Friday, October 6, 2017

Perfectly Restored


To be Perfectly Restored

This is my testimony 
and record of every sacred time
 I've been privileged to 
come unto Christ 
and be perfected in him-
 It is one way I've found to
 lay hold on the 
Atonement of our dear Savior Jesus Christ
 to become whole again.

Here is the backstory:
One morning I was awake without knowing why. 
 It was 3 am and I could not fall back to sleep.  I took out my journal in case Heavenly Father might want to communicate.  Heaven seems much closer at 3 am, doesn't it?
As I was flipping through the journal to find my place, my eye caught hold of a prior entry and I started reading it.  
In my mind the words and phrases shifted around until it felt the paragraph was taking verse form. My heart started filling with joy.

I got a spare notebook and wrote out the thoughts 
dancing in my mind. 


"I give my burdens to the Lord,
They dissolve instantly,
When placed into His loving hands,
They vanish into joy.

My shattered heart has been made whole,
every piece put back together,
So perfectly restored,
I give my burdens to the Lord."


My heart was soaring! 
 I had learned to give my burdens to the Lord 
and had recorded it in my journal months earlier and 
now the Spirit was helping me turn that sacred experience into a song so I could share it with others.

I wrote 3 more verses without pausing.  The words presented themselves to my pen without my mind analyzing them- I merely wrote and then read, and then delighted in the writing.

By the time I finished with the words, 
I was singing their melody. 
I fell asleep with the words and tune ringing in my ears and spiraling through my dreams, happy and amazed at the experience.

Weeks and months went into writing the accompaniment. I was a complete beginner. I spent time pleading for a teacher, playing and revising.  I called it the Burden song and 
it felt like a burden at times.
I nearly gave it up but had excellent encouragement from dear friends who believed in the message of the song. 
 I wrote so many versions I could have papered all the walls in my home with the rough drafts. 
 Sometimes I felt guided by angels. 
 Sometimes I despaired I'd ever get it right.

I learned so much during this time.  Heavenly Father led me to a teacher who taught me about music composition. 
He helped me find people who could record the song so it could touch more hearts.  
He lent me heavenly aid.  And He allowed me to stumble along on my own at times to learn that I could do this.

Here is the song.  It is my testimony and record of every sacred time I've been privileged to come unto Christ and be perfected in him- It is one way I've found to lay hold on the Atonement of our dear Savior Jesus Christ to become whole again.
To be Perfectly Restored. 


1. I see Christ standing in the light,
His arms out-stretched to me.
His love-filled eyes, His tender smile,
I long for His embrace.
I put my burdens in His hands,
Palms engraved with understanding.
Hands pierced, yet now restored. 
I give my burdens to my Lord.

2. I give my burdens to the Lord,
They dissolve instantly.
When placed into His loving hands,
They vanish into joy!
My shattered heart has been made whole.
Every piece put back together.
So perfectly restored.
I give my burdens to my Lord.

3. Although heavy, scarlet fetters
had bound my soul to sin,
His loving sacrifice for all
paid for my every whim.
All my anger, fear and sadness,
My actions and my errors,
So perfectly paid for.
I give my burdens to my Lord.

4. The cords dissolve,
My pain is gone.
My heart is full of song,
Of praise and joy
and peace and love,
I'm free to live again.
I can become the child He sees,
A disciple of the Lord.
So perfectly Restored.
I gave my burdens to my Lord!

I am so Perfectly Restored.


If you feel inspired to play this song or share it with anyone, please let me know your thoughts or experiences with it.  If you'd like to have it keyed differently, please let me know!
Have a blessed day!





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