Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
- I saw The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)" video AND Mat Kearney's "Nothing Left to Lose" on Gospel Music Channel's Joyful Noise Cafe show. I really, really like those videos.
- To Write Love on Her Arms Day was on the 13th, and I wrote "LOVE" in big letters down both of my arms.
- My top 3 Last.fm artists were The Fold at number 3, with one listen, The Almost at number 2, with one listen, and Josh Wilson at #1 with two whole listens! Go me! (I didn't do much on Last.fm last week.)
- I joined two cool websites, bit.ly and Google Wave. They're both very, very cool. :)
- I went for a walk in the starlight out on our trails, by myself. Not long after, a wolf was sighted just miles from our house.
- My favorite tweet of the last week:
"See? Radio Disney isn't all that bad. Really, what's not to like about a station that plays The Fray & The Wiggles? Don't answer that. ;)" 10:34 PM Nov 10th from web
- I went to the dentist, and not only did I hear Mat Kearney's song "Closer to Love" while I was in the waiting room, I also got my teeth cleaned, and found out that I didn't have any cavities. I also made a dentist pun while they were working on me, and neither the dentist nor his assistant got it. :\
- Later, after the dentist appointment, I was in a thrift story, and bought a killer leather jacket. It rocks.
- My favorite artists of the week (since Last.fm didn't do a good job of showing off my taste) are Mat Kearney and The Fray. Ah-mazing, both. "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "Closer to Love" are my top two songs.
- I'm also thinking about getting Mat Kearney's Nothing Left to Lose with the Amazon gift certificates I've been getting from Swagbucks.
- The best 5 words of advice I received all week was from the Bible: "Don't be afraid, just believe". It's so simple, and yet, it's really the best thing. Speaking of that, God's really been teaching me a lot lately, and growing me, and even though I still have a long, long way to go, somehow I know I'll get to the top of this mountain somehow. He'll see me through.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
See that book up there? It's called Do Hard Things, and it's one of the most popular books for Christian teens right now. I've read it through once (maybe twice, I can't remember), and it's definitely a good book. The message of throwing off low expectations is something our generation really needs to here.
Anyway, this post isn't met to be a review of Do Hard Things, nor is it meant to be an attack on the book. I just want to share something God's been teaching me lately in relation to the book. One of the things that I found myself doing after reading the book & blog is looking for big, hard things to do, like the kids in the book. Some of the examples they've given are huge - kids raising thousands of dollars, fighting social evils, and making a major difference. After the book, I wanted to change the world.
Lately though, God's been showing me that it really doesn't matter how big or hard the things I do are. What matters that I'm doing what God wants me too. It's quality over quantity. I'm better off, and making more of a difference, by doing whatever God wants me too, whether big or small, because God doesn't see things the way we see them. He sees them the way they truly are. To me, some of the things God leads me to do seem to be pretty insignificant, you know, commenting on a photo on Facebook, Twittering about something, listening to or not listening to a song, that sort of thing. But the thing I'm finding is that no matter how insignificant the thing seems to be, it has affects that I can't see. And the only way to truly make a difference is by doing what God wants you to. There's no size requirements. I know some very ordinary people who have never done anything "big" or "hard", and yet, they've followed God step by step, and He's used them in ways neither they nor I will ever understand.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is this: That I need to follow God, and not worry about how big the things I'm doing are. It's so simple, and no matter what happens, the results are in God's hands. It's seems to be pretty inglorious most of the time, and often, no one seems to notice, but even if I never save a life, I'll be content to know that God's used me to touch lives, and that He, at least, is proud of me. Of course, that'll only happen with His help, but He's promised that He'll never ask anything we can't handle, so I trust He'll be faithful. And, somehow, I know I'm in for the adventure of a lifetime...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Quote by: Some atheist. :(
To Do This:
1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random” or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations" or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 and click "new random quotation" below
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Get a random picture from flick, http://www.flickr.com. This will be your album cover.
