Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 25

"HE is Christ the Lord"
-Luke 2:11
Light of Christmas - Owl City and TobyMac
This final song does not need any explanation as to why I have to share it, watch and or listen to it and you will love it just as much as I do!
Hairy Christmas - Willie Robertson and Luke Bryan
Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 24

"For today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord."
-Luke 2:11
O Holy Night - Martina McBride

It probably comes as no surprise to you now that I love snow. So any Christmas song about a white, snowy Christmas, I will love. And as, I've said before, I wish for a white Christmas every year. (and seeing as Christmas is tomorrow, it looks like Michigan will be having a very white Christmas this year, yay!)
Let It Snow - Scotty McCreery

Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 23

"Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace to those on whom His favor rests.'"
-Luke 2:13
Christmas Angels - Michael W. Smith

This is another song from the Duck Dynasty crew but not as much of a funny one. I love it because it explains how I feel about Christmas and (another reason) why I love it.
(and because it includes a great country singer)
Why I Love Christmas - Josh Turner and Missy Robertson

December 22

"An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them."
-Luke 2:9
Angels From The Realms Of Glory - Steven Curtis Chapman

This song I first heard last year and loved it right away. I love how joyful and upbeat it is.

God Bless Us Everyone - Andrea Bocelli
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Friday, December 20, 2013

December 21

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because He belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to Him and was expecting a child."
-Luke 2:4-5
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem - Steven Curtis Chapman
I like this song because I think it explains how a lot of people feel about Christmas when they find the "sparkle" of it again. The singer isn't so bad either (in fact, she is amazing!)
Where Are You Christmas - Faith Hill

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 20

"And on earth, peace to those on whom His favor rests."
-Luke 2:14b
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Josh Groban
This song has always been a Christmas favorite of mine. It's not a popular Christmas song, but any country music lovers (I can almost guarantee) love this Christmas song. It doesn't have all the amazing instruments with it, or any great harmonizing. It's just a simple song that makes it easy to listen to and relax while listening.
Let It Be Christmas - Alan Jackson

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 19

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.'"
-Matthew 2:1-2
We Three Kings - Michael W. Smith

This is another one of those fun Christmas songs that everybody know. Another one that without it, my list would not be complete.
Holly Jolly Christmas - Scotty McCreery

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 18

"When the angels had left them and gone into Heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'"
Luke 2:15
Go Tell It On The Mountain - Steven Curtis Chapman

Having my own experience with adoption, this song is very close to me and my family's heart. It describes exactly what our family went through waiting all those years to get Shaelyn. Each Christmas saying, "maybe next year we will have 'our little girl.'" And then, the Christmas we finally had her with us, felt like our family was complete.
Merry Christmas - Third Day

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 17

"He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived."
-Luke 2:21
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Rascal Flatts
This song I like because it describes the perfect Christmas to me. The old-fashioned Christmas where nothing is fake.
Christmas Like Momma Used To Make - Tracy Byrd

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 16

"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is His name.'"
-Luke 1:46-49
Virgin's Lullaby - Nativity Voices
This song is from the Polar Express, which is one of my favorite Christmas movies (mainly due to the soundtrack from it); which is why I like this song a lot. It is also another song with a great balance of two voices.
When Christmas Comes To Town - The Polar Express

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 15

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.'"
-Luke 2:8
"On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
-Matthew 2:10-11
The First Noel - Josh Groban feat. Faith Hill

Other than this being a Christmas song, I don't really have a particular reason for liking it. This is just one of those very popular Christmas songs that has to be included in my list of songs because it wouldn't be complete without it.
Have Yourself A Very Little Christmas - Joe Nichols

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 14

"This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him."
-1 John 4:9
Christmas Is All In The Heart - Steven Curtis Chapman

I like this song because it's a reminder to all of those who don't feel the "magic" of Christmas anymore; they don't have that sparkle in their eye. This song reminds us to feel Christmas like we did when we were kids. Waking up bright & early Christmas morning (or, Christmas Eve for some folks), tearing into the presents, hearing "Wow!" and "Oh, COOL!" all throughout the living room, etc. Christmastime is a time for all of us to feel like kids, (how does that song go? "kids...from 1 to 92). Even if you think you're "too mature" to not be excited, we all know how you are feeling on the inside when you open that perfect gift. So let it out, scream, shout, be happy and cheerful, "Joy to the World!", act like a little kid all throughout the season; it makes for a much brighter, happier, and magical Christmastime!
Christmas Like A Child - Third Day
(video made by Third Day)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 13

