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The Struggle

Releases August 21, 2012

 

Lyrics

Shadows
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

We’re born into the longing
With hearts, bent toward possessing
All that our eyes are seeing
Our souls, they never stop wanting
Beauty never intended to be more than a reflection

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyesTeach me to let goI’ve been runnin’Chasing nothing but shadows

My heart is an ocean raging
And Your grace is all that keeps me from drowning
My mind creates deceptions
So I cling the treasure sinking

Oh, Lord, please come and
Raise my dead heart, let me know
You can keep me from
Chasing after the shadows

All that I run to, all that I cling to
Everything seems to only slip through my hands

But I keep running, I keep chasing
Left holding on to only the after glow
Lord, light up my eyes, let me follow You
To the source behind all the shadows

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Mt. Roskill Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

The Struggle
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

There’s a wreckage, there’s a fire
There’s a weakness in my love
There’s a hunger I can’t control
Lord, I falter and I fall down
Then I hold on to the chains You broke
When You came and saved my soul
Save my soul

Hallelujah
We are free to struggle
We’re not struggling to be free
Your blood bought and

Makes us children
Children, drop your chains and sing

So why, Lord, do I still fail
Do I wear thin
Why do I still give in to temptation
On my own, I am bankrupt
I don’t trust You or take You at Your word
What You’ve promised

Hallelujah, death is overcome
And we are breathing

Hallelujah, our stone hearts become
Flesh that’s beating
Hallelujah, chains have been undone
And we are singing
Hallelujah, the fire has begun
Can you feel it

 

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Mt. Roskill Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

Worn
(Mike Donehey, Jeff Owen, Jason Ingram)

I'm tired, I'm worn
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes
To keep on breathing
I've made mistakes
I've let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That You can mend a heart that's frail and torn

I wanna know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that's dead inside can be reborn
‘Cause I'm worn

I know I need
To lift my eyes up
But I'm too weak
Life just won't let up
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

My prayers are wearing thin
I'm worn
Even before the day begins
I'm worn
I've lost my will to fight
I'm worn
So Heaven come and flood my eyes

Yes, all that's dead inside will be reborn
Though, I'm worn
I'm worn

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, and Open Hands Music. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse and Open Hands Music administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203.

 

 

Losing
(Mike Donehey, Jeff Owen, Ruben Juarez)

I can’t believe what she said
I can’t believe what he did
Oh, don’t they know it’s wrong
Don’t they know it’s wrong, yeah
Maybe there’s something I’ve missed
But how could they treat me like this
It’s wearing out my heart
The way they disregard, oh

This is love or this is hate
We all have a choice to make

Oh, Father, won’t You forgive them
They don’t know what they’ve been doing

Oh, Father, give me grace to forgive them
‘Cause I feel like the one losing

It’s only the dead that can live
But still I wrestle with this
To lose the pain that’s mine
Seventy times seven times
Lord, it doesn’t feel right
For me to turn a blind eye
Though, I guess it’s not that much
When I think of what You’ve done

This is love, this is hate
We got a choice to make
Why do we think that hate’s gonna change their heart
We’re up in arms over wars that don’t need to be fought
Pride won’t let us lay weapons on the ground
We build our bridges up but just to burn them down
We think pain’s owed apologies and then it’ll stop
Truth be told, it doesn’t matter if they’re sorry or not
Freedom comes when we surrender to the sound
Of mercy and Your grace, Father, send Your angels down

 

© 2010 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

Don't Stop The Madness
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

There's a beggar down inside of me
Standing on the corner of your street
And my shame is my only company
Could use some cash but can't admit my need
For what You got and what I could receive
I need Your love to come and break the silence

Don't stop the madness
Don't stop the chaos
Don't stop the pain surrounding me
Don't be afraid, Lord, to break my heart
And bring me down to my knees

But all I hear is what they're selling me
That God is love, He isn’t suffering
And what you need's a little faith in prosperity
But oh, my God, I know there’s more than this
If You promise pain, it can't be meaningless
So make me poor if that's the price for freedom

In a marriage lost
And the cry in the dark
Don't stop with Your love
In a mother's tear

For the child who starves
Don't stop with Your love
When we're breaking down
We're falling apart
Don't stop with Your love
And with new eyes to see
This is Your mercy
Don't stop with Your love

Don't stop the madness
Don't stop the chaos
Don't stop the pain inside of me
Do whatever it takes to give me Your heart
And bring me down to my knees, Lord

 

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

Where Life Will Never Die
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

I'm waking up again
In this land of shadows
My eyes are growing dim
Lured toward the gallows
So light my soul ablaze
A field on fire
Take me to that place
Of one desire

O tempted heart, come alive
I feel you burning inside
Weary soul, lift your eyes
To a city where life will never die

But the dark and immediate
They come so easy
So I keep on giving in
To the things that kill me

O tempted heart, come alive
I feel you burning inside
Weary soul, lift your eyes
To a city where life will never die
This rusted world can't satisfy
There's nothing here that will survive
The night will end
The sun will rise
On a city where life will never die

Dark eyes, look up
See a kingdom come
Burn within our lungs
Further up, further on
Higher
Take me higher

 

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

Strangers Here
(Mike Donehey, Ben Glover)

I know you're tired of the hurt and the heartache
You feel like giving in, you feel like walking away
And I know it's difficult feeling so out of place
But this is not how it's gonna be
Your pain is temporary

We're all strangers here
So it's alright if you can't
Stop the tears that you cry

‘Cause some day we'll touch the face of our God
And the sorrow will disappear
Until then, we're strangers here

