Third Day – I’ve Always Loved You

I’ll just leave this here for your Monday. I saw Third Day live when they were on tour with Tenth Avenue North and Trevor Morgan a few years ago, and I get chills every time I think about hearing this song live. This is a live version with Third Day and Trevor Morgan that’s similar to the one I remember.

I don’t know how to explain it
But I know that words will hardly do
Miracles with signs and wonders
Aren’t enough for me to prove to you

Don’t you know I’ve always loved you
Even before there was time
Though you turn away
I’ll tell you still
Don’t you know I’ve always loved you
And I always will

Greater love has not a man
Than the one who gives his life to prove
That he would do anything
And that’s what I’m going to do for you

Don’t you know I’ve always loved you
Even before there was time
Though you turn away
I’ll tell you still
Don’t you know I’ve always loved you
And I always will

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What I learned about myself from a week-long staycation

“There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.” Illustration: deeplifequotes (via Flickr)

I just returned from a week-long staycation. I took a week off from work with no structured or concrete plans nor anyone else to hang out with and decided to do exactly what I wanted with my time.

I’ve never actually given myself an opportunity like this. I tend to be driven by what other people need or want me of me, and then only secondarily,what God or I need or want out of my time. I’ve also had a really stressful year so far, with lots of changes and disruptions that make me wonder who’s actually at the wheel of this crazy runaway train car that is my life right now.

In the end, this experience wasn’t all that exciting or earth-shattering. I didn’t pull a Ferris Bueller or anything. But, I did return to work feeling refreshed and relaxed, and I learn a thing or two about myself.

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That One Beautiful Thing – 5/21/13

Bird taking flight. Illustration: Paivatar

Bird taking flight. Illustration: Paivatar

Sympathy – Paul Lawrence Dunbar (Poem of the Day)

You may recognize this poem more by this line, made famous by Maya Angelou, than the actual title: “I know why the caged bird sings!” I just finished reading Angelou’s book and was deeply moved by her storytelling of her childhood. She approaches her stories, many of which I can’t even imagine happening to myself, with an honest grace that is so humbling. I read the full poem shortly after finishing the book and appreciated hearing Dunbar’s words with echoes of Angelou’s in my mind.

24 Tiny Turtles Who Need a Reality Check (Huffington Post)

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That One Beautiful Thing – 5/14/13

Faith as small as a mustard seed. Photo: echoesofstars

This is the start of a new series in which I share some of the links that lifted my heart this week.

Not Just a Girl (Jaime Moore Photography)

After the Disney Princess controversy this week, it’s refreshing to see photographer Jaime Moore dressing her daughter up for her fifth birthday as “real” inspirational women.

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Words for the week ahead – 5/12/13

Biblical illustration of Book of Joshua Chapter 1 (Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

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