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."
-Matthew 1:21
O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Casting Crowns
This is another one of those songs that I don't particularly like, except for this version. Andrea Bocelli has a beautiful voice, and the Muppets add some fun to the song.
Jingle Bells - The Muppets

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 12

"The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel."
-Matthew 1:23
Mary Did You Know - Scotty McCreery
This is such a fun, hilarious Christmas song written by the Duck Dynasty clan, so that's the perfect reason to share it with y'all.
Rajun Cajun Redneck Christmas - Willie Robertson

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 11

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth, peace to those on whom His favor rests."
-Luke 2:14
Hark The Herald Angels Sing - Jeremy Camp
Another wintery, Christmas song...because I love snow! But I especially love snow on Christmas! (and throughout the Christmas season). So, I am dreaming of a "White Christmas"
White Christmas - Andrea Bocelli

December 10

"And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
-Isaiah 9:6
What Child Is This - Josh Groban

Again, I love this song because it's a Michael W. Smith one. But I also love that it's just an instrumental; something that can just be listened to. You can just close your eyes, sit back, relax, and listen.
Song For The King - Michael W. Smith


Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 9

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord."
-Luke 2:11
Silent Night - The Robertsons
"In the air there's a feeling of Christmas..."
The reason I love this song; city sidewalks decorated all Christmasy, the way all the lights are lit up at night. And the sound of "silver bells" ringing throughout the town.
Silver Bells - Brad Paisley

December 8

"For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
-John 3:16
Born That We May Have Life - Chris Tomlin

Well, I love snow, and I love country music. So, of course I love this next song. And I only hope to be "walking in a winter wonderland" on Christmas day! Right now, us Michiganders are, hopefully the snow sticks around a while longer! (Crossing my fingers!)
Winter Wonderland - Blake Shelton

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 7

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music."
-Psalm 98:4
Joy To The World - George Strait

Last year, I went on my very first sleigh ride, which puts a whole lot more meaning to this next song. I love sleigh rides through the snow; they are so peaceful, and, (when going through the woods where I went), they are absolutely gorgeous.
"Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride...!"
Sleigh Ride - Clay Aiken

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 6

"The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
-Luke 1:35
Born On Christmas Day - Brad Paisley

This is another song sung by one of my favorite (I guess you could say) "artist" during the Christmas season. Their songs are so fun and are greatly written. So, because this is a TSO song, I had to share it. Who doesn't love TSO?
A Star To Follow - Tran-Siberian Orchestra

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 5

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
-Joshua 1:9
Breath of Heaven - Amy Grant

This song is another one of my favorite Christmas songs, sung by one of my favorite singers (especially when he sings Christmas music). I love the choir of kids singing in the background, and the vocals on this song. All the harmonizing and voices put together make for a beautiful Christmas song.
Christmas Day - Michael W. Smith (featuring Mandisa)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 4

"But the angel said to them:
'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.'"
-Luke 2:10-14
Angels We Have Heard On High - Third Day
I never really liked this song, until I heard this version of it. I think it is the most beautiful rendition of this song. I love the strong meaning to the song: Amidst all the hate and anger in the world, the Christmas bells ring "peace on earth". One of my favorite Christmas songs:
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day - Casting Crowns

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 3

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
-John 1:14
Welcome To Our World - Michael W. Smith
The Christmas Song - Collin Raye
There really isn't a specific reason that I had to share this song or why I love it, other than that it is a very popular song that sums up a lot of Christmas all in one song. It is also one of the few Christmas songs that actually wishes you a "Merry Christmas." A lot of songs wish "Happy Holidays", or wish a "Holly Jolly Christmas", or talk about the different things people do during the Christmas season. But this song actually says "Merry Christmas to you".
"In many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!"

