Believe In Who You Are

you are awesome graphic familybringsjoy.comSongs speak to the heart.  I listened to the following song on the way to church this morning.

I remember the first time I heard it.  I remember feeling so much LOVE from our Heavenly Father.  I was quite sure the author of the song must have private videos of my life and thoughts.  If you are a woman, you need to hear this song.  It need not matter if you are a mom or not.  It need not matter if you are a stay at home mom or not.  The words and soft melody will bring you a feeling of hope and love.  Don’t we all need that in this life…to feel there’s hope…to feel loved?

The song is called Who You Are.  It is sung by Hilary Weeks.  I’ve mentioned her before on here.  This is the only video I could find for this song.  I did not make the video, but the photos are very fitting for the song.  More importantly is for you to listen to the music and lyrics.  I’m including the lyrics below as well.

Who You Are

I know you wonder

If you’ll ever have a day

Where the kids stay calm,the laundry’s done

And the dishes are put away

And sometimes you feel like

Your days are spent and gone

And the question running through your mind

Is what have I gotten done

And when you finally have a moment to slow down

At the end of your day I know Father would say

Believe in what you’re doing

Believe in who you are

And hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God

Believe in who you’re becoming, believe in who you are

Now it might seem simple

All the little things you do

But the lives you touch matter so much

And there’s no one else like you

And Father needs you to stand tall and faithful

To be all you can be Oh, if you could see what He sees

You’d believe in what you’re doing

You’d believe in who you are

So hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God

Believe in who you’re becoming, believe in who you are

And when it’s hard to believe in yourself

And you feel like you’re beginning to doubt

Remember

That He believes in what you’re doing

He believes in who you are

So don’t lose sight of the truth that you’re a daughter of God

That He believes in who you’re becoming,

He believes in who you are

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YOU are special,

My Top Eleven Favorite Christmas Albums

There is nothing like a good Christmas Album to bring about cheer during the holidays!  Honestly, the music is what I LOVE best, besides being with family.

Here are my top ten eleven favorite Christmas albums in no particular order:

1. John Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together
It’s not Christmas without listening to this album.  I have fond childhood memories of Christmases past while listening.  What I like best about this album are it’s original Christmas songs.  This means I never grow tired of hearing songs like The Peace Carol, The Christmas Wish and my most favorite Medley: Alfie, The Christmas Tree/Carol For A Christmas Tree/ It’s In Everyone Of Us.  This is a sure winner for any family.

2. Mindy Gledhill: Winter Moon (Songs For Christmas)
My newest favorite Christmas album.  If you are a regular reader, it won’t surprise you I have Mindy Gledhill in this list.  I absolutely adore Mindy’s style of singing.  She has brilliantly remastered some of your favorite Christmas songs with the soothing sounds of her ukulele and guitar.  My favorite song on the album is Little Soldier.  I wish she would do a music video for it.  Winter Moon, the title track, is a fun original song.  The video for the song is on my sidebar.  On the album you can hear the version without the puppets.  I look forward to listening to this album for many Christmases to come.  This is THE gift I am giving for Christmas to many people this year.

3. The Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
I have mentioned before of my love of Karen Carpenter’s voice.  This is a wonderful album filled with many of your favorites including songs from The Nutcracker.  My favorite songs on this album are Merry Christmas Darling and Little Altar Boy.

4. Enya: And Winter Came
I was listening to this album yesterday and my 16 year old daughter asks, “who is Enya?”  The question kind of surprised me.  Enya is like a staple in my music collection.  Guess I haven’t played her while she’s been around.  Enya’s music is so relaxing.  This album has some wonderful original Christmas songs.

5. Restoration Hardware: Quithmuth (Kid’s Christmas)
Boy am I glad I bought this album!  We picked this beauty up back in 2001 at Restoration Hardware for maybe $10.  It is my kid’s favorite Christmas album.  I was surprised to find it being sold on Amazon, but for a whopping $49!  It has some oldies but goodies including I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas, I Tan’t Wait Till Qithmuth Day & Monster’s Holiday.

6. Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Soothing and relaxing piano everyone in the family enjoys.

