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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Week 4 Verse – Hebrews 13:8

There was a change at my office this week.  We switched to a new paperless way of doing things.  It’s a big change.  One some are dealing with well… others, not so much.

This change led to this week’s verse to mediate on and pray about:

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

This verse is good to remember.   While we can’t stop change in our lives there is one thing we can count on that never changes.  That’s God’s love for us and his teachings for us.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by change (and I have a few times this week) take comfort in this verse.  I know I have.

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Adult Snow Day? Yes, Please!

I’m a hard workin’, honest kind of guy.  I’m not calling into work sick unless I’m really sick.  On the very rare occasion that I do, I end up feeling guilty all day about others having to pick up the slack in my absence.

That’s why I’d really love an “Adult Snow Day”… a random, previously unannounced day off to spend at home being lazy and doing whatever I want.   It’d be great if my wife could join me but the kids? They’d still need to go to school.

Do you remember how magical a snow day used to be?  A whole day with endless possibilities.  Snow forts, snacks, dumb TV shows, and video games.  Most importantly, no homework or thoughts of school.

When I was a kid (yes, I realize how old that made me sound) we didn’t have text or email notifications from the school telling us there would be no school the next day.  It wasn’t on the television ticker the night before either.  You had to get up early, turn on the radio, and listen impatiently.  There were a few times I’d know ahead of time but that was only because one of my best friend’s moms drove a school bus.

So what would my Adult Snow Day Look like?  I imagine it would go a little something like this:

9am:  Get up.  Make coffee.  Get back in bed.

9:10am -10:30am:  Stay in bed reading for fun.

10:30am – Noon: Dig out the old Nintendo and play Mario Brothers.

Noon – 12:30pm:  Lunch time!  Make 2 packages of ramen noodles. One just plain noodles and seasoning, the other as a soup.  I have them so rarely I can never remember which way I prefer.

12:30pm – 2pm:  Cheesy old movie time!  I’m thinking Days of Thunder is in order.

2pm – 3pm:  Raid my daughter’s Legos and build the coolest thing ever.

3pm – 3:30pm:  Race to pick up the house before the kids get home from school.   Can’t have them knowing I did nothing all day!

I think everyone deserves a day like this.  A forced day to truly relax and not feel guilty about it.  If I had my own business I think 2 Adult Snow Days a year would be part of the company benefits.

So who’s with me?  Who wants a snow day?  Or, at the very least, a late start or 2 hour early out?

What would you do with your Adult Snow Day?

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Not Your Grandpa’s Christian Music

My first brush with contemporary Christian music was about 10 years ago.  My wife had picked up a Casting Crowns album and popped it into the CD player.  From that moment on I was hooked.

I liked the fresh sound.  It wasn’t stuffy.  There were loud drums and electric guitars.  It was current with meaningful lyrics that spoke to me.

That first Casting Crowns album opened my eyes to a whole genre of music that I never knew existed.  Since then it’s become my favorite kind of music.

If you are new to current Christian music I’m here to get you started. Pick any artist on the pop, rock, hip hop, or CHR charts and I could point you to a Christian artist with a similar sound and much more positive lyrics.  The kind you wouldn’t mind your kids to hear.

For starters, there are stations online you can stream.  My favorite is Air1.  It’s fun and upbeat.  They also have a sister-station, K-LOVE, that’s the same type of music just taken down a notch.

Like Katy Perry?  Try Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, or Francesca Battistelli.

Think Eminem is cool?  Try KJ52, Lacrae, or TobyMac.

Into hard rock?  You’ll love Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Skillet.

Here are a few more of my favorites:  Newsboys, Switchfoot, Third Day, Needtobreathe, Group 1 Crew, Superchick, Brandon Heath… I could go on and on.

The other thing I’d recommend is attending Winter Jam Tour 2014. There’s a good chance they’re coming to a city close to you.  No need to get an advance ticket.  It’s just $10 at the door.  You might want to show up early because they reach capacity crowds pretty much everywhere they go.

Perhaps the coolest thing about listening to contemporary Christian music is the way a song can reach out and grab a hold of your heart. God is the ultimate DJ and will always play the right song at the right time. Whether it’s one to make you smile or with a message you need to hear you’ll be amazed at the number of times you’ll say to yourself, “that’s just what I needed right now”.

Try listening to this type of music for a week and I guarantee there will be a few songs that speak to you and stick with you.  At the very least you’ll realize that today’s Christian music… is definitely not your Grandpa’s Christian music… but I bet you could find something he’d like.

Have a favorite Christian artist or song that really speaks to you?  I’d love to hear about it.

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