Thursday, January 19, 2017

Don't have to worry bout a single thing

You are drawing near

you are overwhelming me with peace

you're going to carry me through everything.

your voice is saying

you're going to carry me through everything.

don't have to worry bout a single thing.

you're going to carry us through everything.

-Ellie Holcomb, "Find You Here"

Ellie says she needs to sing these songs. "I need to sing these for my own soul. Its what David didn't the Psalms. He bosses his soul around in song. 

In another time and space, I think I would be a singer.

Instead, I do what I sense God calling me to do in my own unique way and that is to write. Sometimes it is to be a story-teller or an improviser. These things help me to be more fully myself, to write through what circles around me in in me. Writing opens me up, helps me to respond more fully and better to the beauty, the hard things of life, and the wavy, curvy, kind of lopsided things.

I love this new song by Ellie. I would share it here, but it's not released yet, so that doesn't seem right. I found it as an early release for her album coming out soon, Red Sea Road.
Ellie is one of my favorites. I worked her merch table once by accident. They needed another volunteer and grabbed me at the last second because I knew all her albums and was there early enough to buy CDs. It worked out well. I got to meet the band and it was very fun swiping those credit cards for two hours. These not-so-normal situations are normal for me. It was fun meeting Ellie, too. It reminds me God is up to anything He wants to be up to, even working merch tables unexpectedly.

Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that there is ALWAYS something to be glad about, something to thank Him for, His goodness is shining through no matter what our moment by moment lives look like. Every moment, we get to choose whether to move toward rejoicing and praise or not. Just as Ellie said, singing songs helps direct our hearts toward this on a regular basis! He is good.

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