Tag Archives: Casting Crowns

Verse of the Day – Numbers 16:5

Numbers 16:5

Numbers 16:5

Sometimes people stand before crowds for their own glory, not necessarily God’s, maybe with just heart or maybe not.

I have had instances of this before, where people have spoken to me and believe in their heart’s they are speaking truth, but for some reason, it just doesn’t seem right to me.  I am sure they meant well, but I questioned their words with God, then it always seems that He brings forth someone who speaks what I really need to hear, words that ignite something inside rather than dampen.

Question God if someone’s words do not seem to fit with your feelings, He will provide you with the answers.

WHAT THIS WORLD NEEDS by CASTING CROWNS
What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind
Another two bit politician peddling lies
Another three ring circus society
What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that’s better than you
Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth
Another prophet in an Armani suit

What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them in their time of need
A Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love
That’s what this world needs

What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside
Have we become so blind that we can’t see
God’s gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt
What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference
And it’s the difference that sets the world free

Jesus is our Savior, that’s what this world needs
Father’s arms around you, that’s what this world needs
That’s what this world needs
 

Verse of the Day – Psalm 71:5-6

Psalm 71:5-6

Psalm 71:5-6

Though I was not brought up in a family of believers and didn’t know the Lord during my youth, when I look back I can see moments, even when I was a Christian, that the Lord has seen me through some hard times.  He knew me from birth and watched over me, protecting me, until I finally found Him.

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE by CASTING CROWNS
One more mother with a broken heart
One more family is torn apart
One more orphan out in the cold
One more fear that takes control
One more tangled in the same old lies
One more shackled to the same old highs
One more scared of what tomorrow brings
And one more chasing yesterday

Lord, let Your kingdom come

Who can right every wrong
You are the only One
Who can calm every storm
You are the only One
You alone are Father, Savior, Spirit, Healer, Redeemer
Lord of all
You are the only One

One more skeptic to believe
One more prisoner has been set free
One more longs to be Your hands and feet
One more standing for the least of these
One more praying in the morning light
One more shining in the darkest night
One more life worth fighting for
No greater love worth dying for

Lord, let Your kingdom come
Lord, let Your will be done

I want to know You more
I want to make You known
I want this world to see
That You’re alive in me
Jesus, You’re the only One

(Father, Savior, Spirit)
You are the only One
(Redeemer, Lord of all)
You are the only One
 

Verse of the Day – Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:12

Psalm 103:12

No matter what we have done, no matter what our past says, we can come before God, before His truth and know that our transgressions have been removed from us, for that we should all be so thankful.

EAST TO WEST by CASTING CROWNS
Here I am, Lord, and I’m drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
’cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You’ve washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You, but You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don’t have to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

 

Verse of the Day – Micah 7:18

Micah 7:18

Micah 7:18

There is no other like God, there is simply no other God.  I am thankful that five years ago He forgave my sins, He lifted the burden of addiction from my hands and led to a Church and His people, where the healing process could truly begin.

His mercy set this life free, I owe my all to our God.

GOD OF ALL MY DAYS by CASTING CROWNS
I came to You with my heart in pieces
And found the God with healing in His hands
I turned to You, put everything behind me
And found the God who makes all things new
I looked to You, drowning in my questions
And found the God who holds all wisdom
And I trusted You and stepped out on the ocean
You caught my hand among the waves
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

I ran from You, I wandered in the shadows
And found a God who relentlessly pursues
I hid from You, haunted by my failure
And found the God whose grace still covers me
I fell on You when I was at my weakest
And found the God, the lifter of my head
And I’ve worshiped You
And felt You right beside me
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my worry, God You are my stillness
In my searching, God You are my answers
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In my weakness, God You are my power
You’re the reason that I sing
‘Cause You’re the God of all my days

Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You’re the God of all my days

In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
All my days

 

Verse of the Day – Matthew 12:29

Matthew 12:29

Matthew 12:29

How can I fear being taken, I belong to the maker of all things, who can come against the Lord and take what is precious to Him?

