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My praise

Was feeling defeated.  Then this song:

[Chorus:]
If this life has anything to gain at all
I’ll count it loss if I can’t hear you, feel you, ’cause I need you.
Can’t walk this earth alone.
I recognize I’m not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.

[Verse 1:]
With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street.
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song.
It’s all a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known.
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I’m deserving to die, I’m just earning your judgment.
I, without the cross there’s only condemnation.
If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration.
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any times that I’ve had it all I will be glad.
And I will boast in the cross. I’ll boast in my pains.
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his reign.
What’s my life if it’s not praising you?
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit.
I do not count my life as any value or precious at all.
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2:]
Tomorrow’s never promised, but it is we swear.
Think we holding our own, just a fist full of air.
God has never been obligated to give us life.
If we fought for our rights, we’d be in hell tonight.
Mere sinners owed nothing but a fierce hand.
We never loved him, we pushed away his pierced hands.
I rejected his love, grace, kindness, and mercy.
Dying of thirst, yet, willing to die thirsty.
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turned my heart away from selfishness.
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery.
I know the Spirit’s purging me of everything that’s hurting me.
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes.
So now every morning I open your word and see the Son rise.
I hope in nothin, boast in nothin, only in your suffering.
I live to show your glory, dying to tell your story.

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
Glory was solely meant for you.
Doing what no one else could do.
With All I have to give, (With all I have to Give)
I’ll use my life, I’ll use my lips. (My Lips Yeaaah)
I’ll only glory in your Word. What gift to me I don’t deserve.
I’ll live in such a way that it reflects to you, my Praise.

“Boasting” by Lacrae

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Your Love Never Fails

I felt entitlement and resentment yesterday and God ministered to me all day today with this song: while I was driving to work, driving to the Melee on the Bayou, and when I was finally driving home like Cinderella:

by Newsboys

nothing can separate
even if i run away
Your love never fails
i know i still make mistakes
You have new mercy for me everyday
’cause Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
there may be pain in the night
but joy comes in the morning
and when the oceans rage
i don’t have to be afraid
because i know that You love me
Your love never fails

the wind is strong and the water’s deep
but i’m not alone here in these open seas
’cause Your love never fails
the chasm is far too wide
i never thought i’d reach the other side
but Your love never fails

You make all things work together for my good
You make all things work together for my good

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Beautiful Thanksgiving

“His Kind of Love”
Group 1 Crew

there are no words, no phrase i could create
there is no melody that i could make
how do you sing about the love so deep
without feeling like you missed something
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

tell me what kind of God would choose to save
the bruised, the broken, the sinners, the runaways
how do you ever try to comprehend this love that knows no limit
i could try but i could not explain

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

this is our God
He is strong and His mercy is our song
He won’t stop chasing us
that’s just His kind of love

His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love (His kind of love)
is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love
His kind of love

His kind of love, His kind of love
His kind of love, His kind of love
this is our God, He is strong and His mercy is our song
His kind of love, His kind of love

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Father

“Forever Reign”
Hillsong

You are good You are good
when there’s nothing good in me
You are love You are love
on display for all to see
You are light You are light
when the darkness closes in
You are hope You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace You are peace
when my fear is crippling
You are true You are true
even in my wandering
You are joy You are joy
You’re the reason that i sing
You are life You are life
in You death has lost its sting

[Chorus]
Oh i’m running to Your arms
i’m running to Your arms
the riches of Your love
will always be enough
nothing compares to Your embrace
light of the world forever reign

You are more You are more
than my words will ever say
You are Lord You are Lord
all creation will proclaim
You are here You are here
in Your presence i’m made whole
You are God You are God
of all else i’m letting go

[Chorus]

my heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus
Jesus

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Rejoice!

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
by Matt Redman

[Chorus]
bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
worship His holy name
sing like never before
O my soul
i’ll worship Your holy name
the sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
it’s time to sing Your song again
whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
let me be singing when the evening comes
[Chorus]
You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
for all Your goodness i will keep on singing
ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
[Chorus]
and on that day when my strength is failing
the end draws near and my time has come
still my soul will sing Your praise unending
ten thousand years and then forevermore
[Chorus x2]
 
Jesus, i’ll worship Your holy name
Lord, i’ll worship Your holy name
sing like never before
O my soul
i’ll worship Your holy name
Jesus, i’ll worship Your holy name
i’ll worship Your holy name

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Christmas Must Be Something More

by Taylor Swift

what if ribbons and bows didn’t mean a thing
would the song still survive without five golden rings
would you still wanna kiss without misletoe
what would happen if God never let it snow
what would happen if Christmas carols told a lie
tell me what would you find

you’d see that today holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
so here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

what if angels did not pay attention to
all the things that we wished they would always do
what if happiness came in a cardboard box
then i think there is something we all forgot
what would happen if presents all went away
tell me what would you find

you’d see that today holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
so here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something more

we get so caught up in all of it
business and relationships
hundred-mile-an-hour lives
and it’s this time of year
and everybody’s here
it seems the last thing on your mind

is that the day holds something special
something holy, not superficial
so here’s to Jesus Christ who saved our lives
it’s something we all try to ignore
and put a wreath up on your door
but here’s something you should know that is for sure
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something
Christmas must be something more

there’s gotta be more
there’s gotta be more

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White Christmases

by Branded

if you dream of horse-drawn carriages
dashing through the snow
before you move to Texas
there’s something you should know….

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

i’ve heard of winter carnivals in Aspen
it looks just like a winter wonderland
but remember while you’re freezin’
throughout this Christmas season
we’ll be down here with Christmas cheer
and flip-flops in the sand

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

play on!

that’s nice!

i’ve seen all those Christmas shows on TV
blankets of white powder, my how grand!
but while you’ve got snow and holly
I’m feasting on tamales
sittin’ on my back porch
with an iced tea in my hand

that they don’t have white Christmases in Houston
i’ve lived here most my life, and i should know
i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

i’ve prayed and i’ve pleaded for way too many years
but they just don’t have white Christmases down here

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