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The Power of a Song

Last Christmas a friend posted the song below on her Facebook page. My kids were gone for a few days and I was scrolling through my feed to pass time. That’s when I came across the true power of a song. It literally changed Christmas last year from a sad, lonely time to one of worship.

This year I’m starting with this song, in hopes that December will be filled with all things Christ. Because He is literally my everything.

Bumping into Authenticity

mullins2There’s something raw and bold about meeting someone who is authentic. Someone that doesn’t pretend or present something to the outside world that is different on the inside. It’s rare, really.

I bumped into this type of authenticity as a new college graduate.  There was an amazing singer/songwriter that I admired. I loved his lyrics. A true poet. He happened to be singing at my church, so I went. There are so many things I do not remember about that night, but I do remember he was barefoot (which was apparently normal for him). I also remember him walking off the stage quietly while we were singing Awesome God…and never coming back. My thoughts after the concert were – He wasn’t in this thing for glory. He wasn’t in it to look good. He didn’t care what others thought. I wanted that.

Looking back, I wonder what the Christian labels thought of him. He did not fit the “Christian” mold. Wasn’t even remotely mainstream. He was not polished. He didn’t wear the clothes you would expect from a “star”.  He spoke freely. A real person struggling through life. Struggling with alcohol and addictions and depression. Normal.

During an interview, a radio host was asking him what type of music he liked to listen to. His response? “I like silence.” He is also quoted as saying, “The thing I like most about the Bible are all the weirdos in it. I think the Bible is just packed with them.”

And that was the person of Rich Mullins.

Someone that went against the norm. A bit edgy for some, but appealing to a young college girl looking for her way in the world. Someone that was just learning that the world could be cruel and hard and was doubting some things about her faith.

I remember the song about the wideness in God’s mercy.  It wasn’t one of his favorites (he says on stage), but the truth is piercing. This concert shows his authenticity, even forgetting (or thinking he was forgetting) the words – The Love of God.

My all-time favorite song, though, is The Color Green. To this day, I turn it up in the car and sing at the top of my lungs.  It’s healing.

Rich died at age 41 in a car accident. I remember hearing about it on the radio and crying. A sad day for many.

Today I remember Rich Mullins and am thankful God allowed me to bump into his authenticity so many years ago.

Today (10/21/14) would have been his 59th birthday.

Something About A Girl

brookeYou see a girl. A girl who is quirky and funny and sassy. A girl who wears far too many bracelets but loves each and every one the same. Each with a story. And a smell. Ewww. HA!

A girl whose smile will steal your heart. One who lights up a room. One who does not meet a stranger and will play with anyone. Anywhere. And will call you her friend.

A girl who calls herself a tomboy yet loves to wear makeup and fingernail polish and shiny things. But her favorite color is blue so yes, to her she’s a tomboy. She does know how to hold her own when playing with boys. And seems to enjoy them as much as girls. No discrimination in her world.

A girl whose love language is touch and quality time. Her hugs can change the course of a day. Having her snuggled up to you is like a little piece of heaven. She’s my lovebug.

A girl who goes through life singing a song. Makes up a song if one doesn’t go with her day. Happy to share her song with those around her.

When I see her, though, I see a miracle. A blessing. A gift I didn’t even know I wanted… until she arrived. The pregnancy was unexpected and many tears were shed. Life sort of stood still for awhile. And then her blue eyes met my green ones and life changed… for the better.

Happy Birthday to my New Year’s Eve baby! She continues to be the PERFECT gift. :)