Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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4 Outta 7

Well, I jumped into the 7 songs in 7 days challenge with good intentions. As a fellow songwriter said, life got in the way. So, I got 4 songs written. Still, that it 4 more than I would have had I not taken on 7 in 7 this year. I'm ok with that.

Here is song #4.

Psalm 56

In God whose word I praise
In the Lord whose word I praise
I shall trust
I shall trust
I shall not be afraid

Show me grace my God
For I am trampled
Lift me up my God
I'm weak and cannot stand
When I am afraid 
I will trust in You
There's nothing man can do

In God whose word I praise
In the Lord whose word I praise
I shall trust
I shall trust
I shall not be afraid

They stir up strife 
and hide in the shadows
Try to steal my life away
Their thoughts against me
But you are for me
So I will not be afraid

In God whose word I praise
In the Lord whose word I praise
I shall trust
I shall trust
I shall not be afraid

You count my tears
So when my enemies are near
I will look to you
You deliver my soul
And have not let me fall
So I will call on

In God whose word I praise
In the Lord whose word I praise
I shall trust
I shall trust
I shall not be afraid


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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India

Finished and uploaded 2 songs in one day. Heck yes! This song is a reflection on my time in India last December. I hope you enjoy it. And while you are here, check out As Our Own, a ministry very dear to my heart.


India
You painted my skin with the colors of earth
flowers and feathers and swirls
The colors will fade but the mark that you've made
on my life
will forever remain
India
India
India
You've stained my heart
Your streets are filled with the colors of life
As bright as the light of the day
But your allies are marked by the weight of the darkness
So I pray for the one I love
India
India
India
You've captured my heart
The other side of the world
is just a heartbeat away
Take a deep breath
we breathe the same grace
India
I pray that soon your daughters will dance
in the joy of freedom
I pray that soon your sons will walk
in the victory of light
India
India
India
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Faith Maker

Ok, it is day 6 of 7 in 7 and I just finished song #2. It's called Faith Maker. I have been learning so much about taking steps of faith. It's terrifying and everything in me fights against it. I think a lot about Peter stepping out of the boat. I think that Jesus didn't let Peter walk on water because Peter had enough faith. I think He called Peter out of the boat to teach him about faith and to provide an opportunity to breath more faith into Peter. Out came this song about walking on water and trusting the Faith Maker.

 Faith Maker by ErinWoodsMusic


Everything in me says
It’s impossible
Everyone around says
I’m a fool if I try
Everything I’ve ever known
Points to failure
And I sure comfortable
Right where I am

I’m gonna take just one nervous step onto the waters
Just one timid step onto the seas
I can barely keep my eyes open
For the sting of the wind on my face
I can barely keep balance
For the strength of the waves

But I’m gonna fix my gaze on the one who says it can be done
I’m gonna fix my gaze on the face of the one who calms the storms
I’m gonna fix my gaze on Jesus Christ.
The water walker the faith maker

Truth be told I thought
It would get easier
Once I stepped out of the boat
The seas would be still
But the storm is raging on all around me
And gravity and logic fights to bring me down

I’m gonna take just one nervous step onto the waters
Just one timid step onto the seas
I can barely keep my eyes open
For the sting of the wind on my face
I can barely keep balance
For the strength of the waves

But I’m gonna fix my gaze on the one who says it can be done
I’m gonna fix my gaze on the face of the one who calms the storms
I’m gonna fix my gaze on Jesus Christ.
The water walker the faith maker

When I turn my eyes to the storm
When I start measure the distance to the shore
The waves will swallow me and my little faith
But I will cry out
His arm is not too short to save

Sunday, November 13, 2011

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It's Baaaack

That's right, 7 in 7 is back. It started on Thursday and ends Wednesday. I've joined over 300 songrwriters from all over the world (literally) in taking the challenge to write 7 songs in 7 days. The rules are simple. Start and finish a new song for each of the 7 days. No revamping old unfinished songs. Start with a blank page.

As I sat down to write on Thursday, I was having the hardest time getting past a single verse or a single chorus or even a single line. I would write a couple of starting points down and then nothing else would come. That rough start coupled with the fact that I was at a retreat (an awesome, butt-kicking one) all weekend has brought me here. It is officially day four and I have only 1 finished song. But, it is one. It is one that I would not have written this week if not for 7 in 7. So, enjoy. It's a one day written recorded song, not perfect, but it has such potential...

 Hurricane by ErinWoodsMusic


Baby  I should warn you
I’m a hurricane
Got not sense to look out for who might be in my way
Just blowing through town taking down the lights
Darling you should hide out for a day or two
Move out of the path of the storm headed straight for you
You might be brave but darling I’m not safe.
And the wind and the rain follow the calm
It’s hard to tell what damage is done
by the hurricane

Could be only leaves and limbs
Tossed about by crazy winds
Maybe a little broken glass
Or could family and friends
Broken hearts harder to mend
And I’m sorry
I’m sorry
but I’m a hurricane
So you should have seen it coming