Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Butterfly's Escape

I want to be beautiful. I want be free. Oh why won't this cocoon just let me be? Even though I know I'm in a prison of my own choosing, you still see when you look at me vibrant color escaping. Alive and engaging. Simply breathtaking . If butterflies and I are both your creation, why don't I feel the same free sensation?

The butterfly escapes. She flys on the wings of grace. No one's ever seen such freedom glow on her face. The fear from years of pain slowly drift away. When the butterfly escapes on the wings of grace.

When will I learn to soar through the sky? When is it my time? Why have I been waiting for beauty to begin when you died so I could live this abundant freedom? Oh it's been such a long time since I knew what it was like to be free. But I find the closer I get to you, the more I become like me. I won't deny these wings anymore. Your creation wasn't meant to be caged up behind a door . If the butterflies and I are both your creation, why don't I feel the same free sensation?

The butterfly escapes. She flys on the wings of grace. What a waste if she were to never take up her wings and fly, what a waste if there was never a glow in her eye. She could live or die never realizing what it was like to be a butterfly.

Even though I know I'm in a prison of my own choosing, you still see when you look at me vibrant color escaping. Alive and engaging. Simply breathtaking. Never broken, never broken in your eyes.

The butterfly escapes. She's alive on wings of grace. She knows this sky is her place. And it's time for her to live and it's time for her to love. And it's time, it's time for her to become.

(C) Krystal Celeste

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Top 20 Love Song Playlist

In honor of Valentines Day I thought I would post a playlist of my top 20 most favorite love songs. Whether I have a special guy in my life or not, I've always seen this as a very lovely day. Only on rare occasions have I ever felt sad on V-day. Actually it's always been a favorite tradition of mine to make strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles on Valentines Day. It just makes me happy. :) So today whether you have a special someone in your life or not, I hope you enjoy this playlist and I hope you have a happy day. Pretty love songs like these give me something to look forward to for when God sends that right man into my life. Because on Valentines day, and everyday for that matter, I'd rather have no man than the wrong man.

So do check out not only these songs, but these artists as well, cause they are kinda fabulous. Also, I would love it if you would leave me a comment and tell me what love songs are some of your favorites. Happy love day! :)

1. Reflecting Light by Sam Phillips

I've become such a huge fan of Sam Phillips. Her voice is so beautiful and so distinctive. The second I heard this song I knew that this just has to be the song I dance to at my wedding someday. It's simple yet so romantic. "The moon's never seen me before but I'm reflecting light."

2. The Blowers Daughter by Damien Rice

Can't help but swoon when I hear this song.

3. Let It Be Me by Ray Lamontagne

There is no possible way you can help but going into a dreamy state when Ray Lamontagne sings. His voice is magical. This is by far one of my most favorite love songs ever.

4. Falling In Love In A Coffee Shop by Landon Pig

"I think that possibly maybe I'm falling for you." This song makes me want to be reading a book while sipping cappuccino at a cute cafe, as in walks this handsome man, who looks exactly like Ryan Gossling...hey this my fantasy after all. We would lock eyes as he walks my way. I then would of course proceed to spill the cappuccino all over my dress and walk out of the cafe humiliated and my perfect fantasy would be over....

5. I Let Myself Fall by Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas has such a beautiful voice. This song is so soft and romantic. Don't let the fact that it was featured on Grey's Anatomy fool you, it's a good song. ;)

6. The One Who Loves You The Most by Brett Dennen

The last verse of this song is my favorite - "When you forgive your imperfections and you auction all your clothes, and you look to see your true reflection, you will be the one who loves you the most."

7. So Are You To Me by Eastmountainsouth

I want this song to be sung at my wedding, sooo beautiful!!! "As the ruby in the city, so are you to me"

8. Cocoon by The Ember Days

My sister and I both want this song at our weddings someday. We both want to walk down the aisle to it. Silly, but we thought maybe someday, our daughters might even want to walk down the aisle to it as well, that maybe it would become a little family tradition. :)

9. As Simple As It Should Be by Tristan Prettyman

The url to my blog actually comes from the bridge of this song. "I am almost twenty three, confused with all the lines in between. They are dying to be read. Softly spoken, simply said."

10. Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

New favorite. I'm addicted to The Civil War's infectious music.

11. One Line by P.J Harvey

I love how dramatic this song sounds. It's the only song I know by P.J Harvey but I love the intense way she sings.

12. Inevitable by Anberlin

The drum solo in the middle takes my breath away.

13. Blush by Plumb

"When you look at me I start to blush..." a song for the hopeless romantic.

