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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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Slow Song: One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

By December 4, 2017 Worship songs

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

This is definitly an older song and is still a very popular song in many churches. This song is a great reminder that no matter what, His love will never fail us. In a world full of disappointment and hurt, one thing remains… and that is His love.


Here are the lyrics:

Verse 1

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains,
Yes, one thing remains

Chorus

Your love never fails,
It never gives up
It never runs out on me

Verse 2

Because on and on, and on, and on it goes
Before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
One thing remains
So, this one thing remains

Bridge

In death, in life I’m confident and covered by the power of Your great love
My debt is paid.
There’s nothing that can separate my heart from Your great love

The verses of this song because of how much they magnify His love. In the pain, hurt, and trials we go through, His love remains. His love is stronger than the grave! That is a great reminder that He loved us enough to send His only son to die a horrible death that you and I deserved. BUT He didn’t stay dead… HE ROSE AGAIN!

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When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it. 

By September 1, 2017 Youth Worship
When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it. 

When sharing your heart with your youth band backfires and how to prevent it.

On at least one occasion, that I can remember, Zack and I had a run in with an unhappy youth parent because of word twisting. It is very easy for something like that to occur in a youth band because you are leading a group of students and you have to take charge sometimes. Which can sometimes lead to angering a youth. It doesn’t matter what the talk is about, if it is serious, most likely, words will get twisted.

Sometimes youth can feel like they are getting in trouble and take it the wrong way, even when your heart meant for constructive criticism or simply telling them something with only love in your voice. Words can get taken the wrong way, especially if someone is frustrated with you. If you are going to have a serious conversation with them, there are a few things you need to do in order for it to not backfire and explode in your face.

1. Do not do it over text

I know. In this day and age, everything is easier to do through text. Do not do this. Through text, they cannot hear your tone of voice and it is likely that it will get read wrong. I urge you not to have a serious conversation over text, really, with anyone. This is actually beneficial for friendships and relationships as well. Just say you’re welcome.

2. Have a sit down

This one sort of goes with the first point. There are two ways to go about this. Get the whole band together and share your heart as a whole, not pointing anyone out. This will allow the issue to not specify anyone out so no one feels attacked. Or you could go to someone in private if it’s more of a one on one issue with a specific youth. Make sure that you use your words wisely if you do the one on one talk.

If you think the student may find a way to twist the words or take something the wrong way, I’d even think about recording it just to be able to show someone if a problem were to occur. But most of the time it doesn’t get to this point. Just giving suggestions here. If you have a sit down with the youth, I’d see if another adult could be present or maybe even the youth pastor. You can never be too safe. Usually, youth don’t go crazy when you have a serious conversation. Like I said, I can only think of one time where that has happened to me but now I know how to prevent it.

3. Have scripture to back it if possible

If the issue is them being lazy about learning songs, there are scriptures about being lazy or not using your whole heart when doing things. If you are addressing some arguing that goes on between a couple of the musicians, there are bible verses about that. Use scripture, if possible, but make sure to use it in the correct context. Now if you are addressing something like “Don’t go to the bathroom during practice if possible,” then you probably don’t need to spend 4 hours looking for a proper scripture for that exact situation but if you want to, hey, scripture is awesome!

4. Ask them

I wouldn’t want any youth to think they can’t talk to me about something. At the end of the discussion, I’d take a few minutes just to ask them if they have any thoughts on the issue or anything to say, just so they don’t feel like you completely attacked them.

Those are a few things that you can do when sharing your heart with youth to make sure it doesn’t backfire on you. I wish you luck in all of your serious conversations to come! I pray you handle the situations with kindness and calmness, with little frustration. It’s easy to get frustrated, especially if you don’t address the problem, because then they don’t know they are doing something wrong so they keep doing it and it annoys you a little more every time they do it. They may not know they are doing it. Just let them know. Address it wisely and prayerfully.

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 4 (Self-Confidence)

By August 28, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
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Welcome to Week 4: Self-Confidence!

The challenge I am about to ask you to do this week might be especially hard for some people. I know I struggled with this for a long time and still do on occasion. This whole week, you need to do this one simple task to help with your self-confidence. It won’t take any longer than a couple minutes of your day.

