Simply Sunday ~ If you fall

This morning I ran across a petition by a young mom in a neighboring town.  She is asking people to sign a petition to the Archdioceses to keep the only parochial school left in town.  Their newly assigned Priest is said to be closing the school.  I would hasten to guess that is a decision made at the level of the Archdioceses office months ago.  In truth, I do not know the details of the how and why.  I do believe it is a mistake.  The church is known to have money.  Millions are being spent on some park near the city Cathedral. Attendance is dwindling, children are not being raised in the faith.  Part of the solution to this is parochial school.  Mixed up priorities.

When my sons were small, we chose to move to a small town and spend more money on housing than a private school would cost.  Now, I bring my grand-baby to mass every week, talk to him about Jesus, sing and read to him about Jesus.  His daddy isn’t feeling the call to mass right now though he is happy that I am bringing baby.  We have talked about towns to live in, schools and he has said even if I have to live in a town that doesn’t have a good school system – baby can go to parochial school if we can afford it (and often the schools have assisted families with financial difficulties).

The Church is suffering many growing pains, largely in part to the lack of progress and  ability to change.  Things I have written about here before and will write more of in the future.  Life has been very busy this past year but I have plans to have a little more free time to write again.  It matters.

One professional musician that has been on my radar has not made it “big” though she is passionate about her work, her family and our Father.  Over time I will share more of her music.  It is a mix of Christian contemplative and music for little ones.  Both are enjoyed in our home.  She does tour and perform for churches too.

The song I chose to post for Simply Sunday this week is by JJ Heller ~ If you fall.  Lyrics and my feelings about them below the video.

 

IF YOU FALL
Words and Music by Dave and JJ Heller

You are a house that’s broken down
You are a house that’s burning
And everything in me wants to run
But that’s not love

If you fall, I fall with you
If you hurt I feel it too
Even if my heart turns black and blue
I will love you

I planted seeds down in the ground
Not every one is growing
When I am tempted to give up
I choose love

If you fall, I fall with you
If you hurt I feel it too
Even if my heart turns black and blue
I will love you

Beauty and light will fight for you
Goodness will rise
It shines for you

Website: http://www.jjheller.com

~

My interpretation.

I believe many of us see the church as a house that is broken, burning and in need of love and care in order to restore it to the simple ways in which Jesus lived and taught.  .  There are many times over recent years I have felt bruised and beaten down and I realize this is something many Christians have experienced in one way or another.  There were times when I wanted to  “run” / leave, but He called me to be here so here I am. Running/leaving is not love.  Love bears all things. Love – hopes for all things.

I believe God is disappointed in some of the decisions, choices and teachings that have been made in His name.    Millions have been hurt by these such things.  God feels that pain with us.  We join together to fight to overcome the darkness and bring light back to the church and each other.

I am specifically dedicating this posting to our clergy who in truth are wonderful loving human beings charged with the task of living as super humans which they are not.  They are the beautiful loving sons our Father created, who have given their lives to make our world better and all to often we forget all about them when we walk out the door after mass.  I pray the powers that be make the corrective actions necessary to revoke the clerical celibacy rule and allow all men of strong integrity, character and love of God to serve as a Priest in His church, a married clergy as God designed.  We have parishes closing, not enough clergy to cover churches and more and more schools closing.  It is time for change.  It is time to return Gods loving gifts to all men who love Him so very much, enough to serve in His name.  It is time to grow and allow the church and all of its peoples to flourish.

Blessings on this ~ Simply Sunday

Out Upon the Waters

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How very true this is.  Many times that all I can say is “Jesus.  Sweet Jesus.  Jesus” and I know He hears. 

In time like this evening when I have things weighing on my mind, heart and soul I find the need to pull away and spend some quiet time in thought and prayer.  As I began to end my evening I found myself reading some of tonight’s readings which many nights will bring me to look up more of the readings and learning more.  Which is good. . . . but… this tends to bring me to read and do more research when I should be turning toward evening prayer and sleep.

This evening I found myself listening to some contemporary Christian music.  The is a song I have heard before and recently saved.  The lyrics to this song and melody worship our God and pull me closer to Him.  I can feel the safety of His embrace. 

I find the lyrics resonate with me this evening.  “You call me out upon the waters” which indeed He has done and what was one situation seems to have grown – taken on a life of it’s own.   Though – I know He is in control,   relaxing into this music reminds me of this fact and that I am safe, as are those in my heart.  This brings me closer to Him in prayer, conversation with Him.

Enjoy . . .

