Where Recreation Meets Occupation

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I love that NPR not only helps listeners discover new great music, but really gives the already-great-ones, their dues. 

Yesterday, Lake Street Dive. Today, Sia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EPwRdVg5Ug

I watched parts of the musical competition, Sunday Best, and a little bit of Rising Star. I was disappointed with the talent on both of these shows. Is this what America’s ears are becoming more accustomed to hearing? It’s not to say that there is NOT talent on that show. It’s more of the praise given to those whose skills I deem mediocre. What happened to creativity and training? Is a voice doing covers all it takes these days? If that’s the case, I think it’s time to start my singing career…

**little note on Sia—People might not like her voice and find that she’s not as strong live, but my post is more about her artistry, and most people don’t even know that she’s been VERY successful in this music business for years now, particularly as a music writer. She no longer shows her face because she feels it’s not necessary for her to do that.**

jheneaiko:

I wrote and recorded this myself on my lap top, for my brother…. Miyagi . this song was really just intended for him to hear….. but i thought it would be nice to share ….

i was so nervous to play it for him myself, so when i left to San Francisco on Thursday I had my TT play it for him….

She said his breath got calm as he listened and i know he heard every word ….

later that night he became the angel he was born to be and i am so grateful that he got to hear this before he left on his infinite journey….

now i hear him telling ME , what i was singing to him…  to not give up . 

i love you SO much Miyagi!!!! . Everything x2 now. Everything for you now …. 

Seriously loving this girl’s style right now. When I first heard Drake’s “Marvins Room,” I thought, ‘There needs to be a female Drake’ (…and I’m not talking about JoJo). But alas, there is… in the form of Miss Aiko herself. Lyrically sound, vocally fitting, and real.

I take these palm trees for granted.

(via whatsaybeauty)

My recent girl crush, alongside J.Law and Emilia Clarke.

Iggy <3

My recent girl crush, alongside J.Law and Emilia Clarke.

Iggy <3

There is no one that boils my blood more than my own family members do, and yet they are the very people that are the hardest to get away from. I am not talking about physically getting away from, but mentally. I can always move far away from my family, but I will still be thinking of them. That’s the hardest part. Sometimes, I am so angry that I nearly feel as if it’s my fault for being so angry at them. Guilt settles in, and I just feel absolutely defeated and helpless. It’s such a vicious state of mind to be in.

The 10 Commandments state to “honor your father and mother.” Why does God start there? Because it really does start with the ones closest to you. The term “honor” doesn’t necessarily mean to obey, while that may be included in the definition. Honoring someone is sometimes even more difficult than obeying them. It is a state of mind, and it is a position that you take in every situation you are or are not with them. Honor is upheld in your heart and mind. 

After having typed out that last paragraph, I’m realizing very quickly that I do not have the strength or even ability to honor my parents, let alone any of my other family members—not, at least, on my own. I need to draw from a source much greater than I am… and that is the Holy Spirit, the works of Christ, and the Almighty I AM. I am completely powerless without the outpour of the Spirit into my heart, to show me what true honor and true love looks like IN SPITE OF (not despite, but yes, IN SPITE) the disobedience and even, hate in my heart.

With all of that said, I still remain defeated, but alas… I am not hopeless, even if I may “feel” that sometimes. 

I am thankful for this rest evening at home, and so so very glad that tomorrow is Friday. 

Humor. Fashion. Hip Hop. Sports. She has it all. 

So entertaining. Who knew Nicole Richie? No wonder she and Paris were one of the first reality TV show entertainers.

The opposing coasts face off today in GAME ONE of the Kings vs. Rangers NHL Stanley Cup Finals. 

GO KINGS GO!

The opposing coasts face off today in GAME ONE of the Kings vs. Rangers NHL Stanley Cup Finals. 

GO KINGS GO!

DEVOTIONAL

"Continue in the faith."
Acts 14:22

Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be, “Excelsior.” He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last, who continueth till war’s trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is, therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare.” Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your steadfastness: “What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.” Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: “Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times.” Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by his Spirit you may endure to the end.

We all go through our own recurring struggles. Mine have always been with my relationships, particularly in my friendships. While I have many a time, wished that I gave up on trying to make my relationships work, I am reminded that it is not about the strength or even the duration of the struggle, but it is instead of my response to it: Excelsior, is my reply.

Excelsior.

…and really good at this game!

How awesome is this woman?! So funny.