Potential Mashups: ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ vs. ‘Heaven’s Knife’

One of these days I’ll learn how to mash certain songs together, or suggest one of these and it’ll inspire someone. Until then, you might see a post or two that looks like this.

I had two songs in my head the other day and thought they deserved some contrast. The first is the classic Percy Sledge tune, which you’re probably familiar with already:

The second is a much newer Josh Garrels song, ‘Heaven’s Knife’:

There’s quite a contrast between the lyrics; ‘When A Man…’ focuses more on the human side of things. Romance.

When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll trade the world
For the good thing he’s found
If she’s bad he can’t see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he put her down

When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Trying to hold on to what he needs
He’d give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way it ought to be

Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Trying to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don’t treat me bad

When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He’s the last one to know
Loving eyes can’t ever see

When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
‘Cause baby, baby, baby, you’re my world

When a man loves a woman

…whereas ‘Heaven’s Knife’ focuses on an Adam and Eve allegory:

Take my hand
I won’t let go
We’ve waited so long

And all my life
I walked alone
To you, my heart, my home

Like the first man
I was cut so deep by heaven’s knife
When I awoke from my sleep
Oh my Lord, she’s beautiful
She’s a part of me
She’s my wife

Bound by love
One flesh to be
An unbroken ring

And I lay down
My life for thee
In this we are free

Like the first man
I was cut so deep by heaven’s knife
When I awoke from my sleep
Oh my Lord, she’ s beautiful
Walking up to me
Oh she’s wonderful, standing next to me
Oh she’s all
All that I can see, yeah
She’s beautiful, she’s a part of me
She’s my wife

Very different songs, but both beautiful, and I hope someone will mix the two someday.

His Grace Works Through Our Weakness

In church on Sunday, I was tired and somewhat depressed and anxious about the future, but–as God is kindly wont to make happen–the message spoke directly to me.

The New Testament Scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 12:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Below are a few notes I took, with some additions:

God’s power is released in my weakness.

My personal weakness lies in my lack of training: I need certifications and can’t afford them. I need to finish college and can’t afford it. I don’t have the education I need in order to get the promotion I so badly need.

God’s response? ‘My power is made perfect in your weakness.’

The Corinthians were strong and spiritually gifted. They were also proud and divided. They believed their gifts were theirs. But God’s greatest gift to us is weakness.

Are we cursing God because of our weakness? ‘If I could only be strong, I might have a shot at being God’s hands and feet.’

God works more powerfully in our weaknesses than our strengths.

Our weakness reminds us of God’s strength.

In the midst of debilitating weakness, God says, ‘my grace is sufficient’.

He doesn’t despise us for our weaknesses.

We must learn to see that weakness as my greatest opportunity.

In our weakness, his strength flows through us.


Edit: As I was looking to Facebook for encouragement (Reddit and Twitter are downers today), more encouragement came in the form of a post from a friend:

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
– Deuteronomy 31:8

Because God is omnipresent, He is able to go ahead of us–preparing a way–without ever leaving our side. That’s incredible! We are truly never alone.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong; for the Lord upholds his hand.”
– Psalm 37:23-24

Update

I’ve had nothing to write for the past month or so, or at least no ideas that felt worth committing to keyboard and screen. Part of it is the fact that I lost my job in November, and though I have since secured a form of employment, it hasn’t been a pleasant time. 

Normally this would be the perfect time to write, for artistry sometimes comes out of suffering in many cases, but in me, it caused the well to dry up, so to speak. I’m still not fully over the emotional rollercoaster that it’s caused, for certain dreams of mine have been crushed once again, and I don’t know what to share with you about that. 

I had plans to go back to college, and those were ruined when I lost my job. Right now I feel lost and adrift. At times I’m depressed because I need education in order to get a better job, and I can’t afford it. I need IT certifications and can’t afford those. I feel stuck, and that’s not a good feeling. 
Sorry I have nothing good to share. Perhaps that will change soon. 

A (Potential) Way To Stabilize Yourself During The Bad Days

photo-1427694012323-fb5e8b0c165bOver the past few weeks I’ve been working on my self-talk, trying to be more positive about work in particular: that forty-plus-hour block of time that I somehow have to deal with, one way or another.

