Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Songs

{Belated} Thanksgiving post coming soon!

I love Christmas music! So much! I can only listen to it around November-early January. I can't listen to it before. haha.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas songs!

~I just bought "Christmas in Diverse City" by TobyMac and friends during Black Friday shopping! It was $5 at LifeWay! I am LOVING it!

You can sample it here.

I especially love "Christmas This Year" (TobyMac and Leigh Nash), "The First Noel" (TobyMac and Owl City [!!]), and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (TobyMac). Check it out!!

~"For Unto Us" by Point of Grace. You can see it performed here or sample it on iTunes here (#9).

~"The Christmas Song: Chestnuts" - Justin Bieber :) Hear it here.

~"Angels We Have Heard on High" - Charmaine. Listen to it here.

Enjoy! :)

What are your favorite Christmas songs?



Friday, November 18, 2011


We are on Thanksgiving break!! Whoo hoo!! LU and Whitver have all of next week off :)

~Starbucks is doing the fabulous buy one get one free holiday drink deal again! November 17-20 ~ 2-5 pm.

~I am loving the new Coldplay album!

Here are my favorites:

(also check out the cute official music video here)

(check out the official music video here)

Here is Mike Tompkins' acapella version of Paradise:

I love Clocks:

What music are you currently enjoying?

~ Lily

Monday, November 14, 2011

Verse of the Week ~ from Keith Beauchemin

I needed this today.

II Cor. 1:3,4

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."

There are many reasons why God brings trials into our lives.  In this passage Paul reveals two of those reasons.  Last week we looked at the first reason which is so we can experience the comfort of our God who is the "Father of mercies and the God of all comfort."

The second purpose is so that we can comfort others who are experiencing trials.  This is God's pattern:  he brings trials into our lives, then he comforts us, then we see a brother or sister suffering and God uses us as his instrument to comfort them.  God brings trials into our lives not only so we can sympathize with the sufferings of our brethren, but also to equip us to reach out to them with the comfort of God.

You see God's most common way of comforting his people is by bringing other people to minister comfort to them.

How can I comfort my brother or sister?  Paul gives the answer, "comfort those in trouble with the same comfort with which we ourselves were comforted by God."  Maybe you were comforted by the verse a brother shared with you, a meal, the prayers of the brethren, a hug, a card or note, or a visit in the hospital. Whatever it may have been, the point is that most of the time God uses his people as his hands and feet to comfort others.

So, as we have been comforted by God, let us look for opportunities to comfort 

Friday, November 11, 2011

11:11:11 on 11.11.11

Random Thoughts

~ It is fall! The leaves are falling, the weather is chilly, and scarves and coats are everywhere. This is the weather for hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes.

~ One more week till Thanksgiving break!! :)

~ Today was my fourth Spanish exam! I am loving LU and my Spanish class! I love my professor and have loved getting to know people in the my class and the class after mine.

~ Went to see Straight No Chaser at the Ryman with some dear friends last night! It was fabulous! They are such a fun group! Check out their "12 Days of Christmas" video below!

~ This picture made me laugh:


~ Quote:
"When I look at culture, I see we have so many gifts given to us that allow us to be lazy. I’ve heard it said that any culture that makes ease its goal has already begun its demise—I can’t think of any nation where this would be more relevant than my own. The United States has become the culture of comfort—growth, strength and beauty are not things that come from comfort. They are refined qualities that are brought to the surface often by pain or trial. … All of us, myself included, have a tendency to be caught up in hype. But the Gospel is about being humble to the point where you’re willing to pick up your cross and daily pursue a communion with this gracious God who loves the world."
— Switchfoot’s frontman Jon Foreman 

~ Tonight is the Academy's swing dance... I am excited!

~ I love Whitver. It is the best.

~ This video is so cute:

 ~ We had a swim meet last Thursday- the Irish Relays! The Irish Relays meet is SO FUN. Everything is a relay! There's no pressure to make cuts and it's everyone's first meet. The Makos won :) Probably the most exciting races: the TSHIRT RELAYS!!! I helped with the transitions! We had a team in the first heat and a team in the last heat- and we got 1st and 2nd overall!! It was amazing!! Whoo hoo Go Makos!

~We had another swim meet on Monday- we lost by four points :( It was a super close and fun meet! It was fun to see our Wildwood/BHS friends :) I missed my breaststroke regional cut by .01. :p I went a 1:30:00 and the cut is 1:29:99. SO SAD! But I will hopefully make it next time :)


~Today I am thankful for all of the men and women who have sacrificed for our country!!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

It Is Well With My Soul

  1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.
    • Refrain:
      It is well, with my soul,
      It is well, it is well, with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
  3. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
  4. For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
  5. But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
  6. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.

(lyrics from here)