Josh Wilson, “Borrow (One Day at a Time)”

Contemporary Christian journeyman Josh Wilson has released “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” from his latest release, “Don’t Look Back.”

Wilson’s strength has always been in strong singalong melodies and relatable lyrics, and “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” doesn’t veer far from that tried and tested formula. I imagine that “Borrow” takes inspiration from the old adage that we are living on borrowed time–James 4:13-14 comes to mind, how we “are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”–and encourages us to live life for the fullest and for God’s glory. 

I particularly like the bridge in which Josh speaks to a wide range of people to encourage them. It’s very inclusive, and I enjoyed listening to it immensely. Overall, another fine inclusion to Wilson’s impressive discography of singles.

BORROW (ONE DAY AT A TIME) Lyrics
Josh Wilson

One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

Sometimes I feel just like I did in the 8th grade
All alone, insecure, and so very afraid
Seems like everybody else they got it figured out
While I’m stuck here, in another nervous breakdown
Life crashes like a panic attack
The fear of the future breaks me in half
I try so hard but it’s a losing fight
I fake a smile in the day, and fall apart at night

I’m lying awake cause I just can’t sleep
I toss and I turn but can’t find no peace
I keep praying to God, He keeps telling me
Don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

I wanna learn to hold my life a little looser
Live in the moment instead of in the future
Let tomorrow worry about itself
And be here right now, trust all is well

Cause the flowers and birds they don’t worry a bit
And a good God takes good care of them
And he loves you and me so much more than this
So don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

To the weary moms and worn out dads
And the middle school kid who’s always picked last
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the downcast and doubters and misfits like me
To the addicts who are fighting through recovery
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the struggling saints on the narrow road
When you’re anxious, depressed and feeling alone
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To all of God’s children, let’s never forget
We’re forgiven and free, but we are not home yet
We gotta take it, we gotta take it
One day, one day, one day

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

 

Josh Wilson, “Dream Small”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson has released his new digital single, Dream Small.

First off, let me say that Wilson has had a phenomenal track record of singles, in my opinion, among them Savior Please, I Refuse, Before the Morning, Pushing Back the Dark, and That Was Then, This is Now.

With Dream Small, adds another fine track to his remarkable discography of delightful, thought-provoking Christian pop-rock music. Running counter-culture to what the world normally tells us today, which is to dream big and aim to make a giant impact, Wilson makes the case for how the otherwise normal and unremarkable actions of people still can make a huge impact for Christ.

How does one sell this message? In the case of Wilson, by packaging it with irresistible melodies, passionate vocals, and a chorus that won’t quit. Wilson has always come up with great uptempo guitar tracks–reference Pushing Back the Dark and That Was Then, This is Now for a taste, in case you have never experienced his music, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed–and Dream Small continues that fine tradition.

With Dream Small, Josh Wilson remains one of my favorite CCM artists of this generation. Well-done.

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Josh Wilson, “No More”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson has released No More, the follow-up to his Top 10 hit, That Was Then, This is Now. Taken from the That Was Then, This is Now album, No More is a brilliant addition to the treasure trove of absolutely excellent grace and redemption songs, the kind that songwriters like Matthew West and Mark Schultz have mastered. A soaring chorus, a breathtaking bridge, and Wilson’s impassioned vocals make this a stunning follow-up to the irresistible That Was Then, This is Now, establishing Wilson’s deserved inclusion in the pantheon of the best Contemporary Christian singers and songwriters of this generation.

NO MORE Lyrics
Josh Wilson

Oh I know it all too well
Every inch inside this cell
I’m a prisoner of the choices I regret
The debt’s already paid
And the bail’s already made
So why do I keep coming back again?

