Sunday, April 29, 2007

Let's Start a Riot!

So, I don't really know why I feel the need to write something down but I just do. So I guess I will ramble on until I feel like I have written enough. Haha, that is pathetic isn't it?

Well, I had a friend visit this past week. Her name is Joy, and she is an amazing friend. I have missed her, and being able to visit with her a little has been a nice change of pace. Alas, now she is gone and it will be another few months before I see her again, assuming she is able to come back to TFC at all. I mean, they are increasing the amount of money needed to pay tuition. *le sigh*

I've decided that I find it near impossible to hate someone. That use to not be true. I used to be a very VERY hateful person. The same way Josiah can be at times now, is how I used to be. However, lately (only by God's love and grace) I cannot seem to be able to hate anyone. Mind you, I'm not complaining... it is just a new feeling that I'm not used to yet. I have heard people tell me over and over again over the past few months of how they hate this, that, or so-n-so, and all I can think of is how they shouldn't hate anyone at all. It frustrates me, and I hate that thinking, but I don't hate the people who think it. I love them... there is no other way to say it, but I love them. Altruism... haha, I haven't talked about that in a while. I wonder if I had just been through a long spell of silence from God and now He's hitting me up again. You know kind of like, "I know you want to help, but take a break for a while." and now it is "Hey, I have an assignment for you!" I find it very amusing that God works with me in such a way.
I've also discovered that God has given me the spiritual gift of prophecy. I find this intensely fascinating since I've been seeking this gift off and on for a few years (even before my camp experience with a prophecy being spoken over me). I had not been sure of this gift being given until recently when someone prayed over my gift of prophecy and their asking God to expound on it and expand it in such a way that glorified Him (btw, I didn't tell this person that I thought I had received the gift). So that was amazing. During this same prayer, this person also prayed over me to receive the gift of tongues. So if I receive that, which I think I will considering that God was the one who asked me to have prayer over me about, then many more changes will be coming my way. Changes that will be terrifying at first, but then by the time things come around again they will be amazing and I am looking forward to these changes. After all, God is STILL developing my gift of discerning spirits... It's a gift, a great gift, but at times it can be a troublesome thing to have.
Let me try to explain. I love having this gift, and I still need to learn how to discern the spiritual things I feel, and trust me, I feel things ALL THE TIME. There haven't been many days where I don't feel something. Whether it is peace, or turmoil from someone I always feel something. The days I don't feel "something" is because of someone making their emotions a "void" and so I feel the emptiness instead of the intensity. Now the reason that this can be troublesome is that I don't always know what the it is I'm feeling. Sometimes (well, many times) I feel this ominous presence and I have no idea what it could represent. I ask God and many times He remains silent. It isn't until after things have cleared up that I realize what it was. So it is still a gift under heavy development, and add that to prophecy and tongues and wow do I have a full schedule ahead of me. I know that God has some big plans for me, and I am excited about it, but at the same time I'm a little scared. Not, scared... I guess anxious is a better word. Trembling with excitement and having butterflies for trying something new. It's like getting on a rollercoaster for the first time you know? Or learning to love a woman you barely know as a friend... and then realizing that before you know it you are considering marrying that girl after three years. Man time flies...

Yeah, have I never mentioned that? I am planning on talking to my girlfriend's dad this summer and asking for her hand in marriage. I know I don't have a ring yet, but that is just one of the many steps that need to be taken.

There was a theme either last year, or the year before, for Poplar Point Camp (it's the camp I go to every summer) and the theme was "catalyst". I really am beginning to like that idea more and more as I see the changes that God is making in my life and others. I see a change brewing in Toccoa and it will be a change for the better. As I have said before..."Here am I Lord, do what you will." I know that is going to get me in trouble, but I DON'T CARE!!

