What’s Your Favorite Song

What are you listening to? What is your favorite song or album?

We feature songs every Sunday for #SongSunday.

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Better Than Ezra 

  
Does anyone remember the band from the late 80’s or early 90’s “Better Than Ezra” ? 

Today as I read this verse I couldn’t stop thinking of the band or my favorite song by them “Good”.  
I had to go to YouTube to hear it-

I couldn’t help but laugh that God used this song, on this day, with this verse, by this band to confirm that I indeed was right on track- that in fact it was a “good” idea to start a new fast. 

I am starting a new fast today January 3rd. I am fasting to humble myself before God and to seek and pray for wise guidance for continuing with my weight loss and health journey.  

Just like Ezra, no wait….

Better Than Ezra….

Fasting is a “Good” thing! 

When we fast and pray about our concerns – God listens! 

 Have you fasted? 

Share your experiences or ideas of what to fast with us.       

                     ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

I proclaimed a fast there beside the Ahava Canal, a fast to humble ourselves before our God and pray for wise guidance for our journey—all our people and possessions. I was embarrassed to ask the king for a cavalry bodyguard to protect us from bandits on the road. We had just told the king, “Our God lovingly looks after all those who seek him, but turns away in disgust from those who leave him.” So we fasted and prayed about these concerns. And he listened. ~Ezra 8:21, 23 MSG 
  

Don’t Let Struggles Steal Your Breath 

  
When fear feels bigger than my faith

And struggles steals my breath away

When my back pressed up against the wall

With the weight of my worries stacked up tall…..


I’ll trade the troubles of this world

For your peace inside my soul

I will cast my cares on you

You’re the anchor of my hope

The only one who’s in control

I will cast my cares on you….



There is Freedom when you lay it all on His shoulders. Cast your cares! Don’t let struggles steal your breath. 

                          ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Today’s #SongSunday Is

Cast My Cares – by Finding Favor

Lyrics: 

“Cast My Cares”

When fear feels bigger than my faith

And struggles steals my breath away

When my back pressed up against the wall

With the weight of my worries stacked up tall

You’re strong enough to hold it all
I will cast my cares on you

You’re the anchor of my hope

The only one who’s in control

I will cast my cares on you

I’ll trade the troubles of this world

For your peace inside my soul
This war’s not what I would have chosen

But you see the future no one knows yet

And you’re still good when I can’t 

See the working of your hands

You’re holding it all
I will cast my cares on you

You’re the anchor of my hope

The only one who’s in control

I will cast my cares on you

I’ll trade the troubles of this world

For your peace inside my soul
I’m finding there’s freedom,

When I lay it all on your shoulders
Cast my cares I will, cast my cares I will, cast my cares on you

Cast my cares I will, cast my cares I will, cast my cares on you

Cast my cares I will, cast my cares I will, cast my cares on you
I will cast my cares on you

You’re the anchor of my hope

The only one who’s in control

I will cast my cares on you

I’ll trade the troubles of this world

For your peace inside my soul
I will cast my cares on you

You’re the anchor of my hope

The only one who’s in control

I will cast my cares on you

I’ll trade the troubles of this world

For your peace inside my soul
Cast my cares I will, cast my cares I will, cast my cares on you

Beautiful Things 

  
As long as we are self-assured and carefully restrained we aren’t fully open or true to others or to God. When we are tired of acting like we have it all together, and begin to admit that we sometimes feel desperate, broken, and crushed, when we can finally start to be open, to get honest and are eager for God to work in us, is when our lives can start to change. 

Our own willfulness and pride keeps us imprisoned. Embracing His perfect will over our own and humbly admitting our short comings can transform our brokenness to empowerment. 

Let go of all the fractured and broken pieces and hand them and your control over to God. He is the Maker of all beautiful things.      
                         ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Gungor – Beautiful Things 

Lyrics:
All this pain

I wonder if I’ll ever find my way

I wonder if my life could really change at all

All this earth

Could all that is lost ever be found

Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of the dust

You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of us
All around

Hope is springing up from this old ground

Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of the dust

You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of us
You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of the dust

You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of us
You make me new, You are making me new

You make me new, You are making me new
You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of the dust

You make beautiful things

You make beautiful things out of us

Demolition Day 

  
Before each beginning


There must be an ending


The longer and the tighter that we hold


Only makes it harder to let go


Only when we’re broken, are we whole
The beauty in the breaking


Had to lose myself


To find out who You are

I love this song!  

How many times have we laid up those stones and built altars of things or people? 

We worshipped those and thought that they would define us and make us who we are.  

WRONG! 

