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Glimmer

Silver Lining through the Clouds

We often don’t really know why things turn out the way they do.

Sometimes a heart is left aching and although we know that “He does all things well”, at times all we have to hold on to is a glimmer of hope. And the thread that connects that hope to our hearts is thinner than a strand.

Yet the glimmer can grow into a silver lining of promise, and eventually the sun bursts forth, although veiled by shadow only a short time before.

This is hope. We cannot always choose when or how this process will work in our lives and hearts.

Yet when the One Who holds our lives and destinies is given leeway to hold our hearts, our dreams, our hopes, then we have nothing to fear. For His grasp of a situation is not a perception, but true reality. A reality that He can dispense to our fragile hearts, bestowing joy in spite of sorrow, beauty from ashes, and victory after it seems all hope is lost.

Hold on to that glimmer.

Hold on for that promise.

It is yours, even if you have to wrestle the angel before receiving the promise. Do not let go of the angel, even if he bears sorrow or tears. Hold on and he will bear you up and take you to a place of beauty, promise and hope—your future.

Your purpose.

I Hope You Dance

 

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance

Rocking to Worship

Kutless It Is WellWhen my husband and I went with our kids to the Rock ‘n’ Worship Roadshow in spring, Dan bought me Kutless’ worship album “It is Well.” He hadn’t been planning to get it, but picked it up after we saw the way the singers worked together that evening.

Jeremy Camp was one of the last bands to come on stage and sing. Kutless had already finished their numbers, and the crowd was roaring with excitement when Jeremy Camp began with Reckless. The only problem was that he had laryngitis. He started off really well, but couldn’t hit the high notes. In fact, he could barely talk. He did talk, and the things he said were deep and touching and beautiful. And when he sang, Jon Micah Sumrall from Kutless and Adam Cappa stood at the back of the stage and sang with him.

The effect was beautiful … not just their singing, but just that they were there, standing together, singing to glorify God. So when Dan saw their worship album, he picked it up.

We keep it in the van, and every time our family goes somewhere together, my youngest, Aiden, will pipe up with, “Can we listen to ‘It is Well with my Soul‘?” So I’ll put it on, the music will start to play, and he’ll invariably ask, “Can you turn it up louder?”

So Dan will be driving and the kids will be rocking out in the back to the beat of Kutless’ “It is Well.” I’ll look back at them and they’ll suddenly sit still, as if they weren’t dancing along. Once I look away, they start rocking along again.

One day I looked at the CD jacket and read Kutless’ story of creating the worship album. I thought it was great how they came together, worshiped and read and prayed, and their time was blessed with beautiful experiences that brought the focus back where it should be — on God.

Isn’t that the ultimate purpose of anything we do?

From February through May 2009 we poured over hundreds of songs. We looked for songs that had a special meaning to us, songs that were traditional, songs that were modern, and songs we could make our own. …

We recorded in late May and early June at a beautiful 300-acre hazelnut farm south of Portland, OR. The recording process was unique for us for many reasons. For one, it was our first project to co-produce, and secondly, we recorded in the living room of a farmhouse. We also met as a band every morning and dug into the Word and prayed knowing God was there. There was freedom, laughter, and unity. We had one of those incredible experiences that happen to Christ-followers.

We started with a goal, but, through the process, God took that goal and turned it back around to Himself. The quest for a special album became a unique time for us to go deeper in worship. The goal of composing original songs became a time for us to grow in our love and appreciation of each other. The epiphany for us was that the purpose of a worship record was to reflect who God is – His peace, freedom, power, and ability to help us grow in relationship with Him and others. In the end, this “unique” experience happened to us in the making of IT IS WELL.