Gee willikers, do you think this post is long enough? Haha, I guess I need to call it quits for now. I got out a lot of thoughts and well, you poor people have to read all the way through it. I will be nice to my readers and end here. Thanks for reading through it all btw, that is impressive, and lets me know I'm loved. KTHXBYE!!

"Let's start a riot, a riot,
Let's start a riot!!"
- Three Days Grace

Friday, April 27, 2007

Christian Broadway?

So I have had this melody slash song slash something that is musical running through my head lately. And the interesting thing is, I can totally see this being acted out. It is really cool. Most of the words are interchangeable, but the melody has been the same. So I am just going to write out some of it hear and you guys can tell me what you think. The song is a Duet/sing-song dialogue between two people so here it is. We'll call one Friend in Pain (or FiP) and the other Holding on Friend (or HoF) So here is the dialogue between FiP and HoF.

(Setting, How could I forget? It is basically FiP has been going through a hard time, and has come to the point where he totally rejects the fact that God is a loving God, if He even exists. And HoF is his friend trying to talk sense into him and encourage him, and let FiP know that he will stand by him despite all the pain and rejection he [FiP] has faced.)

Leave me! How can you say you understand?
You have no idea what I've been through!
People have stabbed me in the back
With a thousand knives
Yet you say that you are with me?

My friend, just tell me what the problem is...
I've stood by you through all this pain,
How can I not understand what you go through?

I've been hurt, I give up!
How can our God be so brutal?

How can you say He's brutal,
When all He does is show you love?

If he has been showing me love,
What is his hatred like?
I've been standing here
Waiting for his unhelping hand.

My Friend, You know as well as I do
His helping hand is always there
Reaching out to you...

(Chorus [maybe])
God is an awesome God
He created me and you
He raised us above our enemies
And with Him we'll make it through...
We'll make it through.

(Verse 2?)
How can you say that He's loving,
When all I feel is pain?
There is no hope, there is no joy
There is only suffering!

How can you say that there's no joy?
How can you say there is no hope?
The very fact that I'm standing here,
Should be enough to prove that.

It proves nothing to me!
It proves NOTHING to me...

Am I not your friend?
Have I ever steered you wrong?
Would I be standing here
If I did not care for you?

(Chorus [again maybe])
'Cause God is an awesome God
He created me and you.
He'll stan with you through all this pain
And one day... One day... you...will..see

His love for you has never failed.
He merely wants you to see Him.
His faith in you never ceases
And He wants to see you through this pain.

(Chorus [thrice maybe])
FiP and HoF together:
'Cause God is an awesome God
He created me and you
He gave us life, to live His word
So that others may see
The blessings of our lives
And draw closer to Him

God is an Awesome God
We should never forget His truths.

Now you see, it's our destiny

FiP and HoF:
To live like Jesus lived...

So that's kinda it for now. It's been playing through my head a lot, and I realize it probably does flow very comprehensively but, eh, I wrote it so that it might leave my mind. Haha, it's a cool melody and all, but after the 15 hundredth time it gets a little annoying.

So tell me what you think... Yay, nay, maybe say "what?" I don't know.... I'm getting goofy wit this post. Later Taters!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thank You - Sanctus Real

There are new horizons with colors that I've never seen
The sky is filled with graces, since you have carried me
I felt so far beyond your reach, but you gave everything for me
I was lost but you rescued my life

Why in the world did you come after me?
Thank you
Words aren't enough, but for now I can say
Thank you

There is hope rising 'cause you have strength I've never seen
And your eyes are shining, 'cause you shed tears for me
I was miles from dry land, but you gave everything you had
I can't understand a love of this kind

I could find other lines that you haven't heard spoken over and over again
I've tried every way, but I keep landing on that simple phrase
So I'll keep singing, "thank you"

Monday, April 23, 2007

Birthday Blues

OK so that title might be a tad misleading so you will just have to deal with it. *sticks tongue out*

So the bad thing of today is:
- People everywhere are asploding for something dumb or justified, but shouldn't be an issue to begin with.
- I feel like I could do nothing right today. I was told how to sing, how to this or that, how to exist basically. I definitely feel very "happy" most of the day, how frustrating.
- I have felt completely useless because of the previous point.

