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Belong

This song by Chris Rice came on my Pandora Radio station today while I was getting ready for the day.  I’ve heard it before but this time it really grabbed me.  So much so I just knew I had to find it and post it.

I hope it speaks to you today.

God Bless

Words and Music by Chris Rice

Fading memories ignored
I crawl across the forest floor
Pool reflects an orphan child
Dirty, lost, alone and wild
Fatherless and nameless still
Fallen heart and broken, will
there ever be a place where I belong

I cower ‘neath the monster trees
And try to stand on tired feet
But gravity knocks me to the ground
Where I give up, and tears roll down
I claw the dust and beg the end
Curse the day that I began
to hope there’d be a place where I belong

I hear a sound I recognize
You lift my chin and seek my eyes
Song of love You sing to me
I ache to sing it back to Thee
“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong!”

How did I miss this wondrous song?
The forest sang it all along
“River rinses all your shame
Father offers you His name
Father Love prepares a home
Brother Jesus leads you on
Follow to the place where you belong!”

“Father Love prepares a place
Brother Jesus leads the way
Follow to the place where you belong
Follow to the place where you belong!”

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Be Still My Soul

Here is a beautiful piano version by the talented Chris Rice of the old tune “Finlandia” and the great lyrics out of the Lutheran Hymnal.

“Be Still, My Soul”
by Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

1. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.

4. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Hymn #651
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Psalm 46:10
Author: Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752, cento
Translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1855
Titled: “Stille, mein Wille”
Composer: Jean Sibelius, b. 1865, arr.
Tune: “Finlandia”

And if you were raised in the Assemblies of God – like Greg and I were, you will remember these lyrics to the same tune by Gloria Gaither:

I Then Shall Live
Lyrics
Words by Gloria Gaither
Music by Jean Sibelius
FINLANDIA
I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother,
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationship demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me;
Your Hallowed name, O may I bear with honor,
And may You living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Text © 1981 Gaither Music Company. Music © Breitkop
f & Hartel (Outside U.S.
only). All rights reserved.
Beautiful either way – Enjoy and God Bless

My Prayer

I trust that you too will feel fresh inspiration well up inside you as you hear Chris Rice sing his prayer.

God Bless


Fresh page, new pen

Where do I begin?

Words fail, tears come

I need someone

To take the thoughts I almost think

And carry them to God for me

Deep breath, exhale

Breathe in deeper still

Long sigh, I’m still numb

Is there anyone

Who can find the things I’m barely feeling

And give them wings beyond my ceiling? 

Right heart, wrong place

It’s too far to outer space

Sorry, I forgot, You’re right here

I cup my hands around Your ear

I feel you smile,

You feel my breath

You listen while I whisper non-sense

Simple exchange Your will,

I’m changed

And now my prayer ends

Thank You,

Amen,

Amen

Words and music by Chris Rice

Holy One

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I have this song on my iPod in my iPhone.  I’ve heard it before – it’s one of my favorites – but I heard it with fresh meaning the other day as I was taking a walk.  The song is sung and written by Mark Schultz with Chris Rice on some of the vocals.  If you are familiar with Mark’s music you will know that he writes very honest and moving lyrics that have a universal appeal – making them something that you and I can identify with.  I just knew I had to share them with you today – someone needs to be reminded once again of that gentle friend that came to save all who are lost.  And teach us what real love is all about.

I was thinking about this as I was walking along.  Friends come and go in our lives – but Jesus was special.  He came – got involved – saw his disciples for what they really were – and who they really weren’t – but gave himself anyway.  And in that same way – he sees you and me for what we really are.  There are no secrets from Him.  He wants to be involved – wants to have a special relationship with us.  He wants to be that friend who will not leave – will not disappoint – will not dismiss – will not be temporary.

How many friends do you know like this?  One who will not desert you?  One who is not easily miffed, confused, unfeeling or uncaring?

Jesus is the only friend who sees the good and bad of character – all the flaws and dark things that lurk around the heart –  who is merciful – does not judge with anything but love – does not shame but who shows grace and is willing to restore.  He loves you just as you are and sees only the best in you.  This is a true friend.

I want to challenge you today – get to know the “Holy One” – He is the greatest friend you will ever have.  His influence and presence will make such a huge impact on your life and others around you.  Link up with Him and find purpose in life and one who loves and accepts you just as you are.  His friendship will bring life and hope to you today.

