Blessing

The Birth of Christ the King

Manger Lyrics and Melody:  Meredith Arneson
Copyright:  2000
Christmas Collage

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Verse 1
Windows clad with tiny flakes of ice and shimmering snow
Distant bells ring carols sweet, the ones that we all know 
Evening glows with firelight from cozy homes inside
There's a wonderful magic in the air … the wonder of Christmastide

Verse 2
It's Christmas Eve and folks are seen still busying to and fro
Baking sweets and wrapping gifts topped off with lovely bows
Littlest ones are busily trying to count imagined sheep
For they've been told that Santa comes when they are fast asleep

Chorus
Christmas is snowflakes, Christmas is sweets, Christmas is fires aglow
Christmas is Santa, carols we sing, laughter and gifts to show
So let us enjoy the wonderful times and all the festivities 
But never lose sight of what all of it means
It's the birth of Christ the King

Verse 3
Many, many years ago in a humble manger stall
A virgin bore God's Only Son who came to save us all
The Son of Man was born that day in a meek and lowly way
Cradled between an ox and ass; in a bed of straw and hay

Verse 4
But lowly turned to mighty as the Child became a man
Inviting friends to follow Him; He shared God's Words with them
They traveled over land and sea; God's wisdoms to impart
And promised those who trusted Him would have a brand new heart

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Verse 5
Christmas morn is only now a few short hours away
Soon it will be time to wake and begin to celebrate
The birthday of the Savior, the birthday of Heaven's King
A day that's full of love and joy the Savior came to bring

Verse 6
So as our happy times do flow and gifts we do exchange
Let's honor most the greatest gift for which our Savior came
A brand new life and lasting love with freedom from our sins
And life for all eternity for those who trust in Him

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One Wintry Evening

Christmas Tree
Christmas Lights
Lyrics:  Meredith Arneson
Melody:  Arnold Shulman
Copyright:  2001
Child decorating

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Chorus
One wintry evening when I was three
My dad brought home a huge Christmas tree
I stood amazed there as he moved it inside
I could feel his excitement -- see the sparkle in his eyes

Verse
He placed it in a stand and secured it very tight
Then took out lots of boxes of brightly colored lights
As he started to hang a few lights high on the tree
He stopped and turned around and looked lovingly at me

Verse
I wanted to help him so and he saw it in my eyes
Then he reached out and gave me a string of colored lights
Even now feelings well in my heart with love for him
On Christmas Eve when I hang up colored lights again

Verse
My memories can bring Dad back to me
And ways he showed all dad’s love can be
I felt so grown up even though I was three
I feel Christmas and our love makes the holidays for me

Verse
I look at my own son who is almost turning three
Brings back nice mem’ries when I helped Dad light up that tree
It’s my son now I want things for but more than that
I want him to think of Christmas like I think of my Dad

Chorus
One Wintry Evening when I was three
My dad brought home a huge Christmas tree
I stood amazed there as he moved it inside
I could feel his excitement – see the sparkle in his eyes

One Hundred Thousand times Ten

Couple
(A Pop/Country Love Song)

Lyrics and Melody:  Meredith Arneson
Copyright 1999

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How many times have I told you I love you
One hundred thousand times ten
And how many times have you said you love me, too
One hundred thousand times ten

How many times have we whispered sweet words
As we walked down the road hand-in-hand
One hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times te-e-en

How many times have I kissed you good night dear
And prayed to the Lord you’d be blessed
And how many times were you showered with flowers
To honor my faithful princess

How many times was I held in your arms
Ecstatically lost in your scent
One hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times te-e-n

God is so good, we are blessed and secure
Ready to turn the next bend
Our love continues to be worth a million
One hundred thousand times ten

I add ‘em up and count all the sweet times
That thrill me with sudden recall
I put ‘em together they’re our wedded lifetime
For which we’ve given our all

God is so good we are blessed and secure
Ready to turn the next bend
Our love continues to be worth a million
One hundred thousand times ten

We both agree given the chance
We would do it all over again
We hit the jackpot - rich with contentment

One hundred thousand times
A hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times ten

One hundred thousand times
A hundred thousand times
One hundred thousand times ten

I Love To Sing Songs About Jesus

Jesus
I Love To Sing Songs About Jesus

Lyrics and Melody:  Meredith Arneson
Copyright 2008


Chorus:
I love to sing songs about Jesus
I love to sing songs of His praise
I love to sing songs of my Savior and Lord
I’m singing them all through the day

Verse 1:
In the morning I sing of His mercies
At noonday I sing of His grace
In the evening time when the sun goes down 
I sing of His glorious face

I sing the inspiring “How Great Thou Art”
And the wondrous “Amazing Grace”
I sing about how “Jesus Loves Me”
And how He is my “Hiding Place”

Chorus:
I love to sing songs about Jesus
I love to sing songs of His praise
I love to sing songs of my Savior and Lord
I’m singing them all through the day

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Verse 2:
My Savior is worthy of honor
And singing is often my way
Of telling the Lord just how thankful I am
That He went to the cross for my sake