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Yeah

Oh Jesus yeah, my God

I will call upon Your Name

Keep my eyes above the waves

My soul will rest in Your embrace

I am Yours and You are mine

Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Ligthelm

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Simply Sunday ~ Forever

This evening I find myself saddened by the current events and choices of those in political power in my country.  Challenges in my personal life too can be overwhelming.  I lean into Him.  I turn my heart, mind and soul to our Father and I find strength.  I’ve chosen the song Forever written by a personal favorite Chris Tomlin, performed soulfully by Kari Jobe.  He came to us to bring us to our Father.  He walks with us today – we are not alone.  “Forever he is risen, he is alive”.
I pray we all come together as one people in this world.  We are all one.  True love and respect must be given to each other – regardless “of” anything.  Treating each other with love and respect is godly behavior and what is asked of us.  The only differences are what we make.  Let us focus on building bridges and not walls – of any sort.  Not one human being is seen to be better, higher or more valuable to our loving Father.
Have a blessed Sunday and peaceful week.
My apologies, you may have to click through to youtube to view this video.

 

 

“Forever”

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon himOne final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged


The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome

Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome
You have overcome

Simply Sunday ~ (formally) Do you remember records?

I grew up in a household in which my older brother censored the music I was allowed to listen to. Good thing as an adolescent my dream luv was Donny Osmond. The church I attended with my grandparents had no piano or organ but we sang hymns happily on Sunday and weeknight bible study. Often, we would sing hymns in the car or around the kitchen preparing a meal or washing dishes up. As an older teenager (when I was able to escape my brother the sensor) I enjoyed the Eagles, Boston, Chicago, Beatles, Reo Speed wagon (though the later – I don’t remember what songs they sang). Really, I listened to a lot of music but never was one to run out and buy albums or know who all the artists were.

I do enjoy a vast array of music though I will never be one to match all of the artists with all of the songs (my sons do a good job at that!). I like to understand the lyrics and am not a fan of bass. Would you believe I gave birth to a music school grad? I know… I wouldn’t be so sure either. I did.

While I do enjoy listening to what are now the oldies, and even then some real old oldies as well as some contemporary tunes, I do tend to stick with Contemperary Christian Music on K-Love Radio I stream live in my office at work, car radio (just realized I have a broken antenna :ugh:) I have shared links for some of my favorite songs below on You-tube. Please note all do have their music available for sale / download and I cannot stress strongly enough to please support these artists by purchasing their music.

Below I will share a few favorite songs, I hope you have time check some (or all) of them out. They help me keep God in my day. K-love has what they call a 30 day challenge, listen to Christian music for 30 days and see if it does not change your life. Try it!


Today I am re-posting an article that was originally categorized under Daily Prompts “records”.  Some of my favorite Contemporary Christian songs.  I hope you enjoy!


Lyrics – Holy Spirit written by: Brian & Katie Torwalt

Good Father Lyrics – written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown

At the Cross (Love Ran Red) Lyrics Written by; Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jonas Myrin, Matt Armstrong, Matt Redman

Come As You Are lyrics – Crowder written by Writer(s): David Crowder, Matt Maher and Ben Glover

One more

If We’re Honest lyrics written by; Writer(s): Francesca Battistelli / Jeff Pardo / Molly E. Reed

Remember – Please note all artists do have their music available for sale / download and I cannot stress strongly enough to please support these artists by purchasing their music.

Thank you!

Simply Sunday ~ Guilty

Jesus was not about about a religion, He was about teaching us the ways of our Father, God.   Our Tritarian God.  Inclusion, acceptance, forgiveness and love.  We are called to walk this life with Him.  Christians, as disciples of Jesus are to walk with Him, learn from Him and share He and His teachings with others.  The closer we walk in His ways, the further we may step from the secular life.  Care must be taken to actually live in His Kingdom here, that is done by living His gifts and sharing His love.  We may turn from excessive material goods (more than we need) but we still are called to participate in a full life, as we experience life (His gifts & love) we learn from others, as they learn from us. 

I haven’t posted a Simply Sunday song in quite a while.  Life pulled me away.  I had to search for the writers names as they were not listed on Youtube.  There seems to be some gossip and politics behind the work perhaps that is why.  However, the message of the lyrics is how I feel.  I am nothing without Him.

~ Have a blessed and peaceful Simply Sunday.  Have a good  week, it  will fly by before we know it.

You are loved

“Guilty”

Published on Sep 28, 2015

(Juan Otero / Pete Stewart)

Official music video for the newsboys new single “Guilty,” featured in the  film “God’s Not Dead 2” released April 1st 2016.

 

When did it become breaking a rule

To say your name out loud in school

When your name’s the only one that sets us free?

When did it become incorrect

To speak the truth about life and death

When your life gave us all eternity?

