Hello readers!  I know it’s been quiet on here for awhile and there’s a good reason for that.  A few months ago I had an epiphany and since then, I’ve been busy working on it.

I’ve been online now for about 2 years.  It started with the release of “In Good Hands” and the launch of the first version of this blog.  After that, my eyes where opened to the power of the internet for a do-it-yourself Christian songwriter.  Since then, I’ve developed my site, a small following, my YouTube Channel, and my knowledge of the world of internet marketing and business.  But until recently, I’ve had a very broad focus, bouncing from idea to idea not knowing what to do with everything I’ve been learning.

A few months ago I had an idea come to me that at first seemed pretty good.  The more I thought about it, the more sense it made and then I finally decided to commit to the project.

So….   In January, 2012, I will be launching a brand new Christian Songwriting Club!  It will be free and open to anyone who has internet access.  I’m VERY excited about it and have already started growing a small community who is anxiously awaiting it’s start.

If you are interested in getting started in songwriting, consider yourself a songwriter, or are a seasoned pro, you are invited to join us!  Simply go to facebook.com/writechristiansongs, watch the video, and follow the instructions.  If you are NOT interested but know someone who might be, or just want to help me spread the word, then share this post, or simply send people to facebook.com/writechristiansongs!

For an online singer-songwriter like myself, there are many firsts that you get to experience. Your first blog post. Your first comment. Your first YouTube Channel. Your first YouTube subscriber. Your first original song for sale online. Your first sale :)! Your first mailing list subscriber.

Today, as an independent artist, I experienced a new first. My first online review.  My song was generously featured on another blog and I am so honored that my music has been considered worthy of sharing (not counting social media, which in itself is pretty awesome!)

Do me a favor and pay a visit to www.amomwithablog.com and check out the positive comments.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my song online and I have been so amazed at how far of a reach the song has had!

Another Chris Tomlin classic. This track gave me an opportunity to create a duet. It’s not a polished recording but was fun to do.

Mighty Is The Power Of The Cross

Chris Tomlin | Jesse Reeves | Shawn Craig

What can take a dying man
And raise him up to life again
What can heal a wounded soul
What can make us white as snow
What can fill the emptiness
What can mend our brokenness
Brokenness

Mighty awesome wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

What restores our faith in God
What reveals the Father’s love
What can lead the wayward home
What can melt a heart of stone
What can free the guilty ones
What can save and overcome
Overcome

Mighty awesome wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

It’s a miracle to me
It’s a miracle to me
And it’s still a mystery
And it’s still a mystery
It’s a miracle to me
The power of God
For those who believe

Mighty awesome wonderful
Is the holy cross
Where the Lamb laid down His life
To lift us from the fall
Mighty is the power of the cross

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ABOUT THE SONG

This song came about in a simple way. A phrase come to me one day on the way home from the office – as I was driving through my neighborhood. This is a common occurrence and I’m usually prepared to get it down so I don’t forget. The phrase was about New Orleans and the storms going on inside the homes on my street. That phrase and the coming of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks were the motivation to write this song.

On September 11, 2001, the world changed.  For many, life changed dramatically.  Ultimately, we were all reminded that life is fragile and tomorrow is never promised.  It’s easy to forget those who suffer tragedy in their lives and continue to live with the memory of loss still today.  We’ve seen a lot of tragedy in the past 10 years –  September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and the many other world disasters.  We tend to unite around these things – which is an awesome thing to see – it’s a reflection of the image of God in us to have such compassion.

I can’t help but think, though, that a people can be strongly united, linked arm-in-arm, yet fully unaware they are all standing together on sinking sand.  May we find our hope in the One who will one day return to restore all of creation. And may we trust in Him for all things until that day.

**ATTN SONGWRITERS: To go “behind the scenes” on the creation of this song, click here.

LYRICS

The World is in His Hands

by Ben Chilcote

Most of us remember well

The moments when the towers fell

A day where many never made it home

The message was “We will prevail”

Bolstered by the hero’s tales

The leveled ground united everyone

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Waves rolled over New Orleans

And storms are blowing through homes on my street

Kids are wakin’ up and there’s no home

In a single day your world can fall

In a single day you can lose it all

And you never know until tomorrow comes

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope is gone.

