Two songs I downloaded tonight sum up where I believe God has me right now. While I love both songs in their entirety, there are a few lines in each that particularly quicken my Spirit and resonate with my soul. Check out the lyrics and my comments below each of the songs, if you like.

Matthew West – The Motions

This might hurt, it’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care if I break,
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
“What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?”

No regrets, not this time
I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

‘Cause I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
“What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?”

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (’cause I don’t wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I’m finally feeling something real)
take me all the way

I don’t wanna go through the motions

Why these lyrics? I basically squandered the first 26 years of my life chasing everything but Christ. Since becoming a Christ-follower at the age of 27, my heart’s all out desire has been to make the most of every moment – to use His time wisely and for His glory. When I hear the highlighted lyrics above, I find myself asking the Lord to show me those places in my life where I am simply, and unfortunately, “going through the motions” — because those are the places I’m not allowing the Holy Spirit to take hold… and a place, quite frankly, I don’t want to be.

Newsboys – Stay Strong

You’re in the moment now
A bitter root
A wandering eye and then
The ties that bind start wearing thin, thin

You’re in the moment now
When all you’ve been blessed with
Is not enough
Here’s where the ground gets loose
Here’s where the devils call your bluff

Stay strong
You are not lost
Come on
and fix your eyes ahead
There’s a new dawn to light our day, our day
You’ve gotta stay strong
You and I run
For the prize that lies ahead
We’ve come too far to lose our way, our way

We’ve seen the tragic flaws
The tortured souls
The saints with feet of clay
Here’s where sin becomes cliche’

We’ve come through wilderness
and watched
The cloud by day
The burning sky into dawn
Have you forgotten who you are?
Did you forget whose trip you’re on?

Get up, there’s further to go
Get up, there’s more to be done
Get up, this witness is sure
Get up, this race can be won
This race can be won

We’ve gotta stay strong
You are not lost
Come on and fix your eyes ahead
Our Father’s dawn
will light our day, our day
Come on and stay strong
His grip is sure
And His patience still endures
There’ll be no letting go today, no way

Come on,
and stay strong
You and I run
For the prize that lies ahead
We’ve come too far to lose our way, our way

Why these lyrics? A couple days prior to hearing this song for the first time I had been asked by a woman at First Baptist to teach a lesson for a “large” women’s gathering at a church out-of- town. If you know me, you know the two words “large” and “out-of-town” didn’t settle well with the ‘ol tummy. My fears usually get the best of me. And yet, I had not one doubt this was a door God had opened, and so I stepped through and agreed to do it. It’s coming up in March, so I covet your prayers! Needless to say, the Lord used the lyrics highlighted above to infuse much needed strength and peace into my mind.

I still smile at Him every time I hear these songs play, knowing that He continues to be at work in the details.

Tiny House on the Hill

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