Showing posts with label Music videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music videos. Show all posts

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Strength Of My Heart Music Video

On Saturdays I want to remind you to prepare your heart for a time of worship and rest on the weekend. God invites us over and over again to Rest in Him, and especially for widows to enter His rest, (Ruth 1:9).

As you listen to this music video today, you'll notice phrases from the song contained in the verses below---it's a very biblical song! I really enjoyed catching the phrases (in bold) and going to When I got there I typed the words into the search box to find the verse in the New International Version (NIV), but you may select from any version; you might find that a real blessing too. I urge you to try it sometime. Until then, just listen in, and let God's rest minister to your spirit.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress Psalm 46:7

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling Psalm 68:5

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Selah, ferree

Saturday, June 13, 2015

"I Will Trust In Thee"

Dear Reader,
I'm the one who needs to take in this song the most -- "I Will Trust in Thee..." but I hope you won't mind my sharing it with you too today.

I find myself at a time of life where I'm not sure what direction God is leading, I'm not sure of my abilities or strengths; I'm not sure what the future will hold. Asking for help with this blog, admitting my health struggles, and committing this time to simply relinquish control----to put trusting in God into action---- to enter "A Place of Pause" (sound familiar?) has been a challenge. And it still takes a lot of work to produce this blog and to connect the writers and readers even though I've cut back so much. But God has limited what I can do, so I offer to Him what I can do, and trust Him to do what needs to be done. He knows that so much better than I do!

How about you? Widowhood certainly imposes limits on what you can do, doesn't it? Nothing will ever quite be the same and that's hard to accept. I remember when I did my share of chafing and gnawing and crying against it. But like Candy said on Thursday, there comes a point where we simply must STOP and REST. And that fits so perfectly with what I always urge you to do on the weekend---take some time to come apart and rest in the Lord. Someone has said, "Come apart before you fall apart." Are you in a place or a season of Pause, Stop, or Rest today too?

The following song was performed in my church last week and I clung to every word. I'm so glad I could find this video that included the words. It's not my church's, but it includes the words which are so crucial. I pray you'll be able to watch and worship along with it sometime this weekend.

And come back next week to meet my blogger friend Carrie Jo. I've loved the responses and comments you've shared with Candy this week, and I know you'll appreciate Carrie next week as she shares how the Lord walked with her through widowhood, a child with a disability, remarriage, and facing the annual bittersweet "Fathers Day."   
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day By Day- A Weekend Reflection

How was your week? As I look back on mine-- blogging about "Is There Really A Reason?" and the widow of Zarephaeth, it all seems to have a cohesive message and pattern: day by day the Lord is in control. I don't know what a day will hold, but I know his mercies are new every morning and his loving kindness never fails. (Lamentations 3)

On Tuesday at my house I had lunch with eight of the ladies on my street. We've been doing this once a month for over a year now. Everyone brings a dish to share, and since it's usually at my house I always take the liberty to play a little game of conversation starter questions. One of the questions was "What song could be a theme song for your life?"

The following hymn came to my mind. When I was growing up I loved my church so much--First Baptist in Waupaca, Wisconsin. The pastor's wife, Mrs. Reemstma, sang this number one Sunday morning and it's stuck with me ever since. I think she must have mentioned it was written by a young Swedish woman, born out of the tragedy of a boating accident where she saw her own father drown in the 1800's. Mrs. Reemstma was Swedish, too, like the songwriter. And in my childish ways, since I had great-grandparents from Norway, I felt a Scandinavian kinship with her. I remember her strawberry blonde hair, fair complexion, her lovely voice, and the smile on her face from peace that glowed within her while she sang this hymn.

It's a perfect hymn for a Saturday, as you close out this week and lean into the next one. I hope you'll be able to tune out your worries and tune in to the words I've copied for you. They are rich with truth about our Savior God. Have blessed weekend and Lord's Day tomorrow. With God's help this season of suffering won't last forever.

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best--
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Ev'ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then in eve'ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
photo by Sherry Luttrell

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Last week I was able to go to a concert by the gospel trio "The Martins." As I heard the words to this song I couldn't help but think what a precious encouragement it would be for my readers. Actually for everyone! But I know that some of the phrases are just right for what you're going through.

