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1 ARETHA ABRAMS Naked Lips of Praise Volume II Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sin was my friend for a little while It afforded me everything that made me smile The more I became addicted the more I went into denial. It was delicious, delectable and delightful too It was mysterious and delirious and only I knew It was small and discreet but over time the monster grew. What started out as being just a few minutes a day Became a habit I tried to command but it wouldn’t obey And I couldn’t live without it - not for one day.

2 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior It had taken over my time and my personality And before I knew it I couldn’t be me My friends tried to tell me but I couldn’t see. I suddenly found myself spiraling down So lost in the sin that I couldn’t be found I wanted to call for help but sin wouldn’t let me make a sound. He taunted and teased and made me feel ashamed He pointed the finger at me and said I was to blame And now this sin would forever be associated with my name. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

3 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior So I sat in the corner wanting to cry Couldn’t summon the tears because I was living a lie, Sin had me feeling so bad I wanted to die. So I pointed a pistol to my head Sin said to me, “Go ahead! You might as well be dead!” And, I almost listened to what sin said. But suddenly a voice came out of nowhere, I was so shocked and amazed that all I could do was sit and stare, I looked for the person who said it but no one was there. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

4 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior This voice called my name ever so lovingly Took the gun from my hand and touch me softly He told me He came specifically to save me. Jesus said that all sin had told me was a lie, I didn’t have to kill myself because He had already died, All I had to do was ask the Savior to come inside. Dear Jesus I believe in you and you’re inside of me. I believe you died that victorious day on Calvary. And because you died - you set me free. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

5 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior And I accept you as my Lord and Savior I know you’ll keep me from hurt, harm and danger, Come into my life and help me change my behavior. Kneeling down on my knees - together we prayed And from that moment forward I knew I was saved Sin yelled and screamed but eventually had to behave. Life without sin is not always easy What I had given up kept tempting and tormenting me, But I held onto the Master’s hand even more tightly. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

6 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Intimate Sin Intimate Savior If I can hold on for just a little while longer I know with each day I will grow stronger If I hunger and thirst after His Word He will satisfy my hunger. Jesus, my best friend, drove sin away, Every time sin tempted me the Master gave me a word to say, Because He is my sword - I meditate on His Word everyday. Now, I no longer listen to sin. I will never go back to where I’ve already been. Now, I know I only have one Savior and one true friend. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

7 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior A Missionary’s Spirit She is beauty, she is wisdom, She is grace and dignity, Her motto is, “I can do all things Through Christ who strengthens me.” She is an educator, an innovator, A loving mother and a loving wife, As her husband often mentions, “She is a pearl of great price.” She is more precious than rubies, She is worth more than gold, She loves her children’s children With all her heart and all her soul. She is the ladder leading up to heaven Helping those who have gone astray. A bridge between heaven and earth And a light that lights the way. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

8 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior A Missionary’s Spirit How beautiful are the feet of them That preach the gospel of peace, How excellent to spread the Word That brings redemption and relief. As she teaches about Christian missions And teaches the principles of Christian life, As she promotes the cause of world evangelism She gives herself upon the altar of sacrifice. She is an excellent example to all of us, A pillar of fire and a pillar of strength, A valiant solider in the army of the Lord, In times of trouble, she is our first defense. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

9 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior A Missionary’s Spirit Thank you for your example and For all that you do and all you’ve done, We know you’ll lead us to victory Because the battle is already won. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

10 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Bring the Praise Come all who are weak and heavy laden And I will give you rest, I will heal and strengthen you, I will send the comforter to the oppressed. Come from the east and the west, Come from the north and the south, Spread the gospel of good news, Let it leap from mouth to mouth. Sing unto the Lord a new song, Let His praise continually be in your mouth, Come singing from the east and the west, Come praising from the north and south. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

11 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior By Your Faith Without faith it is impossible to please God, With faith all things are possible, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, With faith the invisible becomes visible. By your faith are you made whole, By your faith can a blind man see, By your faith are you justified, By faith will you live for eternity, By your faith can mountains be moved, By your faith can you cast out evil spirits, By your faith can you be healed from sickness, Faith comes by hearing—can you hear it? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

12 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior By Your Faith By faith we are the children of God, We are saved through faith by grace, By faith we have risen with Christ, And will rise again to see His sweet face. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

13 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Can’t Change My Destiny You can’t change my destiny, You can’t tell me how to be me, The plans for my life were written long ago, No one can change who God made me to be. I am what I am by the grace of God, And the grace that was given was not in vain, He blessed me with blessings that brought me pleasure, And chastened my soul with fastings and pain. I have been uniquely designed by Him, His hands are the hands that touched me, He washed, redeemed and cleansed me, He took the dirty and made me holy. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

14 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Can’t Change My Destiny He touched my wounds so sweetly, And stopped the blood from flowing down, When Satan stripped away my glory, He gave me back my royal crown. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

15 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Dream of a Dreamer Lift a toast to liberty! Drown your sorrows with wine and ale! Raised voices joined in mob like discourse when justice and freedom failed. Let loose the dogs! Put out the fire! Turn on the water full force! Dog bites hurt! When you’re thrown in jail never leave your power source. Drop to your knees! No violence please for God is on our side. He will avenge every drop of blood from all the dead who died. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

16 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Dream of a Dreamer Walk in the rain! Forget your pain! We have many miles to go! Boycott was the word we rallied behind. Sit in the back of the bus? “Oh no!” I’m going down to Memphis! Climbing up the mountain to see my dream, Might not get there with you but I’ll be there although things aren’t always as they seem. The shot heard round the world was the end of the revolution. Non-violence met a violent end. What started out in awesome victory came to a tragic and deadly end. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

17 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Dream of a Dreamer Mortal took on immortality as the angels descended from on high. Lift the body of the slain King, Will his dream live or will it die? We shall overcome some day although I don’t know when or how. Where is the leader worthy of this cause? Where is the dream? Where is the dreamer now? End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

18 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Forgive Me Father Forgive me Father For I have sinned A sin that was sinned In the Garden of Eden. For my eyes have seen What they should not see And the sin was Too much for me. It looked so good It filled my eyes With desires I had Never tried. And all I wanted was What I wanted to see, The forbidden fruit That was forbidden to me. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

