Holy Places Song Blog by Harley Rowell

“You bring us to holy places, holy places

Heaven is open wide

Now we stand in glory blameless, glory blameless

Jesus, we lift You high

We lift You higher, we lift You higher

We lift You higher, oh we do, Lord”

2018 was the hardest year of my life. I walked through so many things for so long that I started to doubt the calling on my life. Through it all, God has been so faithful and He brought me out of the fog that I was in. He has been teaching me about what it means to truly draw close to Him. James 4:8 says that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He is pursuing us with a holy love and He meets us in the middle every time. The moment that I chose to live my life from love and not for love, I began to see who The Father really is. Instead of striving for inheritance and for approval, I learned how to live from my inheritance and from approval- to sum all of that up, I fully stepped into sonship. I had the head knowledge of what sonship was for a long time, but it took a lot of inner healing before my heart could grasp my truest identity. He showed me that He was taking me from glory to glory, from old to new. Mindsets began to change and hope was being restored in my heart. I began to see God through the lenses of awe and wonder. As I started to posture my heart in wonder, God began speaking that it was time to tear down the boxes I’ve been putting him in and get ready to expand my tent pegs. This lyric in “Holy Places” from the Madison Street Worship album, Songs of the House, puts it so simply:

“We've never seen anything like it

Nothing compares to when You move

Your glory beyond our borders

Nothing can stop what You started”

I believe that everyone who sings “Holy Places” is going to see the power in declaration. It is time for us, as believers, to step into our identity and our authority in Christ. We are nothing without Him, but we have everything in Him. There is power of life and death in the tongue. Everyone, no matter their age, race, or denomination can declare and claim the lyrics below. I dare you to claim it over yourself and to declare it over your life. He will light a fire in your heart.

“We are the generation

Rising to the calling of Your love

We are the generation

Marching to the rhythm of Your heart

Your Kingdom is here among us

We’re learning to walk in the fullness

Your power is working through us

We're learning to live like Jesus”

Let this be a season that you allow the Holy Spirit to shape you. Give him permission to have his way in your life, by His will. God will give you everything you need in His perfect timing. The Kingdom looks like The King. As we explore who He is, we discover who we are. When we’re truly learning to live like Jesus, we are letting his presence shape us. We begin to look like Him, talk like Him, and love like Him.

“Now we surrender

Surrender to all You wanna do

We're moving forward

Forward in full pursuit of You, Jesus”


Blog by Annalise Bush

The first time I ever really admitted I was depressed, I was a freshmen in college. Poetically, it was raining outside. Weak and alone,  I humbly whispered to myself, “I think I’m depressed.” It’s is a nasty monster. It locked me up inside a lofty tower and left me for dead. At this time of my life, God and I weren’t really on speaking terms. We were once close friends, and ever so often he’d leave me a sweet voicemail on my subconscious, but hardly did I ever pick up the phone when He’d call. It was when I chose to keep my depression to myself, that I was unknowingly  pushing away the only person that could help me. Drowning in my own shame, I thought that because I was a leader in the local church, I shouldn’t have this problem. I was scared to share my mess with Jesus.

So I kept quiet. Which meant that the depression got louder...and louder...and louder. The volume of it started to choke me. I remember crawling weakly onto my floor, my cheeks tear stained and puffy as I cried out to Jesus! My Psalm 46 moment was coming to a climax.

“God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

That was it. The moment that plucked the hopelessness out of my belly. He responded to me “I am here.”  I started to breathe again. Sometimes, we don’t have the words to say or the prayers to pray, but when we go to Him with a broken and contrite heart, He will never despise it. In that moment, I felt His comfort in the room. And out of His comfort, grew my confidence. What was just golden embers, He breathed on again. Until it lit a forest fire in me!

The darkness had to bow to the brightness! Praise started to rise up and I would sing my guts out about the awe and wonder of God, until depression was just a thing of my past.

By the power of Jesus, I am able to speak out against the lies darkness emits. When I tried to work out of my own strength, I could never win...but, it is CHRIST in ME who gives me STRENGTH.

It’s like when Paul and Silas were locked up in prison by King Herod in Acts 16. They were both in chains, guarded and had no way out. I could only imagine what they must have felt. And still, they sang hymns to God! Giving Him glory and praise! When the earthquake happened, the prison shook, the doors flew open and the chains fell off, it was probably no surprise to them! They could see that the breakthrough was coming!

I felt like Paul and Silas. When I was depressed I found myself in chains I couldn’t break out of. But, when I called out Almighty God, He went before me and shattered the prison walls and set me free!

The song “Praise Your Name” was birthed out of hope to see people set free from the darkness taking them prisoner. I remember when Corey, Rhyan and I were writing this song, nostalgia hit me...the word weren’t exact, but the same heart and passion were there. If Paul and Silas were here today, I think they’d sing this song.

“I’m gonna sing my way out of the valley,

I’m gonna shout my way up to the mountain,

I will take hold of the truth of your promise,

I’m gonna praise!

I’m gonna praise!

I’m gonna push through till every lie crumbles,

I’m gonna dance in the midst of the rain,

I’m gonna rest in the arms of the Father,

I’m gonna praise!

I’m gonna praise your name!”

Even today, when depression or hardships try to sneak up on me, I declare these lyrics over my life! Anything that is outside of the very nature of God, has to bow! And through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can sing to our hardships and collide with His peace and abundant joy..

My hope and prayer, is that this song will be the one you choose to sing in the middle of your battle. May you be met in His peace, may Heaven’s joy overwhelm you, and may His presence set you free!



Monday Devotion


This week we want to look closer at a scripture we posted on our story, Exodus 3:14, “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

This passage is out of the burning bush scene. God and Moses are in this back-and-forth “argument” throughout chapters three and four about what Moses is supposed to tell the Israelites in Egypt. Really... Moses is just questioning God on his worth to fulfill this task. A few Sundays ago our senior Pastor, @jasondaughdrill, said in his sermon, “The enemy attacks your identity when he knows your anointing is coming.” In this scene, God is trusting Moses to save His nation... but all Moses is hearing are the lies the enemy has fed him his whole life. “You’re under-qualified. No one thinks you amount to anything. You’re socially awkward. You’ll never reach your dreams.“ But we find the Lord explaining quite the opposite. God goes on to say this, “I will certainly be with you.” Moses finds a little bit of confidence in His statement, but still needs more assurance because “how are the people supposed to believe him?” Aka — he’s still doubting himself despite the fact that the creator of the world has assured him to be otherwise... feel familiar? So, God being the Powerful Father He is, states verse fourteen. “I AM WHO I AM... tell them the I AM has sent me to you.” God is speaking so much into His identity right here for Moses. I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I AM the God of rescue. I AM the God of signs and miracles. I AM the God of promise. I AM the God of healing, of joy, of peace, of victory. If the I AM can take a middle-aged shepherd with a stutter to lead a NATION out of slavery... then the I AM can bring you out of the trials you are facing. If you are struggling with feeling defeated in your identity... you need to know two things above all others — He is for you, He LOVES you.

Our challenge this week is to seek God’s identity in worship and scripture... find yourself in it. Lean into the authenticity of love that our Savior has for you. 
Happy Monday, friends.