That's hard to hear if you want to keep chasing
This broken world that only keeps your heart breaking
So if you're scared ‘cause you think that you're missing out
This is not the ending
No, this is not the ending

This is not the homeland
We can see the lights from here
He's making us a city
Where there are no fears
And it's drawing near
Until then, we’re strangers here
We’re just strangers here

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / 9T One Songs / Ariose Music (ASCAP) (adm. at EMICMGPublishing.com)

 

 

Grace
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez, AJ Cheek)

Oh, can you hear, hear mercy sing
She cries to bitter hearts, end your suffering
Oh, please let go, give up your fight
Holding back your love, it never made things right
It's gonna be ok, ok tonight

Grace, only grace
Can roll your dead heart's stone away
Grace, only grace
Can move us to a rhythm that will change our ways

Oh, listen to love and let pride hit the ground
If joy is the armor, it can't be broken down
But if hate is the fuel, no one will win
But when we love ‘til we're empty
That's when life begins

Grace, grace, come and move me
Oh come and move me now
Grace, grace, only you can
Lift up what holds me down

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / AJ Cheek Music (SESAC)

 

 

All The Same
(Mike Donehey, Jeff Owen, Jason Ingram)

A thousand voices, a thousand lives
A thousand prayers rise in the night
What is it we seek
So many stories, Lord, I hear
And all these questions in my ears
Can we come out clean

Different faces, different fears
Different failures lead us here
Show us how

We’re all the same
All desperate for a change
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We need Your love

We take our secrets to the grave
Spend our lives hiding the shame
Afraid to show our need
But as we run our hands along these scars
May they tell us who we are
We are the redeemed

Different faces, different fears
Different failures lead us here
Show us how

We’re all the same
All desperate for a change
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We’re all the same

With hands held out for grace
We’re all the same
We need Your love
We need Your love

So if we’re casting stones
If we’ve forgotten what we know
That we don’t walk alone in this life
Let Your love get inside our bones
May it deep within us grow
May we bring in the ones left outside, ‘cause

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, and Open Hands Music. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse and Open Hands Music administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203.

 

 

Hostage Of Peace
(Mike Donehey, Jason Jamison, Jeff Owen, Brendon Shirley, Ruben Juarez)

Feel the silence
There's a war beneath our skin
Let it begin
It's hard to fight
It's hard to lead resistance
It's our hearts were up against

This world it keeps us, promising freedom
We thought we could belong
But we don't belong here

Don't let us wander to arms of another
Oh, Father, Yours forever
Let us be a hostage of peace

We need a rescue
Need a love we can't resist
Break our defenses
Take us captive
Take our thoughts and take control
We're losing control

If we're fighting, let it be for Your kingdom
If we're violent, let it be against ourselves
Come arrest us with Your affection
Give us freedom
Make our need our only declaration

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

You Do All Things Well
(Mike Donehey, Brendon Shirley)

Father in Heaven, hear this simple prayer
Get us through the night and fill up our despair
Pain has come and taught us to fear
We’re gonna need some grace now to fill the air
‘Cause in the twilight, we need eyes to see
How You're working beauty even out of ugly things

You do all things
You do all things
You do all things well

Father, among us, keep us in Your arms
There's evil all around us and we're trying to hold on
Just to know that You're still good
And that Your love is alive
Oh, let us cling to Jesus and sing tonight

You break me to bind me
You hurt me, Lord, to heal me
You cut me to touch me
You died to revive me

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, Formerly Music, and Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music) / Spanish Inquisition Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

Lamb Of God
(Mike Donehey, Brendon Shirley)

King of all the earth and every age
All creation waits for You
And trembles at Your name
Surrounded on a throne of endless praise
Fire and lightning flash from the glory of Your face
And I sing to You

You are Holy
You are worthy
You are Holy
You're the lamb of God

How do I dare approach this Holy One
The One who was and is, was and is to come
Robed in righteousness and mystery
We have only just begun, just begun to see
So I come broken through
The blood of Your Son and I kneel before You

Blessing and honor and glory and power
To Him who sits on the throne
Blessing and honor and glory and power
Forever to our God alone

 

© 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, West Main Music, and Formerly Music administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville TN 37203. / Big Gulp Music (SESAC) (admin. by Fun Attic Music)

 

 

 

About The Struggle

In a world that’s still trembling in the wake of the fall, our hearts are desperate for hope.
They’re hungry for freedom.
They’re longing for redemption.
And here’s the good news.
In Christ, we have all three.

We may not have answers to our questions, but we do have promises for our souls.
And the promises of God are twofold.
We are free to struggle, and we’re also not struggling to be free.
Our desire for our upcoming album, The Struggle, is that listeners will walk away with both of these truths still ringing in their ears and burning in their hearts.
We are free to fail because there’s an ocean of grace that we fall into.
But also, we have the promise of a power so strong that it raised Christ Himself, and so we know that, mystery of mysteries, we’re also not struggling to be free.
Imagine if we believed these things so strongly that we too gave grace to those tangled in their struggles while still calling them to the promise that they can be set free from them?
This artwork hopefully communicates this theme as well.
We’re in this thing together. Some fighting the waves, some breaking backs against the oars, some just trying to hold on. But one thing we know, we have each other, and most importantly, we have Christ.
And though it seems like He may have forsaken us, that He’s forgotten us, we need only look to the scars in His hands to remember He too entered the storm. He calmed the seas we could not calm. He broke the chains we could not break.
So wherever you are, whatever struggle you’re walking through, know that you’re not alone, and there’s grace, every step along the way.

- Mike Donehey