So, its about time that I blog about JJ Heller. We discovered her music on our trip out west this past August. Listening to her music combined with Adventures in Odyssey comprised most of the time we spent in the car. When putting a couple thousand miles on a vehicle, finding something of quality to fill the non conversational times is quite key. 🙂
We had, of course, heard a couple of JJ’s songs before, but I didn’t make the connection until our trip. JJ sings what I would call folk music. Most of her songs are family oriented or Christ centered…or both. They are just beautiful pictures of life…whether joy or pain. My ultimate favorite of hers is “The Boat Song,” but so many are just to listen to without tiring of them. Often her songs will be found playing in the background of our daily activities whether at home or in the car.
Speaking of music not growing tiring…my children play their favorite song 24/7 on their IPods lately. Whether the volume is quiet or loud, the song inevitably ingrains itself into our heads. My daughter’s current song is Shakira’s “Try Everything” from the movie Zootopia. It is a fun song with a good message, so of all the ones that have played non-stop in our home, this is one of the family favorites.
My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul. PSALM 108:1
Christmas break officially ended today! School began, work began, routines began. While it is fun to be on break, there is something to be said about routines too. It makes the down time more appreciated in the least. My workouts were few and far between during break, so I started 2 30 day challenges yesterday. 1 is a 30 day ab flattener found on the Cassey Ho website. The other is a 30 day arm challenge found on shrinkingjeans.net Completing both takes under 5 minutes, but it is a quick strengthening tool to add to my “what should be normal” workout routine. 😉 Check them out and let me know if you are doing them along with me. 🙂
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2 (NIV)
Psalms 42:11 (NIV)
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend! Keep your eyes to the sky and hope in the Lord!
Sometimes the little things in life prove to be the biggest and best blessings and joys.
My youngest has an old soul as some would say. He is goofy and crazy and rotten and young, but in certain things he has an understanding, a forgiveness and an almost wise. When my daughter was sad a couple months ago about giving up her old bike (she could ride the new one, but it still made her nervous and the old one needed to go) he took the bike and said he would take care of it and moved it away from her sight. So sweet, but not surprising.
Our cat is very sick and likely not going to make it much longer…all of the kids brought her their favorite comfort items and gently tucked them around her.
My youngest told me the other day that I was his best girl friend. 🙂
A few weeks ago we were coming home from a family outing and someone was throwing out a great air hockey table…which is now in our possession.
My two second graders had to write about someone they admire and my son chose his dad and my daughter chose me. 🙂
And of course endless hugs and kisses from all of them. Life’s blessings are so sweet and simple, we just need to grasp them and cherish them.
And just to add a little turmoil to the life’s sweetness, but again on a very simple note…no crisis. My lawn mower starter is my enemy. It starts wonderfully for my husband but it doesn’t like me…and I do nothing different. Oh well! After 20…yes 20 minutes of trying to get it to start…would you believe the sky opened up and rained on me? 😛
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
– Psalm 19:7
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.