7. Avalon: Joy (A Christmas Collection)
This contemporary Christian group is a favorite of mine.  6 out of 10 songs are original Christmas songs.  Many of their upbeat songs will brighten up any Christmas Party.  My absolute favorite songs are Joy, Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day, Light A Candle, and We Are The Reason.  Really I like them all!  We Are The Reason will make you cry. {a good kind, though 😉 }

8. Hilary Weeks: Christmas Once Again
It was fun to discover Hilary’s most recent Christmas album in my Christmas music collection this month {I forgot I bought it last year.}  I listened to it many times last year so it shouldn’t have surprised me so much.  Hilary’s smooth and gorgeous voice makes your most beloved Christmas songs better.  However, I love her original Christmas Once Again and Ring The Bells.  She is such a talented writer and singer.

9. Amy Grant: The Christmas Collection
I do not have this exact album, but I have every other Christmas album Amy has done.  I love every single song!  I am reminded of my Husband & my first Christmas together {1993}.  We listened to Amy’s version of Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song) as we traveled to meet his parents for the first time.  My Grandpa always said Amy Grant had a nasally voice.  Whether she does or not, I have always felt The Spirit so strong as I listen to her music.

10. Michael W. Smith: The Ultimate Christmas Collection
Just like Amy Grant, I do not have this Ultimate Christmas Collection. {I have his first Christmas album from 1989}  However, whenever I have listened to his other Christmas albums on Rhapsody my ears are carried away into bliss.  If you are a fan of Michael W. Smith, then you will adore it.  I appreciate his original Christmas masterpieces as well.  He is a genius on the piano.  My most favorite of his Christmas songs has to be Welcome To Our World.

11. Michael McLean: The Forgotten Carols
You may not have heard of this album, but it is one of my very favorites.  It tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed by her patient, John, who expands her understanding of Christmas. “The Forgotten Carols” are original songs from the perspective of characters such as the innkeeper who turned the young couple away or the shepherd who slept through the angel’s announcement. Their personal accounts, until now, have been overlooked or ignored. Together, John and Constance discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas.  Songs lyrics like, “we are not homeless like the Christ child was” and “I was not his Father, he was mine” say it all.  “Three kings found the Lord and so can we.”

Now it’s your turn.

Tell me, what are some of your favorite Christmas albums?

I miss hearing from you.

Linking Up:
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Merry Christmas,

Increase Your Positive Thoughts

Warning!  This is a brilliant idea!

Me, Hilary Weeks & my friend Sam

Unfortunately, I can’t take the credit.  Remember I mentioned my attendance at a women’s conference this past weekend?  One of the beautiful talented speakers unveiled this gem.  Her name is Hilary Weeks.  She is a songwriter, singer, author, speaker and MOM.  Honestly, seeing her was worth the conference alone.  I love her music.  Her songs speak to my soul in a way that is sacred.  Before I ramble on and on about how much I adore her, back to her idea.

Hilary spoke of her research about thoughts and thinking patterns.  She ran across a study that stated every person thinks at least 300 negative thoughts a day.  She decided she wanted to do her own “scientific” test to this theory.  She took a counter like the one in my photo and began to click every time she had a negative thought.  Every day she would record the results in her journal.  Every day she would clear the counter and begin again.  According to my notes, the most negative thoughts she had in one day was 145.

After a few days, I don’t remember how many exactly, she began to notice a sense of depression.  She wondered why.  Hilary came to the conclusion that her focusing on her negative thoughts {by counting them} must have caused this.  So she decided to begin counting her positive thoughts instead.  Can you imagine what happened?  Her mood increased by leaps and bounds!  She began to find positive things to think about.  This exercise helped her to create positive thoughts!  She ended up counting 1,262 positive thoughts in one day!

Well, I was able to purchase one of these clickers for myself at the conference!  You should have seen the rush of women to buy them after she spoke!  They probably could have sold them for a lot more than they did.  I purchased one for my Son as well.  I began my own counting of positive thoughts today and I am up to 60.  I am hoping to eventually count into the thousands some day as well! I found one just like mine on Amazon and posted it above if you are interested in doing this exercise yourself.

My Daughter & Hilary Weeks 10.27.2007

Find the good in any situation,