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Friday, June 20, 2014

Diana and Friends Experience History Through Music Giveaway -- $700+ Value!

I could not be more excited to be part of this giveaway! I mean, seriously, have you looked at the prizes? We are currently getting to take a sneak peek at Experiencing History Through Music, and it's a rip-roarin' good time that perfectly complements our summer long Little House read aloud. I'll have a full review of that posted here around the end of the month, so stay tuned, but for now, you have the chance to win set of Experiencing History Through Music books (and tons of other wonderful prizes) for FREE just by entering the giveaway below!

Diana and Friends Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Experience History Through Music, I am joining members of the Diana Waring Launch Team for an amazing giveaway. Friends of Diana have joined in and as you can see, someone's homeschool is going to be greatly blessed!  Here's what you could win! 

From Diana Waring Presents

american history -- never this funExperience History Through Music - set of 3 books with CDs ($50/set) Diana Waring Presents is about to bring back into print the BEST folk music you have ever heard, combined with the fascinating stories they represent in American history!   The Experience Music Through Historyseries includes: America - Heart of a New Nation, Westward Ho! - Heart of the Old West  and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The musicians are amazing, every instrument is real, lots of great vocalists, and more toe-tapping music than you can imagine! The books tell the stories behind the songs.  Together, they bring American history to life through it's music!!With fascinating history books and toe-tapping folk music CDs, American history has NEVER been this fun!

Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection ($25) Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.  

From A Journey Through Learning

Logo New 300 trans$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the A Journey Through Learning store, applicable toward any digital download purchase.  


From Homeschool Legacy

westward ho I 300x400Westward Ho! Part I ($19.95) Load up your wagon! Discover the extraordinary times of adventurous frontiersmen and brave pioneers as you travel cross-country along the Erie Canal,  Oregon Trail, and even “remember the Alamo” in Westward Ho Part I. Westward Ho! Part II ($19.95) Continue the exciting saga begun in Westward Ho! Part I as you journey with the forty-niners, ride the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, experience life on the prairie, and discover the exciting era of cowboys and cattle drives in Westward Ho! Part II.  

From Knowledge Quest Maps

HardcoverCD_ecover_croppedMap Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History ($55) Map Trek is a historical atlas plus outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don't remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.  


From Home School Adventure Co. 

PAPS-R-96dpi shadowPhilosophy Adventure™ Digital Download ($39.95) Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.  


From Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom and Real Life Press)

fpf3-bundle-covers-180x180Firmly Planted Family Devotional Digital Volume 3 ($39) The Firmly Planted Family Series is divided into ten-week studies and is your key to making sense of the Bible—even if you’re learning right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for children of all ages. And the companion student workbook is filled with age-appropriate, full-color, reproducible activities for children of any age!  

From Raising Real Men

My-Beloved-and-My-Friend-Cover-Border-201x300RRM-Mom-Dad-300x295Free Registration to Boyhood Boot Camp or Boot Camp 9-12 LIVE webinar series (winner's choice) plus Mom & Dad Special Raising Real Men (Book for Mom to read in the bathroom + AudioBook for Dad to listen to on the commute) ($62-69) Free Registration for Marriage Retreat Online plus His & Hers Special of My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses (book + audiobook), ($65)  


From Institute for Excellence in Writing

logo$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the IEW store, applicable toward any purchase.  

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ($139) A one year membership to the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Nearly 100 classes for Pre-K to High School, taught by expert teachers, and lots of extras including the Schoolhouse Planners, Schoolhouse Expos, monthly free ebook downloads and more.  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 2014 Print Book ($15) Be encouraged, enlightened, and educated with the all new 2014 Annual Print Book published by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.You’ll get a year’s worth of homeschool support in almost 300 pages in this full color one-of-a-kind print magazine for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers. This is a magazine you’ll refer to again and again.  

From Writing with Sharon Watson

69276_1454187188126914_157492202_nthe-power-in-your-hands-front-coverThe Power in Your Hands ($53.96) With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, they’ll learn what they need to know for high school and will be prepared for college writing. Writing Fiction [in High School] ($35) Are you raising the next C. S. Lewis or Jane Austen? Help your students develop their fiction-writing talents with Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life .

