Music Monday: Gracefully Broken, by Tasha Cobbs Leonard

A sister in Christ sent me this song, and I instantly fell in love with it. If you are broken, had a rough 2018 and are looking for encouragement and purpose for 2019, or if you just want musical support to help you approach our wonderful Heavenly Father, listen and receive His blessing.

Let’s start 2019 strong in the Lord!



“I’m holding nothing back

I surrender!”

From “Gracefully Broken”


Be blessed! Looking forward to a great 2019 with you!


Music Monday: “Background” – Lecrae feat C-Lite

I’ve been thinking a lot about what kinds of posts to add to the blog, and one topic that frequently comes to mind is how to deal with disappointment. Disappointment when our dreams don’t turn out the way we expect, disappointment when we don’t get that deal, contract, interview, or whatever. Disappointment that we aren’t as popular or as successfuls as someone else. 

Or, the opposite. What if success suddenly falls into our laps? Are we ready for it? Do we have the supports and structures in place to survive a sudden influx of work and responsibilities? Can our egos cope with it? What about our family and friends?

There are tons of variables, too many to name. But the one thing that remains true is that whatever our situation, we need to submit to God. He knows the plans He has for us, knows the timing for each aspect of that plan, and has measures put in place to support us in failure and in success.

If we look to Him, submit our plans, hopes, and dreams to Him, we can accomplish our work with the full confidence that He is managing everything by the power of His more than capable hands.

I love this song Background by Lacrae (feat. C-Lite). I’ve listened to is many times but yesterday it really hit me. Probably because I also need constant reminding to trust God with everything and to look for Him for my success.

I hope you enjoy the song. The lyrics are included, which will make it easier to follow. Please listen with an open mind and heart. If we truly give our hearts, gifts, and talent to God, there’s no limit to what He can do with us.

Blessings on this Monday morning!

Music Monday: ‘Never Gone’, by Colton Dixon

I remember Colton Dixon from his stint on American Idol a few years back. Aside from his style, which was edgy for AI norms, he hadn’t really caught my eye. I think I had some idea from the backstory packages the show presents that he came from a Christian background, but for a while, to me he was just a contestant with a great voice who killed it on the piano.

That changed one evening. Maybe I was less distracted, in the mood for a great piano performance, or maybe his hair was particularly cool that night, I have no idea. But I was focused. Colton sat at the piano and I sensed there was something…different going on. He began to play, then sing, and I was mesmerized. You know when you can tell the signer means each word and note with every fiber of their being? It felt like he was singing to God, worshiping God on international TV, and we, the audience, were invited to listen in.
I remember watching the performance and thinking, “Alright, then, Mr. Dixon. I will remember you.”

Actually, I forgot him. For a while. But when Spotify came around, I decided to look him up. There are a lot of good songs on his albums, but one in particular, Never Gone, hits me in the heart every time. Even if I don’t sing the whole song when it comes on, I can’t help but join in at the song’s climax:

“‘I never ever left you, never ever left you, no’
He said, “I never ever left you, never ever left you, no”
Jesus never ever left you, never ever left you, no.
He sees us even in the darkness
Now you know you’re not alone.”
Colton Dixon, Never Gone

Every time I listen to it, I am overcome with God’s grace, goodness, and faithfulness. I think about everything He has delivered me from, everything he has forgiven, and am filled with joy.

I hope you’ll listen to the song. I saw the video for the first time today, and it’s powerful. But I suggest first listening to it without the video to see how it stirs your heart personally. Then, watch the video. And maybe have some tissues nearby.

Do you have an inspirational song you’d like to share, or have featured on the blog? Leave me a message to let me know.
Blessings this Monday morning!

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