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"You're My Everything" - New Worship Single

The new worship single is out now!

Hi! I’m so glad to announce that the new worship single, “You’re My Everything,” is out NOW on iTunes and Amazon! The song is a very intimate declaration of the closeness of Christ in our lives, just as the lyric says, “It’s the words you speak, it’s the life you bring, when I let you in…”

Jump over to iTunes to rate, review and download “You’re My Everything” by clicking the single cover or the button below. It would be great to hear your thoughts on the song! You can also give the full track a spin at www.waitingfordaybreak.com – head on over to worship with us!

You're My Everything - Single - Waiting for Daybreak

God of Heaven - Single

New Waiting For Daybreak Single, “God of Heaven”

It’s time to share the lyrics to “God of Heaven!” Writing the song was special, as I had almost the whole song down, but I struggled with the second verse. During a week in Palm Springs on family vacation, my wife Karo helped me with some awesome lines, and it turned out to be the first song we wrote together. I will be bugging her for more, she is really talented and awesome!

Give the song a spin on the web site at http://www.waitingfordaybreak.com while you have the lyrics up, worship along and see what God does. If you’d like, you can go to iTunes to rate, review and download it for your collection, just click here:

God of Heaven - Single - Waiting for Daybreak

God of Heaven

God of heaven, God above, God of mercy, God of love
God of everything we see, God of all that is unseen
God of all the Universe, God of every living thing
God in all our suffering, God of all the joy You bring

We bow down, we lift up Your glorious name
May our hearts go along as we sing Your praise
There is no-one like You in the whole universe
God of heaven, reign, God of heaven, reign

God of all that’s beautiful, God of everything that’s true
God of all eternity, God behind the mystery
God of future, God of past, You are the first, You are the last
God of justice, God of truth, God of grace, we welcome you

Chorus

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, Jesus, reign (repeat)

Chorus

© 2012 Waiting For Daybreak / Petri Nauha

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!

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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!

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Easter is a powerful season that shows how God can turn death into life. Jesus Himself said it at the Last Supper in Luke 22:20, “After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.'” Jesus proceeded to the cross, shed His blood and died, but death couldn’t hold him down! Since He is the truth, the way and the life, death had nothing on Him, and through Him, death has nothing on us! The end of His earthly life was just the beginning of our heavenly one.

I love the thought that if you had been the only human alive, Jesus would have gone to the cross to bring you back. That is His heart for you. We are dead without Him. Our endeavors, careers, entertainment, relationships, parenting, religion, accomplishments and even our charity are nothing but filthy rags without Him. Everything we are and do is dead, because we didn’t conquer death. He did.

We were created to live. Whatever seems dead in your life now, there is hope and there is life in Him. When Jesus went to the cross and said, “It is finished”, He abolished death. I mean He killed it! If He is able to raise us from the dead, how much more able is he to take your broken dreams and replace them with ones that are full of life and bring you new life in the process? This is why our strength can be renewed and we can look forward to our future trusting Him. His power is unlimited, His love is eternal, and He showed it by dying for each and every one of us.

When we grasp the fullness of who Jesus is and what He offers, our lives change. We go from death to life, from selfishness to love, from fear to trust, from taking to giving, from flying solo to community. Jesus might have died, but by rising from the dead, His sacrifice is now the greatest gift of all – life to all who are thirsty for it. Happy Easter.

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On this one I wanted to blog about secular music that has elements of worship in it. Don’t get me wrong, I think all music and art worships something, that part of us is the very place where we connect with the supernatural, but generally speaking worldly music worships the very wrong things. I once heard pastor Jack Hayford quoted as saying, “There is no Christian or secular music, there’s only music of light and of darkness.” I think it’s a great comment and certainly a conversation starter, possibly a heated one at it, too! Here’s a couple of examples of secular music that for some reason draw me closer to God…

An example of a song with something divine in it is “Fix You” by Coldplay. When I hear it, the organ just gets me, and as Chris Martin sings the lyric, I sense a longing in my heart that in my saved state makes me reach towards God. That’s an interesting point on its own. What does an unsaved person reach for and what does he or she get out of the song? Judging by the live version that came out on their free live album a few months ago, people did get something great out of it, as they drowned out the band in concert while belting it out!

To me a secular song with a worshipful element might invoke God’s beauty, grace or other element that moves me towards Him. Band in question: Sigur Rós. I heard them for the first time a couple of years ago, then their album “Takk” came out, and it blew me away. How was it possible that a little band from Iceland could write songs with such beauty and in Icelandic (or Hopelandic, their own invented language)? Maybe it helped me to experience God through their music, as lyrics couldn’t get in the way of sensing Him through the songs. Even though the band is very secular, which is evident in their videos, comments and lifestyle choices, their music captures something divine. It’s undeniable to me.

We are all familiar with U2 and the worshipfulness of some of their songs. “Walk On” from their live DVD ended with Hallelujah-choruses, so it’s hard not to make the connection, and Bono quoting Psalm 40 in concert brought tears to my eyes. Is it possible that God uses these things to reach people to Himself? Absolutely. He is never limited to the boxes we put him into. Still, we can’t assume that He’s everywhere and in everything, that’s obvious. I do believe that He still expresses Himself through more ways than we think. See, you recognize a believer by the fruit in his life, but you can definitely recognize God in more than just inside the walls of the Christian music industry…

As we embrace the artist within us, we are getting in touch with our Creator, whether we acknowledge Him or not. When we start using our talents He has given us, the same happens. It blows my mind that God is so loving. Despite our decision to reject Him, He still allows us to reach into the gifts and talents He has given us and use them however we want to. I, for one, will continue to keep my ears open to finding Him in the most unexpected places!

Nick Vujicic keeps defying the odds by being full of joy, passion and happiness. If he can do it, we surely can… Be encouraged and check out his web site at http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

“Life either makes you better or bitter, and the only difference is the letter ‘I'”.