A Living Prayer – Alison Krauss

For the first time in my life, I don’t have everything figured out.  I always loved knowing the “sequence” my life was going to take – high school, college, marriage, buying a new house, finishing my degree, starting a family, being a stay-at-home mom.  But that’s not the path God has planned for me.  For the first time in my life, I’m living day-by-day and waiting to see the “picture” God paints for my life.  Maybe that will be here in Iowa, maybe in Missouri…I don’t know.  I’m just trusting that the plan he has for me is far greater than I can even imagine.  This song by Alison Krauss has been an encouragement to me this week – I feel lost, with no real place to call my home yet.  But…God has me in his hands and is guiding me every day.

A Living Prayer – Alison Krauss

In this world I walk alone
With no place to call my home,
But there’s one who holds my hand
Through rugged roads, through barren lands.
The way is dark, the road is steep,
But He’s become my eyes to see,
The strength to climb, my griefs to bear.
The Savior lives inside me there.

In Your love I find release,
A haven from my unbelief.
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

In these trials of life I find
Another voice inside my mind.
He comforts me and bids me live
Inside the love the Father gives.

In Your love I find release,
A haven from my unbelief.
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

Stronger – Mandisa

It’s amazing how the lyrics of songs can tell a story without having to say anything at all.  I guess that’s what I do each day with the people I work with!  🙂  Anyway, a friend sent me this song a few weeks ago, and it’s been on my mind to post for a while.  I’m grateful for my friends and family who have reached out to me during these past several months.  I’m so blessed, and getting stronger each and every day.

Stronger – Mandisa

Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain’t right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you’re asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather.

Oh, don’t hang your head
It’s gonna end
God’s right there
Even if it’s hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares.

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you …

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it’s gonna end
God’s right there
Even when you just can’t feel Him
I promise you that He still cares.

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger.

‘Cause if He started this work in your life
He will be faithful to complete it
If only you believe it
He knows how much it hurts
And I’m sure that He’s gonna help you get through this.

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
In time it’s gonna get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger.

Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts

These last 2 1/2 months have sure been a roller coaster for me.  I finished my music therapy internship, “officially” graduated from college, moved everything out of my house and into storage, moved to Iowa for a temporary job and have interviewed for the permanent position at the hospital.  Life has sure felt overwhelming though, and I’ve questioned God so many times about the “not giving me more than I can handle” promise.  I feel like he sure has tested my limits, but I’m a much stronger person today than I was 2 months ago and incredibly changed from the person I was 6 months ago.  Blessings have come through raindrops and healing through my tears.  I still have so much to be thankful for.

This Rascal Flatts song was one I had forgotten about until it came on the radio yesterday.  I didn’t realize that I would be saying “goodbye” this summer, but I know that God has amazing things planned for me and my future…I’m just waiting patiently.  My favorite verse comes to mind…Micah 6:8 – He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Here Comes Goodbye – Rascal Flatts

I can hear the truck tires coming up the gravel road
And it’s not like her to drive that slow, nothing’s on the radio
Footsteps on the front porch, I hear my doorbell
She usually comes right in, now I can tell.

Here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I’m gonna cry
Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
And she was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye.

I can hear her say “I love you” like it was yesterday
And I can see it written on her face that she had never felt this way
One day I thought I’d see her with her daddy by her side
And violins would play Here Comes The Bride.

But here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I’m gonna cry
Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
And she was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye.

Why’s it have to go from good to gone?
Before the lights turn on
Yeah, and you’re left alone
Oh! But here comes goodbye.

Here comes goodbye
Here comes the last time
Here comes the start of every sleepless night
The first of every tear I’m gonna cry
Here comes the pain
Here comes me wishing things had never changed
And she was right here in my arms tonight
But here comes goodbye.

Beautiful, Beautiful – Francesca Battistelli

Life takes some unexpected turns sometimes, but I’m finding joy and strength in my life I didn’t know was possible.   I love the line:  “I have come undone, but I have just begun changing by Your grace.”

 

Don’t know how it is You looked at me
And saw the person that I could be
Awakening my heart
Breaking through the dark
Suddenly Your grace

(Chorus)
Like sunlight burning at midnight
Making my life something so
Beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me
All that I need
You are so
Beautiful, beautiful

Now there’s a joy inside I can’t contain
But even perfect days can end in rain
And though it’s pouring down
I see You through the clouds
Shining on my face

(Chorus)

I have come undone
But I have just begun
Changing by Your grace

(Chorus)

When I Look At You – Miley Cyrus

Yes, I know it’s a Miley song, but the lyrics just seemed to stand out for me tonight.  My world does feel like it’s falling apart, but I know that God is my comfort during times of heartache.  He gives me a peace in my heart that passes all understanding.  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

 

Everybody needs inspiration
Everybody needs a song
A beautiful melody when the night’s so long
‘Cause there is no guarantee that this life is easy.

Yeah, when my world is falling apart
When there’s no light to break up the dark
That’s when I look at you.

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home anymore
That’s when I look at you.

When I look at you, I see forgiveness, I see the truth
You love me for who I am like the stars hold the moon
Right there where they belong
And I know I’m not alone

Yeah, when my world is falling apart
When there’s no light to break up the dark
That’s when I look at you.

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home anymore
That’s when I look at you.

You appear just like a dream to me
Just like kaleidoscope colors that prove to me
All I need, every breath that I breathe
Don’t ya know, you’re beautiful.

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can’t find my way home anymore
That’s when I look at you
I look at you
You appear just like a dream to me.