The good thing of today is:
- It is my birthday (or was technically since it is 12:21am of the 24th, and blog likes to start the day then).
- I have awesome parents who call and leave encouraging messages on my phone.
- I have awesome friends who reminded me that I don't COMPLETELY fail at life.
- A small party was thrown, and by small I mean there were brownies (yumminess) and ice cream and three/four friends. But that is better than nothing!
- A surprise visit from a friend of mine... a REALLY GOOD friend, and my heart leaped. It was awesome.

So all in all the day was terrible, but also awesome. I like but don't like days like that. Haha, there were a lot of "like"s in that sentence. Moving on...

So to all those who are having a horrible. I pray for you, and I empathize. Have a good day tomorrow. Now... I must go do music theory homework and try to make up for a quiz tomorrow. *sigh* I don't like having birthdays in busy weeks ah well... tis life in all its glory. Gotta take the bad with the good.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

No Witty Title Today...

So... the D&D game this week was pretty much a flop. Two people showed up (aside from the DMs) It was kinda sad, but at the same time I am a little glad we didn't have a meeting this week. It has been good to sit around and do nothing, especially with the week I and many others have had recently. School is tough, and sometimes annoying. C'est la vie...

On another note... I am currently playing Fable: The Lost Chapters. It is fun, and I like how the character development works, although there are a few things about the game that could probably have been fine without, but all in all I think it is an excellent game and it has been fun playing through it again. Hmmm... I can't think of much to say right now.

I am looking forward to the end of this year just because I would like a little bit of a change in the daily routine of getting up, go to school, do homework, go to choir/work, go to bed. It is a little tiresome. I want to "be the idiot on stage" again, and work with kids at camp, I want to visit Chile and spend time with my lady, and ask for her hand in marriage. I want to be around my family and my friends... BUT I don't want to leave the friends I have made here, and well... I guess that is it really.

I've decided to take up a task of creating something in the Windows Movie Maker. I know it isn't that great, but I would like to try to learn how to make/edit movies and be fun with it. It could come in use later in life, and I figured "when better to learn than now?" So I am thinking of taking random parts of random videos that I have and putting it to a song. I don't know which one yet so we'll see soon enough.

Anyways, that is it for now I suppose. Tootles!

Thursday, April 19, 2007


I'm exhausted. Today has been a long day, and I have felt horrible. To begin I would like to apologize to those who may have been offended by my cursing. I was very frustrated, and though that isn't an excuse, I would like to say it was a little justified... anyway...

Today was the Elijah performance, and I think it went awesome despite my coughing fits I had every 5-10 minutes *sigh* I hate it when this happens.

No one I know as good friends showed up, except one, and I am very thankful she showed up. It meant a lot. I understand some can't make it for this and that, but still it would have been awesome if the person I consider my best friend on this campus could turn his face away from his girlfriend for a few hours and actually act like my friend when I need him to. Usually he is good about it, but there are times when I feel like I don't ever see him anymore, and the few times I do see him he is with his girlfriend or playing a game. I hate not having a social life.

Well only one more day of classes and a day of singing to go I can't wait to be done.
Then this Monday will be my birthday... woo!! Is it bad that I'm too tired to care?

BTW Rachel... you ARE NOT allowed to discuss this with the people I am speaking of. I am going to address it sometime, so please wait until then. Kthx.

That's all for now. I'm tired and I still have a two page paper to right for my Student Ministry that is due tomorrow. kbye.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sick and Tired

I don't know what to do. I have been feeling like shit these past two days, and I honestly have no idea why. I have a theory here and there, but no definite answer. I want to cry. Seriously... I want to find a hole to crawl into and hide and cry until I no longer have any tears, and possibly cry a little past that. I feel depressed I guess, but there are so many things going on that I'm not really surprised.

