Whatever She’s Got – David Nail

I. Love. This. Song.

It’s amazing to me how many times these past few weeks that someone’s come up to me and their first words have been: “So where are you planning to go for your next trip, and what are you going to jump off of next?”  haha.  When looking back over this past year, I do think a lot about everywhere I’ve gone and everything I’ve been able to do.  I’ve had several people ask me if I’ve now turned into an “adrenaline junkie.”  And honestly…I kind of like that title.  In the past 5 months, I’ve jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, climbed to 15,253 feet in the Peruvian Andes Mountains, been bungee jumping into a river gorge in Whistler, Canada…and lived it to tell it all.  I’ve had several people tell me how much they’d like to “do those type of trips one day”, and honestly, I’m a firm believer that you just do it now while you have the opportunity.  Sure, would it be a better financial decision to put more of my money into a savings account?  Yep.  But have I had one of the most incredible summers of my life?  Yep.  There’s never going to be the “perfect time,” or the moment when you’ve “saved enough.”  Enjoy your life.  I know I am.

I love the chorus of this song that says: “She’s got the blue jeans painted on tight, that everybody wants on a Saturday night.  She got the mood ring, she’s never the same.  The sun one minute then she’s pouring down rain. And she’ll do whatever she wants, and when she moves every jaw gonna drop.  And I do but I don’t want her to stop, I want, I want, I want whatever she’s got. Although yes, I think that people see me and think that I have a really fun, adventurous side, I hope they also see me and can tell that I have Jesus in my life too.  I want people to see that I have a joy in my life that only comes through knowing Christ.  Although yes, traveling, seeing all the continents, every one of the 7 Wonders, every state in the U.S.A. are all important items on my bucket list, the most important priority in my life is to live a Christ-centered life.  Now, I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I strive every day to deepen my relationship with God.  Sometimes that means that things are a “little bit complicated”…but I’m loved for exactly the person I am and that He’s creating me to be.

Whatever She’s Got – David Nail
She’s a little complicated
She’ll make her mind up just to change it
The kind of girl that keeps you waitin’, waitin’ around
She likes to get her toes done bright red
She’s always reapplying her lipstick
The muddy river bank she’s the first in and the last out
She’s got something I can’t figure out
That everybody’s talking about.

Chorus:
She got the blue jeans painted on tight
That everybody wants on a Saturday night
She got the mood ring, she’s never the same
The sun one minute then she’s pouring down rain.
And she’ll do whatever she wants
And when she moves every jaw gonna drop
And I do but I don’t want her to stop
I want, I want, I want whatever she’s got
I want whatever she’s got.

Tell your mind before you thought it
What you thought your plan was park it
To figure out where your heart is so twisted up
Have you spendin’ every weekend
And every penny you’ve been keepin’
Just to figure out what she’s thinkin’
When you’re thinking it’s love.  Chorus

She’s got me hangin’ on the ledge
On the edge of a kiss
All I ever wanna do is this.

She got the blue jeans painted on tight
That everybody wants on a Saturday night
She got the mood ring, she’s never the same
I want, I want, I want, I want, I want.  Chorus

She’s a little bit complicated
That’s alright
Doesn’t matter I’ll keep on waiting
For whatever she’s got
For whatever she’s got.

The First Time – Mercy Me

These words really sum up what this song means for me:  “After all of my searching, and all of my reaching.  I’m left with nothing, nothing of worth.  You treasure the broken, over and over, give me a hope that could never be earned.  It’s still amazing — that You’d ever save me.  Just when I’d seen it all, new mercy breaks the dawn.  And with my eyes open wide, it feels like the first time, first time.”
These past few weeks, I feel like my eyes are open wide, and it feels like the first time again…just trying to understand the path God has for me in my life.  It’s incredible to think about everything that I’ve done and been a part of this year.  In the past 12 months, I’ve traveled for multiple week-long trips and vacations to New York, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Peru-South America, Washington, Oregon, Canada — and each trip for the very first time.  It’s amazing what God has shown me and taught me this past year.  I’m blessed to say that I haven’t earned God’s grace, but that He has provided for me in so many ways.  What an opportunity I’ve been given to travel around the world and see His beautiful creation in so many incredible places.  Sitting at the top of this mountain in Washington just last week overlooking Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier, I sang this song, and tears went streaming down my face.  “Your majesty overwhelming, Your love for me, is healing oh God.”  What a gift…

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The First Time – Mercy Me
Day after day
I try to explain You
Like I can contain You
In so many words.

But You are the ocean
And I’m on the shoreline
Thinking I know You
Like You could be learned.

It’s so amazing
That You’d ever save me.

Chorus:
I thought I knew Your face
I thought I’d tasted grace
But I have never felt anything close to this
Just when I’d seen it all
New mercy breaks the dawn
And with my eyes open wide
It feels like the first time, first time
It feels like the first time, first time.

After all of my searching
And all of my reaching
I’m left with nothing
Nothing of worth

You treasure the broken
Over and over
Give me a hope
That could never be earned

It’s still amazing
That You’d ever save me.  Chorus

And Your beauty
No eye has seen
Your majesty overwhelming
Your love for me
Is healing oh God.  Chorus

I can see for the first time, first time
Feels just like the first time.