Sunday, January 13, 2008

Country in my country...

My friends and former neighbor in Bellingham sent me 17 songs on a CD. Now, let me give you a bit of background. Jerrad became a believer in Christ through or should I say, despite our relationship with him and his interaction with our church. We met for a year in a discipleship relationship for a year after that point. So, I guess it is true that in some way our family was part of the change in their family. (I think it was just God displaying how he can use anyone to share his message!) Well, Jerrad is now doing it back to me, in that he is trying to convert me, to country music, that is. I think my conversion will be a bit more difficult then his. I never was much into the drinking, carousing, 18 wheelerish type music. I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't despise it like some do... But, you would be hard pressed to find some country on Ipod. I think I am pretty uncovertable. Well, that at least that is what I thought until he sent me these songs. Wow. Talk about combining great country music with spiritual encouragment

See if I am not alone in being ministered to by these songs ( I can't vouch for entire albums or character outside of the music, but just have mercy, and be encouraged). I thought I would include a few that have really encouraged me here in Zambia- You can check out the link on itunes.

When I get to where I 'm going - a song by Geoff Moore about the hope of Heaven. (Brad Paisely also sings it with Dolly Parton-both are good.) There is an amazing back up vocalist Christy Nockels that sings with Geoff that is worth the price of the song alone. Check out these lyrics:

When I get where I'm going
on the far side of the sky.
The first thing that I'm gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly.

I'm gonna land beside a lion,
and run my fingers through his mane.
Or I might find out what it's like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah when I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles,
I have carried all these years.
And I'll leave my heart wide open,
I will love and have no fear.
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
Don't cry for me down here.

I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy,
and he'll match me step for step,
and I'll tell him how I missed him,
every minute since he left.
Then I'll hug his neck.


So much pain and so much darkness,
in this world we stumble through.
All these questions, I can't answer,
so much work to do.

But when I get where I'm going,
and I see my Maker's face.
I'll stand forever in the light,
of His amazing grace.
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
Yeah when I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.
I will love and have no fear.
When I get where I'm going.
Yeah when I get where I'm going.

I also liked the song That's what I love about Sundays - Sunday has been the hardest day of the week by far in Zambia because what we love about Sundays has been virtually non-existent, in terms of time with extended family, going to a church that is familiar and enjoying the fellowship of beloved friends. It brings back memories. Today it inspired me a bit and we had a great day as a family being together.

You gotta love Three Wooden Crosses as well. A great story of a song about living beyond yourself and how God uses us to reach many for his glory. Alyssa lies is a powerful and emotional song on child abuse and just a call to protect our children and reality of the world we live in. Here is some background behind it. And the opposite spectrum, a song realizing the blessings of our children, life and how all gifts are from God. A song by Martina McBride called, appropriately enough, "Blessed!" Lastly, "Believe" is a song about the hope of Heaven in the midst of tragedy and how that is a witness to those without hope. During the end of the song, the lyrics say,
I can't quote the book
The chapter or the verse
You can't tell me it all ends
In a slow ride in a hearse
You know I'm more and more convinced
The longer that i live
Yeah, this can't be
No, this can't be
No, this can't be all there is

So just in case Brooks and Dunn are reading this :), here is one of the many verses that gives us hope in a life that does not end:
2 Cor. 4:16-5:10 (NIV)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. [17] For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. [18] So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
[5:1] Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. [2] Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, [3] because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. [4] For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. [5] Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
[6] Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. [7] We live by faith, not by sight. [8] We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. [9] So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. [10] For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

So, thanks Jerrad for bringing country to my country and ultimately reminding me of the hope of OUR true country where WE are going... And, though I am not sure we'll be worshiping God through country music for eternity in Heaven, especially after hearing and seeing the way these Africans worship, I just might be wrong.


The Krause's said...

The funny thing is that for the past month or so, my radio station has been on Praise 106.5. God's really gettin' 'tween me and my country music. I guess I can forgive Him though, seein how He's forgiven me and all.


Anonymous said...

Kerri says: BTW...Christy Nockels is one of my VERY favorite singers! Do you ever listen to Watermark?