December 2, 2011
Today’s Friday list is brought to you by “Things That Made Me Happy This Week.”
1. Today is my dad’s birthday! Happy birthday, Dad! You can call him Charles in Charge, if you like. It’s what all the cool kids do. He really loves it when you call him that. Anyway, it makes me happy that it’s his birthday because I got him a pretty good gift, and I get to partake in it too. Win, win.
2. I started listening to my Christmas mix this week! Who isn’t happy when listening to Mariah Carey sing “Silent Night”? My very favorite Christmas album is by Phil Driscoll. Remember him? No? He’s a balding trumpet player. But my family listened to his Christmas album (literally record album) every year when I was little, so even though he has kind of an odd voice, it always brings back fond memories.
3. This video made me happy this week. It’s Michael Tait and the Newsboys performing “Jesus Freak.” But guess who shows up to bring a little hip-hop action to the show?!
I’m having a bit of dc talk nostalgia this week. I listened to all of the Free at Last album as I got ready yesterday. And I watched their old video for the song “I Luv Rap Music.” Kills me.
4. The ABC show Happy Endings makes me happy. Have you guys seen it? It’s so random and quirky but it makes me laugh every time I see it. They talk about boxing mice. The brown one is named “Mice Tyson.”
5. This picture. Joy.
6. I completed a piece of writing I’d been working on, and I loved the process and the finished piece. Writing is weird. Sometimes you do it a lot, but only because you have to, or because you’re supposed to, or because you’re saying what you’ve been hired to say. But this was something I enjoyed. It was fun.
7. Yesterday in my New Testament class, we talked about the book of Hebrews. I was reminded of this in Hebrews 4:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
You guys. Jesus was tempted in every way. All of the things we struggle with — all of our temptations, burdens, fears, trials — Jesus understands. He did not succumb to the temptation like we do, but he was tempted. That is huge. It means, as that verse says, that we can go before Him knowing we’ll find mercy and grace to get us through. He’ll listen. He’ll comfort. He’ll sympathize. He’ll forgive. It just blows me away. The grace of our God. We pray Lord, have mercy. And he will.
Have a good weekend, friends! Notice little blessings, little happies. Be grateful for our Jesus; he loves us so much.
November 18, 2011
1. Clearly the most important announcement is that Toby Mac has a new Christmas CD! I’ve heard that it’s on sale on iTunes this week!
2. NBC has put up the music that they play on Parenthood each week. Such good stuff. Check it out.
3. Did you know that you can make your own vanilla extract and never have to buy it again? All you need is three vanilla beans, some vodka and a jar with a lid. Store it and top it off every once in awhile. So awesome!
4. I’m writing a paper on Amos 5. It’s the passage about justice rolling down like water and righteousness like a stream. We’ve kind of turned that verse into something fun and awesome, but it’s not. It’s right in the midst of God being very upset with Israel for their sin and idolatry. He’s warning them of what’s to come if they do not repent. Rolling justice is probably not going to be all that pretty — not something to turn into a fun, camp song.
5. My friend Matthew posted this on Facebook yesterday and I died. This is one of the oddest, and at the same time, most awesome videos I have ever seen in my life. I am in love with this tiny little one-eyed shell who wears shoes.
6. I’m on the board for a non-profit called Axis. They travel globally, going to churches and schools and speaking about worldview — helping move families from apathy to compassionate action. If you have any connection with schools or churches and would like Axis to come, you should check out their website. They use tons of multimedia and they do such a great job. I got to go on a trip this past summer to speak at a youth conference, and it was so great. Consider supporting them too!
7. Only one of them.
OK, you guys. It’s been a busy, crazy week. Have a restful, awesome weekend! Loves!