My life in 10 (or more) songs

Getting my life in 10 songs (or more) gives you a glimpse of how diverse my music

tastes are. Music is an absolute passion of mine. And I enjoy a variety of genres.

Hip Hop. Rock. Broadway. Pop. Rap. Native American. Celtic. Country. 

Old style hymns and modern worship. Even some metal.

To narrow down a list that I would call the soundtrack of my life is not easy.

Concerts, musicals, oh my!

I think about all of the concerts I’ve taken in over the years.

Alabama. Clint Black. Garth Brooks. Sawyer Brown. Charlie Daniels.

New Kids on The Block. Vanilla Ice. 

TobyMac. Newsboys (with and without Peter Furler). Manifest. Skillet.

The musicals…Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, Hairspray.

By no means an exhaustive list. I could easily list two dozen more acts.

So you see my problem, right? How do I pick just a handful of songs to represent my soundtrack?

I thought about the artists as well as favorite songs that really feel like they define parts of me.

My life in 10 songs

My top 10 (or more) in no particular order…other than how I remembered them.

A portion of my life’s soundtrack.

I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbitt – country was my upbringing and this song always made me smile and dance.

Some Girls Do” by Sawyer Brown – My absolute favorite country band ever! So hard to choose only 1 of their songs, but this particular one was an anthem to my teenage years. I followed them from when they were on Star Search… have been to dozens of their concerts, and I was super excited when I found out that lead singer Mark Miller is the producer for one of my favorite Christian bands, Casting Crowns.

That’s My Job” by Conway Twitty – My father was a huge Conway Twitty fan and I cannot listen to the song without crying. I lost my father when I was just 25. And this song epitomizes the kind of man my Daddy was.

I Cross My Heart” by George Strait – My wedding song. In honor and memory of my brother-in-law who died by suicide the year I got married. The day before my birthday that year in fact. Sometimes I listen to this with fondness. Sometimes I just can’t.

Jesus Freak” by dcTalk – My introduction to Christian rap. And every 90s Christian kids’ battle cry. It felt a bit rebellious, and yet pointed straight to the Savior.

Gone”, “Made to Love”, “Burn for You”, “Till the Day I Die”, “Move (Keep Walkin’) – OK, I know this is more than one song for the century but I am a huge, HUGE TobyMac fan!! I love the rhythm of his music, the diversity both and has a band physically as well as in the instruments utilized, and most importantly the words. I’ve been to dozens of his shows, Jesus freak cruise, and have every CD he’s ever made. His heart for God makes his music come alive.

Phantom of the Opera” by Sarah Brightman & Michael Crawford – My favorite Broadway musical. My senior prom song. We were drama and chorus geeks, what can I say?

He’s Alive” by Dolly Parton – In my opinion one of the best worship songs ever written or sung. It absolutely gives me chills every single time. And every time I hear it I am reminded of the great sacrifice made and the love the Father has for me.

Monster” by Skillet – Skillet my favorite Christian rock band. This song resonates as I often struggle with keeping the ugliness of my humanity at bay when I feel hurt or wronged. It lets me know I’m not the only one and that helps me feel more normal.

Cry for You”, “Welcome to America”, “ Good, Bad, Ugly”, “Tell the World” – Okay, again I couldn’t narrow it to just one for this artist. Lecrae is a phenomenal rapper with a heart for the Lord and for marginalized people. And he isn’t afraid to talk (or sing) about it. He’s bold yet humble…like I hope to be.

So there you have it. Songs that resonate with who I am and seasons of my life that defined me.

What does your life sound like?

What is Ammie’s Heart all about?

Ammie’s Heart was born out of my original blog name, Everyday Confessions.

Truth be told, I wanted to keep the original, however, since I have been late to adopt many blog

best practices, I missed the boat on getting the domain for it.

So, I began to think about what it is I wanted to convey and share with my sisters in Christ. 

What was the purpose in my writing?

And it is simply to share my heart.

To provide hope for those hurting in seasons I myself have walked through.

To give encouragement and tips for holding on to the Lord when you want to let go.

To pass on heart lessons I have learned in my faith journey. Through Bible study, prayer and the

input of other Godly women (and men) in my life. Pastors, counselors and mentors who have

held me up and held me accountable.

I want this to be a community where my heart connects with yours through our Savior.

I pray you will join me! I promise we will have fun!

This is me…a quick look at who I am

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I am passionate and flawed. I am opinionated and empathetic. I am sensitive and yet I can be

hard-hearted at times. I am creative, yet not.

Like many of you, I am complicated.

I am Ammie Black. Wife. Fur-mom. Child of the King. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Co-worker.

Co-laborer for Christ.

I enjoy being outdoors, especially if I get to be on or near a body of water. I find water immensely

peaceful.