With all my transgressions upon Him
He brought me back home to stay
How grateful I am that he saved my soul
So I sing to Him all through the day 

Chorus:
I love to sing songs about Jesus
I love to sing songs of His praise
I love to sing songs of my Savior and Lord
I’m singing them all through the day

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I love to sing songs about Jesus

BECAUSE I LIVE, YOU WILL LIVE ALSO

Jesus
BECAUSE I LIVE, YOU WILL LIVE ALSO

Lyrics: Meredith Proctor Arneson/Frank Proctor
Melody:  Meredith Proctor Arneson
Copyright  2009

(Based on New Testament Scripture -  Gospel of John: 14)


Verse 1:
Jesus said if you believe my Father sent me
And you rely on me in all the things you do
And if you trust because I live, you will live also
Then you will do far greater things than e’er I do

Chorus:
Because I live and reign above, you will live also
Because I live and reign above, you will live, too
If your heart remains in me, and you honor my commandments
All you ask for, in my name, I’ll do for you

Verse 2:              
Jesus said as he sat down with his disciples
Yet a while and the world will not see me
But you will see me once again, I will come to you and then
You will know I’m there for you eternally

Chorus:
Because I live and reign above, you will live also
Because I live and reign above, you will live, too
If your heart remains in me, and you honor my commandments
All you ask for, in my name, I’ll do for you

Verse 3:
Jesus said I am the Vine, you are the branches
If you abide in me much fruit you’ll surely see
And then when your race is won
And your time on earth is done
You’ll be rewarded with a crown of victory

Chorus:
Because I live and reign above, you will live also
Because I live and reign above, you will live, too
If your heart remains in me, and you honor my commands
All you ask for, in my name, I’ll do for you

Accept Me As I Am

Lyrics and Melody:  Meredith Arneson
(A good wedding song)
Copyright, 1999

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CHORUS

Accept me as I am
For what I can become in time
Ask no more of me than I can give
Love me without questioning
Trust in what I do
And I, too, will try...try with all my heart
To do and be...all the same...for you.

VERSE 1

Soaring to the stars
Making dreams come true
Heaven only knows how much
This kind of love can do
If we move as one
Trusting all the way
With God our guide we’ll see a bright new day

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VERSE 2

With this kind of love
Pressing through the years
We will soon remove all our barriers and fears

With this kind of love
Our yielding hearts will see
What a loving place this world can be

REPEAT CHORUS

Bloom where you are planted

Couple Lyrics:  Meredith Arneson and Dana Munson
Melody:  Rob Stojacovich
Copyright:  1999

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Verse 1:

I was over at Mama’s just the other day
Lot of pent-up emotions, had so much to say
Over biscuits and coffee, through a whole lot of tears
I think I wore out my poor Mama’s ears

Verse 2:
She listened intently right where we sat
Mama’s always been really, really good at that
Then touching my face, she looked me square in the eyes
And said “Love of my life, take your Mama’s advice”


Chorus:
And she said “BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED
Honey, don’t be thinking that the grass is greener on the other side
Just give those troubles to the Lord, He’ll always understand
And help you turn those broken dreams into your greatest source of pride”

Verse 3:
She said “I pray, every day, you’ll give Him your life
Cause He’s already won the wars you’re trying to fight
Plant your feet in God’s Word, let him tend to your cares
Grow in his grace and find wisdom there”


Verse 4:
She stood by her window gazing up at the sky
A smile on her face, a loving light in her eys
As as I thought on all she said I soon realized
These words Mama spoke were to be highly prized

Chorus:
And Mama said “BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED
Honey, don’t be thinkin’ that the grass is greener on the other side
Just give those troubles to the Lord, He’ll always understand
And help you turn those broken dreams into your greatest source of pride”

Have You Thought About Turning Your Whole Life Over to Jesus?

Jesus Lyrics:  Meredith Arneson/Dana Munson
Music:  Dana Munson
Copyright:  2007

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Verse 1:
Have you thought about turning your whole life over to Jesus
Giving everything you are and all you can be to Him
Though you may know Him in your Head
And can recite many words that He said
Have you thought about turning your whole life over to Him

Verse 2:
I too have felt what you feel when you say you’re hurting and lonely
I understand it when you say your heart just never quite mends
I understand it when you say you can’t go down this old road anymore
I understand it when you say your wits have come to their end

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Have you now come to the place where his love could make all the difference
The place where just what you need is the hand of a faithful friend
It’s time to turn around and take a different road than you’ve been traveling on
And walk in faith as you turn your whole life over to Him

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Our Jesus gave up his life to retrieve us all from a world of sin
And now He waits at the crossroads of life while you linger near
Turn around from walking down that dead end road that you have traveled on
Hold to his hand as you turn your whole life over to Him

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Was it I?

Man at beach Words and Music:  Meredith Arneson/Sharon Clay
Copyright, 2000

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Verse 1:
Today I see myself for what I am, a wandering ship without a rudder
Yesterday’s become a wasted land, where all my hopes and dreams lie shattered
Standing here at the water’s edge, this question rises with the tide
Was it you who did the shattering, Or WAS IT I?

