Verse of the Day – Psalm 72:12-14

Psalm 72:12-14

Psalm 72:12-14

I remember feeling so weak and needy, I know He saved me from death.

CIRCLES by ANTHEM LIGHTS
Ready set go
This is take 37, let it roll
I’m gonna get it right this time
Gonna fight this time
This time I’m for real
Look at me go 
I’m off flying straight as an arrow
Then I feel the wind blow in, gravity sets in
And I don’t know how to deal
I always start so strong

Before you even know it
I’m right back at the start
Doing what I hate
And breaking my own heart
I’m going back and forth 
And then forth and then back
And then round in circles
I was never meant to travel on my own
So no matter what I try if I’m trying alone
I’m going back and forth
And then forth and then back
And then round in circles
Round in circles
Round in circles

Here’s what I know
Direction goes out the window
The second that I hear Your word
I forget what I heard and go on just the same 
(Go on just the same)
The beautiful part: it doesn’t have to be this hard
I’m just deceiving myself I know I need Your help
Something’s got to change 
I know I need a change because

Before you even know it
I’m right back at the start
Doing what I hate
And breaking my own heart
I’m going back and forth
And then forth and then back
And then round in circles
I was never meant to travel on my own
So no matter what I try if I’m trying alone
I’m going back and forth
And then forth and then back
And then round in circles

No more insanity
I’m letting go of me
All this independence has made me dizzy
And now I can’t see where I’m supposed to be
I had my turn and now my lesson’s learned
I touched the fire and I got burned
I need your healing touch
I’ve had enough 
I’m tired of saying

Before you even know it
I’m right back at the start
(Tired of saying)
Doing what I hate
And breaking my own heart
I’m going back and forth
(Back and forth)
And then forth and then back
(Forth and back)
And then round in circles
(Round in circles)
I was never meant to travel on my own
(Not on my own)
So no matter what I try if I’m trying alone
(Trying alone)
I’m going back and forth
And then forth and then back
And then round in circles
(Round in circles)

Rack and forthand
Forth and back and 
Round in circles

Back and forth and 
Forth and back and
Round in circles

Verse of the Day – Lamentations 3:55-57

Lamentations 3:55-57

Lamentations 3:55-57

I myself cried out from the pit, so thankful He heard my plea and came near.

HEAR OUR CRY by LUMINATE
What have I become?
What mercy have I shown without Your love?
‘Cause time and time again
A broken man, I stand, only on Your love

Hear our cry with our hands lifted high
All strength and might comes from You
Only You
So gentle whisper come, fill these hollow lungs Fill them with Your life
Though time and time I fail with bruised and broken hands
I’m reaching for Your love
I keep on reaching for Your love

It comes from You, my God
Only from You, my God
All comes from You, my God
All from You, my God

Oh, so hear our cry with our hands lifted high All strength and might comes from You
(All power is Yours, God)
Oh, hear our cry with our hands lifted high
All strength and might comes from You
Oh, It comes from You

Verse of the Day – 2 Corinthians 3:17

2 Corinthians 3:17

2 Corinthians 3:17

When the Spirit of the Lord came, I found freedom from my addiction, freedom reigns!

FREEDOM REIGNS by JESUS CULTURE
Where the spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
Where the spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom

Lift your eyes to heaven
There is freedom
Lift your eyes to heaven
There is freedom

Freedom reigns in this place
Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on ev’ry face
There is freedom 

If you’re tired and you are thirsty
There is freedom
If you’re tired and you are thirsty
There is freedom

Give your all to Jesus
There is freedom
Give your all to Jesus
There is freedom

Freedom reigns in this place
Showers of mercy and grace
Falling on ev’ry face
There is freedom 

SoberDay 746

Okay, so if you have been a regular follower of mine for some time, you will know that I count every day of sobriety and indeed passing every week, you will also know that I hold my own little celebrations at significant milestone, 1 year, 2 years, 500 days, 600 days, etc, etc.  If you’re new to this site, then okay I can be a little weird from time to time also!

Psalm 90:12

Psalm 90:12

So that fact that today is SoberDay 746 doesn’t really seem that significant, but I’ve looked at the days ahead and I’m being to see something more than coincidence with my date of Sobriety, the 29th March 2012, just a normal Thursday, nothing special, just another day.

Then last year my one year anniversary just so happened to fall on a Friday, Good Friday, coincidence? Maybe! I thought so at the time anyway.  But it was a great day and a great way to celebrate.

But then earlier today, I worked out that my 750th SoberDay would fall on this coming Friday, Good Friday, another coincidence?  Maybe, but then again my 1000th SoberDay will fall on Christmas Eve, now I’m being to think differently.

Psalm 139:16

Psalm 139:16

So was Thursday 29th March 2012, just a normal day, when a troubled soul, just randomly decided to give up an addiction that had wrecked his life?

I’m beginning to think not, it wasn’t just a random day at all!

 So Friday will be a great day of celebration, once again in more than just one way and I for one can’t wait!

