Home [Official Music Video]

Just before bedtime one night our six year old daughter Emma (featured in this video) said, “Papa, I have a song on my mind.” She sang the opening lines, words and melody. I was awe struck! “Is she hearing angels sing this? Because that was really good!”

Have you ever struggled to find your place, or wondered if you will ever feel like you fit? It can be hard to find a place where we feel at home, where we feel we truly belong. As we explored these ideas we came to the conclusion that our true forever home is in the heart of our Father who created us to be loved. He is our Home.

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LYRICS: 

Hide away from the darkness
Hide away from the pain
Try to escape all that’s heartless,
But it seems a waiting game

I’ve been running for a while now
I’ve been running on my own
Heart’s been aching for a while now
Ever since I left home

CHORUS:

So I’m coming home,
I’m coming home
I’m longing for belonging
I’m longing for a home

I’m a mixed juxtaposition
A puzzle piece out of place
And I don’t have a recognition
of where I fit into this space

I can’t check any of your boxes
Don’t want the ditch on either side
My heart feels full of paradoxes
But I’m okay with this collide

(CHORUS)

In the heart of my Father
I am complete
I have no need to wander
For I have found Peace

In the heart of my Father (x4)

In the heart of my Father
I have found home

credits released March 1, 2020
Emma, Daniel & Catherine Lovett

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You Make All Things New [Official Music Video]

You Make all things new

“Look, I am making everything new!” – Jesus (Rev. 21:5)

After a long season of darkness and cold, the days start to warm and the light lasts longer, things begin to grow and the world is full of new life again.  In this season of trial, now more than ever, we need hope.  Hope that God is on the job and that all His promises are “Yes” and “Amen”. 

As we recorded this song for you this month, we sang it as both a cry and a declaration. God makes all things beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He will make all things new and bring light to all that is dark.  God will refresh us with His presence (Acts 2). We will rise as sons and daughters of the King of Kings (Romans 8).

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Lyrics:

You make all things new, You make all things new
Like the dawn breaking after the night
You make all things new, You make all things new
We are drawn to your beauty and light
To your love

We are made a new creation, as we receive your salvation
You’ve come down, and live now in us
Now One with our Creator, partakers of your Nature
You conform us to your Son
In your love

Just like the wildflowers springing from the desert
When the latter rains fall to the earth
Your sons and your daughters will rise with love’s power
When your presence drenches your church
With your love
With your love

We are made a new creation…

You make all things new…

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I Am Loved

“Surprised by hope this holy Light now dances in my soul…”

These are the opening lyrics that sprang into my mind as I was a block away from my house on my way home. “Good timing, inspiration!” The opening riff just stumbled off my fingers as I played my drop D tuned guitar and the song came together like magic.

Have you ever been surprised by hope? Has joy unspeakable and full of glory ever snuck up on you and ambushed you when you least expected?

These are truly delightful and healing moments when you finally and fully align with the present moment where God’s complete salvation abides. You are home now in the love of the Father. You are loved by the One in whom you live and move and have your being.

“Nothing in the universe can change your love for me
Enfolded in your family, a child of the King”

I really wanted to include something in this song about being in God’s family and my wife and I were both led to read Romans 8. As we read it together in The Passion Translation, the phrase “enfolded in the family” jumped out.

“That’s it!” I exclaimed.

Originally I had written, “Nothing in the universe can take your love from me.” Papa corrected me and said, “No, say ‘change’ instead of ‘take’. That’s what I want to say to my kids.”

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Lyrics:

Surprised by hope this holy Light now dances in my soul
You reached out when I was caught, in an undertow
You pulled me up to where you are, so I will always know
I am loved, I am loved

You carried me when I was weak, I could not help myself
You promised me you’d never leave, even in my hell
When I lose sight of who you are, you’re always here to tell me
I’m loved, I am loved

Nothing in the universe can change your love for me
Enfolded in your family, a child of the King (2x)
I am, I am, I am loved

You began a beautiful work inside of me
So I will lean upon your Grace until it is complete
A new creation I am made, I’m choosing to believe
I am loved, I am loved

Nothing in the universe can change your love for me
Enfolded in your family, a child of the King (2x)
I am, I am, I am loved

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Safe Place, New Song

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” Jesus

John 14:27 NLT

Catherine and I (Daniel) are SO excited to present to you our studio version of Safe Place!

