Lights My Way to You

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Welcome to this Advent season! This song is about the mystical star that lights our path from within, each and every day.

1. The dark of night surrounded me.
No dawn would come to set me free
Until my Spirit found the key
That lights my way to you.
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2. A soul in torment, stress and pain
Can find the strength to love again.
For burning brightly is a flame
That lights my way to you.
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3. For every person everywhere,
There’s love enough in Christ who cares.
He lived and died, our cross to bear
And lights my way to you.
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God lights my way to you.

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A blazing star that shows the way,
It makes the night as bright as day.
It puts the pathway on display
And lights my way to you.
It lights my way to you.

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Love and Romance

Romance is a summer evening stroll
With love a comfort through the heat and cold.

Romance is a shooting star so bright
With love the shining moon in darkest night.

Romance is a gift of tender song
With love the voice that sings forever strong.

Romance is a flutter sweet to feel
With love a steady flight to good and real.

Romance is a kiss to start a fire
With love the burning flame of deep desire.

Romance is a momentary bliss
With love the key to lasting happiness.

Romance may be quick but just as sure
With love to hold its hand forevermore.

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Give back to You

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Behind the Song

For the past 7 weeks, I’ve been suffering after a muscular injury. I pulled my right arm so much that it still affects my back, neck, shoulder, arm, hand, and especially the fingers on that side. In fact, this is the first week I’ve been able to type more than a few words at a time. My faith, patience, and ability to do simple things have been tested beyond what I thought I could handle. And for a few weeks, I seriously questioned whether I would ever play an instrument or write a song again.

I have written 3 songs since this happened, when I usually write at least one every week. Recording and posting them was delayed, but at that point, rather delayed than not at all. Those songs are
Centered in the Storm,
Love You Like He Does,
and this one, which is truly a testomony and praise song for me. As the song says, “I am not my own.” I belong to the Lord of All, who has plans for us that we often don’t understand, and sometimes do not enjoy. πŸ™‚

However, earlier in the year, during Lent, I wrote extra songs. This is also unusual. I’ve posted some of those in the past few weeks:
Think of Me,
It Took You,
and
Virtuous Woman.

Until now, extra songs have been just that–extra. I was glad to have them, but they didn’t count toward my weekly commitment to write one new song. I.e. extra ones don’t mean I’m off the hook and don’t have to write one next week. πŸ™‚ But the Lord knew more than I did, of course. I believe He gave me those songs to fulfill my commitment to music, even when I couldn’t play.

I’m sure my explanation falls short… But I pray you can understand the divine plan, the hope, love, faith, and healing in this experience. And I pray it helps someone else. I couldn’t share this song without sharing the experience, so may it be an encouragement to you!

Pray with Me

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your everlasting love. Thank you for your presence that is everywhere all at once. In everything I experience, you are there. Nothing happens without your consent, and I am never alone. Thank you for bringing me through this and showing me again what an awesome, wonderful God you are.

I pray that all those going through hard times today and any day, may know your strength and peace that passes all human understanding. I pray you give them comfort during hardship, faith through uncertainty, and love even during loss.

My heart fills with gratitude for those who show us your love, support, and encouragement each day. Thank you for Freddy, who has been strong when I couldn’t be, prayed without ceasing, and shown me your light when I could only find darkness. I pray you send such a spiritual support and inspiration to everyone going through a difficult time. Darkness cannot last forever, and you always send us light when we need it most. For this and each breath you give me to praise you, I am truly grateful.

Bless all your children, dear Lord, and may each one realize we are truly safe in your care. May your will be done in every life, so that we may give you all glory and praise.

In your service, through Christ I pray.

Amen.

