20 May 2015

Wounded Soldier

Wounded soldier soldier
Just come home from the fight
Feeling no one wants you 
So confused of wrong and right
Wondering how it is going to be
Now that life has changed so much
Wondering if you’re equal
To challenges in sight!
Wounded soldier soldier
You still have to fight
Wounded soldier soldier
This war of life!

Things have changed
They no longer look the same
Yesterday you were strong
Today it is just a memory
Longing for that feeling
The feeling it’s alright!
Crying out in pain and misery
For wounds you cannot see
Wondering if you’ll get well
If you can move on in life!
Wounded soldier soldier
You’re still a hero deep inside
Come on and hold your pride!

Times are changing they say
The war raises questions
Leave no answers behind
You’re still facing the burdens
Ever since that day…
How can you ever forget
The journey to the war
The prodding and the pruning
To sharpen your reflex
And when that moment came
And you were down
Wounded soldier soldier
You still wear the crown
For standing and believing 
It’s right to fight for a just cause!

Written and composed by Henrietta Decruz

18 May 2015

The Turnaround

Tough times
Tough lessons…
Experiences to lock away forever
To learn from
To relate to
To become wiser.

Maybe you are facing
A difficult crossroad in life
Maybe you have no strength
Left to go on
I’ve been through this
I got through it.

Yes you will make it too
You are not a statistic
You were born for a purpose
You are not here by chance
You were created
Specially handcrafted by His hands.

Don’t let anyone tell you
You don’t matter
You do!
It they think they are trash
It is their choice
You were created for glory!

I was empty broken and bruised
When I met Him!
He comforted me
Gave me hope
Led me through darkness
Into the Light!

Today I stand here
An overcomer, wiser
Who knows her worth
For the King stood up for me!
He holds out His hand to you
Will you reach out for Him?

14 May 2015

My version of the song "Hallelujah!"

I was listening to the various versions of the song 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen. The true meaning of the word Hallelujah is 'Praise the Lord!' I couldn't help realize that very few of the versions really were about God. I felt deep in my heart the need to write a version that was centered on HIM for whom the praise really was.
https://evanlaar2014.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/starstree.jpgMoreover, even I have been far away from God and was able to know Him closely only through His mercy and forgiveness. So here is my version... a song of a person who was brought back into close fellowship with God by His love and mercy and how she/he feels about this relationship in the now and for the future.
I hope this song's lyrics will touch a chord in every heart so they would themselves seek to know the Truth about the real true God. No, any of us don't need to take someone else's word for it... if you are a truly a Seeker, you will find Him! Keep on seeking... and you will find Him, His love, His truth and His Peace more than anything else!!!
I have done a rough recording of this version and put it up in Sound Cloud.com. Here is the link to the song...  https://soundcloud.com/henrietta-decruz/hallelujah-by-henrietta-decruz
I don't claim to be a great singer... I have just a simple voice and an ability to sing which I think is a gift from God Himself. I am thankful for it! So here is my offering to the Lord GOD Who saved my life many times and in many ways! Anything I do cannot repay Him for His love, His forgiveness, His protection and provision! 
Glory to God!!! Amen!
Here are the lyrics of my version of 'Hallelujah!'

I know there is a secret place
Where we do meet face to face
I thrive in every moment, Hallelujah!
No nothing else can take Your place
No! No one else could match Your grace
I celebrate Your glory, Hallelujah!!!

Chorus:      Hallelujah!

No, I was not so close to You
There was a time when I hated You
I blamed You for my sins, Hallelujah!
I was wrong I realized
When You came down opened my eyes
And I could see my truth, Hallelujah!                 Chorus

It took many years to reach the truth
To know Your love, Your loving heart
And Oh! How much it hurt me, Hallelujah!
That I did wrong and grieved Your heart
Yet You stood strong endured my part
You didn’t give up on me, Hallelujah!                Chorus

I’m standing here, all healed made whole
You filled my heart, filled every hole
You gave me a new life, Hallelujah!
I cannot bear to hear them say
The words that curse and tear You down
You never did deserve it, Hallelujah!                  Chorus

Yes, this is a world that turns its back
On everything You did for them
When I speak up for You, they will hate me
They spat on You, they tore Your clothes,
Humiliated You, gave You a cross
So how can I think that they will love me?                Chorus

Lord Jesus let me die for You
You’re the only One who is ever true
It’s a privilege I will have Hallelujah!
I wait for the day when this life is done
This race is over, the victory won
And I can run into Your arms, Hallelujah!          Chorus

Written by Henrietta Decruz
Based on the tune of “Hallelujah!’ by Leonard Cohen 

08 May 2015

Love and Protect Your Self

No matter what anyone thinks... there are times when we have to draw the line and make a boundary to protect ourselves from encroachers who rob us of our peace!
When Jesus said, "Love your neighbor..." He said "as yourself." The standard of loving the other was the way you first love yourself. When we love ourselves we need to see to our safety and constantly be aware of who is with us and who is working against us.
Sometimes we refuse to see the truth about someone because we love them, we think they are important to us... etc etc. But the truth is we came into this world 'alone' and alone we will leave it! It is better to put aside the notion that someone else is the cornerstone of our life! And if someone has to be important in our life it is better we let them earn our trust!
Don't give away your love or trust to anyone on a platter! Nobody is worthy of it... those who care for us, who treat us right, who go out of the way to do something good for us... who pray for us... they are worthy! Leave the others into a lower priority list... for that is where they truly belong!

Song: Walk to Freedom

This is a song I specially wrote to a tune composed by George Antony. 
He sang it for the first time on 3rd of May 2015 during his performance at Cafe Papaya in Kochi. 

Song:  Walk to Freedom

I left my old life far behind
I left that hole to chase my dreams
Little did I know where it’ll lead me
Little did I know the pain is more!

Chorus:   I will walk in the sunshine
     I will walk in the light
     I have decided to do right
     I have decided to ride!
All of the blues they will not hold me
All my setbacks I leave behind
I’m looking forward to the future
I’m leaving all the hatred behind!


Come on let’s welcome the morning
Come on and dance here with me
Open your eyes see the freedom
The night is over can’t you see?