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Bucket Lists

I like the idea of having a Bucket List.

A list of things you want to do before you die. A list of things that are so extraordinary that you make an intentional plan to experience them.

Now, I’m not here to debate the value or philosophy behind the Bucket List (not the movie, the actual list) and I’ve never really considered having one…until the other night.

See, if I could have an alter-ego, I’d be like Sydney Bristow. If you don’t know who she is, she’s Jennifer Garner’s character from Alias–one of the greatest TV shows to ever air, in my humble opinion.

Sydney Bristow appears to be the mild-mannered girl next door, but in reality, she’s a CIA super-spy.

A-kick-you-in-the-face-and-ask-questions-later kind of gal.

And I’m totally like that. Totally. (I hear your giggles.)

The closest I could get to that is the fact that Jennifer Garner and I share the same first name.

However, the other night my hubby and I decided to watch a movie. He chose Fast Five, the most recent in the series of Fast & Furious movies starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

I loved it. Every singe action-packed suped-up speeding cars second of it.

So, I want to add driving a car to my Bucket List.

I don’t want to drive a race car–no NASCAR or Formula 1 for me.  Oh, no.

Not just any car.

I want to drive a suped-up street racing car like the ones in the movie–preferably one of the muscle cars like the Charger–and drive it like I stole it. With all the skills of a super-spy like Sydney Bristow.

Yep, I’m adding that to the top of my Bucket List. Right after ‘Learn to Drive a 5-Speed’.

Share with me: Do you have a Bucket List? If so, what’s the most insane item on it??


Filed under Just For Fun

Heaven’s Warmth

Heaven. Such an amazing place, such a welcoming place–the place of perfection. Home.

The place where I’ll see my savior face to face.

Wow. (Deep breath.) When I think about that–that moment when I’ll see Jesus in all his glory, when he calls me by name and welcomes me into his kingdom…well, it’s overwhelming.

Because I’m so not worthy.

And it’s only by his grace and gift of redemption that I’ll be able to get to heaven at all.

And I am so grateful.

I don’t want to go to heaven any time soon. I don’t think anyone does. But when I think about what it’s going to be like–that moment when I meet Jesus, I imagine warmth.

Like a fuzzy blanket on a cool morning. Like towels fresh from the dryer. Like hot chocolate on a freezing day.  Like the sun on your face.

The radiance of God will warm me, through the eternal son.

We sang this song at church recently, and it’s one of those that made me think of that moment when I’ll meet my savior.

What A Day That Will Be

My grandaddy passed away last February, and he was a huge fan of the Gaither Vocal Band and traditional hymns. When I hear this song, it makes me think of him, and of the moment when he surely felt the warmth of Jesus Christ’s arms wrapped around him. 
I look forward to seeing my Granddaddy again, too, and feeling the warmth of one of his strong bear-hugs.

Share with me: When you imagine meeting Jesus face to face, what comes to mind?


Filed under The Christian Walk

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

My boys love for me to sing them “night-night” songs. And I love to do it.

One of their favorites (and most popular requests) is “Jesus Loves Me.”

Have you listened to the words of this song lately?

We often shrug off this song as “just a kid’s song,” but the words are incredibly powerful.

Many of us have known them for years, but we forget–in the rat-race of adult life, we’ve forgotten the simple lessons we learned so many years ago.

When we are buying the lies of the Ultimate Con Man, this song can remind us just how powerful is the love that the Savior has for us.

This simple kid’s song, a simple reminder for all of us today.

Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

Share with me: Is there a song you learned in childhood that still speaks to you today?


Filed under The Christian Walk