Embrace Me

This is the second song I wrote.  You see, I was a singer, not a songwriter in 2005, however through a sequence of events, God specifically asked me to write.  Because I was a singer and I never, ever ran out of things to say, I thought being a songwriter was exactly what I needed to do!  One thing I love about this song is that I was child-like and expressive with my lyrics and delivery.  You can listen/buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beginnings/id438824578

 

Embrace Me

© 2005 Lara Marriott

Walking up the stairs, casting all the world’s cares

Upon my shoulders

Searching for a place to find a peaceful state of mind

to get away

I shut the darkest door to hide for awhile

I need You Lord to comfort me

I close my eyes and try to think about You

Oh Lord, what should I do?

Embrace me, taking

all of my fears, my worries, and my tears

I’m feeling inside

Embrace me, flowing down

the warmest of Your love

reflecting from above

Embrace me

Gazing at the sky nature’s calm I find

that You’re all around me

The sun glistening the trees, clouds are changing what I see

a place of wonder I’ll never leave

I find a shady place to stay for awhile

I know You Lord are here with me, yeah

I close my eyes and start to dream about You

Is this what heaven’s gonna be?

Embrace me, giving

all of Your joys, Your wonders, and Your glory

I need inside

Embrace me, shining down

the warmest of Your love

reflecting from above

Embrace me

Day or night, by Your side

You have revealed

You are real and I feel you inside

Day or night, by Your side

that’s where I’ll always be

You are real and I feel alive

Embrace me, shining all of Your love, Your love

Embrace me, fill me up with Your love, Your love, Oh how I love You

I Love You Jesus

Here is one of the first songs I had ever written.  I wanted to write a song that didn’t need accompaniment; just voices.  I was envisioning christian martyrs, prisoners, or slaves needing to sing a song that was easy to learn, that could remind them of Jesus’ love for them.  You can listen/buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beginnings/id438824578

I Love You Jesus

© 2007 Lara Marriott

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

and I’m so thankful

thankful

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

I love You Jesus

and I’m so thankful

thankful

thankful

You chose to love me, undeserving

and to forgive upon a tree

Your grace is never, never-ending

and forever I will sing

 

It’s Time

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Have you ever heard someone say this?  It seems like there is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes that leads someone up to the point of saying, “It’s time.”  Well, for me, I’ve been on a long journey as a singer/songwriter/worship leader; a life journey to be exact.  My life’s experiences have trained me, humbled me, strengthened me, propelled me right up to the place where I can now say, “It’s time.”  I am taking the huge step of faith, with the belief that God will be right there with me as I embark on full time worship ministry.  This is a scary step because I’m independent; kinda like a “musicianary” of sorts.  However, I believe God has designed me for such a time as this and I want to give Him everything He has given me to pour over others and to point to His heart.

I’ve updated this blog to look more like a website.  First, reason is because I need to get the word out about who I am and what God has called me to do.  Secondly, because it is the cheapest and easiest way for this non-techie gal to achieve this goal. HA! Lastly, I want to share all that God has either taught me or is currently teaching me here on this blog in the hopes that something I say or sing will encourage and help someone else grow in their faith and relationship with the Lord.

To those of you who have supported and encouraged me over the years; thank you! I’m looking forward to what God has planned.  I am excited to continually join Him in His work.

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

What Make A Great Worship Leader?

This is a very interesting article. What do you think of Josh Maze’s opinion?

http://joshmaze.com/home/posts/jimmy-fallon

For me, I feel a little uneasy about it, because this type of article has the potential of giving the allusion of being able to quantify what it takes to become a great worship leader. I have to say that I think Jimmy Fallon is amazing at what he does and there are many clips from The Tonight Show that are, quite frankly, hilarious! But, I’ve also seen, especially young worship leaders/artists, read something like this and then try to replicate it, avoiding the true value of what it means to be humble and completely aligned with the Lord’s direction while leading worship.

I am also to blame for this. In my teens and early 20s I experienced leaders in the church tell me to smile more on stage, engage with the audience, play the camera, be “authentic,” and those comments always gave me a sour feeling in my stomach. I would think to myself, ‘weren’t we still a bunch of messed up people seeking God to help us be better? Why can’t worship leaders and church leaders show that we too are having a bad day? However, the pressure to perform was great and the demands from the congregations clouded my thinking, making me feel I had to give them what they wanted in my own strength to be accepted and to point to Jesus which resulted in pride, judgement, comparisons, self-doubt, worry, and anxiety.

The bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. It also says, “Without ME (Jesus), you can do nothing.” John 15:5

As worship leaders in our churches, I have found through my experiences over the years the MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember is to have a personal, deep, relationship with the Lord through the Holy Spirit. We need to keep seeking Him in all we do throughout the week. He needs to become our go to person. Why? It is only then that we can be filled up and confidently take the stage as a leader through His Power, through His guidance, and through His love. The church WILL see a heart after God’s heart, They WILL experience authenticity. They WILL feel like they are the most loved people, only because God’s love will be shining through you(us) and pour over them. Bottom line, it has very little to do with what we are capable of doing and everything to do with what God can do through us. We are the Holy Spirit’s servants, doing HIS work, making HIM increase as we decrease.

There is nothing wrong with Josh Maze. I am actually thankful he posted his thoughts. Having an honest conversation and working through opinions is healthy and has the potential of making us stronger as people and in this case followers of Jesus.

So do you want to join in on the conversation? What do you think?

Lara ~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

High Place To Soar

I wrote this song for our church’s women’s kick off night.  A friend of mine mentioned how God was a high place to soar.  I loved that image, so I naively said aloud that I would write a song about that!  I have a special place in my heart for this song.  It is attached to a wonderful memory.

High Place To Soar
c2006 Lara Marriott

You are all we need
You still, You hold
In times of trouble
In times of calm
Your gentle hand guides us all
We come to meet You here
We want You Lord

You’re a high place to soar
And a soft place to land
Lifting our hands we raise
Our thankfulness to You
You’re a high place to soar
And soft to land

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A Journal Entry I Want To Remember ~

I wrote this after an amazing experience I had being a part of leading the music for Bill Hybels’ Leadership Conference at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington before Hannah was born. = ) I am sharing it for two reasons. One, so if I misplace it I can still remember what happened. Two, maybe what was told to me could inspire someone else also.

‘This weekend was the Evangelism Conference at Westminster, hosted by Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels. It was a lot of work to pull it all off, but it was worth it. I sang, “Testify To Love” in a women’s trio that kicked off the whole event. We blended very well and got the audience warmed up. Lee Strobel spoke a little bit on his testimony. He was just an every day kinda guy. Before the conference started, the band and singers were in the choir room and Lee came in and said thank you for our hard work. He looked very normal. It was interesting.

After the first session, I went back to work. God opened the door for me to talk about the day to the gals. They were all pretty curious. One gal, Mary, asked what Lee Strobel said because she had his book, “The Case for Christ.” I told her and it was a neat moment.

I went back for the evening session after work. A couple days before, Dad asked if I would like to sing, “Nothing But The Blood” before Bill Hybel’s talked. I said yes, so that’s what I did for that session. Larry, the producer, wanted it done a certain way and was trying to communicate it by asking us to be more gospel. It didn’t work out that way. We finally convinced him our way was better. He wanted me to sing it like I was out on stage performing. That frustrated me a little because it made me feel like I was trying superficially to create a moment without having the moment there yet. This was during practice. So, I sang it like I was singing to God and after I looked at Larry and said, ‘Did you feel it?’ cuz’ I sure did. I felt the Holy Spirit. He said yes, so when it came time to go out on stage, God created a great moment that touched a lot of people including Bill Hybels. He said after we had walked out, “If I came here for anything it as for that song. I’m in debted to you.” We didn’t hear that, but Brian and some others told us later. That was very nice of him to say, but the moment was greater than Bill Hybels’ comment. It was a moment with God. I was so honored to play a part in the moment. I felt at home up on that platform. God uses the voice He’s given me always for great things. I was glad to be a part of it.

The next day, Brian and the Forum worship band led the last four sessions. We rocked! I was so proud of them. It was the best day for me even though we were all pretty tired. I sang, “Salt n’ Light” and “Still Haven’t Found” by U2. It was mostly in my throat. It was an interesting experience to use my throat. I think I did a good job.

Before the last session, a gentleman from the front row came up to me and said he loved my voice and did I have a CD? I told him no. He couldn’t believe it. The thing that stuck out for me was when he looked me straight in the eye and said, “Young lady, never stop using that voice for God. Only use it for God.” It was a really cool moment. He was a bald guy with tattoos down his arm. I wanted to make sure I never forgot that comment.’

God sure does take us all on amazing journeys through life. I’ve had mountain top experiences, valley experiences, and dry desert experiences. All in all, it’s been an eventful ride I never want to forget. = )

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes