Forever Reign

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I volunteer at my church’s youth group.  There are a few reasons why this is completely ridiculous.

1. I am old.

2. I am exhausted.

3. Being hip is apparently a cool thing and not someone calling me fat.  Not that anyone has called me fat.  To my face.

But there are a also a couple reasons why this is exactly where God wants me.

1. It is completely overwhelmingly acutely awesome seeing young people of faith.  How jealous I am of their love for the Lord at such a young age!

2. I get to hear cool young music.

This brings us to this song that I would be remiss not to share.

The youth group has a worhsip team and they are pretty awesome.  And the first time I heard this song it totally crept into my heart and has embedded itself there ever since.

Hillsong Lyrics to Forever Reign


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When they started singing the chorus I pretty much had to strap my hands to my sides. (Sidenote: cause as much as I love Jesus, I am MORTIFIED to raise up my hands in church.  Seriously, I have issues.)

“And oh, I’m running to your arms

I’m running to your arms

the riches of your love

will always be enough

Nothing compares to your embrace

Light of the world Forever Reign!”

Even listening to it now I just close my eyes and feel myself being drawn closer to Him.  These words and this music is truly a worship experience for me.

Now dont go telling those kids that they are a big influence on me.  I want to remain as cool and hip in their minds as possible. 😉

Hillsong Music can be purchased here.





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  1. says

    Love this post, Amanda. I think you are definitely hip for volunteering for the youth group. When I volunteered for Little Buddy’s group, I always felt the exact opposite of hip. I felt like I was constantly naggy instead saying stuff like, “listen. mind your manners. don’t touch him. are you paying attention? put that down. stay in line.” I’m so not a cool mom when I’m leading groups. AHHH! I need lessons from you hip moms for sure.

  2. Laura Olson says

    Let those hands get up in the air, girl! Your spirit wants to be embodied; your body needs to do what your spirit is feeling/experiencing. Throw off the stoicism of your Minnesota tradition and fly! You’ll find a release in your spirit and a new wave of God’s presence when you do. :)

  3. says

    I love this song… and this post… thank you for reminding me that I need to download this from iTunes (just when I think I have all of their songs….)

    On a side note… let me encourage you to lift up your arms in worship!! I was in your shoes for years but now realize that I just NEED to be closer to God. My arms lifted are like a continuance of baptism… an outward expression of my love for Him. I also feel more… in communion with My Savior.

    Try it… just once… maybe start with them out by your sides………….

    • says

      I know you are right… for now I hope He doesnt mind me just bringing the worhsip home… safe in my house where my kids can laugh all they want. :)

  4. Marcella Simon Vander Eems says

    I am a high school youth group leader now going on 12 years I think.
    I love it most of the time.
    Love that song too!
    Love the kids.
    It’s a blessing.

  5. Kristin says

    My new blog is named after this song….the line “the riches of your love will always be enough”….that struck me so deep….so now I have a blog for my faith journey and writing at! :) So often I forget the multitude of ways He has blessed us….excited for you that you are being an encouragement to our youth! Will be praying for you!!

  6. janna brown says

    Oh man! I fell ya! I volunteer with our youth group also and I am OLD! My youngest will be an official teenager tomorrow! Ack! I love seeing them worship and really, genuinely seek the Lord! Amazing. I am jealous too! Wish I had that at their age!
    Anyway, thanks for sharing and press on!! :)

  7. Chris says

    As the youth pastor of said youth group… I can say that Amanda is a great leader! Kids aren’t looking for cool, they are looking for care. Amanda just happens to be both! That, and she sometimes brings me goodies from her baking adventures. For that I am thankful!

  8. stephanie says

    Love this song-You are peace when my fears are crippling..You are my everything Jesus! Thank You for your love. We are praying for a good youth group I have 3 girls 17,12,and10 and we also homeschool my oldest is in her 2nd year of college and keeping her reminded that God is in control of her future and to keep seeking him is our focus. Youth leaders hold the future and what a calling Amanda, God bless you for that.