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In The Valley (Original Christian Worship Song)

By December 12, 2017 Worship songs

In the Valley- Chrissy Kertscher

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I have been going through an incredibly rough time recently. Everywhere I turn, Satan is trying to mess things up for me. Right now, I am in the deepest valley of my life. I have felt hopeless, lost, and like there is no way out. Every time I have been about to get out, I fall right back in it, flat on my face. A lot of times, people can get to a place where they doubt God, where they stop praising God, or start asking Him why He’s doing this.

Why I wrote It?

I wrote “In the Valley,” as my response to God as I face some of the hardest trials in my life. Our first reaction to hurt, pain, trials, and struggles should be praise. Just like Job did at the beginning. Even after losing everything, his response was worship. I know that God is helping me. He is fighting this battle for me.

A song that has been my go to song when I am on my knees before God, is a song called, “This is How I fight my Battles” by The Upper Room. I added this at the end of my song because it is so simple yet it means so much. It says, “It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by you.” Those words alone overwhelm me.

I hope and pray that this song means as much to you as it did for me while I was writing it. I know, that even in the valley, God is before me and behind me. God placed me on the mountain… I worshiped Him. Then, I was placed in the valley… and I continued to worship Him.

Lyrics:

Verse 1

I’ve been walking for a really long time in the valley, You hear my cry.

It’s been painful but you see me here and You’re fighting all my fears.

Pre- Chorus

Even in this hurt, and when I can’t sing, I’ll praise you. I will Praise you.

Chorus

I’ve been on the mountain before. I worshiped You then and I will worship You now.

And now as I’m in the valley give me strength and test my faith.

I’ve been on the mountain before. I praised You then and I’m not going to stop, now.

And now as I’m in the valley, lift up my head to where I only see you. Be my joy when I don’t have hope.

Verse 2

As I go through this trial I’ll wait, wait upon You Lord.

As I fight this battle, You are helping me and I am down on my knees.

Bridge 1

I would have never chosen this for me You know what I need better than me

Bridge 2 (This is How I fight my battles/Surrounded- Upper Room)

This is how I fight my battles

This is how I fight my battles

It may look like I’m surrounded

But I’m surrounded by You

 

I hope you guys like the lyrics. Check out the video here if the one on this post doesn’t work! Let me know what you think!

 

 

 

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Ultimate Christian Workout Playlist

By April 3, 2017 Worship songs
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Ultimate Christian Workout Playlist

I’ve recently started working out again. I know, shocker. Hopefully I will not end up quitting like every time I try this. We all do it. I know I’m not the only one. So in honor of me getting back into the workout saddle (is that a thing?), I’ve decided to put together a Christian workout playlist. When I work out, I love to listen to ‘get pumped’ music. Most of the time when I am running, slow worship songs comes on and although they are great songs, it just doesn’t fit the whole ‘get pumped’ mood.

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Slow Song: Jesus I Come by Elevation Worship

By March 1, 2017 Youth Worship
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Jesus I come

I remember the first time I ever heard this song. I was driving to Michigan for Christmas and every single word just spoke joy into my heart. Ever since then, I have been begging for our worship team to do ‘Jesus I Come.’ We actually just learned it this past Sunday and will hopefully be playing it this Wednesday. I love both the chords and the lyrics to this song. My absolute favorite part of this song is the bridge.

Lyrics

Verse 1:
Oh how I need Your grace
More than my words can say
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In all my weaknesses
You are my confidence
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Chorus:
I will rise stand redeemed
Heaven open over me
To Your name eternally
Endless glory I will bring (oh)
Verse 2:
Oh what amazing love
We need Your cleansing flood
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In every broken place
You are my righteousness
Jesus I come Jesus I come
Bridge:
Thank You Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love

Why I love the bridge

The reason I love the bridge is because it says just as I am I come. It focuses on the fact that we don’t need to be perfect before we start following Jesus. We don’t have to have it all together because are savior has it all together. Jesus doesn’t want us after we have been a Christian for a certain amount of years. He doesn’t want us after we do a really good deed at least once a week. He wants us as we are. Jesus wants us in our brokenness. You don’t have to wait to put the pieces back together before coming to Him. Wanting to put the pieces back together is what He is wanting to do.

So when it says “Just as I am I come” it instantly brings tears to my eyes. A great and almighty God wants me. He wants my filth, so He can cleanse me. He wants my brokenness so He can fix it.

The entire song, overall was well written and makes for an amazing worship song. For the chords to this song, Subscribe below.

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Slow Song: You Won’t Relent by Jesus Culture

By February 22, 2017 General
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You Won’t Relent

I love this song. The first time I heard it, I fell in love with it. The words are just so astounding. There are 4 different parts to the song and they are all amazing.
This is one of my favorites to do with the youth because it is such an emotional song. I could do this song every single Wednesday because it’s that good but most Wednesday’s we don’t have a drummer. My boyfriend says that this song needs drums or else it won’t have the dynamics it needs to sound phenomenal. This song has a lot of quiet and an equal amount of loud parts to it. There are a lot of builds and a lot of drops. So if you’re going to do this song, drums are recommended.