 To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below. Residents of the U.S., age 18 and older only. Other Terms and Conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Three Things Thursday- 6/19/14

After taking a break last week because she was on vacation (how dare she, LOL), Heidi is back this week with her meme

I was actually prepared last week to write, and was somewhat disappointed there was no link up...somewhat...  But you notice, I never did go on and just post my own blog post anyway, so I wasn't too disappointed.  Here are this week's three things.

1)  One of my toes rings broke.  I'm actually really bummed about it.  Behind my conformist, rule-follower facade is a closet tie-dye, toe ring wearing rebel, and the fact that one of my toe rings broke is really bumming me out because it was part of a set of three that I wear all on the same toe.  I got them at an art fair near our former home, and I don't even know the business name to try to replace it.  Sigh.

2)  Speaking of tie dye, I tie dyed today, and it makes me happy.  Here's the thing...I'm a perfectionist, and tie dye isn't a perfectionist sort of thing.  Unless of course you try to do something to it like add text that should be centered...and not crooked...sigh...when will I learn???  (The words Be still and know that I am God are supposed to make a cross, and be centered, and straight, and well, not imply that I am God...oy, does EVERYONE second guess themselves this much???)  For the record, I do love the colors, and the way they turned out.  I'm hoping the text hangs better on a real person.

This verse comes from Psalm 89:1 and for the record, I had no issues with how the text initially turned out...but I did the text with a glue resist, and it appears when I wet the shirt and was wringing out the extra water, the glue "ghosted" and if you click on the picture, you can see ghosted letters now in odd places all over the shirt.  Sigh.  0 for 2.

The third shirt was just traditional tie dye style, and seems to hold the most promise for actually having turned out as I hoped.  The first two were really experiments anyway.  We make Faux Batik banners for the holidays, and this was taking that same process one step further.  In fact, instead of traditional fabric dye, I used acrylic paint for all of these.
The above was a very nicely made white tee shirt.  The problem is, white tee shirts don't stay white around me to too long.  Tie dye makes a perfect solution, so I just might have an above average amount of tie dye in my wardrobe ;-).

3)  This is a good news/bad news/no news one.  First, the bad news.  My husband was supposed to go to Chicago in August and we were going to go with him.  That trip (for him) just got cancelled.  BUMMER!  I had already mentally planned such cool things to do, as well as a stop off half way up to my brother and sister-in-law's and a stop half way home to Kirsten's (she didn't know that yet, lol), and now the trip is off the table...BUTTTTTTT, there is good news.  Some of you already know.  But...are you sitting down????  We have...really, are you sitting down????   We have a FULL PRICE offer on our house!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We, of course, accepted, and the inspection was TODAY.  That's where the NO NEWS part comes in.  We haven't heard anything yet.  Please join us in praying no news is good news.  We actually know that technically the house will not fully pass inspection because the bathroom isn't done (I don't know why they scheduled it for NOW, before the bathroom was done), but I guess the way it will work is they will make it contingent on them sending pictures of the finished bathroom to the inspector for him to sign off?  That sounds cray-cray to me, but oooookkkkaaayyyy.  I know God has this under control.  I do.  He's brought us this far!

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The Power in Your Hands Writing Nonfiction in High School Review

This fall, my second child will officially enter high school, but since her older brother is academically challenged, she will be the first one in our family to really blaze the full high school trail.  That has left me scrambling to figure out exactly what this next year is going to look like for her.  So of course, when the opportunity to review a new high school writing curriculum came along, you know it piqued my interest.

Actually, if I'm truthful, I had a bit of a dilemma.  You see, this new writing curriculum is actually part of a series called Writing with Sharon Watson, and she has a middle school level book (Jump In) and a Writing Fiction in High School course as well.  

It was a tough decision!  I felt like my daughter's writing abilities (or lack thereof) could be equally well served by the middle school level, and then my son could use it too.  But wanting her to feel like she was really "moving up" in the world, I decided to go for it with the high school level.  And since she tends easily toward writing fiction, I knew nonfiction was where she needed work.  Because Sharon reaffirms that her course is do-able even by students with minimal writing skills, I felt like my daughter should be fine in the high school book.

