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The Hurt & The Healer, MercyMe


I started this post a few days ago but I couldn’t figure out what to actually write about the song.

The song is awesome and I love it, but the only thing I had to go on were the lyrics. There wasn’t any big, discerning message that I was hearing from God about the song. . .until Saturday night.

 

First, a bit of background before we get to the new stuff. I’ve known my friend Lee since he was 12. His step-dad brought him to Troop #4 and Lee hit it off right away. He loved the scouting program, the troop, and the people involved with it. He soon became good friends with my youngest brother and he lived close to me.

Through the interaction with the troop, I came to know Lee very well and inadvertently became his mentor. After his step-dad and mom broke up, I would pick him up and drop him off from troop events and occasionally he would call to just talk and vent. For a long time, I’ve been working on helping him come to know Jesus and understand that there was a plan for him. Even though he was in a bad situation now, God always watches out for us.

I know that most of my words he listened to but never really understood and accepted. He’s been very resentful toward his mom and the way that he was neglected throughout most of his life. I can understand where he’s coming from and I don’t fault him for his feelings, I’ve even tried to help him come to forgive his mom and explaining to him that it would do a world of good. He listened, but I could tell that he wasn’t liking the idea of forgiving his mom.

A couple weeks ago we went out to Applebee’s and the conversation turned toward what he wanted to do with his life after high school. He was telling me how he wants to get to know his heritage (he has Cherokee blood) and learn more about Native American religious beliefs. I supported him with this and started explaining that he could do all of that and possibly be a missionary to a Cherokee reservation. I told him that my church sends missionaries to a Navajo reservation.

We left the restaurant and talked for quite a while longer in the parking lot. I was giving him bits and peices of my testimony, telling him places where I’ve heard, felt, seen God working in my life.

So this past Saturday, Lee and I ended up at Applebee’s again. A few days ago he had been at his former house and got into an argument with his mom about how her parenting. He later posted his experience on Facebook and I could tell from that post that he was very angry and hateful about the whole thing. After he got into a Facebook argument with one of his mom’s friends, he was still feeling bitter about everything.

As we were talking on Saturday, Lee told me that he had recently been experiencing God working in his life. This was somewhat surprising for me because Lee was never eager to talk about God much. He continued to tell me that he feels God brought a girl into his life, for what reason we don’t know yet. Lee was also telling me that after his last encounter with his mom and the Facebook argument that ensued that he felt peaceful. He felt as though God was taking the anger and hate from him. Lee continued on saying that he didn’t even feel that he needed to cuss as much.

By this point, I was ecstatic with his small testimony. Throughout the night I added a few more pieces of my own experiences with God and encouraged him to keep listening for God.

 

All of that said, on the way home from Applebee’s that night I was reminded of this song. It practically fits Lee’s experiences of the last few days.

 

 

Why?
The question that is never far away
But healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains

The first verse sums up how a lot of people feel when they’re in any given situation. People will often assume that God is not around when they’re asking “why?”, they don’t see that God has a plan for everything and one way or another God will pull them through.

Which reminds me of the song by Newsong called “The Same God”. The chorus says:

The same God who was with you then is with you now
The same God who led you in will lead you out

The second verse of “The Hurt & The Healer” explains the other part of suffering, where people become so bogged down by their pain that they feel like they can’t do anything other than breathe.

Breathe
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through

If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, trust that He has a plan for our lives. . .then we can know that God is with us through our pain and will pull us through to the other side where Glory awaits!

It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”

God doesn’t always show us the entire puzzle before it’s completed. He shows us a piece here, a piece there. All of it being our story for His glory. . .and ultimately the relationship that He longs to have with each and every one of us.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Music, Walking with God

 

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Good (Adam and Eve), Music Inspired by the Story


A few weeks ago I stumbled across a music album on Amazon (click here) that is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I’ve been listening to it since I bought it.

There are a few songs that I’ve posted before that show how God loves us and wants us to rely on Him alone. This album goes well beyond those other songs I’ve mentioned before. This is definitely an album that I feel everyone should own and listen to closely.

Most notably, a large majority of people believe that God doesn’t hear when we pray. They believe that because they don’t see any immediate results, that they can’t see what He is doing that He isn’t listening to them.

Can you imagine what it must have been like for Adam and Eve? The first people on the planet, the ones who lived in the Garden of Eden. They were the two people that literally walked with God.

