Music | Album Review: “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin

I Pre-Ordered “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin as soon as “Nobody Loves Me Like You” was realeased and trust me it did not disappoint. I am so moved and can feel the Holy Spirit’s presence through this album. I don’t even want to doubt if that is even possible.

This album is perfect for driving around in your car, in church, or just your leisure listening. For this Album Review I picked my favorite songs to discuss although I enjoyed the full album.

There really isn’t a bad song on it. I can listen to it straight through over and over, but for the case of time I picked the ones that stuck out to me the most. I have linked the songs below for you to listen to each of them and I hope you enjoy:

Holy Roar

Not only the title of the album, “Holy Roar” also kicks off the album letting the Lord know that he is worthy of all the praise. The message to this song is a great depiction of worship and reminding the listener to give God all the praise.

Listening to the lyrics I just get this sense of being with fellow Saints in fellowship just praising God by song and lifting my hands up to my Savior. “Here to give you God what you are worth of; a Holy roar, reaching for heaven, our praise poured out with a reackless abandon, I worship God is Holy Yours; We are Holy Yours.”

Nobody Loves Me Like You

This one is a self explanatory favorite. If you haven’t listened to “Nobody Loves Me Like You” I highly suggest you do. This beautiful tune is just acknowledging all that Jesus has done for us and at times we may feel that this world is going to conqueor us Jesus prevails and will allow us to be able to do all things through him. No one, nor depth or height can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.

I believe this song is a good depiction of that. NO ONE is going to love you in the way Jesus loves you; it can’t be matched. Tomlin ends by singing “I”m a child of God; Nobody loves me like you.”

Resurrection Power

This is my all time favorite song on the album, and for good reason too. Tomlin starts off by singing “You called me from the grave by name” that right there just gives me chills that I can’t explain. Knowing that the Lord knows you by name and loved you so much that he died on the cross for your sins just gets me every time.

“You have given us freedom,” sings Tomlin repeatedly for the listener to really just let all of this since in and marinate on the fact that God is the one who will free you from the burdens and chains of the world. It’s nobody else, but Jesus Christ.

This song reminds me personally of Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” no matter what trials I may face, no matter what naysayers will say, no matter if I feel my burdens are too heavy to bare, he will always be there and give me “Ressurection Power” to face it all and be more than a conqueor.

Satisfied

“I count my blessings one by one. Your goodness in my life. How could I ask for more. In You, I’m sastisfied;” is a catchy, upbeat tune of gratefulness. I think it is easy to forget to just be content with what God has given us and that we won’t find contentment in materials or people they always are successful in disappointing us.

The good news is we can find our peace in Christ no matter what we feel we have lost or gained . We can count on him to supply our needs whatever those shall be to us that we can’t get anywhere else. “Nothing else, nothing else, nothing else will satisfy. No on else, no one else, no one else will every satisfy.”

I feel that “Satisfied” shows ways gratefulness can look like and be perfectly.

I Stand in Awe (Featuring Nicole Serrano)

Nicole Serrano is featured in “I Stand in Awe” and starts this melodic tune so beautifully and you can feel the warmth and truth in her voice as she sings the lyrics “When I consider what You have made. The mighty oceans, the fiery stars. The fields and forests give You praise My Lord, My God. I stand in awe. I stand in awe. I stand in awe of You.” I love the lyrics to this and there couldn’t be better voices singing it. Sometimes you have to take in nature and just see all that God can do and reflect. It is dumbfounding. Just to think of how we take for granted of him dying for our sins and creating this beautiful Earth we live on. It makes me sad, but also hopeful and so grateful. It’s hard to stay with a dry eye to this song for sure.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall, this album was crafted with such grace and poise. I will be listening to “Holy Roar” for many days and years to come. Chris Tomlin did a great job with each and every song although I only shared a few. You can tell by the lyrics that much thought went into every word and for that I give this 5 stars.

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Poetry | I’m Trying

Trying.

That’s all I ever do.

To please,

To live,

To survive,

To not cry.

Trying.

It makes my soul ache.

Who am I?

Whatever I decide that day.

Maybe the truth,

Maybe a lie.

Who are you to judge?

Can’t you see the thorn in your own eye?

