Lyrical Notes to Live by

I have been doing a lot of dog-walking lately, which gives me some time to listen to my iPod. I've been hooked on Sidewalk Prophets lately. I wanted to share with you some of the lyrics from a variety of songs that have been hitting home for me. You keep on reaching Reaching for a hand to hold You’re scared you’ll wake up on the edge of the unknown You find your heart in fragile place Afraid to move cause it might break

And it just might change your life You’re on the edge now take one step And you just might find you’ll fly You never know what will happen next Don’t be afraid to let go this time It just might change your life

I'm in a period known as the Land in Between. It's the time of waiting for something to happen and not knowing when. It's the time in between hearing news that will change everything and living with that change long enough to see the good that will come of it. It's the time of transition from one place to another. It's a time of trials and learning. I have not particularly enjoyed this time any more than the Israelites did in their time in the wilderness. I liked these lyrics because I thought they spoke to the way I'm dealing with the transitions and trials. I'm holding onto things in my life because I'm afraid of what might happen if I let go. I see my life going in a different direction than I originally planned and those dreams are hard to release. But these words point to the wonders of flight that could happen if I would just let go.

If I saw You on the street And You said come and follow me But I had to give up everything All I once held dear and all of my dreams

Would I love You enough to let go Or would my love run dry When You asked for my life

If You’re all You claim to be Then I’m not losing anything So I will crawl upon my knees Just to know the joy of suffering

I will love You enough to let go Lord, I give you my life I give you my life

When did love become unmoving? When did love become unconsuming? Forgetting what the world has told me Father of love, You can have me You can have me

I don't know why I think that I'm losing something when I let go of my selfish desires. If anything, when you give things to God you gain so much more back from him. It is a matter of love too. So often I choose to love my stuff more than God. The words that instill the most fear in me is when it talks about This song is like what I talked about in my last blog of repeating phrases over and over again to help it become ingrained in my mind. The lyrics of this song have many of the kinds of phrases I would repeat to myself, "Lord, I give you my life." "Father of love, You can have me."

Be strong in the Lord and, Never give up hope, You're going to do great things, I already know, God's got His hand on you so, Don't live life in fear

This one is quite empowering for me. There is hope that my life will not always be stuck were it is in this period of waiting. There will come a time when God will use me to do great things. His hand is on me, which leaves no cause for fear to get in and keep me from being used by Him.

I am the thorn in Your crown But You love me anyway I am the sweat from Your brow But You love me anyway I am the nail in Your wrist But You love me anyway I am Judas’ kiss But You love me anyway

See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace And then alone in the night, I still called out for You So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

This one just kills me. It hurts so much to see the truth of these words. To put myself into the various elements of Jesus' death is so raw and ugly. But to press the truth of God's love on the heels of such awful statements is amazing because God means it. When I became that awful thing, He loved my anyway. Even when I resisted his goodness with full knowledge of being in the wrong, He didn't turn away when I called for Him again. He loved me. He was right there for me that very second I cried.

You restore the broken, You heal the sinner’s heart You make all things new, all things new On the cross Your love was spoken, You even wore the scars To make all things new, all things new

This song comes right after the last on the CD, which is such a perfect placement. After I've reveled in the awfulness of being a thorn and a betrayer's kiss, I'm dunked with the fact that God makes me new. I don't have to be those things because He is making me new with the love He gave on the cross.

That's all for now of my musical musings. Hope they encouraged you too. The mp3 download's only $5 on Amazon. :)