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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday's Songs: 3.24.13

Lately there have been a lot of songs that should be on my Sunday's Songs list. The two I was going to share today neither one have an official YouTube video. (WhompWhomp)

Let me just tell you about them :)

The first is Plumb's new single: Need You Now (How Many Times). The chorus goes like this:
How many times have you heard me cry out
"God please take this"?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now.

I don't know where you are right now, but I know in my life and in the life of my family and friends that there have been times where I have cried out to God, "PLEASE take this." And I've kept breathing. There have been times that I have prayed for God to give me the strength to keep breathing. When I am stressed or dealing with something heavy from life I find myself repeating, "Just keep breathing." It becomes my mantra and I believe the strength it takes in those moments to do so must come straight from God. I don't have the strength on my own.

The second song I want to share is an old one. Its Ginny Owens song: If You Want Me To.

The recurring phrase in the song is "I will walk through this valley if you want me to."

I love this song. I don't remember ever hearing it until recently. If I had it didn't stick. Maybe its because I hadn't yet truly walked through a valley - as I get older I realize that life is not lived on a plain, but in a mountain range. There is always going to be tough stuff and our faith is being developed so that we can continue to trust God in the hard parts of life. Its easy when you're coasting, but its hard when your climbing.

I hope these songs encourage you today. Look them up, let the words soak into your soul.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate

Firefly Island was an incredible book. The story is told by Mallory who marries Daniel after a whirlwind romance. As soon as they are married they move from Washington D.C. to Moses Lake, Texas. 

Moses Lake is a typical small town with all the charm and kindness that come from such communities. As Mallory begins to make friends and acclimate to her new way of life she also begins to find out that the town is full of all sorts of interesting people and problems. 

As she gets more and more involved in her new life she develops a blog called, The Frontier Woman, where she shares her stories with friends and family back home. The blog becomes her platform to give a voice to the voiceless. 

All of the town's interesting people also have interesting secrets in their lives. Will Mallory be able to unravel the secrets without ruining her new friendships or her marriage?

This book reeled me in from the get-go. Having lived outside of Washington D.C. I was able to understand Mallory very quickly. Her character is such a relatable narrator that you feel like you are hanging out with a girlfriend, instead of reading. 

In her narration Mallory is honest and transparent. She holds nothing back which makes her struggles and failures a real part of the story. She is adapting to marriage, motherhood (she also gained a step-son), a new town, a new job and a whole new way of life all at once. I think this so relatable because I always feel like I have too many irons in the fire.

I read this book quickly, simply because I could not get myself to put it down. It was interesting, smart and encouraging. I wholeheartedly recommend it. I think it would make a fantastic summer or vacation reading.

I received this as a part of Bethany House Publishing's Blogger Reviewer program.