Sunday, April 26, 2015


This morning I awoke to my alarm going off. That is not unusual, as it is Sunday and I had to get up and get ready for church and shuttles. What was unusual was the song that was playing. I must admit, I took a moment to be with the Lord while it played. *grin*

The song was YOU MAKE ME BRAVE by Amanda Cook. The AMAZING thing was, it was being played on Air1 radio!!! *grin* I felt like the Lord did that just for me. He probably didn't, I'm sure there were others today that needed that song right at 8am this morning. However, I was one of the many He played that for today, I truly believe that.

You know how I knew that? I haven't heard any of Bethel's music on Air1 or K-Love. In the mornings as I get ready, I typically listen to Air1 or K-Love just to hear what's current in Christian Radio Music. And while worship music isn't rare, as artists such as Michael W. Smith, Third Day, and Chris Tomlin have become common in the world of worship and Christian Radio, I have NEVER heard a Bethel song on the radio. Ever. *grin* I had to smile.

I realize many of my readers haven't hear the song, and that's fine. I am not trying to get you to love it like I do. (Although that would be AWESOME. *giggle*) The song talks about fear, and how He is for us and not against us. I already knew He wasn't against us, as it's in scripture and Chris Tomlin wrote a song not too long ago on the subject. *grin* However, the whole idea of the "Champion of Heaven". I have spent oodles of time on that phrase. King of Heaven is a common phrase, but Champion of Heaven? Gosh, I love that! *grin*

I'll also admit, I have had my fair share of fear in my life. It has almost been like a best friend throughout my life that I constantly lay before His feet. He's able to take it and help me in those moments. *grin*

Overall, I have had small victories in that area, but from time to time it becomes a little overwhelming. So the chorus: "You make me brave, you make me brave, you call me out beyond the shore into the waves... You make me brave, You make me brave, no fear can hinder now the promises You made..." I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that. I have been on this song for quite some time. *grin*

I went to make a CD for a friend of my current playlist recently (it changes a lot, seriously) and I saw the facts on how many times I've played "You Make Me Brave". I'll admit, this one song has been played so much it's tied for #6 in my Top 25 of all songs played. *grin* It's been played 147 times. *grin* See? I like music as much as reading. *grin*

Perhaps the coolest thing in the whole testimony, is that He continues to show me things as I listen to this playlist. I am finding that when I'm in those moments of fear or doubt (again, part of the human experience this side of Heaven) I think of those words, " fear can hinder now the promises You made..." Who can let fear win with a line like that? *grin*

I also love how He made me in a time in our history when music is such a powerful tool to draw closer to Him. Seriously. I LOVE THAT!!! *grin*

He does make me brave.

I went ahead and googled the story behind the song that Amanda Cook had on YouTube. It was a neat story. I encourage you to look it up if you're interested. I also have it on my FB wall. *grin*

She ended her story with a quote I want to leave you with tonight. I thought it was amazing...

"The reward of saying yes is greater than the regret of saying no." Amanda Cook

I love that!

Yes, He's calling me beyond the shore into the waves. That's okay.

Fear won't win in my life.

He makes me brave.


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