My Jam

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I’ve been giving this a lot of thought…and I am SURE that you all wake up at least once a week thinking, “I wonder what Maggie is listening to this week?”  I hate for you to be stuck wondering things so I’ll just tell you what: how ’bout I start blogging about music that is really rocking my socks every so often?  And how ’bout, since you always hear people say, “THAT’S MY JAM!!!”, how ’bout I call the posts “My Jam”.  And how ’bout I do one right now?!?!?

First of all, my jams this week have been uncharacteristically laid back!  Usually I’m the kid who wants her music louder and faster than all the other kid’s music.  But this week…the quieter the better.  I want to have to work to hear my music this week.  So I’ve been really feasting on some worship music this week.  Seeking the words, following the spirit of the music and the Spirit of the lyrics.

That being said, there are a few artists I immediately go to when I’m craving worship music.  One of those, is Christy Nockels.  If you’ve never listened to much of her music, you are DEFINITELY missing out.  This woman has such a sweet spirit.  Have a little bit of #throwbackThursday (on a Tuesday), if you remember a Christian band called Watermark, that was Christy Nockels and her husband.  Now…she’s just Christy.  She has a couple of albums out and helps Chris Tomlin with his stuff a lot.  I was listening to her latest album this week, “Into the Glorious“.  The song that caught my attention that never really had before is called “Be Loved“.  My theme for the year is Love.  So I’ve been going through my music and finding all the Love songs.  This.  Is.  My.  Favorite.  The music is just calm, and peaceful, and…like a hug.  This song is like being hugged.  And I don’t care if you think that’s a weird analogy.  Listen and you’ll understand!  And the words.  Oh, the words!  “Just be loved.  Be loved, He Loves you!”  We think that’s so simple…but do we really allow God to Love us, and do we really let ourselves accept it?  I think often times we don’t.  We think we’ve done so much that we can’t POSSIBLY deserve His Love.  And we couldn’t be more right.  The only problem with that logic…is that God doesn’t expect us to deserve it.  That’s what Grace is.  I recently read the best definition of Grace I’ve ever read.  It was in a book called “Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does” by a man named Jon Weece.  He defined Grace this way: “Grace is the face love wears when it meets imperfection.”  Oh…

My uptempo jam for the week is still pretty chill for me.  But it’s from Matt Redman‘s album “Your Grace Finds Me” and the name of the song is “Sing and Shout“.  I love this song because the second half of the chorus: “Open up our hearts and pour your praises out.”  That’s what I pray for myself.  For my church.  For my friends & family.  For you.  That we can’t help but sing and shout.  And that every time we open our mouths and every time we open our hearts, the only thing we are filled to overflowing with is the praises of the God most high.  He is great.  We should prove it.

I took the liberty to create a playlist with those two songs and some of my other jams here below.  I hope you enjoy them.  Be blessed.

WORD TO THE WISE: Reading, Writing, Reading Again

2015/01/img_4579-0.jpg   Hello lovers of the light and the Lord.  Cravers of the good and the bad.  Especially the ugly.  Let’s grow wiser together.  But first…let’s read this post.

Reading

So if you’re school age, or within five years of finishing school you’ll be able to lament with me over reading.  Because you are (like me) in a time in your life when the word “reading” is synonymous with “involuntary”.  “Reading” a book means you could get something marvelous like “Les Miserables” or “Macbeth“.  But most likely, you’re going to have to suffer through “The Scarlet Letter” or even worse…”Don Quixote“.  So “reading” and “for fun” seems like some sort of sick joke.  But let me assure you, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I found that light this week.  The Lord has already assured me that this year, we will be working on my Love.  Meaning, my capacity to love like Him.  (I fail a lot.  But we’re going to work on it this year.)  ANYWAY…to prepare for a year of Love, I’ve been reading all the books in my library that say anything about love on the cover.  “Love Wins“, “Crazy Love“, “Love Does“…this is my reading list currently.  What I was working on this past week was finishing a new book by a man named Jon Weece.  The book is called “Jesus Prom“.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “But Maggie…that doesn’t say Love in the title!”  Well, if you’d just look at the subtitle…which is “Life gets fun when you Love people like God does”.  Isn’t that the truth!  Well, I got really wrapped up in finishing this book and realizing that suddenly…reading was fun for me!  I finished that book and decided I wanted to start another.  So Thursday, I read “Love Does” by Bob Goff.  No.  No grammatical error.  I read Goff’s 208 page book.  On Thursday.  Started it around 3:00 p.m. and finished around 3:00 a.m.  Surrounding myself with such good and wholesome words has really affected my week.  I’m so excited about reading more and more about Love in the coming weeks and sharing with you everything I learn

Writing

I’ve been told a lot recently that I should be writing more.  Most specifically, people have said I should be blogging.  (My blog auto-corrected “blogging” to…”brown”…)  ANYWAY.  I liked that idea.  I plan to write more here for/with you this year.  Hopefully, a schedule will emerge, but I’m not going to tell you what it is.  In the past, that has just served to make me feel somewhat like a failure for missing my own deadlines.  That in mind, I’m not going to set deadlines.  I’m just going to want to write.  Because I do.  So I will.

Reading Again

I finished a book Wednesday.  I Finished a whole book Thursday.  I’m reading a book with a friend.  I’m reading “Crazy Love” again to remember how crazy God’s Love really is.  And remind myself how crazy and reckless my Love should be.  My Love should need a helmet.  My Love should scare strangers.  My Love should like to lick flagpoles when it’s cold outside.  I want that kind of Love.  I want crazy Love.  I want reckless Love.  I want Love that lights things on fire and gets EVERYWHERE!!!