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Catch The Wind

I ran across this duet today while trying to locate this song by Donovan. The year is 1981 which also happens to be the year that Greg and I were married :)  I love acoustic guitar folk tunes!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

God Bless

“Catch The Wind”

In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty, I want to be
In the warm hold of your loving mind
To feel you all around me
And to take your hand along the sand
Ah, but I may as welltry and catch the windWhen sundown pales the sky
I want to hide a while behind your smile
And everywhere I’d look your eyes I’d find

For me to love you now
Would be the sweetest thing ‘twould make me sing
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Di di di di, di di di di
Di di di di, di di di di
Di di di

When rain has hung the leaves with tears
I want you near to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind

For standin’ in your heart
Is where I want to be and long to be
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Writer(s): Donovan Leitch

Copyright: Donovan (Music) Limited

Reflections of the Resurrection

Today I heard a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah”.  The lyrics had been changed to reflect a more “Christian” version.

I have always been a little troubled by the original lyrics by Leonard Cohen.  They are a little provocative and edgy – which I guess was the point of why he wrote them.  But for someone like me who was raised in the church, there was always something missing from them, much as I liked the music.

As I reflect on Easter weekend, the death and resurrection of our Lord, it is with a certain somber sweetness.  There never are enough adequate words each year as we celebrate new life in Christ.  For this reason, music has always been an outlet of expression.  Songs like “Hosanna”, “Agnus Dei” and “The Wonderful Cross”  sung by Michael W. Smith have special meaning.  A meaning that takes me back several years when the staff of our church went to a late night premier of “The Passion of the Christ”.  It was the following morning in the shower when I was listening to “The Wonderful Cross” that I could not stop sobbing because the meaning was so poignantly clear.  

The longer I have lived, the more I am lulled to sleep by repetition, rhetoric and yes, even the same Bible verses over and over again.  But when music is added to the equation, something special happens for me.  I want things to be fresh and new and I look for ways to have that happen in  my own life.

Recently we have become a part of a local church body.  Youth and seniors.  New and old.  Depth of experience and fresh uncharted territory.  All in an attempt to forge forward and yet have things remain the same to find a different and yet a new way to tell the story.  Over and over again.  It’s all about the empty cross, the empty grave and the resurrection.  Nothing much else matters.  Not style or tradition, not repetition or change.  People come and go – but the message remains constant.  This is what the church is about.  We don’t just “do” church.  We live it and find that personal place where change happens deep within.

But if you, like me – find yourself reflecting in the same manner as previous years -  find songs like the ones I mentioned above and watch the video I have posted below.  This is fresh and new.  Same story and message.  Different lyrics and music.  All in an effort to challenge, and change us from the inside out.  May we never be lulled to sleep and take for granted the wonder, the miracle of new birth and everlasting life that was bought with a very high price.

Happy Resurrection to all of you!

God Bless

Lyrics belong to Kelly Mooney.  Her story and the song are below:

Lyrics To Hallelujah by Kelly Mooney
Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
A crown of thorns placed on His head
He knew that He would soon be dead
He said did you forget me Father did you?
They nailed Him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah
Hallelujah x4
He hung His head and prepared to die
Then lifted His face up to the sky
Said I am coming home now Father to you
A reed which held His final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank His last and gave His soul to glory
Hallelujah x4
The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ and Lord
Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah
Hallelujah x4
Took from his head the thorny crown
And wrapped him in a linen gown
And laid him down to rest inside the tomb
The holes in his hands, his feet and side
Now in our hearts we know he died
To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah
Hallelujah x4
Three days went by again they came
To move the stone to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing hallelujah
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah
Hallelujah x4
Hallelujah x4
All right reserved by Leonard Cohen and Kelley Mooney.

The Beauty Of Music

Today I came across this beautiful poem written by John Piper.  (John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books).  Part of its beauty is the music, design and cinematography.   I was swept away into his story and was captured emotionally by the incredible word pictures.  But I know I would not have felt this as intensely had it not been for the music.

