Freedom Songs #3: Need to Breathe

Hope Rises…

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.

Psalm 130:5 (NIV)

Need to Breathe

Need to Breathe has some great stuff. However, this one particular song is really speaking to me. It’s moving, but there’s one line that confuses me. It’s when “Bear” sings, Give me something vicious.

Vicious? Really? He is a bear! Is this like when people say wicked but what they really mean is totally awesome? I’m going to assume that he means vicious is something really “wicked.” Then the whole song makes sense. I don’t need all the drums though. He can keep all the drums. (Man, “Bear” really loves drums. Just keep it down up there!) We did have an upstairs neighbor who once banged away on a drum late at night. Why is it always late at night? *rolls eyes twice.*

“Give me something sacred. Something worth fighting for.”

Mmhmm. Now this resonates with me.

Poetry Past…


Lord, sometimes everything feels like a struggle
A struggle to let go
A struggle to hold on
A struggle to speak
A struggle to stay silent
A struggle to stand still
A struggle to move forward…
Sometimes it feels like a tug of war
My heart splits in all directions
My thoughts scatter after them
But as a whole it belongs to You
Oh Lord, please gather the pieces
And speak peace into the struggle
Lord, You are the light in the darkness
My hope.

Tina S.W.
March 24, 2007

Poetry Present…

Let Hope Rise

Be still my soul 

God’s still in control 

Rest at His feet 

Embrace what you know

Don’t be afraid 

You’re forgiven and free

The blood of Christ has washed you clean 

Don’t buy the lies

God’s word is wise 

Release the guilt 

And let hope rise. 

Tina S.W.

March 18, 2020

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

Psalm 43:5

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

1 John 1:9

God’s Kid Speaks

I’m God’s kid

And I’m not afraid to say it

This means that I follow Jesus

And I move to the beat of a different drum

Some people don’t like this 

But that’s okay

I hope they will one day

And so I pray

I’m God’s kid

And I’m not afraid to speak 

I share what I know because I know that it’s good

It can be trusted 

It’s wise 

And it opens people’s eyes

Some people don’t prefer this

They wish that I were more like them 

But I’ve got to be me 

That’s okay 

I once was blind, too

But now I see

This isn’t arrogance 

This isn’t pride

I simply believe that I’m finally alive

I once was dead

I once was lost 

But then I was told about that old rugged cross. 👑

Tina S.W.

March 22, 2020

10 thoughts on “Freedom Songs #3: Need to Breathe

  1. Some great poetry! Just remember be still and know I am God translates let go Ive got this (we know He controls but we need to pray)


  2. Love this, Tina! Beautiful poetry! God’s Kid Speaks particularly makes me smile and relate. Thank you, my friend! Praying you and yours are doing well.


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