Thursday, March 28, 2013

Amazing Grace Open My Eyes, by DianaDee Osborne

ALBUM:      Amazing Grace 'n' Tears

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Song Story:  THE  MUSIC:
AMAZING GRACE, OPEN MY EYES.  When I first called the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) office in the summer of 2008 to get information on how to share songs with other worship leaders, I commented to the very helpful representative, Giselle,  that I had a Blues arrangement of Amazing Grace, and another song based on the original words by John Newton (Amazing Grace ‘n’ Tears). 

    Giselle  laughed and replied, “There can never be too many songs about God’s amazing grace.”   Several months later as I was completing the songlist for the album AMAZING GRACE ''N TEARS,  I decided to pray to God that I really like patterns, that He apparently does too based on how often for example there are trilogies in His word, and thus I’d love to be gifted with the idea for a third Amazing Grace song. The very next morning, in a motel room in NC, I quickly grabbed my journal and travel guitar and wrote out the first two verses and the melody of this song.

    AT THIS POINT, I HAD NO IDEA WHATSOEVER that  GOD would gift  me with this website music ministry......
I had NO recording studio.  
I had NO webmaster. 
I lived 45 minutes from the closest city.  
I had NO expectation that God would ever use such an average woman in His Kingdom's work...... 
        and yet I excitedly knew He COULD   if that were His choice.   

During the previous 2 years, I had fervently prayed 25 music-related prayers   written in June 2006 including prayers to write music for our Great Lord -- 
and God had guided me to “accidentally” find a church right as it began teaching a 6-week series on the Prayer of  Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:9-10) and learn that this was NOT a “prosperity” teaching, so I'd been praying that prayer since August 2007....two months after God's Holy Spirit gave me my very first original song verse,  
VERSE 3 of   “I Choose Your Choice" -- I prayed to preach to hundreds but the class I teach has few.
                  Rejection slips prove no one wants to read my words of You.
I prayed to write great worship songs, but no one ever hears....
                  I choose to be available, and I choose to do "whatever."
I choose to do “whenever”, Lord. and I choose to do “never”
                  if You want. I choose Your “want.”

And I told God that I meant it --  that I also had NO demand on Him whatsoever to answer  my years of prayers to write songs with a “yes” because my top prayer truly was that   I   yearned for whatever would most give HIM joy.  That's still my prayer.  

        I wrote verses 3 and 4 the next day. And it was at the "accidental church" that God led me to "accidentally" mention to the bass player that I had songs from God to record but no idea where to go.... and Claxton Wilson answered "I have a studio."
       No one would ever be able to convince me that these songs are just words from my subconsciousness, or the way I was able to begin recording was "luck." 
       P.S.: God later gave me the words to UNCHANGING GRACE! I bow in amazed gratitude to our Lord God for allowing me to participate in His creative ministry of music.

Dedicated to our Lord, 8 November 2008

VERSE 1 Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound.
God, I'm so sorry that these words don't astound.
You saved a wretch-- You chose to save me.
        God, I've been so sin-filled—-   
        what worth could You see?
        I once was blind---               
        Even now I don't see
                the pain and the tears that You suffered for me--
Unless You open my eyes....   
    Dear Lord: please open my eyes.    
VERSE  2       
You, Lord, have promised good to me.
But often I won't believe ‘til I can "see."
"Lord, I believe, help Thou my unbelief"—
        Mark 9:  24 shows You answer this plea.
        "The Bible is true" in each church I have heard.
Thank You for still loving those who doubt Your Word,
Until You open our  eyes.....        
       Dear Lord: please open our eyes....  

Through many dangers, toils and snares, You’ve
proven Your promise that You're always there.
You've walked me thru fires and many a storm.
        If I would just let You, You will bring me home.
        You've promised good to me thru wind and flood.
        Like blind men that You healed*,
        I sometimes need mud
Before You can open my eyes.
            Lord, I'll   LET  You open my eyes
            with anything You choose  to  use
...... < John 9:6 >

When we've lived with You ten million years,
We've only begun---but will we shed great tears
at missing our loved ones that we never told
         about Your great love, claiming  "I'm just not bold" ----
though You promised wise strength and help You'd give me—
Like James 1:5, Zechariah 4:6,   Proverbs 3.

Amazing God, open our eyes.        

Amazing Guide, help us  be wise.
Amazing Grace, show us The Way to 

       see Your grace gifted each day
to all who call on Your Name.        

Open us to 
call on Your Name:  "AMAZING GRACE!" 

Zechariah 4:6,  "Then he said to me, "This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven's Armies."

Proverbs 3: 5-9,  "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct  your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh,  And strength  to your bones. Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase..."

James 1: 5-8,  "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; [he is] a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

©2008 DianaDee Osborne (all material), all rights reserved. FREE personal usage; see website.
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