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Connie Scott / SEASONS CHANGE Review - ChristianMusic.com


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MISSION STATEMENT:

"No matter what season of life we find ourselves in, whether good or bad, spiritual or physical, we need to place our hope in the One who will never leave or forsake us. We can place our hope in many things: money, people, prestige, etc.

"However, people disappoint us and fall from the high places we place them, money comes and goes, we can be on top of the world one day and at the bottom the next. Things like that simply don’t last, but if we place our hope in Christ, we will never be disappointed. Seasons change and that is a promise that is powerful!"

Rev. Connie Scott

"Touching lives through Worship & the Word!"

Romans 5:1-5 - "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope doesn't disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he have given us."

Psalm 27:(4, 8) - Verse 4: "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."

Verse 8: "My heart says to you, 'Seek His face!' Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn you servant away in anger, O God my Savior."

Other people who contibuted their talents to this CD project include:

Christian Music Artist, Wendy Jepsen: Reading of Romans 5 passage * Back-up harmony vocals on: SEASONS CHANGE, SATURATE, I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE, QUESTIONS, HOPE, & BENEDICTION PRAYER * Acoustic guitar accompaniment on SEASONS CHANGE, QUESTIONS & SATURATE.

Musician Max Maxson: Guitar parts on I NEED YOU.

Teri Gladstone Furr of Serenade Ministries: CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO SEASONS

Connie Scott and Wendy Jepsen leading worship in music.

Review of SEASONS CHANGE.....

ChristianMusic.com asked Connie, How would you describe your music?

Connie explains to ChristianMusic.com, "It is certainly worship music, which is my ultimate goal. I want people to enter into the very throne room of God when they hear my music. I know that I have varying styles throughout my CD. That is due to my education. I would also say that it is music that has a thread of hope throughout it."

WOW! Connie Scott's SEASONS CHANGE CD is certainly a delightful way to gain spiritual peace, encouragement and energy to be strong, growing closer to the Lord through music; especially when one's spirit is deflated, the soul is in pain and the mind is discouraged and roughed up by the troubles of this world. This collection of songs offer threads of hope, spirit-lifting, soothing balm to the soul in distress, in pain with the result of lifting one's being into a spirit of worship, coming before the Lord in music, as one is reminded of the Lord's good promises to us as His children.

For, the music found in this collection of songs has all the elements which make these collection of songs perfect for either personal worship time and reflection or for the worship and praise of larger groups, in connecting to God in a personal way. Her contemporary anthems, piano and acoustic ballads offer songs of encouragement and inspiration which have the effect of readjusting negative attitudes, giving a discouraged spirit a boost and leave the listener uplifted and vitalized, emboldened to continue trusting and depending on the Lord, seeking His face for strength, empowerment and endurance.

Songs with catchy, infectious to memorable melodies, straightforward tempos, solid musical accompaniment; simple yet effective in a clean acoustic or piano-based style, are paired with easy to remember yet meaningful, encouraging lyrics, all brought to life with the sweet, strong, yet soothing poignant vocals of Connie Scott in this inspiring effort. Connie is an ordained pastor, an encourager and leader in faith who not only preaches and teaches, but also uses her considerable musical gifts and lyrical writing ability to express what is on her heart in her effort to minister through music as well. She sings what she has personally experienced in her own life, her own faith walk, and it truly shines through, both in her vocal presentations of her lyrics and her compositions, giving a spiritual boost of encouragement for the listener, whether sailing through life or in a dour mood!

The title song, SEASONS CHANGE is a glorious example of a stirring anthem of encouragement on this wonderful album.

Song Notes: Favorite song of this reviewer on this CD.

Musically, it has a wonderful melody, a clean acoustic, folk sound with an easy, upbeat tempo, made interesting with the additions of light bongos and a soaring, poignant violin in the interlude, which offers more subtle support throughout the song.

The Lyrics: The lyrics state so well what the Lord promises about the ups and downs of our lives, inspired by (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Favorite lyrical verse: "Are you in a spiritual battle / Is sin crouching at your door / Have you tried to push it away / And yet it keeps coming back for more / Don't give up my sister; put your trust in the Lord / For the Word has a promise, seasons change."

Vocals are soothing, dynamic and poignant, creating the perfect aura and presentation of this comforting song. While the Lord doesn't promise us a life without troubles in this world, He does promise that no season lasts forever, and He does promise to be with us through all the seasons of our lives; We can trust Him to do so.

Other songs explore the character of the Lord and the concept of seeking the Lord, depending on Him, and trusting Him to follow through on His promise found in Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him." (N.I.V. Translation)

Second favorite: WORK OF YOUR HANDS - A great anthem for those of us who have the tendency to worry! It would be well received in any denominational or non-denominational service.