BLINK by REVIVE
Teach me to number my days 
And count every moment before it slips away 
Take in all the colors before they fade to gray 
I don’t want to miss even just a second more of this 

It happens in a blink 
It happens in a flash 
It happens in the time it took to look back 
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time 
What is it I’ve done with my life 
It happens in a blink (x2)

When it’s all said and done
No one remembers how far we have run
The only thing that matters is how we have loved
I don’t want to miss even just a second more of this

It happens in a blink 
It happens in a flash 
It happens in the time it took to look back 
I try to hold on tight, but there’s no stopping time 
What is it I’ve done with my life 
It happens in a blink (x4)

Slow down, slow down 
Before today becomes our yesterday 
Slow down, slow down 
Before you turn around and it’s too late 

It happens in a blink 
it happens in a flash 
it happens in the time it took to look back 
I try to hold on tight but there’s no stopping time 
What is it I’ve done with my life 
It happens in a blink

It happens in a blink 
it happens in a flash 
it happens in the time it took to look back 
I try to hold on tight but there’s no stopping time 
What is it I’ve done with my life 
It happens in a blink
It happens in a blink 
It happens in a blink 
It happens in a blink 

Verse of the Day – 1 John 2:8

1 John 2:8

1 John 2:8

I’ve felt the darkness pass and the light within shine.

ALL OF MY by ARTICLE ONE
I am quiet now before You in this place
Confessin’ I have turned from Your embrace
I’ve chased a world that fails to satisfy
Forgive me Lord, as I return, and breathe in me new light

And oh, You called away my heart onto the cross
And oh, to spend a time with You instead of lost

I give You all of me
I give You all of me
My life, my hopes, my plans,
I lay them in God’s hands
I give You all of me
I give You all of me
Lord, I’m reachin out to You
I surrender to Your truth

Surround me now in life that truly matters
Dreams for me the world can never shatter
I gently ask to let You have control
So I cast aside, the idols that, have led astray this soul

And oh, You called away my heart onto the cross
And oh, to spend a time with You instead of lost

I give You all of me
I give You all of me
My life, my hopes, my plans,
I lay them in God’s hands
I give You all of me
I give You all of me
Lord, I’m reachin out to You
I surrender to Your truth

As I stand before You now
Will you meet me here somehow

I give You all of me
I give You all of me
My life, my hopes, my plans,
I lay them in God’s plan
I give You all of me
I give You all of me
Lord, I’m reaching out to You
I surrender to Your truth

That Light’s Not Mine

Out of the Bottle

I’m down on my knees, just crouching
Lost and crying
I’ve fell into this pit
The walls around me grow
All but enclosing me

Sat at the Bottom of a Bottle
Where the potion slowly rises
Getting higher
Up over my head
I’m drowning

This elixir fills my lungs
Becoming my air
Replacing my blood
The bubbles shimmer in the light
Bouncing around my head

I catch a glimpse through the neck
A light, a warming glow
I’m desperate, I sigh
I turn away
That light’s not mine

That glow it hangs suspended
Whilst I slip ever deeper
Crushed beneath the weight
I’m losing, almost spent
Finally I start to reach

A moment of clarity
I raise up my eyes
Throwing my hand out into air
My fingers fumble
Desperately I grab

I find the source above
My fingers squeezing tight
The eyes of the angel meet my soul
I’m feeling the glow within
I’m holding a halo of love divine

The bottle distorts, slowly melts
Boiling liquid burns the heart
But I hold on, not letting go
With this divine power I will emerge
From the “Bottom of a Bottle”

I wrote this back in December 2012, it was a written as alternate view of a response to a Daily Prompt, it was describing my climb from the Bottom of a Bottle, probably one of the most abstract pieces that I have written, but when I think of it now, I know it also contains the saddest lines I have ever written.

I catch a glimpse through the neck
A light, a warming glow
I’m desperate, I sigh
I turn away
That light’s not mine

It describes the many times that I had a chance to get out, the many times that I had heard God speak into my life, but each time I caught a glimpse of that chance to get out, I turned away and went back to the addiction I was comfortable within, then the cycle continued.

Eventually I guess I reached out for that light, but not before things got progressively worse, but I did reach and finally found a way out.

Now I know that light was mine all along, it was always there for me to grab, it always will be, the thing is that light is there for everyone to grasp, not just me, I took my chance in the end, it took some time, but I got there.

HE IS THE LIGHT by BRYAN & KATIE TORWALT
I feel the nations of the earth are shaking
There is no power that can match His grace
Lift up your head, lift up your eyes to see

All of creation is waiting and longing
For sons and daughter to declare this truth
Lift up your head, lift up your voice and sing

He Is the Light, shining in the darkness
He is the Hope, Hope of all the nations
He is the Light, he is the Light for all the world to see

I feel that faith across the earth is rising
We prophecy about His Kingdom coming 
Just like Heaven, all across the earth

He Is the Light, shining in the darkness
He is the Hope, Hope of all the nations
He is the Light, he is the Light for all the world to see

He Is the Light, shining in the darkness
He is the Hope, Hope of all the nations
He is the Light, he is the Light for all the world to see

Great, Great is the Lord
Praise His Name
Praise His Name

Great, Great is the Lord
Praise His Name
Praise His Name

And we sing
Great, Great is the Lord
Praise His Name
Praise His Name

And we sing
Great, Great is the Lord
Praise His Name
Praise His Name

He Is the Light, shining in the darkness
He is the Hope, Hope of all the nations
He is the Light, he is the Light for all the world to see

He Is the Light, shining in the darkness
He is the Hope, Hope of all the nations
He is the Light, he is the Light for all the world to see

Verse of the Day – Psalm 18:1

Psalm 18:1

Psalm 18:1

What more can I say, from my first prayer and everyone since, He has been my strength.

BY YOUR SIDE by TENTH AVENUE NORTH
Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands and my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world’s sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, I love you
I’ll never let you go

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

And I’ll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don’t fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you