something different is in the air.
something more intentional.
something more introspective.
something more than my selfish wants.
something that is changing my heart.
Someone that is wooing me.
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I have kiddos. Three of them. The man is at Auburn at the end of his first semester as a Freshman. He loves it.
Two of them are at the end of their high school experience. Yep, they are seniors. They are young women who are beginning to experience their “first lasts”.
It’s hard, bittersweet, fun, exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time.
During this month of the 30 Day Giving Challenge, I’m trying hard to challenge myself to give beyond what I normally do. Give beyond my comfort zone. Give sacrificially. Over and over though, He keeps giving back to me.
Last night was our first HS football playoff game. It was supposed to be the first of several. It was not.
As the band made their way back to school from the stadium, I got this phone call. Not a phone call from my child, but another one of my kiddos I have helped raise (it takes a village people) since first grade. “Ms. D, can we all come back to your house and have hot chocolate?”
Yes, darlin’. Yes you can.
And they did and stayed for hours. And they cried and were sad and were disappointed. And then we laughed.
And planned a party here next Friday.
Cause the best gifts don’t cost you a dime.
What gifts of time or hospitality have you gone out of your comfort zone to provide?
UPDATE: Congrats to Becky Jo for winning the Kate Carlson prize pack! Congrats to Joanne & Pat for winning Kate’s Radiant EP!
It’s been a month people!! How did that happen? Well… life happened and I seriously didn’t think that you wanted to hear all my dribble about my son graduating and our visit to Auburn and work and life and … ENOUGH! I have much more exciting news to share with you.. life will come after this post. 🙂
I have this really great friend named Melissa Carlson that I met on the the Twitter and the FB and through the blogging world. Really great friend, like drove in just to have lunch with me so we could meet face to face, really great friend. See…
So.. Melissa and I have made a point of talking to each other and trying to see each other (she lives near Nashville..) and praying for one another and laughing.. So it was no surprise that soon after this meeting, I got another chance to meet Melissa’s daughter, Kate. I call her my snug-let. She fit perfectly in the crook of my arm. (I am tall.. she is not) and we were walking outside in the fall…
I’ve made a visit or two to see them and we’ve texted and chatted and emailed and etc… and I knew that her passion was leading worship. Not performing. Not making music for the sake of making music. BUT.. worshiping God. Period. But get this.
I HAVE NEVER HEARD HER SING… OR WORSHIP GOD WITH HER VOICE. NEVER.
Not until last week.
And she has ripped my heart to shreds.
I kinda knew that she had been approached by an awesome woman to lead worship for her conferences… cause Pat rocks. I kinda knew that she had been approached by some really cool and talented guys about putting together an EP. I was praying for her during the process. I was praying for her sweet mom, Melissa (you have to go read her Momma story as well) as she worked and prayed over the art and graphics for the EP. The first time I put the EP in to listen to her I was driving to work.
Ready for a great day.
I was in tears and a mess when I got to work. Sweet Kate had just spent the last 21 and 1/2 minutes speaking straight to my heart and she had no clue.
She had ushered me straight to the Throne Room.
Kate sings three of my favorites.. How Marvelous, Desert Song and Revelation Song. She doesn’t just sing. She worships Him and invites you in.
There is a huge difference.
I have listened to A LOT of Christian music. I used to work for a Christian radio station. I have listened to A LOT of Christian music.
My ears and my heart are conditioned to recognize a performer vs. a worshiper of God. Kate worships Him. She invites you in. Through these songs I can see her singing to Him and not caring who is listening or watching. It’s an intimate and Holy thing. Truly radiant.
My HANDS DOWN FAVORITE song is You are Able. Hands down. I can’t stop listening to it. I can’t stop singing it. I can’t stop running to it. Well.. that last sentence was a lie. I can stop running to it, cause the running is a thorn at the moment. But I can’t stop listening to it. Can not.
He’s all I need and all I have right now. This season of my life is taking me to the end of myself. The only One that can lift me up right now is God. He is the only faithful, constant, firm and able loving God that can lift me up and remind me that I am not enough. I am never enough. He is. This song makes we want to dance around in circles and skip and jump up and down and rock out for Him. It makes me surrender my heart to Him.
Isn’t that the point? And she co-wrote the stinkin’ song. ummmhmmmm. Wrote it. She’s adorable and cute and sweet and kind and TALENTED with all capitals. (No, I am not sorry I just said that)
I love the woman singing these songs. First, cause she is my heart friend. Second, because even at her young age, she gets it. She is tender and kind and funny and points me straight to His throne. Where He never leaves. Ever. That, my sweet bloggy friend is indeed the Truth.
I have a surprise for you.. Besides asking you to go listen for yourself right here: Kate Carlson
I have a surprise for you. Don’t you just love surprises?
Leave me a comment and tell me what takes you to your knees when you are worshiping God and I’ll select some blessed peeps.
One winner will get a PACK.. a shirt and a CD.
Two winners will win a CD.
Look how precious this shirt is:
Kate drew the flower.. Melissa designed the shirt. SHUT THE DOOR. These girls slay me. (and yes I already bought mine… 🙂 )
And this one… just radiant.. completely:
Watch what happens with this sweet girl’s life. God is doing some amazing things through her. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I wanna get in the car and meet my girlfriends for Mexican food in Nashvegas just so I can tell them how grateful I am.
Go ahead.. tell me what takes you to your knees as you worship God…
I’ll pick winners on the Sabbath! 🙂
Ready, set, WORSHIP!