Song Notes: A piano -based worship anthem with a wonderful melody, carried by the assuring vocals and supported by string sythns, through the first verse. In the second verse, one hears the string sythns, superbly mixed with a nice counter melody offered by a live violin, which dynamically swells into the chorus. Piano doesn't make an appearance until the chorus.

Vocals are lovely, supported throughout by lovely harmonies starting in the chorus. Connie's vocal range includes the alto range as well as the higher register.

The Lyrics remind the listener that we can trust and depend on the Lord: Chorus: "We are the children of the living God / Grafted in the vine of Christ / Ransomed by the Blood of the Holy One / And we are the work of Your hand / We are the work of Your hand." //

2nd verse: "Consider the wonder of this glorious life (of this glorious life) / Consider the hope in our Risen Christ / We shouldn't worry about what may come / For we are the work of Your hand / Yes, we are the work of Your hand." //

Words of Comfort: ROMANS 5 - Wendy Jepsen reads this with expression, over a lovely piano and violin accompaniment, which is the perfect introduction to the following song, HOPE, as it explains why we have such Hope to hang onto in our troubles.

Romans 5 Reading: "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith / We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ / Through whom we have gained access by faith // Into this grace in which we now stand. / And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. / Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings / Because we know that suffering produces perseverance; / Perseverance, character; / And character, hope. (Music fades out.) / And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us."//

HOPE - Another strong favorite of this reviewer. The music, meaningful lyrics and inspiring vocals together express in this love letter to the Lord, the hope, joy and inner peace one can have in the Lord even during unpleasant circumstances; Especially in the chorus, which is a statement which we all can hang onto during the bumps of life. I adore the chorus!!!!!!!!

Song Notes: Begins in a minor key, in a solemn mood, reflecting the spirit of the lyrical message, and segues into a joyous expression of gratitude to the Lord in the chorus. Keyboard -based with lovely violin counter-melody in the chorus and second verse, with subtle additions of bongos, shaker and bass.

Vocals: Connie's stellar breath control and personal convictions are well represented in the fine lead vocals, especially in the chorus. The listener will be singing along with Connie Scott on this one! Strong harmonies in the chorus, add a beauty to the overall sound.

The Lyrics: "Broken and poured out / Beaten and bruised / Tired and weary from life's journey / Yet my heart still longs for you." //*** Chorus: "You are my hope / You are my peace / You are my strength in time of need / You bring beauty from ashes / And joy to my bittersweet / You are hope to me." //

Other songs are prayers of petition to the Lord for help in difficult situations and every day life.

QUESTIONS - Another strong favorite of this reviewer. Captures the restlessness, frustration and burden felt by trials and problems of this world in this prayer of petition to the Lord for some HELP, wanting to cast these cares on the Lord, but not knowing how, until taking time to be with the Lord.

Song Notes: Driving rhythm guitar ensemble offers a propelling tempo and firm support for the dotted note, main melody carried so well and so effective by the vocals. Bongos and soft bass are in the background, but there is no need for drums!

Vocals are expressive and dynamic, being plaintive during the verses and chorus, yet full of relief and peace during the Bridge, which gives the antidote to the problems presented.

The Lyrics: "Got some questions, got some problems, Don't have the answers, Can't seem to solve them / Are You out there? / Kind of nervous and kind of scared, / This heavy load is too much to bear./ I need a hand Lord, Where are You?" // Bridge: "Then I retreat to a place of solitude, to worship and seek Your face / That's when I begin to hear from You / And You lift me to a higher place" // Chorus: "Oh, God I'm crying out / A warrior child in doubt / Running this race on my own, way off course, feeling alone / Can You help me?" //

I NEED YOU - A stirring piano driven prayer of petition, reconnecting with the Lord as a source of strength and love.

Song Notes: Spirited piano keeps the pace moving in an easy beat tempo and supports the memorable melody of this song of petition , expressing feelings we all feel at one time or another, due to our human condition Subtle bass support, light string synths and light drum beat. Love the interlude guitar solo done by a light, delicate touch on an electric guitar, featuring an interesting plucking of two strings, offering a duet sound which modulates up the scale. Beautiful!

Vocals are sweet and full, expressing the heart of the song very well.

The Lyrics: "Where are You? / I haven't felt Your touch in a while / Where are You? / I haven't heard Your voice / And I've gone miles on this journey / Where are You? I'm walking this dusty road all alone / Where are You? / I can't see Your light leading me on to home." // Chorus: "I need You Yes, I need You / I need You/ Like the air that I breathe / I need You / Yes, I need You / I need You / Like my own heartbeat / Cradled in your mercy, /As You sing your song of love over me / I need You / Yes, I need You here with me." //

Other memorable piano and clean acoustic ballads and anthems elevate one to another frame of mind, in praise and worship.

