I find myself in one of my very deep valley’s at present and I find myself listening to a lot of music during my alone hours after the kids are put to bed. I am constantly searching my own “itunes library” and those in the “itunes music store” looking for songs or even lyrics that speak to me but also have a melodic and easy tune that may, in some way, bring me some temporary peace. Contemporary Worship music is the obvious choice and I listen quite often to the songs of “Mercy Me”, “Chris Tomlin”, and “Michael W. Smith” to name a few. However, I find myself interested in finding songs and lyrics in pop culture songs where you don’t necessarily expect to find them where you would expect it from the “Worship” genre.
I have found two songs in particular that really speak to me at present. The first is “Let It Be” by the Beatles:
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom… Let it be. And in my hour of darkness, she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom… Let it be
The second song is “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor:
Won’t you look down upon me Jesus? You gotta help me make a stand. You just got to see me through another day. My body is aching and my time is at hand. I won’t make it any other way.
So I am asking for your help… What songs do you recommend? I am very open to all genre’s of music so country, contemporary country,easy listening, classic rock etc. However, I am looking for lyrics that can speak to me and comfort me that are coupled with a melodic tune. I want to build a play list of these songs that I can download on my computer and lose myself in during my downtime or as I drift off to sleep.
Relay For Life 2008….
As mentioned before I will be walking in the Relay for Life event sponsored by the American Cancer Society on May 16th in the Heights are of Houston. We participated last year and was a VERY important and emotional event for Julie. It meant the world to her to participate and we vowed to participate every year going forward. I am holding up my promise and will be there. The only way I can fight back and not give in to cancer (and maintain a part of Julie’s legacy) is to participate in these events, get the word out for awareness and raise funds for research. I know many of you have given very generously to me personally and for that I am forever grateful. I ask though, that you help give to those who are currently fighting or will be fighting in the future in Julie’s name. Please do what you can… donate or even better, join up to spend the evening with us walking, sharing in Julie’s memory and giving cancer hell. I just know we will feel her presence there and I feel sure she will speak to us during this event. The link to sign up for our team or donate to this cause is posted in my links section to the left.
The pictures posted below are just a small sample of what we documented in pictures at last years event. However, I think they are very powerful. A picture is worth a thousand words, or so it is said…. I think these pictures are reason enough to get involved.
Hallie saying a little prayer over her mom’s luminaria candle. The white bags indicate survivor’s or those still battling. Purple is in honor of those who have passed. This year “mommy’s” candle will be purple.
Julie participating in the “survivor” walk last year. It appears as though she is laughing here, but she was actually crying as she was overcome with emotion.
Our “Army of Ants” walker team photo. I say “walker” as there were many people who could not walk with us but were part of the team in spirit as they donated to our cause. We raised the most money of any “private” team (not sponsored by a corporation). I hope to have similar success this year. I would love to see many faces added to this picture this year!!!
Jack is pretty tuckered out here! It is a great family event and kids are welcome. I will have mine there as will my sister-in-law and others. Bring them out… Julie loved kids and would love to have them out there!
That is all for now. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to help me with my song selections and give serious consideration to helping us with our Relay for life. By the way… if you plan on joining us, sign up on line now to maximize your time to raise money for our team!!! The event is only 46 days away and we have a long way to go to even match last years total.