19 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Give Me a Hand Reach out your hand and pull me up, Just don’t leave me alone down here, I need a hand to hold my hand, I need someone lovingly sincere. Strength isn’t strong enough to pull me out, I could be strong if someone would show me how, I would leave the past behind and look ahead, I’m critically urgently in need of you now. If I don’t come now I’ll never get out, The world is sucking me down the drain, But I heard your love was more than enough To shelter me from the rain. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

20 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Give Me a Hand So, if you love me you’ll save me now, I heard your love can save the world, And if that’s true I know your love Can save this poor lonely girl. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

21 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Given I started writing poetry because I didn’t have a choice, God gave me the gift to inspire. I started writing poetry because I didn’t have a voice, But God said if I will lift—He will lift higher. I started writing poems because the words just seem to fit, They were friends when I was friendless and alone. I started writing poems because the words, I must admit, Have created a whole new world of their own. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

22 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Given The words became a poetic harvest, God sent me to water and tend the field. In the beginning was the Word, and I must confess The Word is my glittering spear and sparkling shield. The Word is light, love and life, It is powerful and will cut like a sword, Nations will fall by its sharpened deadly blade But the just shall receive their reward. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

23 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Is God Who can be God but God? Who else is deserving of His praise? Many have attempted to be like Him But all have failed miserably in vain. Hope keep on hoping, Prayer keep on praying, Trust keep on trusting, Song keep on singing, Believer keep on believing, Joy keep on rejoicing, Praises keep on praising, Leaver keep on leaving, Misery keep being miserable, Complainers keep on complaining, Pouters keep on pouting, Rain keep on raining, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

24 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Is God Who can be God but God? Who else is deserving of His praise? Many have attempted to be like Him But all have failed miserably in vain. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

25 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Is In Control I’ve watch you make it to the top Now how about you help me up? I’m not a threat to your prosperity What God has for you is for you and What God has for me is for me. I’ve gone as far as I can on my own I’ve done as much as I can do all alone How about reaching down and grabbing my hand I have been given two legs of my own to stand And I’m standing on the Master’s plan. I could use a little help to reach my own heights I will soar like the eagle, I’ve already taken flight Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

26 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Is In Control But I don’t want to continue circling around I want to place my feet on the ground and now That I’ve been up I need help coming down. Give me some good sound advice I know it Could be a little sacrifice but you’ve been In the game and I’m just getting in I need the mentoring from a godly person Will you be the one to befriend a friend? I won’t be a nuisance and I won’t be a pain To live is Christ and to die is gain Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

27 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior God Is In Control I’m standing on the threshold of the rim of faith What God has taken away God will replace I will continue to seek Him on my face. Am I my brother’s keeper? Is this my responsibility? Yes. So reach down from the sky and heaven help me. You have brought me too far to leave me now Give me the knowledge, the wisdom and the know-how, There is none wiser or mightier than thou. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

28 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Golden Crown My paper was waiting for me on the porch The moment I got home, Feels so good after a long time at work To have a little place to call my own. I took a moment to sit down, close my eyes And to catch my breath. What a blessing to be at ease, kick up your Feet and take a rest. When I opened my eyes I marveled at This beautiful and wonderful place, What a pleasure to know I no longer have To run in that treacherous race. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

29 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Golden Crown Bathing in the crystal fountains at The place where the angels muse and play, I can’t wait to put on my long white robe and Watch the hours melt away. Come sweet little angels bring me my crown And place it on my head, I’ve been waiting for a very long time To lie down and go to bed. Walking around heaven is wonderful, It’s like walking on clouds, In order not to scratch up the streets of gold No shoes are allowed. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

30 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Golden Crown I just can’t wait to take my seat, Sinking down in my nice cozy chair, I tell you the furniture is so comfortable, It’s like sitting on a trestle of air. Suddenly, I heard a knock at the door I wonder who that can be, When I opened the door - to my surprise, It was Jesus visiting me. I didn’t know just what to do I’ve waited so long to see my dear friend, After taking a moment to marvel in His presence I finally asked Him to come in. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

31 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Golden Crown His feet never touched the ground And a light shone brightly around Him, He said, “I just stopped by to welcome you home.” I shouted, “Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! Amen!” He said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward.” And in an instance He disappeared But as I looked around, Next to the place where I was just sitting Was my brand new golden crown. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

32 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Good Enough For God Growing up Isn’t an easy thing, I’ve made so many mistakes I’ve had so many heartbreaks, so many heartaches, I felt like giving up, Life had beat me down, I couldn’t see how I could make it, I didn’t feel like I could take it, People are so mean and cold, They say things that pierce my soul, But I won’t give up until I reach my goal, Cause my Savior said, “Thy faith has made you whole!” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

33 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Good Enough For God And I’m good enough for God. The one who took my guilt away, Paid a debt I can’t repay, He has preserved me until His day, And I’m good enough for God. The faults you can’t forgive, The past you think I should relive, The things I want to forget You said you can’t forgive, But I’m good enough for God. I can go on... I have the strength to keep on living, No matter what you say, I know the price I have to pay. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

34 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Good Enough For God Holding on Isn’t an easy thing, My sins are ever before me Trying to blind my eyes so I can’t see His mercy, The pain won’t go away, Seems like as soon as the wounds begin to heal Here comes another past mistake Being thrown in my face. People stab me in the back without a second thought, Spreading rumors whether they’re true or not, But I wont’ give up until I reach my goal, Cause my Savior said, “Thy faith has made you whole!” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

35 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Good Enough For God And I’m good enough for God. The one who took my guilt away, Paid a debt I can’t repay, He has preserved me until His day, And I’m good enough for God. The faults you can’t forgive, The past you think I should relive, The things I want to forget You said you can’t forgive, But I’m good enough for God. The world is always against me But when I get home - my Savior’s face I’ll see That’s when I’ll live from eternity to eternity Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

36 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Good Enough For God The world is unforgiving but God has forgiven me. I might not be good enough for you But I’m good enough for God. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

37 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Never Knew I never knew life could be so full of joy Although sorrows may come my way, I never knew I could keep on loving others When hate is prevalent in what they do and say, I didn’t know it would be so easy to Turn the other cheek, I didn’t know how to remain humble And how to remain lowly and meek, I never knew I had another place, One to call my own, I never knew when I was lonely That I was never alone, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