SATURATE - Another strong favorite of this reviewer! One of those prayer anthems which lifts one's being into another frame of mind, into the spirit of worship and petition.

Song Notes: Lovely, elevating worship anthem, which is piano driven with some fine acoustic guitar support. .Melodic intro features a piano and very light synths, beginning in a major key, segueing into a minor key in parts of the chorus. Melody is captivating, lead vocals pure and heart-felt and lovely 3 part harmony in the refrain, complete with the sound of rain is icing on the cake!

The Lyrics: Chorus:" Send Your rain Lord, flood my soul / Take control / Living waters, flowing free / Saturate me." // Verse 1: "On this dry and desert ground/ Like the tide that comes around / Living waters flow to me/Rushing waves of mercy." // Bridge: "Let it rain, let it rain Let it rain, let it rain Let it rain, let it rain / Send Your rain / Send Your rain / Send Your rain." //

PRAISE IS AWAITING - A simple yet effective call to worship and offer praise to the Lord.

Song Notes: Another lovely piano driven composition which is written in a minor key in the refrain, while the verse is in a major key. Lovely vocal duet in the refrain, and strong, expressive lead vocals bringing the verse to life.

The Lyrics: Refrain: "Praise is awaiting / Praise is awaiting You, oh God / Praise is awaiting / Praise is awaiting You, oh God, in Zion." // Verse 1: "Blessed is the man You choose / To come and approach You / That he may dwell in Your courts / And with goodness be satisfied." //

These songs of praise and thankfulness are a sure cure for the upsetting woes of the day, reminding us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:17) for blessings given and rejoice in the promises the Lord has made to us because of who He is.

GOD IS GOOD - Sure cure for self-pity or a dour mood; Remembering what a constant, loving, faithful Lord we belong to as His children.

Song Notes: A song of praise and adoration which gets off to a roaring start, propelled by a quick, snappy 2 beat meter and a sizzling, moving electric bass, with elements borrowed from blues / pop / Gospel, in the composition, lyrical patterns, melody and the expressive vocals, with the exclamation point found in the chorus.

The Lyrics: * Chorus: "You are merciful and mighty, King of kings and Lord of lords / The Holy One, the First and Last, Son of God's love / You are Master and Redeemer, Prince of Peace, Bright Morning Star, / The Word made Flesh, Soon coming King / I Am is who You are / And Jesus, You are good, so good." //

UNQUENCHABLE- Praise and worship song sure to be popular in just about any service, as well as a great song to listen to while getting in the state of being to worship God! A definite, strong favorite of this reviewer.

Song Notes: Moving piano love ballad composition to the Lord, with an irresistible melody, and a perfectly glorious chorus which will draw the listener into a mood to sing along in praise and worship. Light use of a shaker adds to the rhythm effect.

Vocals as usual are sweet, full of love of the Lord. Harmony in the chorus is effective and spirit lifting.

The Lyrics: Verse 1: "There's no place I'd rather be / Than in Your presence God / You are my unquenchable desire / Simply to know You more / Is all I'm longing for / Purified in Your refining fire." //

* * Chorus: "Hallelujah, King of glory / Hallelujah, Son of God / Hallelujah, Jehovah Redeemer / Hallelujah, Almighty One." //

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE - Another inspiring praise and worship song, with an easy refrain for group worship, or for a quiet time experience.

Song Notes: Another lovely, flowing 3/4 meter praise and worship, piano driven song with an infectious melody, and a joyful spirit of gratitude and praise, which is invigorating and motivating.

Vocals and harmonies add a heavenly quality to the sound, which brings the listener into the place of worship and thanksgiving.

The Lyrics: "I will seek Your face / I will rise up early in the morning / And sing You songs of praise / For You are the King of Glory / Beyond the veil to Your holy throne / I worship You in Your splendor / I will seek Your face." //

Refrain: "Holy / Holy / Holy, my Lord / Holy / Holy /Holy, my Lord." //

The Perfect ending to this CD, is this stirring, inspiring benediction and an inspirational and motivational short essay; an exhortation by Teri Gladstone Furr of Serenade Ministries (www.serenadeministries.com), entitled: CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO SEASONS, based on the themes found in Romans 12:2, which ties it all up in a wonderful uplifting ending message.

BENEDICTION PRAYER - Would be embraced in any church service; formal or informal, denominational or non-denominational Another strong favorite of this reviewer.

Song Notes: Easy tempo, piano driven benediction and blessing prayer which features a glorious melody in both the verse and refrain, and lovely harmonies, which offer the perfect presentation for this benediction prayer, written and said by the Apostle Paul so long ago to the Corinthians.

