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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?

“Albertine”

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

[CHORUS]

Rwanda
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

[CHORUS]

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

[CHORUS]

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

Tabs“Albertine” @ UltimateGuitar.com

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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
(x6)

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”

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

Chorus:
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

(chorus)

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

(chorus)

Soon and very soon

Soon and very soon

“Turnstile” by Danyew

I love this song. I think every one can identify with it on some level. We can see it as  God expressing His eternal love for us, His children (esp. the chorus)! Or, as a devoted love from one person to another. No matter the context, these words are beautifully precious.

If you haven’t downloaded it, you can see Danyew’s studio performance of the song here:

“Turnstile” Studio Performance

I’m a turnstile
Counting up the days
Since I have seen your face
It’s been a long while
Though many things have changed
Our love remains the same
Our love remains the same

I want you like the first time I saw you
Want you like a shooting star
Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own
I love you like there is no tomorrow
Love you through the joy or sorrow
Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own

I want you more than you will ever know

Nobody
No not a single soul
Could ever take away
My love for you
Yeah, every single day
I promise to be true
My love I give to you

I want you like the first time I saw you
Want you like a shooting star
Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own
I love you like there is no tomorrow
Love you through the joy or sorrow
Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own

I want you more than you will ever know

I want you like the first time I saw you
Want you like a  shooting star
Oh! Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own
I love you like there is no tomorrow
Love you through the joy or sorrow
Love, you are my home
Oh, I want you for my own

I want you more than you will ever know

“It’s Just Like a Mini-Mall!” (+ Lyrics)

Hahaha, a friend just showed me this video and I can’t resist posting it. It is absolutely hilarious! Ellen DeGeneres even thinks so. She featured this local commercial for Flea Market Montgomery on her show. I just can picture her grooving to it! Haha.

It’s really a smart strategy when you think about it. It’s so catchy that you find yourself singing it in your head, or grooving along to the commercial. And it’s so ridiculous that you’re not likely to forget it! Haha. Well done, Sammy Stephens!

Lyrics:

Living rooms, bedrooms, dinettes, oh yeah
You can find them
At the market
We talkin’ ’bout Flea Market
Montgomery

It’s just like
It’s just like,
a Mini… Mall

Oh yeah
Come shop, with us
I said Flea Market
Montgomery
It’s just like
It’s just like
a Mini-Mall!

Hey Hey
You heard me
Come Shop

Living rooms, bedrooms, dinettes,
We got it
You need it
You’ll find it
It’s just like, It’s just like
A Mini-Mall

Hey Hey You heard me,
Come shop
I said Flea Market
Montgomery
it’s just like,
it’s just like a mini-mall,
Hey Hey

Living rooms, Bedrooms, Dinettes,
Oh yeah
You can find them,
At the market,
We talkin’ ’bout Flea Market
Montgomery
It’s just like, It’s just like
a Mini… Mall

Hey Hey
Don’t Stop
Let’s make it a dance
Come on now

To the left (to the left)
To the right (to the right)
Let’s do this dance
To the left (to the left)
To the right (to the right)

Let’s make this a dance
Flea Market
Montgomery
It keeps you a jumping

It’s just like, it’s just like
a mini … mall
Check it out now, everybody
Like this now

Hey Hey
Flea Market
Montgomery
It’s just like, it’s just like a mini…mall
Don’t stop, let’s dance
It’s just like, it’s just like a mini-mall

Let’s bring it on down now
Ah yea, i know you’re going to like this
Come on now
– it’s just like-
You know what i’m sayin’
– it’s just like-
You know what i mean
– it’s just like-
You know it
So why don’t you come on and say it
– it’s just like, it’s just like, a mini mall! –
Ah yea, you said it
It’s just like, it’s just like a mini MALL!
Ah yeah
You like this
Come on now
Flea market

I’m Not Who I Was (Brandon Heath)

So I was listening to a random stream of Christian music on Imeem.com, and this song, “I’m Not Who I Was” by Brandon Heath, came on. At first I really got into it because I liked the blend of the drum beat, guitar riff, and the light touch of piano in the bridge and chorus. I found myself getting happy from it. But it wasn’t until the second time around that I actually listened to lyrics and realized he was talking about forgiveness, and in particular, a specific someone he had struggled to forgive. This immediately made me think of my dad.

I didn’t post on here, but about a month ago, I took a step forward in our relationship by forgiving him for hurting my mom, which has hurt my brother and me. In that step, I also reassured him that I love him. I think he could have easily questioned my love for him given the way I have treated him.

Earlier in the semester, I spoke with a psychologist about my family and she told me that I am “too identified with my mother” and “too involved in their marriage.” Well, I knew the second was true, but I had a hard time accepting the first assessment because I felt that I had sided with *right behavior,* not a particular person. After all, I did (and do) criticize my mother when I think she has said or done something out of line toward my dad, my brother, or myself. But in talking with her more and hearing the very defensive statements that came out of my mouth, I realized that she may have a point.