MAKE ME A RIVER by CASTING CROWNS
In the morning when I rise
Jesus be my eyes
Before the day rushes in
With You is where I begin
As You sing over me with Your love
I will sing praise for all You have done
Fill my heart as I hunger for You
Flood my mind with Your wisdom, Your mercy, Your truth

Father, make me a river
Come living water
Flow through me
You are the One that I thirst for
So come living water
Flow through me

Guide every step I take
Lord, let me not wander away
Father, fill every word I speak
With the same grace that You’ve given me
Touch the world with my hands, they are Yours
Let my love show the lost that You are the Lord

Father, make me a river
Come living water
Flow through me
You are the One that I thirst for
So come living water
Flow through me

Make me a river
Make me a river

Let the river flow

Father, make me a river
Come living water
Flow through me
You are the One that I thirst for
So come living water
Flow through me

Let the river flow (Father, make me a river)
Let the river flow (Living water, flow through me)
Let the river flow (Father, make me a river)
Let the river flow (Living water, flow through me)

Father, make me a river
Come living water
Flow through me

 

Verse of the Day – Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12

The word was alive in me long before I knew it was there, did I wait to long to hear or was the Father’s timing just perfect, I believe His timing was just perfect, simply perfect.

THE WORD IS ALIVE by CASTING CROWNS
Looking out from His throne, the Father of light and of men
Chose to make Himself known and show us the way back to Him
Speaking wisdom and truth into the hearts of peasants and kings
He began to unveil the Word that would change the course of all things

With eyes wide open, all would see

The Word is alive
And it cuts like a sword through the darkness
With a message of life to the hopeless and afraid
Breathing life into all who believe
The Word is alive
And the world and its glories will fade
But His truth, it will not pass away
It remains yesterday and forever the same
The Word is alive

Simple strokes on a page
Eternity’s secrets revealed, carried on from age to age
It speaks Truth to us even still
And as the rain falls from Heaven, feeds the earth before it returns
Lord, let Your Word fall on us and bring forth the fruit You deserve

With eyes wide open, let us see

The Word is alive
His Word is alive

Verse of the Day – Psalm 37:39-40

Psalm 37:39-40

Psalm 37:39-40

Sometimes I find I just have to take refuge in the Lord when things are hard and just praise Him for being there with me through it all.

PRAISE YOU IN THE STORM by CASTING CROWNS
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Verse of the Day – Proverbs 19:20

Proverbs 19:20

Proverbs 19:20

Tonight was a great night with great friends, I am thankful for these friends that the Lord has brought into my life, they have helped me grow as a person.

CITY ON THE HILL by CASTING CROWNS
Did you hear of the city on the hill
Said one old man to the other
It once shined bright, and it would be shining still
But they all started turning on each other

You see the poets thought the dancers were shallow
And the soldiers thought the poets were weak
And the elders saw the young ones as foolish
And the rich man never heard the poor man speak

But one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade
In the City on the Hill, the City on the Hill

Each one thought that they knew better
But they were different by design
Instead of standing strong together
They let their differences divide

And one by one, they ran away
With their made up minds to leave it all behind
And the light began to fade
In the City on the Hill, the City on the Hill

And the world is searching still

But it was the rhythm of the dancers
That gave the poets life
It was the spirit of the poets
That gave the soldiers strength to fight
It was fire of the young ones
It was the wisdom of the old
It was the story of the poor man
That needed to be told

It is the rhythm of the dancers
That gives the poets life
It is the spirit of the poets
That gives the soldiers strength to fight
It is fire of the young ones
It is the wisdom of the old
It is the story of the poor man
That’s needing to be told

But one by one will we run away
With our made up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the City on the Hill

One by one will we run away
With our made up minds to leave it all behind
As the light begins to fade in the City on the Hill
The city on the hill

(Come home)
And the Father’s calling still
(Come home)
To the city on the hill
(Come home)

Verse of the Day – Psalm 103:11-12

Psalm 103:11-12

Psalm 103:11-12

In my darkness I fell so deep, yet all of that has been forgiven by the Lord, I’m thankful for everyday I now spend in His light, since He drew me from the shadows.

EAST TO WEST by CASTING CROWNS
Here I am, Lord, and I’m drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
’cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You’ve washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You, but You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don’t have to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

Learning To Talk Again!

