Like This: Waste Another Day, Brooke Fraser

Found this old Brooke Fraser song recently… I bought her first album years back and listened to it continuously until I misplaced it one day.  She has definitely grown and changed much as an artist over the span of her career but one things that has remained all the way through is her ability to weave a beautiful story in her songs.  This one was no exception:

Don’t you say it’s too early
Baby I don’t wanna waste the day
When we’ve everything on our side
And nothing in our way

We can do what we wanna
‘Cos today the world is ours
Nothing gray, just real-time and colour
In which to whittle away the hours

We could speak ’til nothing’s left unspoken
We could drive ’til we’ve run out of road
We could drink ’til we’ve emptied the ocean
But I’d be happy here
Happy just to hold you

[Chorus]
‘Til the suns and planets disappear
I could stay in your arms all year
Even if that means infinity through
If being productive is being with you
Then baby I don’t want to waste another day

I’ll shout aloud what I’m feeling
Let my tongue be still no more
Now I know that it’s the real thing
Just try and keep me quiet about it
Oh…

‘Cos we could stare until we both are blinded
We could fall ’til gravity gets tired
We could lose our love just to re-find it
But I’m just happy here
Happy staying beside you

Waste Another Day, Brooke Fraser

I’m looking forward to singing this to you one day :).

– Ames – 

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not like, LOVE this – How He Loves Us

There’s been a lot happening down this end; too much to comprehend, too much to condense into a few lines before slumber befalls me.

All I’ll say is, Oh how HE loves me!  

He is jealous for me 
Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree 
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy 
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory 
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me. 
Oh, how He loves us so 
Oh, how He loves us 
How He loves us so. 

Yeah, He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves. 

So we are His portion and He is our prize, 
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes 
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking 
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest 
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way 

That he loves us, 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves 

He loves us, 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves 

Well, I thought about You the day Stephen died and You met me between my breaking 
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony 
…they want to tell me You’re cruel 
But if Stephen could sing, he’d say it’s not true, cause… 

Cause He loves us, 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves 

Yeah, He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves us 
Woah, how He loves

– How He Loves Us, Jesus Culture

– Ames –

Like This: God I Look To You

Heard this on my iPod while at the gym… this is my prayer right now.

God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed 
Give me vision to see things like You do 
God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from 
Give me wisdom; You know just what to do 

I will love You Lord my strength 
I will love You Lord my shield 
I will love You Lord my rock forever 
All my days I will love You God 

Hallelujah our God reigns 
Hallelujah our God reigns 
Hallelujah our God reigns forever 
All my days Hallelujah

– God I Look To You,  Jenn Johnson (Bethel Church)

– Ames –

Like This: Redeemed

Though words of affirmation have always been spoken over my life, I’ve still experienced regrets and shame.  So the line that jumped out of this song for me was: “I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet”.  I love the pictures that Big Daddy Weave paint with their words, they are such great story tellers.  Enjoy :)

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me
“Son, stop fighting a fight that’s already been won”

(Chorus)
I am redeemed
You set me free
So I’ll shake off theses heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed
I am redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I don’t have to be
The old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name
A new life I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

– Redeemed, Big Daddy Weave

– Ames

Like This: All Around Me

It must be pretty obvious that I’m not a fan of alternative metal music since a new friend of mine (hey, Jono!) suggested I give Flyleaf‘s acoustic version of ‘All Around Me’ a go instead of the original :P.

I feel like you need the context to the song though, so lead singer, Lacey Sturm’s testimony follows this song – this left me in tears and just amazed at how God reaches out to each individual, wanting so much to embrace one and show His love to them.

My hands are searching for you
My arms are outstretched towards you
I feel you on my fingertips
My tongue dances behind my lips for you
This fire runs in through my being
Burning I’m not used to seeing you

I’m still alive, I’m still alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

My hands float up above me
And you whisper you love me
And I begin to fade
Into our secret place
The music makes me sway
The angels singing say we are alone with you
I am alone and they are too with you

I’m still alive, I’m still alive, We’re still alive

And I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

And so I cry (holy)
The light is white (holy)
And I see you (holy)

I’m alive, I’m still alive, We’re still alive

And I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

Take my hand
I give it to you
Now you own me
All I am
You said you would never leave me
I believe you
I believe

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healed

– Ames

Like This: Blessings

Heard this song a number of times now through various channels and finally downloaded it from iTunes.  Pretty much a song for anytime disappointments come our way or just a general reminder that God works in ways that we don’t always understand.

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace.
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep.
We pray for healing, prosperity.
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.

All the while, You hear each spoken need.
Your love is way too much to give us lesser things.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear.
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near.
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love.
As if every promise from Your word is not enough.

All, the while, You hear each desperate plea.
And long that we’d have faith to believe.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if trials of this night, are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win;
We know that pain reminds this heart, that this is not, this is not our home.
It’s not our home.

Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops?
What if your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life;
Is a revealing of greater thirst that a world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights;
Are Your mercies in disguise?

– Blessings, Laura Story

May it be an encouragement to you as it was to me :).

– Ames

I will rise

Loving this song at the moment:

This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified
Salvation through repentance
At the cross on which He died

Now hear my absolution
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in

[Chorus]
I will rise, I will rise
As Christ was raised to life
Now in Him, now in Him
I live

I stand a new creation
Baptized in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation
By faith I’m justified

I rise as You are risen
Declare Your rule and reign
My life confess Your Lordship
And glorify Your Name
Your Word it stands eternal
Your Kingdom knows no end
Your praise goes on forever
An on and on again

No power can stand against You
No curse assault Your throne
No one can steal Your glory
For it is Yours alone
I stand to sing Your praises
I stand to testify
For I was dead in my sin

– Beneath the waters (I will rise), Hillsong

 ♥ Ames