Lyrics: "Finally, my dear brothers / Be complete / Be of good comfort, live in peace / Be of one mind / Walk in unity / Finally, my dear brothers farewell." // Refrain: "May the grace of Jesus /And the love of the Father / Communion with the Spirit / Be with you all / Amen / Amen / Amen / Amen/ Amen."//

I highly recommend this CD, SEASONS CHANGE for anyone's Christian music collection. It is a MUST for listeners who enjoy the clean acoustic / memorable piano ballad / contemporary music genre, ranging from reflective to upbeat style and sound, paired with poignant vocals expressing lyrics with spiritual messages which truly do help the listener to focus on what is important: The characteristics of our Lord, His promises to us and worshiping, praising and depending on our Lord. He will see us through anything as a comfort and a source of strength, blessing us in the process. Most of all, this collection of songs will help the listener to let go of the cares of this world and come before the presence of God through music, a truly peaceful and joyful experience.


Song Video Sample

A Closer Look ......

Interview with Rev. Connie Scott

Rev. Connie Scott graciously answered our interview questions, sharing fully how the Lord has grown her faith, developed her trust in Him, maturing her spiritually so she can serve Him through her service and her music, encouraging others on their own spiritual walk with the Lord. In this interview, Rev. Connie freely gives her testimony how her experiences in her life were used by the Lord to mold her and draw her to Himself, giving her a heart for the Lord, so fully expressed in her music and vocals.

Any life-molding experiences you would like to share with us, which were pleasant or were difficult, but molded your thinking, music, Christian walk, outlook on life etc.

"Situations in my life has so molded and shaped my life, my walk with the Lord and my desire to know Him intimately."

Through a childhood kid accident.......

Connie shares, "In looking back from my childhood until now, I can see how the Lord has used events to mold my life in many ways. When I was about 10 years old, I dove into my grandparent’s pond like I had done a thousand times before. But, this time, I dove too deep and hit my head on a rock on the pond floor. The impact caused my body to be paralyzed for about 10 minutes. I remember floating up to the top of the water not being able to speak or move and breathing was even hard. I can still see my father jumping into the water to help me. I did gain movement again, but it was an event that impacted my life in a powerful way. I could have been paralyzed or even worse – death."

Realization of the power of prayer during her college days, through a scary car accident.

Connie shares, "While I was commuting back and forth to Weber State University in Ogden, Utah from Evanston, Wyoming (80 miles), I was hit by a semi-truck one morning. My car flew off the interstate and landed in a barbed wired fence about 2 feet from hitting a large power pole. I was able to walk away from the accident with little injury. I found out later on that there was a car of Christians who watched the accident and began praying that the little car and the person in it would survive the accident – Yes, it was that bad."

As a young adult, coming face to face with a hardened bank robber with a gun; Feeling God's protection and realizing that her life belonged to God.

Connie shares, "A few years later, I was now working at a bank. It was my first bank job and I had only been on the job 6 months. That snowy February day would literally change my life. I remember it like it was yesterday. About 1:50 PM a masked man came into the bank and proceeded to rob us. There were only 2 of us there that day (thank God), as the other 2 employees were both sick. The robber came in pointing his hand gun at me, telling both me and the other girl to not move! He made us go into the vault and he emptied it. He then took us back to our teller drawers and he cleaned them out too! Before he left, he made us go back into vault. He had us face the wall, placing our hands on the safe. Our backs were turned to him and he simply froze there. Both of us knew that he was going to shoot us, as we felt pain in the exact position we knew he would shoot. I felt pain in the lower part of my head and the other girl in her lower back."

Connie continues, "He did nothing though. I believe that God showed Himself strong that day. That bank robber might have even seen a big angel. I am not sure, but he didn’t shoot us! It was a moment in my life that changed everything. I was a believer already, but at that moment, I knew that my life was not my own. It was in the hands of that bank robber and ultimately God’s hands. I submitted my life to the Lord that day in a way I’ve never done. Life is precious and we don’t know how much time anyone has on this earth. I want to live in such a way that it makes people jealous for the Lord. That event certainly changed my thinking."

There's nothing like scary health conditions to grow one's faith in the Lord. Connie shared two such experiences with ChristianMusic.com:

"Just about a year later, I began having some real issues with my jaw. Here I am, a worship leader and music minister and it hurt to sing. I was confused and angry for sure. I couldn’t see God’s hand in this situation and I cried out to Him for understanding. I doubted the reasoning for any of it and the more I stressed out, the worse it got! It was a vicious cycle for sure! A friend told me that I needed to cast my cares on the Lord. I looked at her and said, 'You know, I am an ordained minister. I’ve been a born-again Christian for many years, but I honestly don’t know how to do that. If you can show me that would be great!'"

"That was a pivotal moment too, as the Lord had me write about that incident. The song, QUESTIONS, comes from this time in my life. It was in a time of worship that He gave me the answer; 'If you will quiet yourself and worship Me, I will lift you up and out of this and place your feet on a sure path' What a promise. It doesn’t mean that things changed overnight, but He did tell me to press through, keep singing and He would heal me. My jaw still pops, but there is no pain. Praise God!!"

