybe his life wasn’t a mess

Truly in his heart he knew he had to confess

That where he was in his life

His choices were part of his demise

So he chose right there and then

To begin his life again

For he had been miserable for quite a while

His face nearly cracked when he started to smile

The clouds started to part and the sun began to shine

Noah realized the light had been there the entire time

For where he was was not where he had to be

His eyes only needed to be open so he could see

He only had to make better choices

And listen to more positive voices

Now Noah knew that it was never to late

For there had always been a way out for Noah Scape

Songs For Our Times #28

One Less Reason (@OLRofficial) | Twitter

I believe music can inspire, give hope, make you cry, make you think, and a million other things. I want to start posting some music that I really think speak to the times we are in. As you know, I listen to everything so tune in every day, never know what you will get.

For our 28th song, I chose a new song by one of my favorite rock bands, One Less Reason’s Treason. It has been forever since they have had a new song but this one is all about the times we live in.