God, I’m done with holding onto sins that You have saved me from
I’m ready to let go of who I’ve been

No more guilt
No more shame
No more thinking I can’t change
Who I was is dead and gone
Who I am is moving on
Saved by grace
Held by love
Because of what Your cross has done
You pulled away the prison doors
Hallelujah, God, I am condemned no more
I am condemned no more

So I step out of the night into Your burning light
Where my past and all its shadows disappear
You say that I am Yours forever
You call me saint instead of sinner

No more guilt
No more shame
No more thinking I can’t change
Who I was is dead and gone
Who I am is moving on
Saved by grace
Held by love
Because of what Your cross has done
You pulled away the prison doors
Hallelujah, God, I am condemned no more
I am condemned no more

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark doubt away
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Fill me with the light of day

No more guilt, no more shame,
no more thinking I can’t change
Who I was is dead and gone,
who I am is moving on
You pulled away the prison doors
Hallelujah God
I am condemned no more
I am condemned no more

I am condemned no more
I am condemned no more

Josh Wilson, “That Was Then, This is Now”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson has released his new single, That Was Then, This is Now, an absolutely irresistible pop/rock gem that is an absolute joy to listen to. Josh has been very consistent with releasing great pop songs that merge solid Biblical truths with singalong pop melodies and brilliant instrumentation. From Pushing Back the Dark to Savior Please, from I Refuse to Fall Apart, it’s just one great pop song after another, and That Was Then, This is Now is no exception to the rule. Everything about it is geared for Christian AC radio success, and, with every release Wilson makes, he just gets better and better.

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
Josh Wilson

We used to hide from the light
We made friends with the night
We were headed the wrong way on a one way track
Going nowhere fast

We got used to the dark
We thought this is who we are
And we figured that we were just too far gone
But we were wrong

‘Cause love came running like a river
And we got washed in the water
Then He said you’re forgiven
Your sins are gone

That was then, this is now
You’re bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about
That was lost, this is found
And it’s time to say goodbye to the old you now

So go ahead, put the past in the past
Box it up like an old photograph
You don’t have to go back
‘Cause that was then and this is now

We’ve been remade by grace
We’ve all got new names
And nothing we do could ever change
What He did that day

When love came running like a river
We got washed in the water
Then He said you’re forgiven
And you belong

That was then, this is now
You’re bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about
That was lost, this is found
And it’s time to say goodbye to the old you now

So go ahead, put the past in the past
Box it up like an old photograph
You don’t have to go back
‘Cause that was then

If we turn and confess every unrighteousness
He is faithful and just to forgive
Oh, so turn and confess every wrong and regret
And see what it means to live

That was then, this is now
You’re bought by the blood, saved by the Son the saints all sing about
That was lost, this is found
And it’s time to say goodbye to the old you now

So go ahead, put the past in the past
Box it up like an old photograph
You don’t have to go back
‘Cause that was then and this is now
‘Cause that was then and this is now

Billboard Top Christian Songs – March 23, 2012

Chris Tomlin’s Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) scores a sixth week at number one on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart, fending off Kristian Stanfill’s One Thing Remains and Plumb’s Need You Now.

Josh Wilson’s Carry Me earns the singer/songwriter his latest Top 10 hit; the song blasts 14-10 this week. But while I’m thrilled for Mr Wilson, that’s not what I’m really happy about.

Guess what just happened?

The dcTalk reunion I’ve been talking about for the past few weeks has finally happened! tobyMac’s Steal My Show skips up 12-9 this week, and with the Michael tait-led Newsboys rising 7-6 this week with Your Love Never Fails, and Audio Adrenaline’s Kings and Queens, featuring the white-hot vocals of Kevin Max, holding firm at number eight, that means all three members of dcTalk are in the Top 10 at the same time with three different songs! Yay chart trivia!

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Josh Wilson, “Carry Me”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson, who scored a number one hit with Jesus is Alive and a Top 3 hit with I Refuse, among other hits, has released the uptempo track, Carry Me as the carrier single of his upcoming album, out April 9th in digital and compact disc formats across the United States and the rest of the world. The track releases on February 19th on iTunes.

Carry Me has a bright future ahead of it. Already the song is one of the most-added tracks this week on Christian AC and Christian CHR; it seems to be destined to fight for the top against Hawk Nelson’s Words. Written by Wilson in light of several panic attacks that the singer had in months leading to the release of the single, it’s an encouraging prayer of how God can carry us through the most difficult of times. Brilliant single.

CARRY ME Lyrics
Josh Wilson

I try to catch my breath
It hasn’t happened yet
I’m wide awake in the middle of the night scared to death
So I prayed, “God, would You make this stop
Father please hold on to me
You’re all I’ve got!”