"The most recent event that has happened was a few years ago. I was having some physical issues and went to the doctor. She told me that the symptoms indicated that it could be one of 3 things: insulin resistance syndrome, cancer, or a brain tumor. Well, I had never heard of IRS, but I was pretty sure I didn’t want cancer or brain tumors. I told her I would take what was behind door number 1! I really didn’t want any of those things, but…"

"I then went to a rehearsal where my best friend asked me how things went at the doctor. I told her what was said and she asked how that made me feel. I told her I was disheartened. Well, it didn’t hit me until I was halfway home (driving about 80 miles). I just lost it in my car. I was quickly overcome by fear, but found myself crying out to the Lord out loud in my car. I told the Lord that it didn’t matter what the doctor said or what the test results were, because I was going to worship Him no matter what!"

"This was a big change from my doubts over my jaw pain experience. It was the next day while at church that the Lord spoke to me. He showed me a passage of scripture in Matthew and said to me, 'Connie if I spoke all the world into existence and then took the time to fashion man into my very image and breathe the breath of life into him, don’t you think I can handle this situation in your body? Don’t worry!' Wow – what an amazing word of encouragement from the Lord. From that situation, I wrote WORK OF YOUR HAND."

"The more I come to know the heart of the Father, the more I realize that He truly does have my life in His hands."

Rev. Connie singing The song, SATURATE

About her Music.....

How do you compose? Do you compose on the piano or guitar or both?

"I sit at my piano and will work on ideas that have already been floating around in my head and heart."

Do the lyrics come first or the melody?

"Most of the time, both music and lyrics come together. I think the Lord does it that way for me, because He knows that it is just hard for me. I am a singer and so I think that melodies come a bit easier for me than other people I know."

Are responsibilities divided?…

"I typically write all my own music, as well as the compositions. However, when we get into the studio, I love to give the other musicians freedom to try things. If they work – awesome, if they don’t – we try again. I have done some co-writing, but really that is hard, because my ideas usually don’t fit with what others want to do."

How were you led by the Lord to use your musical gifts to write songs? What inspires you to compose? What is your creative process?

"Worship time is huge. A lot of my songs stem from times of worship. Sometimes the Lord will drop a phrase or word into my heart and I will meditate on it for a while and then the songs will come. Life situations are also huge influences on composing. Sometimes it is therapy to write."

"For me, song writing is something that I certainly have to work at. It, for the most part, does not come easily. I have written a couple of songs that it seems like God downloaded the song into me they came that easy, but most of the time it is work. As a lead worshiper and music minister, I can’t not write songs."

"The Lord is awakening my heart to His beauty, His love, and His amazing glory every day and I don’t think that it would be good stewardship to simply sit on the gifts/talents that the Lord has given to me. He has called me to minister His love and goodness to the world. I use songwriting and the musical gifts to minister to those people who He puts in my path."

"The best song writing comes as an overflow of my worship time. That is how I wrote I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE, and UNQUENCHABLE. The first, I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE, came from a time when I was worshiping in my worship room. I woke up really early one Sunday morning (those terrible time changes) and couldn’t get back to sleep. I decided to go to my worship room and just sit at my piano and play and sing to the Lord. Psalm 27:8 came to mind as I was singing to the Lord… 'When You said, seek My face, My heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek.'"

"The second, UNQUENCHABLE, was also written in part from Psalm 27:4; 'One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.' It is awesome to write songs based off of scripture. How can you go wrong with the Word of God?! A lot of my songs stem from scripture and times of worship (as I said before)."

"Other songs are written from life experiences. That is another way the Lord prepares us to write music. We go through things and write about them! Some of those experiences are amazing and some are amazingly hard. However, as His Word promises us – all things work together for good. I believe that!"

Rev. Connie Scott and Wendy Jepsen singing together in a worship service.

More About the gifts of Rev. Connie Scott - "Touching lives through Worship & the Word!"

On her personal web-site, Connie shares, "Keeping Hope Alive!... that is my vision and my goal. I pray that your hearts will be stirred by my music and books. They simply come from a heart that wants to worship and be intimate with the Creator of all things!"

* Connie is "a seasoned worship leader, ordained minister, author, recording artist and engineer."

* For over 20 years, Connie has been involved in Christian music and a preaching and teaching ministry.

* In 2001, she founded Voice of Hope Ministries; a Christian teaching and music ministry devoted to "Touching lives through Worship & the Word!"

* In 2002, Connie released her first CD with the vocal group, Pearl.

