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The Best Performer We Have And Possibly Will Ever Know

Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009His impact spread across the generations. He will truly be missed. May God bless him for all the good he did for the people of this world. He was and still is beautiful.

Music Monday: Albertine by Brooke Fraser

For the past month, I have been at a cross-roads, struggling to discern my own desire from God’s and my own fear from the Spirit of wisdom. And my decision has only been compounded by my mom’s fears. As I wrote in a previous post, I have had a tendency to identify with my mother, and because of that, I have to a certain extent struggled to become my own person, to become what I would consider fully independent. But that said, I also don’t want to choose one road due to some subconscious desire to rebel or break free.

Maybe all of this would make better sense if I am more explicit. Haha. So, in early April, I received an email about an opportunity to go to Haiti. Of course, I was absolutely psyched! I immediately emailed one of the directors for  more information on the program, but he never answered me back. After a few more inquiries with no replies, I wrote it of as an impossibility and forgot about it. A month later, I received another email about the program from another school department and this time the directors of the program would be visiting to hold a meeting about the program. After learning more about it, I decided I wanted to go! The program is not related to any of my immediate academic interests (health, health care), but would still give me the opportunity to interact with native Haitians, learn about their experiences living in Haiti, and improve my Haitian Creole (very important!). In fact, I’m hoping that 1) independently continuing on in my Haitian Creole textbooks + 2) 3-weeks of practice with native Haitians will allow me to skip the second level of Haitian Creole and go on to the third! (Here’s hoping.) Besides language, it may also help me further develop a non-profit idea that God gave me a few weeks ago.

So when I don’t think about the potential danger, I am so excited to go. I have been able to bring my mom on-board, but I can tell she is still very concerned. But I just don’t want my fear to limit me. I feel like I am so fearful of… everything, practically! And that is no way to live. Since high school, I have had an immense desire to work abroad with communities in extreme poverty. But over the years, I have seen that goal uprooted by fear. My mom has had angst about this goal and has pushed me to consider staying in the US instead. Her reasons are sound:  “There is so much poverty here. People need help here. Why are you running to another country when people in your own country are in need?” Logically, that makes perfect sense to me. But it doesn’t erase the pang in my heart to do something for those abroad. I feel like I need an experience in order to confirm either God’s calling for me to serve abroad or His intention for me to serve populations in the US. I just don’t want fear to usurp the decision and rob me of clarity.

Last night, I shared some of this with an old friend who I haven’t seen in… at least 2 years! We had a wonderful conversation. And I realized how much I have changed as a person through my conversation with her. I am so much more open and talkative now… but I’ll spare you details on that. Maybe for another post 🙂 But, yes… our conversation was so encouraging. She went to Haiti last year and was able to share about her emotional transition to living/working in the country. It was especially comforting to me that she could relate to my expressed desire to have an experience to call my own, one that would positively challenge me to grow and become independent, and one that would give me clarity on where to go from here (international vs. domestic). After listening, she strongly encouraged me to go and embrace this opportunity. When I push the fear aside, I feel that it is the right thing for me to do and I believe that it will be a positive experience for me.

So what does all of this have to do with Music Monday? Well, last night my friend told me about Brooke Fraser’s solo album, Albertine. You brothers and sisters out there may know Brooke from Hillsong United. She’s the front-woman for the songs “None But Jesus” and “Lord of Lords.” Well her solo album is absolutely beautiful and I have especially fallen in love with the title track, “Albertine.” In 2005, Brooke went to Rwanda to work with World Vision. In her visit to a Rwandan orphanage, she met Albertine, a young girl who was orphaned by the 1993-94 Rwandan genocides. This song is a promise to Albertine and this album is dedicated to her.

This song (especially the chorus) expresses my exact sentiments about engaging work in the international community. After learning about disparity, how can you just sit down and do nothing? And in doing nothing, how is your mind not plagued by the truth and how are you not guilted by your unwillingness to do your part to help?

I have a dear friend at school who seems fascinated by my interest in Haiti. Because I have no direct connection to the country, he cannot understand why I feel compelled to help them. Akin to Brooke’s chorus, because I know the history of injustice the country has experienced and know of the extreme poverty that millions of Haitians live daily, poverty that their parents lived and their parents before them, and poverty that their children will have no choice but to endure… how can I not be responsible to do something? I may not have seen this (yet) with my naked eyes, but isn’t the knowledge that it exists enough to be mobilized to do my part?


