Some things have stirred my heart as of late and I needed to share them with you:
You+Me (Dallas Green & Alecia Moore...A.K.A. "Pink")
Wait. So this album isn't meant to be a worship album? Because this album has been ministering to my SOUL.
And I would almost NEVER EVER suggest someone do a cover of the ever so perfect Sade. Just don't. Unless you are You+Me.
Dallas & Alecia weeeeeent there. And I'm so glad they did. I Completely co-sign on this cover.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XejdcHDxNlc
Here are three more favorites I have from this album:
"You and Me":
Song Link - http://grooveshark.com/s/YouandMe/709CYP?src=5
"Break the Cycle":
Song Link - http://grooveshark.com/s/08+Break+The+Cycle/71SuQf?src=5
Song Link - http://grooveshark.com/s/03+Gently/71SuA6?src=5
Look, it's important to know what's going on in the world. Even if you abhor traditional news (I can relate.) But in order to invest in the lives of others, it's key to know the important matters connected to their hearts and their world (and our own). Plus, we can get so beautifully reminded (without overwhelming fear) that the world doesn't simply revolve around our own goals, our own streets, and our own friends.
The way in which founders of TheSkimm (who happened to be 2 women) curate the news is unlike anything that I've read. I was also ecstatic about how humor was incorporated without diminishing the integrity and non-partisan view of the stories they told.
And wouldn't you know it, weeks after I had posted how much I loved TheSkimm on my Facebook blog page, telling my readers they should check it out-- not just because it's new and fresh, but because it was trailblazing something new and needed, non other than Oprah Winfrey begins endorsing TheSkimm:
So without further ado, if you want to check out what comes into my personal inbox 5 days a week (5 days, not 7 days...because they don't want to bombard us with news on the weekend...Thank You Very Much.) Then, you can click here to get a taste of what I'm talking about: TheSkimm Link.
Last, but definitely not least.
Ladies, there are still Phenomenal men out there that you have NEVER met. I promise.
And men, there are still Amazing women out there that you never knew existed.
I was encouraged last week by stumbling across a blog post written by a friend of mine. He was one of the contributing authors of this website titled, "The Good Fight".
Check out the motto to this website:
"Come with us on this journey. Make a difference to the people in your world. Be that strength that they need. Choose to turn weaknesses into strengths. Envision the type of husband and father you want to be. Envision the kind of legacy you want to leave. Honestly ask yourself what the best version of you looks like and make a decision that THAT is worth fighting for."
Wait. Did this man person just say words like, "envision" and "legacy"?! And is he making a declaration to fight for that publicly? Excuse me mister, who are your friends?? And can I begin dispensing them out to all my single lady friends tomorrow?? Is it too soon??...
Similarly, there's a website titled: Good Guy Swag --Yes. Good Guy Swag. Be still my beating heart.
Articles that one might find on this particular website geared towards guys are: "21 Lost Gentleman Traditions That Still Apply Today", "75 Ways to Become a Better Man", and "7 Characteristics of Intentional Dating"...
UM. YES. PLEASE. AND AMEN.
So today is not the day to be discouraged, Beloved.
But rather, today is the day to connect and reconnect with the passions God has placed in your heart. And to simply believe that all you've seen and heard (especially the negative reports) regarding men and women, is not all there is.
Match that faith with action. And truly become the best version of yourself in this season of life. The version of yourself that is full of God's heart and glory. One that exudes the attributes of Christ. Because as you run the race as if to win, you'll find someone who just happens to be running the same race come alongside you at an incredibly opportune and divinely orchestrated moment.
You are worth the wait.
You always have been.
It was never just about today. It was always about legacy...
"They say everything it happens for a reason
You can be flawed enough, but perfect for a person
Someone who will be there for you when you fall apart
Guiding your direction when you're riding through the dark,
Oh that's you and me"