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Monday, October 24, 2011

Who You Are...

I’m taking vacation time. Funny how vacations get filled with “so much to do, so little time”…
I have a busy week scheduled. I’ll be unplugged for part of the week to finish a requested revision.
I’m going to visit with my daughters and watch my son row in a competition.
Of course, there is the last of the yard work to be done and the gutters to be cleaned out. No hiding, Eric.
I'll finish Rosslyn Elliott’s book, Fairer Than Morning…so far, really an awesome piece of work…beautifully written. I highly recommend.
I’ve also received another Versatile Blog Award this week (this makes three!! woo hoo!) from the lovely and talented author, K. Victoria Chase. Thank you, Tori! Please take some time to go over to her blog – Tori’s Lounge. She’s a beautiful lady and always has something interesting going on over there.
As I head into my revisions, I need some inspiration. When I feel this way, I turn to listening to a few songs that keep me humble, and remind me that it’s not about me or my writing…it’s about who I am, and who I’m writing for.
Last August, Eric took me to see The Casting Crowns. The concert was outstanding! They played it all. We were in the third row!



The Casting Crowns - Photo by Loree Huebner


Anyway, one of their songs has a special place in my heart. It got me through a difficult time several years ago.
Who Am I?
Where ever you are in your writing journey – writing your first manuscript, your first book sale, a rejection letter, revisions, line edits, getting a request for a partial, querying your dream agent, and so on...
Or on your life journey – health issues, love, marriage, school, raising kids, work, loss, rejection, promotion, joy, hope, separation from a loved one, and so on…
I want you to remember, who you are
I hope you find the inspiration you need or become one this week.
Between you, me and the gatepost,
Loree


Who Am I? – Casting Crowns

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
Vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours

I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
'Cause I am Yours
I am Yours


19 comments:

Sandra Orchard said...

Enjoy your revisions...a lot like cleaning gutters :-)

Congratulations on the request. Sounds very promising.

Michelle Teacress said...

What beautiful lyrics, Loree. Thank you for the reminder.

Enjoy your break! Revisions can be enjoyable, can't they? ;)

Loree Huebner said...

Sandra: HAHAHA! Revisions are like gutter cleaning!

Michelle: Thanks. Yeaahssss...I guess revisions can be enjoyable.

Can you tell I'm gritting my teeth?
haha.

Sandra and Michelle, thanks for popping in and your encouragement!

K. Victoria Chase said...

Awww, thank you for the compliments Loree! And you are so welcome!!!

WOO-HOO for revisions! Keep going, you know you're almost there!!! :)

Brandi said...

Congratulations on your blog award, Loree!

I love Casting Crowns. Their songs always reach me, and the singers/songwriters are truly talented.

Thanks for the encouraging post!

Loree Huebner said...

Tori: Thanks for the award! Never can have too many hanging on the wall.

Thanks for the special revision encouragement.

Brandi: Thanks Brandi! I love Casting Crowns too. If you ever get a chance to see them - go. Their song - The Voice of Truth also has a special place in my heart. Inspiring music.

Tori and Brandi, thanks for stopping in and taking the time to comment.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Enjoy your time away, Loree!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Loree, I hope you have great family time and productive revision time, too!

Remembering whose we are and who we are doing our writing for is ever so helpful in keeping us on track!

Terri Tiffany said...

Amen!!! I needed to hear this song again today. Enjoy your time off!

Loree Huebner said...

Sarah: Thanks Sarah!

Eileen: Thanks for the encouragement!

Terri: I did post the youtube of the song on this post but it didn't work right so I removed it. It's a great song!

Sarah, Eileen, and Terri, thanks for coming by! Back to work now.

Jess said...

This was a sweet post~ thanks for sharing those lyrics! On a side note, I've always wanted to watch a rowing competition in person :)

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

LOVE that Casting Crowns song!

Jayne said...

So glad you posted the lyrics, Loree. Inspirational!
Enjoy your vacation and time off the grid--that sort of time away is reenergizing and good for the soul. Have a wonderful time! :)

Loree Huebner said...

Jess: Rowing races are fun to watch...at the finish line. It takes such amazing strength to go the distance.

Cheryl: Welcome here! You are my 50th follower! woo hoo! *throws confetti* thanks so much for stopping in!!

Jayne: Thanks. I'm working hard but can't seem to stop checking in...haha.


Jess, Cheryl, and Jayne, thanks so much for stopping in!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Congrats on your award, Loree! I think you get more blog awards than anyone I know, and they are very much deserved!

May God give you a special blessing as you take a break and enjoy your time with family. Don't think of revisions as "gutter cleaning"...think of it as a way to make the story better :-) At least, that's what I'm trying to do as I attempt to split my finishe novel before sending it out again.

I love Casting Crowns! My favorite song is "Praise You In This Storm". It was the song I listened to the most for inspiration while I wrote "For the Sake of One Lost".

Julie Musil said...

I haven't heard that song before, and the lyrics gave me chills. Thanks so much for sharing those with us, and good luck with your revisions!

Loree Huebner said...

Gwen: Thanks...you are so sweet.
I don't really think of revisions as gutter cleaning...Sandra and I were just joking about it. I believe my story will be better when I'm done.
I love Voice of Truth and Life Song too...

Julie: Glad the lyrics moved you. If you get a chance...you tube the song. The band is good. Thanks for the encouragement on the revisions!

Gwen and Julie, thanks for popping in!!

Jessica R. Patch said...

Awesome, Loree. I love Casting Crowns. I've been listening to a Sanctus Real song lately that helps me remember. Lead Me. Do you know that one?

Have a great vacation! Enjoy the book and yay on a requested revision!

Stacy Henrie said...

Hope you're having a great vacation! Sending inspiration vipes for revising. :)