We think it sounds amazing and we know it will bless your heart!

One of God’s names is YHWH Shalom which can be roughly translated as “I AM Peace” and “in God we live and move and have our being”. There is WAY more depth to this Name than can be expressed. The ONE who IS Peace is here to be experienced!

We encourage you to take some time to hear the heart of God in this song. Put on your head phones, find a quiet space and experience Jesus in this prophetic song. This is a message from Jesus to you. Jesus invites you to come to him and experience his Peace, his Shalom. It is yours to experience right now if you want to. He is your Safe Place.

lyrics

You do your best to wear a happy face
But your hearts a mess
Just below the surface of your smile
I want to be, a comfort in your suffering
A mender of your broken wings
A safe place to rest for a while

You are not alone
You’ll always have a home
Please know that you belong with me
I’m throwing you a line
I’ll make your sorrows mine
I know the plans I have to bring you peace
I’ll bring you peace

Take one step at a time I’ll be your light
Right through your darkest night
Into your dawning glorious new light
So walk through the door
It’s so much more than you knew to ask for
And I will always be
Your safe place to rest for a while

Peace, My peace I give to you
My love, will guide you
Peace, My peace I give to you
My love, will see you through

Yes I will always be
Your safe place to rest for a while

Shalom!

Did you know that “Shalom” means peace? There is a wonderful Scripture that doubles up on that word in the Hebrew to emphasize it’s awesomeness:

“You will keep in perfect peace (shalom shalom)
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”Isaiah 26:3 NLT

May you experience the Perfect Peace of Jesus of Jesus now.

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Come Lord Jesus, Official Music Video!

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Catherine and I are so excited to share with you our music video of our song Come Lord Jesus!

This song is available here: https://reflect.bandcamp.com/album/reflect-love-2

Story Behind Come Lord Jesus:

The inspiration behind Come Lord Jesus came as I was reading a book by C.S. Lewis called the “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” to my five-year old daughter. C.S. Lewis wrote this book as an allegory for the Gospel. There is a white witch who had kept Narnia under her spell for a hundred long years. It was always winter and never Christmas. Everyone suffered under her rule and everyone who opposed her was turned to stone.

Then Aslan returns to Narnia. Aslan is the Creator of Narnia and the Christ figure in this book. As soon as he sets foot in Narnia, the white witch loses her power. Everything thaws and Spring comes in a single day! The birds are singing, trees and flowers are blooming… It is beautiful!

As I read that to my daughter, a thrill came to my heart. I thought about the day when Jesus will come back to this world he created. The devil will lose his power and my prayer is that all our hearts, which the devil has kept frozen, untrusting, and suspicious of the true nature of Jesus, will thaw at his return!

This is also what happens to anyone who comes to the Lord. An eternal Spring comes into their heart. All your life previous to knowing Christ was the longest, hardest, most brutal winter you’ll ever know and then you meet Jesus! Spring has come at long last!

The first century church had an Aramaic word they used to greet each other:

Maranatha

This word means, “Our Lord is coming” or “Come Oh Lord”.

Jesus is returning soon! It is closer now than it ever has been!

Lyrics:

Come Lord Jesus

The winters passing on and spring has
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Our hearts are thawing ever drawing
Near to you Lord Jesus

Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now, Holy Spirit

The trees are reaching for Yeshua,
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
The birds are singing Hallelujah,
Come, come, come Lord Jesus

Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now Holy Spirit
Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now, Holy Spirit

Spring rain is falling down,
Spring rain is washing out,

All the filth, all the things we could do without
All the pain all the stains you are cleansing out
All the filth, all the things we could do without
All the shame all the stains you are cleansing out…

(Instrumental)

Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus
Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus

The winters passing on and spring has
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Our hearts are thawing ever drawing
Near to you Lord Jesus

Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Come, come, come Lord Jesus

A few extra details about this song:

This Official music video was released at exactly 11:15 AM CST on the Spring Equinox 2018 on Tuesday, March 20th.

