Word and Music – I Stand

I absolutely love Idina Menzel’s rendition of this song!

When you ask me, who I am:
What is my vision? And do I have a plan?
Where is my strength? Have I nothing to say?
I hear the words in my head, but I push them away.

‘Cause I stand for the power to change,
I live for the perfect day.
I love till it hurts like crazy,
I hope for a hero to save me.
I stand for the strange and lonely,
I believe there’s a better place.
I don’t know if the sky is heaven,
But I pray anyway.

Words and Music – Heart of Worship

As I type this, we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.  It’s a once in a lifetime experience – thank you, God! – and has left us all a bit out of our “normal” habits and behaviors.  Large numbers of people are working from home, restaurants are providing take out/delivery service ONLY, malls are closed, and churches are streaming their services online.  Our worship has been stripped bare of form and format, location, . . . everything we are used to has been set aside for now.  This song reflects my thoughts perfectly.

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart
I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus

Words and Music – Baby Grand

This song was recorded by Billy Joel (one of my favorite recording artists ever) and the amazing Ray Charles.  Yes, two of the greatest sing AND play on this song.  It’s a love song, really.  Yes.  A love song to an instrument.  And I absolutely relate.

Late at night
When it’s dark and cold
I reach out
For someone to hold
When I’m blue
When I’m lonely
She comes through
She’s the only one who can
My baby grand
Is all I need

Words and Music – Different

Micah Tyler’s Different is a POWERFUL song.  Convicting and motivating.

I know, that I am far, from perfect
But through You, the cross still says, I’m worth it
So take this beating in my heart and
Come and finish what You started
When they see me, let them see You
‘Cause I just wanna be different, 

Words and Music – Stand in Your Love

Songs dealing with the battle against fear have been a theme for me lately.  Here’s another favorite!

‘Cause my fear doesn’t stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn’t stand a chance
When I stand in Your love
My fear doesn’t stand a chance
When I stand in Your love


Words and Music – Breakup Song

I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it.  If it was possible to wear out a digital track, I would have done so long ago!

Fear, you don’t own me
There ain’t no room in this story
And I ain’t got time for you
Telling me what I’m not
Like you know me well guess what?
I know who I am
I know I’m strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here

Words and Music – All In

This song has been a favorite as I think about goals and plans for the New Year.  2020 will be my first FULL year with a mental health diagnosis AND a plan of action in place to get healthier in that regard.  So this song has kind of been a bit of a theme for me lately.  The process of getting healthier won’t be easy, but I’m definitely going all in!

So, I step to the edge and I take a deep breath
We’re all dying to live but we’re all scared to death
And this is the part where my head tells my heart
You should turn back around but there’s no turning back now
I’m going all in
Headfirst into the deep end
I hear You calling
And this time the fear won’t win
I’m going, I’m going all in

Day One – Matthew West

This seemed like a fitting song to share on New Year’s Day – LITERALLY Day One of 2020!!  Since Tuesday is all about “Words and Music” – I LOVE the phrase that says “Every single day Your grace reminds me that my best days are not behind me.”  Talk about hope!

Words and Music – Now More Than Ever

Not gonna say much about this one except to share the lyrics that can reduce me to grateful tears in a moment –

Is Love’s Old Sweet Story too good to be true?
Do you find all this hard to believe?
Has the cruel world we live in so battered your heart
That the hurt child inside you can’t grieve?
I can’t say I blame you
I’ve been where you are
But all I can say is
It’s true!
You’re wanted
You’re precious
You’re the love of His heart
And the old rugged cross was for you