Since I started this blog, just over eighteen months ago, it’s been an outlet for my feelings on many occasions, I’ve used the written words and partial anonymity that the blog provides to share those feelings, thoughts, pain and fears.

Many times I’ve found it easier to write it on here, post it and move on.  The writing helps, it’s therapy in itself, I’ve also used it to make myself accountable.  Like when I wasn’t taking my medication, I knew I should and knew if I wrote it on here that I had to sort it out, then it left me no choice but to sort it out, after a few texts and tweets from friends who saw that post, I had no choice but to make that appointment and sort it out.

There have obviously been times when I’m facing things where I have chosen to keep inside, to deal with alone, neither share on here or speak with anyone about.

Sunday evening I chose to write about something that had been following me around for some weeks, in a Fearing Yet Another Fall, I wrote about a vision I had back in October last year which preceded the fall into depression which hit me hard and left me struggling along for quite a while.

“I was simply sat in my living room one Sunday lunchtime and it played out in front of me, like I was watching a video screen, an image of me climbing some steps, only to be washed away by an on rushing tide of water, as the waters kept flowing some time passed and I watched as I stood again and once more tried to make it up the steps, only to be washed away once more, before the vision disappeared as quickly as it appeared.”

On that occasion I kept going even though things weren’t right, it was only on having another vision of being pulled into the ocean and swallowed by a whale, did I realise I was keeping everything inside and running from where God wanted me to be. Only then did I start to open up about what was going on and how I felt, but it was probably a little too late, I was in the deluge already and struggling to cope.  Obviously having people around me, supporting me, helped immensely and I found my way through it.

So after posting about my fear on Sunday evening, I decided I had to take that a step further and bring it fully out into the open.  I’ve stood at the front of our Church before, when our Pastor’s have offered prayer for those struggling, but far outweighing that I have stood in silence with things have been really deeply troubling me.

I’ve sat in my Connect Group and shook my head when it’s been asked if anyone needs prayer for anything.  Sometimes it’s hard when those around you see your story and testimony as one of an overcomer, that to put your hand up and admit that you are actually struggling from time to time is hard, I’ve sat in silence too many times.

So last night in Connect Group as we neared the end and our prayer time and it was asked if anyone had any need for prayer, even though I had decided I would ask for prayer, I sat there for a while keeping it in once more.  As other prayer requests were being discussed I sat there rather uncomfortable, I went cold and that feeling I should be saying something rose from deep inside.  So when the question was asked one more time, I spoke up and admitted I had been walking with this fear for a few weeks and felt I needed prayer.

Immediately I felt a sense of relief and a sense that some of the fear had been removed from me.

I guess sometimes we feel like we have to hide our weaknesses, I know I have prayed about this continually over the last week or so, but still felt I needed to do more, I felt I was being moved to share this fear with my friends, rather than just keep it in and just wait for it to happen again.

I honestly don’t really know whether I am heading for another fall or if it is just fear I have to deal with, but I feel more content now I’ve been honest with my feelings, I’ve shared it with friends who can help and support me, I feel I can maybe move on from it now and deal with it if it does indeed come.

FOLLOW ME by CASTING CROWNS
At the end of myself
I’m empty and dry
I have nothing to give
But surrender inside
Let down your nets
This is not the end
From now on, you’ll be
Fishers of men

Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me
Follow Me

At the end of myself
Judgment calls out my name
Ive been looking for love
But I’m swallowed by shame
Throw away all your stones
Find forgiveness in Me
Let Me be your new passion
My daughter, you’re free

At the end of myself
Ive done things my own way
This world gave up on me
Now its death I do pay
You know who I am
I’m sins sacrifice
Today you will be
In paradise

Who is this man who calmed the seas
And who is this man who loves the least of these

I am the promised One
God gave His only Son
And those who believe
Will live eternally

At the end of yourself, just follow Me
When you lose everything, just follow Me
I will give you new life, just follow Me
Follow Me

If at the end of yourself, just follow Me
You may lose everything, just follow Me
I will give you new life, just follow Me
Follow Me