38 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Never Knew I never knew I could feel your presence When no one else is near, I never knew you would give me strength To stand up in the face of fear, I never knew the blood flowing from your side Was enough to save humanity, I never knew that when you died You did it just for me, I never knew your power was strong Enough to create the heavens and earth, I never knew a person could be born again By going through a second birth, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

39 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Never Knew I never knew you could save me Through the death of your only begotten son, I never knew you could give destiny To someone who had none, Faith is the substance of things hoped for The evidence of things not seen I never knew you could bring reality To a dream I’ve always dreamed. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

40 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Wanna Know I wanna know the power of God. I wanna experience what God has to give, I wanna know what it feels like to heal the sick, I wanna know what it’s like to forgive. I wanna feel this amazing power of God. I wanna know how to love unselfishly, What is it like to have dominion over the earth? What is it like to love all your enemies? I wanna understand this awesome power of God. I wanna know this power from on high. I wanna know how it feels to command angelic beings. What is it like to make your home in the sky? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

41 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Wanna Know What is it like to have the power to part the sea? What is it like when the winds and waves obey your will? What was it like to flood the entire earth? What is it like to say “peace” and everything becomes still. How do you feel when people curse you And when they say you don’t exist? How do you feel when they quench your Spirit? Who are the clouds carried with a tempest? How does it feel to know everything? What is it like to have power over death? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

42 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I Wanna Know Do you look upon the things you made and smile? What is it like to take away a man’s last breath? End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

43 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’ll Wait Walking away from my one true love Was the hardest thing I’ve ever done Yet you felt you didn’t need me Even though you were my only son. I tried to tell you for your own good But you wouldn’t listen to me I tried to be there when I could But you turned your back on me. So I will wait – until you’re ready, Although I hate – to see you do this to yourself, I will wait – until you come back to me, I’m not going to worry – I’ll just wait. Yes, I will wait – I won’t rush your recovery, I’ll wait – I know it’s not about me, I’ll wait – It’s your choice to make and While you’re deciding – I’ll just wait. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

44 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’ll Wait We’re headed in the opposite direction, I want to protect you, but you don’t want my protection, Why can’t you see how much you’re hurting yourself, I’m trying to stay faithful but you’re scaring me to death. Although you’re tired of listening, I’ll continue to you pray, I know you’ll make the right decision But until that day, I will wait – until you’re ready, Although I hate – to see you do this to yourself, I will wait – until you come back to me, I’m not going to worry – I will wait, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

45 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’ll Wait Yes, I will wait – I won’t rush your recovery, I’ll wait—I know it’s not about me, I’ll wait –It’s your choice to make and While you’re deciding While you’re trying While I’m crying While I’m dying I’ll just have to wait. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

46 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’m Only Human If I let you in on my secret Would you think of me differently? Would you hold me up to a higher standard? Would you tell me who I’m supposed to be? Would you tell me how I’m supposed to act, How to think and how to feel? Would you think that I’m a superhuman being Or would you let me be myself—let me be real? What if I don't do everything right? What if sometimes I fail? What if I stumble over life’s circumstances? What if sometimes I forget to exhale? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

47 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’m Only Human What if sometimes I let life get me down? What if sometimes I lose faith? What if sometimes I forget who I am? What if sometimes I don’t finish the race? Would you frown on my sense of humor? Would you cringe at my enormous laugh? Would you think I’m rude for interrupting Or would you stand up on my behalf? What if I am only human? What if I make mistakes like everyone else? What if I’m just like you? What if I don’t pass every test? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

48 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior First, rid your mind Of every thought and fantasy, Concentrate on who I am Let your heart speak to me openly. Close your eyes lay back and relax This may be your only chance If you are willing to follow me, Enjoy the uniqueness of this experience. You are no longer all alone It’s just the two of us I’ll go with you wherever you go In case you didn’t know – my name is Jesus. I will liberate you and save your soul Free you from every guilt and shame I will touch you with a healing touch If you will only say my name. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

49 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior I’ll be gentle as a lamb I will calm your every storm If you will put your hand in my hand Your life will be transformed. I will cleanse you deep down inside In places only I can reach I will write your name upon my hand And teach you things only I can teach. I will give you all your wants All your needs, all your desires I will seat you on my throne with me If you are willing to go a little higher. Come unto me with singing and dance Let me seal our love with a kiss Taste and see that I am good This is something you don’t want to miss. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

50 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior It’s Got to Come From Somewhere When I hear noises but no one else is at home And I start feeling afraid and all alone. Where does that anxious feeling come from? When I get a phone call in the middle of the night And I don’t want to answer because I’m afraid that something “ain’t” right. Where does that nervous feeling come from? When the children are playing and I suddenly hear a shriek of pain And I feel ice water running all through my veins. Where does that uneasy feeling come from? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

51 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior It’s Got to Come From Somewhere When I can’t get ahead because I’m always behind And I can’t stop strange thoughts from running through my mind. Where do those weird thoughts come from? The hurt, the depression, the pain, the despair It all has to originate from somewhere? Does it come from the Devil or does it come from God? Is this thing real or is it just a façade? Why can’t I be confident? Why can’t I be strong? Why does everything I do end up going wrong? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

52 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior It’s Got to Come From Somewhere Why does everything happen to me? Why can’t I be happy? Why can’t I be free? Is there a door that I’ve failed to enter? Is there a pathway leading me to the center? I want to breakaway but there are shackles on my feet. I want to have the victory instead of defeat. Is there someway to enter into the fullness of joy where there is happiness and comfort forevermore? Can someone tell me what life is all about? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

53 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior It’s Got to Come From Somewhere I want to believe in something but I have doubt. Is there anyone out there who can show me the way? I won’t make it to tomorrow if I don’t find out today! End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

54 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Just as Beautiful as When God First Made Me I saw myself as it were Fifty years from now Legs weren’t as sturdy With a fallen brow. Hair that was reddish-brown Now as white as snow Where I once walked quickly Now moving very slow. Wrinkles and creases rumpled my face Continuously looking for things I’ve misplaced Mind not as sharp and memory fading And being called “old lady” is somewhat degrading. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

