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Life is Like a Cup of Coffee

This may fit better with Wise Words Wednesday, but it is Fun Friday where anything can happen!

I sit here in a local coffee shop with the Oklahoma sky raining once again outside. I’m being productive today: making phone calls, scheduling, planning, and getting work done. Then I take a moment to peruse youtube for some motivation when I found this very fitting video.

Life is like a cup of coffee….

Please check it out before you read past this line.

I have recently graduated college, and I’m looking for the kind of life I want to live. There is pressure on getting a good job, there is pressure of making good money, and there is pressure to make an ideal life for myself.

However, I don’t want to forget how to live a good life and enjoy it. I don’t want to become self-focused, especially to the point that I forget those around me, I forget to enjoy the small moments, or that I forget the most important mission of my life: to love God and bring glory to Him.

I will enjoy the coffee despite the cup it is from.

Will you?

-Steph πŸ™‚

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you got from the video.

Impact of Music

Who doesn’t like music?

I honestly can’t think of a single person out there who dislikes music. Sure, they may not like singing or dancing but music all together? I don’t go to concerts. I’m not a concert type girl. Seriously, all I’ve seen is one Winter Jam and NSYNC in my whole life. However, I went to one two weekends ago and…wow. I give major credit to the artist, who came to entertain and did so incredibly. It is more than that though. It is more than the artist, the concert. It is even more than how the songs affect me.

imagesAs I stood amongst the crowd, I thought about the moment. Here we are, a sea of strangers, sharing this moment together, these emotions together. A song can affect each person differently–mean something different to each and every one of us–and here we are feeling it, experiencing it, enjoying it together in that moment.

And that moment, knowing someone else is be moved by this song like I am, makes me feel more connected. Connected to the music, connected to other people, connected to life.

I had the simagesame pull from music earlier that day but in a different situation. I have not been a part of a worship team in long while. No reason in particular; just not the opportunity or drive for it. Well that opportunity came a knocking when the interns took over the worship for youth group that week. I had no idea what effect it would have on me.

I know this post may come across as cheesy, but I am honest. Up on stage singing with some phenomenal musicians for the glory of my heavenly father, I felt unbelievable. I felt like I was a solid part of that team. I felt like I was closer to God in those moments. I felt solid in who I am.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” –Billy Joe

Music makes an impact.images

Whether it how the lyrics in the song match your emotions, how the beat of the music makes you feel, or how you feel in a moment on stage or in the crowd…

Music moves us, changes us, connects us.

-Steph πŸ™‚

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on music and how it has impacted you!