40 Things I Love About My Mom

40 Things I Love About My Mom

Mom, what would I do without you? You're the best.

I dedicate this article to my mom, whose birthday is this week. I can't tell you her age, so the fact that there are 40 reasons that I love her doesn't give anything away, does it? Oops; love you mom!

I love:

1. her love for me

2. that she puts up with my ridiculousness even when it's over the top

3. that she has my back through thick and thin

4. her strong belief in me and my abilities

5. that she is a great role model for me and my brother

6. her good morning texts

7. the good luck she wishes for me on tests and quizzes

8. the weekly — sometimes daily — phone calls

9. that she listens to boybands with me

10. her insistence that Hallmark Christmas movies are great (they're not)

11. that she didn’t shame me for loving weird movies as a child (btw: Spirited Away was amazing and you know it)

12. her love of Disney even at her age

13. that she obsesses over cute boys in TV shows with me

14. that she lets me go to concerts

15. that she comes with me to said concerts

16. that she drives home from these concerts in the insane traffic

17. her sense of humor

18. that she laughs at everything, even if it's not an appropriate time to do so

19. the fact that she can’t spell

20. her perseverance through harsh times

21. her strength

22. her individualism and the way she has taught me to be individual as well

23. her patience for me and my brother even when we don't deserve it

24. her love of frogs

25. her insistence to wear t-shirts and jeans at all times

26. that she lets me wear her clothes

27. that she lets me blast Nick Jonas in the car

28. that she harmonizes with me to Nick Jonas in the car

29. her famous Sunday morning breakfasts

30. that she will listen to me rant at all times of the day

31. her dedication to come to all of my events

32. that she lets me go off and do my own thing

33. her trust in me

34. the guidance she provides

35. all of the times she's driven me to both Targets on different sides of town on the same days

36. that she never got mad when we drove across town to the mall and I didn't actually buy anything

37. that she puts up with my inevitable fits in stores
38. that she believes me when I said that my brother was the one who did it

39. how well she raised twins on her own

40. her unconditional love for me and my brother (so much that it deserves the first and last spot on this list)

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25 Songs For The Struggling Christian

Add these to your own "looking up" list.

Everyone has a bad day every once and a while, it's a given. Life isn't all about rainbows and butterflies, as much as we would all love for it to be. As a Christian, I spend a lot of time on those hard days "looking up" for comfort and reassurance. Some days, "looking up" actually means flipping through the scripture and asking God to lead me to the verses I need to read, but over the past few months "looking up" has been a completely different process... it's been just turning my "Looking Up" playlist on shuffle and just listening to the music flowing through the room.

I know I sound crazy, but I promise, these are the songs that can start the healing of any season of life.

1. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) - Hillsong United

"Spirit lead e where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior."

2. Chain Breaker - Zach Williams

"If you've got pain, He's a pain taker. If you feel lost, He's a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He's a prison-shaking Savior. If you've got chains, He's a chain breaker."

3. God's Not Dead - Newsboys

"God's not dead, He is surely alive. He is living on the inside, roaring like a lion."

4. Where I Belong - Building 429

"All I know is I'm not home yet, this is not where I belong. Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong."

5. Steal My Show - Toby Mac

"If You want to steal my show, I'll sit back and watch You go. If You've got something to say go on and take it away."

6. Need You Now - Plumb

"How many times have you given me strength to just keep breathing? Oh, I need You. God, I need You now."

7. You Are I Am - Mercy Me

"You're the one who conquers giants. You're the one who calls out kings. You shut the mouths of lions. You tell the dead to breathe. You're the one who walks through fire. You take the orphan's hand. You are the one Messiah. You are I Am."

8. Redeemed - Big Daddy Weave

"I am redeemed, You set me free. So I'll shake off these heavy chains, and wipe away every stain, now I'm not who I used to be. I am redeemed. Thank God, redeemed."

9. Whom Shall I Fear - Chris Tomlin

"I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side. The One who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine. The God of angel armies is always by my side."

10. I Need A Miracle - Third Day

"No matter who you are, and no matter what you've done, there will come a time when you can't make it on your own. In your hour of desperation, know you're not the only one praying 'Lord above, I need a miracle'."

11. Worn - Tenth Avenue North

"Let me see redemption win. Let me know the struggle ends, that You can mend a heart that's frail and torn. I want to know a song can rise from the ashes of a broken life, and all that's dead inside can be reborn. 'Cause I'm worn."