I am sitting still
I think of Angelique
Her mother’s voice over me
And the bullets in the wall where it fell silent
And on a thousandth hill, I think of Albertine
There in her eyes what I don’t see with my own


Now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
Now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

I am on a plane across a distant sea
But I carry you in me
and the dust on, the dust on, the dust on, the dust on, the dust on my feet


I will tell the world, I will tell them where I’ve been
I will keep my word
I will tell them Albertine


I am on a stage, a thousand eyes on me
I will tell them, Albertine
I will tell them, Albertine

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Hillsong United – “King of All Days” Lyrics

The title says it all 🙂 Beautiful song of praise. The chorus is especially touching – “I’m found in the arms of Love!” … “I’ll run to Your arms of Love.” Oh God, I don’t ever want to be outside of your arms of Love! There is no other place for me!

“King of All Days”

In Your surrender
As You laid down Your life
You took up a sinner’s cross
And Your life rescued mine

In His redemption
Love and mercy displayed
You lifted my eyes to see
That your truth never fails

Lord of the Heavens
King of all days
Without You my world slips away
Redeemed by Your mercy
Consumed by Your grace
Now I live for You

I’m found in the arms of Love
For Your merely saved my soul
I’ll run to Your arms of Love
Your light’s gonna lead me Home

Glorious Savior
In Your light I am free
The things of this world will fade
Still You are all that I need


(chorus) – 2x

And at Your cross I lay my burdens
At Your feet, where Your love covers
All I’ve done
Now I’ll walk with You, Lord

Now I’ll walk with You, Lord
Now I’ll walk with You, Lord
Now I’ll walk with You, Lord!!!


Hillsong United – “Oh You Bring” Lyrics

A beautiful pledge of our need for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is all-sufficient for anything we could ever desire or require! Be blessed!

“Oh You Bring”

God we fix our eyes on You tonight, Lord
On Your cross
On Your goodness
On Your salvation, Lord
There’s nothing greater, Father
That’s why we worship You, Lord
You, Lord

Oh You bring hope to the hopeless
And light to those in the darkness
And death to life
Now I’m alive

Oh You give peace to the restless
And joy to homes that are broken
I see You now
In You I’m found

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord

Oh You fill those who are empty
And rescue those in the valley
You do it all
You calm us all

Oh now You find me in my weakness
And heal the wounds of my heartache
I worship You
In spirit and truth

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You lord
And You opened my eyes to see
All Your wonder and all of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

I need
It’s You I need
You’re all I need
You’re everything

All honor
All glory
All praise to You

And You opened the door for me
And You laid down Your life to set me free
All that I am will serve You, Lord
And You opened my eyes to see
All the wonder and all of Christ in me
Jesus, You’re everything I need

I need
It’s You I need
I need
It’s You I need

Hillsong United – “Soon” Lyrics

Such a beautiful song of hope and anticipation of what we children of God have to look forward to experiencing. Come, Lord Jesus, come. And please come SOON!


Soon and very soon
My King is coming
Clothed in righteousness
And crowned with Love
When I see Him I shall be made light again
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon,
I’ll be going
To the place He has
Prepared for me
Then I stand amazed
My sin forgotten
Soon and very soon

I will be
With the one I love
With unveiled face I’ll see Him
Then my soul
Will be satisfied
Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon
See the procession
The angels and the elders
‘Round the throne
At His feet I lay
My crimes, my worship
Soon and very soon


Though I have not seen Him
My heart knows Him well
Jesus Christ, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven


Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon

NEW ALBUM RELEASE: Hillsong United – [a_CROSS//the_EARTH]: Tear Down the Walls

Hillsong United - Across the Earth:  Tear Down the Walls

YAY!!! I am SO excited! Hillsong United released a new album TODAY! May 26, 2009. I’ve only listened to a few songs, but so far it’s wonderful praise, as we always expect from them! I especially love “Freedom to Live” and “King of All Days.” – “I run to the arms of love” – Ah! I love it! You gotta check ’em out. 🙂

The album is available for download on Amazon or on iTunes.

Or, if you want to listen to the songs before downloading, you can hear all the tracks here: Hillsong United on Hear It First

ALSO – Hillsong United is giving away free downloads of one of their tracks:  “No Reason to Hide” You can also download the chord chart and ringtone 🙂 They email it to you.

I pray you are blessed!!!

Music Monday – “Something in Your Eyes” by David Martin

So I’m still obsessed with The Kooks, but I have a newfound love as well:  David Martin. I absolutely love his song, “Something in Your Eyes.”

The whole song is  a beautiful blend of tender and fervent moments shaped by his breathy voice and a piano accompaniment. The violin also comes in at the bridge. It’s a lovely touch. The a song from his 2007 debut album of the same title, Something in Your Eyes. Supposedly, it is an album about love. As Martin stated, “I’ve done my best to be honest about love on this record. The deepest love I’ve experienced is on the other side of forgiveness. For me, true love is worth whatever it costs. I hope my songs spark a greater love for others.” Well, he definitely sparks something with his title track, I say! 🙂 I haven’t listened to the other songs on the album, but I surely plan to do so! You can download his songs from iTunes or Amazon. Enjoy!