Listening for the Rain

Original song by Deanna Freeman adapted from Hosea 6:1-3

“Come, let us return to the LORD.  For He has torn us, and He will heal us, He has wounded us, and He will bind up our wounds.  He will revive us after two days, and on the third day He will raise us up so we can live in His presence.  Let us strive to know the LORD.  His appearance is as sure as the dawn.  He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.”

A prayer for the movement of God among His people:

Dry and dusty; hard as stone
My heart feels so alone.
As I fall to my knees,
Pleading for Your peace to come,
O Lord, please come!
And shower over me with Your grace,
I turn my eyes to Heaven and seek Your face.

I’m listening for the rain, to hear it’s sweet sound
The power of Heaven coming down
As my heart turns to You, may Your spirit surround
I’m listening for the rain to come down,
Listening for the rain…

Together we come to, call on You
Forgive us, we pray.
Revive us, refresh us, restore us anew,
To live – Your way.
We earnestly wait for You to move,
For all will be in vain apart from You!

We’re listening for the rain, to hear it’s sweet sound,
The power of Heaven coming down.
As our hearts turn to You, may Your Spirit surround,
We’re listening for the rain to come down,
Listening for the rain…

It’s here, it falls, it soothes and it calls.
It’s here, it falls, it soothes and it calls.
It’s here, it falls, it soothes and it calls.
He’s here, He falls, He soothes and He calls.

Listening for the rain, to hear it’s sweet sound,
The power of Heaven coming down.
As our hearts turn to You, may Your Spirit surround,
We’re listening for the rain…

Listening for the rain, to hear it’s sweet sound,
The power of Heaven coming down.
As our hearts turn to You, may Your Spirit surround,
We’re listening for the rain to come down,
Listening for the rain…

Psalm 32: 1,11 – JOY!

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How joyful,
How joyful,
How joyful is;
The one whose
Transgressions
Have been forgiven!

Whose sin is covered,
Whose sin is covered,
Whose sin is covered,
How joyful is the one!

Thank you, Father, for sending Your son;
Thank you, Jesus, for the work you have done;
And thank you, Spirit, for leading our souls to the cross.

Be glad,
Be glad,
Be glad in the Lord;
Rejoice,
You righteous ones
And shout for joy!!!

Your sin is covered,
Your sin is covered,
Your sin is covered,
How joyful is the one!

Follow Me – Luke 9:23-24

It’s not that I don’t want to trust You
It’s not that I don’t want to believe
But I have questions and Your only answer is
“Follow me, follow me”

It’s not that I want to be unfaithful
For I still believe You meet my needs
But I have questions and Your only answer is
“Follow me, follow me”

You say, follow me on the path of suffering
It is there that you will truly find my peace
Deny yourself, take up your cross and
Let this journey lead you to My feet; follow me

I know that one day my faith will become sight
And all my questions will be set free
There in Your presence, I will hear You say
You followed me, you followed me

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The V-neck’s cut too Deep!

After a looooooonnnnnnnnggggg hiatus, I led worship for a women’s event this past weekend.  The theme of the weekend was Fashion Meets Faith.  The speaker was Shari Braendel and she was outstanding!  She is an image consultant who has been called by God to teach Christian women about modesty and fashion.  It was a great weekend, especially for this Fashion Merchandising major!!!

When I was contacted by the women’s ministry from FBC Martin about leading the worship, my first question was “What is  the theme?”  I like to support the theme of the event with the songs that we sing.  When Anna told me, “The theme is modesty,” I was a bit puzzled.  There are NO songs about modesty!  So, I decided to choose songs that talked about the beauty of Christ.

While I was working on the PowerPoint slides for the event, the idea hit me to write a parody.  I love parodies and often log onto YouTube and enjoy the songs of Tim Hawkins and Anita Renfroe.  So, I began to try my hand at this style of songwriting.  After thirty minutes, I had something that I thought everyone at the event could appreciate.  The following song is sung to the tune of “Rolling in the Deep.”  Enjoy!

The V-neck’s cut too Deep!

There’s an outfit hanging in my room.
Hoping to wear it out around town real soon.
Finally I hope to get passed by bedroom door,
Tip toe down the hall, I’ll be home free for sure.

The calls from my mom, remind me that I’m done,
And they keep me thinking that I’ve almost pulled it off.

The calls from my mom, remind me that I’m done,
I can hear her screaming…

You’d better take it off!
The v-neck’s cut too deep!
I hold your life inside my hands.
So don’t play me, just obey me!

I can’t believe you tried!
Not thinking I would see!
Now I hold your keys inside my hands,
So you’re staying, home baby!

Tears are gonna fall
The v-neck’s cut too deep
You’re gonna wish you’d never met me
‘Cause you’re staying home little lady!

Captured

I attended a music conference this past weekend.  It was for church music ministry leaders to come together to worship and to share with one another new ideas and information.  The event opened with a corporate worship time and a sermon by the conference pastor.  He delivered a wonderful sermon regarding worship taken from Revelation chapters 4 and 5.  As I listened to this passage, I was reminded of a song that I wrote several years ago now.  The song was written after I had read this text.  The story in Revelation 4-5 is that of a worship service in Heaven.  What a powerful passage that moves my heart every time I read it.  One part that grabs my attention is the mention of golden bowls that are used the hold the prayers of the saints (us) and how God breathes them in as a fragrance…what a picture!

Although scripture doesn’t say for sure, I wonder if God takes each bowl and holds it.  If so, it would be held close to His heart as He breathes in our confession, our petition and our praise.  I can imagine the pleasure this brings to our God as we totally depend on Him and know that He hears our prayers.  Just thinking about this causes me to want to pray more than I do.  Oh, that we would understand how He longs for us to share all of ourselves with Him.  May this song help you to understand that you are valuable to God and that even your deepest thoughts of Him and to Him are captured and treasured.

 

I am one voice in the expanse of humanity.
A vapor in time, here today and forgotten tomorrow.
My voice gets lost in a sea of many.
But when I call to You, You know me.

Oh that my words, would be captured by,
The hands that were, crucified for my sin.
And placed near His heart, for the glory of Him.

Your Word says you hear every prayer sent to Heaven.
They rise up to You, as an offering.
The pleasure they bring, To Your heart as they encircle You.
You keep them with You and think of me.

Oh that my words, would be captured by,
The hands that were, crucified for my sin.
And placed near His heart, For the glory of Him.

 

“And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.  Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  Revelation 5:8