I'm sick of getting walked on. I don't have the strength to keep getting up after that happens. I stand with my arm extended and I feel that all that ever happens is my hand being slapped away followed by a thrust of a sword into my gut. Straight through my armor and into my soul where it bleeds for weeks on end. I can only thank God for His grace on a people such as I. I don't have the strength to extend my hand. I feel like that picture Stephen drew (the one with the girl laying on the ground all bloodied up and there are two sets of footprints).

I'm sick of all the masks people wear. I suppose I have to say that I have caught myself wearing a few, but I quickly have gotten rid of them. I don't care if you had a shitty day, just don't pretend that all is well when you are falling into pieces on the inside. "Everything is fine La-ti-da-ti-da!" BULL SHIT!! YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARRY THIS BURDEN ALONE!! How hard is that to comprehend? Why do people assume that if something is going on that they need to fight it by themselves. No wonder this world is going to hell, no one is willing to offer their hand in help or to take the help that is offered. RAGE!!

I'm sick of all this drama that goes on at TFC. People need to mind their own business. If you want to know something, then ask the person it concerns, don't ask your friend who doesn't have a clue and therefore makes up something to satisfy your need. You don't have to know everything. It is not like this knowledge is going to change your life. So unless you are honestly concerned and just CAN'T live without knowing, then ask the person you're concerned for. *sigh* moving on...

I'm sick of people being so damn judgmental of others just because of a rumor they heard, or if they disagree with the theology that people like to throw in a box. Sorry, not every Christian will meet that flawed box that so many people immediately compare Christians too. I'm tired of the menacing looks to my friends, I'm tired of the arrogance that people have concerning their personal opinions. It is fine to have an opinion and to stand by it, but be tolerant, and flexible and actually consider others' opinions.

I'm sick of many thins, but people are people and I love people. Despite my need to destroy many things right now, it isn't an anger towards people (I know it looks/sounds/appears that way), but it is toward the actions of people. The bad self-esteem, the lies they listen to both by Satan and other people, the inability to accept a helping hand. I get so tired of our flaws, and I can't help but thank God for his grace to us. If He had created us to be robots we would all be dead right now. I honestly believe God loves us BECAUSE we have the choice, and we have to keep making the choice until we choose to believe the truth concerning it. Just like a parent would have to do for a son who is making bad decisions. The parent can go on and on about the decision being bad, but until the son decides to believe the truth of the parents word then nothing will change. You can't just chain him up that would get nothing done, so they continue to let him make the decisions. You get what I'm saying.

I think I've been talking too much as it is in this post so I'm done.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

PSO, D&D, KotOR, and other Acronyms

That should tell you what kind of week this has been. Well aside from the post from Tuesday/Wednesday morning. It has been busy, but fun; dull, yet exciting; sad, yet happy... moving on... I don't know what is going on as usual. I wish people wouldn't carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. It can't be healthy... especially when they do it alone.

This week has been extremely busy, and the upcoming week will be just as busy as the last. We have the oratorio by Mendelssohn, "Elijah", which I think will sound awesome, but it has taken a lot of work, and I will be glad to be done with it. Also I have a GSR recital performance on the 20th which is the day after Elijah. Not only that, but that same night I am going to the Jr./Sr. thing with a friend. This Tuesday I have a paper due one of my Christian Ed classes and well stuff just keeps piling up each week the closer the semester comes to closure. I am looking forward to ending this semester because it will mean only 2-3 more years of school, and not only that but a summer full of fun and frustration. I won't be naive and think that I won't be frustrated, but I know I will have a lot of fun helping out at PPC, LIFE, and of course Invert Ministries (youth group). Twill be a blast.

