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"Until God Opens Another Door, Praise Him in the Hallway."
In a season of darkness, the only thing that you can hold onto is the hope of light breaking through your fog. After dealing with a four-month bout of depression, and worshipping my way through the extreme sadness and heaviness that I was experiencing. I am finally on the other side of it and I am now learning to two-step my way into a pathway of praise. Praise is an expression of thanksgiving for what God has done in our lives. I have so much for which to be grateful. Even in my mess, God saw me here. In this place, free from fear and anxiety, resting in Him, and moving confidently in the direction of my destiny. He is helping me to create an even greater message with my life that goes beyond anything I could begin to fathom for myself.
In my post, A Tangible Heaven, I shared some worship songs that the Lord had me listening to. He was faithful to give me a soundtrack for this new season of my life too. These are the songs on my playlist that are in heavy rotation:
Middle children have a particular knack for being slow to speak, quick to listen, patient and uncannily observant. As a middle child myself, I was intrigued by the title of J Cole’s new track. I thought, “Finally, a song from our perspective.” He surpassed what I thought a song like this had the potential to sound like.
The true mark of artistry is when you are able to be an observer of your craft and come back with a message that is spot on. With his new single, “Middle Child” J. Cole like many times before, didn’t miss a beat. His clever lyrics address the climate, and the state of the music industry as it stands now and reflects his hope to bring back something that he feels is missing.
I believe that what fans appreciate so much about Cole’s music is the authenticity of his lyrics, his respect for the artists that came before him, his innate desire to not just say anything, but to say something with meaning and substance, and his willingness to share insights with those who are coming up behind him. What I believe they respect the most is that he leads with humility and is a master of his own lane.
Some of the most poignantly written rhymes in this song are found in the refrain:
“The real ones been dyin', the fake ones is lit. The game is off balance, I’m back on my sh#%.”
I am of the opinion that every real artist feels this way at some point, some are just more consistent with their efforts whether they are in the spotlight or standing just outside the glow of it. It is an inner grit to do more not for the sake of relevancy, but for the sake of relatability.
Cole comes back in verse one making what seems to be a declaration, regarding his personal standard for music and making his intentions clear to his listeners and haters alike:
“Back when the rap game was prayin’ I’d diss, they act like two legends cannot coexist. But I’d never beef with a n---- for nothin’ If I smoke a rapper it’s gon’ be legit. It won’t be for clout, it won’t be for fame. It won’t be ‘cause my sh#% ain’t sellin’ the same. It won’t be to sell you my latest lil’ sneakers. It won’t be ‘cause some n---- slid in my lane. Everything grows, it’s destined to change. – This year gon’ be different, I set my intentions I promise to slap all that hate out your voice.”
In verse two, he chose to speak directly to individuals he has helped along the way and the state of the black community. He makes a promise to them in the latter part of the verse saying,
“I’ma make sure that the real gon’ prevail.”
Music lovers want to hear the real in what artists are saying. What’s “on trend” for the moment doesn’t fool them. They can see past the smokescreen of a tight beat, if there is no heart behind the words being recited or sung, then at best, they are just letters strung together.
Lyricists like J. Cole are a rarity these days. They are the ones whose music defines the times and creates the soundtrack for generations.
This one is a hit and I’m very much looking forward to Cole’s future projects.
Lyrics provided by: https://genius.com/J-cole-middle-child-lyrics
"With joy you will draw water from the well of salvation."
A new year signifies a new beginning, a fresh start and endless possibilities. It is a time of excitement and anticipation of what is yet to come. My prayer for 2019 has been for the Lord to use me in greater ways for Kingdom purposes. I want Simply Ari Media to be a platform that serves as beacon of light, of hope and of encouragement to its growing community and that it would be a reliable source of Biblical truths and a guide for practical implementation. I sense by the spirit that this year will be one that provides a greater depth of knowledge of the Lord for those who desire to know Him more deeply and more intimately. I got before the Lord recently during my time of devotion and He spoke so clearly to me saying, "So many people want to go deeper in Me, but they don't want to put in the work it takes to reach Me. My well runs deep. The work that it will take those who desire real relationship with Me, who want to glean from the wealth of knowledge that I have to offer, will have to be willing to be diligent in their pursuit, patient during the process, and strong and determined in their efforts. I am requiring them to reach for Me. They must put in the work and I will pour into them fresh waters that will overflow and nourish their lives in ways they know not of.
Beloved, be encouraged to get into the flow of God's spirit. It will never steer us wrong. Let's make a concerted effort to drink from the well that never runs dry, put in the work to build real relationship with our Heavenly Father and stay long enough in His presence for Him to do the transformative work that is necessary to bring us to the place that He has called and destined us to be.
Blessings to each of you and Happy New Year!
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