Everybody Hurts

When your day is long and the night, the night is yours alone, When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on Don’t let yourself go, ’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along When your day is night alone, If you feel like letting go, If you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on ‘Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, … Continue reading Everybody Hurts

Dear Friend

I just read on twitter that Dana Key of the legendary Christian Rock band “Degarmo and Key” passed away yesterday. I find that sad on many levels. They once had a song called “Dear Friend” and it only seemed appropriate to post this morning. Thank you Dana Key for creating lasting memories and music in the 80’s. You paved the way for so many bands and inspired many. Dear Friend by Degarmo and Key Season change, days go by People come and people go Though our paths lead us apart They will meet one day I know For I owe … Continue reading Dear Friend

Heaven Is The Face

I was getting caught up on my reader feeds today and found this article on StereoTruth.net. I have no idea what this song will sound like, but the lyrics are sure to go right to the heart strings. Below are the lyrics (as posted on StereoTruth.net) to the new song by Steven Curtis Chapman. According to their site, it is set to hit the radio November 3rd. Something tells me there was real healing in this for Steven Curtis Chapman. Something also tells me there will be healing for many, many others as well. Heaven Is The Face by Steven … Continue reading Heaven Is The Face

For My Girls

“In My Arms” by Plumb Your baby blues So full of wonder Your curly cues Your contagious smile And as I watch You start to grow up All I can do is hold you tight Knowing clouds will raise up Storms will race in But you will be safe in my arms Rains will pour down Waves will crash all around But you will be safe in my arms Story books full of fairy tales Kings and queens and the bluest skies My heart is torn just in knowing You’ll someday see the truth from lies Knowing clouds will raise … Continue reading For My Girls

Wolves

“Wolves” by Garth Brooks January’s always bitter But Lord this one beats all The wind ain’t quit for weeks now And the drifts are ten feet tall I been all night drivin’ heifers Closer in to lower ground Then I spent the mornin’ thinkin’ ‘Bout the ones the wolves pulled down Charlie Barton and his family Stopped today to say goodbye He said the bank was takin’ over The last few years were just too dry And I promised that I’d visit When they found a place in town Then I spent a long time thinkin’ ‘Bout the ones the … Continue reading Wolves

These Small Hours

The kids and I watched “Meet The Robinson’s” the other night. I have this weird knack when watching films of picking up the soundtrack music and how it relates to the film. I have no idea how popular this song was, or if it even made it to radio, but it is rich. At the end of the movie a song called “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas played. The lyrics struck me. I won’t mess up the truth in the words by trying to put context around it. They pretty much say it all.Thank the Lord for “these small hours”. … Continue reading These Small Hours

The Now and The Not Yet

I’m probably aging myself a bit here, but way back in the day Amy Grant had a song that came to mind today. Maybe it is because if I had to give an assessment of where I am right now, it best describes the location, the feeling and the situation. Quite simply, I am at the intersection of “The Now and the Not Yet”. I’m interested to see if I am the only one that is standing at that intersection, or if we should build one of those “roundabouts” that have become so popular in the town I currently reside … Continue reading The Now and The Not Yet

True

A few weeks ago the family and I were on a road trip. The 80’s station on Sirius radio was the music of the moment and prompted the following discussion: Me: “with a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue” what do you think he meant by that? (Through the radio comes the exact lyric I just quoted) Heather: “You’re a freak”. You see I have this sickness. Some people can memorize scripture. Others know history. I have this crazy ability to remember lyrics. Particularly from the 80’s. I can’t tell you what a congruent triangle is … Continue reading True

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wife Heather today. Brian Littrell sang it best…… “The Grace of My Life” I lie awake so often at night With something to read or something to write In the silence my mind is free To think of the ways that God has blessed me It’s easy to see how He’s been so kind Any proof I might need is right here by my side You are the grace of my life So tender, so undeserved Hard to believe you’re my wife Even harder to put what I feel into words If I need evidence God … Continue reading Happy Birthday!

God is a DJ

I will admit that I draw inspiration from the most unlikely of places. Today’s wisdom comes from the artist known as “Pink”. Pretty interesting analogy. I can’t help but wonder what it means if you’re like me and have two left feet??? If God is a DJ Life is a dance floor Love is the rhythm You are the music If God is a DJ Life is a dance floor You get what you’re given It’s all how you use it… Continue reading God is a DJ

New Links

I have been on what I consider a “blog sabbatical” for a few weeks now. It has been a time of refreshment and recharging. It has also been a much needed time to re-evaluate some things. While I have been away, I have had the absolute honor and blessing of receiving three separate email opportunities to link to other blogs. Below are three new blogs that have extended to offer to exchange links and offerings to Arms Wide Open. I’m thankful that they found something of value here and were willing to pass it along. Check out these links when … Continue reading New Links

When All is Said and Done

When the music fades into the past, When the days of life are through, What will be remembered of where I’ve come? When all is said and done? Will they say I loved my family? That I was a faithful friend? That I lived to tell of God’s own son? When all is said and done. Of how I long to see the hour, When I would hear that trumpet sound. I rise and see my Savior’s face, And see him smile, And say ‘Well done.’ You can forget my name And the songs I’ve sung, Every rhyme and every … Continue reading When All is Said and Done

Sunday is Mother’s Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother's Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother's Day

Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude

I have had the absolute blessing on several occasions to meet people from the blog world either through my travel or theirs. It happened again tonight as my family and I had the honor of meeting a family that I have the ultimate respect for. Many of you in the blogging community know Rindy Walton and her son Matt. I don’t remember how or where, but somewhere “the matrix” connected our paths. Rindy and Matt’s blogs are more examples of what I’d like mine to be when it grows up. It was even better to meet them live and in … Continue reading Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude

The Road and the Radio

I have always enjoyed long stretches of time on the road alone. Next to cutting the grass with my iPod on (seriously) there is no greater time of inspiration and thought for me. I had to laugh as I was be-bopping (technical term) through the mountains of West Virginia earlier this week. I was puttin’ on a Karaoke concert (I do a mean Kenny Chesney) and this song came through the speakers. I think I wore out the CD player in my car replaying it. Quite honestly the lyrics were a bit too close to home for me. It’s amazing … Continue reading The Road and the Radio

Crazy….

“No we’re never gonna survive unless we are a little crazy” – Seal A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my boss and he said the strangest thing. I don’t even remember the context, but his statement went like this; “Aaron, everyone’s got a little crazy in them. Some just show it more than other’s” For the life of me, I don’t know why I still remember that. Maybe it’s the “little bit-o-crazy” that is sneaking out of me. I think he’s right though. I think there are times when we absolutely need to be! I remember the … Continue reading Crazy….