BUT, I also love being inside, curled up with a good book (usually non-fiction) and just read and

read and read all day.

I really love to cook, especially around the holidays. I enjoy pleasing people with food. And I love

the way it reminds me of family get-togethers when I was a kid.

I like to exercise. I enjoy Zumba, but my knees don’t so I had to stop. Working on finding

workouts that work for me now in this season.

Don’t ask me to draw anything, but I am very creative when it comes to putting together flower

arrangements, decorating for the holidays, creating graphics and cards and coloring books

(coming soon to the blog!) and I’m a creative writer.  I have long enjoyed writing poetry and

songs. I love sharing stories in those ways.

I love connecting people to Jesus.  These are some of the things I enjoy as part of my daily

walk to do that.  How about you?

Left out of fitting in

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We have all been there: Left out of fitting in.

As Christians, we know that we will often be left out when it comes to fitting in with popular culture and the secular world.  But what do we do when we are left out among other Christians?  Left out at our own church?

We all long to belong.  We want a place of honor in a circle of friends.  We want to be needed.

Feeling left out

Obviously friendship cannot be forced, yet when we strive to be friendly to others and are rebutted at every turn, it makes one wonder “What is wrong with me?” Being left out of fitting in brings that question front and center.

Please tell me I am not the only one who has felt this way.

I have a few tips to share with you about making friends, but first…a secret:

There is nothing at all wrong with you.  NOTHING.

Okay, you are right, that isn’t really a secret…but it feels good to read that, right?  So own it!  Because it is absolutely TRUTH!

Tips for fitting in

  1. Pray for God to show you your circle.  I used to just try to make friends with any and every woman whose path I crossed.  Well, not really, because I’m an introvert, and well, that’s another story.  BUT, the point is I didn’t seek purposeful friendships.  I wasn’t seeking connection, just contact.  Prayer allows God to speak into my life and show me the women He means for me to build relationships with.  It allows Him to show me my people.
  2. Be proactive!  Don’t always wait for someone else to suggest the next coffee date, girls’ night out, or concert get together.  Suggest plans and come up with creative ways to develop your community.
  3. Don’t get hung up on getting left out.  Don’t let all the invites you don’t get be your focus.  Remember that you have already been made a part of the best circle ever…the kingdom of GodYou’re in my friend!

12 Ways to Serve your Community and Give Back All Year

I love this time of year!  Cooler weather (well, for everyone but us here in Florida!), beautiful leaves (again, for everyone except Florida), and Hallmark Christmas movie time!!
 
The holiday season that begins with Thanksgiving is one of the joys of the year for me.  I truly love all the baking, cooking and serving food to those I love.  I enjoy the smells of the holidays, the cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and allspice.  The eventual Christmas tree smells that come with a beautiful, big live tree in the house.
 
And the opportunity to serve others through giving of food to local food banks, delivering toys for needy children, packing a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child or donating in the little red buckets for Salvation Army.
 
I love all of it.  And it starts next Thursday!!
 
Thanksgiving. One day a year where we all stuff ourselves as full as the turkey that was baked, watch football, and take naps.
 
Wait, what?  That is not really what it is all about is it? 
 
I know I briefly gave lip service to the opportunities available this time of year to serve.  BUT…shouldn’t we be looking for those opportunities all year long?
 
Jesus came to serve…his model was to teach us how to serve others.
 
How well are we modeling that back to the community around us?  Do they see Jesus when they see us?
 
Or do they see a bunch of church-goers, who talk the faith on Sunday, but don’t walk it the rest of the week?
 
If Jesus served…how much more so should we continuously look for ways to do the same.
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Start a tradition this Thanksgiving.  When you ask for things your family is thankful for…ask for ways you all can serve your community better.
 
Create a list of practical ideas…one for each month of the year.  This makes it doable and not overwhelming.  They don’t have to be big things either.  Here are some ideas to get you started:
12 Ways to Serve your Community and Give Back All Year
  1. Pick up trash in a neighborhood park.
  2. Spend an hour putting shopping carts away at a busy shopping center.
  3. Pay for someone’s breakfast/lunch in the drive thru.
  4. Walk dogs at a local shelter.
  5. Serve food at a local food bank.
  6. Have your kids make “Have a happy day” cards for a local nursing home and deliver them.
  7. Offer to wash the neighbor’s cars.
  8. Babysit for a busy couple who rarely gets a date night.
  9. Make holiday cards to send to our troops overseas.
  10. Gather books and unused school supplies to donate to a library or local school.
  11. Have an elderly neighbor or otherwise home-bound neighbor (think new moms or someone dealing with prolonged illness)…volunteer to run errands for them or mow their lawn.
  12. Skip the daily lattes for a month and donate that money to a charity of the families’ choice.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus is a richly rewarding experience.  As the saying goes “Be blessed to be a blessing!”