"Prayer for a Warrior"

Did anyone read the Lion Of War series by Cliff Graham? I devoured those books! 

They are fiction, but are based on the battles of the Biblical warrior poet King David and his band of brothers, who came to be known as the Mighty Men. These warriors came to David in his most desperate hour and fought with him to claim the throne he was destined to fill.

I'm super happy/excited/proud to be a part of the "Praise and Arrows" album. It's a compilation inspired by the novels. The album features myself :), Stellar Kart, Hawk Nelson, Trip Lee, Pillar, Audio Adrenaline, Kevin Max, Jason Walker, Canon, Deraj, Jeannie Ortega, People of the Earth, All Sons and Daughters, Alisa Turner and Jeremy Rosado. 

It's available for pre-order now and VERY SOON will be available on itunes, amazon, google play and all that. I'll post the links for that when it's out!!! Click here for pre-order!

The song that I am a part of is called "Prayer for a Warrior." I wrote it with my great friend, Aaron Rice. Musically, it's EPIC...super drama and strings! (You know I love that!!) Lyrically it's moving and honest and powerful and gut wrenching all at the same time.

Picture the women praying in anticipation of the coming battle over their men. Picture the men crying out before and amidst the battle. And picture ourselves as we all cry out to God in our own battles, we make the choice to praise our Savior!!

Here are the lyrics! 

"Prayer for a Warrior" By: Kerrie Roberts, Aaron Rice

"Before me is a battle

An enemy of our God

Beneath me earth shaking

From the army charging after us

Behind me is a history

Of Holy deliverance

Above me, Almighty

The one who covers us


Oh Mighty God, Faithful God, Eternal God

Oh Holy One, Savior

Oh you care for us, shelter us, deliver us

Oh Holy One, Savior


Fight is raging, heart pounding

Soul burning up inside

Arrows flying, men crying

Yet somehow peace I find

And truth it whispers gently now

I’ve held you all along

And the fire inside of me

Grows into this song


Oh Mighty God, Faithful God, Eternal God

Oh Holy One, Savior

Oh you care for us, shelter us, deliver us

Oh Holy One, Savior


God bless these hands that are spotted with a foreign blood

These feet that stand ‘til the battle’s won

This dagger and shield that are marred with scars wielded in your name

God bless these hands that are lifted toward heaven’s throne

These feet that will walk in a holy home

When this day of war is over because of who you are


Oh Mighty God, Faithful God, Eternal God

Oh Holy One, Savior

Oh you care for us, shelter us, deliver us

Oh Holy One, Savior"

Choose Life! Happy Easter!

It’s gloomy out today...a little cold and overcast, but I know Sunday is coming. The forecast is sunny and a high of 79 degrees! I’m looking forward to having that light and heat kiss my face (but not for too long, because I’m terrified of sun damage).

Today is a serious day. I woke up feeling the weight of it. My eyes get teary when I try to grasp what this day must have been for the ones that saw our Lord give himself over to suffer and die.

I’ve been working while sitting outside on the porch all morning (in a sweater with a hood, a blanket and cranked up space heater), with the budding trees and singing birds as my company. As I go through my to do list, I’m alternating my soundtrack between the Portuguese version of “Come Back to Life” that I’m learning and the soundtrack to the most recent movie version of “Jane Eyre.” (Thank you Dario Marianella for the beauty you put in the world (click to listen). Also, I experienced this completely joyful moment when at one point a little birdie was singing a perfect counter melody to the orchestra.)

The music is so haunting and emotional. It matches the mood of the trees reaching their leafs towards the sky in hopes that the winter is over. It’s been SUCH a cold winter, and I’m in TN, I know it’s been harder on so many more people than it has on me. But I am worn out from everything being brown, stripped and dead. I’m tired of being encumbered by a gazillion layers and I just want to be free!  I want to walk down the stairs in the morning without my boots on my feet and a shiver all over...you get the picture.