The Martins have been singing in harmony since childhood but their testimony is that their lives aren't perfect either----although they're on stage, in real life they're just like you and me. They sing from their hearts to our own...ferree

For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, 
neither the present nor the future, 
nor any powers, 
neither height nor depth, 
nor anything else in all creation, 
will be able to separate us from the love of God 
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
Romans 8:38,39 (NIV)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It is well with my soul ( Chris Rice )

Listen for phrases of verse 16 embedded within the latter part of the hymn, It Is Well With My Soul, I just love it!
Rest in the Lord and the truth of His Word this weekend my friends. (Remember, if you receve this post by email you might have to click the title to go to the blog itself and hear the hymn).
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
King James Version (KJV)

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jeremy Camp - He Knows (Lyric Video)

Dear Reader,

The body needs rest! I've found that out the hard way, and I thank you for patiently waiting while I had to give my back some rest from the computer over the last several weeks.

But what about you? Do you need some rest today? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually? Most widows honestly must answer YES to each one. Try to set aside time this weekend to rest in all those areas of life. Right now you can listen to this music video, and I think it might help you rest spiritually as you dwell on the reassurance that God knows. Meditate on the verses I've listed below, and rest in Him this weekend.

Let me call out a thank you to Donna T. for mentioning this video on Facebook on Thursday. It meant a lot to her, and it blessed me too.

John 11:35 Jesus wept.(NIV)
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (NIV)

Did you know his first wife died of cancer? Here's where to order Jeremy's book through my affiliation with Christian Book Distributors:

375595: I Still Believe: A Memoir I Still Believe: A Memoir

By Jeremy Camp with David Thomas / Tyndale House

* How should we deal with life's sorrows? When a loved one dies, where can we find comfort? With unflinching candor, Camp recounts his improverished childhood, rebellious teenage years, spiritual awakening, the tragic loss of his wife, Melissa, and his second chance at love. His fiery journey refined his faith---and will give you reason to hope in God. 220 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Knowing What I Know About Heaven video

I watched this video this morning and thought of you... each of you reading this post. Until that wonderful day when God wipes away all tears, may our yearning for Heaven and Him open our eyes to God's hope and love for us today. Rest in Him this weekend and even though it might be hard, remember to attend church to express your worship and obedience to God. ferree
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

"Strength Of My Heart" from Rend Collective (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

On Saturdays I want to remind you to prepare your heart for a time of worship and rest on the weekend, especially after 4th of July yesterday. We need some rest! God invites us over and over again to Rest in Him, and especially for widows to enter His rest, (Ruth 1:9).

As you listen to this music video today, you'll notice phrases from the song contained in the verses below---it's a very biblical song! I really enjoyed catching the phrases (in bold) and going to When I got there I typed the words into the search box to find the verse in the New International Version (NIV), but you may select from any version; you might find that a real blessing too. I urge you to try it sometime. Until then, just listen in, and let God's rest minister to your spirit.

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress Psalm 46:7

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling Psalm 68:5

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Selah, ferree

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Echoing Angels - Give You Peace - Lyrics

A phrase in this song says God holds out His hand to catch every tear... After what Linda wrote yesterday, I just had to post it.
May His peace cover you today,

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

"Alone But Not Alone" Resonates With Widows Too

When I receive multiple emails from widows telling me this new video means so much to them, then I know it's certainly something to share with you today. One lady told me it helped her through Valentines Day last week. So I hope the beautiful music and stories will inspire you too.

Joni Earickson Tada tells a bit of her story and what a challenge it is for her to sing, and against that backdrop, the movie clips are based on the true story of a pre-Revolutionary War family as they struggle to build a home in America.

But what I want you to come away with is to remember the words---Alone But Not Alone. God is with you! And whether it's through a broken body like Joni's, or a broken heart like yours, God's power can be seen in both!

(If you're an email subscriber and can't view  videos in email, then click the blog title to link to the website). 

By the way, the performance was nominated for an Oscar! Oooops! Update needed: the song is no longer up for nomination! (Thank you Michele of Joy Returns for the scoop this morning when you saw my oversight). Here's an article Michelle sent me about the controversy:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Widow's Story: Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

The year: around 1880
The place: a sunny beach on Long Island Sound in New York
The event: A picnic lunch for a young family-- Mr. Stead, his wife Louisa, and their 4-year-old daughter, Lily.

Cries for help interrupted their picnic and Mr. Stead charged out into the water after a drowning boy. Sadly, both the boy and his rescuer were pulled under and drowned before the eyes of Louisa and Lily.

