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“You’re My Everything” is an intimate song about the closeness of God.

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The new Waiting For Daybreak single, “You’re My Everything” was mixed and mastered and is on its way to iTunes right now! As with “God of Heaven,” the song will be released digitally at iTunes and elsewhere for the awesome price of $.99, make sure you get your copy and worship with us!

To tide you over to the song’s release, here are the lyrics:

You’re My Everything

It’s the words You speak; it’s the life You bring
When I let You in
It’s the hope You give; it’s the love I live
When You come within

You’re my everything; You’re the song I sing
You’re the one I give my life to now
You’re the King of Kings, Lord of all things
I bow down before you now

It’s the way You breathe the whisper in my ear
And I know you are near
It’s the way You move across my brokenness
And take away the fear

You’re everything, You’re everything

(c) WaterWalk Music / Petri Nauha
CCLI Song #5704970

Blessings and stay tuned!

WFD

Our first single, “God of Heaven” has gotten a great response, thanks for all the kind comments and 5 stars on iTunes! We are really blessed by the song, give it a spin right here and let us know your thoughts!

Buy God of Heaven on iTunes

God of Heaven - Single

We are beyond excited, as “God of Heaven” is now available on iTunes! Just click on the link below to give it a spin. Once the new window opens, click on “View in iTunes” to rate it and take a quick moment to write a review. We would love to hear what you think!

God of Heaven - Single - Waiting for Daybreak

We are also proud to present our brand new web site! Come by to www.waitingfordaybreak.com to see the latest, there is a lot going on, like a player with “God of Heaven”, photos, news and song charts for all you worship leaders. Just download the PDF and start playing!

Blessings!

Footprints Bay Footprints

Slowly but surely (from Wikipedia)

If you are an artist, you very likely have a God-sized dream. You want to bring your art to others, so they may be moved by it and find their way closer to God, especially if you have come to terms with what God’s dream for you is instead of pursuing your own. God takes us through a literal wilderness before we arrive where He desires to change us from the inside out. Again during my morning devotions, I was stirred by another verse that brought home how long and even painful, yet 100% necessary this process is to us as God-chasers and artists. Deuteronomy 7:22 says,

“The LORD your God will drive those nations out ahead of you little by little. You will not clear them away all at once, otherwise the wild animals would multiply too quickly for you.”

When we are striving to realize our dreams, we often look forward to a single miraculous event or contact that will “make it all happen.” We’ve been lured by the temptation of an “overnight success,” when in reality those are incredibly rare and usually really bad for us. Instead, just like with the Israelites, who were preparing to enter the promised land, God works in a similar way with us, building our way to our God-given dreams little by little while making sure that we learn to trust Him fully and building our character to the point where He can trust us to stay faithful once we reach them. I love my friend’s advice from some time ago, “God will move in small steps, so that by the time you arrive, you can’t even see how you got there and you realize that only God could have done it.” So rejoice over every little step and remember, it is God who makes them possible all the way to the realization of you God-sized dream!

Flatiron from Brown's Peak Saddle - Four Peaks...

In The Wilderness (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

Anyone chasing a God-sized dream knows it’s not an easy path to follow. Here’s some thoughts on what I’ve learned chasing mine and from my morning devotions in Deuteronomy 1:19 that says, “Then, just as the LORD our God commanded us, we left Mount Sinai and traveled through the great and terrifying wilderness, as you yourselves remember, and headed toward the hill country of the Amorites. ”

Do you have a dream bigger than yourself? Do you feel deserted and alone? Do you feel defeated, discouraged and ready to quit, and are there insurmountable obstacles ahead of you? Congratulations, you’re on the right path! Just like Israel, God will lead you through the wilderness to prepare you for the promised land. He will give you everything you need, but nothing more. He will shape your character there for as long as it takes, and the best thing you can do is to submit and allow Him to change your heart. Hang on to your dream, but allow God to shape it into His, removing your selfish ideas from it and turning into a blessing for others. Don’t compare you situation to others, either. You don’t know the wilderness they’ve walked through! And remember that you’re not alone in the wilderness, it’s time to lean into the trusted and safe people around you to make it through.

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The Promised Land (image by Wikipedia)

God is talking to me about reaching the promised land during my morning devotions on YouVersion. I am really stirred by God-given dreams and the courage it takes to pursue them while battling the giants that are trying to prevent you from reaching them! The story of the Israelites in the wilderness really speaks to me, and if you have a God-sized dream and haven’t read the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkerson, it’s time you do it!

