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Hard To Get


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You who live in heaven
Hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth
Who are afraid of being left by those we love
And who get hardened by the hurt

Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape
To find the faith to ask for daily bread
Did You forget about us after You had flown away
Well I memorized every word You said

Still I’m so scared, I’m holding my breath
While You’re up there just playing hard to get

———-

You who live in radiance
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that’s not as patient as Yours was
Still we do love now and then

Did You ever know loneliness?
Did You ever know need?
Do You remember just how long a night can get
When You were barely holding on
And Your friends fall asleep
And don’t see the blood that’s running in Your sweat?

Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You’re up there just playing hard to get?

———-

And I know you bore our sorrows
And I know you feel our pain
And I know it would not hurt any less
Even if it could be explained

And I know that I am only lashing out
At the One who loves me most
And after I figured this, somehow
All I really need to know

———-

Is if You who live in eternity
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in time
We can’t see what’s ahead
And we can not get free of what we’ve left behind
I’m reeling from these voices that keep screaming in my ears
All the words of shame and doubt, blame and regret

I can’t see how You’re leading me unless You’ve led me here
Where I’m lost enough to let myself be led
And so You’ve been here all along I guess
It’s just Your ways and You are just plain hard to get

———-

Rich Mullins

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Friday Glory

Today has been a long day of lawn-care, work, and errand-running. Long day. However, a few things made it all bearable and maybe even awesome.

-It’s Friday. Let’s face it, that just makes everything better, doesn’t it?

-The weather down here in Houston has been nothing short of stunning today. It’s been hot all week (and not just hot for October) but today turned things around. Even though I was busy driving around, I’m glad I got to be outside for a lot of this Friday.

-Due to the lack of a CD player, aux. input or tape deck in the ol’ work vehicle, I’m forced to listen to the radio. Top 40 is usually the way I go but with those stations tied up with commercials I naturally tuned in to my 93Q Country. And in the span of about an hour I managed to hear some clever, some corny, and some classic country songs.

Oh, and I also scored two tickets to Taylor Swift’s show in May 2010.

That’s that Friday glory, folks.

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Last month I was honored and privileged to be a part of Tanner and Anne Herriot‘s wedding. We arrived the Wednesday before the wedding ceremony that Saturday and I tried to capture as much as I could of the adventure.

I’m slow with video work, hence this video being here a month and a half after the fact. Yep. Oh well.

Enjoy. And much love to Tanner and Anne. Happiness.

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I was told that Thursday would bring a cold front to us sweaty folk of Houston.

That is not a cold front. That is June.
weather

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If there’s one thing we can be certain about in life it’s that there’s nothing we can be certain about in life. There can be good or bad days. Sometimes the good days need a reward. Almost always, the bad days need a pick-me-up. Enter one of God’s many gifts to mankind: candy.

But you don’t always want to make an emergency trip to the store to satisfy that needed hit. You’re tired! You’ve earned a break! Well, here’s a little tip I picked along the way (to the doctor, apparently).

Invest in a candy stash. Easy enough, right? It truly is. On your next grocery run, pick out some of your favorite candy selections and do your best not to eat it on the drive home. Next, and this is important, you’ll want to hide this candy. If you’re anything like me, any candy in sight will be promptly inhaled. Hidden candy, however, has a much higher chance of survival, hopefully to be saved for those moments where you truly need that sugar fix.

Here’s my setup. This looks like an ordinary bookshelf, does it not? Kinda dull…

ordinary shelf

ordinary shelf

But that’s before we learn that behind these books lies a veritable treasure trove of awesomeness.

candyshelf

surprise! happiness!

Sweet .

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I’m discovering that for many things that I do (or, really, attempt to do) there is a much quicker and more efficient way to accomplish the task.

I like to dabble in different forms of media expressions; I’m most definitely not proficient in any but I enjoy it anyway. I can often see a finished product in my head by my lack of technical knowledge and basic know-how definitely slow me down from arriving at my destination. I know there are tips and tricks out there (and thank you to the Interwebs for constantly supplying me with so much) but sometimes I don’t absorb them quickly enough.

However, I can’t make the excuse of not even trying or not going any distance because I don’t know the shortcuts. Better to take the long way than to get nowhere at all.

It’s 4:12 AM and I’m now going to bed. A little project that I was working on (that someone else could’ve finished in minutes) took me forever but I’m sorta happy I’ve (eventually) arrived at a semi-decent finished product. Go Team.

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There’s enough to bum me out about the world and life in general but I’ve gotta constantly focus my sights on the abundance of gloriously wonderful things that surround me. Here’s to that:

-We got up to 90˚ this week down here in Houston. Remember it’s October. That’s not the good part. The good part is that it dipped into the 60s yesterday. I have little faith that the weather will stay this way for long but I’m loving every bit of it while it’s around.

-I can barely contain my excitement about seeing The Swell Season in concert here pretty soon. I love what they do. I love their music. I do. You might, too. Take a listen to some of their new tunes here.

-I’m terrible about putting away my clean laundry. But I don’t care at the moment. That’s good.

-Christmas is creeping closer. It’s weirding me out a little that the year is nearly over but I’m thinking it’s gonna end out brilliantly and 2010’s gonna be one to remember.

-Our church worship team has come to the conclusion that we’re bored silly with the way we play most of our songs. So, amidst other musical attempts that shall remain undisclosed at this time, we’re looking to give our songs a new kick in the face so they can speak to everyone (ourselves included) in a fresh way, maybe in ways they hadn’t before.

-This has been very unsubstantial. I think I just wanted to talk about the weather and The Swell Season. But that’s enough, don’t you agree?

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