Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Best Toothpaste.

I pretty much treat this blog like my confession table of all things embarrassing about me, so today we will continue on that journey! Today, my confession is totally laughable.

I'm a sucker for advertisement.

 It may as well have my picture next to it.
That's right. I'm one of those people for whom advertisement was designed. If I'm watching commercials on Monday night and the same Pizza Hut commercial comes on a thousand times, on Tuesday night, I suddenly find myself craving Pizza Hut.

I didn't realize this until I started dating JD. He is not a sucker for advertisement like I am. He's a sucker for a good deal (an affliction which he has spread to me now), but not for ads. He started realizing this about me early on in our relationship but didn't start saying anything about it until a year ago. When he started pointing it out, I was blown away by the number of times per week I wanted something because TV, radio, or people had told me I wanted it.

I mean, I found myself quoting commercials in the toothpaste aisle, "This really is the toothpaste! They said my teeth will be whiter with just 3 brushes!" What a goof!  He must've had some good laughs for a while.

I was super disappointed that I'm a sucker. Ha. I mean.. I'm one of those people that marketing firms giggle about when pitching their new ideas at big conference tables.

Now I fight to realize when I'm being influenced by advertisements. My semi-extroverted, independent mind can't stand that I'm unknowingly letting other people tell me what I want.

But when I came to this realization about myself, I also realized that it deeply influenced my life. I let things happen to me and don't necessarily realize it until much later. I'm not talking about life-changing things, but little things.

Like pizza ads.
Like believing commercials.
Or the blessing of a beautiful sunrise.

I let those things which I find normal pass unnoticed in my mind. But every breath that we take is not just normal. It is a life-giving, grace-filled breath allowed by our great Creator, who loves us deeply.

I fight to pay more attention each day so that I don't let God's blessings go unnoticed. I fight to pay more attention to the relationships that I take for granted each day.
And so I fight the blur of a thousand thoughts and ask for clarity to see God's movement each day.

So I encourage you to do the same. Fight not to be influenced by the perceived "normal". Fight to see God's movement, even in the smallest, most normal things, like breathing. 

There's great new album out by All Sons and Daughters titled Live. I highly encourage you to pick it up. Some of the songs are such simple words, but they have a beautiful way of being applicable to many different situations in our lives. Each time I listen, I find something new.

We've been singing some of their new stuff and will continue to this week!

Here are the songs from the last month! (Whoops! Got a little behind!)
May 5th,
"10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman
"Cornerstone" by Hillsong
"Crown Him (Majesty)" by Chris Tomlin, feat. Kari Jobe
"Holy Spirit" by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
"His Glory Appears" by Hillsong

May 12th,
"Cannons" by Phil Wickham
"Our God" by Kari Jobe or Chris Tomlin
"Where Would We Be" by Matt Redman
"Redeemed" by Big Daddy Weave

May 19th,
"Holy Spirit" by Bryan & Katie Torwalt or Jesus Culture
"Savior's Here" by Kari Jobe
"Healer" by Kari Jobe or Hillsong
"Ho Hey" by the Lumineers (what a fun song! I sang it for a conference and realized that it was so true about our lives with each other in the Church and with our God)

May 26th,
"Set Free" by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman
"Alive in Us" by Hillsong
"Jesus, Son of God" by Chris Tomlin
"Brokenness Aside" by All Sons and Daughters (whoa. love that song!)

June 2nd,
"Our God Saves" by Paul Baloche
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" by Matt Redman
"My Father's World" as done by Gungor
"Alive Again" by Matt Maher (off of All the People Said Amen, an incredible album, especially if you tend to like some blues in your music)
"Crown Him (Majesty)" by Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe

and finally, yesterday, June 9th,
"A Mighty Fortress" by Christy Nockels
"One Thing Remains" by Jesus Culture or Kristian Stanfill
"Forever Reign" by Kristian Stanfill or Hillsong
"Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters

I hope you have a great week. I hope you fight to pay attention to God moving around you. I find that it's not too difficult if I just open my eyes. See you all Sunday!

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