Every day I have a few choices, and I’ve always been told that this is a binary thing: I can expect the good, or expect the bad.

I may have found a third choice that works. We shall see. It’s still in the experimental phase, and I might drop it if it doesn’t work. This choice goes like this:

It’s going to be a good day, whether it is or not.

I tell myself this strange little phrase several times in the morning and often throughout the day, depending on how hard the day actually is. I don’t know why this helps, but it seems to help keep me neutral during the day: bad stuff will come, good stuff will come, whatever, but it’s still a good day.

This approach takes the good and the bad into account. I’m going to get easy calls, I’m going to get terrible ones, but I don’t have to let outside circumstances destabilize me–at least not at work.

I wouldn’t say I’m a happier person because of this, but happiness is not the goal. Stability, evenness, and a sense of well-being, that’s more important than happiness to me.

Try it out and see what you think. If you’re having problems keeping stable, this might trick your mind into being able to deal with things a little easier. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter if it worked for you. Thanks.

President Trump: The Winners and Losers

Perhaps someday I’ll be more nonpartisan, a little more detached during election seasons.

But not today.

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This is a day for rejoicing, a day for singing happy songs, for many. But many are crying today:

  • The mass media: because they have been caught lying, loudly, and repeatedly. They have suddenly discovered that they have no friends and are wondering what to do now.
  • The Republican and Democratic establishments: for lying to the people and trying to get their same-ol’, same-ol’ milquetoast candidates and policies down the throats of Americans.
  • The Clinton camp, for its inexcusable moral failures in (at times literally) propping up a candidate who was utterly evil and despicable to the core.
  • Celebrities, because they’re isolated from reality in their little popularity bubbles, and though they may sometimes play intelligent characters on screen, many of them are stupid to the core.
  • Liberal progressives, because they have been attempting to destroy this country through unmaintainable, dumb ideas like open borders (suicide) and abortion on demand (genocide).
  • Liberal Christians, because they failed to listen to reason, to look for the important issues, to move beyond their little near-secular popularity cliques.
  • President Obama, who has worked to destroy the United States for eight long years, at times systematically, with Saul Alinsky tactics, but most often through virtue signaling, bumbling, and kissing the feet of Islamic hegemony.

Many groups lost big. But some won big, or should I say ‘big league’?

  • Non-liberal Christians. Repealing the Johnson Amendment can end religious persecution through the IRS. Stopping the Syrian ‘refugee’ program means less Sharia-observant individuals coming to the United States (people who have not made a commitment to blend into Western culture and thus not kill Christians).
  • Gays and lesbians. While I disagree with their lifestyle, I am also on the same side when it comes to importing Islamic ‘refugees’: if they come from Sharia-law-practicing countries, they want to kill both of us. So we have common ground there.
  • Middle class workers. Tax cuts have a huge impact. Keeping businesses here in the United States will keep jobs here. Stopping non-citizens from crossing the border will make minimum-wage jobs available to United States citizens.
  • The losers that I mentioned before–because by electing President Trump, we intend to Make America Great Again For Everybody.

Voices

photo-1474393881983-cd780bf9f4adsomething’s wrong

[looks around] Why do I feel bad? What’s wrong with me?

something’s wrong – something’s wrong – something’s wrong

Ugh, what is this?

all your failures – all your failures – all your failures in sequential order

[cries]

failures – failures – failures

Wait. [checks pockets]

doom – doom – it’s over – this is the end

Crap, I forgot to take my meds.

failure – doom – something’s wrong – something’s wr… [silence]

That’s a little better.

Voices

something’s wrong

[looks around] Why do I feel bad? What’s wrong with me?

something’s wrong – something’s wrong – something’s wrong

Ugh, what is this?

all your failures – all your failures – all your failures in sequential order

[cries]

failures – failures – failures

Wait. [checks pockets]

doom – doom – it’s over – this is the end

Crap, I forgot to take my meds.

failure – doom – something’s wrong – something’s wr… [silence]

That’s a little better.