Even if it gets me convicted

I’ll be on my knees with my hands lifted

If serving you’s against the law of man

If living out my faith in you is banned

Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying “I believe” is out of line

If I’m judged ’cause I’m gonna give my life

To show the world the love that fills me

Then I wanna be guilty

I’ll rise up and honor you

I’ll testify to the good you do

‘Cause your grace and your mercy have overtaken me

So even if it gets me convicted

I’ll be on my knees with my hands lifted

If serving you’s against the law of man

If living out my faith in you is banned

Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying “I believe” is out of line

If I’m judged ’cause I’m gonna give my life

To show the world the love that fills me

Then I wanna be guilty by association

Guilty of being a voice proclaiming

Your ways, your truth, your life

I’ll pay the price to be your light

If serving you’s against the law of man

If living out my faith in you is banned

Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying “I believe” is out of line

If I’m judged ’cause I’m gonna give my life

To show the world the love that fills me

Then I wanna be guilty by association

Guilty of being a voice proclaiming

Your ways, your truth, your life

I’ll pay the price to be your light

Oh, I wanna be guilty

Simply Sunday ~ Revelation Song

Today, I am choosing the Revelation song featuring Kari Jobe as my Simply Sunday Contemporary Music choice. Christians  today celebrate  “The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe”

The words and presentation are beautiful.  This is called Christian Praise Music for a reason The stadium full of Christians gathering to worship Our Loving God is amazing and truly does bring tears to my eyes.  We are a blessed people. 

Who did you share Jesus with today? 

Blessings ~

Chris Tomlin – Revelation Song (Live) ft. Kari Jobe
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy is He
Sing a new song to Him who sits on
Heaven’s mercy seat

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows of living color
Flashes of lighting rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor strength and glory and power be
To You the only one who’s King

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You

Filled with wonder awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your name
Jesus Your name is power, breath and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

Oh, You’re worthy, mystery
You are worthy

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Who was and is and is to come
With all creation I sing praise to the King of kings
You are my everything and I will adore You, I will adore You

~
Written by Jennie Lee Riddle
Published on Mar 25, 2016

Official Live video for “Revelation Song” by Chris Tomlin (feat. Kari Jobe)
Available now on the Deluxe Edition of ‘Burning Lights’: http://smarturl.it/BurningLightsDelux…
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Simply Sunday ~ Holy Spirit

As the wind gusts sweep leaves off the trees outside of my window, the sunshine is warm and welcoming. 

Holy Spirit is one of my favorite songs. Spirit, sent to us by God at the request of Jesus.  Remember He is always with us. 

I am off to pick up my elder lady for an earlier mass.  I have made some changes in my schedule ,and know I am making the right choices.  So  – off to Mass, brunch and ~ life.

I hope you all have a peaceful ~ Simply Sunday.  If you’re just stopping in for today – have a great week!  It will be another weekend before we know it.  I hope to dive back in with some more writing – hopefully even later today!

Blessings ~ know you are loved

Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit (Official Audio)

 There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord
I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord

There’s nothing worth more
That could ever come close
No thing can compare
You’re our living hope
Your presence, Lord

I’ve tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence, Lord

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord
Your presence, Lord

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

Songwriters
CYRIL GARRETT NEVILLE, GAYNIELLE H. NEVILLE, HACK BARTHOLOMEW, NORMAN CAESAR Published byLyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP

Simply Sunday ~ How Great Is Our God

I’m going through a bit of a rough patch right now.  Leaning into my Father.  Not feeling like writing much right now, trying to keep busy, busy (and that I am doing). 

I enjoy this song.  I will praise Him while standing in this place of uncertainty.

This video speaks loudly.  Our Father is worshiped across nations, ethnicites, religions.  We are all His children.

Chris Tomlin
The splendor of a king
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice
He wraps Himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice
How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God
Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit, Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb
How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God
Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God
Name above all names
You are worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God
Sing with me
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

 

Songwriters: Chris Tomlin / Ed Cash / Jesse Reeves

How Great Is Our God lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group, Music Services, Inc

Simply Sunday ~ You Are Loved

~ Wishing you all a peaceful ~ Simply Sunday.  “You Are Loved” ~ Bask in His Love, don’t doubt it.  Work to be the best you can be in Him, in life.  ~ Have a Blessed Sunday

Stars Grow Dim – You Are Loved

We hide pain in the weirdest places
Broken souls with smiling faces
Fighting for surrender
For now and the after
Just look around and you’ll see that people
Are scared to say how they really feel, oh
We all need a little honesty

You are loved
If your heart’s in a thousand pieces
If you’re lost and you’re far from reason
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, and know you are loved
When it feels like somethings missing
If it hurts but you can’t find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved. ooh

We’re not made to be superheroes,
Photo-shopped, all size zeroes
We’re a light not expected
But not quite perfected yet.
Look up see the sun is shining
There’s hope on a new horizon
Calling you, calling…

You don’t have to prove yourself
Don’t try to be someone else

Publishing: Word Music, LLC (ASCAP) / Dayspring Music, LLC, Music by Josh Zegan (BMI) / Word Music, LLC, Quick or Die Music (ASCAP) Produced by Casey Brown
Writer(s): Chris Cleveland, Kyle Williams, Josh Zegan, Jeff Sojka