Sunday, June 20, 2010

I'd like to dedicate this next song to ....

Move over Bryan. "Everything I do, I do it for You" has finally moved to second place for the title of "best cheesy yet somehow still really good song". (C'mon. Admit it. You loved that song for at least a day!)

I heard a great song on the radio the other day. I almost turned the station four lines in, as I had already made up my mind that it was a little corny. (People don't really use that word anymore, do they ?) But I decided to listen to the rest anyway. It was really good. In fact, I even got a little verklempt.

Being it Fathers Day and all, I thought it would be a good song to dedicate to all the fathers out there. More specifically .... my Daddy, and the love of my life who happens to be a super stellar Daddy. The best, actually. I would imagine it's pretty difficult to be a dad. So .... thanks Dad. You done good (and still do). Thanks Aaron. You do amazing!

......... Just cuz I can't help myself ..... A little girl and her mom were taking a walk one day. The little girl spotted some chewed gum on the ground and picked it up to place in her own mouth. The mom shouted, "Stop! That's dirty. Don't put it in your mouth. It will make you sick!" The little girl asked her mom how she knows that. The mom replied stating that she learned such things in Mommy School. The little girl asked her mom what happens if you fail Mommy School. The mom paused for a minute, and replied with ..... "Well, then they call you Daddy." :)

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming .....

I posted the lyrics below the video (in case you just want to read them and not listen), but they also play during the video if you actually take the time to listen to it.

****And Aaron ..... thanks for being willing to fight. You are one amazing father. I'm very blessed. Very. ****

Sanctus Real - “Lead Me”

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
They're in independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Sunday, June 13, 2010

High School Musical meets Jesus

My dad always told me growing up that if he could just set math facts to music, I would've learned them. He never did. I won't blame him for me not learning my math facts, BUT ..... I never did. I've always memorized music and song lyrics quickly, but my ability to hold things to memory ends there.

Confession: I still don't know my math facts -addition, subtraction, and ESPECIALLY multiplication. Don't ever ask me on the spot what 6 + 8 is unless you want to see a grown woman counting on her fingers. I'm very thankful for calculators and google documents.

Confession : I don't memorize scripture (easily), and thus have very limited actual verses stored up in my mind. I have a lot of general references and vague truths that I'm pretty sure I read in the Bible. Lets just say, I'm very thankful for a good concordance.

Confession : I own just about every Veggie Tale and Kids Praise CD ever made. (At least I'm not confessing that I have them on my iPod, just have the CD's.) I play them often for the kids in the car. I'm very thankful for front and rear faders on the stereo.

My kids love to listen to these CD's. Aaron and I .... not so much. But I've never had a problem turning them up full blast in the car and letting my children sing away to such adorable veggies. Granted, I've been guilty of driving with my iPod headphones in my ears so I don't have to listen to it. That's probably not super safe, huh ? Recently though, we've been trying to steer away from the kid tunes and direct the babes to better music available for their little ears. (Aaron is pretty sure U2 tops the list.)

However, I was reading a blog post the other day that introduced me to some music for kids. Of course, I had to check it out. That internal "SUCKER FOR KIDS CD PRAISE MUSIC" button still exists deep within.

Apparently, there is are several CD's put out by Seeds Family Worship. All of the songs are actual Bible verses (including references!) set to music. And I'm not talking just some of the verbage used in a verse, but the verse itself, and only the verse, so help me God. Wait ....

I LOVE THIS ! I know it says somewhere in the Bible (don't ask me where) that I am to hide God's word in my heart. I know it says somewhere in the Bible that I'm supposed to teach God's truth to my children when I'm walking by the river or driving in my car or something (okay, so that was a stretch ....) Sooooo ...... It didn't take long for me to see the value of these CD's.

So I bought a couple. And while they aren't the typical Justin Bieber (Justin BEAVER if you ask Eden) who I of course would normally love to listen to (you know I'm kidding, right ?), they are pretty good! The CD's are actually really good.

There are a couple of reasons I will pop these CD's in on a regular basis ....

1) I will finally put to memory a lot of really great scripture verses. (Wonder if Seeds Family Worship would throw in some multiplication tables as a hidden track on their next album.)
2) Even better - my kids will put great scripture verses to memory. They will begin to hide God's word in their incredibly soft and moldable little hearts. (I can tell you right now that 1 of my 4 FOR SURE memorizes music better than staring at a piece of paper .... just like me. But really, don't most kids ? Even if only for her alone, I'm so glad to have these.) These are prime years for my kids to hear and memorize the Word. I can tell you that the only reason I know the ten commandments or the books of the Bible in order were because they were made into a song and taught to me as a small child.

So parents (mostly of small children)- here's my advice. Buy these CD's. Listen to them WITH your kids. Learn them WITH your kids. You cannot start this early enough ! There have been a few times over the last few years where we find ourselves at 3 am when bad dreams sneak in and the littles can't sleep, that we've calmed their fears through song. More specifically, a verse set to music. (Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.) It brings them comfort every time. Why ? Because I sing so well at 3 am and they love it ? No. Because of the warm breeze of Mom's morning breath blowing on their face ? Uh, gross. Because God's word is powerful, and their little brains get it best when they can relate through singing along what they have learned. Yup.

So turn the DVD player off on the way to the grocery store (or Grandma's), and turn the music up. Trust me, you won't regret it when you hear your child off in the distance coloring or something, all the while singing quietly....singing the Bible.

The only bad thing I can figure that could possibly come from this, is that my kids will one day be telling their friends about Jesus while singing at them. Ha. I can see it now. High School Music meets Jesus. Guess it could be worse .....