Thursday, January 24, 2008

Olive Trees and Kirk Franklin

"But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.

I trust in God's unfailing love forever and ever.

I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done.

I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people."

Psalm 52: 8, 9

At the beginning of January, our pastor spoke about the characteristics of an olive tree:

a very healthy, flourishing life

olive trees are TOUGH

they grow well where other trees die

they live long and produce longer than most trees

I try to choose a verse every year that will be my theme for the year - the one I go back to and refer to throughout all the circumstances of the year. And this one is definitely it. This is what I want to be. Help me, Lord!

Music moves and inspires me, so I also ike to choose a theme song or two for the year. This year I couldn't pick just one, so it's "Captivate Us" by Watermark, and for fun, "I Like Me" by Kirk Franklin. Kirk's song is so hilarious, you gotta listen to a clip on itunes - the lyrics go, "I like me, do you like me? I like me, cause God likes me..." it's not for everybody, but it makes me smile.

Your turn - tell me your verse or your songs, or both!


Rachel said...

Well, I'll have to take your challenge and think about it.

But I also have to say, that "Captivate Us" last week really moved me. Especially since you were moved...or hormonal, you tell me?

Anonymous said...

Your spiritual maturity and insights make me smile, cry, and swell up with joy. I am so proud of you and your walk with the Lord. Keep it up sweetie!!

Your Mom and I are so blessed to have you as our daughter.

Love you, Dad

Jeannie said...

Thanks, Dad. Big Hug coming at you right now!!

Rachel, yes, I was hormonal, but I think singing that song for the first time just really got to me. The words are so incredible...

In the second service, I decided not to sit on the stool b/c I thought I could "be stronger" if I stood. It seemed to work! :)

lori lynch said...

This might not be a "new" song, but it was new to me...."Hiding Place" by Selah...The words have just saturated my mind and whenever I'm afraid or concerned they comfort me!...still working on the scripture of choice though. Love reading your blog!!!!

Rachel said...

YOU'RE so incredible.