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The Art of the Surprise

I recently surprised my Mom on Mother's Day. It was so much fun! I live several hundred miles from my mom and I haven't been with her for Mother's Day in the last six years, so it was a great big surprise. 

Normally, I wouldn't have planned it as a surprise. I just wasn't sure if I was actually going to be able to keep the plans until the last minute. When I walked into the house close to 1:00 am and woke her up, she was so excited. 

Originally she thought that neither of her kids were coming for Mother's Day and was planning on going out of town. My brother and his wife decided to come down too and the cover worked. 

My mom and I spent all day on Saturday talking, even as we went shopping. On Sunday, we went to church and then my dad and brother manned the grill and cooked up some delicious steaks! I took the following Monday off of work so I was able to stay the entire day on Sunday. 

I made the trip with a great friend and that made it so wonderful! The trip is …

Sunday's Songs: Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

The song I want to share with you today is one that has been pounding through my mind a lot lately. I hear it most days at least once, usually more on the radio and I'm so glad. It get stuck in my head and honestly I need it there. I need it to resonate in my thoughts and in the way I live my life. Without futher ado, here is Big Daddy Weave and "Redeemed."

Mother's Day 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

As you are reading this I am (hopefully) hanging out with my mom! I surprised her for Mother's Day because I had a friend who needed to go to my hometown as well this week. This is the first time I've spent the day with my mom since 2007. I am very excited. 

My mom loves the song "I Hope you Dance" by Leann Womack. She always told me it was her song for me, so I want to share it with you today!

I hope that you are spending time with your mom, or at least don't forget to call her!


Its funny but lately I've felt very strongly that I'm so not qualified to give an opinion about anything spiritual. I'm not an expert by any means, but I know Jesus. He is my Savior. All I want is for others to see that in me. 

Its a scary thing to speak truth as a Christian. What I mean is this: when I say that its wrong to lie and then I lie, I feel like people see me as a hypocrite. The real issue isn't me purposely being a hypocrite, its that I'm a sinner.

Thats why I try to keep things encouraging around here. Its also why lately I've been quiet on my usual Word for Wednesday posts. I just haven't been able to find words to express these things. 

I love sharing encouraging music here. Mostly because music is what gets me going. Its what makes me excited and I'm always eager to share it. Thats why I do the Sunday's Songs posts. I hope that they are as encouraging to you as they are to me. 

So anyway I have another song that I want to share with you …

The House on Moody Avenue by Celestine Hannemann

Sunday's Songs: 5.5.13

A few weeks ago one of my favorite recording artists announced that he would be retiring from music at the end of this year. Bebo Norman's songs are often songs that I relate to in ways that I rarely find elsewhere. His songwriting is raw and honest. I've seen him in concert several times and each time I found his talent impressive and his person real. With that I want to share one of his more recent songs, "God of My Everything." I hope it speaks to you like it does to me.