My Birthday is next week!! w00t... then I'll be as old as I feel... haha, no I still feel quite young which I am. I'll be 20 years old. Never to look on the teen years again. Not sure if that is a good thing, and "eh" thing, or a bad thing. OH well, another milestone and another year, let's look to the future. I will be able to see my girlfriend again this summer hopefully, and hopefully I won't get bitten by 80 billion fleas this time... grr. It will be worth it though, because I've been wanting to see her for such a long time. Pictures don't count... it's just not the same as physical, tangible, palpable presence (hehe, I know).

Finally beat KotOR II again. As a light character, and now I'm going through Metroid Prime again. My youth pastor encouraged me by watching him play. Thanks Erik! No fears though, I still get all my work done. I just don't have a social life anymore, haha. Just kidding (haha, I fooled you). On a random note... slinkies are awesome and everyone should own one.

So I guess I'm done for now. I think I've done enough rambling for one night. Later taters.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

We're Trying - Sanctus Real

There’s a familiar progression to the similar lives that we all lead
We’re trying hard to become someone we can’t be
You won’t find grace without honesty

Everyone wants reality, so here it is;
I believe that nobody is good

We are liars and thieves, we’re destroying the peace
But we’re trying

It’s the same regression to the lives that we all lead
Everyone makes mistakes, but we find grace
We believe that there’s redemption

If you want reality, here it is; I believe that nobody is good

There is nothing in our blood
that makes the heart beat strong enough
Apart from grace, apart from love
I believe in grace
I believe with love that we can do good

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

What A Week

It is only Tuesday and already this week has been insanely busy. I had a project due today that I finished last night, and then of course there was a recital at 7:30, and then there is tomorrow... I am helping a friend out, and then Thursday might be a little relaxed, and finally Friday I have two recitals I have to attend in one day. One is a general student recital (GSR) and then another one later that day when the string orchestra plays. I don't know how I'm gonna make it through this week without going insane, but by the grace of God. I'm exhausted, haha. I should go to bed, but writing is a form of catharsis, and well, by golly I need a good cathartic experience right now, haha.

So yesterday... well technically Monday, I played a song I wrote in front of people for the first time ever. I mean there is playing in front of friends, and then there is playing in front of people... this was the latter. I was glad to do it, because a friend asked me to do so since she was giving her senior testimony, but still, I don't think I have ever been as nervous on stage as I was then. But it is in the past, and many people said "thanks" and "good job"... you know the 'ol "atta boy" kinda thing, but I give it all to God... after all, the song was written for worship anyway.

It seems my friends are constantly going through hardships, and I feel bad for them because they never seem to stop. I know that God is growing them, but still it is never fun to experience, or to watch someone experience something that is just so frustrating, or sorrowful that they are weeping. I have had a couple of friends do this lately, and all I can do is pray and hope that all will pass well in the end. I know that God has them in His hand, and I know that His ways are best, so I put my hope in Him who loves such a mess like humanity. People are people, and well... we just got to learn to get along.

Some friends are making life changing commitments, some are deciding what to do with their lives, some are trying to fight through a rocky relationship, hoping that they will reach the end of the tunnel and it will all be OK, and then there are some who are just not doing well. To all my friends I offer my hand of service. How may I pray for you? How can I help you? These are things I constantly think in my mind as I witness the pain go around like a chain reaction. It almost creates a wall of fire around me, and I fear that it would take my heart within its clutches. I don't mind facing struggles, but at the same time... I just don't like them. But I suppose that is just one more thing to look forward to when I enter the eternal realm.

So I have mentioned my thoughts about stuff, and going into any more detail would be too revealing I believe, and I don't want to expose something that is personal to another. So I'm done, kbye and goodnight.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

A Night of Praise

Tonight has been a good night, and a busy day. It started off not so well by me getting up much later than anticipated and causing me to be nearly an hour late for practice *face palm*. But other than that this day has passed without too many mishaps. So this morning we practiced for about two hours, and my fingers hurt lots. Then Josiah, Erik (youth pastor), Justin, and I went to Zaxby's for lunch, which was fun, and then I visited a few friends before returning to the church for the evening thing. I would hate to say it is a "service" but I suppose there is really no other term that fits it well. Anyway we set it up.

