Music | Album Review: “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin

I Pre-Ordered “Holy Roar” by Chris Tomlin as soon as “Nobody Loves Me Like You” was realeased and trust me it did not disappoint. I am so moved and can feel the Holy Spirit’s presence through this album. I don’t even want to doubt if that is even possible.

This album is perfect for driving around in your car, in church, or just your leisure listening. For this Album Review I picked my favorite songs to discuss although I enjoyed the full album.

There really isn’t a bad song on it. I can listen to it straight through over and over, but for the case of time I picked the ones that stuck out to me the most. I have linked the songs below for you to listen to each of them and I hope you enjoy:

Holy Roar

Not only the title of the album, “Holy Roar” also kicks off the album letting the Lord know that he is worthy of all the praise. The message to this song is a great depiction of worship and reminding the listener to give God all the praise.

Listening to the lyrics I just get this sense of being with fellow Saints in fellowship just praising God by song and lifting my hands up to my Savior. “Here to give you God what you are worth of; a Holy roar, reaching for heaven, our praise poured out with a reackless abandon, I worship God is Holy Yours; We are Holy Yours.”

Nobody Loves Me Like You

This one is a self explanatory favorite. If you haven’t listened to “Nobody Loves Me Like You” I highly suggest you do. This beautiful tune is just acknowledging all that Jesus has done for us and at times we may feel that this world is going to conqueor us Jesus prevails and will allow us to be able to do all things through him. No one, nor depth or height can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ.

I believe this song is a good depiction of that. NO ONE is going to love you in the way Jesus loves you; it can’t be matched. Tomlin ends by singing “I”m a child of God; Nobody loves me like you.”

Resurrection Power

This is my all time favorite song on the album, and for good reason too. Tomlin starts off by singing “You called me from the grave by name” that right there just gives me chills that I can’t explain. Knowing that the Lord knows you by name and loved you so much that he died on the cross for your sins just gets me every time.

“You have given us freedom,” sings Tomlin repeatedly for the listener to really just let all of this since in and marinate on the fact that God is the one who will free you from the burdens and chains of the world. It’s nobody else, but Jesus Christ.

This song reminds me personally of Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” no matter what trials I may face, no matter what naysayers will say, no matter if I feel my burdens are too heavy to bare, he will always be there and give me “Ressurection Power” to face it all and be more than a conqueor.

Satisfied

“I count my blessings one by one. Your goodness in my life. How could I ask for more. In You, I’m sastisfied;” is a catchy, upbeat tune of gratefulness. I think it is easy to forget to just be content with what God has given us and that we won’t find contentment in materials or people they always are successful in disappointing us.

The good news is we can find our peace in Christ no matter what we feel we have lost or gained . We can count on him to supply our needs whatever those shall be to us that we can’t get anywhere else. “Nothing else, nothing else, nothing else will satisfy. No on else, no one else, no one else will every satisfy.”

I feel that “Satisfied” shows ways gratefulness can look like and be perfectly.

I Stand in Awe (Featuring Nicole Serrano)

Nicole Serrano is featured in “I Stand in Awe” and starts this melodic tune so beautifully and you can feel the warmth and truth in her voice as she sings the lyrics “When I consider what You have made. The mighty oceans, the fiery stars. The fields and forests give You praise My Lord, My God. I stand in awe. I stand in awe. I stand in awe of You.” I love the lyrics to this and there couldn’t be better voices singing it. Sometimes you have to take in nature and just see all that God can do and reflect. It is dumbfounding. Just to think of how we take for granted of him dying for our sins and creating this beautiful Earth we live on. It makes me sad, but also hopeful and so grateful. It’s hard to stay with a dry eye to this song for sure.

Verdict: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Overall, this album was crafted with such grace and poise. I will be listening to “Holy Roar” for many days and years to come. Chris Tomlin did a great job with each and every song although I only shared a few. You can tell by the lyrics that much thought went into every word and for that I give this 5 stars.

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Poetry | I’m Trying

Trying.

That’s all I ever do.

To please,

To live,

To survive,

To not cry.

Trying.

It makes my soul ache.

Who am I?

Whatever I decide that day.

Maybe the truth,

Maybe a lie.

Who are you to judge?

Can’t you see the thorn in your own eye?

Let he without sin cast the first stone.

That’s what I thought;

You know you are wrong.

But let me not trickle down because

What I think is we’re all doing the best we can.

Trying.

So tiresome,

Frustrating.

But you have to try before it’s too late.

Before you enter the Kingdom or the gate of Hades.

You have to decide.

Trying.

For love in all the wrong places.

Finding love in the right place,

But the wrong time.

For comfort,

No drug can cure,

No abuse can stop me from

Trying.

To make things right.

To make peace before sunlight.

Trying.

To get up every day with a smile on my face.

It’s HARD.

I’m in PAIN.

Emotionally,

Mentally,

Let me rot away.

I’m NO addict and have NEVER abused in my life.

