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A True Worship Melody

~~ Psalm 30:11-12 (GNT) ~~  You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; You have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy.  So I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you. Lord, you are my God; I will give you thanks forever.



by Carley Cooper

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Here is a Worship Melody in the truest form.  I just had to share this with you today.  As I begin writing this, it’s about 4:00 pm EST on Saturday, June 23.  

I live alone and I woke up this morning with my Bipolar being in a bad place, with no one to turn to or comfort me.  I spent some time crying feeling like there was no hope for me.  This episode did have a trigger though, and there’s a long story behind that.  The nutshell version is that a really big dream that I had crashed last night when I found out someone important is moving out of the country.  It was someone that I had hoped to have a future with.  I’ve had several big trauma’s this year, and it’s only half over yet.  My emotional and mental strength had run out, and it hurt so bad that I was in physical pain as well. 

My morning prayer and devotional time refueled me enough that I spent my morning doing housework.  Sometimes nothing works for a downward spiral like good ol’ fashioned hard work.  It’s amazing how much you can find to clean, even in a small 500 sq. foot apartment, when you need to! 

Afterward, I spent the early part of the afternoon doing my power walking in Barrie’s Heritage Park.  Beeeeeeeautiful spot, by the way!  As I walked, I didn’t listen to my regular walking workout routine on my MP3 player.  I listened to worship music.  About half of my music collection on my MP3 player is by my friend, Chris Blakley.  He’s in town again this weekend to preach and perform.  I’m looking forward to it.  We never know for sure when he’s going to make it here, and it’s always a great time filled with the Holy Spirit when he is here.  Going and going sometimes, like the Energizer bunny, like I was today is another Bipolar symptom.  By the time I made it home, between pushing my body and the blessing of music, I was feeling better.  I was finally ready to collapse, so I wasn’t great, but good just the same.  I was glad that this energy surge was short lived.  Praise God for that!  Sometimes they can last for days, with little or no sleep.    

I sat down to my computer, checked email, Facebook messages, and did a small project.  Then this song came on my player.  It’s called I’ll Take Jesus by Jason Crabb.  It’s a tune that I listen to all the time.  Quite often when I hear it I get stuck on it.  What I mean is that I can’t help but play it over a few times before I let the player continue on to others.  I always feel the Holy Spirit so strong during this song.  Today was no exception.  I’ve had a few incidents when I can feel God with me so strong that it’s almost tangible.  It is such an incredible experience; and this afternoon was like that.  I found myself putting the settings to continuously repeat that song, and it played for at least a few hours.  Before I knew what hit me, I realized I was sitting in my living room alone with tears streaming down my face, singing along with this song, and my hands raised to Jesus because I was so filled with His love. 

I just saw this on a photo on my Facebook Newsfeed, “When life knocks me down, Jesus picks me up.”  No matter how dark things seem He always brings me to the Light.  Every time I hit rock bottom, He lifts me up.  He never misses an opportunity to send me encouragement when I need it.  God has a great plan for my future.  He spoke loudly to me today through this melody, and I couldn’t help but to worship Him because of it. 



~~ Dear God ~~  I love You.  Thank You for always picking me up and loving me back.  In Jesus name, AMEN.



Here’s the lyrics to I’ll Take Jesus.  Below is a video Jason Crabb performing it live on stage. 

I’ll Take Jesus

by Jason Crabb

Verse I
As they gambled for the robe He wore,
they chose a worldly trail.
Not thinking about eternity
as the soldiers drove the nails.
Will we learn from what they've done
or make the same mistake?
Me or the world My child,
Which one will you take?

Chorus
I'll take Jesus, I'll take Jesus.
I've tried those earthly pleasures and they failed.
When you see the gates of Heaven,
you hear the Master say;
Me or the world My child,
Which one will you take?

Verse II
As the pages of my life have turned,
and time has rolled away,
you see, the greatest things that I have done
they're not gonna matter on that day.
All my earthly treasures
that I have laid away,
Listen, they're gonna be to me just a memory
and this you'll hear me say,

Chorus
I'll take Jesus, I'll take Jesus.
I've tried those earthly pleasures and they failed.
When you see the gates of Heaven,
and you hear the Master say;
Me or the world my child,
Which one will you take?
Me or the world my child,
Which one will you take?



Song lyrics to "I'll Take Jesus" are the property of their owners.  No copyrights are claimed by Carla Cooper or Worship Melodies. 

