51.) the smell of the mountains in colorado 52.) falling asleep in the middle of the day and waking up hours later 53.) my squishy massage pillow 54.) witnessing an awkward moment 55.) putting on dresses that make me feel like a princess 56.) 2500 ab workouts 57.) restaurants that prohibit smoking 58.) leaving suprises for my friends 59.) getting caught up in the Word 60.) downtown chicago during the holiday’s 61.) going canoeing 62.) spur of the moment road trips to random places 63.) the smell of freshly cut grass 64.) painting 65.) going out on a date 66.) dancing (preferably to *nsync and britney type music) 67.) singing as loud as i can in my car 68.) buying a new outfit 69.) taking black and white pictures 70.) reading a new book 71.) diving into a pool 72.) getting dressed up – makeup, hair done, manicure, pedicure… the whole deal 73.) snuggling up on the couch, watching a movie, while eating m&m’s and popcorn mixed together 74.) a large mocha mint frappe from java g’s 75.) not setting my alarm before i go to sleep
last night i went to the david crowder/shane & shane concert with a friend of mine. we arrived a bit early being some of the first people in line. as we waited, my friend and i got to talking to this older women (maybe in her late 70's) who was there with one of her sons. she shared with us her love for crowders music, then going on to list other worship leaders she absolutely adored...
i love tim hughes... and that chris tomlin! oh he's so good! i love casting crowns, they were one of my favorite. and mercy me is good... but that tim hughes and chris tomlin! they are just fabulous... i just love chris tomlin's song "how great is out God"! i could listen to that song over and over again.
listening to a woman of her age display her love for these singers was beautiful. it's not very often you meet elderly people in the church that enjoy the "harder" kind of worship music.
when i first heard a church playing this loud music, i couldn't believe it and said, "this isn't church!" and then i saw people dancing... i just walked out. but God has shown me that their music is the same exact worship music as any hymn i would ever sing, just a different style. and the dancing... He tells us to dance, so i just need to get used to that and do it!
it was beautiful.
i then met 4 guys who drove down from minnesota just to see the show. they had even made shirts that said "we drove 240 miles just to see david." talking with them i could see their love for the Lord. their eyes glistened and shined brightly. they didn't even need to mention much about God; i could just see it in them.
when the doors open, my friend and i joined them in the front center of the hall. their excitement was undescribable. they could not wait until crowder came out and caught a glimpse of their shirts... and in fact he did. david looked down at the 4 of them laughing and thanking them for their faithfulness to his band. one of the guys, matt, turned to me, looking like a little kid in a candy store and said, "can you believe that?! david just asked me what my name was!"
besides the blessing of being with hundred of believers and getting to worship the Lord, i was also blessed with the conversations i had with the different people that i met. this concert reminded me of being at passion '05, yet a ton smaller (sidenote: go to passion '06 if you can - passion.06).
oh and i think crowder is ten times cooler simply because he plays the keytar. (i posted my photo's from the concert, feel free to check 'em out).
and He's set me on fire, i am burning alive
with His breath in my lungs, i am coming undone
and He's set me on fire, i am burning alive with His breath in my lungs, i am coming undone.
and i cannot hold it in and remain composed
loves taking over me and so i propose,
in letting myself go
i am letting myself go...
You are my joy, You are my joy, You are my joy, You are my JOY!
You are my joy, You are my joy, You are my joy, You are my JOY!
last night i gathered together with people in one of the most beautiful scenes i have witnessed in a long time.
i was able to go downtown des moines and join together with hundreds and hundreds of people from my church, as we celebrated God's goodness and grace. we praised Him for the lives that He has changed within the church, and the blessings that He has provided to our community.
i sang. i danced. i laughed. i wept... and i wept hard.
in the middle of the singing and worshiping, about 20 people from the congregation, male and females ranging from 13-50, graciously stood up in front of the crowd each holding a sign that on one side shared what things them captive before Christ, and on the other revealing how their lives are now that they have the Father in their life...
ugly --> BEAUTIFUL slave to possessions --> FREE TO GIVE boy crazy --> CRAZY ABOUT JESUS skeptic --> CONVINCED led by guilt --> LED BY LOVE following peers --> FOLLOWING CHRIST lost --> FOUND
my eyes filled with tears the second the group began walking across the stage. one by one they revealed the trapped side of their sign while a coldplay song played in the background, then slowly they each flipped over their sign revealing their new life in Jesus.
i shed tears of thankfulness for the transformation in each of my brothers and sisters, but also because i could see myself. it was hard for me to admit that i am still one of those people stuck in certain areas of my life, but i was still able to worship and find joy in the Yeshua. thank the Lord for that. thank God that we do not have to live a life of imprisonment. thank God that He will set us free. though it takes time, the beauty of the process is astonishing.
witnessing the transformation of people from one life to another is one of the most beautiful things that takes place in this world.
26.) giving back massages 27.) driving a jet ski 28.) picnics 29.) movie previews 30.) inside jokes 31.) puppies 32.) going to the zoo (yes... i'm 5 years old...) 33.) the month of may 34.) mud fights 35.) meeting new people 36.) falling asleep in the huge red chairs in drakes student union 37.) shoe shopping 38.) wearing my cowboy hat 39.) putting on clothes right out of the dryer 40.) going out for sushi with my parents 41.) california 42.) long flowy gypsy skirts 43.) putting lotion on my face after i take a shower 44.) incense (preferably nagchamba) 45.) hearing and watching my little sister laugh uncontrollably (including snorting, spitting, and body convulsions) 46.) the feeling in my stomach while on a rollercoaster 47.) jenni terrills amazing peppermint dessert 48.) going to a concert of a band i really like 49.) the noise of rocks being thrown in the water 50.) kate t's tree swing
i'm following the crowd... top 100 things that bring me happienss/joy.
1.) hearing the Lord's voice 2.) laughing so hard i can't breath 3.) snowboarding 4.) sleeping with 5 or more pillows 5.) romania 6.) walking on the beach barefoot 7.) brushing my teeth 8.) hugging my family after not seeing them for a long time 9.) cuddling/spooning 10.) dipping french fries in a wendys frosty 11.) bouquets of sunflowers 12.) having someone brush my hair 13.) having a friend smile at me for no reason 14.) picked up, off the ground, double armed hugs 15.) when someone calls you just to say "hi" because they "were thinking about you" 16.) holding hands 17.) discovering a new band 18.) snow on the ground that hasn’t been touched 19.) praying for people/being prayed for 20.) driving towards a sun set 21.) down comforters 22.) sharing my testimony 23.) falling asleep on the terrill’s kitchen floor 24.) sunny days with a light rain 25.) downloading a new phone ring