55 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Just as Beautiful as When God First Made Me But through it all, I’m still moving on Friends that I knew have long since been gone But He has kept me in His loving care He made my life a dream instead of a nightmare. He made my heart pure and healed my pain The life that I lived was not in vain He gave me purpose and a reason to live Freely have I received and freely I do give. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

56 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Leaning Towards the Light I’m staying connected to my power source, I’m leaning towards the light, Who can see anything in the dark? The light brings everything into full sight. The light provides heat and energy, It makes the flowers grow, The dark is cold and listless, You need light to make flowers grow. As one of God’s most beautiful flowers Sitting in heaven’s window, When there is shade my leaves droop, When there is light – I thrive and grow. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

57 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Leaning Towards the Light Open up windows of heaven, Let the raindrops fall on my head, Shower me with showers of blessings, Nourish me or I’ll be living as the dead. Living in the light is terrific, It makes me feel good inside, It gives me unspeakable joy, It gives me a feeling I can’t describe. Jesus is the light of the world, Shining on the right hand side, His Word is a light to my feet, Swing low sweet chariot and let me ride. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

58 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Leaning Towards the Light When He shines to the left -I lean to the left, When He shines to the right - I lean to the right, I’m staying connected to my power source, I’m leaning towards the light. Let your light shine on me Let it shine down on my face Let it shine until I shine in your radiance Let me continue to grow in your grace. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

59 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Little Man Little man, little man Give me your hand ‘Though you can barely walk ‘Though you can hardly stand. ‘Though your legs may tremble Like ripples in the ocean Let me be the dam that supports Your every motion. Though your head is full of nothing But infant thoughts and dreams Let me be your knowledge, your wisdom Your self-esteem. Little man, little man Give me your hand Let me be the bridge over The water on which you stand. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

60 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Little Man When I look at your face I see the reflection of my eyes Now, let us focus on our goal Our reward, our prize. I am your father You are my son I will be your strong refuge When you need somewhere to run. You are my child There’s nothing I wouldn’t do To nurture you, to love you To care for you. We are one My son, I’m your father I will protect you Come hell or high water. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

61 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Little Man I pray to my heavenly Father, When I pass away Give my son the courage To continue choosing the right way. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

62 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Made By the Master He reached for me taking me off the dusty shelf So long have I waited for this day I’ve watched His hand pass me a million times But I knew He’d choose me someday. I was void and without form Darkness was all around me I felt Him or His Spirit moving around Although straining to look I couldn’t see I don’t know who or what I am My life is covered in a veil of nothingness I’m aware of my existence yet I’m not aware And watching Him work is magnificent Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

63 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Made By the Master His touch is light but powerful The feeling of being suspended in air Feeling something or someone supporting me Looking and not seeing anyone there He touched my eyes and I could see He touched my ears and I could hear He breathe His breath into my nose His touch was soothing and sincere Holding a white cloth up to me He draped the cloth over my head Molding the cloth to fit my form He pulled out some thin golden thread Embroidered with thread of silver and gold Patterned after the first women of the world Cut from the finest cloth God could create Outlined in precious Mother-of-Pearl Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

64 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Made By the Master With each stitch I felt more complete With each pull I felt myself coming together He was gentle and caring and masterful The Lord has chosen me to be His peculiar treasure He held me firmly between His fingertips And pulled from heaven the brightest star Standing in front of it, I was a reflection of His light He said, “You wanted to see? Here you are.” I looked but I couldn’t believe my eyes I was the person that God made me to be Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

65 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Made By the Master Angels crowned me with a crown of gold And heaven rejoiced that God made me. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

66 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Music in the Air I’m just like a little girl With a ticklish secret That makes me giggle And smile I don’t want to forget When you came into my life – Lord, keep me from becoming senile. My heart is still fluttering My hands are still shaking It’s hard for me to hold It all inside. I keep wanting to relive That very moment when you looked into my eyes. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

67 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Music in the Air What is man that thou art Mindful of him, nevertheless, You give him your all. You reach down from heaven To pick him up and you answer Him every time he calls. You know him by name – you Know him personally. You know the number of hairs on his head. When he deserved to die on the cross, you died in his place instead. Over my head I hear Music in the air that No one else can hear. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

68 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Music in the Air I hear your voice whispering In the wind inviting me To draw near. How can one so powerful Have such a gentle touch? Why do you want to save me? Why do you love me so much? Speak to my heart, Lord You’re my true love, you’re Better than the best. You’re bold and courageous Your love is contagious Let me enter into your rest. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

69 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My Desire My desire is to inspire I want you to know my name I want you to know who I am I want you to know I’m not ashamed. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ It is the power of God to salvation My life is hidden in Jesus Christ He is my holy habitation. My desire is to go higher I want to take flight like the eagles and soar I want to walk with the Lord and Savior Jesus I want to hear the lion roar. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

70 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My Desire The Lord will bear me up in His wings And satisfy my mouth with good things He will give me the wisdom of life He will reveal to me life’s secret meanings. My desire is to aspire I want to be better than the rest I want to shine in the face of heaven Because I’m blessed by the best. The Lord is the flame to my fire He is the fire shut up in my bones He is the light that gives me life He is the epitaph on my gravestone Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

71 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My Desire The Lord will bear me up in His wings And satisfy my mouth with good things He will give me the wisdom of life He will reveal to me life’s secret meanings. My desire is to aspire I want to be better than the rest I want to shine in the face of heaven Because I’m blessed by the best. The Lord is the flame to my fire He is the fire shut up in my bones He is the light that gives me life He is the epitaph on my gravestone Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

72 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My Desire My desire is to admire The beauty of His holiness I want to be caught up in His embrace I want to kiss Him with a holy kiss. My desire is to retire From this earth as a saint And inherit the heavenly kingdom Lord, strengthen me when I faint. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

73 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My New Home I can hear your joyous laughter, Echoing in the wind, While this earthly life has ended, Everlasting life must begin. I can hear your quiet whisper, Telling us, “Please don’t cry, To everything there is a season, A time to live and a time to die.” “Don’t cry my mother and sisters, I have reached my destiny, I’m at peace, I’m in comfort, My Lord and Savior set me free.” “Don’t cry my loving brothers, Be strong and hold your heads up high, We will be reunited in The sweet by and by.” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

