Lyrics (text-based)

Artist: Johnny Herring
LP Title: He Took Me As I Was
Released: Nov 2013 (Physical) and Jan 2015 (Digital)

WE NEED THE RAIN

We need the rain, we need the rain
We need the rain falling down on this dry & thirsty land, we need the rain
We need the rain coming down ‘til it’s flowing like a raging river, rushing
Through the land, bringing total deliverance
We need the rain, we need the rain

I need the rain, I need the rain
I need the rain of the Spirit falling on my thirsty soul, I need the rain
I need the rain coming down ‘til it’s flowing like a raging river, rushing
Through my soul until I am completely whole
I need the rain, I need the rain.

Lord let it rain, yes let it rain
Let it rain down and fill up our dry and thirsty souls, oh let it rain
Let it rain on down ‘til we are full to overflowing
Then go through this dry land with strength & power in our hand
Oh, let it rain, yes let it rain

There is famine in the land, not for bread or thirst, for water
But a mighty scarce supply, of hearing the Words of the Father

Rain.. rain.. rain.. Lord you know we need the rain
Holy Ghost rain.. rain.. rain.. rain
Rain.. rain… rain.. Holy Ghost rain…

JESUS DUG A WELL

Abraham was blessed of God, had need of many wells
He dug his share, the number, not sure, I can tell
After he died, the enemy, was there to fill them in
When Isaac came along, he had to dig them out again

Jesus dug a well, that will never run dry
Come drink that living water, drink up don’t be shy
The devil cannot stop the flow, he’ll try ‘til his bitter end
Jesus dug a well, the devil cannot fill in

Long ago, before the Cross, where Jesus gave His life
The Priest would offer bulls and goats, for a sacrifice
That only paid the interest, on the debt of sin
It wasn’t very long, he had to do it all again

Maybe you have dug a well, and it’s never deep enough
When you need a drink the most, all it pumps is dust
The Spirit is saying come, I’ll show you what to do
I’ll be a well of water, springing up inside of you

Jesus dug a well, that will never run dry
Come drink that living water, drink up don’t be shy
The devil cannot stop the flow, he’ll try ‘til his bitter end
Jesus dug a well, the devil cannot fill in

LET GOD WORK IT

Turn it over to God and let God work it
For it’s absolutely certain
He’ll work it, much better than you can
Turn it over to God and let God work it
That’s near as it will get to perfect
All things change for better in His hand

Maybe things in your life
You would drop or at least change
But after all your work and payday comes
They’re only rearranged
Thoughts of defeat begin telling you
Give up, why keep trying
Emotions speaking loud and clear
Inside you’re surely dying

Turn it over to God and let God work it
For it’s absolutely certain
He’ll work it, much better than you can
Turn it over to God and let God work it
That’s near as it will get to perfect
All things change for better in His hand

You say life has dealt some hard blows
You been trying to work it out
Coming up short every time
Surely there’s no doubt
Struggling until you can’t go any farther
Don’t you think it’s time
To give it to the problem solver

HE TOOK ME AS I WAS

Darkness and confusion
Clouded my mind
No peace, no satisfaction
Could I find
Until He came and
Broke through my despair
Now I have joy and
Nothing can compare

He took me as I was, and made me what I am
He looked past all my fault
He had mercy on this man
Then He lifted me up
With the outstretch of His hands
He took me as I was, and made me what I am

Now if you’re hurt and lonely
I know someone
Who can heal all the pain
Undo what’s done
He can carve out paths
Through mountains high
Give you hope and
A future that is bright

He took me as I was, and made me what I am
He looked past all my fault
He had mercy on this man
Then He lifted me up
With the outstretch of His hands
He took me as I was, and made me what I am

Help is near, don’t you give up now
Jesus is here, His hands are reaching out

RUN TO HIM

I run to Him, I run to Him
When disappointments dim my way, I run to Him
When I’m scared and alone like a little child
Confused with doubts that consume my mind, I run to Him

Life’s always changing, it’s never the same
Tomorrow may bring sunshine or rain
But God is always faithful and strong, He’ll see us through
I’ll have to admit at times I don’t understand
How things can go wrong and seem so out of hand
Then I realize there’s only one thing left to do

I run to Him, I run to Him
When disappointments come my way, I run to Him
When I’m scared and alone like a little child
Confused with doubts that consume my mind, I run to Him

Life keeps handing me things I don’t want to accept
Other times I squander things I should have kept
But always still amazed at God’s unending love
I’m not always strong as people think me to be
Sometimes the opposition brings me to my knees
There I understand, I need strength from above, then

I run to Him, I run to Him
When disappointments come my way, I run to Him
When I’m scared and alone like a little child
Confused with doubts that consume my mind, I run to Him

ONE STEP

Take me up, one step higher, You oh Lord, are my desire
Melt this cold heart with Your fire, fill me with Your love
Bring me, one step closer, in Your arms where I know for sure
I am safe, my future secure, fill me with Your love

I spent years just wandering round
Trying to find myself someway, somehow
And through all the ups and downs
Your love revealed, is what I found

Take me up, one step higher, You oh Lord, are my desire
Melt this cold heart with Your fire, fill me with Your love
Bring me, one step closer, in Your arms where I know for sure
I am safe, my future secure, fill me with Your love

Here I am still serving You today
Never thought I could, or could be loved this way
I’m still amazed at the price You paid
Every day this is what I pray

