Tuesday, May 31, 2011

this has been out a while but...

As you know I've had my hands full, but here is the latest and greatest from the video blogs of NEEDTOBREATHE. Their big tour with Taylor Swift started this last weekend too! I admit I do like some of Taylor's songs, but I definitely did not buy a ticket to see her. These guys are worth it! Anyway, for some laughs, fun with vocals and a lot more insight as to how this upcoming album is going to sound (AKA amazing!)...check it out here!

This little quirky passion of mine is part of why you love me...right?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

too busy to think

Lately, I've checked in on my blog and reading those I follow, but have neglected to stop and post something of my own. I've been busy, busy, busy! The kind of busy where most days I leave in the morning and don't get home until it's bedtime again. It's just now slowing a bit and I've felt like I can rest a bit. I knew May would be a full month...and it lived up to its potential. It's not over yet, promising to end with a three day weekend! Yay for an extra day off! (I am salivating over sleeping in on Monday.)

In my last post, I told you that I was going to preach at Encounter Weekend, the retreat my church does. It went well...honestly, I don't remember much! (Good or bad, I am not sure...haha) Feedback post-preaching was positive. I even enjoyed it, once I got started. I think it's in the genes. My dad preaches, filling in for other Pastors when they go on vacation. I don't know when my next opportunity will be, but I can tell you that having come through the other side, it is such a blessing. It may have blessed the women who were listening, but what blessed me was how God stretched me, encouraged me and called me to believe for bigger. It made me lean that much harder on Him. Such a beautiful thing.

Not only did I preach, I helped run the event alongside about 12 other women! I did a lot of the sound/multimedia stuff, and working with the amazing women who led worship. It was a lot of responsibility, but I can look back on the weekend and see how much God used a group of women who felt much like me, not very capable, to lead women into a life changing weekend. I mean, who cannot be changed after devoting a weekend to God? It really hasn't been just the weekend...that was just a kickstart. Seeing their lives continually change after as they seek the Lord in every area of their lives is beautiful.

A lot of the first half of May was dedicated to prepping for that weekend, and then to that weekend itself. The next weekend promised to be just as full! I had one day "off" before my work's annual fundraiser, which took up an entire Sunday. It was a beautiful day, complete with a ring around the sun. And now I am sliding through the rest of this week into that three day weekend. So happy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

up too late

It's past midnight and I am typing away what I'll be preaching this coming weekend at a retreat my church does, three days set aside to meet with God. I am so excited for what God's going to do in the lives of the women who are going...as I know what He's doing in me. I'm.going.to.preach. Such a privilege, one that I feel all but prepared for or capable of doing. But as I am teaching, God chose me. Not the other way around. And so I am up too late trying to get a draft together for a final edit.

In moments of distraction, I was reminded of this song. This girl is 15. She collaborated with one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE, for this song that I am going to leave you with as I go back to work so I can go off to bed. Needless to say, I am blown away by her gift of singing.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

encouragement for today

I thought I'd share a few things that encouraged me today.

This song. The lyrics are short and simple, yet incredibly beautiful and poignant. At least to me.

Come away with me, come away.
It's never too late, it's never too late,
it's not too late for you.
I have a plan for you, I have a plan.
It's going to be wild,
it's going to be great,
it's going to be full of me

Open up your heart and let me in

This blog. I really like the way Don thinks most of the time. The heart of this blog gets at the very heart of what I am trying to find my way to. Knowing God's love so deep that it overflows out of me.


And a visit from three of my best brotherly guy friends. This week is not usually the easiest for me, especially this Sunday. But I realize that God has been surrounding me with my friends. Tonight it was these three. They are such an encouragement! I hope they know.

Hope you are having a good week!