Though the world may label me a fool…I believe in YOU!

By
Real Estate Agent with The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

Music is incredibly powerful. Just hearing a few notes of certain songs can take me back to a specific moment in time. When I close my eyes...while listening to the song...I can ‘see' the moment...feel the moment...and sometimes even smell the moment.

Last week, I came across a CD that I have not played in years. I slid it into the CD player and waited for the first song to start. Hearing the first note of the song, I was immediately transported out of the present moment and back to a day long ago...a really, really hot day in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the summer of 1994.

As I had done for several consecutive years, I took a large group of teenagers to Six Flags over Georgia for Atlanta Fest '94...a Christian music festival. For three days, we camped on the grounds in unrelenting heat...listened to live Contemporary Christian bands day and night...and played in the theme park between concerts. We had a blast!

On the second day...standing close to the stage in an amphitheater packed with 20,000 people...I waited for the concert to begin. The Kry was a relatively new band on the Christian music scene, but I had previously heard a few songs from their debut CD. I was excited to finally hear them play live.

After a few upbeat songs to get the crowd moving, the lead singer announced that they were going to slow things down and play some of their personal favorites. Accompanied by acoustic guitars, The Kry sang the song...'I Believe in You'. As I listened...standing there...with the Atlanta sun shining down on me...I closed my eyes and lifted my face toward the heavens. It was the first time I had heard this song...but it became my personal anthem...a proclamation of my commitment to live my faith out loud...a declaration of my willingness to go wherever God directs my feet. When they sang the chorus the second time... "From the mountain tops to the depths of the sea...I will always trust in You. Though the world may label me a fool...I believe in You"...I sang those words to Jesus Christ...my Lord and Savior...as a promise.

Almost fourteen years have passed since that day in the summer of 1994, but the words of this song mean more to me today than the first time I heard them. Everyday, I understand a little bit more what it truly means to "take my cross and go against the flow...to deny myself...to lose my life to gain it all." No...life is not a bed of roses. How do you have faith when all you see around you is desperation and despair? How do you hang on when you can barely find the strength to make it through the day? How do you believe when you are consumed by fear? How? By holding onto the hand of the ONE who created you...the ONE who has walked in your shoes...the ONE who will never leave you and never forsake you.

"Some say I'm crazy...that I have no reason to believe in You. The whole world can try to bring me down, but I'll stand on the promise that no one can take me away from You. From the mountain tops to the depths of the sea...I will always trust in You. Though the world may label me a fool, I believe in You!"

 

Kry - I Believe In You Lyrics
years ago
when i said i'll follow You
i didn't know
what it meant to
take my cross and go against the flow
to deny myself
to lose my life to gain it all

since i've learned
life's a battlefield
and i'm a soldier
when marching through
the evil under fire
You remain my shield
in my darkest hour
yes i know life ain't no bed of roses
so as i go i will hold to You again

Chorus:
from the mountain tops
to the depths of the sea
i will always trust in You
though the world may
label me a fool
i believe in You

now i know
a servant is no greater
than his master
people hated You and
mocked You with their laughter
to bear Yor name oh Lord
is my greatest honor
for my soul

You endured all the shame for Your love
help me stand until the end

Repeat chorus

some say i'm crazy
that i have no reason
to believe in You
the whole world can try to bring me down
but i'll stand on the promise
that no one can
take me away from You

Repeat chorus

John 15:18-21, Romans 8:38-39

More Kry Lyrics...

*****This post is dedicated to my beautiful friend, Julie Neerings. As I was writing this post, I received an email from Julie. She took this photo a few weeks ago while she and I were talking on the phone. She told me that the sun was shining into her office window so brightly...that she wished that I could see it. I asked her to take a photo and send it to me. I cannot imagine a more appropriate photo for this post. Thank you, Julie! I love you, my friend!!!*****

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Elizabeth Nieves - Broker, REALTOR® -- The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group @ Keller Williams (A Bilingual Real Estate Team serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill NC and surrounding areas.)

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Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT

Elizabeth-You have once again filled my heart completely and brought me to tears.  What an angel you truly are and how inspired you are to walk in His light and share your heart with the world.  Thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of that and how grateful I am to know in my heart that you are my friend, my sister. I love you dearly.  

P.S. I have to tell you how amazing this truly is.  I was clicking to check my subscriber's list and there you were with the absolutely beautiful post.  Thank you again and I'm so glad you enjoyed these photos I sent to you.  God was listening that day and He was shining His love down on us.  

Dec 19, 2007 04:21 PM #1
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Mary Warren
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Beautiful Elizabeth, I don't know if I've ever heard the song before, although all I listen to is Christian radio so I'm sure I must of heard it.  I will have to listen more closely to words!
Dec 19, 2007 04:23 PM #2
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
Oh Julie...how wild!! And how amazing was your timing in sending the photo. I was just finishing the post when I received your email. I KNEW it was THE photo for this post. ALL of the photos are gorgeous. You were so right. It was just a moment of absolute light and clarity. God was saying..."Ladies...I'm here in the midst of your conversation...in the midst of your friendship...don't ever forget it!" I won't, Julie! PROMISE!! I love you so very much! God bless you, my beautiful friend!
Dec 19, 2007 04:25 PM #3
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Mary:  It has been a long time since I've heard it on the radio. It was really popular in 1994-96. When I heard it last week...it was such a blessing!! That CD is back on my 'must play' list. Blessings and Merry Christmas!

