Friday, January 30, 2009

"Real"

(by Plumb) Real



"Look at me, I'm twenty three
Beautiful, a sight to see tonight
A little dress to draw the press
And I'll be leaving all the rest behind

Well be pleased, girl
If this is what you wanted
The whole world is watching you take the stage
What will you say?

Chorus:
Aren't I lovely?
And do you want me?
'Cause I am hungry for something that will make me real
Can you see me?
And do you love me?
'Cause I am desperately searching for something
Real

I close my eyes imagine time
Will not forget my sacrifice
I numb the ache and decorate
My emptiness, stand naked in the light

Well be pleased, world
If this is what you wanted
This young girl is everything that you made
What will she say?

Chorus

The world goes home
The lights go down
My lipstick fades
Away

Chorus..."

I couldn't post the song I'm actually wanting to talk about, because there's no way I'd buy it~much less post it on my blog. This song makes me think of Britney Spears, so I posted it instead. I must say that I am usually happy when I hear about a song with my name in it. But this time, I'm disgusted. If you don't know about the song to which I am referring, good for you! Otherwise, maybe you'll join me in thinking about other Amy songs instead! Like the great honky tonk song from Pure Prairie League.

{Sing with me: "Amie, what you wanna do? I think I could stay with you for a while, maybe longer if I do..."}

And then there's Keith Whitley's "Miami, My Amy".


Elton John's song was a little weird, but overall not so bad.


And there's "Amy's Song" by Switchfoot that is super awesome. Click here to listen to it ~ I couldn't find one that I could embed!} I would be honored if somebody said those words about me. But, Britney...really?

{Edited in 2010 to add Allstar Weekend's super cute Amy song!}

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Must Have Done Something Right"

(by Relient K) Must Have Done Something Right - Five Score and Seven Years Ago



"We should get jerseys, 'cause we make a good team
But yours would look better than mine
'Cause you're outta my league
And I know that it's so cliche to tell you that everyday
I spend with you is the new best day of my life
And everyone watching us just turns away with disgust
It's jealously, they can see that we've got it going on

Chorus:
I'm racking my brain for a new improved way
To let you know you're more to me than what I know how to say
You're OK with the way this is going to be
'Cause this is going to be the best thing we've ever seen
If anyone can make me a better person, you could
All I gotta say is I musta done something good
You came along one day, and you rearranged my life
All I gotta say is I must have done something right
I must have done something right

Maybe I'm just lucky, 'cause it's hard to believe
Believe that somebody like you'd end up with someone like me
And I know that it's so cliche to talk about you this way
But I'll put all my inhibitions aside
It's so very obvious to everyone watching us
That we have got something real good going on

Chorus..."

This morning, my mister greeted me by saying, "Happy Half-Anniversary!" We celebrate half-birthdays around here, but we've never really mentioned our half-anniversary before. Well, Happy Half-Anniversary, to you, too! I love you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"A Savior on Capitol Hill"

(by Derek Webb)

"I’m so tired of these mortal men
With their hands on their wallets and their hearts full of sin
Scared of their enemies, scared of their friends
And always running for re-election
So come to DC if it be thy will
Because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill

You can always trust the devil or a politician
To be the devil or a politician
But beyond that friends you’d best beware
’Cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
And as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
We’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill

All of our problems gonna disappear
When we can whisper right in that President’s ear
He could walk right across the reflection pool
In his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit

You can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
You can trust in his power to come to your defense
It’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
It’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
So don’t hold your breath or your vote until
You think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill"

OK, so this is about as political as I'll get. It's Inauguration Day, & there are a lot of excited people who think that Obama is going to change the world. And there are many people who are now expecting a bunch of benefits while doing nothing to earn them. Let me just say that there will never be anyone in office who can solve all of your problems. No political party can do this, & no President can, either. I'm not attacking the new President, so please don't take it that way. I'm just saying that his power is limited. So, anyways, please join me in praying for our new President: that he will know Jesus Christ as his Savior, that God will give him the wisdom needed to lead this country, & that God will protect him from crazy assassins (have you ever thought about the first 3 letters of that word that are promptly repeated? Interesting...)