The Challenge

All of week 4, I want you to look in the mirror at some point through out the day and tell yourself 5 things that you like about yourself. You can say it in your head or even out loud but if you’re in public, some people may think you’re crazy. Hey, who cares! As Christians, we are supposed to stand out. So if you want to talk about all the things you like about yourself out loud, DO IT.
You are beautiful.

Personally, if someone told me to do this every day for a week about a year ago, I can positively tell you, I wouldn’t be able to find one feature that I liked about myself. This is something I really struggled with. Every girl that would cross my path, I would instantly point out to myself how pretty they were and it would make me compare myself to them. I’m so glad that God worked on that with me because I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have the self confidence that I have now while I’m going through what I’m going through.

Comparing

If I’m being honest with you all, I have been going through a  pretty rough breakup. I’ve had to watch him bring girls to church and watch him flirting with them and laughing with them. God has been working in me so I don’t get jealous but it takes me quite a bit of self confidence to not start looking at all my flaws when he’s bringing all these beautiful women to the church. I still find myself comparing myself to them sometimes but I am going to continue working on it. You should too!

You are so beautiful in the eyes of God. He made you look just the way He wanted you to look. He looks at you and sees no faults. God doesn’t look at all your flaws; He looks at all the beautiful. You look exactly how God wants you to look.

So everyday, look in the mirror. Tell yourself you like your hair. Say that you love the clothes you wear. Share about how beautiful the color of your eyes are! There are so many things that you could say each day. God did not make junk when He made you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14). You’re shaped the way you are for a reason. You have the voice you have for a reason. The facial features you have, God designed perfectly the way he wanted. Quit looking in the mirror and thinking bad things about yourself. Ultimately, what you are saying is, “God, I know you made me the way you wanted but I don’t think you did good enough.”

Don’t let the world define beauty

Stop letting the world decide wether you are beautiful or not! The world does not know the true definition of beauty, they have a twisted, unrealistic version of beauty. So if you are a Christian, go to Gods word. See what He has to say about how beautiful. I promise, you will not be disappointed. God thinks highly of you; He doesn’t want you looking in a mirror bashing yourself or comparing yourself to other people. There is only one blueprint for you, as my pastor would say. You are one of a kind. You’re a snowflake.

You can’t change who you really are; you can’t change the way you look. So stop trying to fit in when you were made to stand out. If you can’t change how you look, why get upset about it, you have to deal with it anyways.

I wish I could change my voice

This is something I used to wish every day. Then I realized that I was telling God He didn’t do a good enough job. If God called me to lead worship, then why don’t I have a voice like Lauren Diagle or Steffany Gretzinger? God spoke to me and removed these thoughts from my head. An old pastor of mine once said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I could compare my voice to other singers and say how much better they are then me, but where does that get me? No where. Because in the end, my voice is still the same, but now I am just thinking my voice isn’t very good.

I’d much rather remember that God has placed a calling on my life to lead worship for a reason. What if me having a better voice would have made me get big headed and proud? What if that made me prideful? There is a reason for everything. God hears my voice. He hears me singing to Him, whether I am singing like Kari Jobe or like someone who can’t even stay in key. I have learned to love the voice God has given me and that has allowed me to go way further than I ever thought I could.

Never in my life would I have thought I would go from turning my piano all the way down so no one could hear me in a worship band, to being a worship leader, playing guitar (an instrument that isn’t even my main instrument) and singing. God can take, even the things you think aren’t good enough, and use them in a huge way. So as you go through week 4, try your hardest to boost your self-confidence.

Self-confidence is attractive

I don’t know if you know this or not, ladies, self-confidence is so attractive. Now hear me out, don’t go all crazy boasting about how beautiful and awesome you are. Don’t be prideful about it. Just being able to take compliments and walk confidentially makes you a thousand times more beautiful. You don’t need to go fishing for compliments when the Bible has plenty of those for you from someone far greater than anyone walking this earth. Know what God says about the way you look. Don’t look in the mirror and bash a beautiful thing God has made.
So, for all of week 4, say 5 things about yourself that you like. Don’t do this half-heartedly. Seriously try to be more confident in who you are, you aren’t changing that. So accept it and realize how beautiful you are! Self-confidence is waiting… your move.