Carry me, carry me, carry me now
From my sinking sand to Your solid ground
The only way I’m ever gonna make it out
Is if You carry me, carry me, carry me now
God carry me, carry me, carry me now

Jesus calm my heart
Come near me, please
Lord don’t let these worries get the best of me
Oh I believe, that You’re still here with me
Cause You meant what You said when You said You’d never leave

Carry me, carry me, carry me now
From my sinking sand to Your solid ground
The only way I’m ever gonna make it out
Is if You carry me, carry me, carry me now
God carry me, carry me, carry me now

Carry me
God carry me
Carry me
God carry me

I’m at the end of myself
I know I’ve got nothing left
Feels like I’m stuck in the valley of the shadow of death
And I’ve been down here so long
I just can’t find my way out
Oh God I don’t stand a chance
Unless You carry me now
God carry me now

Carry me, carry me, carry me now
From my sinking sand to Your solid ground
The only way I’m ever gonna make it out
Is if You carry me, carry me, carry me now
God carry me, carry me, carry me now

Carry me now
Carry me now
Carry me now
Carry me now

Josh Wilson, “Shine on Us”

Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson has released this creative video for Shine on Us, off his 2011 album See You.

Written by Wilson after taking a mission trip to Mumbai, India, See You is a solid effort. The concept for the video is fun: Josh asked his fans via his social media networks to send in videos performing the song. He then invited his own circle of Christian artist friends, including Matthew West, Sidewalk Prophets, James Tealy, Andrew Peterson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, Mikeschair, Mandisa, Chris August, Jonny Diaz, Ben Rector, Big Daddy Weave, Dara Maclean, Mike Weaver, and Dave Barnes, and this is the interesting result! Your thoughts?

SHINE ON US Lyrics
Josh Wilson

This city doesn’t sleep at night
At ten o’clock it comes alive
There’s 20 million people, then there’s me
A taxi driver every day
A lot of work, a little pay
Just looking for a way to find some peace

But finding peace
Is way too hard
When you’re looking in the dark

So shine, shine, shine on us
Oh God, we need Your love
These streets aren’t bright enough
Oh Jesus, shine on us

I’m sitting on this corner here
My dignity just disappears
With every coin I beg into this cup
No matter how much people pay
It doesn’t matter anyway
It never ever seems to be enough

The light inside
My heavy heart
Is getting way to dark

God above is full of mercy
Turning darkness into dawn
All you who are weak and weary
Lift your heads and sing this song

Top Christian Songs (Billboard) – June 18 2011

After two months at #1, Casting Crowns’ Glorious Day (Living You Loved Me) finally relinquishes its hold on the Billboard Christian Songs chart’s #1 spot, slipping to #3. Who replaces the veteran act at the pinnacle? Contemporary Christian solo female singer Mandisa, whose Stronger becomes the first #1 single for a solo female singer since Francesca Battistelli’s Free to Be Me in 2009. Rising up two notches to a new peak at #2 is Christian singer-journeywoman Laura Story, whose Blessings earns her her highest solo hit single. This is the first time since Billboard launched its Christian Songs chart in 2003 that two solo women have pulled the 1-2 slots on the survey. I am confident Story will go to #1 with Blessings, so it merely remains to be seen how long Mandisa can stay atop the chart. (I’m guessing three weeks at most.)

The Greatest Gainer this week is The Way by Jeremy Camp, up 15-8 this week. It is Camp’s latest Top 10 hit, following the Top 10 success of previous single Jesus Saves. New to the chart are Third Day (Trust in Jesus, #35), Kutless (Amazed, #48), Skillet (pictured, Lucy, #49), and Robbie Seay Band (O Great Love, #50).

1. (2) Stronger Mandisa

2. (4) Blessings Laura Story

3. (1) Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) Casting Crowns

4. (6) You Loved Me Anyway Sidewalk Prophets

5. (3) I Refuse Josh Wilson

6. (5) Listen to the Sound Building 429

7. (7) You Are More Tenth Avenue North

8. (15) The Way Jeremy Camp

9. (8) Reach Peter Furler

10. (9) Your Love Brandon Heath