Saturday, July 19, 2008

Mullins Moment

The music of Rich Mullins is very special to me (as it is to many)...I sing this to Quinn sometimes and have listened to it whether things are easy or hard. Just thinking about it tonight...

Hold Me Jesus
(I Kings 19:3-13; Matthew 11:25-30)

Well, sometimes my life just don't make sense at all
When the mountains look so big
And my faith just seems so small

So hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It's so hot inside my soul
I swear there must be blisters on my heart

So hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

Surrender don't come natural to me
I'd rather fight You for something I don't really want
Than to take what You give that I need
And I've beat my head against so many walls
Now I'm falling down, I'm falling on my knees

And this Salvation Army band is playing this hymn
And Your grace rings out so deep
It makes my resistance seem so thin

I'm singing hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace
-Rich Mulllins

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

look how they shine for you

Quinn is currently sitting in time out because he hit Ryan. Sitting and sobbing. And he is saying, "I'm very sad....I'm very sad....I'm very sad..." Ryan and Quinn are sitting on the floor together having a heart to heart about hitting. Ryan is telling Quinn that he loves him very much and that he doesn't want him to hit. Quinn is saying, "I'm crying....I'm crying..." His hands are all wet with tears. Now they are sitting in a chair together cuddling.

I guess that is the process isn't it?

And the song running through my head is Coldplay's "Yellow". Here are the lyrics--when I really listened to them I felt like they were words Jesus would say...

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah they were all yellow,

I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called yellow

So then I took my turn
Oh all the things I've done
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know you know I love you so
You know I love you so

I swam across
I jumped across for you
Oh all the things you do
Cause you were all yellow

I drew a line
I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
D'you know for you i bleed myself dry
For you i bleed myself dry

Its true look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine
look at the stars look how they shine for you

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My own special singer

Quinn really likes to sing and has been picking up the songs we sing at night before he goes to bed as well as a secret track on my cousin Tyrone's CD. We finally got him on video singing so we thought we'd share our songbird with you...

When Quinn sings "Oh, How I Love Jesus" he also says what Tyrone says at the start of the track which goes something like: "This is the first song I sang at church with my dad. So here is my dad and myself to sing for you." He does the call and response of the first verse like he is Tyrone and Uncle Myron.

"Oh, How I Love Jesus"
Say Ty do you love Jesus
Yes Dad I love Jesus
Do you really love Jesus
Yes I really love Jesus
Tell me why you love Jesus
Here is why I love Jesus
Because he first loved me
Oh how I love Jesus

Oh how I love Jesus
Oh how I love Jesus
Because he first loved me.

American Idol

What a crazy time last night to hit the American Idol concert where the Rose Garden was super full! A big stage, flashy lights, and the American Idols performing one at a time in a countdown to the American Idol winner David Cook. I was most excited to hear the top 5 and for me, Brooke White is still amazing. She did such a great set and sounds SO comfortable on stage. If you're going to the concert and don't want to hear what happened, skip down to the end of the page.....

Brooke played piano on "Let It Be", guitar on Feist's "1,2,3,4", and piano on Coldplay's "Yellow". She was amazing! The first six sang "In the Name of Love (Pride)" by U2 which was pretty good too! Jason Castro said he rode the MAX and went to Powell's books Thursday. David Archuletta was awesome (and the screams for him were out of control). He still is his own bashful, goofy self. And David Cook, had a rockstar entrance and gave a rockstar performance. He seemed super at ease with the crowd and thrilled to be singing...he covered a few songs from the show as well as a new one. He really is a rocker! Brooke and David C. are still my favorites and it was crazy to see them in person!

I'm glad we went...we had a good time and it is always fun to be with Ryan. It was our first date out since April!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

American Idol in T-20 hours

Yep. The American Idol concert is Friday night.

We are going.

I'll let you know how it was!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Track Town, USA

Before our adventures around the 4th, we had a fun time in Springfield with the Doughertys! And we got to see a few Doughertys which was great--Tori and Derek, Kyler, Chad, and of course, Mom and Dad Dougherty.

Besides getting to reconnect with them, Ryan and Dad Dougherty had tickets to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene on the 30th! They had an awesome time and got to see some AMAZING events. Kyler, Mom D., Quinn and I watched at home and we were jumping around the living room during the Men's 800m.


If you haven't seen the replay of the 800m, check out this link! It is completely worth the time to see how this race finishes! And Ryan and his dad were there cheering on the runners

...the Olympics are right around the corner!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 6th of July!

We had a great 4th of July weekend with plenty of excursions and food. It was good to spend time with family and to do have some adventures out and about just the three of us. On the morning of the 4th we took a trip out to Multnomah Falls. The highlight, besides the amazing falls, was the train and Quinn finding all the train tracks he could as we drove to and from the Falls. Here it is in Quinn's words:

It feels like it is about the middle of the summer of the there are still lots of things we want to do but our time to do it is quickly passing by! Do you ever feel like that? April and August tend to be full months in Higher Education so in some ways it feels like once August comes...summer is on hold. I think I might claim September as summer too. Can a person do that? I guess I just did!

I'm thankful we live in a place where we are free to seek God, to meet together to worship in public places, and to live in ways we believe honor the Lord. There is much persecution across the world in ways we don't even comprehend. I'm reminded of a service I attended in Cairo in which members of the secret police were present. I'm also reminded of another service I attended in Cairo with believers from Africa, Scandinavian countries, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. A sweet Easter service where the music was full of joy and singers dressed in African and Middle Eastern garb, and the bright colors of South America, and the casual dress of college students from the States. And it was full of freedom and truth because it was all about Jesus. I'm reminded of another worship time in which I met three men who had been persecuted by friends, family, and government for choosing to follow Jesus. And I clearly remember the description of one man who had been stripped naked and placed in a small cement cell in solitary confinement and the testimony he gave of worshipping Jesus and praising him in the midst of his persecution. Eventually released, he counted it great joy to share in the sufferings of Christ. The experiences and stories are important to me because they help me understand more about true freedom in Christ.

We have much to be thankful for...and much to pray for...

I'm thankful for a chance to spend time with my family and take sweet trips to Multnomah Falls.