Take me up, one step higher, You oh Lord, are my desire
Melt this cold heart with Your fire, fill me with Your love
Bring me, one step closer, in Your arms where I know for sure
I am safe, my future secure, fill me with Your love

Take me higher
Bring me closer
Higher
Take me all the way

Take me up, one step higher, You oh Lord, are my desire
Melt this cold heart with Your fire, fill me with Your love
Bring me, one step closer, in Your arms where I know for sure
I am safe, my future secure, fill me with Your love

LETTERS FROM HOME

Half a world away is a hard place to be
Away from your country
Culture, home and family
Lots of time to think of how
You could have done things differently
The price of freedom is not pain free
Hours pass like days
Weeks, eternity
Longing for something familiar to see
Depression plays its mind games
Can’t reach family on the phone
But just in time you get a letter from home

Letters from home
Take me back to the place
Surrounded by your warmth
Your love, your smiling face
Letter from home
Tell me it will be alright
I’ll make it back safely from this fight
I cherish my letters from home

In your words I can see our family
Laughter fills the home
Exchanging gifts around the tree
How I long to be there, how I long to see
So I’ll send my love in a letter overseas

Letters from home
Take me back to the place
Surrounded by your warmth
Your love, your smiling face
Letter from home
Tell me it will be alright
I’ll make it back safely from this fight
I cherish my letters from home

Letters of support, letters of love
Seal it with a kiss and a prayer from above

Letters from home
Take me back to the place
Surrounded by your warmth
Your love, your smiling face
Letter from home
Tell me it will be alright
I’ll make it back safely from this fight
I cherish my letters from home

TURNING 30

Good morning lovely woman
Today we’re turning thirty
The coffee is a brewing and
You’re looking so pretty
Soon the coffee will be steaming
In our cup
As we head for the deck
To watch the sun come up
Just sitting enjoying
The cool morning breeze
As it tickles the leaves
In the top of the trees
Watching the birds
As they’re glidin’ by
As a cloud floats along
Decorating the sky

Turning thirty
Ain’t we something
Turning thirty

Out front, near the garden
Gray kitten jumps high
As he is in route
Chasing a butterfly
The flowers are blooming and
Smelling so sweet
As my honey snuggles up
Close beside of me
All the wonder I see
Is nothing to compare
To the one sittin’ right beside me
In that chair
I’m happy as a man
Could ever be
For the one that the Lord
Has provided for me

Turning thirty
Ain’t we something
Turning thirty

MY LADY

You are the mother of our children
You are my lover, you’re my wife
Always there when I need you
Always sharing in my life

And I thank the Lord
For sending you my way
Joining us together
Hand in hand we have stayed

Things have not always been easy
As we’ve watched the years go by
But it’s love that’s made the difference
I trust we’ll remain side by side

Just the thought of life without you
Makes me shiver deep inside
I pray, Lord bless this special union
And the lady that stands by my side

FAITH WALK

(instrumental) music composed and performed by Johnny Herring

3rd HEAVEN

(instrumental) music composed and performed by Johnny Herring

PUZZLE PIECES

Pieces scattered all over the floor
Colorful disarray
Each uniquely shaped to fit
In their own special place
One by one the pieces are joined
Linked together as one
Little by little a picture is formed
Until it’s almost done

But there’s one missing piece
Where has it gone
Looking under pillows
And in between cushions
Seems I’ve searched for so long
And the puzzle will never be complete
Without that special piece
Amazing how something
Seeming so small
Holds the key to the masterpiece

Just like a puzzle, the body of Christ
Is scattered all abroad
God brings us together as part of His plan
To see His kingdom come
Each of us unique in our gifts
God designed us that way
Each playing a critical part
In His glorious display

God has fearfully and
Wonderfully made you
He has put in you a special gift
Let go of your fear and insecurity
You’ll see exactly where you fit

Are you that one missing piece
Where have you been
We’ve been working and waiting
Anticipating
The final products’ end
But the puzzle will never see completion
Without your special smile
So come right on in
We welcome you in
You’ve made the waiting all worthwhile

Later that day I finally found
The long lost puzzle piece
It had been close by the entire time
Hiding in shadows deep
And how the Master smiles to see
The puzzle now complete
See how each person is treasured
As an important part
Of His masterpiece

HEADED HOME

Many times, along the journey
The enemy would come around and say
Don’t’ you know, you’ll never make it
You’ll never make it all the way
I said, devil, you may as well leave me alone
For the greater One lives in me
And by the mighty Holy Ghost power you see
I’m still headed home

I’m headed home, I’m headed home
Don’t plan to stop or even turn aside
Anywhere along the way
I’m headed home, I’m headed home
Not gonna stay here, I’m just passing through
I’m headed home

Jesus said, I’ll go with you
I’ll go with you all the way to the end
I’ll bare you up, when you stumble
I’ll be your nearest friend
I’ll be right, I’ll be right by your side
When you’re shaky, just lean on me
It’s not by your strength, but by my power you see
That you’re still headed home

I’m headed home, I’m headed home
Don’t plan to stop or even turn aside
Anywhere along the way
I’m headed home, I’m headed home
Not gonna stay here, I’m just passing through
I’m headed home
I’m headed home
I’m headed home

Artist: Johnny Herring
LP Title: It’s A Grace Thing
Released: 2002

1. Grace Thing
2. No Time
3. God is Bigger
4. Walk Near
5. Mama Prayed
6. Draw Me Aside
7. Don’t be a Frettin
8. Touch the Face of God
9. It’s Time
10. Lose My Identity
11. Pickin’ (Instrumental)

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