Can you hear us cry?
Wishing we could turn back time
To feel Your breath when branches more
Take one more sunset walk with You

Must each tomorrow hold
Such brokenness untold
Can’t imagine how You could
See all of me, and say it’s good

When you read these lyrics, I can’t help but imagine what that is like. Being that close with God that you know He’s there with you when the wind blows gently through the trees, or feeling His presence when the sun is setting below the horizon and trading one beautiful wonder for another.

The song goes on to say that each day is “broken.” This is true for many, many people. As a whole, the events that took place in the Garden of Eden separated us from God in such a way that we can’t feel  Him in the wind, we can’t see His work in the sunset, and can’t see the beauty of the night sky.

God doesn’t want that for anybody. He wants us to see the world through His eyes. To see what He created, and most of all to love how He loves us.

You still love us more than we believed You could
Could there be something more
Will it ever be the way it was before?

Just as this line shows, regardless of our faults God still shows us a love that is unlimited. Nothing that we can experience on Earth can compare to how much God wants the intimate relationship that He had with Adam and Eve.

The most difficult challenge that a person has is learning to listen when God speaks. God hears all of our prayers and He responds to them in His own way and in His own time. We can’t expect Him to take care of things immediately. We have to have faith that God will come through for each and every one of us.

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” —Matthew 21:21-22

Do you have any prayers that God has answered? Share your story in the comments.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Music, Walking with God

 

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Next to You


I came across one of Chris Brown’snew songs called “Next to You” on his F.A.M.E. album the other night and I was struck by the lyrics in the song. I don’t endorse Chris Brown or support him as most of his music can be explicit and inappropriate, however I found this song very touching.

The opening verse specifically was sort of surprising for me to hear from a popular artist such as Chris Brown, however at the same time it’s encouraging to hear these kinds of messages being spread to the millions of young people who listen to Chris Brown.

You’ve got that smile,
That only heaven can make.
I pray to God everyday,
That you keep that smile.

Even though Chris Brown might not have intended the song for a Christian audience, this song is very reminiscent of how God looks at each of us and how He loves us. Even when all hope seems lost, God is right there by our side and willing to help us whenever we ask.

One day when the sky is falling,
I’ll be standing right next to you,
Right next to you.
Nothing will ever come between us,
I’ll be standing right next to you,
Right next to you.

With the exclusion of some lyrics in the song (specifically the line “You had my child” and the reiteration of “girl” and “baby”) the song is a positive message for people to be hearing. Even though Chris Brown has had some anger issues within the last couple years or so, it’s good for him to be showing some positivity through his music.

What do you think? Is Chris Brown turning a new leaf or just singing the songs given to him?

Leave your opinion in the comments.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Music

 

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Unconditional Love


“I know who I am, and that God created me, and God loves me. It is not based on what I do, but who I am and that He loves me.”

I found this quote on a popular Christian teen forum that I occasionally visit and it struck me that a lot of Christians don’t have this kind of mindset.

Many Christians (including a lot that I know) only look at the outward appearance, actions, words, etc of someone and don’t make any attempt to consider that it’s nothing more than that. Simply an outward appearance.

God isn’t so concerned with our outward appearance that He would stop loving us. He loves us unconditionally. Casting Crowns says it very well in their song “East to West.”

Here I am, Lord, and I’m drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
’cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You’ve washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You, but You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don’t have to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

No matter what we might be going through in our lives, God is standing there with His arms wide open and ready to accept us back into His grace.

Perhaps instead of making judgments about people based on how they look (like the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”) we should act more like Jesus and open our arms wide in acceptance and extend the same grace that we’re afforded.

What are some ways that you could improve with you interactions with people? Leave your comments and stories below.

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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Music, Walking with God

 

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Surprising Lyrics


I randomly came across these lyrics tonight and thought they were fitting. 🙂 They come from the some “No Matter What” by T.I.

God will take you through hell, just to get you to heaven
So even tho it’s heavy, the load I will carry
Grin and still bear it, win and still share it
Apologies to the fans, I hope you can understand it
Life can change your direction, even when you ain’t planned it
All you can do it handle it, worst thing you can do is panic
Use it to your advantage, avoid insanity manage
To conquer, every obstacle, make impossible possible
Even when winning illogical, losing still far from optional

Somehow I rise above my problems and remain here
Yeah, and I hope the picture painted clear
If your heart filled with faith then you can’t fear
Wonder how I face years and I’m still chillin
Easy, let go and let GOD deal with it

What has God been faithful to you for? Leave your story in the comments.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Music, Walking with God

 

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