Chorus 1:
WAS IT I
Who wrecked my own ship?
WAS IT I
My voice rings cross the water?.
WAS IT I
Who shattered yesterday...

Who chose to wander?

Verse 2:
I left you out of all my dreams...pushed ahead to stake my claims
Fought you like a raging storm at sea, holding on to fruitless games
But time and tide wait for no man...I turn and once again you’re there
I sense this moment is the one for me ...to seize the gift you died to share

Chorus:
WAS IT I
Who wrecked my own ship?
WAS IT I
My voice rings cross the water.
WAS IT I
Who shattered yesterday...

Who chose to wander?

Verse 3:
Your peace warms me like the sun’s rays... I hear sounds like angels’ wings
All my yesterdays are washed away, and I am flooded with your lo-o-o-ove
I am flooded with your lo-o-o-ove
I am flooded with your love

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WAS IT I
Who wrecked my own ship?
WAS IT I
My voice rings cross the water.
WAS IT I
Who shattered yesterday...

Who chose to wander?
WAS IT I...
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Who chose to wander?...

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Awesome Lord

Stained Glass
Lyrics: Meredith Arneson
Melody and Arrangement: Equavian Knight
Copyright, 2000

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Verse 1:
You came to us meekly
Not in shining armor as some would believe
You spoke to us wisely
Reached out with compassion to each one in need
You took all our deep hurts
And taught us how to trust and show integrity
You met us where we were
And gave us Your love unconditionally

Chorus 1:
Awesome Lord
Savior of my soul
Awesome Lord
Give you my all

Awesome Lord
King of all kings
Awesome Lord
To You...to You...to You...
I will sing

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Verse 2:
You gave us contentment
And Your peace through the worst of our storms
Told us if we’d knock
Someone would hear us and open the door
No one’s heart can imagine
All you gave at the darkest of scenes
The cross still our reminder
The cost You paid, our lives to redeem

Chorus 2:
Awesome Lord
Savior of my soul
Awesome Lord
I give you my all

King of all kings
Awesome Lord
To you...to You...to You...I will cling

Daddy's Ways

Daddys Ways Lyrics and Melody:  Meredith Arneson
Copyright:  2006 

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VERSE 1:
If you ask me ‘bout the memories I recall the most
From early days of innocence and play
The cherished ones I’d have to say - to which I’d raise a toast
Are the kindness and the warmth of Daddy's Ways

VERSE 2:
He laughed with us when we were acting silly
Cried with us when we were feeling low
From on his lap he’d say we could make our dreams come true
The greatest Dad a kid could ever know

CHORUS 1:
Daddy's Wa-a-ays
How they kept us all together
His endearing ways
That could raise us to the heights
Daddy’s wa-a-ays
Always made us feel so special
Amazing how our Dad’s Ways
Made all the world seem right

VERSE 3:
He worked so hard to make us all a living
We’d watch him working late into the night
But he always found enough love from deep within his heart
To hug us all and tuck us in real tight

VERSE 4:
Best of all we knew Dad loved Mama
So proud to tell the world she was his wife
He’d show her love in ways we still talk about today
And often take to heart in our own lives

CHORUS 1:
Daddy's Wa-a-ays
How they kept us all together
His endearing ways
That could raise us to the heights
Daddy’s wa-a-ays
Always made us feel so special
Amazing how our Dad’s Ways
Made all the world seem right

VERSE 5:
One day when I got home from summer beachin’
I walked in our front door only to find
Sweet mama on the sofa with grandma by her side
Mama trying to talk but she could only cry

VERSE 6:
My brother laid his warm hand on my shoulder
Then ushered me into our car outside
Then he hugged me really hard as he broke the awful news
Daddy’s heart gave out... today... our Daddy died

VERSE 7:
In disbelief I wandered round the front yard
My brother and I hugged a long, long time
Both wanting to erase our sad reality
A sadness to this day I can’t describe

CHORUS 1:
Daddy's Wa-a-ays
How they kept us all together
His endearing ways
That could raise us to the heights
Daddy’s wa-a-ays
Always made us feel so special
Amazing how our Dad’s Ways
Made all the world seem right

VERSE 8:
But listen there is more I must tell you
As time went by and we worked through our pain
We realized the greatest gift our Daddy ever gave
Was to show us One who loved us more than him

VERSE 9:
And then because our Dad was truly faithful
To the Dad above who sought to call him home
It was easy for the four of us to give our hearts to God
And trust in Him for all the rest to come

CHORUS 2:
Father Go-o-od
Now is keeping us together
Father Go-o-od
Wants to raise us to the heights
Father G-o-od
Gave our Dad a home in Heaven
And now gives to his family... safe haven day and night

CHORUS 3:
I thank Go-o-od
We will meet again with Daddy
I thank Go-o-od
He is with us in our strife     
I thank Go-o-od,
God who loves us so completely
That in his arms forever we will have eternal life