Monday, April 15, 2013

the song that's got us dancing around the kitchen

my 3 year old loves to sing.   he also has some killer dance moves.  
if he had a playlist toby mac would be all over it.

wouldn't it be so incredibly awesome if oliver could meet toby mac, have him drop a beat, and then break it down with him.  {that's assuming oliver would be cooperative and not get into one of his power struggles with me by going mute, crossing his arms, and turning into a statue with his bottom lip poked out...i could see that happening too}

anyway...i'm a pretty big toby mac fan too and we have been totally loving one if his songs from the 'eye on it' album lately.  and when i say 'totally loving' i mean the kids and i blast it and dance around the kitchen like crazy people.  it's some serious praise and worship up in here y'all!

anyway...the song {and why i'm really into it}...

over the past several months my life has been moving in a new direction.  
i find myself on the stage more often.  
i speak into a microphone with more frequency.    
my time is spent reading and studying and writing things that other people will actually read and hear and see.  
it's a bit strange for me.  not strange-bad, just strange-different.

i didn't plan any of this.  most days i feel like i'm standing by watching this chapter of life unfold and i barely recognize that the person it is happening to is me {especially when i see myself wearing something other than yoga pants and a t-shirt and my hair isn't pulled back in a ponytail}.  

sharing my faith in very public ways is a heavy thing...but it's a beautiful thing.  it feels like what i was created for.  it feels like the puzzle pieces of my being are finally starting to fit together.

so what in the world does this have to do with toby mac??  i think you'll understand when you give this song a listen.  every time i communicate to groups of people i am keenly aware his words are truth.  like me, those people are...

anticipating, craving, something more than smoke and lights

when i step up in front of a group i don't want to create the perfect show...but show them the perfect Creator.  
i so desperately don't want any of this to be about me.  

that's a challenge when it's your voice being broadcast, your face on the screen, your tweets being followed {cringe}.  all i know to do is to ask the One who placed each opportunity in my hands as a gift to turn back around and take it away.

as i'm doing my last minute prep for this weekend's 'parenting on purpose' event i'm singing along with toby...and i'm on my knees asking God to steal that show...i know He's got something to say...  

Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. {1 peter 4:10-11 MSG}

btw - did you know that toby mac is a really good golfer?  i'm thinking that with my golfer hubby we are all destined to be friends and oliver might get his dance party after all!

{congratulations taylor - you won last week's giveaway for a free ticket to 'parenting on purpose'!!}