MATTHEW 16:15-17

“He said to the, “But who do you say that I am?  Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

ROMANS 10: 9-10

“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED’.”

After releasing my last record “Help Me Believe” I wasn’t expecting the Lord to put more songs on my heart.  I was so blessed to have gotten that far in songwriting, grateful God would choose to use me in this way at all.  I had hoped to continue as a songwriter but God owed me nothing & frankly I was up for whatever He wanted to do with me… even if music wasn’t the next chapter. I trusted and continue to trust Him.

You see, writing & praying for “Help Me Believe” took 5 years. I had grown so much as a daughter of my King.  My faith had surely grown and so did my love for Jesus, His church and the lost. It wasn’t a week after “Help Me Believe” dropped that God put this enormous burden on my heart for the lost.  Not for just the people across the world whom I’ve never met in countries that have yet to hear the gospel, but for some people I’ve known most of my life.  People who I love dearly, and am horrified by the possibility of them spending an eternity apart from the Father…apart from me.

I remember it was September of 08, a few days after the cd release party when God laid this pang of urgency on my heart for those I love, those He loves. So the first song out of the gate was “Anymore”.  Being that it was the first song written for the later revealed record, “Trust the Sunrise”, I thought it fitting to start with the most important declaration a believer can say:

I CANNOT KEEP THIS MAN TO MY SELF ANYMORE.

This “Man” I speak of is Jesus Christ. He is my hope, joy & peace among other things. He’s changed me. I’m a better daughter, sister & friend because of Him.

The hard part about relational evangelism is the “relational” part. I know I am a sinner… and truth be told, many of the people that come to mind as I sing these words have seen pages in my history first hand. I was not always the best reflection of Jesus, even though He was my banner.  I made mistakes, and I said and did hurtful things.  And for that I am sorry. The great things about Jesus is, His grace covers all those moments and the moments to come. He has redeemed me and He will do the same to whomever believes He is God, the One true Savior.

My deepest desire is that those I love will TRUST Him, BELIEVE Him, LOVE Him. I pray for God to use any means to reach them… perhaps even me.

ANYMORE

Donna Stuart

I need to tell you something I think you should hear
I know it’s been a while now, I can’t even count the years
Yeah, I’m sorry I’ve seemed vacant.
To tell the truth I’m scared of what you might think about me
as I put myself out there, out there.

Yeah I’m sorry that I haven’t been there for you I know life’s been hard
But I’d like to introduce you to the Man who came and stole my heart… my heart

He gave me Hope when I had none
He gave me Joy when all was gone
He gave me Peace inside my storm
And I cannot keep this man to myself anymore.

Yeah this probably isn’t news to you, I’m sure you’ve heard before
And I know my past behavior hasn’t looked much like the LORD
Oh but Jesus got a hold of me and He showed me how to love
And I love you more than words can say
That’s why I think this is so tough

And I’m sorry that I haven’t been there for you I know life’s been hard;
But I’d like to introduce you to the Man who came and cleaned my heart… my heart

He is my Hope when I have none
He gave me Joy when all was gone
He is my Peace inside my storm
No I cannot keep this man to myself anymore

Maybe you will see the change in me
And maybe this will move you to believe

That He is Hope when you have none
He’ll be your Joy when all was gone
He’ll bring you Peace inside your storm
And I cannot keep this man to myself anymore
I don’t want to keep this man to myself
No I cannot keep this man to myself anymore

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