PS. Here is your standard disclaimer… except one of the two CD’s I bought me self. 🙂 And I have a ton more to give to random people that I see smiling. The pack and one of the CD’s have been provided by Kate Carlson Music. I’m not making any money off of this blog post and in fact wouldn’t dream of taking any glory away from Him. And, quite frankly, Kate and Melissa wouldn’t either.
Griffin completed his last day of high school yesterday. Our weekend is full of graduation celebrations and the arrival of family members. Some members we haven’t seen in a very long time. More awards ceremonies this week leading into graduation on Thursday.
To say that I am proud of him, is an understatement. I’m not very vocal publicly about all the obstacles and trials that he’s overcome. But there have been many and some have been gut wrenching and difficult to maneuver.
In spite of everything that life has thrown him, he’s kept his humor, his compassion, his love of life, family and friends and finished this season of his life strong. He is graduating with an advanced diploma this week and next week?
We head to Auburn for Camp War Eagle.
Your family is so proud of you! Dad and I love you so much and couldn’t be more excited about your future. Thank you for the holy privilege of being your mom.
It’s time to celebrate!
Here are just a few of my favorite memories… (you might need a tissue)
“But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.” – Isaiah 32:8
Have I told you that there are three teenagers in my home?
Have I shared with you the challenges of raising them? Raising them to be kind and compassionate and fun loving and conscientious and sold out for Him?
I don't often do this.. cause I consider it braggin' a lil' bit and I'm just not all into that.
BUT.. I can't help myself at the moment. I am sure that I will get through all this.. but it's HARD raising teenagers in this world.
Part of the time I want to run to an island where no one can find me and (in the words of Boomama) rock back and forth in a corner.
I LOVE them. LOVE them. They make me laugh and worry and cry and feel incredibly grateful to be their mom. To have them for a season and then watch them fly is AmAZing to me. That He would love me so much. That He would trust me (and my stinkin' human flesh) so much to impart this role to me. Speechless. Speechless.
So, when we go through a rough patch and then they turnaround and do something like this… I am struck to the ground on my face. On my FACE at His feet thanking Him for what HE is doing in their hearts. Me.. I'm just the gatekeeper at the moment. He is the One that should get all the GLORY.
I give you, Rebecca and her heart. (the following is reprinted with her permission..after her submission to her Creative Writing teacher)
me to find peace in the storm
me to be reborn
need Your love to calm me down
my face hits the ground
me to avoid temptation
go into a better direction
Only You can see the heart in me
me what You want me to be
me to know that You are there
if I don’t care
me to be like You
every aspect that You choose
me in Your every way
me the words to say
I know You're there
im asking for one thing
Amen honey.. Lord, help me.
I didn't see the craziness of this week coming. I mean, I knew it was going to be hectic, but honestly? I didn't see the craziness of my emotions coming this week.
It started with the continuation of the Caden Hott watch. He had a relatively quiet honeymoon stage and hit a bump, but seems to be getting stronger. Little fighter.
I would love for none of my co-workers/friends/family to experience pain and grief and struggle, but then again, I think it is one of the most intimate ways that God moves in our lives. I am standing on the promises and hope that He gives me.
Said goodbye to the hubs as he made is way to Asia for the week. Just him being out of this wonderful house filled with the 18 yr old and the two 16 yr olds is enough to make me want to run to Chuy's or Rosie's… but it's all good. kinda.
Took 18 yr old 6'2" and his 6'5" friend and college roommate to Auburn for Tallon's Day. Again.. odd to watch these two begin to maneuver their way into college land.
I'm working really hard at taking my hands off his daily life and letting him work out life on his own while still under our roof. Rather be here to guide him as he figures the crazyness out.. *sigh*
I am really blessed to be able to hang out with some wonderful women on Monday nights. We are studying Me, Myself & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild. I think they would all agree that it is definitely kicking our bottoms. In a good way. If you have a chance, pick up a copy and let Jennifer and Jesus mess with your thought closet. Mine definitely needs messin' with. 🙂
I won't bore you with the rest of the emotional roller coaster ride.. but here's a few people that made me really grateful this week…
I'm grateful for every single one of them (including the pups) and love them all to pieces!
In the words of Pete Wilson..
" Who has God placed in your life and what do they need to hear you say?"
I'm saying thank you…
PS. I have an extra copy of Fearless I will be giving away (compliments of Thomas Nelson) to someone who answers Pete's question in a comment! I'll randomly pick one Tuesday at noon, CST!
My co-worker, Adam and his wife Peggy became parents for the second time on Wednesday, January 20th. Their son, Caden was born weighing 2.1 lbs and 14" long at 25 weeks. He has been breathing on his own and fighting something mighty fierce from the beginning.
Kid is a fighter. (I would love to post a picture of him, but don't have permission just yet.. trust me though.. he's one gorgeous kid..)
We have been praying for his healing and growth and for his family. Could you pray for him too? He made it through some surgery today, but really needs prayers for his blood to begin clotting again. It's critical.
I get really confused when teeny, tiny little ones suffer or have a hard battle like Caden has. I struggle with watching my friends hurt and grapple with decisions they shouldn't have to make surrounding a birth of a child. I cry out to God to help me make sense of all of it. Then there comes this peace..
"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." – Psalm 34:18
He gently reminded me once again that He's got it. He needs me to be obedient and pray and serve Him by caring for this sweet family as He directs. He is the HOPE. He is holding onto Caden.
I'd love it if you could pray for him tonight and in the coming days/weeks.
How is it that today is Tuesday?
It felt like Monday morning. Not sure why. The Snowpocalypse of 2010 has my schedule all wonky. Mulling over my feeling of wonkiness, I discovered that today really did rock. Here's why:
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