In the days that followed, as Louisa struggled with the heart-rending Why? of grief, the meaningful words of this hymn began to flow from her heart, to her pen, and to millions of people throughout the world.

Now that you know the story behind them, I hope the words to this hymn take on added significance. And isn't it amazing what impact the song of a young widow can have on her world?

Call to me and I will answer you
 and tell you great and unsearchable things
you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Barlow Girls - Hallelujah Light Has Come

I'm going to let this mysterious melody dwell in my thoughts this weekend. I want to slow down and savor these days. I want to respect and appreciate the coming of Christ over 2000 years ago---and simply wonder at the impact of it upon my life today. The line from this song---"Hallelujah, I've been found..." that's the one I'm thinking about. I've been found... I belong... I wasn't abandoned or deserted when my husband died...

As you pause to reflect on your life and its seasons, which hallelujah _________ line from this video will you ponder in your own heart?

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

May Hallelujah sound in a new and profound way for you this Christmas, and may God's glory shimmer through your tears.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Rise (Slideshow with Lyrics)

Here's a song with a catchy tune that's been going through my head as often, if not more, than it plays on Christian radio. The words are encouraging too, and I can relate to the trouble and the ashes! But here's an even greater picture I think of when I hear this song:

One of my new experiences here in South Carolina has been a tour of a slave cemetery. They're very unusual, and I felt it was quite a privilege to see. The guide kept the group in a close cluster so we wouldn't misstep or disturb anything. She explained the layout of the graves scattered through the forest and marked, if marked at all, with only a rock, seashell, or random belonging of the person.

We would have never recognized it as a cemetary if she hadn't pointed to this slate shingle or that seashell, unusual rock, lone brick or pottery shard. But there was one thing in common that experts discovered about the graves: all the bodies were laid face up, with feet to the east. The guide went on to explain that this was not only to point them to beloved Africa, but also to prepare them for the resurrection---the day they would "rise" to meet Jesus when He returns---they wanted to see Him first of all.

Now when I hear this song, I can't help but wonder--- which way my feet are pointing today? Am I living my life "face up?" Am I ready to rise and see Him above and beyond all my problems?

Yes, oh yes! I look forward to that day!
I Thessalonians 4:16,17 Our hope is in Him!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Love & The Outcome - "He Is With Us" (Official Audio)

The songwriters call this song their "anthem." It's my anthem too, and if you're lonely today, I hope it will embed in your heart and become yours as well.

Here's a video of the story behind this song:

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I Lift My Hands

Sometimes it's hard to remember the goodness of God when we're in such emotional pain. But this song has some good prescriptives:  be still, pour out your heart to the Lord, remember his faithfulness is forever.
Much love to you, and may you find rest in the Lord this weekend.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

PLUMB "Need You Now (How Many Times)" - OFFICIAL lyric video

Are you on a road you never wanted to go down? Does your heart cry out, "God, please take this: God, I need You now?" Or maybe there are no words because the pain has settled into a deep yearning beyond words. . .

You're not alone. This song is a lament--a sorrow-filled cry to God. God knows these songs. He loves them. He loves the people who pray and sing them. And He loves the people who can't because they're doubled over. When we can't put words to our prayers or songs, God provides the words for us in psalms like Psalm 42, and in songs like this one by Plumb.

Let this song pray for you. Take a look at Psalm 42 today. The honesty might surprise you.
May the Lord allow some rest for you this weekend. Cry out to God using today's video, Psalm 42, or your own broken words.
We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 (NIV)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary, did you know that widows played an important part of the Christmas story? God chose amazing women to give you a holy legacy.

