Wedding Music

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Every time I click “play all” on my music and one of the songs from our wedding comes on it makes me SO happy!!  I absolutely love the music that we chose!!

Grandparents/mothers entrance, mothers lighting the candles – Deer’s Cry by Celtic Woman (or the entire version for Spotify users – Deer’s Cry)

Bridal Party Entrance – Joy by the O’Neill Brothers (full version)

Bride’s Entrance – Liz On Top of the World by Dario Marianelli (full version)

Unity Ceremonies – Treasure of Jesus by Steven Curtis Chapman (full version)

Recessional – Be Thou My Vision by Fir Hill (full version)

During our reception, we had a slideshow of both of us individually growing up, then of us together.  For the Pilot’s portion, the music was Folkways by Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon.  (Couldn’t find it online.  😦 )  My portion was Theme from “Sabrina” by John Williams.  And for the part documenting our relationship, we had of course Life With You by Celtic Thunder.

*sigh*  Love these songs!!!

-Bonnie

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Songs for Singles

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I recently posted some songs about marriage….and here is a list of songs for single people.

In one way, singleness is a great time of life.  You really do have a lot more opportunities and time to do things.  But generally speaking there is a struggle and heartache that comes during the months and years of waiting for a special someone that you don’t even know for sure exists.

Here is a list of songs that encouraged me during my waiting years before the Pilot…as well as some songs that I have since discovered that apply to periods of waiting.

Faithful by Steven Curtis Chapman

Haven’t Met You Yet by Michael Buble

I Have a Shelter by Sovereign Grace Ministries

I Still Believe by Jeremy Camp

Make Something Beautiful by Laura Story

Perfect Peace by Laura Story

Rose from Brier (poem by Amy Carmichael set to music by Jim Spencer)

This Day by Steven Curtis Chapman

Thou Dost Know the Way (poem by Amy Carmichael, set to music by Jim Spencer)

Walk by Faith by Jeremy Camp

While I’m Waiting by John Waller

Anyone have any  to add?

If you are looking for other resources or sources of encouragement while waiting for a spouse, I recommend my sister’s posts.  She has blogged quite a bit about singleness and has some great thoughts.

-Bonnie

Songs for Married Life

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The other day I was listening to an assortment of music and realized that quite a bit of my songs really mean something specific to me.  Some just remind me of the fall of 2009.  Some just make me laugh.  Some remind me of specific seasons of life.  And some just say “marriage.”  I thought I would do a post with some of the great songs I’ve enjoyed about marriage and married life!

As For Me and My House by John Waller

Dancing in the Minefields by Andrew Peterson (also blogged about it here)

Forever Road by Darius Rucker

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Steven Curtis Chapman

I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman

Life With You by Celtic Thunder (my list wouldn’t be complete without “our song.”  🙂 )

Love is Not a Fight by Warren Barfield (blogged about briefly here)

Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice

The Marriage Prayer by John Waller

Moment Made for Worshiping by Steven Curtis Chapman

Then by Brad Paisley

This Day by Steven Curtis Chapman

That’s When I Love You by Phil Vassar

Anyone have any to add?

-Bonnie

Country Music

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I am pretty much a super fan of country music.  But let’s face it…there’s a lot of trashy country songs.  Hiding among all the trash however, there are some good songs out there.  Unfortunately, they are hard to find.  I’ve only listened to country music for a couple of years, but here’s a compilation of some clean, family-friendly songs that can be used both to spark discussion and to just enjoy.  🙂

Behind the Clouds by Brad Paisley
Forever Road by Darius Rucker
I Hope That’s Me by Brad Paisley
I Loved Her First by The Heartland
It’s America by Rodney Atkins
Just Fishin‘ by Trace Adkins
Look What I Found by Chris Cagle
Love Like Crazy by Lee Brice
Love Who You Love by Rascal Flatts
Mary’s Song (Oh My My My) by Taylor Swift
Mr. Mom by Lonestar
My Front Porch Looking In by Lonestar
Somebody’s Hero by Jamie O’Neal
That’s When I Love You by Phil Vassar
The Man in Love With You by Rascal Flatts
Then by Brad Paisley
Things That Matter by Rascal Flatts
This by Darius Rucker
What a Beautiful Day by Chris Cagle

There is a partial list of some of the songs I have enjoyed over the years.  Any other recommendations?

-Bonnie

What’s on my mp3 player

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“Love is Not a Fight” by Warren Barfield.  First heard it in the movie Fireproof.  This is a great song that talks about the great commitment of marriage.

“Love is not a place
To come and go as we please.
It’s a house we enter in
Then commit to never leave.”

-Bonnie

What’s on my mp3 player….

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I recently added two new songs to my collection (gotta love free amazon mp3 credits!)…one of which was Dancing in the Minefields by Andrew Peterson.

The reason I love this song is because…it’s a real-life love song.  At the beginning, a young couple gets engaged and embarks on a journey of a lifetime…marriage.  How does the songwriter describe marriage?  It’s “dancing in the minefields” and “sailing in the storm.”  He acknowledges that life is hard.  Very hard.  But the solution?  Lay your life down for your spouse.  Cling to God’s promises.  After all, He gave those promises for just such a time.  There’s nothing to fear.

“So in the face of all this chaos, baby,  I can dance with you.”

I love it.   I love how it paints a realistic picture of marriage.  It’s not all the romantic glamour that the movies show.  But you still make it through until death do you part as you lean on God’s great promises and follow His commands to love each other, laying down your life for the other.

Marriage is a high calling.  I can’t wait to live out this real-love, life-long marriage with my sweetheart.

-Bonnie

What’s on my mp3 player…

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“This” by Darius Rucker.

Yes.  I am a country music fan.

My routine when I get in the car is something like this: lock door, scoot seat almost all the way forward, buckle seat belt, turn on country radio station.

Which is how I discovered “This.”  It quickly became one of my favorite country songs.

I don’t know that Darius Rucker is a Christian.  But I love the truth in this song.  Every little thing in life works out perfectly…even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.  In the song, he talks about things that “went wrong” in his life.  Difficulties he faced, changes to plans, frustrations he encountered.  The chorus always ends with, “Thank God for all I ever missed, ’cause it led me here to this.”

I love it.

I think about all of the things that I “almost” did after graduating high school.  Like how I considered going to a college in Lubbock, Texas.  Or how I began pursuing teaching overseas for a semester.  Or considering a job that would have required a lot of travel.  All were “serious” considerations.  If I had gone with any of those options…..would I be here right now?  Would I have gone to EBC, the college that has taught me, frustrated me, and grown me so much?  Would I have had the opportunity to spend so much quality time with my friend Jeanette, who also went to EBC?  Would I have been able to get to know my friend Cristina, who is an amazing friend and mentor?  Would I have become friends with Michael, fallen in love, and been planning my wedding?

Probably not.  And those are only a few of the things I would have missed.

It’s amazing how God does indeed lead my life.  Sometimes as I “just” live day to day it’s harder to see (or I forget to see) what He is doing.  But when I take the time to look back…..His hand is everywhere.

I love this song.  And I love my life.  And I am so thankful for how God has and is working in my life!

-Bonnie