I think I have put my mother on a pedestal because she has always gone over and beyond in performing her role as a mother and in showing us her love. She is more often than not the parent who displays what I would call righteous, or Godly behavior, which I defend. But the fact that I feel so intimately involved in their marriage has definitely made me feel pressured to pick a side, choose an alliance.

I try not to blame myself for this fault because being a teenager, it was hard not to feel caught in the middle. But my mistake in siding with my mom made it very difficult for me not to see his relationship with her as a reflection of his relationship with me; his sentiments toward her as a reflection of how he felt about me.

I think I realized this a while ago, or at least a partial realization because I remember asking my mom to stop talking with me about the details of their marriage because it clouded my perspective of my relationship with my dad. I remember that I felt so guilty when I asked her this because I felt like I was betraying her by wanting to know the person who has caused her so much pain.

But I praise God for where He has grown me. Being older and more mature in Him, I can now separate her relationship with him from mine. She still tells me details. She can’t help it, and I know this. She needs someone to talk to, and now I honestly am glad to be there for her because I can handle it. I have finally realized and accepted that just because their marriage is strained doesn’t mean that my relationship with him has to be strained. I shouldn’t ever feel guilty about accepting his love when he’s willing to give it. He’s her husband, not mine.

There’s more I’d like to say about my relationship with my dad, especially since I made a very important realization of another mistake I made growing up. I am so grateful that God is revealing to my my own faults. For so long I looked at him and blamed him, instead of turning the mirror on myself and realizing the hurt that I was doing to myself! God, You are magnificent! I love growing in You!

I am so glad that every day I can say with greater confidence that “I’m Not Who I Was.”

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was
I used to be mad at you
A little on the hurt side too
But I’m not who I was

I found my way around
To forgiving you
Some time ago
But I never got to tell you

I found us in a photograph
I saw me and I had to laugh
You know, I’m not who I was
You were there
You were right above me
And I wondered if you ever loved me
Just for who I was

When the pain came back again
Like a bitter friend
It was all that I could do
To keep myself from blaming you

I reckon it’s a funny thing
I’ve figured out I can sing
Now I’m not who I was
I write about love and such
Maybe ’cause I want it so much
I’m not who I was

I was thinking maybe I,
I should let you know
That I am not the same
But I never did forget your name

Hello

Well the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that’s what love is all about

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was

“Mystery” by Phil Wickham (Acoustic)

Wow. The lyrics to this song are so, so amazing. A lot of scripture fused in here. I absolutely love this song of praise to our Lord and King! I downloaded the song today and found an acoustic version on You-tube, which I have included below. From the way Phil describes his spiritual walk when writing this song, I feel like I am at a similar place right now in my own walk with Christ – a place of just so desperately wanting to know Him, wanting to feel His presence every moment, wanting to become One with His Spirit, and wanting to see Him move in my life. Just wanting, wanting, wanting more of Him. I feel so blessed that God led me to this song today!

The entire song is wonderful, but the lines from the chorus stuck out most for me. “I wanna hear the thunder of who You are.” How awesome! Can you imagine what God’s thunder would sound like? Him being the Creator of energy! I can’t even fathom the shock wave He would produce. Our ears could not handle it.

I also love the idea of being “captured inside the wonder of who You are.” I love that Phil Wickham used the word “captured.” To be arrested, seized, completely occupied by His wonder, unable to escape it! Oh my God, what an amazing thought! I want this so deeply! Lord, inhabit all of me that others and I would only see You and none of me!

The line that made me fall deeper in praise was the last line of the chorus: “I wanna live and I wanna breathe to search out Your heart and all of Your mystery.” God is SO huge! There is so much we don’t know and won’t be able to fully comprehend until Heaven, but this is still my prayer for my life. Lord, I just want to know You more and more! I know my tiny brain can’t handle it all, but please overload me with You!

At the end of the song when Wickham belts out “Let me know who You are!” Ah! That brought me to a whole ‘nother height of praise and then the song was over!! But that’s okay. I just hit repeat – haha 🙂

Be blessed! 🙂

Here in the quiet
Speak to me now
My ears are open to
Your gentle sweet whispering

And break down the door
Come inside
Shine down Your bright lights
I need a lamp for my feet
Yea, I need a lamp for my feet

‘Cause I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
And I wanna live
I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

You were the first
And You’ll be the end
Time cannot hold You down
So why save a wretch like me?

‘Cause no eye has seen
And no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
All of Your mystery

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let it burn in my heart
Bring me to glory
Bring me to You
Lord, it’s Your heart that I will hold on to

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me know who You are
Jesus,
Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me see You
Let me see You