Song of the week: Beautiful History – Plumb

I really do love this song. It is just another example of the pursuing, relentless love of God, that bleeds for us, no matter how far we run from Him. I don’t need to say much; I’ll just let the song speak for itself πŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

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Song of the week: Divine Romance – Phil Wickham

Hey good folks! I know I usually post these on Sundays but there was an outage in our internet service yesterday and I had to go to bed early for work so I thought I’d just do it today instead. So as usual, why this song?

A very special friend of mine suggested this song to me, and from what I said and the title of the song, I know what you’re thinking. It’s not that kind of song :p Why I love it is because of the simplicity behind it. For me, it does the beautiful thing of locking out the cares of this world, bringing the soul to an intimate place between the Creator and created. For me, it then tosses up this beautiful scenery against a backdrop of life hastily scrolling by, as if every moment lived was simply an expression of love that God has for us, and our response to His pursuing love.

Enjoy! have a great one.

Song of the week : Touch the Sky – Hillsong United

So I admit. I’m not really a fan of Hillsong. I used to be, but then I found a lot of other music, and began to wander into a myriad of other artists and loved their work. Upon venturing back, I found that they were too mainstream and being the rebel that I am, I may have selfishly chosen to stop listening to them. I do hear them now and then, for after all, they are mainstream. This song in particular I really enjoy because to me it speaks of a freedom and liberty that is found when laying our lives down for the honour and glory of Jesus Christ. It sounds pretty counter-intuitive, but it’s something that I couldn’t have found to be more true in my life, especially now where I’m really trying to figure out where I want my life to go in terms of my future.

I hope you too can find that place of laying your life down for Christ, and finding the joy that is guaranteed to follow. It might not be immediate, because it really hurts to deny yourself daily, but there’s a peace that comes with it that is refreshing beyond compare. Hope you have a great day! πŸ™‚

Song of the Week: 100 – KB feat. Andy Mineo

Hey everyone! I’m finally back… my internet provider and I had a bit of a falling out but at least we are reunited. So much has happened since my last post, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to cover it all. Last night met me at an annual concert called Open House, where the likes of KB ministeredΒ and everyone who went was impacted greatly. This was one of the songs he did, and at the moment, I believe it describes some of what I’ve been through in the past.

In the society that we live in right now, I tend to think of myself as a bit of a deviant. I feel surrounded, and at times, overwhelmed, by wishes of prosperity and financial blessings through the vehicle of God Almighty’s ‘ask and you shall receive’ delivery service, as well as a mindset that the church is nothing more than the four walls that surround them. I find myself feeling as an alien among Christians, whereby my mindset is serving God with all my heart, soul and strength, as opposed to working out my life, and serving God with what my life allows me to. I don’t see God’s work as a job on the side, but rather as the main thing; the reason we live. Everything that we are given, and work to get, should be directed toward accomplishing God’s purpose.

In as much as it does sound nice, well to me at least, I can’t say that I live my life this way entirely. I recall vividly a Sunday when my Pastor had just wrapped up his sermon and prayer for those who came to the front, and had asked a simple question. He said, “are you ready to give your lives for the Lord?” to which rounds of Amens immediately followed. My lips parted then to drop my two syllable lie as well, when I stopped myself. I took a moment to consider what was asked, and what the answer implied. Giving my life for God meant that I should be willing to sacrifice any and everything for Him, and not just the things that I know aren’t good, like sin for example. The things that please me, the things that I work hard to achieve, all must be ready to be given up at a moment’s notice for the One I love, even if that means one that I love (ie. family, spouse). I then softly replied, “I’m not sure.”

The question wrestled with my innermost. Constantly. I felt that if I wasn’t going to give God my all, that I shouldn’t have received His all. He gave His best for me, so I wanted to give my best for Him. Now, I really want to give him my all: 100 percent; nothing less.

Song of the week: Saviour of the world – Ben Cantelon

Thought I’d do a little mix for you guys… enjoy!