 

Dec 19, 2007 04:33 PM #4
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Adam Waldman
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Realtor - Long Island
ELIZABETH - Once again you are a shining example for all of us.  I can't think of a more powerful duo to raise people's spirits and focus on the positive than you and Julie.  The two of you have combined to create one amazing post.  Thank you so much for doing this, and for putting it in Inspired By Song.  This is exactly what I was thinking when I created the group.  Somehow, the group has been focused on contests, and not on using song for inspiration.  Your posts are always amazingly written and truly from the heart.  Thank you for sharing your stories with us.
Dec 19, 2007 11:33 PM #5
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Tom Plant
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Elizabeth - Adam hit the nail on the head. You always write from your heart. Music is so powerful. Thanks for sharing Kry with us.
Dec 20, 2007 12:52 AM #6
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M A
Boston, MA

I totally agree that music is extremely powerful.  I have often been transported through time while hearing a song on the radio.  It can bring up feelings and memories.... the soundtrack of our lives.  Although I am Jewish, I believe that we all need something that can help us walk through our daily lives.... something that touches us and helps us live a positive, faithful and inspiring life.  You certainly know how to write a great post!!!

(I have recently started listening to Michael Roe and the 77's... my most played song on my iPod is 'Kites Without Strings' by the 77's)

Dec 20, 2007 01:10 AM #7
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Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
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Elizabeth ~  As always, this is a very sweet and tender reminder of who you are in Jesus.  It was nicely done!  Thanks for sharing your belief with all who will listen.  I wish I ha thought of this.  I have one in draft right now similar, yet not so eloquent.
Dec 20, 2007 01:41 AM #8
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Pat Laracy Baker
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Oh Beth, I love that song.  Your posts are always uplifting and Glorifing to God. GBY 

Dec 20, 2007 01:58 AM #9
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Adam:  You know...your comment has touched me deeply. I don't know how to write any other way than from my heart. If I tried to write off the top of my head...I'd sit staring at a blank screen until I finally gave up and walked away. I write and live the same way...passionately. I'm never really sure that what I write is going to make sense to anyone else...but it feels good to share. Thank you for creating an atmosphere in which we can all share...from our hearts! You are a blessing! Merry Christmas, my friend!

Tom:  See my response to Adam...cuz I can't really add to that. I'm just really thankful for you, Tom! You are always so supportive. No matter what part of my heart I share, I know that you are going to be there cheering me on. God bless you!

Martin:  Thank you so much for your comment! I can feel the sincerity behind your words. That is probably why I find myself drawn to your writing. You know...it is THAT thing...that sincerity that really joins us together. You are so right...we need 'something that touches us and helps us live a positive, faithful and inspiring life'. Those are your words. I believe that we need to be touched...by one another. It doesn't matter that we come from different backgrounds or have different faiths. What matters is that we are willing to be real with one another...to expose our humanity...our hearts. Why do thousands of people flock to forums such as this? What is everyone really seeking? I think we come to get the 'google juice'...but we stay for the friendships and the support. Everyone needs that. Thank you for being one of the good guys!! Blessings!

Dec 20, 2007 04:00 AM #10
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Sarah:  You are such an encourager!! I can't wait to read yours, my friend. When I read your blog, I'm always inspired and touched deeply. Keep it coming!! You are a gift. Merry Christmas!

Pat:  Thank you so much! I can't help myself, Pat! I have so many things about which to be thankful! I have to recognize the source of every good thing in my life. Without Him, I am nothing. God bless you, my friend! Merry Christmas!

Dec 20, 2007 04:03 AM #11
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Andrew Trevino
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Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Elizabeth,

Another beautiful post and another meaningful message. Thanks very much for be so....you!!

I don't think I've ever heard this song, but I'll have to see if I can find the CD now.

Dec 20, 2007 04:52 AM #12
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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Dear Elizabeth - I will have to search for the song on GOD TUBE - the lyrics are beautiful - thanks for sharing and Julie and your are both angels :)

GBY

Grace

Dec 20, 2007 08:35 AM #13
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Andrew:  Thanks so much! It is a great song. You'll love it!! :-)

Grace:  Look who's talking!! Luv ya, sis!! Blessings!

Dec 20, 2007 11:24 AM #14
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Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
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Thank you Elizabeth, truly inspirational God Bless You Sister
Dec 20, 2007 11:54 AM #15
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
Thank you, Hugh! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas!
Dec 21, 2007 12:30 AM #16
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Ginger Sala
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Elizabeth, I went on their website to check them, out. I never knew about this group. Powerful stuff.

GBY, Ginger

Dec 21, 2007 05:21 PM #17
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Elizabeth:

What a testimony.  May God Bless You.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dec 21, 2007 10:10 PM #18
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Elizabeth Nieves
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Ginger:  I wish I could have found a video for this song, but I could not. I just wish you could hear it!! GBU!!

Bill:  God is good! God bless you, brother!

Dec 22, 2007 01:28 AM #19
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