You hang out with……….

Yes, I do!  A few weeks ago at work, one of my co-workers needed a ride home.  I did what I would have done for anyone else and gave him a ride home.  I don’t remember a whole lot about the conversation but I do know that when we got to his house we sat out in the car and talked for three hours!  We talked about a variety of things, he shared with me how he was raised Mormon, came out in his teen years and now as Bi and he now is an atheists.   I thought to myself, this is interesting but I like interesting!  In the weeks to follow, we have had challenging conversation, he has helped me understand my intensity and how it can be a good thing but most guys won’t get past it and miss out!  In the weeks we have spent in countless hours of conversation about life, christianity, relationships, personality, music, cooking and being gay and how the Christian community treats those who are, he has pushed me to dig deeper in my faith, and spread wider in my thinking.  I was grateful when Tim Stevens posted his thoughts on this book here,http://leadingsmart.com/leadingsmart/2014/3/d7yqs0pask21b3k4xjjx7kc87jwp1j  I thought what a great time and place for me to pick this up and start reading.  It is opening my eyes to the debate that is raging right now in the Christian community.  While I have not formed a solid opinion one way or the other, I do know this, we are called to Love others in spite of their choices.  We can LOVE them without affirming their actions!  I will continue to share Christ Love to my friend through my actions and pray that he will see Christ in me! Wednesday night he agreed to go see “God’s Not Dead” with me!  Until next time be encouraged!  You matter!

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“You Are”

Colton Dixon, a name many of you more than likely heard over and over on American Idol!  I have never watched American Idol!  How unAmerican?!?!?!  I first saw Colton on the Third Day tour last May in Carmel.  I thought well, this is innovative of Third Day to bring a young kid on tour to bring the younger generation to Third Day concerts!  A little known secret about my 65 year old mom, she couldn’t believe I was seeing Colton Dixon!  Yup!  She’s a FAN of Colton Dixon and I didn’t EVEN know of him yet!  Crazy!  Well, needless to say in the past 10 months, I have seen Colton Dixon 4 times!  Kind of crazy for someone who had NEVER heard of him since last May!  This song “You Are”, has been on my heart today.  I have heard him sing it in concert and the tune is catchy, as in “You are the hope I’m singing, You are the hope I’m singing.  You are!  If I had no voice, if I had no tongue, I would dance for You like the rising sun.  You are!”

This is from K-Love and I love watching his passion in singing the song and notice his long fingers on the piano!  I can’t wait for Colton’s sophomore album to come out and for him to do a longer set on tour.   Check him out!

 

 

“Broken Man”

Brand spaken new from Rhett Walker!  “Broken Man” is the single from their sophomore album and brings with it authentic, raw, real, lyrics!  I know this song will reach across the christian music label over into mainstream.  It’s a song that everyone can relate to, written straight from the band’s own experience of being broken.  It is out today on iTunes!  Go, and download you will be glad you did!

Winter Jam Indy!

This year was my first time experiencing Winter Jam at all!  I went with friends in Cincinnati but was not overly impressed with it.  It’s a great concept, 10 bands for $10 bucks!  A great opportunity to bring friends who may not otherwise be able to afford a regular concert.  I did enjoy hearing a few news bands such as Love & the Outcome and Plumb!   

So, when one of my friends asked me if I wanted to serve when it came to Indy, I thought about it and signed up since I had already seen the show or most of it, I didn’t feel as though I would miss much by serving.  I contacted the local volunteer coordinator for Indy and got the list for opportunities.  I signed up to be a runner.  With it being nice in Indy on this day and a lot to do downtown, there was not a whole lot of need for runners but I did make several Wal-Mart runs AND I did get to go get ingredients for homemade ice cream, which was the BEST ever!  It was an amazing time!  Exhausting but amazing!  

If you get the opportunity to attend Winter Jam, I do encourage you to go!  It is an awesome opportunity to hear a bunch of great bands and to take your friends!  

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Colton Dixon!  

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Jared Emerson, did this painting while Newsong sang “Arise My Love”

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Plumb

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Booooooooooo to Monday’s!