The Power in Your Hands comes with a Teacher's Guide ($14.98) and a Student Edition ($39.98).  Generally, I'm not a big "Teacher's Guide" sort of gal, but I think this one is worth it.  Not only does it clearly give examples of what A-F grade papers look like, it gives detailed criteria for grading each type of paper assigned in the course, bullet points of all the student edition topics chapter by chapter, the answers to questions the students are asked in their book, and most handily, guided writing prompts for four days a week for an entire school year.  It's very handy.  

The student book contains over 100 daily lessons, resulting in students writing over 22 essays and reports.  Some of the styles of writing they will learn include persuasive essays, compare-and-contrast essays, a biography, a literary analysis, a research paper with MLA documentation, and an SAT essay, just to name a few.  Along the way, they also learn proofreading marks (as a student, I honestly NEVER knew what those squiggles my teachers made on my papers meant) and to critique and grade their own work.  

The pros:  The student book is really designed to be worked through independently, and each lesson is clearly "ended" with either a dark line across the page 

or the end of the actual chapter.  The parts of the lessons that you read are short, and written in a conversational manner.  On the Writing With Sharon Watson website, they list their beliefs.  One is that the student is more important than the material in the textbook.  They say, "We create humorous, informative, practical, and conversational courses that respect students and allow them to use a number of their learning styles."  I think this is one of the pros as well-they have managed to accomplish this.  And to accomplish it in a curriculum that teaches, and lets me just facilitate all without having to outsource writing at the expense of my time and gas, and the cost of the class itself.  

The cons:  Have you ever totally LOVED something as a parent, but not had it click with your child?  Well, that happened to us with this.  I think the problem was twofold.  First, we received this at the very end of our school year, so she had to continue on for a bit of summer school to give it a try, and that seemed to turn my super-sweet 14 year old against it on principle alone.  She also though may really be a bit too young for it.  The first brainstorming exercise was about whether teens should have credit cards or not.  She had no opinion.  She doesn't have a credit card.  She doesn't know anyone who has one.  She doesn't see us use a credit card.  She had no real life experience to draw any sort of opinion from on that subject.  It's easy enough to pick another topic, I know, but given that that was right off the bat, it didn't help her opinion at all.  I also noticed a later lesson that we did not get to had an issue with even graver concerns.  This lesson is on writing a moral/ethical appeal letter.  The sample letter given to the students to analyze involves critique of a company for giving money to an organization that "endorses and glorifies lesbianism, the abortion of innocent babies, and an immoral lifestyle."  Now, at this point I may take some criticism for living under a rock, but at my daughter's tender age of 14, I haven't raised her to be a political activist, nor have do we have ANY deep passionate conversations about abortion or lesbianism (although she knows they are both wrong in God's eyes, but that we are called to LOVE everyone as all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God).  I can't image she would write an article like the sample, and I'm not comfortable with her using it as a critique right now (which is how it is offered).  I feel like there must have been a better sample to use, but I am open to the idea that in a few years, when my daughter is older, I might feel differently.

The bottom line:  I really like The Power in Your Hands.  I do.  My daughter didn't.  And I didn't love the one lesson.  I think we will put it on hold for now.  Not just for the summer, but until 10th grade.  I think by then I can use it with both she and her brother together, and there will be some healthy competition, as well as a bit of fresh air and a fresh start.  In my house, with the multitude of review products we review, one of the highest complements I can pay something is to keep it on my shelves and actually USE it after the review period is over, so that should tell you that I think pretty highly of this, if I'm willing to give it shelf space for a year until we can use it again!

You can buy The Power in Your Hands from Writing With Sharon Watson for $39.98 (student) and $14.98 (teacher).  She also has Jump In, A Workbook for Reluctant and Eager Writers (for Middle School) for $30 (student) and $10 (teacher), and Writing Fiction in High School $25.05 (student) and $9.95 (teacher).  Click though here to see what other writers from Home&School Mosaics thought.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

All In-Student Edition by Mark and Parker Batterson Review

***Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes***

What's it about?
Halfway is no way to live. Quit holding back. Quit holding out. It’s time to go all in and all out for God. The good news is this: If you don’t hold out on God, God won’t hold out on you. If you give everything you have to follow Jesus, you’ll receive amazing spiritual rewards. But this reality also comes with a deeper truth: Nothing belongs to you. Not even you. In All In: Student Edition, Mark and Parker Batterson explore what going all in can mean for your life, sharing unique illustrations and unforgettable stories, as well as compelling accounts of biblical characters. Throughout, they demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Mark Batterson writes: “When did we start believing that God wants to send us to safe places to do easy things? Jesus didn’t die to keep us safe. He died to make us dangerous.”