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 2

"When God brings his firstborn into the world, He says, 'Let all God's angels worship Him.'"
-Hebrews 1:6

O Come All Ye Faithful - Josh Groban
(Forgot to add, I will also post why I love/had to share the "fun song" posted for each day.)
This song I love because it shows that even amongst the chaos in anyone's life, Christmas can give you a chance to stop and be peaceful for even a moment, and not worry about all the stress and craziness.
If it can happen during a war, it could happen again.
It Could Happen Again - Collin Raye

December 1

"She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."
-Luke 2:7
Away In A Manger - Brad Paisley
Christmas Comin Round Again - Scotty McCreery


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tis' The Season...!

...to be jolly, joyful, excited, etc.!
My most favorite time of year is here!
Every year I do not count down the days til' Christmas, I count down the days til' Christmas time. I love everything about the Christmas season: holiday cheer, Christmas lights and decorations, Christmas music, presents, spending time with family, and celebrating the birth of Jesus!
As most of you, my blog readers, know, I do some sort of song countdown each year up to Christmas, doing something a little different for it every year.
This year, I will post two songs each day. One will be a spiritual song with a scripture; the other song will be a fun song.
Have a Wonderful Christmas Season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Five things I am thankful for:
(not necessarily in this order)
1. Family: My #1 thing every year. I have been blessed with such a wonderful, crazy, fun-loving family and could never do without them. They are always there for me and always make me smile and laugh. (Extended family included.)
2. My Christian Faith: I consider myself extremely lucky to have been raised in a Christian home and I take it for granted way too much. Some areas of the world have never even heard of God and don't have the chance to praise and worship like we do. So I am glad that there is a God and that He is always watching out for me and will be there for me when I fall.
3. Animals: Earlier this fall, I went on a zoo trip with my sisters. I look back on that trip now and think about how much I really do love animals. I am a huge animal person, and (other than penguins and tigers) I don't have a "favorite", I love (almost) all of them. There is something to love (or at least appreciate) about every animal. Along with this comes my pets, I am extremely blessed to have so many pets, and to have grown up with pets all my life. I don't think I could ever live without an animal in my living space because they are so adoring and loveable.
4. America: To live in a nation with the rights and freedoms that I have is definitely something that is so easy to take for granted. Yes, we do not have a great leader right now, but if you ever traveled to another country, you would realize how lucky we really are to live in this nation. I am right there along with all you "whiners and complainers" (about "him"), but I try to remember that we are a great nation with a lot more rights and freedoms than the majority of any other country. Along with this category comes our soldiers and veterans. You guys are risking your lives so we can live in this free nation, and I can't even imagine what it is like to be away from your families during the holiday season. You guys are some great examples of a real hero.
5. My Grandpa: Yes, he does fall under the "family" category, but he gets his own special category because in this last year, I realized just how much he means to me. He is such a great role model, not only to me, but to all of his kids and grandkids. He has an amazing and strong Christian faith, a GREAT sense of humor, and such a big heart. I look up to him as the person I wish myself to be someday.
(best photo I could find in a short amount of time)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Little Tip

I just read a tip on how to help your computers last longer.
Keep your screen clean, from the inside. They say you wanna try to clean it from the inside at least once a month.
I know this seems like something that would be difficult to do, but I found a link that will help you do this and it is very easy.
I have started to do this and have noticed a big difference in my screen staying clean.
Here is the link for y'all, I hope you find it as helpful as I did:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Awesome Height Photos

I can only imagine what it would be like to be up that high in some of those photos, but it would probably be a bit nerve-racking.
Get ready for your feet to tingle:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Top 50 Pictures

25. Mount Kilimanjaro From Above

24. The Amazing Strength of an Ant

23. Yarn Bombing A Bus In Mexico City

22. Felix Baumgartner Jumps From Space

21. The Most Incredible Aurora of 2012

20. The Waterfall Island at Iguazu Falls

19. Overgrown Railroad Tracks In The Forest
The wish for a clear day

18. A Pod of Sleeping Sperm Whales

17. Seven Hours In One Image

16. Pixel People Perfection

15. Galactic Monsoon

14. Striking Artistry of Multiple Takeoffs at Hannover Airport

13. The Keel Walk

12. A Sea of Purple in the Badlands of Utah

11. Putting The Size of a Whale in Perspective