“There is a kin…

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“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our obligation, and it is certain that here too our attitude toward our brother only reflects our relationship to God. It is little wonder that we are no longer capable of the greatest service of listening that God has committed to us, that of hearing our brother’s confession, if we refuse to give ear to our brother on lesser subjects. Secular education today is aware that often a person can be helped merely by having someone who will listen to him seriously, and upon this insight it has constructed its own soul therapy, which has attracted great numbers of people, including Christians. But Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Called as God’s Chosen Child

If you remember a few weeks back, I wrote a poem for my friend Katie at My Eternal Voyage. We talk a lot and in one of those talkings we discovered something very exciting. Well, exciting for us and I hope you too. She loves to play music and sing. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work, but I love to write. She’s always wanted to put someone else’s words to music and I’ve always wanted someone to put music to my words. This is where I exclaim loudly how amazing God is. God is AWESOME!! Our friendship is a very interesting story anyways, but this has just been an added layer of coolness :D (She actually just posted about this if you want to read about it here. Great minds… what can you say?)

Most of the poems on here were written in high school. A small handful were written after, but not many. I thought for a long while that that phase of my life was over. Then I posted a poem (The Water Test) from back then and Katie asked if she could put music to it. I got really, really excited and promised to write her a song. That’s where Chosen Child came from. Because of her, I’ve been writing more again. It’s kinda like I’ve remembered why I loved to write in the first place. It’s an adventure to find the right words, right beat, and flow to the feeling(s) I wanted to share. I like that adventure, even if the story isn’t always mine.

Now Chosen Child has music, not lame music, but happy upbeat ukulele music!!! Andddd it’s posted for you to hear too :D

Hooray for our first collaboration in music and writing! HUZZAH! -fist pump knuckle touch-

“When God conditions…”

“When God conditions a man for greatness, He brings him through hardships that would break an ordinary spirit.”

– Basil Miller, “Hudson Taylor, For God and China”

Chosen Child (A special song for Katie)

A little girl sings
Just a daydream
An imagination
Of who she wants to be
When she’s grown
She will dance
She will fly
She will soar, by and by
Her future’s open
God’s chosen child

She can move mountains
With her life in His hands
She is so special
Chosen, loved and beautiful

A young lady sings
Just a daydream
An imagination
Of who she’s gonna be
When she’s grown
She has a purpose
And she will go
She will change the whole world
She is called as
God’s chosen child

She can move mountains
With her life in His hands
She is so special
Chosen, loved and beautiful

A grown woman sings
Just a daydream
An imagination
Of who she wants to be
Now she’s grown
She has memories
And she’ll make more
There’s a world to be loved
For they can be
God’s chosen child

She can move mountains
With her life in His hands
She is so special
Chosen, loved and beautiful

A gray maiden sings
Just a daydream
An imagination
Of who you can be
Before you’re grown
You have a purpose
You are unique
You can change the whole world
You are called
God’s chosen child

You can move mountains
With your life in His hands
You are so special
Chosen, loved and beautiful

You can move mountains
With your life in His hands
You are so special
Chosen, loved and beautiful

Stand

This morning, I woke up and entered the battle.
My armor was strong from the Lord.
My sword, it was sharpened. My hand at the ready.
The shield was awaiting my arm.
The forces attack from every direction.
I feel overwhelmed, but God’s got back.
So I will stand here in this fight.

I will stand as my God gets the glory
I will stand and praise His holy name
I will sing of His infinite mercy
I will stand in this war here today
I will stand in this war here today

I am one who has seen the affliction
That dwells in the darkness like the dead.
I once lived without any purpose.
All for myself, but that is behind me.
The Lord now is my infinite portion.
I will wait on His every breath.
He will win. Of that I am certain.
So I will stand.
We will stand.

We will stand as our God gets the glory
We will stand and praise His holy name
We will sing of His infinite mercy
We will stand in this war here today
We will stand in this war here today

This fight is against invisible warriors.
Forces not seen, but surely real.
As we stand, the Lord is our protection.
Guarding us in every ordeal.
Our enemies will scatter before us in seven.
They will rise and surely be defeated.
So I will stand.
We will stand.

We will stand as our God wins the victory
We will stand and praise His holy name
We will sing of His infinite mercy
We will stand in this war here today

We will stand as our God gets the glory
We will stand and praise His holy name
We will sing of His infinite mercy
We will stand in this war here today
We will stand in this war here today

“I say to myself
The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
– Lamentations 3:24

“The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”
– Deuteronomy 28:7