Life in the Real World

Real life experiences after college

Mighty to Save August 12, 2008

Filed under: Church,Family,Music,pregnancy,Worship — jenncollins @ 9:47 am

I sing on the worship team every weekend at my church and last weekend I felt worship went especially well. Not sure what it was but people seemed to be more into it. It was awesome to watch.

For me personally, it was an amazing time of worship. I was moved to tears a couple of times. We did some great songs that fit our current teaching series perfectly. At the end, we sang a song called “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong. This is my new favorite. The first time we sang it, the words of the song didn’t really sink in till about the 2nd or 3rd service. It’s been a few weeks since then. This past weekend, the words came alive and they mean more to me than ever.

Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever, author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

It hit me how strong those words are. If I sing them, I really need to believe that God is indeed mighty to save. Without going into a lot of detail, “he can move the mountains” is huge in my life. I believe God moved a mountain when he decided we were going to have a baby this year. He’s currently moving a mountain by allowing my Grandmother to live through her terminal cancer, but not only live, she is thriving. And, when I sing those lines, I always pray that he will move a mountain in some extremely important people in my life. People who, it seems, won’t ever be moved. Is God really mighty to save? It takes all the courage and strength inside me to sing those words. I trust Him to do what He says He will do.

After all, he rose and conquered the grave.


Embracing Accusations March 5, 2008

Filed under: Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 2:20 pm

I’m a big Shane & Shane fan. I have all of their albums and have seen them in concert several times. I love their lyrics and the harmonies of their voices together just sends me to a whole other place. This song is one of those. When I listen to it I feel like I can do anything. The song is encouraging, haunting, and it blesses me every time I listen to it.

If you haven’t heard of Shane & Shane, browse around iTunes for their stuff. You won’t be disappointed. 

Here’s the lyrics:

The father of lies, coming to steal kill and destroy
All my hopes of being good enough.
I hear him saying, “cursed are the ones who can’t abide.”

He’s right, hallelujah, he’s right.

The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed,
That I am cursed and gone astray.
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation.

Could the father of lies be telling the truth of
God to me tonight?
That if the penalty of sin is death, then death is mine.
I hear him saying, “cursed are the ones who can’t abide.”

He’s right, hallelujah, he’s right.

The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed,
That I am cursed and gone astray.
I cannot gain salvation
Embracing accusation.

The devil’s singing over me an age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray.
Singing the first verse so conveniently over me,
He’s forgotten the refrain…
Jesus saves!


I can’t get this song out of my head… January 27, 2008

Filed under: Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 12:54 pm

I used to be a BIG Jennifer Knapp fan when I was in high school. I think because she is someone I could really look up to at the time. For those who don’t know, she is a Christian music artist who sounds similar to Melissa Etheridge. She plays guitar and to me, she seemed like a rock star. She hasn’t had an album recently (I think her last one was in like 2001 or something), but check her out…you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, recently I found a live album that she recorded in 2006. I had never heard a song she wrote called “Martyrs and Thieves” so I downloaded it and I have been hooked ever since and I’m trying to learn to play it on the guitar. This is my “lifesong” right now. Enjoy…and download the song!


There’s a place in the darkness that I used to cling to

It presses harsh hope against time

In the absence of martyrs there’s a presence of thieves

Who only want to rob you blind

They steal away any sense of peace

Though I’m a king I’m a king on my knees

And I know they are wrong when they say I am strong

As the darkness covers me


So turn on the light and reveal all the glory

I am not afraid

To bare all my weakness knowing in meekness

I have a kingdom to gain


Where there is peace and love in the light in the light

Oh I am not afraid

To let Your light shine bright in my life in my life

Oh I… am,          I…


There are ghosts from my past who’ve owned more of my soul

Than I thought I had given away

They linger in closets and under my bed

And in pictures less proudly displayed

A great fool in my life I have been

Have squandered till pallid and thin

Hung my head in shame and refused to take blame

For darkness I know I’ve let win



Can you hear me? (4x)


Well I’ve never been much for the baring of soul

In the presence of any man

I’d rather keep to myself all safe and secure

In the arms of a sinner I am

Could it be that my worth should depend

By the crimson stained grace on a hand

And like a lamp on a hill Lord I pray in Your will

To reveal all of You that I can



There’s a place in the darkness that I used to cling to

It presses harsh hope against time


I’m lyrically challenged November 1, 2007

Filed under: Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 10:55 pm

Some of you may not know one of my loves: MUSIC. If you don’t believe me ask my husband how much $$ I’ve spent on iTunes this year. 😉

I’ve decided to embark on music-writing. Tonight was my first ‘real’ attempt. I dusted off the ol’ guitar and started playing around. I happened upon some cool chords. I don’t know what any of the chords are, but they sound cool. I even have a melody, but no words. That is the hardest part for me.

How can I write a song without sounding cheesy or I’ve-already-heard-that-a-million-times? I think the chords are pretty original, but words are tough for me. I love writing, but this is different. It has to flow (maybe rhyme?). It has to make sense, but not be completely obvious.

My friend Doug and I are thinking of recording together. He’s much better at guitar and he plays piano. Plus he knows the names of chords…that will help! We were playing around today through text messages trying to think of a name for “us”. The choices were downright awful so I won’t be mentioning them here!

I’m excited about doing this with him. I’ve known him and have been singing with him for as long as I can remember. Back in the day at Sheridan Hills. I’ll upload songs whenever we get it together and record!

Pray for inspiration!


The longest blog post ever September 6, 2007

Filed under: Church,Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 4:15 pm

My pastor blogged about a really important issue today…one that is special to me. Weirdly, we’ve been having a lot of complaints from people in our church about our music. It’s either too loud, too boring, not enough varirety, too much variety…blah blah blah.

We can’t make everyone happy…it’s impossible. Guy explains it well here. Just a warning: it’s extremely long. 🙂


Charlie Hall Concert recap August 9, 2007

Filed under: Church,Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 1:15 pm

Wow, the concert was amazing. Charlie and the band did a great job. I, along with two of my friends were his “merch” girls. He even gave us free t-shirts! What a great guy. He was selling his CDs on a donation basis meaning: if you have $12, great. If you have less, that’s fine. If you have more, even better! I had one person give me $3 for a CD. Another gave $40 for a CD. He said he’s been doing this for years and has never ended the night in the negative!

Shauna Niequist was also wonderful. I got to hang out with her the whole day, along with our creative team. We went to South Beach, saw Britto’s gallery (AMAZING, by the way!) and ate lunch at the Delano! It was so much fun. She challenged us and inspired us and it was great to just hang out and ask her poignant questions about her job, her new book and her life! Thanks again Shauna!

Check out our website for pictures! Thanks and many accolades go to Miss Beca Companioni (15 years old!!) for taking such awesome pics of the concert!


Don’t forget about the FREE concert! July 31, 2007

Filed under: Church,Music,Worship — jenncollins @ 9:55 am


If you live in the south Florida area, don’t forget about the Charlie Hall concert on Thursday, August 2nd!!! Bring anyone, it’s FREE! Doors open at 6:30 and it’s being held at Oasis Church (formerly Church of Pembroke Pines) off of Flamingo, 1 block north of Pembroke Rd.