When I heard that Kari Jobe was launching her next album The Garden I was ecstatic! She has been my favorite singer for years. And being a part of her launch team has me going all “fan girl”!
Get to Know Kari Jobe
Kari Jobe (if you don’t already know) is a Grammy nominated Spirit-filled worship leader, singer and songwriter AKA contemporary Christian artist. All her songs are born out of her own journal to the Lord. She happens to be one of the most listened to artists in this genre of music. She has incredible faith. Her faith along with growing up worshipping in church helped to pave the way for a worship career. Kari met her now hubby, Cody Carnes at the church her father pastors and married him in late 2014.
Morning worship used to be an everyday thing for us. Kingdom First Homeschool was born directly out of our times of morning worship. We still have praise and worship just not every single day. The girls and I have worshiped the Lord many many times to Kari Jobe, though. She ushers in the Glory of God just beautifully! Kari Jobe is my go-to worship singer for our praise and worship time. Some of our faves are Yahweh, Steady My Heart, The More I Seek You, You Are For Me and Beautiful, to name a few.
Her songs strike a cord within the deepest parts of my soul they have really become a part of me. I identify with her words and her strong love for God in such a way that they bring me closer to Jesus every time. Anytime I am feeling like God is a million miles away I just turn on one of these songs and I know that I know that I know that God is with me and will never leave me nor forsake me.
Worship music is a large part of my relationship with God. I am a worshipper by nature and nothing brings me closer to my God than praising Him. Kari Jobe has so many beautiful songs that will change and revive your worship life if it is lacking. Her music is Spirit-filled and will breathe life into those dry bones and bring them back to life.
The Garden a Song of Healing
The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.
The Garden was born out of a season of both brokenness and healing. Just a couple years ago both she and her sister were pregnant together. Everything seemed to be perfect. Kari and her sister had a lot of fun planning and getting ready for their new babies together and then tragedy struck.
Near the end of her pregnancy, Kari’s sister had to give birth to what has been called a “sleeping baby”. Her sister’s baby didn’t make it and it completely devastated and shocked the family.
“It just shattered my heart. It was so, so hard,” Kari shares. “It wrecked me—just the weight of unanswered prayers. I was trying to walk in peace when I didn’t feel peaceful and find my rest when my spirit didn’t feel rested.”
I know how hard it can be to go through something like this. Losing a baby is horrible and can truly take a long time to heal. Read about my broken and blessed road to motherhood.
We all have a moment in our life that we have stopped and said, “why God why?” Through it all, she saw His faithfulness. She then went on to experience great joy when her son, Canyon was born.
So as Kari healed, she wrote. God soothed her heart and balmed her soul through song.
This song speaks of Ivy and this is what Kari said it prophetically means,“Ivy is the most resilient plant there is. It can grow in the harshest of climates; it can grow in the harshest of situations,” Jobe explains, adding, “I’m standing in this garden. There’s ivy growing, and I just started to realize, ‘God, You’re moving in a way that is different than what I asked for, but You are moving.’ He’s at work and doing things we can’t see.”
So without further delay The Garden by Kari Jobe
I love how she sings “You crush all my fears with your perfect love” in The Garden. Just another beautiful song and album by Kari Jobe.
Heal Our Land
All the songs are great, but another song that I want to note is Heal Our Land I just had to share the lyrics to this song. Our nation needs to come together to the pulse of this song.
Forgive oh Lord and heal our land
And give us eyes to seek Your face and hearts to understand
That You alone make all things new
And the blessings of the land we love are really gifts from You
If My people will humbly pray and seek My face and turn away
From all their wicked ways
Then I will hear them and move My hand
And freely then will I forgive and I will heal their land
Unite our hearts in one accord
And make us hungry for Your peace and burdened for the poor
And grant us hope that we might see
The future for the land we love our life our liberty
The key point being to HUMBLY pray and SEEK God as written in 2 Corinthians 7:14. Humility is the foundation for excellence. It’s time to put ourselves aside and stop be offended and pray for His Will. If we would do this as a nation He would then heal our land.
Meeting the Father in the Garden
The garden has been referenced a lot in the Christian’s life. There are four different gardens in the bible. The four gardens include the Garden of Eden, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden of Golgotha, and the Garden of God.
The “Garden of Eden” this is the Garden of sin also, but God meant for us to live and commune in a true and close relationship with Him before the fall. We were meant for more than this. We were created for a true and powerful relationship with our Creator. This was once lost but bought back with the Blood of Jesus.
The Garden of Gethsemane has been called the Garden of suffering, Golgotha is victory and the Garden of God is eternity with God.
As believers, we go through these seasons or gardens throughout our walk with God. We all have times of sin, suffering and victory and some hopefully reach a point where they choose God no matter what, putting Him above all and walk with Him living in victory here on earth on into eternity.
Kari says, “Everyone who’s seen something grow out of the dust realizes God was up to something in the midst of pain and questions. He never promised that it would be easy or that it would be pain-free, but that He would never leave us or forsake us,” She adds, “I’m more aware of His presence than I think I’ve ever been. God has surrounded us with things that will be life-giving if we take a moment to realize it. God’s always at work in our lives. He truly does go before us and prepares the way for the journey ahead.”
How to Get The Garden
As Christians, we go through many seasons throughout our walk. If you feel like you are stuck in winter or if you would just like to breathe life afresh into your relationship with God then you are gonna want to get this Album. Kari Jobe’s music is so true, raw and relatable. Each of the 14 tracks speaks to hope in the midst of loss, peace in the midst of uncertainty and God’s presence in the midst of pain.
I have some very exciting news. I’m going to be giving away a copy of this CD right here! Enter Below. Ends 2-13 at Midnight EST for US residents only. But if you cannot wait, order your copy of The Garden HERE or stream it on Spotify HERE.
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Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschooling Mama to 3 girls – 8, 10, & 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the homeschooling trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a new found hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves hanging out at her exclusive Facebook Group “Homeschooling 101 Community” that she started to help new homeschoolers thrive.