Thursday, June 16, 2016

Psalm 63



The words of this song came from my heart after reading Psalm 63. I felt like these are the words of someone who is so in love with God, yet so overwhelmed with the things happening in his life at the time of writing the Psalm. Like David, you and I face trials, while in the midst of them we should trust God, focus on Him, take His hand, and allow Him to lead us. He is our help and will always fight our battles. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Behold The Lamb

My good friend Alfredo Alvarado wrote some lyrics to the Lord. He asked me to put them to music. The song is raw thoughts from him to God.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Belief


For Jenny...

Oh, my God, nice to know You
I've been holding on
To You
So long, never fail me
I believe in You 

I can see beyond the circumstances staring in my face
And I must say that I believe Your word
And even though the clouds are dark and rolling in and hover over me
I still believe and live in all You say to me

Oh, my God, nice to trust You
I'll keep holding on
To You
And Your power, Your commitment
Still holds true, I see you 

His banner over me is love
It declares that You hold me, complete me, restore me
Forgive me, You feel me, You see me, You heal me

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My sister has MS. It is a heartbreaking thing to see someone who was once so full of life bedridden and unable to speak. Since she cannot speak, I speak for her. I declare these words of faith for her. God has encouraged me to continue praying despite how things may look and I believe Him. I believe every promise of healing and restoration. The "dark clouds" or trials of life may roll in and hover, but I know the God who made the clouds and just as He made those dark clouds, He made the rain that comes from them and uses that rain to replenish the earth. He uses ALL THINGS for my good. That is trust. That is belief. Praise God! 

"...rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer..." Rom. 12:12


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Exalt The Lord

This one isn't mine. It's Rick Ridings'.
It was in my head tonight... 

" Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His footstool--He [is] holy." Ps. 99:5 NKJV 

Yeah. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Forgiven

Forgiven
Words and music by Mari 

Here I am
I don't stand a chance at life without You
Broken now
Underneath the weight of all my ways
So here and now
I pray Lord, I want to seek Your face and
Feel You out, somehow, You take away my shame

Here I am again
As my tears roll off my cheeks and when
They fall on His feet
I wipe them with my hair and then
He's smiling at me
Understanding love I'm giving Him
Declaring me to all who see...forgiven

Here I am
You have given me my cause for breathing
Showing how
You can breathe new life inside of me
And somehow
You have shown me love without a reason
Sinful as I stand, You take me as I am

You saw my need
You sheltered me
When no one else would see me You were my defense
I ran into Your arms
There saved by grace, You lift my face
To look in Yours and feel embrace 
And now I'll stay redeemed inside your heart

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There was a sinful woman. She was a bad chick. But bad chicks who encounter Christ and realize the error of their ways, tend to self-correct. And that's what happened here. 
Everyone knew she was bad...even her! But when she came in contact with the Forgiver, she turned into a worshipper. The custom was to wash feet--she cried on them and dried them with her hair. The custom was to anoint the head with oil--she anointed His feet (with the expensive stuff!). The custom was to greet with a kiss--she kissed His feet.  
She took what was standardly respectful and elevated it. Why? because she had sinned much and therefore, had been forgiven much, which made her love much. 



But don't take THIS reformed bad girl's word for it : 



Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind [Him] weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped [them] with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed [them] with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw [this], he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman [this is] who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. "And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the [one] whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped [them] with the hair of her head. "You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. "You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which [are] many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, [the same] loves little." Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." - Luk 7:36-50 NKJV

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Father

My Father


(spoken)
The time is at hand
The day grows near
The hour approaches when I'll see You face to face

You're coming so soon
I want to touch You now and see You now
At times I can't even feel You now
Help me Lord, I want to feel You, let me feel You

Hook:
You will split the sky and I will see You with my eyes
and cry my night has finally come to an end
You will split the sky and I will see You with my eyes
and cry my night has finally come to and end

See me when I sleep
Hear me when I cry to Thee
and grasp me when my heart is far from You

You will be my peace
Daily I will follow Thee
There's nothing in this life I'd rather do

(hook)

Speak to me in dreams
Hear the things that my heart screams
Let me know that time is drawing near

You will be here soon
Cleanse my heart of things I do
Let me know there's nothing hid from You

(Hook)

Bridge:
Hear me now, My Father
Right now my heart is crying out for only You
Be near me now, My Father
It seems this life is not worth living without You

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This song is a call to the Lord saying: I'm waiting for You!

In the beginning of the song you can hear a clock ticking, which represents time counting down until Jesus returns. As the music and vocals come in, the ear is distracted and the ticking is no longer heard...unless you're listening for it. It plays through the whole song.

I wanted to make the point that as we focus on "full plates", making long-term plans, setting goals, essentially living our lives, time is always ticking closer to Jesus' return, whether we think about it or not.

Something to look forward to:


[16] For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. [17] Then we who are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. [18] Therefore comfort one another with these words. - 1Th 4:16-18 NKJV

Monday, January 2, 2012

Show Me



Show Me
You show me how to live
and all that You want to see in me
and You're showing me what faithfulness looks like

You show me how to give
You tell me you're wanting all of me
and you're showing me what "no one else" looks like

Show me how to learn
I am at Your feet
listening to words You say to me
show me how to love
I am in your hands
keep you close to me



This song comes from a simple direction from the LORD: stop doing and learn to be faithful.
I was so preoccupied with, What can I do for God? I'm not doing anything for God. Do I just try stuff and see what works? I'm not getting a direction. I'm the wicked servant who hides talents! I began to beat myself up over this!

That simple direction was hard to take in. Do nothing!?
All God wanted me to do was to sit at His feet, learn, and learn to be faithful.

I had to learn that sitting and learning at His feet isn't doing nothing. It got me thinking about faithfulness and what that looks like. What it looked like to have "no other gods" before Him. I realized that I hadn't been completely faithful--I had always put someone before Him.
This impacted me. He didn't deserve to come second to anyone or anything. He wanted me all to Himself.
Realizing that rearranged all kinds of priorities and brought me closer to Him. And when all is said and done, that's the point, right? Being close to God. 
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Mary had the idea...

Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
"But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."