musings on worship and christian living


Thought of the Day: Lyrics #3
November 7, 2009, 11:45 am
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He would like to know He isn’t here alone
That the path He’s on would one day lead him home
But the world around him seems
So steeped in misery
So he falls upon his knees
So he falls upon his knees

Lord give me your heart for the one I have can’t feel
The love that you’ve given for those broken and in need
I know that you’re near for you’ve said that you are here
Just give me Your heart
Just give me Your ears
Just give me Your eyes so I can see

©2009 Nathan Arnold

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Thoughts of the Day
August 23, 2009, 11:43 am
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Sorry I haven’t posted for a week.  I was on vacation with my family and had really spotty internet that didn’t allow enough access to post.  But fear not!  Tomorrow I’ll start up again, hopefully with a refreshed mind ready to conjure thought provoking sentences to start your day with.



Songs for Someone Project
August 4, 2009, 10:15 pm
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If you have been to my Myspace lately you’ve likely heard some new music I’ve been working on.  The first song I posted last week was off what I hope will become my next worship project, Hope To Deliver.  I also posted 2 acoustic tracks (My Lament and Lighting Up Heaven) that are the start of a project that I’ve been dreaming about for quite a while now with a working title of “Songs for Someone”.

The basic premise of the album is an acoustic project of songs I’ve written for people in the last few years.  Each one has it’s own story that will be attached with the songs to explain their significance.

To start it off I’ll give a quick explanation of the two songs I have up now.

Lighting Up Heaven was written in response to the tragic death of an amazing young woman, Samantha Middlebrooks.  She was the wife of one of my best friends, the daughter of my mentor, and close friend to me.  Her father once said that “Samantha shines brighter than anyone I know”, and that was the absolute truth.  Her joy in life and unfaltering faith in Jesus was and is an encouragement to all who knew her, believer or not.  She is deeply missed.  You can read a blog post about the tragedy here if you haven’t yet.

My Lament is a song for me, written from the lowest place I have ever been, an outpouring of compiled tragedy and life frustration.  I was sitting in my apartment and looking back over my life for the previous few years which included: the death one of my students mother, the death of Samantha, the loss of close friends who had moved away, the discovery of leukemia in my 4 year old niece, being 30 and still single, being unemployed and seemingly unable to get a job and being helpless and in need of outside support just to be able to eat.  It was not where I wanted to be, but even in that moment I understood the only thing I could control was my response.  So penned My Lament to share my heart and encourage myself and others to keep moving forward.

I hope to continue to work on this project this year.  I’ve got many more songs and many more stories of lives that have touched me and moved me to write.  I hope you enjoy the songs and they ultimately bring healing and encouragement in your life.



More To Come
January 16, 2009, 8:57 pm
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I have taken a huge break from blogging I know, but there is more to come.  I actually have a few ideas I need to get out, and one that is done but which I’m not sure I can post just yet.

Keep checking back.  I’ll make sure to have a new thought provoking and hopefully entertaining post within the next week.  

Blessings!



A trip into the mountains
August 21, 2008, 11:55 pm
Filed under: Life, Updates

I just got back from a camping trip with my family in Wallowa County, OR. The park we were at is in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and we hiked up Hurricane Creek one of the days. I broke the screen on my camera part way in and so lots of these pictures are just a click and a prayer. It’s some of the most beautiful country in the world and I wanted to share some of the 200 pictures I took with you. (The last picture is my favorite I’ve ever taken. It’s of my dad (in the shorts) and uncle, two very good friends and both amazing men, walking down a foggy trail in the morning.)

It just really drives home Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

I wake up almost every day with a song in my head. Almost all week Vicky Beeching’s song “Great is Your Glory” occupied my waking thoughts (before being unseated by a Big Daddy Weave song) and it was oh so fitting to the glory of what God created for us to enjoy.

May you see God in your every moment this weekend.

~Nathan



Thursday
August 7, 2008, 11:44 pm
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Well, we didn’t make the finals in band competition. : (  But we’re still having a great time!  Our friends, The Josh Weaver Band, didn’t make it either, so it was pretty sad.  

On a better note, Joy Williams, Shane and Shane, John Foreman and Sean Watkins all played.  Joy Williams is AMAZING!  But the whole night was way awesome.  

Please pray for us tomorrow as we have an interview with Compassion ministries at 11 am.  We are one of the candidates for Compassion prize, and it’s actually the #1 thing I was hoping and praying for coming in. 

God has blessed us immensely this week.  Thanks for all your prayers!  

~Nathan



Wednesday
August 6, 2008, 9:12 am
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I feel like I’ve been here a month!  

Yesterday things got a bit hectic.  They moved my Vocal 2 (solo competition) to the opposite side of the park and I had to move briskly to make it there on time.  Then one of the most violent rain storms I’ve ever seen rolled in to escort me to the band competition all the way down the hill.  I was absolutely SOAKED by the time I got down there.  

I think both spots went well.  I was dying by the time I walked up the hill, so I was a little oxygen deprived while I was doing singing my song.  My feet started shaking like crazy… it was hilarious.  I’m sure people watching may have thought I was nervous, not that I was ready to collapse.  Band spot went well too… had a lot of fun.

People continue to think we are somebody special.  We signed someone’s poster yesterday and I have had multiple pictures with folk.  I’m guessing that most people will get home and see the pictures and think… “Who IS this guy?”  lol  

The band that beat us in the battle of the bands, Generation Letter, played last night with Stellar Kart, MercyMe and Vicky Beeching (my favorite, check her out at http://www.myspace.com/vickybeeching).  It was a great concert overall.  This morning followed up with some great acoustic worship lead by Vicky.  I almost ate it walking off the lawn though as the saturated ground slid from beneath my feet… but I made a quick recovery and saved face.  

Also went to a class taught by Vicky Beeching.  She has an amazing heart and writes incredible worship songs.  She has officially moved up on my list of “people I want to buy coffee”.

We’ve been hanging out a bunch with a great band, the Josh Weaver Band whom you should check out.  www.joshweavermusic.com  They won a radio contest and automatically made the semi finals in the band comp and are really cool cats.  We’ll find out tonight if the band or myself will be joining them in the second round.  

Having a blast so far, and having as much fun as I can muster.