I stare in the mirror, dimly
At the disgrace that crafts my face
I hate this place
But alas I can’t escape
The glint of its dark glimmer
This man in the mirror
A silent killer who delivers me
Into the hands of my own fantasies
Where celebrities are those who
Are just there happy but then there’s me.
Lonely. Barely hanging on to threads
Deceptively stitching puppets that drive me
Every time I yank away.
I turn away, but he follows me everywhere I go
He stalks me.
He speaks in riddles that etch wrinkles across my brow
In weights that seek to bring me down
And I beg him to let me breathe
Because my lungs are filled with the sea,
These salty tears from fears of the ocean I drown in.
But he won’t cave in.
He just won’t let me win
But instead pushes me further
To dive in a whirlpool of perpetual pleasure
Living life in circles while going further in the struggle
My only direction to survive
Is to be carried further by the tides.
He may never give up,
But I know that I’ve had enough.
It’s always been rough
To stare at the bluff that daunts
That haunts me with it’s immaculate climb
To say that freedom cant be mine
Because I’m already too far gone
But as a lighthouse in the sea,
When mirror man collapsed over me
I caught a glimpse of hope and believed.
A beacon in my stress,
An uninvited guest
Who popped in to give me rest took time
To invest in this disgrace,
He extended grace
In the form of what my dark storms could not comprehend,
He sent light in the form of the Son.
I knew then that the mirror man was a reflection of me to the core
But in the light I saw a door
That made mention of a way of escape,
My chains were pierced,
My heart drove through like a spear through His side,
I bled love through His thigh and tears
That He cried just for me.
That while I drowned at sea,
He hung bare on a tree
For He is the saviour of the world
The individual to whom was given the title of criminal
For the one’s who’s mirrors proclaimed themselves so instead,
It was not trivial
For with His death and burial
We have been loosed and free,
To see that In Christ we are new creatures,
That the mirror is no longer you or me.
With tears he cried, thinking of you and I
As He breathed that it is finished.
He died and so did the mirror-man with Him.
But Christ rose, and I’ll be His witness.

Song of the week: Treasure – Flyleaf

Hey folks! I hope you all had a great week πŸ™‚ Another Sunday, another song. I really do hope you all are enjoying these here songs that I’ve been choosing, so I’d love if you could give some feedback on the selections thus far. Please let me know!
So why did I choose this song in particular?

The answer is a sort of interesting mix of reasons actually. There’s obviously the I love this song part… but also, my pastor had a very simple message that continued to stir something up within me that I’m yet to altogether understand in terms of significance, but it’s all good; I’m just letting patience have its perfect work in this matter. He preached on the responsibilities of the members of the Christian family, touching on the duties of husbands to wives and vice versa, as well as what is expected within the relationship between parents and their children. Being the single man that I am, I am free from any sort of duty toward a spouse. Some might say I’m blessed, but that’s straying from the topic.

What does this song have to do with any of that?

Well pretty recently I’ve somehow come to think about marriage, particularly because our pastor has been hovering around the issue for the past month, and like this song, I believe that the person you marry is someone worth treasuring. The song speaks of a refining process; where time and effort is taken to produce something of value, and that value is appreciated. It’s much like what should happen in a budding marriage, don’t you think?

So yea that’s been my thoughts. And my song! I hope you enjoy!

Song of the week : Holding on to You – Twenty One Pilots

Hey Guys! I know I forgot to put up a song for the week last Sunday, and also that it may seem that for the most part these have been all I’ve been able to put up, so I’m really sorry about that. Hopefully I’ll be able to up the content variety and make you all happy πŸ˜€ Cause I like it when you’re happy!