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Slow Song: Set A Fire by Will Reagan

By February 17, 2017 Worship songs
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Set A Fire by Will Reagan

Set a fire is another one of our go to songs. It’s a song we have done a bunch of times. The thing about doing songs like this over and over is sometimes people can become numb to what they are saying. They will just sing it and not think about the words coming out of their mouths.

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5 Things to get a guitar player

By February 3, 2017 General
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5 Things to get a guitar player

Guys are super hard to shop for. I never know what to get my boyfriend. Luckily, he is a guitar player which makes it a little easier. There are countless things you can get a guitar player. Here are some gift ideas for that amazing musician in your life.

1. A Ditto loop pedal

I actually just recently got my boyfriend this for christmas. He asked for it for about a year until I finally decided he was worth that much money. I’m just kidding. I’d buy him the whole world… if I could afford it. Anyways, the ditto loop pedal is fun and entertaining. Good way to finally get rid of that clingy boyfriend of yours. Kidding again.

With the pedal, you hook it up to your guitar and record a short rhythm on guitar (or any instrument that is able to hook up to it) and it loops over and over. Then, you can add a bunch of layers doing different things! It’s really awesome.

Here is a link to one of the cheaper ones on amazon. Now, there are more brands than just ditto. I’m only telling you ditto because my trusted, guitarist boyriend told me it’s a really good loop pedal brand.

2. Guitar picks

I don’t care how many picks you think your boyfriend has. He doesn’t have enough. I play guitar too. So I know that you can never have enough picks. They dissapear. I never know where any of my picks go. One second theres one in my mouth and next thing I know, it’s no where to be found. I probably eat them. Once again, I’m just kidding. But really, they go missing every time it leaves your hands.

This is a link to a 100 pack of guitar picks. I like the assortment. I’m not really picky when it comes to what type I strum with. See what I did there? This pack has thin, medium, and thick. Your boyfriend may like a specific size, feel free to ask. If you just want to guess, I’d get either an assortment or medium. I actually bought these for myself to fill up my ‘pick’ jar and I love them! It even comes in a cute box.

3. Guitar Pick Keychain

Now, personally, I’ve never had one of these but I think they are so cool. I need to actually get one. It’s just a little pouch that holds a few guitar picks. He will always have a pick with him then.

4. “World’s Okayest Guitar Player” T-shirt

This shirt is so true. I would wear this night and day. Don’t get this for him if he will take it seriously and not as a joke because that wouldn’t be good. Then he would be mad and upset and you will have to burn it… along with his hopes and dreams that you just crushed. Seriously though, if my lovely boyfriend wasn’t going to read this post, I would totally get it for him. But since I know he will read it, it just gave away the surprise. I need a new plan.

5. Amp Coffee Mug

Now, this is a great gift for the coffee-loving, guitarist in your life. It’s so adorable. The shape of the mug is an amp! Who doesn’t think that’s cute?

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Medium Song: Wide As The Sky by Matt Redman

By January 26, 2017 Worship songs

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Wide As The Sky only has two parts to the song with a medium speed.
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Using God Merely as a 911 call

By January 17, 2017 Devotionals

About two years ago, I remember getting a phone call informing me that my grandpa was in the hospital. We drove thousands of miles to make sure we got there before things exaberated. When things were going in the opposite direction of what we were anticipating, different family members began asking me to pray with them.

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3 Steps To Start A Worship Band

By September 10, 2016 Youth Worship
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So you want to start a youth worship band?


Starting a worship band can be tough so you have to make sure you really want to move forward with it. If you think you want to start one, I’d start with going through these three simple points.

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Slow song: How He Loves by John Mark McMillan

By September 3, 2016 Worship songs

How He Loves by John Mark McMillan

This is a slow song is one of my favorites and we definitely over-do it in my worship band. It is our go to song when something gets messed up or we aren’t prepared enough for what we’ve been practicing. And it never fails to get the church singing of a love that is so deep, so wide, so long, and so high. Most people know the David Crowder version, but my all time favorite version of this song is the original by John Mark McMillan.
Love has so many different meanings… There’s brotherly love, husband/wife love, Godly love, etc. So often in life we can use it like it is just another word; and often, it looses its meaning. The kind of love that John talks about in this song is a messy love. It’s a love that is willing to love no matter how messy or gross. It is willing to love things that are difficult. It is a strong love. That no matter how screwed up we are, or how angry we are, God loves us anyways. In the midst of our sin, in the midst of our trials, God loves us. He loves us with a love that is so powerful, a love that is so unconditional, and a love that is absolutely relentless. That is the kind of love that John is talking about in this song.

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