In the ashes, will we all fall down?

Waves crash and buildings fall

And only You stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

Oh, say can you see – We need You

We need You, We need You!

You’re the dawn’s only light

We need You, We need You, We need You!

When the ground that we are standing on

Falls away and hope seems gone.

With Jesus we have hope to rise again

Planes Crash and buildings fall

And only You

Stand through it all

On the solid rock we stand

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

The world is in Your hands

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Cry Out To Jesus

Brad Avery | David Carr | Mac Powell | Mark Lee | Tai Anderson

To everyone who’s lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
When you said goodbye
And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keeping you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing
And there is no one who can make it right

(And) there is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
And love for the broken heart
And there is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

For the marriage that’s struggling just to hang on
They’ve lost all of their faith in love
And they’ve done all they can to make it right again
Still it’s not enough
For the ones who can’t break
The addictions and chains
You try to give up but you come back again
Just remember that you’re not alone in your shame
And your suffering

(And) there is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
And love for the broken heart
And there is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

When you’re lonely
And it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out
You just cry out to Jesus
Cry to Jesus

To the widow who suffers from being alone
Wiping tears from her eyes
For the children around the world without a home
Say a prayer tonight

(And) there is hope for the helpless
Rest for the weary
And love for the broken heart
And there is grace and forgiveness
Mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

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This is part of a series of blog posts written to share songs, bands and musical experiences that have shaped me as a musician and artist.

Nostalgia.

My brothers and I had a stash of legos that had accumulated into such a pile that we kept in a sheet in a box. All the instructions lost. We’d pull it out and spread it on the bedroom floor, calling out which piece we were looking for in case the other found it (“I need a red, flat, 8 long”). We’d tune the radio to Z-93, the local hits radio station. Then we’d play until we were called for dinner.  All we had was the radio.  Well, and Dad’s record collection. But that was risky and there wasn’t much selection we were interested in.  I believe the radio had a major influence on me during that time.  Now, this was the radio, not MTV.  So the influence was purely sonic.  No hair. No spandex. No bright color. Only little plastic bricks and electronic drums.  Little did I know how much my pre-teen ears were soaking up all those synths, harmonies, guitar solos, and reverb that typified 80s pop.

Here are a few of my favorite radio hits.

 

 

The classic…

 

 

BONUS:

Other favorite 80s memories include:

  • Taping movies off the TV with the bad words re-dubbed (don’t forget to pause during the commercials!)
  • Riding bikes and making ramps with scrap wood (mastering a bunny hop)
  • Saturday morning cartoons that were actually good
  • Jams, high tops (and my brother had a cool spike)

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In Good Hands (MP3) Bandcamp.com | iTunes | Amazon
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Piano Accompaniment Sheet Music (PDF) Free Download*
Piano Accompaniment Tracks (MP3) Free Download*
Guitar Chart / Chords / Lyrics Free Download*
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Piano sheet music and accompaniment track arranged and produced by Sam Johnson.  DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS: Right Click and select “Save As” to download to your computer.

Story behind the Song

Our Baby Dedication Service was coming up (we do 2 a year at BCC) and the few songs that worked well for the service were getting well worn. I thought I’d try to write my own song for it. With a good 5 years of fatherhood behind me, I felt qualified to write about children and dedicating them to the Lord so I went to it. This is the song that resulted.

While writing the song I relied on God’s inspiration and drew from my experience as a father. Early in marriage, my wife and I faced infertility. God guided us through 2 wonderful adoption experiences. Then in February of 2009 God gave us wonderful gift of a natural conception. Our third child was born on my 30th birthday. Needless to say, it was an answer to prayer. We see our children as gifts that God has entrusted to us to care for and raise to be obedient servants of Jesus.