I wrote the music for the song after a concert one day at a nursing home. It was first recorded on a smart phone on the first day of Spring as I played it for Daniel Betters, a man of God who was on his way to be with Jesus. He passed on into the next life that day and I later played this very song at his funeral. They had named the memorial service a “celebration of life”. And it most certainly was! I was delighted to hear all the amazing stories of this man of his faith and love for Jesus. I was so excited and glad to have been there to hear of his walk to remember!

Jesus would tell each one of us, “Love the person you are with in the moment. This is how we will change the world.” (I put that in quotes because this is exactly what Jesus told Howard Storm when Howard met with Jesus and the angels in a Near Death experience. I interviewed Howard Storm on my radio show, Sozo Talk Radio. You can listen to that here.)

Be blessed and be filled with God’s Holy Spirit so you can be the love this world so desperately needs!

Daniel and Catherine Lovett

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Love, Love, Love, a new lovely love song by Daniel Lovett

I want everyone to hear my new love song for my wife! This is the story of our life together.

Love Love Love by Daniel Lovett

LYRICS:

our hands touched as we sat on the grass in the park,
on that fourth of july after dark
and the fire in the sky, could not compare,
with the fire that lit up my life
you looked to me and our destiny flashed before my eyes
of how it could be, how it could be, just you and me

holding hands in the forest with our maker before us,
we took our solemn vows
for the first time i knew, that me and you
would never be apart
oh there’s someone to share every joy every care
someone to lean on and trust
and to love love love (someone to love) mmmmmm

if i could live ten thousand lives,
i’d spend every one of them with you by my side
you bring me so much joy and life
a universe opened wide

and now when our daughter keeps on asking for water
long past her time for bed
crying “papa” at midnight, i’ll help her to sleep tight
so you can rest your head
i hope that you dream of lovely things, and what our future holds
i know it is love, love, love, i know it is love

if i could live ten thousand lives,
i’d spend every one of them with you by my side
you bring me so much joy and life
a universe opened wide
you’re an endless holiday, an angel of God’s grace
you have filled my life with love love love

remember how we would talk, exhausting every thought
late into the night
you gave me, sparkling dreams
& someone to hold thru the night… and so much love love love

Ohhhh love love love (4x)

love love love at bandcamp

Download the studio version of this song HERE!

Story behind the song:

I am planning to make a video with Catherine of how we met. It’s an amazing story! Before meeting her I had sworn off dating and made a promise that the next girl I kissed would be my wife. “You bring her to me God”, I prayed.

Well, when I first saw Catherine I knew she was the one. We were likely best friends in the realm before this one and had agreed to meet and marry in this life. I do agree with what the Bible teaches about how we existed with God before having our memories wiped to have this fresh and amazing human experience. (Like this one: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you!” Jeremiah 1:5, and many more!)

We were destined to be together. And God let us both know it. She had been given dreams about me and was even told my name before we met. You just have to watch the video of our supernatural love story once we make it. Subscribe so we can stay connected!

One of our first interactions happened on the fourth of July watching fireworks. Her mom was there and I had the strongest impulse to call her “mom”.

I see my wife as a native of the kingdom of God. She was raised to love and know Jesus and commune with the Holy Spirit in a very pure way. Her name Catherine means “pure one” and she certainly is! I have never met a more godly young woman before or since. She knew God and would hear very clearly from the Holy Spirit.

It’s been an amazing 16 years of marriage and it was such a joy to sing this song to her for the first time just the other day.

I love the third verse to this and my Emma proved it true once again tonight. Just before drifting off she says “water!” and I had to get up and go get her some. I love my kids and also my children. Ok, so I don’t really have any baby goats (kids) but if I did, I’d love them too.

I tell my children stories every night and thought about starting to share some of them with you on my personal blog: www.daniellovett.com – there’s a reason to go there and subscribe!

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Joy to the World

“With Jesus it is all about Joy”

Want to sing along? Here are the Lyrics:

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

We chose to include the third verse in this version because it often gets neglected. I didn’t know there even was a third verse until just recently. How profound to think that Jesus has undone the curse and now he wants to apply the cure into our lives. He has come to bless us and make his blessings and Joy flow as far as the curse is found in us.