Trying.

All you can see is nappy hair,

Wrinkled clothing,

A deathly stare.

Trying.

What you don’t know is

There’s more to me than what you THINK you see.

Your eyes will never meet because your self-absorption is way too deep;

Don’t get paralyzed by your own deceit.

It’s mental health,

It’s me

Trying.

Stop the JUDGMENT.

Stop the HATE.

Before trying turns into tried.

Just appreciate,

Empathize,

Again, there is so much more to me than what meets the eye.

I’m trying.

Every day.

The only thing I have is joy.

And I sure as HELL won’t let ANY OF YOU take that away.

TRYING.

@turningthepagebypaigeredwine

Poetry | Faith

Follow you for the rest of my life

All of your grace and mercy

In time I get weary, but you’re there to comfort me

Thank you for the many blessings

He has hung, bleed, died and risen for a sinner like me

@Foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine

Poetry | Loneliness

You creep in by my side like a monster in the night.
Quietly, unexpected, and completely scary.
I feel as though it’s me against the world, against you when you’re around.
I tell you to leave, but you keep coming back for me.
I want to make it end, but Christ tells me he’s my best friend.
I put it all away, but not completely in case of a rainy day.
You’re not as easy to block like a text or a Facebook page.
Why have you come and why do you stay?
Don’t you see you don’t belong here?
Peace, tell him he doesn’t belong here!
I can’t do it alone here.
Yous used to be closer to me than a lover, but your departure is granted.
I’m no longer dependent, no longer tricked, no longer tainted by your love.
So why don’t you just quit?
I hate you more than my worst enemy loneliness.
Yet you don’t seem to get this.
Pack your bags as I take away your keys to my heart, my mind, my soul & give it to peace.
I offered my life to you and did you appreciate it?
No, because you’re a fool who can’t see value in me.
So I changed my way of thinking.
I give it to Christ.
All my burdens.
My soul, my heart, my mind belongs to the Lord of Lords.
Salvation is in order.
Redemption from you, loneliness is where I want and ought to be.
Leave me alone; get away from me!
I am strengthening my bond with Christ as our bond weakens
I am set free.

@foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine

Poetry | Time Travel

Time travel isn’t supposed to be possible
Yet I’m soaring through clouds and space
The memories will always be there
And let’s not forget the mistakes
I can’t let that stop me so I don’t travel far
But wherever I need to be LORD
Is right where you are

@foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine

Reflection | Words Have Power

I’ve been thinking a lot about words. Whether it is for poetry, my diary or even this blog. They are so so powerful and I feel as though I have been reckless with what I have said or even written. My church had a prayer breakfast and the topic was about effective prayer, but then the amazing speaker started talking about gossiping as well. I felt so convicted although I never mean to gossip I find myself falling a victim to it. She also talked about not telling all of your business and well obviously with writing a lifestyle blog and trying to be as open and honest as possible I fail to do that too to some extent. However, I started thinking that maybe telling your business isn’t always a bad thing because a lot of times other’s stories help me so why can’t my story possibly help someone else.

I’ll be honest. Right now I feel like even though I’m trying so hard to change I can’t do it. Don’t get me wrong I can definitely change and be healed through Christ, but that’s the thing I haven’t been completely leaning on the LORD and that’s why I feel so terrible right now. I thought I was better and I am physically, but emotionally and spiritually I am drained. Mostly because of the decisions I chose to make, and there is genuine regret. The first step to healing is asking for forgiveness and I’ve done that. The second step is forgiving myself and I’m trying to get better at that.

The Holy Spirit has been so powerful this weekend. He made me humble myself and do things that I never thought I would do and I had fun doing it. Just stepping outside of your comfort zone just opens up a whole new world of opportunities that I would have regretted not taking before because of pride. He knows that my heart is heavy and I am finally ready to let him deliver me. Whoever he brings to give me the help I will say “Yes Please” and be grateful as well as glad about it. There is no shame in your game to need help and to ask for it. I’ve had to learn that the hard way, but you don’t have to do the same. I can already see God working on my frustrations and giving me rest and although things aren’t perfect I can still genuinely praise him no matter who is looking or who is saying what because they have no power over me anymore. I am so glad we serve a living God that will cast our sins as far as the east is from the west and gave his only begotten son to die for our sins. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and I hope that you do too because it is never too late. He’s ready for you to just let him in and experience his grace and mercy just like I do; a sinner like me. I’m so glad I can talk to the Lord about anything myself and don’t have to go through anyone or anything else and he hears my cry and my call. The best part is he answers me and I know he will answer you too. Have a Blessed day!

Poetry| Through the Rain

I have questions.

Why when it rains does it pour?

Why does my heartache yet I’m full of joy?

I don’t understand the circumstances

But still, I will follow you and obey your commands

Though I’m undeserving,

You show me grace and mercy

So I will continue to praise you LORD.

@foodforthoughtbypaigeredwine