This morning I was reading Numbers 32:17, where some of the Israelites promised to fight and help the others get to the promised land:

“Then we will arm ourselves and lead our fellow Israelites into battle until we have brought them safely to their land. ”

As you faithfully chase your God-given dreams, the day will come when you will enter the land God has promised you! Entering it requires preparation, and nobody can do it alone. In fact, one of the ways to recognize the right path is that you have the support of key people that mysteriously keep having your back, no matter how crazy you dream might seem! These people stick around, and sometimes God will prune that bunch, because only He knows what lies ahead. It is painful, but He is testing our faith and providing exactly what we need to reach the promised land! These people can be believers and non-believers, I have been blessed with both in an incredible way. Preparing to release new worship songs by Waiting For Daybreak, God has brought along my brilliant co-producer Kirke, mixer Brian, and mastering engineer Dale. Working with them is incredible, and it seems that despite whatever curve balls I might throw at them, their support never wavers. It is a God thing, and the promised land lies ahead. So does yours!

Hotel / Casino New York-New York in Las Vegas.

Image via Wikipedia

Our friends gave us a week in their Las Vegas time-share, which was a real blessing as we had no money for a vacation after buying a car, so thanks so much, guys! There’s not much to see in between L.A. and Vegas, unless you count the world’s largest thermometer or a 50’s diner with a dinosaur park…

Yes, somebody had to make one...

…or a splitting image of FINLAND on the side of a Nevada mountain. (I guess you’d have to be Finnish to really appreciate it!)

The map of Finland on the side of a mountain. Amazing!

Having spent just a week in Vegas, I really don’t get how people are able to live here! It’s been over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (That’s 43 degrees Celsius to you Europeans!) most of the week, and we’ve had a very testing time here. This really puts Jesus’ 40 days in the desert in perspective! Both kids have been sick, but that hasn’t kept us from the hotel pool, which has just about the balmiest water you could imagine…

Stepping outside, the heat clings your shirt to your skin as soon as you hit the sidewalk. We’ve taken short walks as we’re only a block away from the Strip. That, by the way, is a very appropriate name, since the newspaper boxes are full of girl catalogs and sidewalks are full of people in t-shirts screaming “GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!” and other variations of the same theme, while the people wearing them slap their “business cards” and try to hand them over to guys, girls and yes, sometimes this husband and father of two, who is WALKING WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO KIDS! Sin City, for sure, but God is even there. In the middle of it, I suddenly heard a quiet voice in my heart say, “You don’t belong in this world.” What an awesome moment. Then I looked at my family around me, and the same quiet voice said, “Strength.” Looking at the peddlers with their cards, one last word, “Weakness.” It felt amazing to hear God protect and guide us through this maze. We did our best to walk by the rag mag boxes, blocking them from the view of our 5-year-old son Miro. You might think he wouldn’t get it, but when it comes to protecting our kids, you are talking to a tiger. I will do whatever it takes to allow our children to grow up healthy and free of junk, thank you very much!

Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas has been built up like you wouldn’t believe, and it isn’t all pretty. Just because you have money, it doesn’t mean you’ll create something beautiful. What used to be is now covered by ritzy skyscrapers and shopping malls that look generic and unwelcoming. To me, it kinda sums up living life without God. You end up with a lot of things, both material and immaterial, but there’s no heart, no redemption, no eternity. I wouldn’t choose it…

Where's the soul?

It seems no coincidence that the “New Center of Las Vegas” is in trouble, some of its cold, steel structures even before they open up. Just check this article on the Harmon Hotel. Not even opened yet, it might be demolished before receiving its first guest! Talking about construction, this building caught our eye by the North Premium Outlets:

Would you like to live in here?

Even with all the gloominess, there are still some great things in Vegas. Check out the lions at the MGM Grand:

Thank God for the glass in between!

A 1/3 replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino is a personal favorite:

The Other Eiffel Tower

The Twin Towers

The greatest thing about Las Vegas? Meeting with God! We just returned from a Sunday morning visit at Central Christian Church and heard some amazing worship by their band and a great teaching by Jud Wilhite about making time for what really matters. Their creativity was inspiring, and they reach people from strippers and addicts on, God is doing amazing work there!

Central Christian Church in Las Vegas

Even better than going to church was a moment on holy ground right on the Strip the other day. We were walking by the M&M store (13 bucks for a pound, what’s up with that?!?) and saw a young man dancing on the sidewalk. Thinking nothing of it, we passed him by the next day and heard a worship song about Jesus blasting loud in the middle of people dressed up as anything from Iron Man to strippers in cop uniforms, earning their living from tips by letting people take photos with them. I had to walk up to Jeffrey, as he then introduced himself. We said a quick hello, I told him how much I loved what he was doing, and we parted ways saying that we’d be meeting up in heaven one day (God willing!) It was an amazing moment in the desert heat surrounded by a city that thrives on sin and it reminds me of God’s words about how grace abounds even more where darkness reigns. God adds life to everything, and it’s awesome to experience Vegas with Him.

Mango drinks for everyone!