Let he without sin cast the first stone.

That’s what I thought;

You know you are wrong.

But let me not trickle down because

What I think is we’re all doing the best we can.

Trying.

So tiresome,

Frustrating.

But you have to try before it’s too late.

Before you enter the Kingdom or the gate of Hades.

You have to decide.

Trying.

For love in all the wrong places.

Finding love in the right place,

But the wrong time.

For comfort,

No drug can cure,

No abuse can stop me from

Trying.

To make things right.

To make peace before sunlight.

Trying.

To get up every day with a smile on my face.

It’s HARD.

I’m in PAIN.

Emotionally,

Mentally,

Let me rot away.

I’m NO addict and have NEVER abused in my life.

Trying.

All you can see is nappy hair,

Wrinkled clothing,

A deathly stare.

Trying.

What you don’t know is

There’s more to me than what you THINK you see.

Your eyes will never meet because your self-absorption is way too deep;

Don’t get paralyzed by your own deceit.

It’s mental health,

It’s me

Trying.

Stop the JUDGMENT.

Stop the HATE.

Before trying turns into tried.

Just appreciate,

Empathize,

Again, there is so much more to me than what meets the eye.

I’m trying.

Every day.

The only thing I have is joy.

And I sure as HELL won’t let ANY OF YOU take that away.

TRYING.

@turningthepagebypaigeredwine

Poetry | Loneliness

You creep in by my side like a monster in the night.
Quietly, unexpected, and completely scary.
I feel as though it’s me against the world, against you when you’re around.
I tell you to leave, but you keep coming back for me.
I want to make it end, but Christ tells me he’s my best friend.
I put it all away, but not completely in case of a rainy day.
You’re not as easy to block like a text or a Facebook page.
Why have you come and why do you stay?
Don’t you see you don’t belong here?
Peace, tell him he doesn’t belong here!
I can’t do it alone here.
Yous used to be closer to me than a lover, but your departure is granted.
I’m no longer dependent, no longer tricked, no longer tainted by your love.
So why don’t you just quit?
I hate you more than my worst enemy loneliness.
Yet you don’t seem to get this.
Pack your bags as I take away your keys to my heart, my mind, my soul & give it to peace.
I offered my life to you and did you appreciate it?
No, because you’re a fool who can’t see value in me.
So I changed my way of thinking.
I give it to Christ.
All my burdens.
My soul, my heart, my mind belongs to the Lord of Lords.
Salvation is in order.
Redemption from you, loneliness is where I want and ought to be.
Leave me alone; get away from me!
I am strengthening my bond with Christ as our bond weakens
I am set free.

@foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine

Poetry| Through the Rain

I have questions.

Why when it rains does it pour?

Why does my heartache yet I’m full of joy?

I don’t understand the circumstances

But still, I will follow you and obey your commands

Though I’m undeserving,

You show me grace and mercy

So I will continue to praise you LORD.

@foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine

Book Review | Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

So I’m not much of a reader, but I love a good audiobook I can listen to those almost as much as I listen to music. With that being said if you haven’t already you should definitely read or listen to “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. It is a great book and that says a lot coming from someone who honestly hates reading and let me tell you why:

The first thing I noticed is that she sounds like she is talking to us as if we are one of her friends and it is super relatable. I loved that! Because of this the book really touched me in ways I didn’t see coming. There are parts where I laughed, reflected and even cried! She comes across so humble and down to earth and it makes you want to really hear what she has to say…literally. I loved how she also incorporates her faith in Christ into her stories and the book as a whole. That made this even more of a connection for me by making me reflect on Jesus’s purpose and role in my own life.

Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.

