Monday, August 30, 2010

Introducing...The Song of the Week

It just occurred to me that I should have a song of the week every week. In case you haven't noticed by now, music has a profound effect on my day to day life. I could probably have a 'Song of the Day,' but I won't overwhelm either one of us. Anyways, the song I pick every week will be one that has expresses my  current feelings, has inspired me, or just brought a smile to my face. So, check out the lyrics to get some insight on where I am coming from this week. (I also think you should head over to iTunes and download the song for yourself!) This week: a little Christian rock from a rockin' Christian.

 "I Will Not Be Moved"
Natalie Grant

I have been the wayward child
I have acted out
I have questioned Sovereignty
And had my share of doubt
And though sometimes my prayers feel like
They're bouncing off the sky
The hand I hold won't let me go
And is the reason why...

I will stumble
I will fall down
But I will not be moved
I will make mistakes
I will face heartache
But I will not be moved
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
I will not be moved

Bitterness has plagued my heart

Many times before
My life has been like broken glass
And I have kept the score
Of all my shattered dreams and though it seemed
That I was far too gone
My brokenness helped me to see
It's grace I'm standing on
And the chaos in my life
Has been a badge I've worn
Though I have been torn
I will not be moved

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Eat Pray Love

I just got home from having a girl's night with Shannon. We saw the movie Eat Pray Love, and I loved it! (There are very few movies Julia Roberts has done that I don't love.) I am really anxious to read the book now! It's one of those movies that makes you think. Not thinking in terms of trying to figure out the movie, but it made me think about the spiritual and romantic relationships in my life.

In the movie (based on a true story), Liz (played by Julia Roberts) travels to Italy, India, and Bali, basically trying to find herself. She eats, prays, and loves along the way. She has been through some tough times in her relationships with men, and she feels that she loses herself every time she falls in love. I can completely relate to this since I know I have lost myself in some of my relationships. Liz's trouble was that she hadn't spent much of her life as a single woman, so she didn't know how to find that balance. I, though, have spent some significant time being single and learning about myself.

As much as I do enjoy being in a relationship, not being in one for a while has made me realize how important that time to "find yourself" is. Liz got married before she had that opportunity, and her marriage ended as a result. It now makes sense to me why so many people say not to get married too young. I know I'm not the same person I was even a couple years ago. I used to think I was ready for marriage then, but I can now appreciate that I was not. This movie made me realize that my life was not as balanced as it is now. In Liz's quest to find balance in her life, she learns that life isn't always balanced...
"Sometimes losing your balance for love is part of living a balanced life."
Eat Pray Love

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sweet Commerical

Funny how the simplest thing can be so romantic.

That, and I love Sharpies.

Friday, August 6, 2010

A Summer Wedding

While the island was one highlight of my summer, it has not been the only one. What is summertime without a wedding? I know I am way behind on posting this because the wedding actually happened before I even went to Martha's Vineyard. Anyways, better late than never! 

I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for the first time this summer for my good friends Tara and Jake. It was a beautiful wedding, and I really enjoyed being a part of their special day. Now for some pictures...

Rehearsal dinner with the bride and Maid of Honor

My beautiful bouquet

The first dance as husband and wife

Shannon & me

Me, Tara, & Shannon

Leaving the reception
Just Married