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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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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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Jesus, Reset my________

By August 4, 2017 Devotionals
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Jesus, Reset my ________.

Wow, this week has been absolutley crazy. At my church, we had this small event (Pulse Week 2017) that made a huge difference in a bunch of peoples lives. Youth gave their lives to Jesus and allowed Jesus to reset something that has been getting in the way of their walk with Jesus or reset something they put on the throne before God. I was completly in awe of the amazing things Jesus was doing within our youth. Leading worship for this event was very stressful at first.

With the limited time we prepped, it caused a lot of chaos each day before service. I had the attitude of ‘this is about to be horrible’ at the beginning of the week. By the last day, I had a complete heart change and reset. I just focused on worshipping rather than if people were playing the right chords. Worship was going to be just fine regardless. Worship is not a show, which is something I already knew, but it needed to be reimplanted into my brain. It is not a conerct. Sometimes, I just enjoy stopping all instruments and just have all the voices in the room to sing as loud as they can. God really moved through worship. I felt Him in the room and He was all over the place.

I loved leading worship this week. Simply because, regardless of the preparation, God still used us in a mighty way. I loved watching as of the students worship with all of their heart. I could see true, authentic worship. It was beautiful. Breathtaking. All through the services, I was smiling from ear to ear because of what Jesus was doing in my own heart.

For a while, I have been trying my hardest to “reset” my attitude and my heart (That is what the Like Jesus challenge is all about) for the longest time. I can honestly say I have been doing really good. Not because of anything I was doing but what Jesus was doing in me and inside my heart. The theme of Pulse Week was “Jesus, reset my_____.” I was so energetic and extatic because in this week and I really got to acknowledge all that Jesus has been doing in my heart.

My attitude has been different and my overall heart. I am so overjoyed with everything that I have been seeing Jesus do in my life and in my friends life. During worship, I loved doing the fast songs. I used to just raise my hands and worship during those fast songs, which is fine, but it is so much fun to jump around and act a fool praising Jesus. I got the honor of watching a bunch of teenagers jump all over the place, unashamed, praising God. Going crazy with them was so fun. Jesus didn’t make us to fit in and just clap to the beat. Let loose. Get crazy.

Fill in the blank.

jesus reset mySay, “Jesus, reset my _____.” Fill in the blank. What did you put in that space? Jesus reset my heart (mind, thoughts, relationship, voice, etc) What did you fill in there? Say it out loud. Ask Jesus to reset it. Give it to Him. Let Him reset something you need fixed in your life. Often times, we put other things on the throne that God is supposed to be on.

Can you think of something you are putting on that high place in your life. Sometimes you don’t want to admit it. In fact, sometimes you don’t even realize you put something else on the throne. Or maybe we ask God to scoot over so He can share the throne of your life with _______. (Your partner, your job, your family, church, etc.) Jesus doesn’t want to share the throne! He wants to be over your entire life; He wants to be your entire life.

How can you put only Jesus on the throne right now? How are you going to let Jesus reset _______? The way I am letting Jesus reset my heart is by reading the bible as much as I can, spending more time talking to God than I spend talking to anyone else, and by memorizing scripture.

So what are you going to do? Find a way to focus on God and keep Him on the throne. Keep your eyes on Him. His eyes were on you when He died on the cross for you. He can fix your heart, your mind, your relationship, and your voice. You have to let Him. You have to devote yourself to actually doing something about it.

Spend some time in prayer and talk to God about some things you could do to reset whatever you filled in that blank. Get into the bible and see what God has to say about what you are resetting. Give this to God, He will gladly take it. Nothing is too big for God. Give it to Him. Looking back, I laugh. I was at a place where I felt hopeless in my bitterness and in my thoughts. I never thought I could get away from it. Now that I let Jesus reset it, I’ve have never been so happy and energetic. Not today Satan!

It may feel hopeless right now but you need to remember who has you in the palm of His hands. Rather than falling backwards, fall forwards into the hands of God. He has your back. Don’t think you can’t do it. If you can’t, He can and He will gladly take your _______ from you and reset it. Give Him the chance to do it. Soon, you too will look back and smile. You will be able to say, “Jesus, thank you for being on the throne and for resetting my _____.”

Start the process of letting Jesus reset it.
AND GO!

 

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