14. Love, Where Is Your Fire by Brooke Fraser

A song about the One true love that never fails us - the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. "Love, where is your fire? I've been sitting here smoking away. Making signals with sticks and odd ends and bits, but still there's no sign of a flame. Imposters have been passing, offering good-feeling glow. But I'm holding out for what You are about - an inferno that burns to the bone."

15. Follow Through by Gavin Degraw

A song about following through with the words you say. I don't want to be told any flowery, pretty words if there's no real actions to back them up. That's basically what this song is saying. "Since you want to be with me you'll have to follow through with every word you say."

16. Every Little Thing by Hawk Nelson

I love how in this song he's falling for this girl because he admires her love for God -"She's been on my mind. She's working over time. She's got perfect reasons that she loves to talk to Jesus. I think I believe her when she says life could be so simple if we'd all just learn to pray."

17. Wait For Me by Rebecca St. James

I know some people would say this song is over-killed, but it's still special to me. I think even more than the song itself, I just love what it stands for. Waiting for that person God sends into your life, not settling, and hoping they wait for you too.

18. I Will Be Here For You by Micheal W. Smith

I know some of you are probably thinking "A love song by Micheal W. Smith?" But it's true. This has been a favorite song of mine ever since I was a kid. The moment I hear these lines, "When you feel the sunlight fade into the cold night, don't know where to turn, don't know where to turn. And all the dreams your dreaming seem to lose their meaning. Let me in your world, baby let me in your world.", I'm totally gone, this is a truly melt worthy song.

19. Someday by Frank Sinatra

Ah, a classic. This song makes me feel like I should be dancing in a pretty pink flowing dress. :)

20. Does This Inspire You? by Dies

With the industrial sound of this song, it's definitely not your typical love song. Dies is the side project of Showbread frontman, Josh Dies. This is a song he wrote for his wife Abi. I think this is the song that every woman wishes their husband would write for them, with the lyrics being very ala The Song Of Solomon. I couldn't leave this one off the list.

"Message In A Bottle" & "To Have Arms"

Message In A Bottle (Written in '06)

I've been on the other side of the world, waiting for a boat to come rescue me. Or maybe for some company, for this continent gets a little lonely. So I just wrote you a note to let you know I need you. So I just wrote you a note to let you know I'll be waiting by the shore.


You could throw a coin into the ocean you call a wishing well, and say your wish by name, but it would answer you all the same. Oh the restlessness of an evening sky, how we romanticize these nights. Still waiting for a mystery to wash ashore. But maybe I should take a chance, throw a bottle into the sea, maybe a message would float back to me.

Watching the moon dance over the water, it makes me a little sad. Have you ever felt that way? Oh this island is as beautiful as it is bad. And the half moon is mocking me, it says "Guess I'm not the only one who's incomplete."

(Repeat Chorus)

Oh I've never been keen on talking to the man in the moon. You'd probably call me a fool, but I know someone's listening to my secret wishes tonight. A spy who's much wiser than I.

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

To Have Arms (Written in '06)

Sometimes it would be nice to not have to be so strong, to keep a stiff upper lip in the midst of all that's wrong. Cause I can get so tired of carrying all these burdens on my own. Just wish if only for a moment for someone to hold.

To have arms to fall into, a shoulder to cry onto. A love, a love to grab a hold of. To have a voice saying "Don't cry, it'll be alright". Someone there through all my storms, Oh to have arms.

Oh it would be so nice, so nice to escape with you tonight. To drive and drive till all the city lights are out of sight. And tears that fall from my eyes would dry cause with you I'd once again feel free and light. No, I don't even know you but I miss you tonight.

(Repeat Chorus)

To close out the whole world and pretend that no one else exists but you and I sounds so good tonight. Oh it would be nice to feel, to feel alive.

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

(C) Krystal Celeste

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"Worlds Apart" & "Security"

These are two lyrics I wrote about facing the truth so that we can have God's very best for our lives.

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" - 2 Cor. 6:14

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her”. ~ Maya Angelou

Worlds Apart (written in 2006)

We're too different I know, but it doesn't seem to stop where this story goes. You don't know my Savior and you don't want to either. Oh and you bring me down to a very sticky ground like that of a movie theater. But when you whisper in my ear I start fear that I'm too weak to trust my faiths shaky feet. And when you hold me in your arms I start to ignore the alarms. My resolve is destroyed by my needy heart.

Oh but I won't get lost in an unequally yoked shell, I try to convince myself. I won't lose my heart to you or at least I'll try not to. One kiss has no real meaning to either of us anyway right? I won't lose control in the maze of your soul. I'd have no problem letting go if I wanted to you know? And even though I should resist, maybe you could stay for just a few minutes...

When will I learn? How many fires will have to burn me till I see the landscapes before me? Breaking my heart has become a work of art for you. Oh but I know what I'm in for you when come knocking at my door. When your lips say you're a heart breaker no more, something tells me, you've been here before. Yet all the signs I choose to ignore. And you look so good tonight that I'm thinking a little fling might be alright.