Update on Christopher: He had his laser procedure today, & he's at work with his eye patch on & quite happy that he didn't miss Taco Bell Tuesday! {While he was in the Laser Room, I sat in what appeared to be the nurse's office or something. I had quite the experience with a doctor whom we'll call "Dr McMeany". Man, some people are jerks! A child was crying in the waiting room, and he muttered, "Shut up" under his breath. Then, he asked if he could help me, & when I said that Dr. Boniuk had told me to wait there, he muttered under his breath again, saying, "That's weird." Dr McMeany then went on to talk to the nurses about the crying boy & grouched about a few other things. It kinda made me glad for Christopher's quiet doctor.} Anyways, Chris was pretty uncomfortable at first, but he felt a lot better by the time we got back to this side of town. There doesn't appear to be any change in the tumor, according to the pictures that were taken last week. So, that's good. He said again that the tumor is expected to shrink slowly, so no change is a good thing for now. Thanks for your prayers!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Meant to Live"

(by Switchfoot) Meant



"Fumbling his confidence
And wondering why the world has passed him by
Hoping that he's bent for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly

Chorus:
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

Dreaming about Providence
And whether mice or men have second tries
Maybe we've been livin with our eyes half open
Maybe we're bent and broken, broken

Chorus

We want more than this world's got to offer
We want more than this world's got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?..."

I've just started a new Bible study at church called "There is a Season: Experiencing Contentment in Every Season of Life" by Laurie Cole. I'm only three days into the study, and I've already started to learn a few things about being content. I don't want to be like Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1, where he's cynical about life & feels like everything is meaningless! And I don't want to live my life focusing on achieving the American Dream. You know, where you work hard for a bigger house that you can't enjoy because you have to work so hard...So, hopefully I will learn to not be so focused on owning my own house again that I can't be content where I am in this rented house with great neighbors! And, of course, I hope to learn to be content in this new phase of life that involves cancer. There's a 50% chance that Chris has the kind of cancer that won't spread. So, if that's the kind that he has, and he dies of old age instead of stupid cancer, it would really stink for me to live in fear for the rest of our life together!

So, I wanted to add a bonus song today. I really love the acoustic version of "American Dream", but I couldn't find it on the playlist! You can purchase it on iTunes, though, by clicking this button: American

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Hope Now"

(by Addison Road) Addison Road - Addison Road - Hope Now



"If everything comes down to love
Then just what am I afraid of
When I call out Your name
Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I'm Yours

I'm not my own
I've been carried by You
All my life

Chorus:
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free

When my life is like a storm
Rising waters all I want is the shore
You say I'll be OK and
Make it through the rain
You are my shelter from the storm

Chorus

I am not my own
I've been carried by you
All my life

Chorus...

You've become my hearts desire
I will sing Your praises higher
Cause Your love sets me free..."

So, I was checking out Addison Road's website, and I came across an organization called Mocha Club & this statement:
I need Africa more than Africa needs me. Do you?
I was intrigued by the statement, because it didn't really make sense to me. So, I began to read about their history and projects. What stood out to me the most was the director's observation of the African people he encountered on a mission trip a few years ago. In the midst of their miserable & tragic circumstances, he saw a lot of joy among the people.

I felt very convicted when I read that, because I am quite guilty of finding joy in my positive circumstances {& of course, NO joy in my negative circumstances}. But, my joy should not be contingent upon my circumstances. Over the past few years (as I've mentioned before), I focused on my negative circumstances so much, that I was unable to find joy. I failed to focus on God, so I failed to find the joy & peace that comes from that relationship. I hate when I discover that I am like that unstable & double-minded man mentioned in James 1 (again)!

So, anyways, after reading about Mocha Club, I decided to join. A piece of my heart has already been in Africa since my family started sponsoring this precious little boy last year.

Amos lives in Kenya & is the exact same age as Cody~they'll be 8 on Saturday! When I found out what the cost of two mochas could do for Africans (feed 1 person for a month, educate 2 children for 1 school term, save 1 person's life from malaria or provide clean water to 7 Africans for 1 year), I thought it was a great way to do a little more for the people of Amos' continent. I gave up my first mocha today. Join my Mocha Club team!

Here's one last thought from the founder of Mocha club, "...it is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. I've learned that I don't need what I have and that I have what I need." My prayer is that we could all learn these lessons!