TobyMac Sends Us a Shout Out!

Last night I received a very special message from my good friend Dave Schroeder and none other than TobyMac! This is just wicked cool. David was with Toby, Max Lucado and Third Day yesterday to prepare for the upcoming Make a Difference Tour. They took time out of their busy schedule to send Heather and I a quick note about the Country Music Half Marathon this weekend. We will all be hitting the streets for 13.1 miles and cannot wait!

Special thank you to Toby and Dave for taking the time to do this. The kids now think Heather and I are rock stars because their hero TobyMac said hello. Special thanks again to Dave for taking us all in this weekend. We are more than excited.

Who’s Your Jonathan?

Many of you commented off-line regarding my post “What’s Your Isaac”. For that I thank you. This post is somewhat born out of that post as well. One of the things I will always remember about our Charlotte oddessy is what we learned about our friends. People said heartfelt things to Heather and I that we will forever cherish. They expressed sadness is our leaving, but sincerely wished us the best. They prayed for and with us. They offered their homes when it looked like we might be in need of temporary housing. As Tobymac sings:

“Cause real friends are willing to intrude”

As to not embarass you all here, I won’t mention names. Hopefully you know who you are. What I will say is that I thought of each of you as I re-read 1 Samuel 20:17. One of my biblical heroes, David, had a friend like that. His name was Jonathan and he cared deeply for David. He fought for David. He protected David. They had a friendship and a bond that was as strong as they come. Today we would say that Jonathan “had David’s back”. David did the same. They were friends. They were brothers.

Sadly, I have been to many funerals in my life. One thing that always puzzles me is that we wait until someone passes to say wonderful things about them. We all wish we would have had that chance to tell them how we felt. I would argue that we do have that chance. Each day we have the opportunity to let a friend know that they hold a place in our lives. Their friendship is special and it’s good to know that they “have our back”. I hope each of you have a Jonathan (several really). I ask you today, who’s your Jonathan?

Maybe now would be a good time to let them know….

Who's Your Jonathan?

Many of you commented off-line regarding my post “What’s Your Isaac”. For that I thank you. This post is somewhat born out of that post as well. One of the things I will always remember about our Charlotte oddessy is what we learned about our friends. People said heartfelt things to Heather and I that we will forever cherish. They expressed sadness is our leaving, but sincerely wished us the best. They prayed for and with us. They offered their homes when it looked like we might be in need of temporary housing. As Tobymac sings:

“Cause real friends are willing to intrude”

As to not embarass you all here, I won’t mention names. Hopefully you know who you are. What I will say is that I thought of each of you as I re-read 1 Samuel 20:17. One of my biblical heroes, David, had a friend like that. His name was Jonathan and he cared deeply for David. He fought for David. He protected David. They had a friendship and a bond that was as strong as they come. Today we would say that Jonathan “had David’s back”. David did the same. They were friends. They were brothers.

Sadly, I have been to many funerals in my life. One thing that always puzzles me is that we wait until someone passes to say wonderful things about them. We all wish we would have had that chance to tell them how we felt. I would argue that we do have that chance. Each day we have the opportunity to let a friend know that they hold a place in our lives. Their friendship is special and it’s good to know that they “have our back”. I hope each of you have a Jonathan (several really). I ask you today, who’s your Jonathan?

Maybe now would be a good time to let them know….

"Black Friday"

cart.pngIf you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting!

1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be my favorite CD this year. Can’t get enough of it.

2. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band. Ranks right next to “Iris to Iris”.

3. “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy. Best book I have ever read.

4. “When the Game is Over” by John Ortberg. Classic Ortberg book.

5. “All That is Within Me” by Mercyme. Not their best, but it’s Mercyme!

6. “Glory Revealed” by Various Artists. Another one of the best this year.

7. “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith on DVD. Incredible movie.

8. “Father Knows Best” by Wendell Jamison. A very entertaining book for dads with kids who have questions.

9. “Daughtry” by Daughtry. Excellent debut album from the former American Idol star.

10. “3:16” by Max Lucado. Had to sneak Max in here somewhere.

Other recommendations -“Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks, “The Altar & the Door” by Casting Crowns, “The Blessing” by John Waller, “This Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sex God” by Rob Bell, “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado, “Portable Sounds” by Tobymac and “See the Morning” by Chris Tomlin.

“Black Friday”

cart.pngIf you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting!

1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be my favorite CD this year. Can’t get enough of it.

2. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band. Ranks right next to “Iris to Iris”.

3. “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy. Best book I have ever read.

4. “When the Game is Over” by John Ortberg. Classic Ortberg book.

5. “All That is Within Me” by Mercyme. Not their best, but it’s Mercyme!

6. “Glory Revealed” by Various Artists. Another one of the best this year.

7. “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith on DVD. Incredible movie.

8. “Father Knows Best” by Wendell Jamison. A very entertaining book for dads with kids who have questions.

9. “Daughtry” by Daughtry. Excellent debut album from the former American Idol star.

10. “3:16” by Max Lucado. Had to sneak Max in here somewhere.

Other recommendations -“Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks, “The Altar & the Door” by Casting Crowns, “The Blessing” by John Waller, “This Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sex God” by Rob Bell, “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado, “Portable Sounds” by Tobymac and “See the Morning” by Chris Tomlin.