Reminder:

Just like I say at the end of most of these challenges, make sure you continue doing the past weeks. Keep smiling and remembering bible verses. You want to continue doing these things as much as you can until it becomes more natural to do them. Your heart and attitude will change. But only if you are in the word of God daily and spending one on one time with Him because ultimitely, we need to be growing deeper and deeper into our relationship with Jesus. Good Luck!

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Medium Song: Give Me Faith by Elevation Worship.

By August 18, 2017 Worship songs
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Give me faith

Elevation worship is one of my absolute favorite worship bands. I love their music. Most of the time it is super simple and repetitive so if you don’t know it, you can still easily sing along. We just recently did an event at my church and right when I heard the theme, which was ‘reset’, I was quick to go to this song. Let me share the words with you.

Verse 1:

I need you to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need you to open my eyes
To see that You’re shaping my life

Verse 2:

I need you to soften my heart
And break me apart
I need you to pierce through the dark
And cleanse every part of me

The verses are us in need, asking for Him to basically change our heart, open our eyes, and let others see Him through us. I know I’m not the greatest person all the time. I used to have a really bad attitude. Singing this puts a smile on my face because that should be our prayer. We should want our heart to be softened so that we can show others the love of Christ.

God has His plans for us. That doesn’t mean we have a plan for us. He knows what we need, even when we think we do, He knows better. His ways are higher than our ways. His thought are higher than our thoughts. He is shaping and molding our lives into what He wants. We see a jumbled mess, while He is looking at the greater picture. He is taking our success and our failure and molding them to fit into the big picture. That’s why I love the line “to see that you’re shaping my life.”

I know that right now in my life, I see it. It excites me. I’m ecstatic because I see what He is doing and although I don’t know exactly what He is doing, I see that He is at work, shaping my life.

Pre-Chorus:

All I am, I surrender.

Then the pre-chorus says, “All I am, I surrender.” What a proclamation. Don’t say this if you don’t mean it. These are words you should not haphazardly say. We’re all sinners. We all deserve death but because of the highest price that Jesus paid on the cross, we get to live. We’re not worthy but God sees we are worth it. We see failure. He sees success. I have nothing good to offer to the unconditionally loving God that I serve. Although we don’t have much, we should be giving Him everything. We should be surrendering everything that we are. Those are some powerful words.

Chorus:

Give me faith to trust what you say
That you’re good and your love is great
I’m broken inside, I give you my life

The chorus is asking for Him to give us faith to trust what He says. When God tells us something, and then things aren’t going the way we planned, are we quick to question it? Or do we trust it? Without going into detail, He told me to pursue something almost 5 months ago. It has taken a great amount of faith and trust. At first, I kept getting every reason in the world on why I shouldn’t pursue what He told me to pursue and everything in me wanted to give up. But there was one huge reason that I shouldn’t.

That was because He told me to. Knowing it was Him telling me this, as a Christian, I needed to be obedient. I have been and I’ll continue. The road that I’m on right now is full of rejection and hardship and I’m not sure why but I still have many reasons to be joyful and thankful in this season. Without Him, I’m nothing and I’m broken. That’s why we need to give him our lives because we aren’t anything without Him. There will always be a God-shaped whole in our heart that only He can fill.

Bridge:

‘Cause I may be weak
But Your spirit strong in me
My flesh may fail
My God you never will

Now the bridge… I can’t even begin to explain the strong feelings I have for this part of the song. I’m joking around but at the same time, I’m not. This is my favorite part of the song.
We are weak but His spirit, that is living inside of us, gives us strength. And even though we fail every single day, we serve a God that never will! That’s something to sing about!

It is pretty simple to learn. It only took 10 minutes to teach my youth band. The song is originally sung by a guy, which is no capo on the chart you will receive in your email. If a girl is leading, try capo 2 or 3. Subscribe below for the chord chart to this song!

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The ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge: Week 1

By August 8, 2017 Like Jesus Challenge
WEEK 1: PRAY FOR THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE THAT COME TO YOUR MIND

Week 1

Thank you for joining me on this journey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to. We are just starting week 1, hop on board! One of the greatest things you can do in your relationship with Jesus is… praying. Prayer is a very intimate thing you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus and it is vital that you do it. How can you have a close and personal relationship with someone without talking to them? Through this challege I will be stressing the need for prayer. A lot of weeks, you will be praying often.

