Friday, February 20, 2009

"You Have What I Need"

(by Hawk Nelson)

"I've tried my best to hear out the masses
I've heard it all, from A to Z
I've read it all, been to all of the classes
And still I'm tryin' but I just can't see through the smoke

And I don't want it, this confusion
I don't want a false solution
Give me something to hold on to
I want what You have 'cause You have what I need

I know it's hard to be yourself when
You're not sure just who that is
All I wanted was satisfaction
But all I got was empty fists
Can You hear me?


All I wanted was honesty
And that was something only You give
It took forever just to realize
That I had to give myself away
So I could see Your face and learn how to live
I can't erase Your mark
You may take every thing else away


OK, so I'm about half way through the Bible study that I talked about in an earlier post. I mentioned that I don't want to be like Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1, where he's discontent with life. Honestly, I am guilty of having judged his cynicism, even though I have felt the same way before.

Fortunately, we have both come to the same conclusion: that everything IS meaningless apart from God. I have read that book of the Bible before, & I know that by the end, he seems to have come around. But what I didn't really realize until yesterday is that he wasn't being pessimistic so much as he was stating the truth all along. I have looked at it out of context & thought, "Man, where was his focus? He's so darn cynical. Why is this even in the Bible?!" But in Ecc. 2:24, he says, "So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that this pleasure is from the hand of God."

When I read that, a light bulb went off (even before the author of the Bible study pointed it out to me)! He realized that true pleasure can only com from above. Up until that point, he's basically recapping what he had been going through & how he had felt. The vain & meaningless stuff that he tried to find contentment in was what was "under the sun". I'm going to close with a quote from my study (& from Baxter's Explore the Book by J. Sidlow Baxter), because I couldn't say it better myself. A scholar by the name of G. Campbell Morgan said: Ecclesiastes is an inspired confession of failure and pessimism when God is excluded, when man lives under the sun, and forgets the larger part, which is always over the sun, the eternal and abiding things.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"I Wanna Marry You All Over Again"

(by Derek Webb)

"I wanna marry you all over again
I wanna meet you and I wanna be friends
I wanna chase you all the way to Tennessee
I’ll meet your parents at the airport bar
I’ll take you out in my rental car
I wanna court you on the record label’s dime

come on baby let’s go back to the start
take it back sugar then gimme your heart
don’t you know baby I would do it all over again

I wanna buy you an old upright
I wanna accidentally stay all night
I wanna read the Bible and I wanna make out
I wanna marry you all over again
I wanna fall in love and say we’re just friends
I wanna race you all the way to Kansas City

I wanna give you a diamond ring
and then we’ll run into my ex-girlfriend
oh, I wanna sing songs while the sun’s going down"

Happy Valentine's Day, Amy! I love you, too!

"A Groovy Kind of Love"

(by Phil Collins)

"When I'm feeling blue
All I have to do
Is take a look at you
Then I'm not so blue
When you're close to me
I can feel your heart beat
I can hear you breathing in my ear
Wouldn't you agree?
Baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love

Anytime you want to
You can turn me onto
Anything you want to
Anytime at all
When I kiss your lips
Ooh I start to shiver
Can't control the quivering inside
Wouldn't you agree?
Baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love, oh

When I'm feeling blue
All I have to do
Is take a look at you
Then I'm not so blue
When I'm in your arms
Nothing seems to matter
My whole world could shatter
I don't care
Wouldn't you agree?
Baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love..."

Happy Valentine's Day, Mistopher. I love you!

Friday, February 6, 2009

"Bowling Ball"

(by Superchick)

"Maybe he'll change
Maybe things'll get better
Maybe it would be nice
If he wouldn't always put you down
Maybe things'll work out
But maybe they'll never
And I think you've given him
The benefit of the doubt

You need that boy like a bowling ball
Dropped on your head
Which means not at all
You have too much to give, to live
To waste your time on him...

Maybe he'll change
If you could be better
But maybe it's not your fault
He's checkin out the waitress now
But someday you'll change
One day you're stronger
And you will have changed enough
And it's time to get out


You have too much to give, to live
To waste your time on him..."

Today's post is dedicated to my wonderful, beautiful, favorite cousin. I know this isn't your situation exactly, but you know what I mean! You are awesome & worthy of the best guy in the world. If he's the one, let him grow up & become the man God intends him to be. And don't settle for less! I *love* you!