Mark Batterson is a well known Christian inspirational author.  In this book, his teen-age son joins him as co-author.  Here's their official bio: 
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, as well as In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Primal, and Soulprint. Parker Batterson is a high school student at St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC. The Circle Maker: Student Edition is their first father-son book. Mark is married to Lora, and Parker has two younger siblings, Summer and Josiah. The Batterson family lives on Capitol Hill with their dog, Mickey.
What OBM thought:  I'm not sure what I thought, to be honest.  There were parts of the book that I really liked.  They use strong Biblical examples of people who lived a radical faith for God.  They are probably evident to you in some of the chapter titles: Climb the Cliff, Build the Ark, Throw Down Your Staff.  Each chapter generally has a Bible example and a current life example of people demonstrating the kind of wild, crazy, insane, All In, God following that the book is encouraging students to do.  But personally, I thought they hit it a little too upside the head with a sledgehammer hard.  I struggle with us giving the upcoming generation the message that if they aren't doing something crazy for God, they aren't doing enough.   Isaiah 30:15 says, "'For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing."  That crazy, All In calling of living "dangerously" is for some, but not for all.  God calls each of us to the work He has for us.  For some, that is being a mom, for others, it is being an accountant, for others, it is being a missionary to lost tribes in Africa.  We should always be willing to follow God, but it is in rest and repentance that He works...quietness and trust is our strength.  I will never be strong enough to do all that God has for me to do...not with Him leading me and working through me.  I need to be "All In" with an attitude of subjection and willingness, but content in all circumstances, even if the life I'm called to doesn't involve defeating the Philistine army single-handedly.  Dorcas's faith was as beautiful to God as Esther's.  They were called in dramatically different ways of serving,but both did the job God had for them to do.  I fear the message we are sending to today's youth is being a Dorcas isn't good enough.  That it's not enough to love your God and love your neighbor, you need to be doing something RADICAL.  And that is why I have hesitation about this book.  

Here's what my son (16) and daughter (14) thought:

Scott:  It was pretty good.  (Pressed harder though, he can't tell me anything about the book other than that it was "about God".  That's not too surprising since he has short term memory issues, but if it had made the impact the authors hoped, he would have undoubted remembered a bit more than the fact that it was about God.)

Mimi:  It was okay.  They repeated the same idea over and over in a chapter.  I liked some of the stories, but they told too many of them to get the same point across. (Asked about the book's impact she said it did not inspire her to any sort of greatness because she found the repetitiveness irritating.)

My final thoughts:  The book is just too hard hitting for my taste, and could have made the same impact as a five paragraph essay.  Basically it's, "don't live safe-God saved you to live dangerous, have 20 seconds of insane courage, climb the cliff, build the ark, throw down your staff, don't play defense, take a stand, grab your oxgoad and go!"  You get the idea.  Every few paragraphs is a new command to DO something.  I want to like this book, I really do.  I know The Circle Maker and Wild Goose Chase are highly respected by people whom I highly respect, so his other books must be good, and that's what encouraged me to review this one...but it's just tooooo demanding of a radical life with the implication that being still and knowing God is not good enough.  You can't just be His hands and feet to your family or your neighbors, you have to go big or go home.

You can buy All In-Student Edition from Zondervan for $12.99.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Young Women of Faith Bible Review

***Zondervan provided me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes.  See my full disclaimer below***

Reviewing a Bible is's not like you are going to find fault with the Author!  Really, aside from different translations, Bibles are Bibles-God's holy word.  What distinguishes one from another is the translation and the "extra bits".  In the case of this NIV version Bible, the extras are geared toward tweens and teens.  Part of the Women of Faith line, this Bible, edited by Susie Shellenberger, is aimed specifically at the younger girl/teen girl audience.  Here's the official description:
The study Bible that’s just for girls! This Bible is filled with engaging features that will help you learn more about yourself and your relationship with God. Designed to encourage you to develop a habit of studying God's Word, you’ll discover how relevant the Bible can be to your everyday life. Weekly studies and many of the side notes are also linked to the women's study Bible, the NIV Women of Faith Study Bible, allowing you and your mom to share God's Word together. Features include: Weekly Bible studies apply biblical truths to life Side notes address difficult passages and offer historical and cultural insights Journal captures other girls' experiences or struggles along with space for you to record your own 'I Believe' statements of faith and foundational beliefs 'Memory Challenges' are verses worth remembering 'If I Were There . . .' include Bible stories that place you in the Bible character's situation.

