Lay It All Down


Lay It All Down

”I remember the night like it was yesterday.  It was a Saturday night this fall at home after I had been gone for a few days working on a live recording with Common Hymnal for the upcoming string of song releases.

As I spent some time in quiet and reflection, I began punching the lyrics to this song. The more I poured out my heart, the more I began to weep.

I’ve known for quite some time that I am suppose to re-enter this world of sharing music.

It was nearly 10 years ago that I heard the Lord whisper to my heart these simple words: “quit striving and be faithful to what I put in front of you.”

That changed my life. I had spent the years previous striving to and make something happen in music. All good things. But the Lord clearly had a plan to take me on a journey that would teach me things I have come to treasure.

Being rooted is everything.

“Dreams” aren’t always something to chase but rather something to allow them to come into clarity and become reality in God’s way and timing as we simply remain faithful.

Fast forward again to the past year.

The same way he spoke to haunt a decade ago, he has repeatedly spoken that it is time to resume. But this time it’s entirely different.

I’m not interested in leveraging, striving or even creating content to be consumed.

No. This time it’s the same response of faithfulness that haulted the recoding process that is now resuming it.

No matter what we walk through in life, we eventually discover that the way of trying to force outcomes seldom works.  The hopes and dreams we once chased have a funny way of coming back around when we are willing to die to our dreams and submit to the process.”  (Mark Alan Schoolmeesters)

Written by Mark Alan Schoolmeesters (BMI)
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Well, Lord, here we are
Right back at the start
With a dream you birthed in my heart
I’ve run a distance, drifted far 
The miles, how they’ve wore me down 
The years I spent to chase a crown 
Only to find you pick me up 
When I lay it down 

Lay it all down 
I lay it down, down, down
I lay it down

It’s time to start again 
Where I find I’m at my end 
This season don’t make much sense 
But here I am with open hands 
I am older now than I should be 
The wrinkles show their wear on me 
Only to find you lift my head 
When I lay it down 

My dreams, my pride 
My family, my life 
I lay it all down 
Lay it all down 
My hopes my plans 
The things in my hands 
I lay it all down 
Lay it all 

Here, Lord, have my heart
I’ll heed your whisper near or far
Just keep me where you are 
And I will lay it down 
They say your timing’s never late 
But it seems I lost a whole decade 
Even so, I wouldn’t change a thing 
Just to lay it down 



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