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Bravery & Willingness

Darlene Zschech

0:43:25 · Songwriting

Darlene shares about her story with bravery, songwriting and approaching worship with open hands and a heart of wonder.

Pioneering Is Costly

  • Sometimes a song can pull you into places that you didn’t plan on going into. It can take your heart by force, if you let it. It can soften the hardest hearts, and communicate something you didn’t quite know how to find words for. 
  • Darlene talks about her journey when being diagnosed with cancer, and her first time hearing “You Make Me Brave” by Amanda Cook. She played the song over and over again, until there was a framework built in her heart, to safely fall into. 
  • “Any bitterness left unaddressed leaves you messed up. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And it pulls you away from your purpose.” 
  • “What I do know about pioneering is that it’s costly.”
  • “The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.” A.W. Tozer
  • The sense of eternity that can only be filled by Christ himself, lies in every single man, woman and child. 

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

  • You have to continually spend time thinking, dreaming and imagining with the Lord. Put value on the time it takes to do these things. Pull yourself out of the chaos of life to recognize the clarity and beauty that God’s created in and around you.
  • It is not the songwriters responsibility to put words and prayers in other people’s mouth, but it is their responsibility to be honest with the Lord in their craft. 
  • Having proper theology of worship enables us to cultivate a culture of worship and teach our team about worship. 
  • The more Darlene surrendered herself and her process before God, the more songs came out of her.
  • The fact that God would want to use each one of us in this time and history should take our breath away. He breathed breath into our lungs for such a time as this. 
  • Being a master at your craft and a master with words comes with a lot of responsibility. 

The Awe & Wonder of God

  • God delights in choosing ordinary men and women to carry out one of His most important missions: releasing the sound of heaven across the earth.
  • God is not looking for a show or for perfection, He’s looking for you to come in spirit and truth. “He loves you in the dirt, on the platform, he loves you in the hard times and the good times.”
  • “Don’t get all bent out of shape just because someone didn’t like your song. You’ve gotta write a lot of average songs to get to that good one.”
  • “The Lord didn’t make a mistake when handing out gifts and talents.”
  • Worship is not about us, our likes and preferences. It’s about coming before God in reverence and honoring Him.
  • There should be permission to change the BPM, the timing and other technicalities in music theory that we’ve become so controlled and inboxed by, because if we’re ever to create new sounds, we have to break boxes. 
  • “Are you writing songs for the radio? Or for the King of Kings?”
  • “Music excludes, worship includes.”
  • Sometimes we exclude ourselves from calling ourselves “songwriters” because it sounds so dramatic, but it’s really an artistic revelation and it’s coming into agreement with what He says about us. 
  • New songs represent new life. It represents movement, reproduction, growth in a garden and they’re important to be declared. 
  • Creating with the Lord oftentimes is a messy process, because you’re actually digging in the dirt. You’re discovering new things. 
  • It’s important to not become too familiar with the awe and wonder of God, so much so that when people are getting saved and God’s healing people, that we’re not even phased by it. Stay in wonder by God and His nature. 
  • Just like being lost in familiarity, it’s easy to be lost in the journey of songwriting.

Practical Questions 

  • What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you? How’s your relationship with him? 
  • When in relationship with the Holy Spirit, be prepared to catch inspiration randomly out of the blue, because it will come from any and every direction.
  • Be disciplined in your craft. Finish what you started. Starting a song is easy, finishing a song is hard. Create discipline to finish what you’ve started. 
  • Do you have what it takes to receive feedback? When you’re asking for feedback, make sure that you’re able to actually receive it. 
  • If you’re the one giving feedback, be sure to give it in love. 
  • Be courageous in your creativity. 
  • It’s not a talent problem, it’s a confidence problem. Where do you place your confidence? Are you placing it in God?