I Know How Frail I Am….

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Measure Of A Man (Frail)

Another song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

This song was born from a couple older songs.  The riff in the beginning part was from a song I wrote some 10-12 years ago.  The ending part, from a dear friend of mine Bryan Briggs, a song he wrote.  I blended the two, and made this out of it.

This song is about life.  And death…  My father in law passed away last summer.  It was awful, painful.  Expected, yet sudden.  He was a man who was dearly loved, by many.  He was a man who will be remembered fondly, for generations.

Yet, as my brother in law said in tears, “We put him in the dirt, and nobody will remember him”.  All that man did, for his wife, for his family, for his community – nobody will remember it in a century.  Sadly, that is a very common tale…

The same could be said for my father, who passed away more than seven years ago.  Sure, we talk about him.  But will my kids?  Maybe.  But what about their kids, who don’t yet exist, and never met him?  Unlikely.

It’s the measure of a man, on how loved he is.  Not POPULAR.  I mean loved.  I mean the impact he made in others’ lives.  My dad did that.  My father in law did that.  Likely you can say the same about those you have loved and lost.

But only one man has made the eternal impact that matters most.  Only God in flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ, sacrificed all He had, joyfully, for you.  And for me.

We are approaching Easter.  I mean, we have some two months yet.  But it’ll be here, and gone, before we know it.  Just like Christmas. The seasons pass, another holiday, another year.  It’s real easy to just let them float by.  And – that saddens me…

What am I doing to make some sort of “lasting impact” in my kids lives?  Or my grandchildren?  How am I showing them THEY MATTER.  To me, sure.  To God, surely.  Do they see my life, and know Jesus is real?  That is what matters most.  I’m not talking about whether they do “religious things”.  I’m talking about seeing Christ in me.  About desiring God,or more of God, because they see that impact in me.  I’m talking about a lasting legacy that is NOT me.  Heck – when I die, I would LOVE for my name to never be mentioned, but instead Christ’s name be lifted high.

That’s what I am striving for.  That’s my greatest desire…

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $1022, counting my match.  As Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re halfway there!”  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

Measure Of A Man (Frail)

 

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From You Comes the Theme of My Praise…

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Theme Of My Praise

This is the first “real” song off my record, “My Praise” – the second of two projects I put together and am selling to raise funds for marriage counseling, for some couple or couples I may never meet.  🙂  You can read about it here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

I wrote this song some years back.  I was reading Psalm 22, contemplating how Jesus quoted it as He was dying – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?”.  At that time in my life, I felt like, “Yeah, I can relate”.

But truth is – I really can’t…  Neither can you.  Jesus, God in the flesh, never knew what separation from God the Father felt like.  He was ALWAYS perfectly in union with the Father.  Even while here on earth.  We don’t know what that feels like.

Also – Jesus, in that moment, felt what it is like to be COMPLETELY SEPARATED from the Father.  Again – we don’t know what that feels like. Even those who don’t know, or don’t want to Know, God, have Him in their lives.  Breath in their lungs.  Love in their hearts.  We see Him all around us, in His creation.  We are never separated from God.  Not yet…

Something else that is cool about this Psalm – Jesus quoted it, like He does others – but there was a reason.  He was pointing to how this psalm is all about Him!  Every word.  David may or may not have known, as he wrote it, that he was prophesying about the Messiah.  But he was!  How amazing is that!

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

Many bulls surround me;
    strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions that tear their prey
    open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted within me.
My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!

I no longer associate myself with the song I’m talking about.  It is all for Jesus, My Lord and Savior.  Do you know what He has done?

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $822, counting my match.  Creeping up on the halfway mark!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.

My Praise…

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My Praise

I have been talking about my EP, Wedding Coat, and the campaign around it, for some time.  Basically, I’m selling it to raise fund for marriage counseling.  You can read about all there here:

Wedding Coat Campaign

Know the Truth Ministries

So I am now on to talking about the OTHER record I released in October, My Praise.  This is a full length, with a bit of a more “diverse” sound (as far as I get diverse anyway).  It covers many topics, but the main theme is the decisive praising God during the worst situations.  Hence the title.  I took it actually from Psalm 22:25

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly

I am going to talk briefly in this post also about the first “song”, titled “Be Strong, Take Heart…”.  It’s not really a song, more of an intro to the record.  I was goofing with synth sounds.  But I wanted it to be somewhat like the horns sounding as Christ returns.  As if I have any idea what that sounds like.  But point being, “Be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord”.

I will spend the next few weeks talking about the songs on this record.  I really had fun making it.  I had help too – Nathan and Joan Boyer were tremendous help with re-writing lyrics.  Derek Kosch played some cool mellotron and B3 stuff.  Katianna Carlon lended her voice to a song.  I think you’ll like it!  If you do, please do buy, as your money would go to a great cause.

As I mentioned in the other posts, I am selling this record to raise money for marriage counseling.  Please prayerfully consider giving to this cause, to save maybe just ONE marriage.  You can buy my music here:

My Praise

Wedding Coat EP

Or, if you like, you can donate directly to the ministry here:

https://northlandcounseling.us/Donate.html

I have a goal to raise $1000, and I will match that dollar for dollar.  As of today, we are at $1022, counting my match.  As Jon Bon Jovi says, “We’re halfway there”!  Will you help me obtain this goal?

I love you!

T.