12. Your Love Never Fails - Newsboy

"Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me."

13. Savior, Please - Josh Wilson

"I try to be so tough, but I'm just not strong enough. I can't do this alone, God, I need You to hold on to me. I try to be good enough, but I'm nothing without Your love. Savior, please, keep saving me."

14. By Your Side - Tenth Avenue North



"Cause I'll be by your side whenever you fall, in the dead of night whenever you call, and please don't fight these hands that are holding you. My hands are holding you."

15. Voice of Truth - Casting Crowns

"But the voice of Truth tells me a different story, and the voice of Truth says 'Do not be afraid', and the voice of Truth says 'This is for My Glory'. Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the voice of Truth."

16. Give Me Your Eyes - Brandon Heath


"Give me Your eyes for just one second, give me Your eyes so I can see everything that I keep missing. Give me Your love for humanity. Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted, the ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me Your eyes, so I can see."

17. How He Loves - David Crowder

"He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me. And, oh, how He loves us so."

18. Walk By Faith - Jeremy Camp

"I will walk by faith, even when I cannot see. Well, because this broken road prepares Your will for me."

19. Love Is Here - Tenth Avenue North

"Love is here. Love is now. Love is pouring from His hands, from His brow."

20. What Faith Can Do - Kutless

"I've seen miracles just happen, silent prayers get answered, broken hearts become brand new.. that's what faith can do."

21. Lead Me To The Cross - Chris and Conrad

"Lead me to the cross, where Your love poured out. Bring me to my knees, Lord, I lay me down."

22. I Can Only Imagine - Mercy Me

"I can only imagine what it will be like, when I walk by Your side. I can only imagine what my eyes will see, when Your face is before me. Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for You, Jesus? Or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your prescence? Or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing hallelujah? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine. I can only imagine, when all I will do, is forever... forever worship You."

23. The Motions - Matthew West

"I don't wanna go through the motions, I don't wanna go one more day without Your all consuming passion inside of me. I don't wanna spend my whole life asking... What if I had given everything? Instead of going through the motions."

24. Cry Out To Jesus - Third Day

"When you're lonely and it feels like the whole world is falling on you. You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus. Cry out to Jesus."

25. Hold My Heart - Tenth Avenue North

"One tear in the driving rain. One voice in a sea of pain. Could the Maker of the stars hear the sound of my breaking heart? One life, that's all I am. Right now, I can barely stand. If You're everything You say You are, would You come close, and hold my heart?"

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Concerts Will Always Be The Thrill Of A Lifetime

Nothing beats a live performance by your favorite band

Remember the Cheetah Girls? The group of girls who only wore animal print and made movies about singing around the world? I was only in elementary school when my aunt took my sister, my cousin and I to see our Disney Channel idols in concert. (Vanessa Hudgens was one of the opening acts because she hadn’t made a huge name for herself yet, so you can see how long ago this show was.) Ever since that special night, I have been hooked on going to concerts.

Before a concert starts, there’s loads of anticipation leading up to the moment where the main act begins their set. You spend weeks in advance getting hyped up by listening to all their music, investing in some of their merch and stalking them like crazy on social media. Then when you finally get to the show, the opening acts are there to get you dancing and singing. Also, if you pay attention to the opening acts, you are introduced to new musicians you may never have heard of before. Saint Motel, Misterwives, Capital Cities, Dan Croll and Justin Moore are some of the best openers I have seen so far.

At last, the big moment finally comes where the lights go dim, the crowd becomes silent and the headliner appears on stage. The best performances are the ones given by one of your all-time favorite artists. Being only inches away from them is surreal. Suddenly you realize that they are real people…and they’re standing directly in front of you.

Live music is better than anything you can play off a recording. Hearing a person’s real voice instead of an autotuned track is extremely different. The sound is raw and authentic. Sometimes in live performances they even switch up the notes or the lyrics so you can hear something a little different.

At concerts, you’re surrounded by hundreds or thousands of strangers, but everyone is sharing this one moment in common. You all love the same music and can sing along. You get the opportunity to meet interesting people and make new dance partners. Everyone is there to have a good time.

Of course, the only downside is dealing with post-concert depression. At the end of the night, you must leave the venue knowing you won’t see that singer or band on tour for a long, long time. So naturally, the only cure is to buy tickets to another show as soon as possible.

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