Music has such a powerful effect on me. It can make my day, or ruin it. Seriously!
I remember one day, years ago when we still lived in our townhouse, I was having 'one of those' mornings. You know, brushed my teeth and got toothpaste on my shirt, had to change, my pony tail clip broke, I dropped an egg on the floor.... just seemed like everything was going wrong. I left the house is such a mood to go food shopping on a dreary end of winter morning. I got in the car, pulled out of the lot and turned on the radio. The song that was just coming on was "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" by Travis Tritt (country, yee ha!). I LOVE that song!!! I started to sing along (hey, no one was in the car with me so no ear drums were in jeopardy!) and I kid you not, rays of sunshine started to come through the grey clouds and within moments, I was in a great mood!! Every time I hear that song I think of this story. Another time, I was in my kitchen preparing dinner, in a perfectly fine mood. Then, a song that I remember from my prom came on. I was instantly transported back to that night.... the night my prom date left with another girl! Don't say it! DON'T.... fine! Loser! (yes, with the hand held up to the forehead and all!). So next thing I know, there I am, slamming pans onto the stove and grumbling at the kids. My prom was ...... well, it was many years ago. How is it that a song could do that to me? There's a great song by Kenny Chesney (yeeehaaa again!) called "I Go Back" that talks about how he hears a song, and he goes back to a certain moment in time. It's so true!!!! We had a 80's night a few weeks back at one of my Comfy Crops. 'Tainted Love' came on - I LOVE that song because it always 'takes me back' to England 1989. Myself and two of my girlfriends went over after graduation for two weeks. One of the guys we met there was a DJ at a dance club and got us in. We danced to that song on that particular night - and ever since, it's been the theme song to my memories of that fabulous time!! Theme song... interesting... I guess I have several theme songs to my life depending on the period of time. While I was dating my husband and during our first year of marriage, I would have to say it was our 1st dance song, 'It Had To Be You'. I don't know what it would be right now... maybe some kids song : ) Actually, it probably would be my youngest son's favorite song of the moment, "Don't Worry, Be Happy". I'm sure that song will be stuck in your head now for the rest of the day. You're welcome ; ) What's your Theme Song of the moment?..
Oh how I love Tuesdays!!! Tuesday evenings I head off to church for Ladies Bible Study, ie. an hour and a half spent in study of our Savior with other ladies who love Him! We are doing a Beth Moore study (I could do a whole blog post on Beth Moore - LOVE HER!) called, "Jesus, The One And Only". What an amazing study! 5 days of study during the week, one hour long video on Tuesday evenings with a bit of discussion and closing prayer. What do I love so about studying God's word?
For starters, the broadening of my relationship with Jesus. Webster's defines 'relationship' as: n. being related to or interrelated with, kinship, a romantic or passionate attachment. I love the latter, a passionate attachment. Passion: n. intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction, ardent affection, a strong liking or desire or deep interest. Week two talked about wearing a beaten path to Jesus. (love that too!) Dear Lord, help me to wear a path to You. Help me to be passionate about your word, doing you will and being in prayer with you!!!
I also love the academics of the study. Read something in Mathew that then leads you to Amos and then leads you to Acts, to Luke, to the Psalms.... LOVE IT!! Love that God is so consistent! No point in the Bible will only be made once. If you think you're getting a certain message from The Word, but can only find that message once.... think about it again and pray for clarity.
I'm loving how Beth teaches us to read in a way that is not so mechanical. Sometime when reading the Bible, I read through and get the key points. I get it academically, but don't take it to heart. She's teaching me to read slowly - think about what I read - really think about it! Tonight she read to us and asked us to close our eyes. Then she asked what we visualized, what we thought the sites and smells would be like. A few weeks back when talking about Christ's birth, she pondered what Mary's labor was like... how did she feel when she first set eyes on our Lord in infant form?, what did she say to Him?... I love that!!! I love how she reminds us that these were real events and real people. How would we feel being in their place? How would we have felt if we were Elizabeth becoming pregnant so late in life? How would we feel if we were one of the disciples on the boat with Jesus during the storm?... Imagine! Lord, help me not to just read and memorize your word, but to feel it, experience it, take it to heart! Amen.
My mind is still reeling from all we learned tonight! I love the ladies in the study. All of them. I can't name them all, but I genuinely love them!! Thank you Lord for the two new ladies you brought to study this evening. May they be truly blessed from the message!!!
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.... Amen!! That's what I'm off to do now! Do you know Jesus? I pray you do!!
My 2 year old awakens from his nap finally ready to eat his lunch.
He asks for ham. Great, I have that. I make him a ham and cheese roll up (he usually wastes the bread) and put it on the tray for him. He picks at it... eats the cheese, makes shapes with the ham.... Then he asks for 'berries' - blueberries. So fine, I give him a little bowl of blueberries also. Within a minute, he asks for graham crackers. "Ok - but this is it. You have to eat your blueberries and graham crackers." "Ok mummy." While he's munching, I bend down in the doorway to pick up the Mr. Potato Head body parts that are all askew going into my living room. I then hear "mmmmmm Yummy!!" I turn to look at my son. "Your lunch in yummy honey? Good!" I continue cleaning up the arms, eyes, mustaches, etc... "Yummy yummy... mmmmmmmmm" "Boy, you're really liking that, huh? What are you eating now, a berry?" "No" "A cracker?" "No" Curiosity gets me now, what is this child eating that he's enjoying so much? Has he finally stopped playing with the ham and he's eating it?... I walk the 4 steps to his seat and he holds out his hand. I look closely. "Billy!?!" "Yummy mummy... Boogie!" "Ahhhhh - gross!! Don't do that!" Yes, I know! You don't make a big deal out of these things, right? But I couldn't help it - I was so taken off guard! Now those of you reading this who do not have children are completely horrified right now. Those who do have kids, are smirking or saying, "ok, my kids not the only one!" Oh the delightful things that children do!! I always refer to him as a 'picky' eater - but really!!!
My friend Missy has just started selling Tastefully Simple. It's a home party deal where you invite a bunch of friends over and sample many different delicious foods. This is a fun party to have with both men and women - great couples night out!! We'll be having a party in January (we like to plan ahead).. Any how - here's the company web site and then my friend's email address should you like to place an order or schedule a party (one of the best home parties - really fun!) www.tastefullysimple.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Give it a try! The cinnamon meltaways are awesome!!!!