Music is one of my “things”.

You know, everyone has their “things” that they really love, things that make them feel alive, things that evoke passion and purpose.

Yes, music is definitely one of my “things”.

One day, I’d love to record an album. Not because I think my voice just needs to be heard, but because I’d love to help someone else through my music.

(that’s a topic for another time)

A few years ago, I wrote this song titled One Thing.

One Thing — A Song for the Hurting

The story behind this song is interesting.

Usually, when I write songs, I’m inspired during prayer or a church service, and they come to me very suddenly. It’s like BAM — you must write this now! 😆

It happened the same way for this song, but the background behind it is what’s interesting.

One year, during a conference our church hosts, I was singing during altar call. The message preached that night was “Trust God to Do What’s Right”.

We were singing Still I Will Trust You, and I happened to notice a young lady praying. She really caught my attention, for reasons I won’t get into. But I felt so burdened for her.

It seemed like she was struggling with something. Honestly… she reminded me of myself. The moment was strangely embedded into my memory.

Anyway, a couple of years later, this song came to me while I was thinking of her.

Listen to One Thing here. The lyrics are below.

Please note: I am no professional musician, nor do I have professional recording equipment, as evidenced by the link above. Hopefully you hear the message over my mess ups. ♥️


I don’t know your name
I don’t know your heart or your story
I don’t know where you’ve been
I don’t know where you are
Or even where you’re going

But I can tell that you’ve seen better days
And you may think your pain won’t go away

But this one thing I know to be true
Jesus, yes He’s calling you
Through the hurt and the tears
All your past and your fears
Could it be that all He’s telling you
Is that He’s faithful
He’s so faithful
I know that it’s true

You may feel like your world is falling apart
You may think that no light can shine in this dark
But I know that my God is always still there
If you’ll just call His name He will answer your prayer

Cause this one thing I know to be true
Jesus, yes He’s calling you
Through the hurt and the tears
All your past and your fears
Could it be that He could take it from you
Because He’s faithful
He’s so faithful
I know that it’s true
And you can know it too
Yes, He’s calling you


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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

“…people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What a true statement. I think back over my short 24 years of life, and I realize that, though I may not remember the exact words or actions associated with an experience, I remember the feelings. I remember feelings of fear, insecurity, helplessness, betrayal, anger, and deep sorrow. I remember feelings of excitement, joy, peace, love, security, contentment, and hope. Because I am human, circumstances in life brought about a multiple of emotional responses – it’s simply how I am programmed. The intentional responses are what I can control.

More than to think of my feelings, this statement prompts me to consider others.

Reminiscing on How I Make Others Feel

How have I made my family members feel over my lifetime? How have I made my friends feel? How have I made my teachers and mentors feel? How have I made supervisors and subordinates feel? How have I made my husband feel? How have I made my pastor feel?

How have I made Jesus feel?

Beyond any doubt, I know that my Lord and Savior experiences emotional responses just as I do. After all, His Word tells me that He has been touched with my every emotion, which is what gives me the liberty to approach Him (Hebrews 4:15-16). I am created in His likeness and image (Genesis 1:26). His Word tells stories of His times of anger, hurt, and grief, as well as times of joy, laughter, and triumph. All of those emotions were in response to His creation’s condition or actions. So again, I must ask…

How have I made Jesus feel?

Even as small child, I remember doing things I knew I was not supposed to do. Sure, they were “small” and “insignificant” things, like maybe throwing away my breakfast when Grandma wasn’t looking, or staying up too late on a school night. But little things led to bigger things, like watching inappropriate content on TV and online, or outright lying in order to get out of trouble.

I can imagine Jesus, as He watched me grow up in a broken home, looking down with sorrow and longing for the heart of a little girl who was headed down the wrong road. It was obvious that His heart longed for mine, because He sent many teachers and preachers who reached directly for me. He was in a relentless pursuit of my soul.

Then came the day that I repented of my sins and gave my life to Him. Certainly, on that day, He experienced joy. His Word tells me that there is “joy in heaven” when repentance takes place (Luke 15:7). Likewise, the gift of the Holy Ghost is proof that He found joy in my repentance. Each time I have been renewed and restored by precious repentance and glorious Holy Ghost-infilling, I am reassured again of His joy.

As I prepare to enter a brand-new phase of life called Motherhood, I want to remember that my actions, my words, my attitudes have power. I can make others feel loved and appreciated, or I can make others feel despised and uncomfortable. I can show compassion and patience, or I can show frustration and anger. I want my husband, my family, my friends, and my soon-to-come daughter to feel cherished, regardless of the circumstances.

And above all – I want to cherish my time with Jesus. No matter how crazy life becomes, I want Him to know beyond any doubt that I love and appreciate Him.

My hands and feet look shackled
But my spirit cries, “I’m free”
My body wracks with pain
Yet, my spirit cries, “I’m free”

The world looks on in wonder
They mock, and laugh, and scorn
All the more my spirit cries
Again and forevermore
“I’m free”


My home seems like a prison
But, my spirit cries, “I’m free”
Life may be unfair
Yet my spirit cries, “I’m free”

Sometimes the road seems long
And I can’t always find my way
But when I lack the faith
Jesus whispers
“You are free”


Not by might, nor by your power
Can you say, “I am free”
But it’s by the blood of Jesus
That your spirit cries, “I’m free”

So shake the shackles off
Defy pain, and shame, and fear
And don’t you worry about tomorrow
Because forever
You are free

Kelsi Morrell © 2019

A lot of people write about the power of saying, “No.” Saying no to another project or commitment calling your name; saying no in order to be sure and take care of yourself; saying no so that you won’t become overloaded and take on too much responsibility. Saying no can free one to pursue their own hopes and dreams, to find what you’re truly passionate about. Saying no can be liberating.

However, saying “Yes” can be just as powerful, just as liberating, if not more so. I fear that, with all the encouragement to remember the power of “no,” we forget the incredible power of saying “Yes.”

Do I think that every project we are asked to take on must be accepted? No. But I do believe wholeheartedly that the attitude with which we approach life can greatly affect the attitude with which we approach our God.

Have you ever thought about the power in saying yes to God?

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew‬ ‭16:24-25‬)

The power of saying “Yes” to God cannot be underestimated. His ways are so much higher than our own, and He works in ways which we cannot even begin to comprehend. Who am I to tell the Lord that I can’t handle another “responsibility” or “burden” which He may ask me to carry? He created me after all, and knows my limitations.

I’ll just say “Yes
You’ll lead the way
I’m not afraid of what it means for me to say
This life You gave
Is not my own
I’m trusting You to hear my “Yes”
And lead me on 

And there is peace when I say, “Yes”
I might not see it now
But You save the best 
For all who trust You and obey
There is an answer
No more delay 

I’ll just say “Yes”
Yes Lord
My life is Yours

The liberty, the freedom, the peace, the overwhelming joy that will come when you say “Yes” to whatever God asks is worth every sacrifice involved. Indeed, there are so many benefits in the power in saying yes to God.