But like I said, hope is on the way! Forecast is looking great and I’m looking forward to Sunday...a spring dress and A CELEBRATION OF LIFE!

And it makes me smile when I think about how the winter in our souls and hearts can be over forever….a perpetual Spring, always budding, always reaching up in hope, always believing that the season of death IS OVER!

But it’s our choice. We choose it moment by moment, step by step.

Here’s some steps you should think about:

If you haven’t gone to church in a while, you should go. You should. Whether you’ve never been, or you’re just “over it,” you should go and hear the truth of the ultimate victory in the history of all time. If you haven’t prayed in a while, you should speak to God. He hasn’t forgotten about you. If you haven’t reached out to someone you need to forgive, DO IT. Don’t waste precious time. If you haven’t told anyone about your struggle with depression and hopelessness, don’t wait any longer. You don’t have to be alone. If you haven’t met your Savior yet, it’s past time for you to come home.

Choose life.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

And because of Christ, we are among those ancestors that can inherit eternal life. We can grow in the soil of His grace and mercy and PEACE.

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

Be at peace, and be healed.

Happy Easter!! We can all Come Back to Life! 

 

"Come Back to Life!" Available April 25, 2014

This is your invitation!

An invitation to COME ALIVE!

I am so excited to finally release my new single "Come Back to Life!" I have been so encouraged already by the response to this song FROM YOU whenever I've performed it live and I truly hope that it's a catalyst for healing in people's lives.

At the heart of the song is a calling out to everyone going through the trials of everyday life and also to those dealing with depression, living in a dark place or even battling with thoughts of suicide. The plea is for a realization, that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is still available to us! WE CAN ALL, "Come Back to Life!"

The song will be available for purchase on April 25th, but you can start listening and SHARING it now by watching the video. CLICK TO WATCH!

"Come Back to Life" will start playing on your local Christian radio stations on the same day it's available for purchase on April 25th! It's NEVER too soon to start telling your station that you're excited about a song! That would be the greatest support to me, for you guys to reach out to your station and let them know you want to hear them play "Come Back to Life!"

Thank you again for sharing this journey with me! It's going to be a great summer! You can check out my calendar to see where I'll be at kerrieroberts.com/calendar. I'd love to meet you out on the road!

PLEASE keep messaging me on Facebook and Twitter. I love having conversations with you, and just sharing life as we go!

Always,
Kerrie

It's about time!!! Time For The Show, VIDEO!

AH!!!! Show love! Show mercy! Show heart!! 

Everyone, I could not be more excited to share this video with you! I LOVE the message behind this song, that everyday is an opportunity to show his love, mercy and heart.  I also loved the opportunity the theater imagery in the lyric gave me to get a little DRAMATIC! 

I had the privilege of working with such an awesome team on this!

I hope you enjoy this message and the music and the visual expression. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to share! 

LIVE ONLINE SHOW with Jaime Jamgochian Feb 20th 7pm CST

I'm sooooo excited to share another live online show with you guys!!! I'm even more excited to share it with you with my wonderful friend Jaime Jamgochian! (check her out here) We were able to travel together last year and LOVED IT!

We're going to be singing our songs, sharing our hearts and singing some songs together! Worship songs and hang time. PLEASE COME JOIN US!!! 

You can also purchase a ticket to the meet and greet that will happen after the show.

I love the opportunity that these online shows present. Don't forget to tell your friends!

Get your tickets here!

UP MUSIC TV announces the NATIONAL LAUNCH of it's NEW morning show called "UP IN THE MORNING"

Kerrie is so excited to be able to share her videos with you now on "UP IN THE MORNING."

UP MUSIC TV announces the NATIONAL LAUNCH of it's NEW morning show called "UP IN THE MORNING" starting this this Monday, 1/20/14 weekdays from 8a-9a eastern on the UPTV network formerly Gospel Music Channel (GMC) www.uptv.com. UPTV is carried in 70 million homes nationally and can be viewed on Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Brighthouse, Suddenlink and many more cable systems. Also, UPTV is carried on DIRECTV channel 338, DISH NETWORK channel 188 and VERIZON FIOS channel 224.