Now this "service" we had was awesome, because it was a time to worship God freely and I was able to do what I enjoy... "being the loser on stage who plays the guitar." as a good friend of mine put it. Not only that, but Josiah got to experience something new as well which is awesome. It was a fun time to just worship God in music, in art, and in scripture reading. Today has been good. Now tomorrow I hope to wake up on time for the morning service at church and to spend a lunch with my family and hope to finish my laundry. Haha, I have been working on it for about 3 days now. Sadness.

So that is it for now. A small update and such. Hope everyone else is having a good easter. Later

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Forgivenss, Prophecy, and All Around Goodness

Today has been an interesting day. It started off with me being very upset with myself, mostly because I once again didn't make it up on time for class and missed out on stuff that I need to know, Grr. Then the rest of the day passed fairly normal, although there were things here and there that were a little annoying. However, most of the day was OK, and somewhat enjoyable. Especially since I was able to visit with my mom for about an hour today before I had to go back to my busy schedule. I had a performance tonight, and I think it went really well. It lasted about two hours, which is unusual for us, and consisted of Jazz and numbers from Pirates of Penzance. It was AWESOME, despite the fact that I messed up on the second verse. Plus I had many compliments that they enjoyed it. Yay to God for giving us talents!

So saying all that to lead to the next part of my post. We had a mandatory devo for all the guys in the Forrest Dorm, and I begrudgingly went because, well it was required. Totally didn't have the right attitude for it. I wanted to get out of my dress clothes and into something more comfortable, yada yada yada. But I am glad that I had to be there, because God basically hit me in the face about my attitude toward the authority figures here at TFC. Despite their wronging of my friends, they are, in fact, people who are trying to do the best they can. And for some reason God just gave me a paradigm shift and I actually saw them for who they were... people. I have more than once gone on and on about being an altruist, and having altruistic love, but here I am tonight realizing that there is so much more I need to learn about it. Haha, it reminds me of a thing Rob Bell says in his book Velvet Elvis, "The Rabbi thinks we can be like Him."

You probably will not understand what He is saying unless you read his book, but rabbis were people who were the scholars of their time. They were the best of the best of the best at interpreting and understanding scripture. When it came time to pick a student they weighed the issues of "Can he be like me? Can he live as I live? etc." and that would decide if he would tell them to "follow me." Now this is phenomenal that Jesus tells fishermen to, "follow me" because that means they didn't even become the best at understanding scripture. And Jesus telling them to "follow me" meant that they could live like He did, that they could be like Him. "The Rabbi thinks we can be like Him." Phenomenal... I will continue to try to follow the Rabbi.

So much to learn, and I think this week will be a week of steps that will lead to some major change. Perhaps it is the revival everyone has been praying, and preaching is to come? Perhaps not, I really don't care HOW God is going to change us, only that He IS going to change us. I am already on the way, and so are a few friends of mine. I am so stoked to see how God will use this "jar of clay" for His purpose. No matter what is going on, something is coming for my friends in general and, I believe, for this campus. This will be quite exciting.

Well, I'm done now... see you around? *thinks* BYE!

Head on Collision - Hawk Nelson

He was a simple boy, he just liked to have fun,
he never wanted to be just like his dad was.
He was a dreamer, but he had never had none,
who made the most of his life but never had one.
He was a single boy, he could never slow down.
He always wanted to leave but didn't know how.
He was a dreamer, who seemed to never break ground,
who spent most of his life in a small town.

Shake up my life.
Let's go, back to the days when we were young and not restless.
We still believed and hadn't built up defenses.
I'll tell you one thing for sure till we make the decision,
we'll never take this world unless we make a head on collision...
A head on collision.

