As “Build this House” was being conceived, the concept of poetically comparing ourselves to houses became the focal point. The chorus firmly declares: "Come build this house and make it home." Through writing these lyrics, I couldn't help but realize that there is a very distinct difference between a house and a home. A house is built with four walls, a roof, and a foundation. It is fully capable of standing on its own, but that was never meant to be its sole purpose. It was designed to provide shelter, to become a sanctuary of refuge, and to be a place where we can find rest and regroup from the chaos of life. A house becomes a home when someone claims it as their own, puts their unique touch on it, and creates an atmosphere that goes beyond an outsider’s comprehension—an atmosphere full of love, joy, peace, safety.
This song is called “Wonder” because that’s how God met me. I thought I needed answers to my questions. I thought I needed them before I could trust Him again. But in the silence and the waiting, I found that all I really needed was Him. Sometimes our pride can get in the way of our answer. Sometimes we need to realize how big our Creator is before we can understand the significance of our smallness. I may face trouble in this life—in fact, I’m certain I will—but if His eye is on me, I have nothing to worry about...
Whether you’re in a season of calm right now or a season of uncertainty, we hope this song reminds you of the source of your peace. Circumstances can change in an instant, but God’s love for you never fails. Trust in Him! Don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your steps secure. After all, even water and wind submit to His voice. Your storm is no match for our Maker.
The song “As We Praise” began with one simple desire: we wanted to write a song that we could lead in our local church. We wanted it to represent our church culture and the core values at our roots—namely, covenant, influence, and bravery.
Worship is cultured in the heart, defined in our response, and expressed in many ways. The Psalmist Series is a collection of posts by worshipers dedicated to various and creative ways of expressing worship.
When I sat down to write this psalm, I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a challenge. It was something different for me. But when I did, it just came flowing out of me and with that, a psalm was born.
What I love most about the Psalms is the authenticity of the moment captured in each verse. Chapter after chapter paints the emotion of the heart position of each author. It’s the realness of what the author conveys that draws us, because we too at times can feel the same way. The Psalms are relatable to us as a lover of God because we too have those moments when we express those emotions before the Lord.
Sometimes I read the Psalms and I get a little lost in them. My heart begins to wander beyond the words of the author on the page. I love the Psalms for their purity and the honesty in the struggle they often convey. They don’t always have rhyme or reason, but they do have a great deal of personality. You can connect with the language even if it isn’t yours.
I was recently given an assignment to begin journaling as a method of expanding myself in songwriting. I admit, I was not thrilled about this idea because, well, I hate journaling. But, out of obedience to the assignment giver I tried my best.