* In 2004, she published her first book, "I Will Seek Your Face: 31 Days of Worship & Praise"

Interestingly, the songs found on SEASONS CHANGE could be used with this book of spiritual reflection, "I Will Seek Your Face: 31 Days of Worship & Praise" which encourages worship of the Lord and developing a closer relationship with Him. Each day offers a scripture to soak in, a commentary and a prayer to say, as well as room to write thoughts and inspired musings.

Major themes found in I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise, can be paired with some of the songs on SEASONS CHANGE.

Hearing the Spirit of God speak to your spirit: Worship with hearing ears, listening hearts and obedience - We will!: SATURATE * SEASONS CHANGE

Looking at scripture through eyes of a worshiper: GOD IS GOOD * WORK OF YOU HANDS

Journeying past the veil into the very presence of God: UNQUENCHABLE * I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE * PRAISE IS AWAITING

Seeking God to become aware of who He is in your life: QUESTIONS * I NEED YOU * HOPE

Rev. Connie Scott's book, I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise, offers 31 daily readings and prayers which helps the reader seek the Lord's face in one's daily quiet time with the Lord, which I highly recommend as well for either a personal study or for a Sunday school class. Rev. Connie has a terrific gift in writing down her thoughts in a very readable, effective format, which is very encouraging, showing another side of her ministry; teaching and preaching! Though I wish I could take one of her classes, this book and her CD, SEASONS CHANGE, are the next best thing; Two important tools for the believer and seeker to use to truly seek the Lord's face.

In the next section, I have listed excerpts from her book, along with some scriptures which can be paired with the lyrics of the songs. These are just samples of what could be done using the study book and CD together.

Song Evaluations * Lyrics * Commentary

Lyrics and book excerpts are posted with permission and are under copyright: © 2005 Connie Scott.ASCAP

* * * * YOU ARE GOOD - Words and Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 2, Ps. 107:21-22: "One thing is certain, Jesus will never leave you or forsake you! Simply give thanks to a good God! Sometimes in he midst of our darkest hour or greatest triumph, we simply need to remind ourselves that God is good! He has and continues to do so much for us. As you lift up his word, it will build your faith and will be a declaration of His goodness and love! God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good! Everywhere, God is good, for God is good everywhere!"

Scriptural References:( Psalm 107:21-22) Other Related Scripture: (Rev. 1:8 & 17:14)

God, You are faithful / You are good, You are good / God, You are faithful / You are good. You are good / You broke my chains of bondage just like You said You would / You are good, so good, so good. //

God, You are gracious / You are good, You are good / God, You are gracious / You are good, You are good / You delivered me from darkness by the power of Your Word / You are good, so good, so good //

* Chorus: You are merciful and mighty, King of kings and Lord of lords / The Holy One, the First and Last, Son of God's love / You are Master and Redeemer, Prince of Peace, Bright Morning Star, / The Word made Flesh, Soon coming King / I Am is who You are And Jesus, You are good, so good. //

God, You are awesome / You are good, You are good / God, You are awesome / You are good, You are good / You saved me from my sin sick life and now I am whole / You are good, so good, so good. //

* * * * + + Title song: SEASONS CHANGE - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 65, Psalm 150:6: "The Lord never said that the road of righteousness was paved with roses! He told us to to take up our crosses and follow after Him. You may be in hard times. The enemy may be attacking from every side, but no matter what the devil throws at you, know that he cannot take away all that God has done for you! Begin each new day by thanking God for His goodness, His love, His mercy and grace. Put on an attitude of gratitude and clothe yourself in praise, and the everlasting arms of our Father will lift you up and place you on solid ground."

Scriptural Reference: (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) * Other Related Scripture: (Ps. 37:5, 1 Cor. 1:8-9)

Are you walking the road less traveled / And find you've lost your way again / Have the storms of life come upon you / And you feel like giving in / Don't give up my brother; put your trust in Him / For the Word has a promise, seasons change //

Chorus: Seasons change / They won't last / So, let your feet move you from the past / Into tomorrow, a brighter day/ A place where you hear God say, seasons change //

Are you in a spiritual battle/ Is sin crouching at your door / Have you tried to push it away / And yet it keeps coming back for more / Don't give up my sister; put your trust in the Lord / For the Word has a promise, seasons change //

Bridge: There's a time for laughter and a time for tears / A time for courage and a time for fears / A time for peace and a time for strife / A time for dying and a time for life //

* * * * + SATURATE - Words and Music by Connie Scott,
with Ann Marie Cornwall & Jennifer Turley; (Arranged by Connie Scott)

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 23, Ps. 40:3: "In times of trial and change, (as many of us walk through), allow the "new song" of God's love, mercy and grace to fill your hearts. Let it completely saturate your whole being to the point that people will see the praise coming forth out of your life. Isn't that what our lives are supposed to be:a reflection of the Salvation of our God! Let's shine for Jesus!"

