Taking It Deeper


(I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me)


I've had a long day I just wanna relax
Don't have time for my friends, no time to chit-chat
Problems at my job, wonderin' what to do
I know I should be working but I'm thinking of You and
Just when I feel this crazy world is gonna bring me down
That's when Your smile comes around


Oo, I love the way You hold me, by my side You'll always be

You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in Your arms I'll always be
You take each and everyday, make it special in some way
I love You more than the words in my brain can express
I can't imagine even loving You less
Lord, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa
Oh whoa, I love the way You hold me
Whoa whoa


Well Ya, took my day and You flipped it around
Calmed the tidal wave and put my feet on the ground
Forever in my heart, always on my mind
It's crazy how I think about You all of the time
And just when I think I'm bout to figure You out
You make me wanna sing and shout




I'm so grateful and thankful for all You've done
Wish I could tell You in a short story or poem
But, all I have is my voice and this guitar
And You have my heart




(I love, I love, I love, I love the way You hold me)




  •   Holding on to an anchor can either be a good thing or a bad thing
  •   It’s good if you’re inside the boat.
  •   It’s bad if you’re outside the boat.
  •   Holding on to Jesus is like holding on to an anchor in the boat.
  •   Holding on to your problems is like holding on to an anchor outside the boat.


  • If we’d only spend as much time holding onto God as we do our problems, then our problems wouldn’t be as big.
  • That’s (Here’s) Jamie Grace with Toby Mac...


  • You know what needs to be added to the list of absolute truths?   That an 8-year-old will always lose a cell phone!
  • As adults, we have a much easier time of holding onto things than our kids do.
  • We also tend to hold on to all the hurts and all the wrongs done to us.   ...But if you can hold on to Jesus, like a child holds on to a parent’s hand, it’ll be much easier to let go of the things that cause you pain.   Here’s (That was) Jamie Grace with Toby Mac...
  • Talk about how a child always loses things.
  • Compare that to adults who can usually hold onto things much better, and about stuff we hold on to, but shouldn’t - like all our hurts.
  • Finish saying we should try holding on to God instead, because He loves holding on to us.


  • There’s a line in this (that) song that says “and just when I think I'm bout to figure You out, You make me wanna sing and shout...”
  • I just had a thought - there are people who don’t believe in Jesus, because they can’t “see” Him.   Yet, you and I who know Him, know that He’s real.   We’ve experienced Him turning our lives around.   Often.
  • People want to “see” their own way - they want the answers spelled out before them.   However, they quickly find out that there are some big issues that they can’t work out.
  • That’s when it’s best to hold on to Jesus.   He knows all the answers to all the big issues, and He helps you work them out.   ...and each time He does, you definitely want to sing and shout!
  • Mention the line “just when I think I’m bout to figure you out.”
  • Talk about how we have troubles just figuring out our own problems, let alone God’s grace.
  • Finish with “But God, I know your grace is big enough to hold our problems today.”


  • So are you one who waits for problems to come before you think about the Lord, or one who thinks about the Lord so you’ll be ready when problems come?
  • Here’s Jamie Grace with Toby Mac...


  • So what do you think?   Does God hold onto us because He NEEDS to, or WANTS to?
  • OK, here’s the answer:   God WANTS to hold onto you.   However,   like the children we are, we often let go.
  • That’s usually not too good.
  • If you feel like you NEED security, let God do what He WANTS to do - let Him hold onto you.
  • Here’s (That was)   Jamie Grace with Toby Mac...
  • Mention that God wants to hold on to us.
  • Compare that to us, who tend to let go and run ahead.
  • Finish with “my ‘running ahead’ has often lead me into an unfamiliar, sometimes scary place - isn’t it great that we can always run back to His arms?”  


    Scripture References

    Psalm 91:3-5

    Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.   He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,


    Isaiah 40:10-12

    See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.


    Mark 10:15-17

    Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.


    Your Own Experiences

    Did you (or your kids) ever have a “security blanket” or something like it?   Why do you think we’re wired to hold on to something for comfort?   Tie it into holding on to Jesus.




    Have you experienced a four-year-old who always wanted to let go, so that she could go explore the store?   Compare that to how God desires to hold onto us for our own good.




    Was (or is) there something in life you’ve held on to?   Something like comparing yourself to others?   Something that dragged you down?   Talk about how you have (or how you need to) let go of it.   Talk about how you need to hold on to Jesus instead.


4 Responses so far.

  1. blurwick says:

    I love the blue sections now on the song stories. Gives me/us so much leeway/freedom in seeing where we can take the listener with a connection.

    • Sterling Tarrant says:

      Thanks, Bill!

      Yeah, the “blue thoughts” are there to give jocks even more flexibility with the bits. They give you a nice, concise start middle and ending.

  2. blurwick says:

    Take the Jamie Grace Hold Me challenge with us…

    We challenge you, to try not to feel good, or smile, while listening to it.

    On the way next, …

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