Monday, March 31, 2008

Isn't it awesome...

...when your guitar is smashed by a cruise ship and (wait for it...), someone comes along and gives you a new one? Not only that, but one that is actually more awesome than the one you previously owned. God is all about some of this.

Friday, March 28, 2008

If My Heart Had A Theme Song

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea,
A great high Priest whose Name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart,
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free,
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me,
To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb,
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace.
One with Himself, I cannot die,
My soul is purchased by His blood.
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God!

One with Himself, I cannot die,
My soul is purchased by His blood.
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God!

Words: Charitie Bancroft, 1863.
Music: William Bradbury, 1861.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Internet Friend & Rockstar-Author...

Internet friend and rockstar-author Jason Boyett did an interview with me about writing Crowded Skies. There are two separate parts of the interview up here (part 1) and here (part 2). If I get around to answering the last batch of questions, there might be a part 3 tomorrow, but that depends on how well the wi-fi continues to work at the coffee shop where I'm working.

Oh, and if you don't know already, you should check out Jason's books. He is an incredible writer, and you can find his books in your local bookstore or on Amazon.

P.S. "Rockstar-author" does not mean that he is an actual rockstar. Rather, he is an author who is just naturally as awesome and popular as most rockstars.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Time Has Come...

...to go to iTunes and download the new Lee McDerment CD.

Seriously.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Balenciagaaaaaghhhh!!!

This photo makes me want to set myself on fire.



I don't fashion-blog much (read: ever), but I can't get over the fact that this shoe keeps showing up everywhere I turn. I hate this shoe. Nicolas Ghesquiere is on my naughty list.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Told You So.

Look who is the #1 Seller on DigStation... oh, right... it's Lee McDerment.

Maybe you'll listen to me more often when I tell you things.

But first, you should go buy A Matchlight in the Dark and listen to THAT.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

PLEASE

Sometimes I make recommendations. Occasionally I will strongly suggest something. But rare are the times when I will plead with you to do something. This is one of those times.

My world has been BLOWING UP lately, in the best way possible, and I attribute a lot of that to the wisdom and truth that comes from a Dallas-area preacher named Matt Chandler. I downloaded all his sermons and I can't stop listening to them--they're even better than Rita's Italian Ice Mango Gelati. I swear.

So if you think you can handle honesty and humor and wisdom all at once, then do not pass go, just click here:

The Village Church - free iTunes podcasts

I highly recommend the following:

- Heart Matters series
- Role of Men series
- Ecclesiastes series

Now stop reading my blog and click on that link. PLEASE.

Bandages

We all do it. We take a perfectly good wound -- one intended to teach us something, to grow us closer to God -- and we try to cover it up with an ill-fitting bandage. Sometimes we act in desperation, grabbing dirty napkins from the ground just to have something to put over the wound so we don't have to see it, so we don't have to be reminded that it's still there.

We do it for our friends, too. We say and do the wrong things to help them move on from their own pain, we speak and act without thinking or praying first. Maybe we just want the pain to be over for them, or maybe we don't want to look at their wounds because those wounds disturb us.

This past weekend, I was a leader and guest musician at a women's conference for nearly 200 women of all ages. The women moved me with stories of their healing, their pain, their mistakes. They've wasted time (haven't we all!?!) trying to cover up the pain through improper relationships, eating or drinking too much, looking at porn, and even having children. They've felt the pain of losing husbands who have tried to heal their own wounds in the wrong ways, as well.

It reminds me to ask myself what I'm doing to push past my own pain (or the pain of others), to create the illusion of healing without actually giving the wound time to breathe and heal. The more we apply the wrong bandages, the more we delay the process by refusing to put the pain in God's capable hands.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3

Monday, March 10, 2008

More Than Enough

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Jesus is not a means to an end.

My relationship with Jesus cannot be built around getting what I want. My obedience is not a claim ticket for my desires. It is an offering to Him, an act of gratitude for the love He shows me. Jesus is enough—more than enough.

“The message of scripture and the gospel of Christ is not that in following Him everything is going to go right, but that He is enough, no matter what happens.” – Matt Chandler

Monday, March 03, 2008

Your Weekend Plans

Looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays. Please allow me to help. I'm sure your problem stems from that boring, routine weekend you've been having since halfway through freshman year of college. You're stuck in the rut of hanging out at the same places, watching the same Seinfeld reruns on TV, and eating the same barbecue potato chips in the same chair, staining your hands with a disgusting orange glow that will last til mid-week. BORING.

As always, I'm here to spice up your life... to add a little excitement, a little change, and a side of awesome.

So I've arranged to make NEXT weekend the most memorable on (future) record. Here's what you're going to do.

Step 1: Get in your car and point it toward Anderson, SC.

Step 2: Drive. Listen to all your favorite CDs because you're going to want to throw them in the trash soon.

Step 3: Arrive here.

Step 4: Put on some ear plugs and pre-book an appointment with your chiropractor, because you're going to be throttled by the Man-Rock sounds of Lee McDerment. It's "worship music for dudes" but the ladies won't feel left out, I promise. This CD is currently in heavy rotation in my car and in my brain.

Looks like your weekend is going to be awesome! You can thank me later. (For those of you who have to miss out for some lame reason, be sure to pick up a copy of the CD after the release date, March 7.)

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