Today is my amazing husband, Brian’s, birthday! In honor of him, I would like to share one of his favorite songs. He had this as the ringtone on his phone for a really long time. It’s an awesome song and I hope that you will like it too. I love it. Makes me happy listening to it as I type this up. Just a testimony to the kind of man my husband is. He knows what is truly important and knows Who all the glory belongs to. That’s what makes him such an amazing husband and father. God first and then his family. Just as it should be.
We used to sing this song in church a lot and I absolutely love it. There is something about it that seriously creates this feeling inside of me that builds and builds and I can’t help but sort of jump up and down and shout it out in declaration. I am seriously so in awe of how alive I feel because of what Jesus has done for me. Before becoming a Christian, I NEVER felt this alive. The power of Christ is undeniable and I am so incredibly humbled by who He is and what He has done.
As I was driving to the hospital on Monday for a CT Scan to try to figure out what is going on with some medical problems I’ve been having, this song came on The Message on Sirius satellite radio. I had such an overwhelming feeling of peace and thankfulness come over me and I belted that song out as I drove. I know that no matter what my medical issues end up being, I am thankful for all that God provides for myself and my family. I know that I will ALWAYS give Him the glory for every good thing in my life. “Giver of every breath I breathe. Author of all eternity. Giver of every perfect thing, to You be the glory!”
So, since it’s Father’s Day, I thought it only seemed fitting to share a song that reminds me of my awesome Daddy. Made me smile as I listened to it just now and think back of all the times (the ones I can remember anyway) when I have heard my Dad sing this song.
This is myself and my Dad about 2 years ago at my Grandma’s birthday party. I thought you might like to see what he looks like before I tell you about why I chose this song, so you could really get an appreciation for it. He is 6’5″ and is about 300 lbs. He’s a pretty intimidating guy to look at and when someone makes him mad, they better watch out, but overall he’s totally a big ol’ sensitive softie and the most amazing Dad and Grandfather. He’s a big jokester and loves to mess with people and it’s hard to find a person that doesn’t like him. He’s just amazing.
Ok, I could go on all day about how great he is, but I’ll come back to the song at hand. I am sharing Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho with you. I am going to guess that most of you have never heard this song before, but I’m sure a few of you have. What does this song have to do with my Dad, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard my Dad sing that song. He tends to do it when he’s working on something and he actually sings it pretty dang good! The funny part about it though is that he does it totally to be a goof. I think he’s pretty well aware that someone of his stature singing this song is a hilarious contradiction of sorts.
I am incapable of not giggling when he sings it and although it’s been a long time since he’s done it, I know that if he never sings it again, I’ll still never forget the times when he has.
So, this Father’s Day, I celebrate with sharing a song that makes me smile just thinking about it because it makes me think of my most favorite man in the world (next to my husband of course)…my Daddy.
Brian and I have a couple bands that we both love equally. Switchfoot is definitely one of those bands. We saw them a little over a year ago and we’re going to see them again in August. They are Christians, but aren’t necessarily in the Christian genre. In fact, you’ve heard them on mainstream radio for years. Their songs Meant To Live and Dare You To Move would probably be the most recognizable song to you. Most of their music has a Christian theme, but non-believers probably wouldn’t catch it. They often tour with non-Christian artists and I think that’s awesome. The reason I think it’s so awesome is that it gives them a platform to be a great witness to the bands they are touring with, as well as to the crowds they play for.
I remember when Brian and I were remodeling our family room at our old house (probably 7 years ago now) and the room was completely empty and we just laid down on the floor and listened to their album, The Beautiful Letdown. Like, we just laid there and listened to the ENTIRE album. We sang some of the songs, others we were silent for. It was just a cool moment of relaxation and a little worship too.
This song in particular really sticks out. I remember lying there singing, with tears running down. While I always love Jesus, I’m not always as close to Him as I want to be. That is completely my own doing. When I really do spend the time with Him that I need to, I am so on fire for Him and feel so completely overwhelmed by who He is and what He has done for me…for all of us. It really is amazing the peace that floods over you when you draw near to Him. So, I would like to share this song with you. I hope you’ll stop for a moment and really let it sink into ever fiber of your being, just how much Jesus loves you and how no matter what the rest of the world says or does, Jesus is right there next to us, just waiting for us to turn to Him and let Him remind us of who we really are and just how much we’re worth.
I’m a big believer in that much of our misery is self-made. I used to be a very negative person who complained about things constantly and was always so frustrated by everything. Anything could bring me down, from the weather to the way I perceived things (that may or may not have been what I thought they were). I was easily brought down by the smallest of things.Wow, is that a miserable and exhausting way to live! Once you get into that negative mindset, it can be really hard to find your way out of it. Thankfully (after a pretty traumatic event that I will share with you some other time) I kind of woke up to how amazing life really is and how when I change my attitude, it changes everything. That’s why I’ve chosen to share this song today. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment “And it’s funny how you find you enjoy your life when you’re happy to be alive.” This is actually the song on the CD that plays for my alarm in the morning. I never hear it because the spinning of the CD wakes me up, but just knowing that’s the song that’s on there makes me think about how blessed I am and about how my attitude can completely affect how my day goes. So here is High of 75 by Relient K. Enjoy!
Since it’s almost summer vacation and I’m dreaming of camping trips and days spent hanging out at my Mom and Dad’s house swimming in the pond and playing cornhole, it only seemed fitting that I share a song by one of my favorite bands that we listen to often when doing these things. I love Boston. I love their sound. There is just something about it that instantly makes me feel happy and takes me back to being a kid. It’s a sound that makes me think of my Mom and Dad and summer. I absolutely love it. I went and saw them in concert about 18 or 19 years ago (so, when I was about 18 or 19 years old). My friends and I that went were definitely some of the youngest people there. It was awesome.
Anyway, this is probably my favorite song of theirs (although I love a lot of them). I just relate with what the song talks about. I am in no way a competitive person. I don’t buy into the needing to have or be bigger or better than anyone else. I easily recognize that none of that matters at all. There is not an ounce of anything in me that wants to spend my life striving for things that don’t matter. Sure, stuff is kind of fun, but not worth spending my life working so hard to attain it when I can be just as happy without it. I greatly value my peace of mind.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this awesome band from Ireland. I got the extreme pleasure of seeing them in concert with my other favorite Christian artist, Kari Jobe. Brian and I got front row seats and it was an amazing night of praise and worship. This is one of my absolute favorite songs that they do, so you better believe I was singing it out like crazy when they sang it. The energy was so awesome. So, I hope you will enjoy it too. This whole album is amazing, in fact all of their albums are amazing. So, give them a listen and maybe even check out some of their other songs. Boldly I Approach is another of my absolute favorites. Enjoy and happy Sunday!