Related Scripture: (John 4:13-14, Rev 7:17 & 22:17, Is. 55:1, Hebrews 10:22, Psalm 40:3)

Chorus: Send Your rain Lord, flood my soul / Take control / Living waters, flowing free / Saturate me. //

On this dry and desert ground/ Like the tide that comes around / Living waters flow to me/Rushing waves of mercies //

Bridge: Let it rain, let it rain Let it rain, let it rain Let it rain, let it rain / Send Your rain /Send Your rain / Send Your rain. //

* * * * + UNQUENCHABLE - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 29, Zephaniah 3:17: "Much like the mother hen brings her chicks under her wing to protect and nurture them, our Father God desires to cradle us in His everlasting arms and love on us. He is the Almighty God, who saves us; spirit, soul and body. He is also Abba Father (Daddy or Papa), who like a natural father wants to rejoice with us in good times and console us when times are tough. As you enter into his presence through worship, ask the Lord to paint you a picture of how it blesses His heart. Climb up onto His lap, lay your head upon His chest and allow papa God to sing a heavenly song over you."

Scriptural Reference: (Psalm 27:4)* Other Related Scripture: (Zephaniah 3:17)

There's no place I'd rather be / Than in Your presence God / You are my unquenchable desire / Simply to know You more / Is all I'm longing for / Purified in Your refining fire. //

Chorus: Hallelujah, King of glory Hallelujah, Son of God / Hallelujah, Jehovah Redeemer / Hallelujah, Almighty One. //

* * * * + I NEED YOU - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 45, Hebrews 4:15-16: "In the craziness of life, we need to be careful not to put up a wall, making God inaccessible. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we can enter into the throne room of God and obtain what we need from Him on a daily basis. In order for us to receive from our Father God, we must come before Him. No matter what the need, God is able and willing to pour out His love, grace and mercy into our lives."

Related Scriptural Reference:( Psalm 10:1, 7 16:1-2 & 18:1-2)

Where are You? / I haven't felt Your touch in a while / Where are You? / I haven't heard Your voice / And I've gone miles on this journey / Where are You? I'm walking this dusty road all alone / Where are You? / I can't see Your light leading me on to home. //

Chorus: I need You Yes, I need You / I need You/ Like the air that I breathe / I need You / Yes, I need You / I need You / Like my own heartbeat / Cradled in your mercy, /As You sing your song of love over me / I need You / Yes, I need You here with me. //

* * * * + + I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 43, Jeremiah 9:23-24: "The important thing is that we don't glory in our own accomplishments, but rather glorify the One who truly deserves all praise, adoration and honor - Jesus Christ! Once again, we catch a glimpse of the Father's heart. His desire is for us to know Him and understand His ways. Our hearts should be overflowing with awe, that the Lord would want us to have intimate knowledge of who He is and how He operates in our lives and in this world. As you approach the throne of God in your time of worship, boast, reverence, honor and glorify the Lord. He is the only deserving recipient of our praise and it will bring Him delight."

Scriptural Reference: (Psalm 27:8) Other Related Scripture: (1 Chronicles 16:11)

I will seek Your face / I will rise up early in the morning / And sing You songs of praise / For You are the King of Glory / Beyond the veil to Your holy throne / I worship You in Your splendor / I will seek Your face. //

Chorus: Holy / Holy / Holy, my Lord / Holy / Holy / Holy, my Lord. //

Bridge: And when You said, "Seek My Face"/ My heart said, "Your Face I Will Seek" //

* * * * + + WORK OF YOUR HAND - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 27, 2nd Chronicles 20:21-22: "In the midst of our battles, whether physical or spiritual), we should follow the example of King Jehoshaphat; Seek the Lord, worship in the middle of the fight, take heed to wise godly counsel and follow the will and voice of God. Be strong! Don't fear! Worship the Father, for the promise of His Word to you is this; 'The battle belongs to the Lord.'"

Prayer - "Father, You are our mighty warrior and we put our trust in Your Word, which says that we can stand still and see the salvation of the Lord! Cause faith to rise up in the face of fear and doubt. Flood our hearts with peace in he midst of turmoil and anchor us in Your joy. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Related Scripture: (Matthew 6:25-34, Ps. 24:1, 1 Cor. 6: 19b-20, John 15:5)

Consider the lilies of the field / Consider the birds of the air / They don't toil or worry what's to come / For they are the work of Your hand / They are the work of Your hand. //

Consider the light of the sun / Consider the deer and its grace / They don't toil or worry what's to come / For they are the work of Your hand / They are the work of Your hand. //

Chorus: We are the children of the living God / Grafted in the vine of Christ / Ransomed by the Blood of the Holy One / And we are the work of Your hand / We are the work of Your hand. //

(Duet) Consider the wonder of this glorious life (wonder of this glorious life) / Consider the hope in our Risen Christ / We shouldn't worry about what may come / For we are the work of Your hand / Yes, we are the work of Your hand. //

Chorus: We are the children of the living God / Grafted in the vine of Christ / Ransomed by the Blood of the Holy One / And we are the work of Your hand / We are the work of Your hand. // Repeat.

