Beautiful Things

I want to be yours…

Abandoned Home I’ve always been a dreamer. I can’t tell you when it started or if it will ever end, but I can tell you that right now, in this space–I still dream. I get lost in foggy mornings and rainy days on a regular basis. The smell of rain has to be one of the most intoxicating things I believe you can experience. I’m not sure why anyone does drugs. I’m not sure why we don’t love life more and take in all the ‘little’ things. Have you ever stopped and listened to yourself breathing? Every inhalation is a divinely crafted push of air from God to you. Take a moment and run your finger from your palm to your shoulder blade and notice how the feeling changes–its so subtle and yet so magnificent that I tend to get goosebumps. What is this? All these beautiful things that God has created and yet I neglect Him daily, I pray less instead of more. When life gives me lemons–I cry in the silence about things I can’t control and I refuse to believe that He will free me from these burdens. How is it, I can be so ungrateful to a God who’s continually covering me in grace?

When I think about the honor it was to grow up in a Christian home where I learned the Bible and drank God’s word on a regular basis–I feel so blessed. But when I think about how far removed I am from it and how I can barely recollect many scripture verses, my heart weeps with discontent. I find myself wanting to exchange literature of poets and lyrics of musicians for that of scripture. Why, have I become so lost in these wordily things and forget about my maker until I’m knee deep back in sin?

I pray that God have mercy upon my soul and lead back to where He and I were in constant fellowship. I pray that he would restore in a heart that yearns to learn more about Him without hesitance. I pray that He would consume me and lead me to drink from the well of life once more, to leave behind the things of this of world in exchange for the love of heaven. I want to be more like Him. I want to see people as he sees people. I want to love people as He loves people. Dear God, I want to be yours whole-heartedly without condition. I simply want to be yours.


Sunday Tunes: Gungor

The Grammy nominated Gungor is not your typical Christian Music and I don’t even know if you can coin them as Christian. There writing style is uniquely poetic and complex in design. Their music addresses the problems of the heart and simply being human in an ever-changing sin ridden world. I love to describe to their music as “porch swing and coffee music only to be appreciated in the middle of God’s country.”

Here is a great video of Gungor describing their music and telling you all about the inspiration for their new album Ghosts upon the earth. It also provides a better feel for who they are as believers and musicians. I hope you fall in love with their work as much as I have.

One thing I really love is that they write lengthy pieces that actually allow you to reflect and praise God. It’s a beautiful thing because a lot of times when the words begin to speak to you in a song, it’s over. My Sunday Tune selection from them today is ‘Beautiful Things’ from the album Beautiful Things. One of my favorite lines in the song is “out of chaos life is being found in you” and this is so true. I believe the chaotic moments in our lives are where we typically come to meet Christ. It’s not the accidental epiphany of clouds and rainbows that some would have you to believe. I also encourage you to read Michael Gungor’s blog found on the website. Where he discusses openly his issues with life in general, church and Christianity.

My Gungor Faves
Beautiful Things
Dry Bones
We will run
God is not a white man