Some Artists

24 05 2009

You know how you are really going through some emotional times and an artist comes on the radio and the words really speak to you.  Not only that, but you can feel what the artist is feeling.  They can really just cut to the core of you.  Right now it’s artists like Jason Mraz, Colbie Calliat, and now Justin Nozuka.  I remember the first time I heard his song “After Tonight” I was amazed.  He has such soul in his songs.  I know some people don’t like his “bravado” but I think that it fits him.  He does do it in every one of his songs and it does get a little old but other than that I think he’s awesome.  His heart is really in his music.  If not, then he has me fooled.  What do you think?  Do you think he’s good?  Which one do you like best?  Which one speaks to you? Comment and let me know what you think.


Bad things and Good people

21 05 2009

Why do Bad things happen to Good people?  It’s the age old question.  Is there really a right answer?

It’s hard when the bad things are happening to you.  The verse that keeps going through my head is James 1:2-4, “2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  It is not easy to swallow, but it comes straight from the Bible.  I’ve studied this verse before and it’s always stuck out to me.  I remember thinking of this verse many times when I lost my job, when Danielle and I were going through struggles.  I always thought of this.  I never knew I had so much “maturing” to do.  You know when you think you’re really on top of things and you have everything figured out.  That’s when the proverbial “shit hits the fan”.  I’ve thought many times about how I’ve obviously had some maturing to do.  Well, I am still a child apparently.  God is really developing perseverance in me.  It helps me to understand what he’s doing in me and why it’s important that I go through this non-sense.  bent stickI just saw a show the other day where a guy wanted to straighten a very crooked stick about a nickel in diameter.  You know how he did it?  He put it over a fire and bent it against some rocks.  He kept doing this until it straightened right out like it was designed that way.  God has to do that sometimes for us.  He has to put us in the flames and really work us over with a rock to straighten us out.  Sucks believe me, I know.  I know what God’s doing but it’s hard because I really just want to rebel and not do the “right” thing, but God keeps me just barely still in His grasp.  I think we’ve all had these times when we want to just be bad for no other reason than F*@$ IT!!  I’m in one of those times.  I want to just say “Screw everything that is right, I want to do what I know is wrong because I feel that I’ve gotten the short end of the stick!”  I know where that leads though.  It leads to temporary fun, excitement, herpes….uh, I mean hurdles.  It just leads to more hurdles that you have to overcome when you can just save the energy and do what God wants of me.  He’s always the stick in the mud!  But I guess I’ve really not answered the question.  “WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?”

Sin!  There is never a day that we don’t sin and screw things up between God and us.  Sometimes it’s not even our sin, but someone elses.  Someone else decides to turn their back on God and someone else pays the price.  Talk about Injustice!  So how about this, why don’t we all just buck up, own our problems, own our situations and deal with them.  Bring them to God.  Say, “God, I’ve screwed up again and I need your guidance and wisdom to lead me through it!” That’s really not that hard!  It’s getting over our own pride and saying “I need help!” Don’t get me wrong people, I still need to do this.  I need to do it right now.  I don’t own alot of things that are going on.  Some I don’t even know what I did, but I know that I had a part in it. That’s ok!  Just bring it to Him and let Him help you through it!  Think of God as you’re own personal blog.  Write Him and vent the things on your heart and ask Him to help you figure out what you can do about your situation.  Realize that to fix your situation you might need to just give it to Him.

I’m in Love with Colbie Caillat

13 05 2009

She’s amazing.  Her voice and lyrics are soothing to my soul.  Once again, lyrics that come jumping from my chest onto a video.  I know I keep saying that, but the videos that I just happen to stumble upon are what’s going through me at the time.  Danielle, I wish you could realize what I’ve realized.

Here’s the video.  Unfortuneately embedding is disabled or something like that.

What a Song and Concept!

10 05 2009

This is awesome.  Jason Mraz is amazing!  Love his music.  If you don’t know who he is, get with it.  I think this will speak for itself.  Just a great “feel-good” song.  I know I desire what they are singing about.

I would say that they are right.  It is “Lucky” to be in love with your best friend, and lucky to have someone through the Hard times.  I guess it just depends on your view of luck though.  I don’t see it as lucky.  I see it as they’ve put in the emotional hours of hardship and torment, and then decided that this kind of love is worth working on.  I guess you’d say it’s lucky that both parties are so determined to have this kind of love.  It’s hard to find that.  It’s hard to be in Love.  Love isn’t easy, it’s not bliss, it’s not something you fall into.  Love is why we all exist.  Don’t believe me?  Ask a few questions.

Are you hoping to find the “love” of your life?

Have you grown up in a Household without love?  How was that?  If you had a household of love, is it a place you can go to whenever you’re hurting or need comfort or happiness?  Do you search for those things?  If so, you’ve probably been searching for a place of Love.

Why does ending relationships hurt so bad?  Is it because Love is easy to get over?  Is it easy to let go of your lover?  I guess that is why we let go of the ones we are close to, because we don’t have this kind of Love with the current person you’re with.  Can you though?  Is it easier to start over than to cultivate a relationship where this love is desired?

Let’s ask the real question.  What are the greatest 2 commands given in the Bible?  Love God and Love your neighbor.  Notice the Common word.  Love!!  Love is what this world and your purpose is all about.  Search it out.  Find it!  Everyone deserves Love.  Even the ones who hurt you the most.  I wish this kind of love on everyone.  I will spend the rest of my life looking for this kind of extraordinary, passionate, intimate, selfless, all-consuming kind of LOVE!

I’m excited!

1 05 2009
No that's not me...yet!

No that's not me...yet!

So I’ve been turning lemons into lemonade.  I’ve had the opportunity to acquire some money and finally get some things for myself.  I’ve been able to get some golf shoes, bowling shoes, rollerblade wheels (twice), and now a punching bag.  It’s nice to be able to get some things for yourself every once in a while.  For me it’s been about 2 years since I really had spending freedoms.  Why am I excited though, besides ability to get myself some stuff.  I’m getting in shape.  I’ve lost 25 pounds since I came back from my vacation under two months ago.  I’ve lost a total of 67 lbs. since about June of ’08.  I’m the lowest weight that I’ve been in around 8 years probably.  I’m rollerblading everynight, I’m hitting the punching bag which is fun and energy consuming, and I’m on a diet.  The pounds aren’t coming off easy, but they are coming off.  This is great!  I can see me now, 6’2″, 230lbs and white as a ghost.  Back off ladies, I’m still taken.  It’s good to think of the possibilities of being in shape and still in my prime.  I just need to be able to sustain this.  God give me the strength and determination.