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Elements – Fire

Elements – Fire

All the flames dance around me
Flickering around my soul
And if I reach out to touch them
They burn a hole right through my heart
How did I end up in this fire?
Why do these flames rise around me?
Am I bound to dance forever?
Between the flames of sin and hell
Where my soul is deeply lost

But now before my eyes I see it
A light dancing between my flames
Ever it comes closer
Reaching to me to dance with Him
If I take Him by the hand
And dance here between the flames
These flames slowly fade to nothing
And this soul finally become free

Never Leaves

Never Leaves

Through the waves that swell
And encompass me
He is forever at my side
In the deep waters or clear skies
He never leaves my side

In the biting of the north winds that blow
Impeding my progress at every turn
He is forever at my side
In hurricanes eye or calm shores
He never leaves my side

When the fire rages ever higher
And flames burn at my inner soul
He is forever at my side
In the chaos of the inferno or the refining fire
He never leaves me side

Where ever it is that I find myself
Through all the bad times and the good
He is forever at my side
I just have to breathe and feel Him there
He never leaves my side

Lead Me Through

Lead Me Through

Lead me through the darkest waters
Lead me through the coldest nights
Lead me through the violent fires
Forever staying by my side

Lead me through the wildest storms
Lead me through the widest deserts
Lead me through the deepest oceans
Forever staying by my side

Lead me through so I taste triumph
Lead me through so I can praise Your name
Lead me through so the world can see
You forever stayed at my side

Start A Fire

Start A Fire

Are we going to start a fire
One that burns deep within our souls
Take the glowing embers
And raise a fire the world will see
A soul on fire for our Father God
There is no greater sight to see
So today I say let it burn
That feeling of joy deep inside
Release its flames into their night skies
Let them see His Kingdom is alive
So let’s start this fire deep inside
One that burns deep within our souls


The Dance Within The Flames (Isaiah 43:2)

The Dance Within The Flames (Isaiah 43:2)

The fire grows
Flames dance wild
Reaching to the clouds
Spreading out so wide
You’re there in the middle
Which way do you turn
The heat becomes unbearable
Flames lick upon the skin

Yet there He is

Dancing before you
A vision so perfect
Your eye’s don’t believe
He reaches for you
Taking your hand
And you dance with Him
Until the flames all die

Together you float
On ground un-scorched
No burns or scars
Seen upon your skin
Untouched you dance
With the Father’s Son
Dancing there so free
Dancing there as one

Isaiah 43:2

Isaiah 43:2


Tested (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Tested (1 Corinthians 10:13)

I have been tested
Thrown deep into the fire
I felt the heat rise
Yet He never left my side
Together we walked from the flames
Into the freedom beyond

I was washed away by the flood
As the tide charged down my path
For a while I slipped beneath the waves
Yet He was always there at my side
Together we walked upon the waters
Onto the golden shores beyond

1 Corinthians 10:13

1 Corinthians 10:13

In The Fire

In The Fire (Daniel 3:24-25)

Are you in the fire?
Where your world is burning down
Is the heat too much?
Are you about to fall?
Raise your eyes my friend
You’ll see him there
As He dances between your flames
He calls to you
To dance with Him
And as you both dance
There the flames will die
And in freedom you’ll dance once again

Daniel 3:24-25

Daniel 3:24-25

Dance Between The Flames


I know you feel these flames
They rise upon every side
There the heat will rise
And I know you feel the pain
With a fear being consumed
There in the heart of the inferno
Yet I won’t let you perish
Because here it is where
I will refine your spirit
In the heat of the fire
The impurities will fall away
For this refining fire
I need you to face
But know I’m in there with you
I’ll dance between the flames
There by your side
Until the flames subside
And like pure silver you shine

The Refining Fire


From the midst of the dust
In the realm of the barren
You breathed life
Into these dry bones

To start a journey by Your side
The path seems long and so hard
At every turn a challenge to face
A test to refine the fire in the heart

And at times I find
The test is hard to take
The heart inside
Feels ready to crack

Yet it takes the fire
And the pressure to refine
To form the diamond
From the rough that lies inside

Yet wherever I go
You go before
To clear a way
That I may take

From a life so broken
You broke the chains
Now I’ll follow you always
Through the refining fire

New Student, New Spark

I’ve been teaching karate now for the past 25 years, with no more than a few weeks break in that time.  I took over the club, along with a colleague back in 1989, I was a mere 15 years old and my club mate just 17, he was the main instructor and I was the assistant, but that still meant that I had more teaching duties than training opportunities.   By the mid nineties, I had taken over the majority of the teaching, before eventually taking over the club on my own almost 10 years ago.

I’ve had good times and bad during those years, it’s not been plain sailing, it’s been hard work and a lot of time, indeed a lot of my life has been given over to it, at one point I was teaching everyday of the week, at the club, at schools and at a University, but on average it’s been five times a week that I’ve been out of the house teaching classes.

Many times, I considered why do I do it, many times I questioned do I want to keep doing it.  I spent many years doubting myself and my credibility, I was such a young instructor, I never saw myself as being taken seriously or whether I would get the respect I deserved, but over the years my reputation in competition and the results of my students, proved what I was about and I got beyond that doubt.

There have been times when I’ve been worn out and just needed a spark to reignite the fire inside, usually something happens to breathe new life into the club and into me.  For a long while karate was the only place I felt the good side of me came out, when I went through my real dark years of drinking and hardly working, karate was the only thing I had my head on straight for and only time I would never drink was before teaching, it was simply the only place I felt normal and of some worth, somewhere I still had something to give.

Over the last year I have scaled down my involvement, I have an able assistant who is more than capable of handling classes without me.  Back in November I took a step back when I was struggling, Steve took over teaching for a few months and gave me some time to get my head straight.  Since the New Year I have been back teaching, but I’ve not had a real fire for it for some time, I enjoy it still, but I can’t say I’ve been giving my all, it needed a spark to reignite the fire.

So last night, when I got home from work, out of the blue my daughter came to me and asked if she could come to karate!  She did a few class a few years ago, but only because her friend tried it, but since then she’s not really been interested.  My son trained for a few years, but after a while decided he didn’t want to do it any more, I was disappointed, but I would never force him to do it if he didn’t want to.

So Eve shocked me when she asked out the blue and tonight she was so excited.  It was her first class this evening, we walked there together (well I walked, she jogged along side), she joined in the class, the class was split between me and Steve, she was in Steve’s class, but she was okay with that.  When we walked home, I got a full run down of her class, what she did, what she got wrong and also everyone else got wrong too.

And when we got home she was quick to show me what she had learnt, she’s ready for the next class on Saturday now.

Maybe, this is the spark I need, I don’t want to go back to the five times a week I was doing before, I don’t need to, but I do want to get back a little of the old hunger, I guess retiring from competition last year hasn’t helped, but just maybe, I’ve got a second wind.

Set a fire down in my soul
That I can’t contain and I can’t control
I want more of You God, I want more of You God.

There’s no place I’d rather be
There’s no place I’d rather be
There’s no place I’d rather be
Than here in your love, here in your love

Set a fire down in my soul
That I can’t contain and I can’t control
I want more of You God, I want more of You God.

Love of God overflow
Permeate all my soul