Ever Be

For fourteen years music was my day to day, my bread and butter. Then I moved out of that world, and music became a different priority in my life. Not a lesser priority, just a different one.

Worship music now takes the larger percentage of my listening time, both during my devotional time and travel time, and I listen to it differently than I did before. Now I often listen for how a song relates to the mission of God in this world and how it can be a prayer sung over unreached peoples.

One of my favorite songs to this end is “Ever Be.” We sang it in church yesterday and the thought crossed my mind to share it.

The second verse is my prayer over the women I’ll meet: “You father the orphan … Now You’re making me like You / Clothing me in white / Bringing beauty from ashes / For You will have Your bride / Free of all her guilt and rid of all her shame / And known by her true name…” (The traditional dress of women on the Arabian Peninsula is all black.)

The chorus simply says, “Your praise will ever be on my lips.” That is my prayer for myself and my fellow workers across the Arab world, that all our words would be proclamations of Jesus.

Finally the bridge says, “You will be praised. With angels and saints we sing worthy are You, Lord.” That is the promise of Revelation 5 where people from every nation, redeemed for God by the blood of Jesus, are represented around the throne, and I pray for the fulfillment of that promise.

Do you have an examples of songs as prayers?



Well, not quite officially yet. But my house is under contract. The inspection was last week and the close date is set for May 2. Time to get packing, I guess.

Tomorrow (4/2) I start doing contract work for Global Initiative for April and May. One part of the job will be to work on the re-design of the Global Initiative website and the Jumaa Prayer website. Should be fun. The next step of the journey starts tomorrow, and I haven’t even left Nashville. Exciting!

A Pop-Up Shop Is Coming to Nashville! Red Earth Trading Co.

I was so excited to see the Red Earth Trading Co. logo in a storefront in Hillsboro Village last week.

I met some of the folks with Red Earth in December while I was in New York City for my annual Christmas visit. They had a pop-up shop in SoHo one afternoon. It was great to meet them and spend the evening hearing more about Red Earth and Global Support Mission, the non-profit that owns Red Earth, and just hanging with good, interesting, fun people.

Well, now Red Earth Trading Co. is opening a pop-up shop in Hillsboro Village in Nashville April 5 to 21 to launch its spring 2012 line. I love me a pop-up shop!

So who/what is Red Earth Trading Co.? It is an international direct trade company based out of Nashville. It launched in 2010 and works with artisans in Kenya and Uganda who hand craft quality jewelry, accessories and home goods. Red Earth imports these products and sells them throughout the U.S. and is owned by non-profit Global Support Mission.

The store hours will be:
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

The store will be located at 1817 21st Ave. South. GO CHECK THEM OUT! Shop for Mother’s Day, birthdays, early Christmas shopping!

I will have to check it out once I get back to town April 10, so leave some stuff for me!