What drew me to wanting to review this Bible, aside from the fact that I have two girls who fall into this demographic, was the author of the "extra" stuff, Susie Shellenberger.  Susie, though I've never met her, is a friend of a friend.  I know our mutual friend Marti is a woman of integrity and faith, and a strong prayer warrior.  I also know she has written for Susie's magazine for a long time, so that spoke volumes to me in terms of affirming that the commentary in this Bible would likely be Biblically solid and have a heart toward these young girls.  I was not disappointed.  Here's a little bit of a bio for Susie:
Susie Shellenberger Susie Shellenberger travels as a fulltime speaker forty weeks or weekends every year. She has written fifty-two books, and lives in Bethany, Oklahoma with her two mini Schnauzers Obie and Amos. Susie is a former youth pastor, high school teacher, and editor. She loves Sharpies in every color, burnt hotdogs, and praying at OKC Thunder basketball games.
So what did I think?  I love the bright, cheery cover, and so did my "tween" daughter.  She was also enchanted with the graphics inside, and the heavy use of pink ;-).  I loved the book intros, as seen below, which offered good  insight into what each book is about, but also into what is learned about God in this book, as well as a quick index of important stories or events from the book.

I also really appreciated the weekly Bible studies that are scattered throughout the text.  There is one for every week of the year.

 There is a guide in the front of the Bible which explains all the features and how to use them, which I thought was super helpful.

The sample journal pages show girls examples of what other girls their age experience or struggle with, as related to scripture.  There is even room for your daughter to add her own thoughts.

Key verses are singled out as memory verses.

And side notes add insight or challenge your daughter to think deeper about what they've read.

All in all, I really like this Bible.  My daughter claimed it as her own from the moment it arrived at our door, and she's taken it everywhere with her.  The NIV version is simple to read and understand and the Bible does an excellent job appealing to their target audience and challenging young women to become young women living for God. You can purchase this Bible from Zondervan's website in either a leather look for $44.99 or the hardcover edition shown above for $29.99.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Three Things Thursday- 6/5/2014

It's time for Three Things Thursday!  I always have about 200 things until I actually get to sit in front of my computer, and then I have 0.  Goose egg.  Nada.  Nothing.  So please, bear with me.

1)  Last week, my husband and eldest son went to Fl to do some work on the house we have there that we are trying to sell.  He didn't get everything on the "to-do" list done, but he worked hard and it looks much better than it did.  We have changed realtors and as of last night, it is relisted.  She already has 2 requests to show it.  PLEASE join us in praying that the house does sell, and soon.
Ironically, in the house were we are not living, I apparently have a ton of volunteer tomato plants going where the coop was.  The boys ate most of the tomatoes while they were down there, but brought one home for me to see.  (Sorry the picture is blurry.)

2)  I have a sad little garden going here.  Our backyard is very shady, and there just isn't a long period of direct sunlight.  I had to give up on tomatoes from seed and buy a few heirlooms that were already well started.  My peas are the first things to produce edible stuff for us, but we will never have peas for a meal because the pods get picked and eaten straight from the garden.

I got some watermelon planted right by the peas yesterday...we'll see how they do.

3)  3 totally random things together-  I got 8 lbs of soap made while my husband was gone.
There is another full drying rack under this one.  We will have to wait until mid June to use it, but at least it's done.  I've now had 3 neighbors/friends say they want to learn how to make soap, or at least watch me do it, LOL.

We met up with some old friends who live in VA now.  Their daughter (my daughter's friend) is in a band, and the band was playing at a church about 25 minutes away.  The girls fell in together like they'd never been apart.  The boys?  They were more awkward.  So only a picture of the girls for now.