74 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My New Home “Don’t cry my son and daughters, I have raised you very well, I’ll be watching from the window of heaven, Shrouded in a sheer blue veil.” “My precious little grandchildren, Lift your hands and wave goodbye, God will send His host of angels, To wipe each tear from your eye.” “I have crossed over to my new home, Where the streets are paved with gold, And there is no night just a heavenly light, That shines around His throne.” “I have a brand new mansion, Just like the Master said, I have a new white robe and here’s my crown To adorn my angelic head.” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

75 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior My New Home “I’m home in the kingdom of heaven. I have bowed before the Master’s throne. I have heard angelic voices singing Sweet hymns welcoming me home.” End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

76 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior No Weapon Does sickness look at a perfect day Before it decides to strike? Does cancer know when things are Going great in your life? Does disease know just what disease To send to make you weak? What virus is it that takes away Your ability to speak? Does an infection really know How to kill an appetite? Does poverty really know which race And gender to embezzle its birthright? Is it really the color of skin that keeps A person from achieving their goal? Does the ghetto really keep a person Peeping at success through a keyhole? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

77 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior No Weapon What malady or misery can stand Against God’s healing power? I believe a woman had faith and Was healed that selfsame hour. Does Satan really have the authority To take away your joy? Although the thief cometh not, but for To steal, to kill and to destroy. What weapon that is formed against you Can frustrate your destiny? Didn’t the Word say, the Lord shall Lift up a standard against the enemy. What sickness gives the Feeling of being ill? Didn’t the Word of God say that by His stripes We were healed? End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

78 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior On Top of the Earth I pushed and struggled to come out of the dirt But the earth was hard and heavy, Each time I moved some dirt out of the way The earth fell back on me. Finally, a ray of light shone brightly on my face, The struggling was almost over and the end was now in view, If I could muster up just a little more strength I knew I would get a breakthrough. But, I’m so tired and I want to give up, I doubted myself and wondered if it was worth it, It would be so much easier to just give up, My mind and body urged me to quit. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

79 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior On Top of the Earth But, I’ve been through too much and come too far To just lie down in my grave and die, Right then and there I decided in my heart That I was going to give it one last try. I don’t know where and I don’t know how But with one push my little leaves broke through, And I realized that all those lies telling me I couldn’t do it were all untrue. Now I’m living on top of the earth, There’s no turning back now, The hand that helped me push through the dirt Will make a way somehow. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

80 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior On Top of the Earth You pulled me out of the dirt And breathe life into me, You tended to me like a garden, Tilling the earth and pulling the weeds. You watered me with your Word And I thirsted after it like parched soil, It made my roots strong and sturdy As you anointed my stem with oil. I’ll keep pushing up and keep growing up I won’t let nothing pull me back down, I’ll keep growing and growing until I reach the sky I won’t be pulled back underneath the ground. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

81 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior One Life to Live You have one life to live And you have one life to lose What you do is up to you Which choice will you choose? Life is one long road to travel With many traps and roadblocks But as the Lord has called everyone, So let him walk. Walk pass the temptation to give up Walk pass the temptation to quit Walk pass the assaults and insults And those who say you’re unfit. Don’t give in to the challenges of life Don’t give in to life’s inequalities Don’t give in when life knocks you down Leaving you broken and bloody. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

82 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior One Life to Live You are a child of the Most High God He has made you in His own image You’re not lost but a chosen generation You’re of His holy and royal heritage. God has a plan for your life It is your destiny to walk it out It’s up to you to ask Him what His plan is all about, Therefore, pray to your heavenly Father In the name of His righteous son He will show you who you are And the work that needs to be done. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

83 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Out of Control I feel like I’m spinning Out of control I tried to grab hold of myself but I couldn’t find myself to hold. I tried to find myself but I couldn’t be found I tried to stand still but Just kept spinning around. I tried to run but I couldn’t hide I tried to belong but got Thrown aside. I tried to give out but I couldn’t give in I tried to find shelter but There was no room in the inn. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

84 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Out of Control I thought I could stand up But I just kept falling down I wanted to leave But I couldn’t leave town. I wanted the earth to just Swallow me up I wanted to praise you But I couldn’t worship. I wanted to be good But just kept being bad I wanted to feel happy But kept feeling sad. I wanted to smile But all I could do was frown I wanted to be lost But I kept being found. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

85 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Please Forgive Me You’re standing too close And you can’t see How much I’m hurting inside. You’re looking at me but My tears have become Invisible to your eyes. Your ears have become Dull to my weak and Weary voice. Your heart has become Harden by a God given Freedom of choice. Love that was once Fiery hot has turned Into a wintry day. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

86 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Please Forgive Me There is no more Sunshine to chase the Clouds away. Dark and stormy rain Keep following over My head. I’m locked up inside a prison That makes me wish I was dead. God forgave me Through Jesus but Your heart is hardened. God could have condemned me To death but Instead issued a pardon. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

87 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Please Forgive Me Have you placed Your throne higher Than God Almighty? God can forgive This whole wicked world But you can’t forgive me… When you forgive He will forgive but if not You’re not forgiven, The Bible says to Die to self and rise With the one who has risen. And, behold I saw Satan fall like lightening From the sky, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

88 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Please Forgive Me You better be careful Where your judgments Take you when you die. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

89 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Pray My Strength Dear Lord, I know that you’re able To strengthen me to fight in this battle For you are the flame of my candle Liberator from the oppression of the Devil. You give me power over all evil For the Lord perserveth the faithful By your Spirit I serve you and the gospel For you revive the spirit of the humble. Let me not learn to be idle In the day of prosperity—be joyful Like the flame to a fire doth kindle My love for you is constant and loyal. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

90 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Pray My Strength At your wondrous works, I do marvel Breathing life in a man through his nostrils To live in your kingdom —so peaceful To live among men — without quarrel. My golden crown and garments are royal This world is wicked and sinful The things of this world are temporal But your greatness, Oh Lord, is unsearchable. I am the weaker vessel Remove every spot and wrinkle Let my love for you be fresh and youthful Let my passion be everlasting and zestful. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

91 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Reflect and Remember In this time of reflection and remembrance of life It is a time to celebrate the one we knew and loved It is not a time for tearful tears, weeping or sorrow For God carried him home on the wings of a dove We will always have our memories of him to think on, When we stop to think - a thought will bring a smile We will always remember his joy and laughter God blessed him to be here with us for awhile. And although death seems but a short breath away A thousand years still wouldn’t have been enough Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