So as usual, why this song? Well my friend and I were swapping music when she introduced me to this interesting lot of music folk. She’s a special kind of awesome herself, not that that has anything to do with this but yea this was the first song from them I heard. And I loved it. Their unique style and the deep meanings behind their music are very appealing qualities that I often tend to favour. This particular song speaks volumes about many an internal struggle I’ve had growing up, and so I really do quite enjoy it. there’s another song form them that REALLY speaks about something I went through personally, but perhaps I’ll save that for another week, yea?

Hope you enjoy this one!

Song of the week: Wish You Well – Thousand Foot Krutch

So this week I actually managed to do the song on Sunday (sorta?) At least according to my standards, it’s still Sunday until I go to sleep and wake up tomorrow, or at least until sunrise. No? Well you’re free to think how you want to πŸ˜‰

I actually chose this song for a reason this time! Within this week gone by we had some people from the University of Delaware come on our campus through our Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship group, to partner with us to do some evangelism. Over the week we bonded so much, and while last week they were strangers, now they are family. They will be boarding a plane back to their home country in a couple of hours, and so we spent tonight hanging out with them for one last time.

It’s a bitter-sweet experience for me; for last year a group came as well from the same campus and I wasn’t very involved with them during their stay, so I ensured that this time around, I got to know them. And I’m extremely glad I did. We connected like if we knew each other all along, and we can attribute that to nothing less than the love of Christ that dwells within all of us.

On their journey back, I really do wish them well. I hope that they find who they are in Christ, and that they really do make an impact on their campus where they study. I hope that they live wonderful, happy lives fill with God’s grace and anointing in their life. I pray that we continue to talk one to another as much as we can, and that by some crazy freaky way, we can meet again someday.

I’ll have to go into more detail about the experiences we share, but perhaps later on this week. I do have a university life to see about after all hehe πŸ˜‰

Hope you enjoy this one!

Song of the Week: Oceans – Hillsong United

(This is an acoustic version of the song)

So it’s quite evident that I’ve held to my promise of posting up my song of the week every Sunday πŸ˜‰ Sorry about that. It seems that my Sunday’s have been a lot more busy than the usual, but hopefully things will get back on track from next week. Anyway’s without further ado, why this song?

Well, the actual reason is that we’re supposed to do a special item with this song next week Friday. We tried a run just this Saturday, and well our run sucked. We need a lot of practice, and so I pretty much have to drum it into my head :/ To be honest, the very first time I heard this song, I didn’t like it. People all across my country where getting riled up about it, saying “this is the best song everrrr!!!” (with that many r’s enunciated I’m certain) and I really didn’t quite understand what all the hubbub was about.

Eventually, it grew on me πŸ™‚ I still don’t think it’s the best song ever, but that’s okay too.

I think perhaps the time I actually began to like it was when I read a post entitled Stop Singing Oceans.Β It spoke of the extent to which our faith is truly tested by this song, and for that, I truly enjoy this piece. I don’t want to just sing another sing that sounds nice, but mean every word I say, and when I say these words, I get excited. I feel ready to burst into a new level of an experience with the God I fell in love with. Do you?

I hope you enjoyed the song, acoustic version and all πŸ˜€ I hope you’re also enjoying the series as well πŸ™‚ Love you all!!!

Song of the week: Take Me Away – Worth Dying For

So I sorta forgot to do this for this past Sunday, and I won’t exactly be home to post it this Sunday, so I decided I might as well do it in the middle of the week. Happy hump day! Well it’s already over Since it’s technically Thursday right now, but that’s okay.

So why this song? Because I absolutely love it ❀ I remember about two or three Christmases ago I spent the entire afternoon with this one song, crying all the while. I remember feeling worthless because I had a rough month and for some reason or the other, everyone was just pointing out all the things I’ve been doing wrong for the past few days around that time. So the very first line of the song,

“You took upon Your shoulders
The weight of my failures”

resonated with me like I never imagined, and so I just cried. At that point I just asked Jesus to take everything away, and just to be in His presence for a while.

Psalm 16: 11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Β I bore witness of that that day. So I hope this song blesses someone out there too! Enjoy πŸ˜€