Recently my family had the pleasure of enjoying Kari Jobe’s newest worship CD entitled The Garden. FlyBy/Propeller Promotions provided a copy of the CD for us to review, and also one copy to give away to one of you!
Where do you go for help, for relief, when you’re in a time of struggle or suffering? Of course, we know that we need to go to God. You can look at the Bible’s book of Psalms and know that crying out to God is one of the first things that David and the other psalmists did. (They’re also extremely honest about what they’re feeling, but I think that’s another post!)
Sometimes, though, the struggle or the suffering goes on after, sometimes long after, we have cried out. How do we hang onto God when the loss is still there, when our circumstances are still challenging our hearts and lives, when the hope we’d like to feel isn’t really there?
Those psalmists amaze me. How many times do they cry out to God about the struggle, but then they end with, “But I will worship the Lord.” “I will wait patiently for Him.” What an encouragement that can be–that He is still God even as we are trying to hang onto Him in troubles.
I’ve found that worship music can be another incredible encouragement to me; not only in times of struggle, but in times of joy, happiness, or just normal life. Kari Jobe’s new CD The Garden is a beautiful and meditative collection of songs (written or co-written by and all sung by Kari) about reaching out to God. About desiring Him, about our cry for hope and His love in the midst of sorrow, about His presence. The Garden contains 14 songs that will encourage your soul; comfort your heart; and help you focus on the Lord.
Kari Jobe’s family underwent a great loss. When Kari and her sister were both pregnant, her sister’s pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her baby girl, James Ivy. In the grieving and heartache Kari and her family went through, she learned that God is there. That He never left. That His love is with us always. And these songs were born out of the pain and the struggle they walked. In the home Kari and her husband (and son) bought and moved into, the garden was overgrown and they’d been advised to just let it grow for a year. And one day she walked outside and looked at the messy growth. And she saw ivy; full, lush, fresh growth. She remembered immediately her precious niece, James Ivy. Kari said, “Ivy is the most resilient plant there is. It can grow in the harshest of climates; it can grow in the harshest of situations,” Jobe explains, adding, “I’m standing in this garden. There’s ivy growing, and I just started to realize, ‘God, You’re moving in a way that is different than what I asked for, but You are moving.’ He’s at work and doing things we can’t see.”
The Garden contains 14 beautiful songs, including:
- “The Garden”
- “Let Your Glory Fall”
- “Lover of My Soul”
- “Closer To Your Heart”
- “The Cause of Christ”
- “Here As In Heaven”
- and more
How our family enjoyed this
We’ve enjoyed Kari Jobe’s singing and her worship songs for some time. We were so excited to hear this new album! My husband has listened to it in his car, and we’ve played the CD in our home during family worship and just on our regular homeschool days, at mealtimes or when we’ve finished school. We’ve all enjoyed it so much.
There is so much in the lyrics that speaks to our hearts. Kari’s singing is both peaceful and beautiful, as are the musical arrangements. It is a wonderful reminder that God is there. That He is loving us, shepherding us through our troubles and sorrows; but also through the good times. That He is faithful. And that He is worthy.
Here’s one particular portion of the first song, The Garden, that is so sweet and meaningful to me:
“Then I saw the garden, hope had come to me
To sweep away the ashes
And wake me from my sleep
I realized You never left
And for this moment You planned ahead
That I would see
Your faithfulness in all of the green…”
Because we’ve all been there, haven’t we? In the times of suffering and sorrow. Wondering if God was there; if He heard us; if He was listening. We just can’t always see it…but He’s never left us to face things alone.
There’s much more beauty and encouragement in the rest of this album.
I so recommend it. If you’d like a beautiful new worship CD; if you need the reminder that God loves you and is there; if you need comfort in your struggles. You can click through the social media links below to purchase it.
And, you can enter my giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of The Garden! Just enter below at the pink link, which will take you to the Giveaway Tools entry page. Giveaway ends February 15, 2017. Blessings!