92 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Reflect and Remember But I will see him again in the happily ever after Where we’ll be together forever and that is enough. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

93 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Restored I was too happy So you thought to Steal my joy And hold it captive In that place where You have my peace I was too blessed So every blessing You destroyed But everything you Have stolen you Shall release The joy I have You didn’t give and You can’t take away Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

94 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Restored The peace was a Gift from Jesus and With me peace shall stay Every good and perfect Gift comes from the Father above He restored my every Blessing with a Heartfelt kiss of love. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

95 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Shooting Star You can shoot for the stars But where you land is up to you, You can dream dreams of success You can dream dreams of failure too. You can be the leader or Follow someone else’s lead, You can feed the needy or Be the one always in need. You can be the stronger vessel And lend a hand to the weak or You can be the weaker vessel The poor, the lowly and meek. You can be the conqueror And the winner of every battle or You can be the defeated foe Always disoriented and frazzled. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

96 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Shooting Star As for me, I tend to believe That I can do what Jesus said, I can be who He made me to be Never the tail - always the head. I believe I am able to do All things through Christ He is my strength, my portion He is the head of my life. I believe I have risen with Him And old things are passed away I believe the old sinful spirit is gone God has brought me into a new day. I do not excuse or condone the Devil having his way in my life. I do not give him the authority To cause me misery and strife. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

97 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Shooting Star I have been given the power to Be the keeper of my soul To stand toe to toe with evil Grab his throat and never let go. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

98 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sing Unto the Lord The Lord God Almighty is King of the saints Sing unto the Lord all ye saints of His Sing at the memory of His greatness Sing to the God that was and is For it is good to sing praises unto the Lord Give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness For He has done great and marvelous things For He is the vine and we are the branches. Let us sing unto the Lord Make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation Bless His name from day to day For He has won victory over Satan Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

99 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sing Unto the Lord He has done majestic and excellent things He has watered my soul like the chapped thirsty ground And now my soul is a well-watered garden I will sing a new song unto the Lord I will sing of thy righteousness My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing I will declare thy name in the midst of the church I will praise the Lord with my whole heart I will praise the Lord as long as I live I will sing with the voice of a psalm I will sing with the spirit. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

100 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sing Unto the Lord Let heaven and earth join in and sing Let us flow together in the goodness of the Lord Great and marvelous are thy works Let us magnify the Lord of hosts. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

101 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sole Source Let me be the one you run to To shelter you from the rain Let me keep you from harm so You will be free from pain Let me be the one who will Supply all your needs Let me be the one who calms Your fears when you are worried Let me bear all your burdens When your yoke is too much to bear Cast all your cares on me Because I am the one who cares Let me be the one who will Respect and listen to you Let me be the one who you Tell all your secrets to Let me be the light to Lead you along the dark path Let me shelter you beneath My wings where there is no wrath Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

102 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Sole Source Let me be the sole source Of all your strength and power Let me be the one to die For you in the ninth hour. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

103 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop the Noise You must be crazy! That’s not what most people would do! Why would you put yourself in the position To have rumors and lies spread about you? When you walk into the room People bow their heads to confer And share the story of your legend And to talk about who you were. Is it true what they said? I heard them say you were the one. I saw them point their fingers at you, I heard the whispers of what you’ve done. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

104 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop the Noise Doesn’t it bother you at all? How can you hold your head up high? If that were me I think I’d crawl under A rock and hope to die. “The past is passed and gone, I can’t worry about where I’ve been, We’ve all had our moments of weakness, We’ve all had our occasions to sin. Am I allowed to be human or have I walked on water or raised the dead? Do I have to be kept in the bondage Of words that other people have said? And look at yourself in the mirror, What has your life been all about? Let me open the door to your closet And see what skeletons come running out. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

105 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop the Noise The world is full of people who Run from place to place Because they fear that someone Will uncover their shame and disgrace, I find most people start rumors Because they have nothing better to do As you spread your stories like wild fire God will be the judge who judges you. I’ve been washed by the blood of Jesus I’ve been forgiven and set free I refuse to let what others say Put shackles and chains on me. If you want to waste your time whispering, If you want to waste your energy Keep my name flowing freely from your lips While I walk in the spirit of liberty.” End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

106 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop Thief I know you’re a thief and a robber Robbing folks of their possessions Frightening them into submission Brainwashing them with fear and obsession I know you’re a cheat and a liar Lying just to get your way Bending to try to break the truth Convincing them to believe the lies you say I’ve heard of your destructive forces And how you rule and rein over evil I know how you barrage folks with misfortune Assignments that come straight from the Devil. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

107 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop Thief Stop thief! Stop what you’re doing! You’re not hurting anyone but yourself, You’re robbing yourself of your future, You’re looking into the eyes of death. Stop thief! Stop what you’re doing! You’re only lying to yourself, The truth cannot be bent or broken, It stands alone and by itself. Stop thief! Stop what you’re doing! The evil you worship is dead, Jesus has given you the power to Stomp on the Devil’s head. You have the victory through Christ Jesus He defeated the power of the enemy He triumphed over sin, death and the grave Don’t you realize you have the victory? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

108 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Stop Thief Stop letting the Devil trick and deceive you Stop letting him tell you those convincing lies Be strong in the Lord and you’ll overcome, The more you need the more God supplies. Why would you want to be in bondage When Jesus has already made you free? I refuse to let you lose your life When you have the right to eternity. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

109 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Connection Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth Unite my heart to fear thy name The imagination of man’s heart is evil from youth But cleanse me, O Lord, and thy Word shall I proclaim. Write your words upon the table of mine own heart, Tie them about mine own neck Put your words in my mouth and they shall not depart Or else let my body burn and be a total wreck. Let me feast, my love, upon thy goodness For your Word is a sweet taste in my mouth Your flavor is robust and so sumptuous Let me enjoy thy myrrh and spice, my spouse. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

110 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Connection United together, let us endeavor to keep the unity, The Spirit has bond us together in peace For my love is replenished daily by thee Anything that stands between us, I willingly release. Clothe me in hope and faith but above all charity Charity is pure and the holy bond of perfectness There is nowhere I can go that you’re not with me because of your dominion and awesomeness. You are the power behind the Word that no one can withstand. You, your son and your Holy Spirit are the threefold cord that cannot be broken. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