4 - Use Photoshop (or Paint, or The Gimp, or anything similar) to put it all together.
5 - Post it to your blog with this text (customized, of course) and tag the people you'd like to see do this.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
One of the most exciting things that I've done of late is going to see Winter Jam '09, the biggest annual tour in Christian music history (or so claimed the radio ads. I'm pretty sure that the Creation Fest Tour was bigger). Anyway, it was definitely the biggest concert I've ever been to. It was great seeing new artists like Francesca Battestelli and Stephanie Smith live, at the beginning of their careers, and you can't go wrong with TobyMac, The Afters, BarlowGirl, and NewSong. The auditorium was full of about six thousand people, most of which seemed to be there for TobyMac. It was a jammin' time, to be sure.
Maybe sometime soon I'll do a full concert write up, but right now, I'm going to write about something that happened after the concert. The funny thing about having six thousand people at a concert is that when the concert is over, they all try to get to the merch tables at the same time. It was a Winter Jam all right, a complete traffic jam of humanity. Forget getting to the booths, it was nearly impossible to get to the lines to booths.
While we were slowly wandering through the mass, the most bizarre, unusual, random, unexpected, inexplicable, and remarkable thing happened. I was walking past a man, and he said something to the effect of: "Nice hat."
You're probably wondering why this was so unusual. Let me put it into perspective: we're talking six thousand, give or take a few, total strangers. It was as impersonal as it can get. Everyone had their own problems to worry about and their own lives to live. Then, out of the blue, one random person connected with me for a few seconds before being pushed away by the crowd. It was weird, but that one person totally made my evening. All he did was say a couple of simple words.
That made me think, if one person could be randomly nice, why can't I? So, after that, I've been trying to do just that. Really, it's just another way to share God's love, albeit spontaneously, and you never know what God might use it for. I might even get a chance to share the gospel through it. It's awesome thinking about it.
Anyway, that was my post-WinterJam lesson. Just in case, if you're the person that complimented me, and you're reading this, I'd like to say thank you, and that I think your hat was really cool too.
All right, till next time...
Saturday, January 3, 2009
8 Books I've Read Recently-
- The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
- Kingdom's Dawn
- The Greater Chronicle
- Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Visual Dictionary
- Out With Garibaldi
- In the Hands of they Malays
8 Songs I Listen to Frequently--
- So Beautiful - Manafest
- In Jesus' Name - Three Cord Wonder
- Beautifully Broken - This Beautiful Republic
- Dictatorship vs. Democracy - Staple
- Never Let Me Go - Family Force 5
- One In A Million - Run Kid Run
- Fight - A Rotterdam November
- Heaven Knocking, Hell Rising - I Am Terrified
8 Movies I Watched This Year--
- Prince Caspian
- National Treasure 2
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
- The Absent-minded Professor
- The Son of Flubber
- Horton Hears A Who!
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
8 (Err, 4) TV Shows I Watch: (Kind of hard, because almost everything I ever watch is Christian music videos.)
- Rock Block
- The Zone
- Steelroots Top 10 Countdown
8 Things I Find Myself Saying--
- What on earth?
- Oh snap.
- "I think I'm out of control, I think I'm out of control.." (song, that I randomly start singing all the time)
- That's... random.
- Sounds good.
- That should work.
8 Things I Learned This Year--
- How to disassemble and reassemble every bed in our house.
- How to Twitter. Also, how to have a good Facebook profile.
- How to freak people out by simply saying "Nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!"
- How to LARP. ("Lighting bolt! Lightning bolt!")
- How to do a few basic martial arts blocks.
- More about a truly amazing God.
- That most of the time, there just isn't enough time in the day for both work and Age of Empires 2. :(
- How to run our church's entire A/V system by myself.
7 people I tag to do this (if you want too, and have time, and a blog)--
- Craig S.
- Seth R.
- Prairie Schooner's