Here is a viewerlink to see if you can receive UPTV. http://up.viewerlink.tv/

"UP IN THE MORNING" is America's NEW Contemporary Christian Music Video show that is designed to UPLIFT and start your morning right with interviews, devotionals, story behind the music and videos.

 

It's Christmas!!! Celebrate!

Ok! Lots going on!

First of all you're invited to come to the "Very Merry Kerrie Christmas Show" on Dec 17th at 7pm CST. Get tickets here. 

Also, there are Christmas bundles available...get signed "Thank You Child" Christmas EPs, T-shirts, jewelry and "Thank You Child" Christmas prints. Included in the bundles are tickets to the show and a meet and greet. Check out the bundles here. 

I'm SUPER EXCITED about the handmade "LOVE MERCY HEART" necklaces available in the bundles. I hope to have them sold separately as well very soon!

Most importantly, let's make sure we are taking the extra time to thank our Savior for His LOVE and MERCY and HEART. And as the year comes to an end, make an extra effort to SHOW His LOVE and MERCY and HEART!!!!!!

This song is my musical Christmas journal entry. (heart behind the music)

"There's a song I love to sing every Christmas time. 

My mother taught it to me and my sister sings in harmony. 

Since I was young it's always been one of my favorite times we share.

The candles burn, the church is full and we sing a song of Jesus' birth.

Precious times. Silent night. Sacred words. Peace on earth." 

The above is part of my arrangement of "Silent Night (Moments Like These)," and describes one of my favorite Christmas moments! It's been a tradition for as long as I can remember for my mother, sister and I to sing that sweet song together as a special at church. My mom always sings a beautiful counter part by Ira B. Wilson. I love the lyrics! 

"Neath the silent stars,

The town is sleeping.

Flocks are safe within the fold,

Secure from danger, want or cold.

Silent, silent night,

Holy, Holy night,

Sleep in peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

In peace."

Being one of my favorite Christmas songs, I had to include it on my EP. But, instead of singing the counter part that my mama always sings, I wrote my own personal story into the song. AND THEN (spoiler alert!!!!) I actually was able to have my mom and sister sing with me on the recording!!!!!! SO PRECIOUS TO ME! AND THEN (spoiler alert #2!!!) I included some audio from last year's Christmas morning on the track as well.

Basically, this song is my musical Christmas journal entry. It packs such an emotional punch for me, that it's like listening to Ray Charles' "That Spirit of Christmas," or Mariah Carey's "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)." I can't get through those songs without a tear! 

I'll sum up with some lyrics from the bridge that I wrote… "There's nothing like family at Christmas time, nothing like the gift we have in Jesus Christ. There's nothing like the memories and hope the future brings, and nothing like the moment when we sing…Silent Night!"

Click here for the song! 

Take time to say, "Thank You Child." (heart behind the music)

My original inspiration for this song came from watching the personal experiences of a few women that I love so very much.

I've never been a mother and certainly never have experienced the journey of desiring a child that never seems to come. It seems more and more that I hear stories of women being denied that desire and their journey can only be described as excrutiating.

Thankfully and wonderfully, there came a happy ending for more than one of my special girls and I wrote a song telling the story of waiting, longing, surrender, and joy. Immediately, so much of it paralleled in my mind the overwhelming emotion experienced by young Mary as she cradeled her new baby, the Savior of the world.

Of course there is so much of Mary that we don't know, so this is my imagination of what she might have sung over him. I thought of her savouring the moment of him being a little one, just wanting to rock hìm and at the same time being aware that while she carried him, he was the one that would bring true life.

The song is a sort of lullaby, but one also filled with praise.

As Christmas approaches, and we think of our Jesus as a baby, I hope we are all moved to say, "Thank You Child." 

Click here for the song!