This is especially true in my favorite movies.  Where would we be without the underscore music to carry us to the important, poignant or intense parts of the film?  I remember feeling this way many times over the years when it cam to TV drama too.  Anyone ever have a teary moment over “Little house on the prairie”, “The Walton’s” or “Touched by an Angel”?  It probably wasn’t the writing as much as the music.  Every good show has music to give it that extra boost.  And to achieve the much sought after emotional bonding.

I think you will love this poem – watch it all the way through and ponder on the words.  Just Beautiful.

 

God Bless

Belong

This song by Chris Rice came on my Pandora Radio station today while I was getting ready for the day.  I’ve heard it before but this time it really grabbed me.  So much so I just knew I had to find it and post it.

I hope it speaks to you today.

God Bless

Words and Music by Chris Rice

Fading memories ignored
I crawl across the forest floor
Pool reflects an orphan child
Dirty, lost, alone and wild
Fatherless and nameless still
Fallen heart and broken, will
there ever be a place where I belong

I cower ‘neath the monster trees
And try to stand on tired feet
But gravity knocks me to the ground
Where I give up, and tears roll down
I claw the dust and beg the end
Curse the day that I began
to hope there’d be a place where I belong

I hear a sound I recognize
You lift my chin and seek my eyes
Song of love You sing to me
I ache to sing it back to Thee
“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong!”

How did I miss this wondrous song?
The forest sang it all along
“River rinses all your shame
Father offers you His name
Father Love prepares a home
Brother Jesus leads you on
Follow to the place where you belong!”

“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong
Follow to the place where you belong!”

Copyright © 2010 ChristianLyricsOnline.com
All Rights Reserved.

Julia Lipnitskaia – Olympic Skater

If you have been watching the Olympics like we have – you probably have seen this little 15-year-old girl – Julia Lipnitskaia.  This music from “Schindler’s List” is emotional to say the least. And if you’re like me you would agree that the music is important for skaters – as it really sets the mood.  Here is Julia skating this same routine in 2013.  Just beautiful.

Enjoy and God Bless

You Won’t Let Go

You will LOVE this song!  Such a comfort for all of us who have ever struggled with faith, circumstances or change.  When we fix our mind on the “anchor for my soul” we can be assured that He will sustain us and never let go.  Powerful new song by Michael W. Smith.

Enjoy and God Bless

No shadow comes without the light making a way
No raging storm can ever defy one word of faith
My heart remains sure in the wind, sure in the waves

You are the anchor for my soul
You won’t let go
You won’t let go
No matter what may come I know
You won’t let go
You won’t let go

No valley low, changes the truth
So I’m not afraid
You hold me close
You lead me through and light up the way

Neither life, neither death,
The highest high, the deepest depth
Nothing can
Nothing can separate
Neither tears, neither trial
Certain as the sun will rise
Nothing can
Nothing can separate

My heart remains sure in the wind, sure in the waves, always

Publishing: (C) 2013 This Is Your Time Music (ASCAP) (Admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com / 21 Songs / Centricity Music Publishing (SESAC) / Sony ATV/Timber Music Publishing / Upside Down Under (ASCAP)

Writer(s): Michael W. Smith, Seth Mosley, and Mia Fields

Something Bigger

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Seattle is my home town – at least it has been since I’ve been 8 years old.  Even though I lived somewhere else for about 15 years after I was married, it was still my real home.  Ever since 1995 we have settled in the shadow of Seattle – and now most recently we moved but are still just 2 1/2 hours away – east of the mountains.  

Winning the Super Bowl reminds me that we all love to belong to something bigger than ourselves.  Whether we live there or not – we all love that sense of importance we feel from a big event and we tend to gravitate toward people who are like-minded. Nothing brings a city and region together like winning the Super Bowl!

Watching the game this past Sunday filled me with a sense of pride.  Not so much that I was ever a die-hard Seahawks fan – or even a football fan until this year – but it was that feeling that we are all in this together – that feeling of something bigger.  Part of a winning team!  No one can dispute how well our team played – and that there are such great role models on the team – many of whom are Christians and speak out about their faith in God.  Ordinary people – with incredible athletic gifting – rising to the top of the sport.  Better than any reality music show.

As a part of God’s kingdom – we all can feel like we belong to something bigger.  Even if we are not a pro athlete or musician.  We are all given special abilities and gifts to affect those around us.  Think about it!  Only you can be that special person to those around you.  You alone have the God-given ability to influence and direct.  You are special.  You are unique.  And if you are not already – you can belong to something bigger than just yourself.  The God of the whole universe!  His kingdom and plan!  You can have a real cause and purpose.  I believe that if you ask – you can discover just what that is.  For some people it is a process of going through life day-to-day just being constant and faithful to your family.  For others you are meant to be on a bigger stage touching more people at once and sharing your example.  But no matter what that special bent in your own personal life and personality – know that you are something unique and special to God.  In Psalm 139:14 we read:

 

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

You were fearfully and wonderfully made.  You are a part of something special.  Special to God.  A part of His something bigger.

Take it in and believe.  Embrace the something bigger today.

 

God Bless

 

 

Happy FIVE YEAR Anniversary To My Blog!

I was just notified by WordPress that today is my 5 year anniversary! The time has slipped by so quickly as I think about all the stories, musings about life, poetry and songs I have posted. Thanks to all of you who have followed along and contributed – and for the many of you that I would not know today had it not been for my stepping out…and writing my many thoughts  down.  I cherish each memory of all of you who have made writing a joy and giving me a ‘safe place’ to express.   I look forward to sharing and meeting many more of you special people who like me, also love to write and share and find beauty in the written word.  Thank you.

 

God Bless

5th-blogiversary

It’s Nice To Know

I have been saddened by some recent events surrounding social media.  You may have seen some things too.  Maybe you smile when you see these controversial things and say “YES!  Finally someone agrees with me!”  Or maybe you are more like me – and it makes you uncomfortable and even sad.

There is not one thing in particular in which I am referring.  It’s more about the spirit in which people go to make their opinion known.  Those who know better – or at least should.

As a Christian I am fully aware that everything that comes out of my mouth and everything written down – or passed along carries a heavy weight.  I represent the King of Kings.  His opinions, character, integrity, love, grace, forgiveness and yes – the other cheek.

Am I always aware when I have crossed that invisible line of being right – and yet at the same time – being judgmental?  No.  Not always.

Do I always admit when I’m wrong?  No.  I like being right.  But at what cost?

So when my husband received something forwarded to him in an email yesterday – it troubled me.  It was from someone we respect and look up to.  At first glance it had all the “rightness” that all of us calling ourselves “Christians” feel justified to pass along and pat ourselves on the back to say – “Wow – can you believe how wrong they are – and how right WE are?”    But the more I pondered it and chewed on it – actually for most of the night last night – it did not feel very good.

So you can imagine how wonderful it felt when Greg received an apology from this same person passing along this forwarded email.  He said “I felt convicted and had to apology – even write an email to this person whom the email is about and apologize for forwarding it”

It may not be a big deal – it’s not even anything that will change much.  But for me it was HUGE.  True conviction.  Unsolicited.  Unsung.  Insignificant.   Except – that it was.  It is a lesson for me.  To think first, be slow to react out of opinion and “rightness”.  To be open, ready to admit I’m wrong – when so often I am.  I am humbled that there are still men and women of true character – not afraid to look foolish in order to bring relationship.

And more than anything else in this day – it’s just so nice to know.

God Bless

 

Better Not To Know

I love the story behind these lyrics. Amy’s grandmother passed away in 1988 and left her some money. Instead of paying off debt she decided to invest in fruit trees to remember her grandmother. It took years to see the fruit on those trees – and in those years many things had changed in her life as well.  And that’s called life.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  I can relate – sometimes it’s better not to know.  Great song!

Enjoy and God Bless

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