 

Do we think of Jesus as “full of Joy”? I think that all too often we remember him as a man well acquainted with sorrow and grief. This is true, but I will postulate that there is also no one who could ever hold a candle to the kind of Joy Jesus knew and displayed as well. This is part of why he was SO attractive to the innumerable crowds that walked for miles to see Jesus and encounter his love.

Scripture tells us that in the Lord’s Presence there is fullness of joy and at his right hand, pleasures evermore. Do we believe this? If we truly did we wouldn’t turn to a drink or ______ (fill in the blank) to make us happy, we’d come to hang out with him. I mean, the reason any of us “sin” is because we don’t believe this. Joy is the evidence of his presence in our lives (“fruit of the Holy Spirit”).

But I believe that part of why we are here on earth is to experience pain and sorrow and a sense of separation so that we can come to understand joy. The greater the suffering, the more joy you can appreciate. This is why Job may have been given a great gift in disguise through all he suffered. Hey, it’s a working theory that makes a lot of sense to me.

In my mind this joy/suffering thing works like a pendulum. The farther you swing into the suffering side, the farther you can then swing into the joy side. So let me ask you, who has ever suffered greater than Jesus?

No one. No one knew pain and sorrow greater than Jesus.

Jesus man of JoySo who has ever had a greater experience of Joy than Jesus?

No one.

And here is the really amazing thing. Jesus said in John 15:11:

“…These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you and your joy may be full…”

Amazing, right?

Jesus is simply just giving you His joy. Only he knows and experiences the greatest joy there is, and he wants to share it… with you.

Interested? Me too!

But, of course, the verse above didn’t happen in isolation. It was part of a conversation. What is the context? How can we “get in” on the Joy of Jesus?

Well, he tells us. Here it is:

“As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love. 10If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

14You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain—so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 17This is My command to you: Love one another.” John 15:9-17

So what do you think of that?

He is saying that we must love like he does. Who else is struggling with that right now? How do we love like Jesus does? Are we willing to lay down our life for our friends like he did?

This reminds me of a talk I did awhile back called “A K-19 kind of Love“. Deep.

So, how do we love like that?

On our own. Impossible. “But with God all things are possible”, Jesus says.

Romans 5 says this:

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“Christ in you the hope of glory” the Bible says.

I wonder if is as simple as surrender.

“Jesus will you love others through me sacrificially with your Agape Love? Will you pour it out and in and fill me with your love? Teach us how to remain in and operate out of your perfect Love! Amen”

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A Song for You, Cover of an Alexi Murdoch Song

It could be argued that it is pointless (or even worse) for an artist to do a cover song of someone else’s song unless you can sing or play it better or add something pleasantly unique. Well if you ever listen to the original you will see that this is not the case. So why did I bother covering this song? Well because the words move me. It described me. I can relate to it so perfectly. Besides, it was a fun challenge to learn to sing it well and play that new arpeggiated picking pattern.

I’d warrant that Alexi wrote this for himself as he understands what it is like to feel lost and hurting and endlessly distracting yourself from the pain in your heart.

There is something beautiful in feeling that pain, recognizing the struggle we are all in and just being honest with and having compassion on ourselves.

So here’s my cover of Alexi’s poignant song:

So today I wrote a song for you
Cause a day can get so long
And I know it’s hard to make it through
When you say there’s something wrong

So I’m trying to put it right
Cause I want to love you with my heart
All this trying has made me tired
And I don’t know even where to start

Maybe that’s a start

For you know it’s a simple game
That you play filling up your head with rain
And you know you’ve been hiding from your pain
In the way, in the way you say your name

And I see you
Hiding your face in your hands
Flying so you won’t land
You think no one understands
No one understands

So you hunch your shoulders and you shake your head
And your throat is aching but you swear
No one hurts you, nothing could be sad
Anyway you’re not here enough to care

And you’re so tired you don’t sleep at night
As your heart is trying to mend
You keep it quiet but you think you might
Disappear before the end

And it’s strange how you cannot find
Any strength to even try
To find a voice to speak your mind
When you do, all you wanna do is cry

Well maybe you should cry

And I see you hiding your face in your hands
Talking ’bout far-away lands
You think no one understands
Listen to my hands

And all of this life
Moves around you
For all that you claim
You’re standing still
You are moving too
You are moving too
You are moving too
I will move with you

And you really should hear Alexi Murdoch sing it:

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