111 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Connection Does not the eagles that fly above mount up at your command? Many bow at the feet of the dead but you alone have risen. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

112 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Harvest The harvest is plenty but The laborers are few Let your Spirit pour down as rain from heaven And refresh me like the morning dew Let me be as that crystal fountain Let liberty pour over the ground And to every foot that touches its water Let faithful blessings abound Pour out your spirit into me Overflow my cup Fill me with the fullness of God Lift my spirit up Pour out your heart like water Pour water on this thirsty soul Pour out your soul until death I have been young but now am old You have watered me like a garden Your plants are an orchard of pleasant fruit You have planted me in fertile soil Your Word has taken root Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

113 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Harvest Baptize me in your waters Wash all my sins away Cleanse me like a newborn baby Preserve me in that evil day. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

114 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Intercessor Standing between earth and heaven With His arms stretched open wide Just as He did on that old rugged cross When He gave up the ghost and died. Standing between earth and heaven Tears streaming from His eyes Inviting the sanctified sinners To cross over to the other side. Say to those with a fearful heart Be strong and fear not I will present you a glorious church Without a blemish and without spot. Let the strong say, “I am weak,” Let the weak say, “I am strong,” Let us forsake the darkness for the light The Lord shall cover us all day long. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

115 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Past Is Over The past is over and Everything you’ve known is over too I’ve got another plan I’ve got another purpose for you. I need you to trust me I’m moving you out of your space Leave your old country behind I’m taking you to a new place. You’ve been there far too long And in order to move you I’ve got to uproot you from that place To get you where I’m taking you to. This might hurt a little No one likes to be displaced Don’t think about your reputation Although you might feel disgraced. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

116 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Past Is Over I’ll be there to comfort you For each tear you cry I’ll meet with a special blessing Before it falls from your eye. You might not understand Why you have to go through it But I promise you will understand After I’ve brought you into it. Don’t listen to the other voice I just need you to believe in me Look straight ahead and see the place… A land flowing with milk and honey. Taste and see that I am good Be still and know that I am God I will bless you as far as the eye can see And everywhere your feet may trod. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

117 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Righteous Seed of God From the prophecy of His coming To the arrival of Emmanuel To the powerful miracles of mercy To the lifting up of those who fell. From the first Adam of Eden To the last Adam of Calvary To the One who cursed the ground To the cursed One that hung on the tree. Who would die for those who denied You are the only begotten Son of God? Who would sacrifice His only begotten son? Who petitioned us with love not a rod? All praises be to the Lord and King The one whose death was like no other Although some might die for a righteous man, Who would die to save lost sons and daughters? End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

118 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Son of the Most High Bowing down before heaven Praying earnestly Jesus, sweating blood, Wrestled with destiny. “The decision is mine alone. No one can make it for me.” What is the cost to redeem the lost? “My life is the price of indemnity.” Choosing between His life or mine Was one He couldn’t approach lightly, “If I must, then drink from the cup, If not, let this cup pass from me.” Three times He asked and thrice denied, “Could you not watch one hour with me? Sleep on now for the hour has come, The flesh is weak but the spirit is willing.” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

119 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Son of the Most High “The decision is made and I am at peace. No man can live lest I die.” No looking back just looking up To the son of the Most High. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

120 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Speed of Light Mornings keep on coming At the speed of light It seems like I’m not getting Enough sleep at night, When I close my eyes To go to sleep, The next minute I’m Awake as fast as I can blink. Blessings keep coming At the speed of light Although sometimes it seems I’m crying all through the night, New mercies every morning Please don’t pass me by, While on others thou art calling Don’t forget me - lest I die. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

121 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior The Speed of Light Take away the pain, Wipe away my tears, Give me plenty of hope, Deliver me from fears, Take away my hurt, Take away my sorrow, Give me peaceful rest, And refresh me for tomorrow. Everything happens quickly In the blink of an eye, Just as quickly as the clouds at night Go sprinting by. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

122 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Time Takes Time Time takes time Time waits on no man Time is patient Time reveals God’s plan Time is designated Time is ordained Time is certain Time is the same Time is by night Time is by day Time that is time Does not fade away Time is definite Time is real Time is infinite Time takes time to heal Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

123 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Time Takes Time Time takes time Time is foretold Time is prophesized Time is gold. Time is a mountain Time is hard to climb Time is never ceasing Life begins and ends with time. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

124 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Too Blind to See I’ve walked around for three Days with tears in my eyes So blind that I couldn’t see. What happens when weeping Endures for the night but Joy doesn’t come in the morning? What happens when folks Won’t let you live down the Things you’ve done in the past? What happens when the rains Subside but the storms Are still in the forecast? Your vision has changed Since that day but you Can’t see past the issues. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

125 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Too Blind to See Then, climb a Little higher so you can Get a clearer view. While you’re so busy Looking at me and can’t See past your pride, When you fish all night And don’t catch anything Go to the other side. You’re persecuting a Innocent child and God Will not tolerate it. God is the one who Judges man Not your judgmental spirit. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

126 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Touched Have I any pleasure at all until I die Yea, I shall return unto thee and live To that which the Lord has blessed me with To that, shall my heart selflessly give. You have loved me with a precious gift And withheld not yourself from me You have lifted me far above the earth Higher than any human eye can see. I am seated with you in heavenly places, Above principalities, dominions and powers You planted me in a glorious garden And I became your most fertile flower. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

127 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Touched I’ll meet you in the throne room of God And bow down before your lovely feet In His temple among the heavenly host Shall I give up my fruit so holy and sweet. You reached out and touched only my hand But your touch resonated throughout my body You looked at me, no, you looked into me This is the Lord God so strong and mighty. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

128 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Traces of My Life What visible mark have I left on the world? What indication does the world have that I was here? Has my life been significant and meaningful Or has it been stifled by fear? What path have I beaten out for someone else to follow? Have I shown someone else the way? Have I always followed the straight and narrow path Or have I carelessly drifted astray? Have I found the one I’ve been searching for? Have I found the evidence that He exists? As I press for the mark of the high calling, Did I make it or did I miss? Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