I have found much joy and purpose in singing this song to our newborn. I hold him and sing this to him. What a wonderful prayer God has given me to speak into my children’s lives. I pray this song will bless many more parents out there who realize the wonderful and scary task they have as a parent.

A Song for Many Occasions

  • Baby Dedication Gift
  • Song for Baby Dedication Ceremonies
  • Infant Baptism or Christening Gift
  • Song for Infant Baptism Ceremonies
  • Newborn Baby Gifts
  • Gift for Adoption
  • Baby Shower Gift
  • Lullaby for parents to sing or play

 

Video with Words


Lyrics

In Good Hands
Copyright 2009 Ben Chilcote

I closed my eyes and said a prayer
And when I looked down you were there
And you were placed into my arms
So amazing

Who am I that God would trust
His little one into my love
And now it all seems up to me
You’re small and helpless

Your steps are ordered
Your hairs are counted
I’ve been entrusted
With God’s beloved

How will I teach you how to walk
When I’m so prone to wander off
How will I teach you how to live
To love and give

How will I teach you how to trust
When I don’t keep my promises
How can I teach you all these things
I’m still learning

Your steps are ordered
Your hairs are counted
A life awaits you
Like a fountain

I am the only world you see
Your tiny hand reaches to me

So I take you by the hand
Close my eyes and pray again
Today I place my dreams for you
In His hands

And one day when you are grown
And walk with Jesus on your own
I know you finally will be
In good hands

Through the tears and
Through the laughter
The Lord goes with you
Before and after

He is longing
For the moment
He can walk with
His beloved

Our steps are ordered
Our hairs are counted
He has never
Missed a moment

Share your story!

I’ve recieved emails from people who have used In Good Hands in their dedication or baptism services. Have you used the song to bless someone’s life? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment and share how In Good Hands has blessed you and your family.

Wow.  I made it.  It was a bit rough over the past 48 hours but I am up and running with a new site hosted in my own space with a premium theme.

And my site is a mess!  But I’m here and it’s showing up.  So I’m happy.

The first thing I want to do is a dedication.  I would like to dedicate this site to the purpose of ministry.  To equip, encouraging, and share – for God’s use, for His purposes.  So, I hereby dedicate this website as a tool for God’s use as He directs me.  Amen.

Now I have a lot of work to do.

 

Ok, so I’ve been training for a half-marathon. I started a few weeks ago and it’s been a slow start. All the while, God continues to challenge me – urging me to go deeper in His Kingdom, which means doing more of what God wants me to do and less of what I want me to do. When I trained last year, I would use google maps to trace a route so I knew how far I ran.   And when I would get back to my driveway after my run I would walk up the street one way and back, then up the other way and back for a cool down. Then I got up the courage to start praying for those houses I passed. I say “got up the courage” because I was praying that God would open up opportunities for my family to meet them. I knew if I prayed for it, God would give it. It’s been about a year now and we have actually met a few neighbors but have not taken things further – like inviting them over for dinner.  But, for me, I can’t think of any other logical next step.

Today I made a decision. I’m going to kill two birds with one stone (or, in an attempt to coin a new phrase – feed two birds with one hand). I figured out a running route that is just about 1/2 mile – in a circle right in my neighborhood. So my plan is on the days I don’t have to do a long run, I will do laps around this circle and start praying for families in the homes I pass. Today I did that and I must have seen 4 different people out in the neighborhood – in the middle of January. Just think what might happen when the weather is nice. I’m going to have to actually stop and introduce myself to perfect strangers!

For those interested in engaging their neighborhood, a prayer walk is the perfect first step (pun intended). Walk through your neighborhood and pray for your neighbors – whatever comes to mind. And ask God to provide opportunities for you to meet them (like when they are walking to the road to get their mail, or doing yard work, or shoveling the walk). The point is that eventually God will show you how you can show God-love to them.

You can even bring the whole family along. The best part is, no one has to even know you are prayer-walking so you don’t have to be self-conscious about it. Oh yeah, and you get exercise too. Bonus.