November 2011


I’m happy to inform you all that my sweet mamma bought me this on Black Friday! (Yay for sales at Target. Gotta love that store)

It's just so wonderful and Christmasy!!

We decorated the house too, and it’s so festive and pretty. Christmas is officially here! 🙂

Lately I’ve been mulling over a few things … God’s comfort, how we comfort others, God’s love, God’s faithfulness, God’s wisdom, God’s timing, God’s goodness. So I guess I’ve basically been pondering the attributes of God. 🙂 I’m very thankful that God’s faithfulness to us does not depend on our faithfulness to Him. He remains faithful even when we are faithless. So I just wanted to quickly share a couple things.

First up – Pastor Bob Childress and Church of the Canyons. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend at this church under Pastor Bob. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate him – his shepherd’s heart, his love for the Lord, the way he handles the Word. He’s a blessing to many. His sermon on waiting from the life of Moses in Hebrews 11 was such a huge blessing when he preached it in March that I listened to it again this week (and that wasn’t the first time I’ve re-listened to this message). You can listen to it here (the March 13, 2011 sermon).

I’ve been listening to Pandora this week and was introduced to a new song that I LOVE. I shared this with my mom last night, and I can’t tell you how many times she’s listened to it. 🙂 The song is called “Promise of a Lifetime” by Kutless. I wanted to share the words on here, but I think it’s under a strict copyright or something. Everywhere I found the lyrics online had them blocked, and I couldn’t copy them. So … go to YouTube and listen to this beautiful song. I just think this song is such an incredible expression of the heart of someone hurting. It’s “brutally honest,” as a professor of mine used to say. And it brings hope by pointing to the unfailing promise we have from the Lord … He is with us and will not leave us nor forsake us. I was blessed by Psalm 66:20 this week: “Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!”

Along the lines of music … I’ve also been enjoying Andrew Peterson this week (thanks to Chris and Mindy – so awesome to see you guys!).

 

Every year, I allow myself to splurge and buy a new Christmas album. This year, I had already planned that I would add this to my collection:

AKA - "The Christmas Album of my Childhood"

You see … I love the Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait CD! I grew up on it. What proves I grew up on it? The fact that our copy is a cassette. Yes, that’s right, I am that old. 😉 So I’ve wanted to get this beloved classic for some time … but I haven’t. Well confession time … it didn’t happen this Christmas either. Because when I went to Wal-Mart last night, who gave me a surprise greeting in the Christmas music section?? MICHAEL BUBLE!!! I was so excited I could hardly stand it! I have been waiting for a real Christmas album from him. No, his 6-song CD entitled “Let it Snow” did not count. You have to have more than 10 songs on a CD in order for it to be legit in my not-so-professional opinion. So the long awaited album is here. This is like … right up there the day the Josh Groban Christmas album came out. Well, almost. 🙂 I have pretty much not stopped listening to it since last night. I am totally loving it, and I think you should go buy it. And who would’ve thought … Michael Buble and Shania Twain?! Amazing combo!

Excuse me a moment while I talk to Polly … I totally thought of you when I first heard the album and especially their version of “White Christmas.” I believe you’ll love it. Oh, and it also took me back to your single days when I was your roommate and we would blast “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” in your car. Those were the days … but guess what, you met him! (actually, you knew him while we were singing that song) No more single days for you … CONGRATS. 🙂

Back to our originally intended broadcast … actually, that’s all I got. Go listen to this great, old school Christmas album!

YAY for Buble and Christmas!