129 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Traces of My Life How do you measure a person’s success? Is it by the number of titles or degrees? Is it by the money or by material things Or is it by how I treat you and how you treat me? Take my life and let it be A perfect reflection of your grace, When I finally cross over to eternal life Let me see you face to face. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

130 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Trusting in the Lord If you allow the enemy to come against me I will endure and overcome through pain and agony If you allow the enemy to touch my life in any way I will walk through the fire if that’s the price I have to pay When he throws me to the lions and they attack viciously Give me spiritual eyes to pierce the pane of invisibility When I’m climbing up the mountain with no clear way or path Be my light from heaven that will guide me from their wrath Be my cloud during the day and my pillar of fire during the night Be my sword and shield that helps me to fight the good fight Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

131 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Trusting in the Lord Be my peace, be my protection, be the rock of my salvation Be my priest and my Word for your testimonies are my mediation I will worship you forever never wavering from the faith Never questioning your will and never pulling out of the race Never will I doubt you because I know you know what’s best Just give me the strength and patience to pass every test. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

132 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Under the Influence Come now Holy Spirit And take control When I’m under your power I’m courageous and bold, I can do the things I know are right I have the power to Continue fighting the good fight, I can feel your Spirit Taking over me When I yield to your Holy authority, When I’m under your influence I yield to your command I’m led by your Spirit Like a child led around by the hand, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

133 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Under the Influence When I’m under your power I just can’t explain it I have so much joy on the inside I just can’t contain it, When I’m under your influence You give me power to speak You give me strength to endure When I’m feeling weak, When my eyes have been blinded You give me vision to see When obstacles are in my way You move them out of the way for me, You exalt my valleys You bring low my mountains You baptized me in the waters Of clear and crystal fountains, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

134 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Under the Influence You’ll handle every situation And give me wisdom for every circumstance You always answer my every prayer And so I thank you for it in advance. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

135 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior United Together You complete me so completely, You touch me so sweetly, You looked at me and I looked at you And the rest became history. Your love covered me completely, Your words were laced with honey, It was love at first sight just like when Eve Took a bite and the world felt God’s fury. You are the gentle winds of springtime, You are the tender young buds of the field, You are the eagle’s flight at a majestic height, If you ask then I’ll say—I will. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

136 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior United Together There could never be another man for me, God has joined us together for eternity, Our love is as endless as a dead man Is breathless—God multiplied infinity times three. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

137 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior To Virginia Tech How do you stop thinking thoughts too awful to feel? How do you stop realizing the pain that’s all too real? How do you stop hearing one voice still howling from the grave? How do you stop hearing voiceless victims dying to be saved? Oh, Love, rain down on your people and wash the hate away, Love, we need your refreshing shower for those who’ve gone astray, Love will heal the hearts of those who are feeling rejected. Love will touch the hearts of those who are feeling neglected. But what is the answer for those with questions in their minds? Most of us would answer, “It’s just the sign of the times.” Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

138 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior To Virginia Tech “What?” When it looks like evil is having free reign, Is Paul right when he said, “To live is Christ and to die is gain?” Evil needs to know that we will not tolerate his power, Each time he raises his evil head, we will raise ours, We will unite in love, in hope, in trust and victory, We will unite in prayer, in faith, in power and unity. No weapon that is formed against us will ever succeed, For God will comfort the hearts of those who are in need, He will avenge the innocent blood and each teardrop of pain, He will avenge, for those who died did not die in vain. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

139 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior To Virginia Tech How do you stop the violence and the insensitivity? How do you stop people bent on destroying humanity? We need a divine transfusion that only comes from above. God will overcome the evil because God is love. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

140 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior When I Meet Jesus I’ve met some really important people With titles far longer than the eye can see. I’ve been in some really remarkable places Blue skies and turquoise waters framed in natural beauty. But there is nothing to compare To meeting Jesus in the air. People and places don’t really impress me I want to meet the one who set me free! I’m gonna shout! I’m gonna scream! I’m gonna go crazy! Because He is my dream… Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

141 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior When I Meet Jesus I’m gonna smile! I’m gonna cry! I’m gonna to scream His name! When I meet Him in the sky… People see a famous person And completely lose their mind. People search the world For treasures that are hard to find. But I will keep my applause to myself Until I see the Lord for myself. And when I see Him I’ll fall at His feet And praise Him at His mercy seat! The trumpets will sound! The angels will sing! They’ll cast down their crowns! They’ll praise His holy name! Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

142 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior When I Meet Jesus He’s coming in the clouds With great power and glory! He is my superhero! I know His redemption story! End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

143 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior You Are You are my legs When I can’t stand You are the hand That holds my hand You are the voice When I can’t speak You are my strength When I am weak You are the breath That gives me life You are my husband I am your wife You are the wind Walking through the trees You are the coolness Of a gentle summer’s breeze Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

144 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior You Are You are the beauty Of nature revealed It is by your stripes That I am healed You are the light That dispels darkness You calm my nerves When I am anxious You give me Everything that I need You are the success That helps me succeed You are the power Behind the universe You are the storm Worse than the first. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

145 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Younger than Yesterday Hearing the sweet innocent fears of my child Who only knows that life makes him smile, The fear of death brings tears to his eyes Because he thinks of it as my demise. But death is the beginning of a new life For all those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, Death is nothing to be anxious about or fear It is a time of celebration and a time of good cheer. Standing on the threshold of life everlasting Where if you’re not a believer then you are trespassing, Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

146 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Younger than Yesterday For God knows His children and cares for His own And only His children are welcomed at His throne. I’m walking towards the warmth of the light, It embraces me in a welcoming invite, There’s an indescribable way it makes me feel It’s a blissful sensation -- wistfully surreal. I don’t know why I’m moving in this direction But I know I’m going from flaw to perfection, Where there is no crying, no sorrow and no pain, It is as refreshing as the sweet fragrance of rain. Naked Lips of Praise Volume II

147 ARETHA ABRAMS Intimate Sin Intimate Savior Younger than Yesterday And although I will miss his lovable guiltless face, Sometimes I get tired of running this race. When I struggle to find anything worth living for, I want to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Lord, I’m waiting for you to carry me home. I’m willing to give up the known for the unknown. I will anxiously walk in everlasting joy and laughter. I will gladly trade this world to live happily ever after. End Naked Lips of Praise Volume II


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