Laura Hall

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                                                A Woman of Faith


A Woman of Faith
was my first worship cd, and definitely a labor of love.  The songs are about being a woman and a mom, struggling to find my faith, having doubts, finding comfort and refuge in God. I tried to make a cd that would tell about that journey. I wanted to be more confessional than preachy, to share my story rather than tell people how to live their lives.  For one thing, I don’t feel qualified to tell people how to live, for the other, I think all you truly can know is your own journey. 

The cd was inspired musically and spiritually by my home church, where I get to sing, play and write for our praise band and choir.  I’ve grown so much as a musician and as a Christian in our worship services.  Many of the songs on this cd were written in response to specific sermons, prayers, or songs that moved me during a service.  I feel blessed to be so challenged, inspired and encouraged by my home church.  

The cd was also influenced musically by the singers and songwriters I love listening to the most: Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Linda Ronstadt.

Listen to my song "A Woman of Faith" 



Complete Lyrics  
Note: Song lyrics are in the order they appear on the cd.

A Woman of Faith
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2002 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI) 

I look into my daughter’s eyes, and I see her looking up to me
I know she’s learning every day, and I feel that responsibility

She looks to me for guidance, together we are striving
When she looks at me, I hope to God she’ll see  
 
A woman of faith, a woman of hope
A woman who loves with all her heart, but still knows how to let go
A woman who understands that God’s the one who gives her all of her strength
Let her see, a woman of faith  

I helped her learn to walk, knowing she would learn by falling down
And someday I’ll have to let her go, knowing that’s it’s hard out on her own
So I plant these seeds of faith, knowing she can take them anyplace
I’ve given her the best of me, and I pray one day she’ll be  

A woman of faith, a woman of hope
A woman who loves with all her heart, but still knows how to let go
A woman who understands that God’s the one who gives her all of her strength
Let her be, a woman of faith  

When I hold her hand in mine, I feel the presence of the divine
It’s something I can’t define, we are part of God’s design
Lord let her know that I’m  

A woman of faith, a woman of hope
A woman who loves with all her heart, but still knows how to let go
A woman who understands that God’s the one who gives her all of her strength
Let her be, a woman of faith
Let her see, a woman of faith
Let her be, a woman of faith  

Lord Only Knows
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2006 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  


Lord only knows the beauty of, the waiting flower in each unopened bud
Every leaf and every vine, in its own time  
Lord only knows my hidden heart, and all the ways I’ve fallen apart
Lord knows the promise hidden in me, that I can’t yet see  

It is the promise of renewal, the good Lord always keeps
It is the blessing that lies waiting in my garden fast asleep  

Lord only knows the mysteries, coiled in each bud, on every tree
The sun will melt the winter snow, Lord only knows  

No matter what you or I do
No matter how we come unglued
Spring will come and we will be renewed  

The sun will melt the winter snow, Lord only knows
Lord only knows
  
Tell Me
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2000 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  

It is a story old as the hills, worn smooth like a stone in the waves
It is a story told a million times, but it still rings true today  

Tell me all about Jesus, how He lived and died for you and for me
Tell me all about Jesus, and how his sacrifice has set us free
Tell me, tell me  

So I will tell it, tell it to my children, it will live on long after I am gone
Some day they’ll tell it to their children, and this story will live on  

Tell me all about Jesus, how He lived and died for you and for me
Tell me all about Jesus, and how his sacrifice has set us free
Tell me, tell me
Tell me, tell me  

We Build This House
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2004 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  


We build this house, on a firm foundation
We build this house, on the solid rock
We build this house, with Jesus as the cornerstone
We build this house, on the word of God  

We can’t build on shifting sand
We gotta stick to God’s own plan
We keep on building this house anew
With everything we say, and everything we do  

We build this house, on a firm foundation
We build this house, on the solid rock
We build this house, with Jesus as the cornerstone
We build this house, on the word of God  

All are welcome in these walls
God accepts and loves us all
We do this work because we plan to stay
Building God’s kingdom, every single day  

We build this house, on a firm foundation
We build this house, on the solid rock
We build this house, with Jesus as the cornerstone
We build this house, on the word of God  

The Little Things
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2001 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  


This is the only song that ever came to me all in one piece, like it was dropped from heaven. 
I was rocking my daughter to sleep, and there it was.


I finally get the baby to bed, but the kitchen is still a mess
I haven’t folded the laundry yet, when I trip on one of her toys
It makes a squeaky noise

She starts to fuss in her bed, I bend over and kiss her head
She smells like a dream, so instead of doing the dishes
I stand there and watch her sleep  

Thank You, Lord, for the little things, the sweet little things
Thank You, Lord, for this life, for this life that I love  

This world can be so rough, I can not protect her enough
All I can give is my undying love, and the rest is in Your hands
I’ve learned to understand

No matter what the world may do, You’re always there to see us through
So I give these thanks to You, this is a grateful mother’s prayer
To a God who’s always there  

Thank You, Lord, for the little things, the sweet little things
Thank You, Lord, for this life, for this life that I love  

You’re the Shepherd
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2006 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI) 


Sometimes life gets complicated, sometimes I lose my way
Sometimes everything seems out of control, and all I can do is pray
That tomorrow will be a better day  

Cause you’re the shepherd who gathers up the sheep
And I’m that little lost lamb
But you will find me, and bring me to the fold
And take me just as I am  

I have wandered through the desert, I have tasted the gritty sand
When I feared I was hopelessly lost, You came and took me by the hand
And led me to the promised land  

Cause you’re the shepherd who gathers up the sheep
And I’m that little lost lamb
But you will find me, and bring me to the fold
And take me just as I am  