God Bless

Gentle friend
You knew my name
Yet with Your hand You calmed the storm and healed the lame
As You spoke
People came
And as the crowds would gather ’round they called out
Holy One, are You the Holy One, who was sent by God to show the way

I wasn’t there
The night they came
Those who saw and feared the miracles you made
You took the nails
You bore the pain
And as they hung You on the cross and mocked you
Holy One, if You’re the Holy One let your God come save You from the grave

I just heard the news today
I just came to find you but they said You’d gone away
I just wanted to hear You say that you had to go
But that You’d be back again

Early morn
Break of day
Came in time to find the rock You rolled away
I found Your robe
An empty grave
And as I fell upon the ground I cried out
Holy One, You are the Holy One, and You came and gave Your life away

Holy One, You are the Holy One and You came and gave Your life away

I am the life, I am alive, I came to show the way

Thirsty

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Yesterday I was so thirsty.  I drank 2 full glasses of water before bed and 2 more in the middle of the night.  I know I don’t drink enough water – it has been something I’m used to – being dehydrated most of the time.  I simply don’t think about it – I’m not much of a water drinker and my body has adjusted to it.  But there are times, like last night when I HAD to have water – I was SO THIRSTY.

In the same way I was wondering if our spiritual self loses its thirst – does it adjust to not having enough of God?  Do we fill that God-given thirst in our lives with other things – so pretty soon we do not notice?   Are we spiritually dehydrated? How would we know?  What happens when we simply adjust to it – so that it becomes normal.  Are we thirsty anymore?  Do we wait until we are desperate for Him before our thirst returns?  Lord help us to be thirsty.

The lyrics to this Chris Rice song kept going through my head in the middle of the night and I wanted to share it with you today.

Are you thirsty?

 

God Bless

My Prayer

I love Chris Rice.  I have a whole radio station dedicated to his music on Pandora.  His voice and lyrics are so real – so authentic sounding.  They speak right to me.  It is something I would write myself – think about and sing.  Sometimes when I hear a song and I connect with it – there are no words to describe how it touches a deep place in my heart.  This is one of those songs for me.  I hope it will touch you today as it has me.  Enjoy!

Fresh page, new pen
Where do I begin
Words fail, tears come
I need someone
To take the thoughts I almost think
And carry them to God for me

Deep breath, exhale
Breathe in deeper still
Long sigh, I’m still numb
Is there anyone
Who can find the things I’m barely feeling
And give them wings beyond my ceiling?

Right heart, wrong place
It’s too far to outer space
Sorry, I forgot, You’re right here
I cup my hands around Your ear
I feel you smile, You feel my breath
You listen while I whisper non-sense

Simple exchange
Your will, I’m changed
And now my prayer ends
Thank You, Amen.

Big Enough

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

I would like to think that my ultimate measure will be how I reacted in times of struggle, challenge and controversy.  I know I often fail that test and do not react the way I should – but I would like to think that I have the integrity and strength to handle whatever comes my way.  I fail.  I have failed.  No one ever said that life was easy and smooth all the time.  It is hard at times – beyond incredibly difficult to understand why things happen as they do – but I want to be able to stand – learn something from each test and live as an example to others.

The older I get – the more questions I have.  And oddly, I’m not as concerned about the answers as I once was.  Oh I still wish I knew – but it seems that part of the mystery is also part of the journey.

Finding the secret of being content – even amidst strife, difficult things and unanswered questions – seems to be the key.  Knowing I don’t have the power or wisdom to change things.  I don’t know how many times I have reminded people who have strong regret about decisions or circumstances of their past – feeling like they would go back in time and “fix” things if they could – that it is those very things that make them who they are today – yes – even the really bad things.  And God places the right people in our lives as we journey down that road of regret and pain – to identify with us and give us just the right encouragement for that moment in time – to carry on.  I firmly believe this.  This has been my experience – to look back and see the people put in my path to watch over me and will me to continue on.  It is a daily choice to be content – not to fret – and reach past – but to just be content.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:11-13

Below are the lyric to a song by Chris Rice entitled “Big Enough”.  I was listening to it on my pandora radio this morning and thought, “how appropriate!”  These words are what many of us can relate to.

None of us knows and that makes it a mystery
If life is a comedy, then why all the tragedy
Three-and-a-half pounds of brain try to figure out
What this world is all about
And is there an eternity, is there an eternity?
God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
Lying on pillows we’re haunted and half-awake
Does anyone hear us pray
“If I die before I wake”
Then the morning comes and the mirror’s the other place
Where we wrestle face to face with the image of Deity
The image of Deity
God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
When I imagine the size of the universe
And I wonder what’s out past the edges
Then I discover inside me a space as big
And believe that I’m meant to be
Filled up with more than just questions
So, God if You’re there I wish You’d show me
And God if You care then I need You to know me
I hope You don’t mind me askin’ the questions
But I figure You’re big enough
I figure You’re big enough
‘Cause I am not big enough

I pray you have a day ‘peppered’ with many questions – and that you will be content in any and every situation you find yourself in today.

God Bless

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