"I know that You are for me. I know that You are for me. I know that You will never forsake me in my weakness. I know that You have come now, even if to write up on my heart, to remind me who You are."
-Kari Jobe "You Are For Me"
My husband had this custom made for me this Christmas after being in a season when I needed to be reminded daily, "I know that You are for me...".
Precious one, He is for us. He is for all mankind.
Hoping your Christmas reminds you of just that.
After a long year of literal blood, sweat and tears, Seacoast Worship is ready to release it's second all-original album.
It's a living, breathing thing, a recording; a huge undertaking. It has taken unspeakable hours, the sharpest of learning curves, and the most diligent dedication to make an album that would sing our hearts. Over the last months I've watched as the fellas have labored over lyrics, notes and melodies and asked each other all the questions: Is that singable? Does that make sense? Was that part distracting? How far up in the mix should that be? I've seen inspiration strike and fingers reach frantically for pens, paper and phones. I've listened as they have picked up guitars and opened the books of their hearts and let new songs fly off unwritten pages. I've been brought to tears over lyrics that stirred emotions that we all, too closely, understood. I've jumped up and down at the beauty of a harmony line, closed my eyes to soak in a guitar lick, and prayed over the process as it very intentionally unfolded.
I didn't have the privilege of singing on this album as I was on a little vocal therapy journey, but even if you never get past the titles of the new songs, you can tell we've all been on a little journey of our own. "O The Blood", "You Are Here", "Strong to Rescue", "Be Still", "You Are With Me", "Love Has Won"… can you sense it? Through each song, you might get the idea that we've been desperate for the Lord - his presence, his deliverance, his all encompassing greatness swallowing up our fear - and the truth is, we have been. As a team, we've experienced some of the highest highs and lowest lows this year. We've gained and lost, laughed and most certainly cried. The amazing thing about it is - haven't we all? Haven't all of us experienced the depth of joy that makes us want to sing "Love Has Won", the stinging pain of loss that radiates through "You Are With Me" and the desperate in-between times when He beckons us with the quiet of "Be Still"? Faithful one, "Strong to Rescue" is a picture of our hearts… and yours. We couldn't be more happy to share this journey with you. We really hope you love it as much as we do.
For more information about Seacoast Worship and our latest project "Strong to Rescue", please visit us at www.seacoastworship.org
This past weekend was my first attempt at a worship set in 73 days. 73 days. I know that is a marginal amount of time... but when you've been holding your breath and gasping for air because you feel like you've had the wind knocked out of you for 73 days...well, it's a long time.
The great thing is it went really well. Yes, my throat was super sore during and after, but I. DID. IT. From this point it will be a slow re-entry (as slow as it can be 2 weeks before Christmas where we will do, collectively, 33 services). :-\
The Lord spoke softly to me to say that He would actively heal me as I sang - to keep going - that all the while, He'd be at work. He needed me to have a time of rest so he could heal me in that specific way and then now, a time of singing, so He can heal me this specific way. He doesn't heal once and done... it's a gradual, instantaneous miracle that evolves with my life and how He needs to teach me. He's amazing.
Isaiah 40:31 "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall rise up on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, walk and shall not faint."
This verse has meant so much to me in these days, but today I saw something different... Fly/Run/Walk. That's what the person is doing - although capable of all three - rising on wings to fly first, then run, then walk. He's slowing down the person while renewing their strength. Did you catch it? That's what the Lord has been doing all along. Waiting in the walk. Slowing to Strengthen. Resting me to Renew.
Although I'm no where near top form (as it could realistically be 6 more months), He's released me for now - and I'm ready to soar and receive His healing as I go.
O Lord my God, I called to you for help
and you healed me.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.