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Rotating Drum Kit!  Need I say more?!?!

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In the Light

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Soaring Above the Crowd

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Tait

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Props to the video guys!  

King Of My Heart!

Check out this HUSBAND and WIFE duo!  They are amazing, packed up everything to chase their dream!  Now they are on the WINTER JAM tour and if it’s coming to a city near you, GOOOO!!!! $10 bucks for a great night of music! I am glad I heard them for the FIRST time in Cincy and grateful that they followed their dream! This song came on this morning EXACTLY when I needed it!  God is just like that!!!!  Well, this song is speaking to me right where I am at!  After yesterday I feel like I am David up against Goliath but I also know that my God has gone before me and I need to rest in him!  I also know the enemy never likes it when we are doing good for him and he wants to distract us!  I WON’T LET HIM WIN!  Because Jesus is the KING!

Kelly’s Korner: Show us your vacation! Iowa and Beaver Island!

Two totally NOT normal vacation destinations, but my FAVORITE!!!!

Iowa is peaceful, calm, relaxing and wide open.  There is nothing that can compare to a day spent at the town pool, followed by 4 wheeler rides and cooking fresh picked sweet corn to the sunsets that paint the vast skies beautiful colors of brilliant orange’s!  When we are visiting, we go to the town pool, Adventureland in Des Moines, and if we have time we like to go to the Omaha Zoo!  None other than that!   I realized I didn’t talk about Beaver Island!  I heard my Freshman biology teacher talk about her summer spent up on Beaver Island and great it was.  Well, that stuck with me, may have been the ONLY thing that stuck but I knew that when I was able to go, I wanted to visit this mystical place.  The time came and in the summer of 2011 we made the 8 hour trek up to Charlevoix, MI.  Now when you go to small towns you should check ahead of time if you plan on staying the night, because we did not know this was the weekend of the town festival and all the hotels were booked!  We drove all night to catch and 8a.m. ferry over to the island.  It was an 2 hour ferry ride where your car is loaded on and your ride a top.  The rides have always been fun and relaxing but when you see the island it is exciting and you can’t wait to get off!  When we arrived we would go to our place we would call home for the week.  There is a hotel but if you go to the Island you stay in a cabin/rental home for a week.  This is in Northern Michigan and you want to go sometime after June to early September unless you enjoy cooler weather.  We also discovered that if you go the last two weeks of July try to get a place on the West side of the island because on the east side there are biting flies that hatch during the end of July.  Not a fun time at all when you want to hang out at the beach!  You can drive the whole island in an hour, mostly by dirt roads.  There is a library and you can get a library card as a guest to the island.  There are 2 lighthouses and even the coolest toy shop!  My kids save their money to spend there because it has a ton of dime store toys for 25 cents to $2.00.  The water is warm for Lake Michigan, and you can go out really far before it drops off!

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Iowa Above and Beaver Island Below

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Great place to vacation because you get the best of both world, woods an beach!

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You can fly in or take a 2 hour boat ride.  The boat takes cars, trucks, bikes and just about anything else!

Jamie Grace, Third Day, Peter Furler

When I heard about this tour at the Hits Deep tour, I though hmmm, interesting combination, Third Day and Skillet.  I thought Third Day did something awesome last spring by having Colton Dixon on tour with them because they brought the young kids in to hear him but also brought their long time mom fans!  This concert was okay but would have totally much rather had a longer Third Day Set.  My vote for any future tour for Third Day would be a Third Day/Peter Furler tour!  Australian with Country Twang worship!  That would be an awesome concert!

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Peter Furler and band.  I see a trend, Peter likes a guy with an afro in his band, Jody Davis.

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If you look closely you will see Jamie Grace rocking the drums and her sister Melissa Harper singing.  It was such a sweet moment for her sister to come out and sing.  I am glad that there are artist like her to encourage my daughter in her walk!

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Third Day always has really cool lights and video!

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When I learn to stitch pictures together I’ll take a picture from each time I have seen Third Day in the past year.  That would be fun!