Give back to You – Lyrics

1. You gave me my hands
To do your will
And the talents I have,
Your purpose to fulfill.
So when I cannot work,
When I’m feeling hurt,
I brush off the dirt,
Remember their worth,
And I give my hands back to you.
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2. You gave me my heart
To sing your song
And the love that I have
To pass along.
So when I hear no sound,
When I’m feeling down,
My heart is found
In your love that knows no bounds,
And I give my heart back to you.
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3. You gave me my mind
To think of you
And the knowledge I have
To share your truth.
So when I cannot see,
When I’ve lost the dream,
I reach deep in me,
Where you never leave,
And I give my mind back to you.
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Lord, I give my hands,
My heart and my mind back to you.

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For I am not my own.
I am yours to shape and mold,
To have and to hold,
It is true.
You are my strength,
And I give my thanks,
And my hands, my heart,
And my mind all back to you.

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Love You like He Does

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OOO…
God help me love you like He does.

1. Everything I do should be for you.
Every word I say should light your way.
Every thought I hold should be a comfort to your soul,
‘Cause I want to love you like He does.
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2. Falling on my face, He gives me grace.
Bowing on my knees, He hears my pleas.
Crying to our Lord is making all my motives pure,
‘Cause I want to love you like He does.
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3. As long as I live, may I forgive.
In seeking may I find He keeps me kind.
And all the love I see, I know it’s not about just me,
‘Cause I want to love you like He does.
Refrain: (Twice)

God help me love you like He does (2x).

Refrain:
Let me love you like He does
And brighten up your day.
May I love you like Jesus
Each step of the way.
[Ya know] we might float through Heaven
Or crawl through Hell,
But let this be the same:
God help me love you like He does.

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Virtuous Woman

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Proverbs 31:10-13, 20, 25-31 (NIV)

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
β€œMany daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Virtuous Woman – Lyrics

Refrain:
Lord, make me a virtuous woman,
Hard-working, caring, and kind,
Keeping a home for my family,
And living Your design.

1. Give me the talent to make
All that my hands can supply.
Grant me the Spirit to manage it well
And bring my husband pride.
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2. Cooking and planting to grow,
Nurturing children and seeds.
Lord, may I be a good wife to my husband
And gladly meet his needs.
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3. May I have extra to share
And be giving and humble and meek.
For in this way I inherit the kingdom
And make my life complete.
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Lord, make me a virtuous woman
Who is living Your design!

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Eyes to Heaven: A Blind Man’s Prayer

Eyes to Heaven: A Blind Man’s Prayer

by Frederick Douglass Grimes, III

Dear Lord, Thank you for this day. Because of you I woke up this morning. Because of you I can feel the sun’s rays on my face this morning.

We have traveled many miles together, halfway around the world and back. You were by my side the entire way. For that I am forever grateful. You have been with me through the good times and surely the bad also, never forsaking me, just trying to show me the right path to take. For 17 years I have been In visual darkness, but you have shown me spiritual brightness. I now know that the only vision that I need Is the vision of your love. You have placed so many beautiful people In my life that no matter what trials and tribulations I face, I know that you will always be by my side.

Only you know what Is next for me In my life. I just pray that you will continue to make me a good person. Give me wisdom, courage, and compassion to always help others the way that they have helped me. Your love Is what makes every day worth living. God, bless the entire world!

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Peace Day

Today is the Autumn Equinox, as well as International Day of Peace. World Peace is a noble goal; however, Peace begins with, and within each one of us.

On this International Day of Peace,
We cannot ask when all the wars will cease.

We must look with wisdom so deep inside,
Asking when in us will the Peace abide?

May we bless each day that we’re blessed to wake,
For the Peace we get is the Peace we make.

Any war outside is a war within,
But the Spirit fights for Its Peace again.

Every step so tiny and moment small
Is a piece of Peace, for one and all.

Though it may not manifest on this Earth,
Peace begins with us, for we give It birth.

For beyond the strife is a Spirit great
With a voice that urges us not to wait.

We must light it now with a flame so strong,
Making Peace the message we pass along.

On this International Day of Peace,
We cannot ask when all the wars will cease.

We must look with wisdom so deep inside,
And attend the flame of a peaceful life.