for good reason joy is in our hearts!

for good reason joy is in our hearts | sara groves

I was listening to Sara Groves Fireflies and Songs album the other day (yes, it has become an all time favorite) and was so struck by the song Joy is in our Hearts. God has been kind in teaching me so much this year. I’ve learned that the hard things are for my benefit and good. The good things have become even sweeter as I realize that all I need I have in Christ.  The past couple of months have really been a sweet gift. I’ve learned that I really do have good reason to be joyful. No matter what my current circumstances may be I have hope and joy because Christ has redeemed my life and I am His. I am learning, slowly, sometimes too slowly I fear, but still I am learning to love because He loved me first. I am learning to give because everything I have has been given to me and it’s not mine anyway. My heart is full of joy and hope this Christmas season.

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People of God

People of God | Gungor

we could have tongues of angels
we could move mountains with our faith
we could give everything away
but if we don’t have love
we’re left with nothing

we could see blind eyes opened
know all the mysteries of our faith
we could sing all the highest praise
but if we don’t have love
we’re left with nothing

people of God rise up
rise up and shine God’s love
we are the light of the world
of the world oh
we are the light of the world
of the world oh

love is the what holds it all together
love never fails, it never dies
there is no deeper truth
we know that God is love, our God is love
tear down the walls that divide us
let love rebuild and unite us
all we need is
all we need is love

Fireflies and Songs

fireflies and songs | sara groves

thirty years ago i was a little girl // riding in the back seat of the car // a woman sang you don’t bring me flowers anymore // i felt a sadness in my little heart

we’re looking for the music // in the music box // tearing it to pieces // trying to find a song

i was drawn to you in ways i can’t explain // we fought like crazy but i couldn’t stay away // piled on expectations and lots of blame // like we couldn’t do it any other way

we’re looking for a firefly // moving through the night // staring at the one place // swear it never lights

were you surprised our hearts were not like ticking clocks // with faces and hands easy to read // we both wished if only in the land of oz // longed for things we’d never really need

now we’re standing in the kitchen // all pretense is gone // you kiss me on the shoulder // fireflies and song

The Joy Eternal: A Sweet & Bitter Providence

I just found The Joy Eternal and they are definitely a new favorite. You must check out their album, “A Sweet & Bitter Providence: The Purpose of Pain in the Pursuit of Joy.” This album was inspired by John Piper’s book, “A Sweet and Bitter Providence” and is both full of rich biblical truths and creative, fresh and beautiful music. John Piper writes of The Joy Eternal, “Big truth and beautiful sounds are a powerful combination. The Joy Eternal has touched me both ways. one of my biblical sieves for what is real is the apostolic word ‘sorrowful yet always rejoicing.’ I hear that in these songs, and they ring true. Beautifully true. May God give them wings.” You can buy their album here.

 

Risen

Risen , Sovereign Grace Music‘s latest offering is available on their website for $5!! It’s an awesome album. Here’s what they have to say about it:

“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”

These words, spoken by an angel to the women at Jesus’s tomb, changed history forever. Christ’s resurrection was more than a display of raw supernatural power. It was the single event that assures us that his payment for our sins has been accepted. God’s wrath is satisfied. Death is defeated. The powers of darkness are overcome. Sin’s dominion has been broken. And the life of the age to come has dawned.

The songs on this album celebrate these realities, experienced and enjoyed by all who place their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

Beautiful

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” -Psalm 34:5

“He has made everything beautiful in its time…” -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Thanks for sharing this song, Sabby.