Matthew 1:1-16 (The Message)
The family tree of Jesus Christ, David's son, Abraham's son:
Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar),
Perez had Hezron . . .
. . . Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab),
Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother),
Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
and David became king.
David had Solomon (Uriah's wife was the mother),
Solomon had Rehoboam,
Rehoboam had Abijah . . .
. . . Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
and then the people were taken into the Babylonian exile.
When the Babylonian exile ended,
Jeconiah had Shealtiel,
Shealtiel had Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel had Abiud . . .
. . . Matthan had Jacob,
Jacob had Joseph, Mary's husband,
the Mary who gave birth to Jesus,
the Jesus who was called Christ.
Women were often overlooked, illiterate and uneducated in Bible times, but in the lineage of Jesus Christ five women are mentioned! As these women lived their daily lives they probably didn't feel significant. They didn't think they mattered. They had no idea they were so significant to God that He would inspire Scripture to recall them from one generation to another.
Have you realized that YOU matter to God? Can you imagine that His plan for you might be something that will reach from one generation to another generation?
Take a look at the struggles of these five women. They weren't just extraordinary women:
  • Four of them were widows!---Tamar, Ruth, Uriah's wife, and Mary! (Mary was a widow too? Yes, most likely! While you won't find it spelled out in chapter and verse, when we consider that Joseph is never mentioned after Jesus turned twelve, and that while he died on the cross Jesus entrusted Mary's care to the disciple John, it's pretty safe to conclude that Joseph had passed away).
  • Two of the widows were foreigners---Tamar and Ruth.
  • Two of the widows knew what it was like to bear the gossip of a questionable pregnancy--Tamar and Mary.
  • One of the widows turned to prostitution to support herself---Tamar. We don't know why Rahab was a prostitute, but she was a foreigner who put her faith in God and helped Israel in the conquest of Caanan. 
  • One suffered an affair, the murder of her husband, and the death of a child--Uriah's wife, Bathsheba.

So don't lose heart with the difficulties you're going through. In the midst of their sorrows, God knew these Bible women, He saw their pain. He highly esteemed them, chose them, drew them to Himself, called them His own, and placed them in the powerful lineage of the King of Kings!
He does the very same for you. Although the waves of grief roll, God knows you, He sees your pain, He highly esteems you, He chose you, He draws you to Himself, calls you His own and places you in His own glorious family! God doesn't consider a widow's life to be over. His plans for her are far beyond all she can ever dream.
Fill your name in the blank: _________, did you know? What amazing stories and significant work do you think God will open up for you in the next chapter of your life?
P.S. In case you're reminded of the song "Mary, Did You Know," here's a nice version of it. We often don't understand the great story of redemption that we hold in our hearts!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Music Video by Mercy Me - Homesick (Live)

This song always releases a deep yearning within me. I feel my eternal home--I know it's out there-- and I welcome it from a distance. Knowing that I'm out of place here, I long for God's fair land. Jesus said that where our heart is, there is our treasure also.
This song reminds me of that truth and also the following verses in Hebrews 11:16,17 (NASB) 
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
May you find blessing as you rest this weekend.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Be Still My Soul - Piano arrangement- Carlton Forrester

This hymn, Be Still My Soul was written by Katharina von Schlege in 1752 and set to the tune Finlandia in 1899. I think you'll appreciate this keyboard arrangement, seeing these words from so very long ago, and realizing their truth still operates today. Take a few moments this weekend to be still and hope in the Lord, He's on your side and leads you to a future joy.

Be Still My Soul

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain

Leave to your God to order and provide;

In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still my soul: your best, your heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; your God will undertake

To guide the future, as He has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul: the waves and winds shall know

His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Does Music Affect You Differently In Grief?

On Saturday I shared a music video of a song my daughter sang at her dad's funeral. I've been thinking a lot lately about God's gift of music. I wonder if familiar songs and hymns affect you the same way they affected me in the early days of grief? Are you able to sing and listen to music in the same way you did before your husband died?

In my book, Postcards from the Widows' Path, I wrote about music along these lines:

"In the early weeks of widowhood, music was especially painful for me. I literally choked on the words. Songs like “Great is Thy Faithfulness” meant far more than I could physically express. But the songs of surrender and sacrifice were the hardest. As I listened to the singing in church on Sunday mornings I wondered—how could anyone turn such hard truths into pretty tunes and sing them without a care in the world?

You people have no idea what you’re singing about, I thought. They were too young, too naïve, and they knew little of loss or suffering. They were mouthing the words, just playing a chorus, oblivious of the day they would need to make those very words their own. When the psalms and hymns are not our experience, the repetition, memorization, and mouthing of them in music are our primer. They prepare us for days to come, hard days when we’ll need to put them into practice. Spiritual songs suspend God’s doctrine of personal surrender like medicine in an intravenous solution. They inject healing truth into the soul and help begin to fill our emptiness."
Has music had a healing and helpful effect upon you? Does it sometimes catch you unaware, and send a storm of emotion rushing upon you? What is it about music that affects us so much? Let's talk about it this week. Share your thoughts, mention favorite song titles and anything else you'd like to say about music's affect this week.