Hymn of Thanks
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2006 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  


For something as simple, as two little sparrows flitting across the sky
I give you thanks Lord
For something as miraculous, as watching a baby being born to this world
I give you thanks Lord  

For something as welcome as a smile, as solid as a purpose
As powerful as desire, as tender as a kiss
As complex as a family, as difficult as true love
I bow down with gratitude, and lift this hymn of thanks to you  

For something as everyday, as a good cup of coffee in a warm kitchen morning, I give you thanks Lord  
For something as amazing, as a chance to start over when I’ve been wrong, I give you thanks Lord  

For the laughter of a child, the wisdom of age
The lessons that I learn, as I walk this path each day
For this big old crazy world, and the people here who love me
I bow down with gratitude, and lift this hymn of thanks to you
I bow down with gratitude, and lift this hymn of thanks to you

Hold On
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2002 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI) 

What about those times when you won’t give me a clear sign
And I am lost and I’m confused and I don’t know just what to do
What about those days when I can’t seem to find my way
And I can not hear your voice and make another stupid choice  

That’s when I know I’ve got to hold on and pray
And know that you are with me even when it doesn’t feel that way
And when I’m having a very bad day is when I’ve got to hold on and pray  

Lord I know that you have got a plan in store for me
But some days I’ve got no clue of what that plan might be
I struggle with my faith and I don’t mean to be impatient
But Lord at times it seems that I have lost track of my dreams  

That’s when I know I’ve got to hold on and pray
And know that you are with me even when it doesn’t feel that way
And when I’m having a very bad day is when I’ve got to hold on and pray  

Cause your ways are a mystery to me
And some days I want it all laid out so I can see
Why won’t you make your will known to me Lord  

That’s when I know I’ve got to hold on and pray
And know that you are with me even when it doesn’t feel that way
And when I’m having a very bad day is when I’ve got to hold on and pray  

This is my Dream
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2004 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  


I wrote this for the 2006 Disciples of Christ Women's Quadrennial.


This is my dream, of a place, where God’s love is reflected in every single face
This is my prayer, for a day, when everyone is cared for and none are thrown away
This is my dream, this is my prayer
This is my dream, this is my prayer  

Now is the moment, here is the place
May all of God’s children, feel this loving embrace
This is my dream, this is my prayer
This is my dream, this is my prayer  

This is my dream, of a land, where differences are strengths and we all walk hand in hand
This is my prayer, for a peace, that has the strength to last for all eternity
This is my dream, this is my prayer
This is my dream, this is my prayer  

Now is the moment, here is the place
May all the things we say and do, resonate with our faith
This is our dream, this is our prayer
This is our dream, this is our prayer  

Take This Burden
Words by Laura Hall, music by Linda Taylor
©2001 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI) and Funky Honky Music (ASCAP)  

I got a worried and a troubled mind, I got a worried and a troubled mind
I got a worried and a troubled mind, Lord take this burden from me  

I got a weary and a heavy heart, I got a weary and a heavy heart
I got a weary and a heavy heart, Lord take this burden from me  

I have wandered far from my home, like a lamb, gone astray
I feel so lost and alone, that’s when I, get down on my knees to pray  

I got a worried and a troubled mind, I got a worried and a troubled mind
I got a worried and a troubled mind, Lord take this burden  from me  

This Son of Mine
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2002 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI
)  

This baby in my belly, what will he be when he comes
They told me, the Lord is with thee, among women you are the chosen one  

My journey has been long, I am weary to the bone
With my baby almost come, and I’m so far from my home
They told me be not afraid, and yet I fear for him
And this world I bring him in  

Will he be human, will he be divine           
This son of man, this son of mine

So I will name him Jesus, he will be called Immanuel
And wherever this life takes him, know that I have loved him well
Will the world embrace him with open arms
O God please don’t let him be harmed  

Will he find glory, will he be a light that shines             
This son of man, this son of mine  

Though I’m just a peasant, I know I have been blessed
I will be the Lord’s servant, as I hold my baby to my breast  

Will he be human, will he be divine           
This son of man, this son of mine

Will he find glory, will he be a light that shines
This son of man, this son of mine  

 Here I Am
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2002 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI) 


I wrote this for my baptism

Lord, I have been a slow train coming
I have taken a long and twisted route
I have wrestled with my demons
I have struggled so long with my doubts

But here I am anyway
On my knees trying to learn how to pray
If you will have me, Lord, I will be yours  

Here I am, Lord, here I am
Here I am, Lord, here I am  

So let this water wash me clean, let my tears flow free
As I release my fears to You, and submit so gratefully
I am walking toward your light, I will never turn away
Cause in your presence, Lord, is where I want to stay  

Here I am, Lord, here I am
Here I am, Lord, here I am  

Lord, I have been a slow train coming,  
But here I am, oh Lord, here I am  

Pray For Peace
Words and music by Laura Hall
©2001 by Sister Trudy’s Music (BMI)  

This was written for a post 9/11 service

People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace
People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace  

We may voice our prayers in many different languages
We may call you Lord by many different names
But we know that your love for us
Is all the same, you love us all the same

People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace
People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace  

Your love knows no boundaries
Your love knows no divides
And where the light of your love shines bright
There will be no dark places for evil to hide  

People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace
People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace  

Sometimes hate is easy, sometimes love is hard
Sometimes fear overtakes us, and peace seems so far away
Still we hope and pray, expectantly awaiting the day
When love will rule the earth, when peace will overflow
When human kindness, and understanding
Will spill out on the streets in every corner of the globe  

People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace
People all over the world, pray for peace, pray for peace
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