Pairings

Bonjour, mon ami!  For this pairing we are going to France.  I woke up this morning and used my Julia Child “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” for the first time to make a Quiche Lorraine.  I took my portable record player into the kitchen and laid down a very special album.  I first heard of Michel Legrand because I found an empty record sleeve for “The New I Love Paris” at my grandmother’s house.  When I then came across the actual record at a store I had to have it.  So as I boiled my bacon (yep), I listened to “La Vie en Rose” and “I Love Paris”.  You could almost see the Eiffel Tower.  Because it was on the album cover.  This cinematic rendering of some French born classics paired beautifully with the Quiche.  It highlighted the subtle hints of nutmeg and brought a familiarity to the cafe noisette (espresso with a touch of hot milk).  This album also provided, not just an atmosphere, but a teleportational experience of preparing for the first bite in North Carolina and enjoying the rest of the quiche at a quaint bistro along the Champs-Élysées.

Pairings

Good morning everyone!!!

You know those people who pair wine and food all the time?  Like this cheese goes with this wine which works with this fish which also works with this wine and all that craziness.  I’ve kind of always wanted to be one of those people.  But I realized something really fun tonight…I do other kinds of pairings.  So I’m going to start sharing them with you because I think it is fun…

to pair food and music.

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Party In the Hills

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©Maggie Lowe

I believe that as Christians we face a problem.

We know what Scripture says about everything being about Jesus.  “Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it” (Deut. 10:14), “The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them” (Ps. 89:11), “For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (1 Cor. 10:26), “Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun” (Ps. 74:16, ESV).

Now, that isn’t the problem I was referring to.  As you can see, it is quite obviously Biblical.  The problem comes in when we are so focused on making Jesus happen in a situation, we completely miss how He happens in the same situation organically.  I’ve had a perfect example of this pop up in my life over the past couple weeks and I would like to share it with you today! Continue reading

WORD TO THE WISE: Mountains, Names, & Working from Home

Oh good Sunday morning to all my people out there in the internet!  Okay…that was like…meant to come across super cheerful and the fact of the matter is, I’m writing this through closed eyes, too tired to go turn on the Keurig.  I’m literally waiting to have my coffee until it comes on automatically at six.  Forty five more minutes.  But thats not going to keep me from telling y’all about my big experiences this week.
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The Power of the Names of God

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Good morning one and all!  I have had one of those mornings that every blogger/internet user adores: I wrote this comfortably long, well worded, excellent post this morning and in the process of posting it…it all disappeared.

So there’s that.

Basically, all I had to say was this: today, I have my first event as a Christian speaker.  Now, if you’ve ever seen me do music, you know that I usually plan some sort of short devotional during my performance and share that with the audience.  However, today…I’m not even taking my guitar.  What is that madness?  And why am I so excited about it?!?

I’m speaking on the power of using the names of God in prayer.  I’ll share more with you later today.  However, if your interest is peaked, I would encourage you to go to the website of Ann Spangler who has written several different books on the names of God.  On her website you will find a free resource called “Ten Names of God“.  This is a great place to get started learning some of the amazing things our God is called!

Pray for God’s will to be done as I speak this morning.  My prayer will be the prayer of a great man of God I admire, Father Mychal Judge:

“Lord take me where You want me to go,
let me meet who You want me to meet,
tell me what You want me to say,
and keep me out of Your way.”

Love each other.

Why So Serious?

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Happy Monday!

I don’t care what you say, it is indeed a happy Monday.  But you don’t have to take me word for it…just ask Jamie Grace!

Now that we have that out of the way, please look at this picture.  That is my sweet little dog in all his quirky magnificence.  I can’t remember if we’ve had this conversation, but his name is Lord Stewart Rigsby, he is a golden retriever mutt, he was rescued from a junk yard, and he is the love of my life.  (For this season.  Still waiting on God for the right biped.)  But, when I was getting ready to write this post, I thought, “Oh I have got to use that picture of Rigsby.”  It totally fits with today’s conversation, because I want to ask you a question this morning:

What do you take seriously?

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Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?

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©Maggie Lowe

E’rebody.

I don’t mean to give you a curt answer or anything.  But…e’rebody.

You see, we live in a world where fear doesn’t show up, isn’t part of life…it’s throwing the party, it’s our life coach.  It is everywhere we are and tends to take control of the entire situation no matter how good our God has proved Himself repeatedly.

Recently, I desired to write a post on Facebook and fear made itself very obvious.  I was writing about the news and just…looking into what is going on in our world got me a little nervous.  However, I turned to Scripture to find Truth.  Do you remember that?  The fact that the Bible is fact.  Well, you should! Continue reading