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What a beautiful reality that “The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” (Ps. 145:18, ESV) We are encouraged and told to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) The song, “Heaven Fall” by Cody Carnes (written by Cody, Matt Hammitt & Seth Mosley) has us do just that. There is nothing like the presence of the Lord…As the psalmist said, “In Your presence there is fullness of joy.” (Ps. 16:11)

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Isaiah 55:8-9 reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (NIV) God’s plans are so much better than our plans. We aren’t able to see the big picture of God’s plans; therefore, we have limited understanding. “Giving It All To You” by Carrollton reminds us that when we give everything over to the Lord, there’s no better way to live. May we put our trust in Him completely; and place our lives in His hands.

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I find that sometimes there is a disconnect between the songwriter in me, and the worshipper in me. The songwriter wants to seek out the newest way to express my love for The One, who always was and always will be. How can I depict an eternal truth in a way that is fresh and creative?! Like a pirate on a treasure hunt, I seek out gold, hoping that others will take note of its value.

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It’s important to remind our family of believers (as well as ourselves) that our great God offers us peace – peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil. 4:7). “Anchor Of Peace” by North Point InsideOut, reminds us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. We can always turn to Him, even when it feels like we’re at the end of the rope. He will surround us with His peace. “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

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Nothing teaches you more about songwriting than the experience itself. I’ve often said the process feels like turning on a rusty faucet. It takes a lot of work to turn at first, but after several rotations, things seem to really open up and flow. Then the flow is hard to stop! And while the practice itself is key, I’ve found something else that I think can help.

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