When she says “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business” I was dumbfounded. It makes so much sense. Why worry about what the other person has to say about you as long as you know who you are and can live with that especially since our ultimate judge is Jesus Christ himself. That one sentence empowered me more than you could ever know. It gave me a little jolt of confidence and got me thinking why I let so many little insignificant things get to me if it was said behind my back it clearly wasn’t meant for me to know and I know from self-validation that those things aren’t true and don’t define me. She really hit home when she said; “Some days are not about what you get done, but who you empower.” I don’t know about you, but that struck home for me. We sometimes get so caught up in thinking of our list that we have to were we forget to enjoy the moment and lift each other up. Because we are all struggling in this life and tearing each other down isn’t doing anything to help that at all. It makes me want to be more kind with my words, more thoughtful. To make sure that I think before I speak in a way that Christ would want me to. I know it sounds crazy that I could get all of this out of a simple book, but it is so so true and real. I love the fact that she takes us through her life story up until now and I found a lot of similarities in our stories surprisingly. I think it made me also realize that race doesn’t always play a factor either because girl we are all struggling. Me and African-American woman could see myself in a White woman’s shoes and tell myself I’ve been there before. Dumbfounded! I say all this to say please read or listen to this book you may be pleasantly surprised and remember that it isn’t always about what you get done, but who you empower and that God has a purpose for each and every one of us.

Some days are not about what you get done, but who you empower.

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Reflection | Perfectionism Issues | How Not to Let the Pressure to Be Perfect Get You Down

Perfectionism. This is a real struggle for me and I’m sure it is for someone else whether you’re a woman like me or even a man. It started out so innocently as a child wanting to please my parents, especially my mom. She has always been my toughest critic right underneath myself, but there are some days where I feel she has me beat. Really, now that I’m starting to find inner peace it is more like most days she has me beat and that’s okay. Trust me she means well, but the delivery isn’t always the best, but I digress. The pressure to be perfect lead to low self-esteem, anger issues, anxiety, and unnecessary stress because when it comes down to it unless it is a life or death situation most likely nothing that bad will happen if you don’t get everything right. Heck, even your doctor makes mistakes! The only person I know that has never and will never make a mistake in his life is Jesus Christ himself, but even he shows grace to you and me by understanding we will never be on that level and why die trying to be on an unobtainable level that he already died for and had God raise him from the dead so that we don’t have to be perfect. Don’t get me wrong it is perfectly okay to take pride in your work and want to make as little mistakes as possible, but honestly, as long as you do your best that should always be enough for you even if mama or the haters to the left don’t think so. How I found inner peace personally was:

1. Getting closer to God who is my refuge because “He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).”

2. Getting Confident by focusing on what I do well instead of dwelling in the negative of things I do terribly that of course, I’m still working on.

3. Surrounding myself with positivity whether that be things or people and distancing myself from those things and people, even if they happen to be family members, that constantly bring negativity in my life. Heck, I just got fired for throwing my shoe at a window at work (anger issues) after already putting in my two weeks a week and a half ago so I know about a negative environment lol.

4. Finally accepting that there was no way I could be perfect and that my flaws are what make me unique and most of all make me, me and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

5. Becoming freaking fearless and living my best life whatever that means to me! Because you know what? God hasn’t given any of us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) so for me, that meant getting a tattoo and signing a lease to an apartment in a poppin’ city and standing up to some family members who I’m not really sure love me still, but who cares because I love me and God loves me so I’m doing pretty great!

I know a lot of this is easier said than done, but trust me y’all just try by taking baby steps and I promise it will get easier and you will start to see the progress. It feels freaking amazing when you can start to feel the change on the inside even if it doesn’t seem that everything on the outside is changing. Just keep praying and keep being what you were created to be the best YOU that YOU can be! My pastor encouraged me to start reading Philippians so I want to pass that challenge along to you. That way no matter the situation, just like Paul, you will learn how to be content amidst the storm. Hope this helped!

Reflection | Weekly Inspiration (Week of 9-23-18)

Hey there! Didn’t think I’ld let the day go by without posting did you? Below you’ll find some audiobooks and songs that have just been speaking to me and of course are all Christian based (Praise Jesus!). I feel a special connection to what is being said in each one and I hope you do to or maybe you won’t and that’s okay. I just felt that since these songs and books have been helping me I would go ahead and share. So please give them a listen to if you can and give me your feedback! I would love to hear it 🙂

1. Praise Him In Advance – Marvin Sapp

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2. Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis (Audiobook)

(Review coming soon!)

3. More Than A Conqueror – Marvin Sapp

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4. Boundaries – Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Boundaries, Large Print Edition - By: Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

5. Resurrection Power – Chris Tomlin

Holy Roar

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