After All

Lately, I’ve really felt led to just share some of the great music that’s come out lately with such powerful lyrics.  Below is a new song from the David Crowder Band’s final album.  The lyrics don’t seem too special, but after you listen to the song it just overcomes me with the power, grace, mercy, and love of God.  I can’t help but feel it.  Take a listen for yourself.

I can’t comprehend your infinitely beautiful and perfect love
Oh I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars
But they’re never bright enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I will sing a song for you my God with everything I have in me
But it’s never loud enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory
Hosanna we are found after all you are

Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

Instead of a Show

wow. it’s crazy when a song pops up on Spotify with lyrics that match perfectly with your heart at the moment…had to share

I hate all your show and pretense
the hypocrisy of your praise
the hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when your
singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood
of justice
An endless procession of righteous
living, living
Instead let there be a flood
of justice
Instead of a show

your eyes are closed when you’re praying
you sing right along with the band
you shine up your shoes for services
but there’s blood on your hands

you turned your back on the homeless
and the ones that don’t fit in your plans
quit playing religion games
there’s blood on your hands

Ah! let’s argue this out
if your sins are blood red
let’s argue this out
you’ll be white as the clouds
let’s argue this out
quit fooling around

give love to the ones who can’t love at all
give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
stand up for the ones who can’t stand up at all
instead of a show
I hate all your show

Keep Your Eyes Open

Needtobreathe – Keep Your Eyes Open – YouTube.

Cause if you never leave home, never let go
You’ll never make it to the great unknown till you
Keep your eyes open, my love
So tell me you’re strong, tell me you see
I need to hear it, can you promise me to
Keep your eyes open, my love

Using some of my Christmas iTunes cards, I stumbled across this new album from NeedtoBreathe (a band you should all check out).  As cliche/cheesy as it may seem, this is a great “New Year Resolution” song.  The song is about going out to explore the world, keeping your eyes open, stepping out of your comfort zone….something so many of us never do.   I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone more over the past 2 years than in the rest of my life combined and God has done AMAZING things!

I encourage you to find a new way each month this year to step out of your comfort zone, open your eyes to something once unseen, do something that scares you but your gut tells you you need to.  You won’t regret it!  Better yet (and stronger), do something you feel God urging you to do.

Lean into your faith.  Or seek out to develop your faith in a deeper manner. In my life, I’ve found that really digging deep into my faith was hands down the scariest thing I ever did, but (this is true, not some lame cliche) it was also the best thing I ever did.  Giving up control.  Surrendering it all into the hands of my Father, our Creator, the Lord of all.  When you look at it from the perspective of who God really is, it makes no sense not to surrender to Him, but there’s a step there, a leap, if you will, that has to be made, and that’s hard.

Find a support system.  Join (or start!) a small group in your church, school, dorm, community, on Google+’s cool new features, find a way to get an accountability support system for your faith and others who are willing to go on that journey with you.  You’ll be surprised/shocked/amazed at what He can do through you and those around you.  How He can open your eyes (cue Brandon Heath song) to the world around you.

Never limit yourself, your world view, or your potential.  Or that of those around you.

This year I, once again, encourage you to step out.  Make it to the great unknown!

Since I stepped out for real, I have…..gotten back together and married my best friend and love of my life, made some great new friends, traveled to Nicaragua and learned so much about the true lack of barriers on God’s love, mentored, co-lead mission trips, served as a “work project” coordinator for 12 weeks in Minnesota with hundreds of people I had never met before on a Native American Reservation, moved 8 hours from everything I’d ever known, and countless other little things…. it’s been a great ride!  I want you to join me!

Visionaries Who Changed Our World – The Daily Beast

Visionaries Who Changed Our World – Charlie Louvin – The Daily Beast .

Visionaries Who Changed Our World - The Daily Beast

Charlie Louvin, 83

usician, 83
With his brother Ira, he formed one of the most popular acts in gospel and country music in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Their diamond-hard harmonies set an inspiring,almost impossible standard. Without the Louvins, there would have been no Everly Brothers, without whom there might have been no Beatles.

2011 In Memoriam Pictures – Charlie Louvin January 26th | Rolling Stone

2011 In Memoriam Pictures – Charlie Louvin January 26th | Rolling Stone.

What an honor for my grandfather!!

Charlie Louvin – January 26th

Charlie Louvin was one half of the country-gospel duo the Louvin Brothers. The group popularized the concept of close-harmony signing, and introduced the art form to the Everly Brothers and many other hugely successful rock and roll acts. The Louvin Brothers toured with Elvis Presley in the 1950s, and scored hits with “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met Me Baby” and “When I Stop Dreaming.” Louvin went solo in the 1960s and began putting his own hits on the charts. There was a tremendous revival of interest in Louvin’s career over the past decade as groups like the Raconteurs acknowledged his influence. He played at Bonnaroo in 2007.

 

Charlie Louvin (grandaddy) Movie Released!

The movie that has been in works since before my Grandfather’s illness was released on DVD last week.  I cannot wait to see it, and wanted to share the press release about it here….see below.  and check out www.louvinfilm.com for more information

LouvinFilmPR

check out their facebook page 

a nd this other great article about my Grandad