Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Music of My Heart

I gotta new book last weekend. Life Stories by Mark Hall the lead singer of Casting Crowns. It's hard not to race through it. It's so good, the story behind each of the songs.

I think I got food poisoning last night. I feel like I've never pooped more in my life! There can't possibly be any left! Sheesh! I would have went home but I had the kids with me at the Lion's Game. It was great even though I was pooping a lot.

Anyway, enough about that...

I am forever amazed at how God sends me many a message. On many a subject. I'm still praying for my friend who is still out there... not sure what his present state is, but I am so praying.

Because of the book (and the new album coming out), I've been doing a lot of listening to Casting Crowns (am i the only one who "rediscovers" how much they love an album when the artist puts out a new album?).

Preview the Album

Again, I'm rambling... but one of my favorite songs is by Casting Crowns is "in me" by casting crowns, I wish I could have found a Youtube of it, it reminds me, because I often need reminding, that I am nothing, really I suck, I'm weak, I am all that is awful, but in God, I am strong. I am not the wretch the song refers to. Because God is awesome. Life isn't ever easy, but in Christ, we are filled with awesome love!! I love the part when the little kids voice sings, that's exactly how I feel. In that small voice, "when I'm weak, You make me strong".

IN ME by Casting Crowns
If you ask me to leap
Out of my boat on the crashing waves
If You ask me to go
Preach to the lost world that Jesus saves
I'll go, but I cannot go alone
Cause I know I'm nothing on my own
But the power of Christ in me makes me strong
Makes me strong
Cause when I'm weak, You make me strong
When I'm blind, You shine Your light on me
Cause I'll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don't need me
How amazing to find that you want me
So I'll stand on Your truth, and I'll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me
If You ask me to run
And carry Your light into foreign land
If You ask me to fight
Deliver Your people from Satan's hand
To reach out with Your hands
To learn through Your eyes
To love with the love of a savior
To feel with Your heart
And to think with Your mind
I'd give my last breath for Your glory

My other VERY favorite is Your Love is Extravagant. Because what other word is there for God's love, its extravagant... its amazing, its unexplainable. It's almost as if there is no word so all you can do is feel it...

Their new one, East From the West is about Forgiveness... I am the only one who struggles with forgiveness? I was talking to someone in the car a week or so ago, they were sturggling with forgiving themself. And it occurred to me, as I spoke something I never said before... until you completely accept what Jesus did for you, you will never feel completely forgiven, and then and only then will you be able to forgive yourself. Whew! Now, I think I said it much better the other day, but even though my outloud voice was talking to her, I think the Holy Spirit was talking to me too... I gotta remember that one...

One more... sorry, but it's my blog, you can click the X anytime... While You Were Sleeping... Ever wonder what's wrong with people today. Listen to the words of this song, we're not the first "to miss the boat" and we probably won't be the last.

What's your favorite Casting Crowns song??

Psalm 9:1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.


Becky said...

so far all of them...

Amber Land said...

Voice of Truth is one of my favorite ones! We still listen to the old CD all the time. Currently it's in the CD player in the garage so all my neighbors can learn that they too should love Casting Crowns!
PS. I love all their songs!

Vikki said...

thanks for a great post. you speak to my heart and I missed reading your blog while I was on vacation (even tho I just discovered you right b4 I went on vacation!)

My favorite is prodigal

Living on my own, thinking for myself
Castles in sand, temporary wealth
Walls are falling down, storms are closing in
Tears have filled my eyes, here I am again

And I've held out as long as I can
Now I'm letting go and holding out my hand
Daddy, here I am again, will you take me back tonight
I went and made the world my friend, and it left me high and dry
I dragged Your name back through the mud
That You first found me in
Not worthy to be called Your son
Is this to be my end?
Daddy, here I am
Here I am again

Curse this morning sun, drags me in to one more day
Of reaping what I've sown, of living with my shame
Welcome to my world, and the life that I have made
Where one day you're a prince, the next day your a slave