Grace Coleman


These have been exhaustively exciting days for my family and my church family. Putting in extra hours and sacrificing sleep to make sure everything was ready… and now here we are.

For those of you who don't know, my home church, New Life Baptist has been meeting in an elementary school for 20 years.  I was 2 years old when my dad pursued the call to plant a church in Davie, Fl, so this is where I've grown up. This is my family.

In 1998 we watched the Lord work mightily as we prayerfully purchased several acres of land so that one day we could have a home of our own.

Fast forward to a year and a half ago…. we had our ground breaking service to acknowledge the Lord together as the first shovel moved the first batch of dirt. About a week before hand, dad asked me to consider writing a song for the service. He laid out a few scriptures and other suggestions on the direction it could possibly go. 

Now, a week isn't a very long time to write a song, but I feel like the Lord was intimately involved in the whole process.  I studied the suggested scriptures for a while, took some notes, picked up my guitar and before I knew it, the song was done. I can only attribute that to the Lord's inspiration and sovereignty.  I recorded a (rather) rough draft, sent it to Craig, our worship pastor, who tweaked a couple chords and charted it, and within another day or two it was… well… Ready.

The first verse talks about breaking ground in a planting/harvesting sense. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:6 "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." The whole point of getting a building of our own is so that more people can hear the Gospel--and not just hear it, but be changed by it as the seed of the God's Word grows in their hearts and in our hearts as well. THAT'S what it's all about: Planting Gospel seeds, watering, and harvesting.

The second verse speaks of an actual building being built--both spiritual and physical.  Yes, we were now building a physical building where God would be worshiped, but because we hadn't had a home of our own, we had learned first hand that the church is not a building, but that when Christ lives in us, WE are the church.  Our lives have to be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and in alignment with Him: the chief Cornerstone (Acts 4:11)

"So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic." - Isaiah 28:16

While studying different scriptures, the Lord lead me to Hosea 10:12 which says "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground for it is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you." I kept coming back to that "break up your fallow ground" and while I didn't even fully know what that meant, there was an obvious parallel of breaking physical ground, preparing it for either a harvest or a building, and breaking up the fallow ground of our hearts, so that we would be ready, rich soil for whatever God had prepared for our lives, individually and as a body.

It feels appropriate to talk about this song now, because we just had the dedication service for the new building last Saturday. Once again, acknowledging the Lord together, thanking Him for what He has provided, and refocusing on why we have a building in the first place: so that people can learn about and worship God.  Craig (who also plays guitar and sings back up on the track) and I sang it again at the dedication service because in some ways, the message of the song had come full circle. It was written for a ground breaking service, and now there is a fully operational building in the same spot. But going even further of that, the ground breaking is just beginning… and I don't mean building 2 that we hope to build in the future. It was another chance to ask God to "break up the fallow ground" of our hearts, so that we could continue to be used for His glory.

The song may have been written for one (or two) services, but it's something to keep coming back to, which is why it's on the CD.  I've been personally challenged, especially lately, to have a ready heart. What does God want me to do? Am I willing to do it, whatever it is?

This has been an exciting time to clearly see God at work in our church as a whole and in our lives individually. I look forward to what God has in store for New Life, and for His church all around the world. May He be glorified!


I love this song and all that it represents.

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