* * * * + PRAISE IS AWAITING - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 69, Ps. 91:1-2: "Do you have a hiding place? Is there a location where you can go to get away from the noise and craziness of the day and connect with God? Regardless of the physical location, there is a higher, more intangible place that the Lord wants to lead us to. He calls it His secret place, the place where He can share His heart with us. It is a safe haven and those who will follow Him and dwell there, position themselves to receive all that God has to give. Is there something that you need from Him today? Dwell under His shadow and He will cover you with His strength, security, peace and truth. Before you allow the day to take control, stop, enter in and worship the Almighty, for He is our refuge, our fortress, our tabernacle and the One in whom we can place our complete trust."

Scriptural Reference: (Psalm 65:1-4) Other Related Scripture: (Heb. 13:15-16)

Chorus: Praise is awaiting / Praise is awaiting You, oh God / Praise is awaiting / Praise is awaiting You, oh God, in Zion. //

Blessed is the man You choose / To come and approach You / That he may dwell in Your courts / And with goodness be satisfied. //

* * * * + + QUESTIONS - Words & Music by Connie Scott

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 37, Jeremiah 17:10: "Be real with God! God is there for us in all situations, and wants us to seek His face in everything. If you are hurting, tell Him. His desire is to comfort you. If you are angry, ask Him to reveal the source of your anger. He will show you the underlying issues and restore you. If your zeal to live a godly life is fading, call upon the Father and He will revive you. Let your life be an open book for the Lord to write upon."

Related Scriptures: (1 Peter 5:7, Matt. 11:28-30, Psalm 27:14 & 46:10)

Got some questions, got some problems, / Don't have the answers, Can't seem to solve them / Are You out there? / Kind of nervous and kind of scared, / This heavy load is too much to bear / I need a hand Lord, Where are You? //

Chorus: Oh, God I'm crying out / A warrior child in doubt / Running this race on my own, way off course, feeling alone / Can You help me? //

Can't walk another mile in these shoes / I want to cast my cares on You / But I don't know how / Will You show me? / If my burden's heavy and Yours is light / Why is it such a fight just to let go / Can You please tell me? //

Bridge: Then I retreat to a place of solitude, to worship and seek Your face / That's when I begin to hear from You / And You lift me to a higher place //

ROMANS 5 (Romans 5:1-5) Music by Connie Scott / Arranged by Connie Scott

Scriptural Reference: (Romans 5:1-5)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith / We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ / Through whom we have gained access by faith //

Into this grace in which we now stand. / And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. / Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings / Because we know that suffering produces perseverance; / Perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Music fades out.)/ And hope does not disappoint us, Because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us.// ( New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. )

* * * * + + HOPE - Words & Music by Connie Scott

*Dedicated to my Grandma Grace

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise excerpt; page 41, Acts 16:24-26: "When the pressures of life came at Paul and Silas, what was in their hearts came out; worship. As we seek to know the Father more everyday, then when we do feel as though the Son is farthest from us, we won't have a "pity party", but we will praise Jesus, knowing that He is with us in all situations. Just as the prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas, people are watching our lives very closely. Our most powerful witness is not the words that we speak, but the lives that we live in good times and more importantly in the "low" times. If you continue to read Acts 16, you'll find that people came to the Lord that night. It wasn't because Paul preached a great sermon, and it wasn't because Silas wowed them with a beautiful song. Lives were changed, because at midnight the Holy Spirit inhabited the praises of worshiping hearts!"

Scriptural Reference: (Romans 5:1-5)

Broken and poured out / Beaten and bruised / Tired and weary from life's journey / Yet my heart still longs for you. //

Chorus: You are my hope / You are my peace / You are my strength in time of need / You bring beauty from ashes / And joy to my bittersweet / You are hope to me. //

Broken and poured out / The sweetest perfume / My greatest offering to You my King / All of me for all of You.//

* * * * + + BENEDICTION PRAYER - Words & Music by Connie Scott

Scriptural Reference: (II Corinthians 13:11 & 14)

Finally, my brothers be complete / Be of good comfort, live in peace / Be of one mind Walk in unity / Finally, my brothers farewell. //

Chorus: May the grace of Jesus /And the love of the Father / Communion with the Spirit / Be with you all / Amen / Amen / Amen / Amen / Amen. //

Reviewed by Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com

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Sources include: ChristianMusic.com Interview, SEASONS CHANGE CD, I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE: 31 Days of Worship & Praise Book, Material sent by Rev. Connie Scott.

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