And Daddy told her she could never have, late night help with her math,
so she's sits cryin' by the window.
Every time she gets another A she makes it another day,
and it's just that simple.

Shake up my life.
Let's go, back to the days when we were young and not restless.
We still believed and hadn't built up defenses.
I'll tell you one thing for sure till we make the decision,
we'll never take this world unless we make a head on collision...
A head on collision.

Here they come now, will you come down,
make 'em run now onto the next town.
Here they come now, let's make 'em run now.
No time to fake now, everything breaks down.

Here they come now, (he was a simple he just wanted to have fun)
will you come down? (He never wanted to be just like his dad was)
Make 'em run now onto the next town. (He was a dreamer, but he had never had none)
Here they come now, let's make 'em run now. (who made the most of his life but never had one) No time to fake now, everything breaks down.

Here they come now, will you come down,
make 'em run now onto the next town.

Let's go, back to the days when we were young and not restless.
We still believed and hadn't built up defenses.
I'll tell you one thing for sure till we make the decision,
we'll never take this world unless we make a head on collision.

Let's go, back to the days when we were young and not restless.
We still believed and hadn't built up defenses.
I'll tell you one thing for sure till we make the decision,
we'll never take this world unless we make a head on collision.

Don't you know that there's more to this than what we thought cause we were never listening. We've heard it all before, but we missed it, when all we needed was a head on collision.

Don't you know that there's more to this than what we thought cause we were never listening. We've heard it all before, but we missed it, when all we needed was a head on collision.

Seemed a little appropriate considering all the thoughts that seem to be swarming my head as of late. So for those who know me, this is a new blog that I am trying out. If I end up liking this one better than my xanga I will probably switch over to it. I am unsure about that though.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Benjamin - Sanctus Real

Rain falls outside
I think the sky must know whats happening tonight.
Children born while fathers die.
It's that circle of life that we all live in time,
and we've been friends for a long, long time
So if you can't talk, just cry. . .
And know that we will talk on the other side.

It's bitter cold outside
but the sun still shines cuz' we can feel it....
Benjamin you mark the life,
that's been left behind, we see him in your eyes
and we will be friends for a long, long time,
so until you can talk, just cry. . .
And know that we will talk for the rest of our lives

and he gives
and he takes
and it makes us strong
when he gives,
he takes
and it makes us strong
when he gives,
and he takes
and it makes us strong
when he gives,
he takes
and he makes
and it makes us strong
cuz we will be friends for a long, long time
so until you can talk, just cry
and know that we will talk for the rest of our lives....
cuz we will be friends for a long, long time
So until you can talk just cry
And know that we will talk for the rest of our lives

Just know that we'll be friends
for the rest of our lives.

I saw a tree today...

This tree was consumed in darkness,
A darkness that could consume your very soul.
It was blacker than the night itself.
I saw a tree today.

Suddenly upon this tree I saw lights,
Four lights dancing to an unheard rhythm,
Dancing around the darkness,
Dancing around the night.

The darkness swelled and swelled;
It tried to consume the dancing lights.
But the lights would not back down,
They continued their dance without end.

Soon the darkness gave way to more lights,
And more and more, I could not believe my eyes.
The tree turned from black to white in an instant,
And I could hear music, such sweet music.

The white tree shone so brightly,
I had to shield my eyes.
And then I heard a voice,
A thunderous and quiet voice.
It gently whispered:

"Believe and you shall see,
What has happened to this tree
Will one day happen through thee,
And all around will find their glee,
Believe and you shall see,
What I will do through thee."

The tree came to life as the voice grew silent,
The white became many more vivid colors.
I could scarcely believe mine eyes,
As all these colors lit up the sky.

Now, I tell you this,
Never before have I felt such bliss
As when I stood there
Consumed by this great fair.

So, here I am
Before you now.
I believe and I have seen,
What He has done through me.