But I’m not good at praying…

You aren’t? Wow, I’m just ashamed of you. KIDDING! A lot of people are not strong in the skill of praying. When people used to be like, “Alright Chrissy, pray,” my heart would skip 30 beats. I’m not very good at talking in general. There is something about the room being really quiet that makes my skin crawl. Every time I prayed, it would be a 10 second prayer. I would have like 15 words between ‘Dear Jesus’ and ‘Amen.’

When you say I don’t want to pray or I’m not good at prayer, someone always likes to call you out. I used to hear, “Well, if you don’t pray in public, you don’t pray in private.” Hearing that made me so angry. I prayed all the time in my personal life… but I prayed in my head. It is different talking out loud or in front of people. I used to get so discouraged when people would ask me to pray. I’d either refuse or say a ‘bad prayer.’

No prayer is bad

I cannot tell you how many times I would place my prayer in the ‘bad’ catergory. Listen. No prayer is bad. I used to hear everyone else pray and they would pray for like 5 minutes using big words and creative sentences. That was discouraging to me because I wansn’t ‘good’. I did not understand why I wasn’t good at praying. I did it often. I was tired of refusing to pray. I knew I had to change this because I know God has called me into some sort of minestry. I’m going to have get better at praying out loud.

Pray out loud

This has helped immesnly. At first it was a bit awkward and I felt like I was talking to myself. Start praying when you’re alone, out loud. It will help. I started off with short prayers but now I can pray out loud for hours. Praying this way allowed me to get closer to Jesus because I talk to him now like I’d actually talk to a best friend. Which He is and He always has been; it’s just hard to be best friends with someone you don’t spend time with and don’t talk to. You feel me? Dedicate a specific time to praying but still pray as much as you possibly can throughout the day. Just use those specific times as your prayer time regardless of what is going on because sometimes our minds go crazy through a busy day.

I chose to pray anytime I am driving and showering (like once every three weeks, just kidding, probably). More times you could pray is when you wake up, before bed, while brushing your teeth, everytime you pick up your phone, etc. There are many times you can dedicate to prayer. I promise, having this time set aside specifically for prayer will help you get in the habit of praying often. So try devoting some time to praying.

The Challenge: Week 1

So each day this week, pray for the first 5 people that come to your mind. It can be the same people every day or it can be new people. Just make sure to do it each day. It doesn’t have to be a 4 hour long prayer but actually relax and take a few minutes praying for the people that Jesus lays on your heart. This not only helps you to get closer to God but it is also a great way to humble yourself before others. You don’t have to tell anyone you are praying for them unless you feel God telling you to. So make sure you pray for at least 5 people each day through the week. I’d write it down in a notebook so you can just keep track of your prayer life.

Why am I praying for others?

week 1I love those two verses because a lot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you're doing in my life. It is important be praying for your prayers to be about you. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me. Not only should you pray for yourselves, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for only yourself. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others. This is a true step of humbleness. Christ give's us a great example of humility. Alot of times, we are focused on us. When we pray, we say God, do this for me. Make this happen for me. I thank you for what you’re doing in my life. It is important be praying about yourself, of course. Change my attitude and my heart, guide my footsteps, help me, but not only should you pray for yourself, you need to be humble enough to step past praying for you alone.

Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for your lost friends. Pray for others in general. This is a true step of humbleness.

Christ give’s us a great example of humility in Philippians 2:3-4.

Remember, like I said in my post Monday (Read here), you need to be reading the bible and spending one on one time with Jesus all through out this challenge. Make sure to do it every single day this week. If you have never spent time with Jesus or aren’t really sure how to, email me below. Good luck on week 1 of the ‘Like Jesus’ Challenge!

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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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Ultimate Christian Workout Playlist

By March 14, 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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4 lies I believed as a new Christian

By March 3, 2017 General
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4 lies I believed as a new Christian

Being a new Christian can be overwhelming. You get to watch your entire life do a 180. Sometimes it can be scary because it’s something you’ve never done before.More often times than not, a new believer can get caught up in the wrong mindset. Maybe we think these things because of watching other ‘christians’ or maybe it’s just something we think. Let me tell you a few things that I believed as a new Christian just in case you are in the same boat as I was.
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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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