This is demolition day-embrace the unmaking. 
Let God make you into His image and what He has envisioned for you. We don’t need to build altars, instead we lay it all down at His altar. There’s beauty in the breaking! Let God decide what goes and what stays. 
                       ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

The Unmaking – Nichole Nordeman

Lyrics:
This is where the walls gave way
This is demolition day
All the debris, and all this dust
What is left of what once was
Sorting through what goes and what should stay

Every stone I laid for You
As if You had asked me to
A monument to Holy things
Empty talk and circling
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down
What happens next
When all of You, is all that’s left

This is the unmaking
The beauty in the breaking
Had to lose myself
To find out who You are
Before each beginning
There must be an ending
Sitting in the rubble
I can see the stars
This is the unmaking

The longer and the tighter that we hold
Only makes it harder to let go
But love will not stay locked inside
A steeple or a tower high
Only when we’re broken, are we whole

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down

This is the unmaking
The beauty in the breaking
Had to lose myself
To find out who You are
Before each beginning
There must be an ending
Sitting in the rubble
I can see the stars
This is the unmaking
This is the unmaking

I’ll gather the same stones where
Everything came crashing down
I’ll build You an altar there
On the same ground

‘Cause what stood before
Was never Yours

This is the unmaking
The beauty in the breaking
Had to lose myself
To find out who You are
Before each beginning
There must be an ending
Sitting in the rubble
I can see the stars
This is the unmaking
This is the unmaking
Oh, this is the unmaking

Had to lose myself
To find out who You are

Mighty One 

Today for #SongSunday we are bringing you an original song by Stephanie Gable.   May you enjoy singing this today…. and every day!

I will praise You

in the morning.

I will see You

all day long.

I will love You

in the evening.

I will sleep

to Your song.

You are the Mighty One.

You are my King.

You are the One

who gave me voice to sing.

You are mine,

and I am Yours.

When the dawn breaks,

I  will see You

Waiting there for me.

With your arms

Stretched wide open,

I will fall to my knees.

When you pick me up

And carry me

To that place

Called home,

I’ll be forever with You,

Face to face

At the throne.

You are the Mighty One.

You are my King.

You are the One

Who gave me voice to sing.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

You are mine,

And I am Yours.

S. Gable

Father Knows Best 

  
Do the wounds that no one else has seen hurt too much to show? 

Does each day feel like endless striving? 

In the natural you don’t know how it will work out…How could God possibly turn it all around?

Are you just paying lip service with your words-when you say “I trust You Lord” ? 

Are you really just standing in between belief and doubt? ….like a ping pong tossed about? 

Do you barely have the strength to pray? 


We may faint and we may sink

Feel the pain and near the brink

But the dark begins to shrink

When you find the one who knows


Let your burdens come undone

Lift your eyes up to the One

When you do the chains of doubt that held you will begin to break free! 

Every time you feel forsaken

Every time that you feel alone

He is near to the brokenhearted

Every tear

He knows

He knows




When we don’t know-there is always someone who does…. 
          Our Heavenly Father Knows Best! 

                ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

He Knows – Jeremy Camp 

Lyrics:

All the bitter weary ways

Endless striving day by day

You barely have the strength to pray

In the valley low
And how hard your fight has been

How deep the pain within

Wounds that no one else has seen

Hurts too much to show
All the doubt you’re standing in between

And all the weight that brings you to your knees
[Chorus:]

He knows

He knows

Every hurt and every sting

He has walked the suffering

He knows

He knows

Let your burdens come undone

Lift your eyes up to the one

Who knows

He knows

He knows
We may faint and we may sink

Feel the pain and near the brink

But the dark begins to shrink

When you find the one who knows
The chains of doubt that held you in between

one by one are starting to break free
[Chorus]
Every time you feel forsaken

Every time that you feel alone

He is near to the brokenhearted

Every tear

He knows

He knows
[Chorus]

Scars Are The Evidence Of Healing 

  
I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table

Just little pieces of a broken heart

There’s days I wonder if You’ll still be faithful

Hold me together when I fall apart?

Would You remind me now of who You are?

That Your love will never change,

that there’s healing in your name

That You can take broken things,

and make them beautiful

You took my shame

And You walked out of the grave

So Your love can take broken things

and make them beautiful

I’m better off when I begin to remember

How You have met me in my deepest pain

So give me glimpses now of how You have covered

All of my heart ache, oh with all Your grace

Remind me now that You can make a way

That Your love will never change,

that there’s healing in your name

That You can take broken things,

and make them beautiful

You took my shame

And You walked out of the grave

So Your love can take broken things

and make them beautiful

You say that You’ll turn my weeping into dancing

Remove my sadness and cover me with joy

You say your scars are the evidence of healing

That You can make the broken beautiful

You make us beautiful, oh oh

You make us beautiful

Ellie Holcomb – The Broken Beautiful Lyrics 
I am loving this weeks #SongSunday 
Scars are the evidence of healing! 

I also love the quote I read in the book A More Excellent Way– 

The beginning of all healing is restoration” 

Don’t hide your brokenness – Embrace it! Share how God has Restored you instead.   

    Ready to share?  We would love to feature your #RestorationStory on our upcoming Monthly Blog Feature #RestorationStories . 

                  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom