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Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where you are bombarded with disappointment and frustration? Before you can recover from one blow, you are hit with another? Well, I have and this week has been one of them.

When I encounter challenging times, I use various methods to calm myself and regain my peace of mind. Usually I will pray, read the Word, or spend time talking to God. This week I needed to calm myself before entertaining any of the above methods.  This time I turned to worship. Music is cathartic for me. I find much solace in music. The words move, inspire and uplift me. I am a true lyricist in the sense that, it is all about the message in the music. During my state of frustration, the song Not the time Not the place by Marvin Sapp came to mind. I had not heard the song in a while but the words just began to pour out in my spirit- its not the time not the place, just believe in the faith, gotta learn how to wait, keep holding on. It felt like the Lord was saying keep going, don’t quit, and keep fighting.

I would like to share that same message with you. What you’re facing might be hard, it might be tough. Keep fighting. Keep going. Don’t quit- this is not the time, not the place.  Below is the audio of the song, as well as the lyrics. Allow the message of this song to minister to you.

Be encouraged in the Lord.  May God’s loving grace and peace minister to you and bring you the tranquility that you desire.

Much love,

Judi

Audio:

http://music.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.artistalbums&artistid=4078348&albumid=8516795

Lyrics: Not the time, Not the place

By Marvin Sapp

This is not the time for giving up

This is not your place where you should be

Not the time or the place to (?lie in envy?)

You got to hold on you got be strong

This is not not the time to question your faith

This is not your place of destiny

It’s not the time or the place to throw in the towel

You gotta hold on you you gotta be strong

Sometimes you win Sometimes you lose

It’s apart of life that everyone goes through

Sometimes there’s joy sometimes there’s pain

That’s apart of God’s plan it is His own plan

Chorus:(2xs)

This is not the time(not the time not the place)

Just believe in the faith

Gotta learn how to wait

There’s still hope for the hopeless(there’s still hope for the hopeless)

There’s still life for the lifeless(there’s still life for the lifeless)

God is a friend to the friendless(He’s a friend to the friendless)

He’ll give you peace and sweetness(He’ll give you peace and sweetness)

There’s help for the helpless(there’s help for the helpless)

There is a home if you’re homeless(there is a home for the homeless)

He will mend your broken pieces(He can mend your broken pieces)

Cause you to live and be blessed(cause you to live and be blessed)

Not the time or the place(not the time or the place)

Just believe in the faith(just believe in the faith)

Gotta learn how to wait(gotta learn how to wait)

Wait(wait)

Dont give up

Not the time or the place(not the time or the place)

Just believe in the faith(just believe in the faith)

Gotta learn how to wait(gotta learn how to wait)

Wait

Keep holdin on

Not the time or the place(not the time or the place)

Just believe in the faith(just believe in the faith)

Gotta learn how to wait(gotta learn how to wait)

Wait

Don’t give up

Wait

Written by: Judi Mason for www.elev8.com

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