Monday, March 25, 2013

Take My Hand

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Have you ever found a song that speaks to you so deeply that you want to listen to it on repeat, that it makes you cry and smile at the same time, and it brings you a sense of hope and faith that you know was just meant for you?

Enter a song by Shawn McDonald from 2004, titled "Take My Hand." I can't tell you how much hope this song has brought me lately... and the one thing I keep praying over and over is "change me." This song, with the book The Power of the Praying Wife that I'm reading right now are moving me. Big time.

My prayer today? Change me. Heal the brokenness. Free the burdens. Release me of the nightmares. Help me to be a positive light. Let me walk with You and be the best wife I can be. Thank You for this beautiful day.  


Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

Without You I'm so alone
I am weak but You are strong
You pick me up when I'm falling down
And I am crying
Out to You inside of my heart
I need You Lord, oh so, for the part
I want You to have my life, Jesus

Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

I fall to my knees
And I'm begging You, please oh Lord
Won't You change me
Make me new from the inside out
I want to shout out Your name

Take my hand to the promise land
And on You I want to stand
‘Cause I cannot do it on my own
You're what I need and I need to be
Right by Your side ‘cause I cannot hide
Lord, I know that I need You
I need You

I need You.

- Shawn McDonald "Take My Hand"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

READ.


As I've mentioned quite a few times before, I love reading. Thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy fiction, lighthearted romance, inspirational, and most recently—nonfiction—make up my reading queue. On a side note, the photo has absolutely nothing to do with reading... but more-so made me think of the state of mind I am in while I read, so if you can just run with that, we'll be just fine.

The last book I listened to was The Black Box, a crime novel in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I've read every single Michael Connelly book (25 total), and like the others, this one did not disappoint. I found it especially intriguing because it follows Bosch's investigation surrounding the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and it began by featuring the National Guard—and as you know, Daniel is in the Air National Guard—so it got my attention. I'm a big, big Michael Connelly fan and I'd recommend his books to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel.

Most recently, I began Killing Lincoln, the nonfiction story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, written and read by Bill O'Reilly. Now, I usually prefer audio books, so I can easily pass the time during my 30-minute commute to work, but I don't know if I'd recommend Killing Lincoln as a listener-friendly book... unless you absolutely love Bill O'Reilly. The reason behind this statement—I feel like I'm listening to The O'Reilly Factor news & politics hour while I'm on the way to work. It's hard to disassociate Bill's voice from him in person to the reader of this book. Do you know what I mean? Usually, the reader of the book sounds like what you'd imagine the character to be, and I just feel that it's very... well, read by a politician. And if you like that, get this on audio book. If you don't love it, pick it up and read it... because it's a great book and gave me a glimpse into a piece of history that I previously knew absolutely nothing about. I'm currently at the part where the authorities are chasing down John Wilkes Booth after Lincoln's assassination—this isn't a spoiler alert, it's a nonfiction and we all know Lincoln dies—and it's pretty intense! I'm looking forward to the final disc.

Usually, I always have about 3 audio books on hold at the library. At the moment, I have The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn... and I've been waiting months for Gone Girl!

/ / What's on your reading list? Any good book recommendations, especially nonfiction ones that are about "marriage" and Christian based? Looking to expand my reading!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Unbroken


I've told you about my love for mac-and-cheese, nail polish, braiding hair, and crossword puzzles. But I don't ever think I've told you how much I love to read. I'm a huge fan of murder-mysteries (Michael Connelly is my favorite), but I'll pretty much pick up anything with a cool cover and a mesmerizing description.

These days, I don't have much time to read. However, I do have a 30-minute commute to work, and I find that listening to an audio book is the best way to pass time. It keeps me entertained, and I actually look forward to driving to and from work each day. Sometimes, I'll sit in the driveway for 10-minutes before going into the house because I'm trying to finish a good chapter. It usually takes me a little over a week to finish each book.

Last week, I started the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, which was recommended to me by a friend at work. The only thing about the book that made me hesitant at first is that it's a nonfiction—I've never read/listened to a nonfiction before. I have to say—I am floored by how good this book is. It's a WWII story of the trying moments, triumphs and life of Louie Zamperini. The book begins by giving a chilling picture of the stranded-at-sea story ahead. It was a phenomenal start to the book. It then tells of Louie's early life, growing toward adulthood and running in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and then joining the Army Air Corps, where in 1943, he was on a bomber plane that crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving him stranded in the middle of thousands of miles of open ocean...

... And that's where I come to the point where I can't tell you any more. At the moment, I'm on disc 6 of 11, and I'm completely enthralled. The part that baffles me is that it's true. Everything I'm reading—it all happened. It's heart-breaking and inspiring. I've laughed and also had moments where my mouth is agape at the horrors being described. If you're looking for a book to read, I can't say enough about this one.

Other items I have on hold at the library include: Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly, The Black Box by Michael Connelly, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn—another nonfiction and two more mystery fiction novels, respectively.

/ / What's on your reading list?

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