TJ had his last soccer game for the season.  He sprained his thumb during the first game while he was  playing goalie, so for the next 3 games he was out of the goal box and played defense.  By mid May, he was back in the goal box for half the game, and then defense for the other half, but THIS game, this last one, he was goalie for half and then offense for a good portion of the second half.  Offense is NOT his skill set, but it was good for him to be stretched.

I took pictures all season long to share via dropbox with his team.  They were a great group of boys, and it turned out that several are homeschooled.  I just signed him up for fall soccer and requested the same team.  However, since they had to combine age groups in the spring, if they don't have to do that in the fall, they will likely be split almost in half by age.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

He Loves Us...but I Really Dislike That Song

Seldom do I get on my soap box these days.  But hey, it's my blog, so here goes...

I really, really, really dislike the song How He Loves.  Really.  And every church we visit or attend seems to love it.  Maybe I'm missing something.  I don't want to dis John Mark McMillan (the guy who wrote the song)...I don't know him at all, and somewhere he's got a proud mamma who might go all mamma bear on me for not liking her son's song, but seriously...have you looked at the lyrics?

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane,
I am a tree
bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.

Okay, stop...Have you ever been IN a hurricane?  They are destructive.  Like wipe entire cities off the map destructive.  Just think about New Orleans and how they are STILL recovering.  And you think that's the best representation of God's love?  Now, I'm not saying God can't use hurricanes or any weather element or plague or sickness or whatever as a way of drawing people closer to Him and of chastening them, and the Bible does say that those whom God loves He chastens.  But that's not really the agape, self sacrificing sort of love the song is trying to convey, is it?  He is jealous for us, to be sure, and He will chasten us to bring us back to Him, but His love is SOOOO much fuller than the storm, and we are much more than trees dancing to the whim of the wind.  I just cringe at the imagery every time I sing the song.

Then there's this verse:

And heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

He loves us, oh, how He loves us,
oh how He loves us,
how He loves us all

I'm thankful the songwriter allowed the David Crowder Band to change the lyrics to
"And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss", but I still dislike it because SO many people insist on the sloppy wet thing.  Here's what the songwriter had to say on his blog,
The idea behind the lyric is that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth converge in a way that is both beautiful and awkwardly messy. Think about the birth of a child, or even the death of Jesus himself. These miracles are both incredibly beautiful and incredibly sloppy ("gory" may be more realistic, but “Heaven meets earth like a gory mess” didn’t seem to have the same ring). Why does the church have such a problem with things being sloppy? Do we really think we’re fooling anyone on Sunday morning, especially God? Are we going to offend him? I mean, he’s seen us naked in the shower all week and knows our worst thoughts, and still thinks we’re awesome.What if we took all the energy we spent faking and used that energy to enjoy the Lord instead? That could be revolutionary!

But God is a God of order, and there is nothing about Him that makes me think "sloppy wet kiss".  Maybe I'm a prude.  I probably am.  But associating God with sloppy wet kisses seems so out-of-character.  I don't at all think it's sloppy when heaven meets earth.  God created the earth, and everything in it.  He was intimately involved with His creation before the fall.  He WALKED in the garden of Eden.  He as still involved after the fall.  He dwelt in the tabernacle and the temple.  He became man and lived among us.  HOW could heaven and earth meeting be awkward or messy?  I just don't get it.

I'm sure we all have "that song".  The one that instead of bringing you to the throne room of heaven makes your skin crawl.  This is that song for me.  And it's made even worse by having watched this video, which makes my skin crawl even more:

So there you have it.  My personal beef with a worship song that makes me want to do anything but worship.  I don't know why I'm sharing this here, except to say I'm thankful for ALL DIFFERENT types of music to worship our God.  He is amazingly creative, and so it stands to reason His creation would be also.  What draws my son nearer to God musically is very different from what draws me to Him.  And so probably there are a gazillion people out there who love this song and think I'm crazy.  That's okay.  And I'll still be singing it in church.  My old worship band knew how I felt, and I got gently ribbed each time we sang it, but I know it spoke to them (young whippersnappers- I was as old as most of their mothers, LOL).  We sang it last night (the unforeseen kiss version, thankfully) at our new church.  I won't be escaping it anytime soon.  I know God knows my heart and loves me, hurricanes and sloppy wet kisses and all.

Am I alone?  Is there a worship song that just doesn't resonate with you?

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