32 comments :

  1. DANAWALKER4June 23, 2012

    It is an uplifting experience to listen to Spirit anointed music. It pulls the gratitude to God from your heart and out through your mouth. Jesus is so good and worthy of our worship.

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful feedback. I don't know how some people live without much music in their lives. I'm so blessed that I love music, and that it brings me closer to God too. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  2. SPARKLISEJune 23, 2012

    What a great testimony!
    Praise Jesus for touching you and thanks for sharing! Hug Hug

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    1. :-D Thank you Lise. I felt so good in those moments that I couldn't not share it. I'm glad you liked it. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  3. NDTEACHER1June 23, 2012

    Sometimes music is what helps bring us through the rain, along with Jesus of course. The Crabb family has so much God-given talent. I also love the song, Walk on Water, which is a testament to how we should live our lives. Thank you for this blog.

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    1. It's hard to say what is God's greatest creation on this earth, but I think Music has to be up there with the best gifts. Awesome concept. No human could have come up with that on their own without God. It speaks to the soul. I think it's like this saying I heard once. Goes something like "Our feelings look like music sounds". The Crabb family are incredible indeed. I'd love to see them in person some time. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  4. SANDRALEETJune 23, 2012

    What you are writing about Happens to many people in different forms.Only use who have gone trough it can truly understand. Others can only imagine it.It draws some of use closer to God To some I night seen radical because I take everything of Gods to hearth.God changes us and we grow with him.The way of the world is not as important.I read and study the bible.It teaches me much The sermon on the Mont is a very good starting point If you have not read it do

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    1. It certainly was an incredible experience for sure. I've often wondered if those of us with a "mental disorder" are left being more open to receiving things. The closer I get to God, the closer I want to get. I'm feeling so blessed right now; and my day started out so dark. God is good for sure. It's nice that someone understands my experience. I hoped that I was writing about it clearly enough. I'm glad you understood. It helps me to know that. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  5. franceshdJune 23, 2012

    AWESOME !

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much. I am so glad that you liked it so much. You are a blessing to me. Many blessings back to you in return. HUGS.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this and other helpful information

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    1. You are so welcome. Thank you for reading and for the feedback. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  7. KASEYCOFFJune 24, 2012

    Really good song, Carley - as meaningful as lyrics get, it's just wonderful! Didn't Jason do a fantastic job with it?

    You know me - I will always give you my two cents' worth, lol...

    ;-)

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    1. LOL Yes, and I sooo appreciate it. I wish more people would do that. Feedback, either way, is helpful. It's more like a quarter's worth to me! lol It is an amazing song, and I am certainly blessed by it. Music in general has blessed me a lot over the years. It's one of God's best gifts. Praise Him for that. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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    2. KASEYCOFFJune 24, 2012

      Probably due to inflation - dunno that my HO is worth much more'n that, lol!
      :-D

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    3. You're such a great friend with the inspiration that you give so many, that you're priceless to me! HUGS. :-)

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  8. DEBTEVELDAHLJune 24, 2012

    Thank you, you are a truly gifted writer. Hug

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, for the wonderful feedback and support. You are a blessing to me. Many blessings to you and your family in return. HUGS.

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  9. Awesome Blog. Thank you so much for sharing. My son has bipolar and I have also been sharing with him. It really helps. Wonderful uplifting music!

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. I very much appreciate it. Many blessings to you and your family. I hope your son is filled with the Holy Spirit. I said a prayer for both of you. HUGS.

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  10. LADYROSE49June 25, 2012

    Thank you Carley! Hugs

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    1. You are so very welcome. I hope you are blessed by it. Many blessings to you and your loved ones. HUGS.

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  11. TLOVESC1125June 25, 2012

    Thanks be to God!

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    1. Praise Him! Thanks for reading and for the comments. It is so very much appreciated. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  12. CYCLINGSANDYJune 25, 2012

    I love it when Go meets us where we are and takes us to where He is, He truly is an AWESOME God!

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. He is an awesome God for sure. Sometimes I even wish that there was a stronger word than awesome to use to describe Him; but it's not in our limited human capabilities to understand something as big and wonderful as God. He certainly met me that day as He's done so many times before. I can't imagine how I lived for so many years without a relationship with him. Many blessings to you and your loved ones. HUGS.

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  13. Thank you for the the blog. I hope you are feeling better.

    Be blessed Hugs

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    1. Yes, I am feeling better today. Thanks for reading and the support. I hope you are blessed by it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  15. I really liked what you wrote about how hard work sometimes helps us. I also have bipolar. I love the song. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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