(Repeat Chorus)

As our worlds collide and spin out of control, maybe I can step off this ride and face the truth that I've always known inside. You aren't the one for me. But thank you for being there when I needed affection, but it's taken me in the wrong direction. Thank you for making me see you aren't the one for me. Thank you for being the mistake that's given me clarity. Thank you for playing on the weakness in me, it proved how strong I can be. Thank you for making me see that I need more. Thank you for the inspiration to wait, wait for my God sent soul mate. Turns out you were a great date. Oh the irony life can create.

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

" Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never "become one." There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for "becoming one" with another. Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. " - 1 Cor. 6:16-20 (The Message)

Security (written in 2007)

You say you need the affection. You say you just need a distraction. You admit you like the attention, well that's a given. His touch makes you feel less insufficient. Oh he is the weakness, he's the temptation. So you give into the proposition. Oh but do you know where you'll land on the ride of a one night stand? It'll leave you stranded and alone in a strangers bed.

Is it security you need? Oh oh. To feed your empty soul? Oh No. You always look in the wrong place instead of trusting God to make you whole.

When you wake up the next morning will you say that it was worth the weight of the guilt and the shame? The loneliness you try to wash down the drain. You know you deserve so much more, more than him taking what he wants and heading for the door. Leaving you to feel even worse than before. Oh you're trying to fill the void somehow. Who will you choose, Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now?

(Repeat Chorus)

Dying to fill the void somehow. Who will you choose Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now?

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

(C) Krystal Celeste

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fatal Addiction

This is a lyric that's very close to my heart. I wrote it back in 2005 after being so inspired by reading a book called "Thr3e" by my very favorite author, Ted Dekker. I find that quite a few of my lyrics are actually inspired by reading Ted's books. "Thr3e", while fictional, spun my head around with truth about the sin nature. It made me see the sin nature of man in a way that I've never understood it before.

If you've never heard of "Thr3e" here is a quick summery: Thr3e is the story of seminary student, Kevin Parsons, whom we find out has a very troubled past. While driving in his car he receives a mysterious phone call from someone named Slater, who threatens to blow up Kevin's car if he doesn't confess his sin to the world in three minutes. But what sin Slater is talking about Kevin does not know. A cat and mouse game ensues as Slater tries to reveal the truth of what Kevin's sin really is.

The book is based off the scripture in Romans 7:15 - 25 - "15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin."

With this lyric I wanted to talk about how when sin penetrates our heart we become split, our soul becomes divided. Like Paul said in Romans, our hearts desire to do good, but for some reason instead of doing the good we want to do, we end up doing the evil we do not want to do. A war is being waged inside of us. The sin nature within us is vying to take over and win this war.

Sin is such an illusion. It looks so good at first, then after a short while, we start to see the ugly truth come through. But by then we may have an addiction to that specific sin. And these addictions are fatal to us. Fatal to our hearts, souls, minds, bodies. It's like all of who we are becomes infected. They are fatal to our present and fatal to our future. But these sins and fatal addictions do not have to take over your life. The good news is, there is freedom in Christ. We have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory. We all have our chains. Yours are no worse than mine and mine are no worse than yours. There is no sin scale, sin is sin. So we are all in the same boat. We all need to be forgiven.

Whatever your fatal addiction is, I believe there is deliverance for you in Christ. It may not seem like it right now, but God can take what you are dealing with and use it for power in your life. In Him is where you'll find forgiveness, redemption, deliverance, healing, and ultimate freedom.

Fatal Addiction

This bitter pill falling into my soul splits this person, now there's three on the totem pole. The good, the bad, and all that lies in between. It exists in the dark yet never remains unseen. The good, the bad, and the beautiful reigns supreme.

This addiction can keep you entranced with an enticing yet sinister lure. Infecting you with a disease and telling you there's no cure. We are an epidemic screaming "God rescue me!" We are held captive by these chains and we are dying to be free. Fatal addiction you're deceiving. Fatal addiction you're magic is fleeting. Fatal addiction you're deceiving. Fatal addiction you're magic is fleeting.

Screaming for meaning and dying for truth. We are lied to everyday sometimes it's hard to find you. Everyone has chains and they are all the same, just called by a different name. I'm guilty I must confess. And everything you've done, I've done no less.

(Repeat Chorus)

Will we let this fatal addiction go before we sink into the quick sand to the dark unknown? Sin is sin no matter what form it's in. All natures of man will crave it till the end. Will you give in? Which nature will win? Or will you let redemption take you over again?

(Repeat Chorus 2x)

(C) Krystal Celeste