Giving a Valentine’s gift? Here, take notes!

In just a week, the world will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re giving gifts–my top love language–or celebrating with a date–quality time, my second-least love language, LOL–there are many opportunities to honour the one you love.

Donut let this opportunity pass you by!

It’s a berry good idea!

I like puns, obviously, and if you’re at a loss for words, Shari’s Berries has produced these printable love notes that you can attach to a gift, or leave as a sweet pick-me-up in the middle of your day.

Check out all the printables here; I’m sure you’ll get a cake out of ’em!

Disclaimer: I have received no remuneration of any kind from Shari’s Berries for posting this. I just thought it’s a lovely and funny thing to share. Cheers!

Needtobreathe featuring JOHNNYSWIM, “Forever On Your Side”

Contemporary Christian pop/rock group Needtobreathe has released “Forever On Your Side,” an intensely catchy track featuring JOHNNYSWIM.

Lead vocalist Bear Rinehart sounds incredible on this track, which is aiming to match the phenomenal performance of the band’s recent No.1 hit, “Brother,” featuring Gavin DeGraw. His bandmates Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt, Josh Lovelace, Randall Harris, and Micah Nichols do a phenomenal job of putting together a radio-friendly CCM track that can easily cross over.

FOREVER ON YOUR SIDE Lyrics
Needtobreathe

I won’t pretend that we can control the night
Or what kind of road we’re on
Or where we will see the light
But right now I’m talking to ya
I’m looking into your eyes
Right now I’m trying to show ya
That we’re gonna be alright
Oh I don’t know what’s around the bend
Oh, all I know is that my love, it knows no end

All these pieces they fall in line
Because I’m forever on your side
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

They’ll beat you up
But don’t let em keep you down
You’re always tough enough
And I’ll always be around

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Oh I can’t promise that a day will never come
Where the ground beneath us falls out and we got nowhere to run
Oh but you won’t be alone when the water starts to rise up
No you won’t be alone my darling when the rains come

All these pieces they fall in line 
Because I’m forever on your side 
Take my hand when you can’t see the light
Cause I’m forever on your side
I will carry you every time 
Because I’m forever on your side
Oh I’m forever on your side

Crowder, “Red Letters”

Contemporary Christian singer David Crowder has released “Red Letters” from his new album, “I Know A Ghost.”

What I love about this song is that Crowder’s distinctive voice is on full effect on this passionate ballad. Lyrically and thematically, “Red Letters” is one of his best. Actually, Crowder’s been on point lately–his “All My Hope” with Tauren Wells was my second-favourite song of 2018–and “Red Letters” is a phenomenal follow-up.

RED LETTERS Lyrics
David Crowder

LYRICS: There I was on death row
Guilty in the first degree
Son of God hanging on a hill
Hell was my destiny
The crowd was shouting crucify
Could’ve come from these lips of mine
The dirty shame was killing me
It would take a miracle to wash me clean

Then I read the red letters
And the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day

Felt like lightning hit my veins
My dead heart began to beat
Breath of God filled my lungs
And the Holy Ghost awakened me
Yeah, the Holy Ghost awakened me

When I read the red letters
And the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day

For God so loved the whole wide world
Sent his only Son to die for me
Arms spread wide for the whole wide world
His arms spread wide where mine should be
Jesus changed my destiny

Thank You, God, for red letters
When the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day
The prison walls started falling
And I am a free man today

Josh Wilson, “Borrow (One Day at a Time)”

Contemporary Christian journeyman Josh Wilson has released “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” from his latest release, “Don’t Look Back.”

Wilson’s strength has always been in strong singalong melodies and relatable lyrics, and “Borrow (One Day at a Time)” doesn’t veer far from that tried and tested formula. I imagine that “Borrow” takes inspiration from the old adage that we are living on borrowed time–James 4:13-14 comes to mind, how we “are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”–and encourages us to live life for the fullest and for God’s glory. 

I particularly like the bridge in which Josh speaks to a wide range of people to encourage them. It’s very inclusive, and I enjoyed listening to it immensely. Overall, another fine inclusion to Wilson’s impressive discography of singles.

BORROW (ONE DAY AT A TIME) Lyrics
Josh Wilson

One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

Sometimes I feel just like I did in the 8th grade
All alone, insecure, and so very afraid
Seems like everybody else they got it figured out
While I’m stuck here, in another nervous breakdown
Life crashes like a panic attack
The fear of the future breaks me in half
I try so hard but it’s a losing fight
I fake a smile in the day, and fall apart at night

I’m lying awake cause I just can’t sleep
I toss and I turn but can’t find no peace
I keep praying to God, He keeps telling me
Don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

I wanna learn to hold my life a little looser
Live in the moment instead of in the future
Let tomorrow worry about itself
And be here right now, trust all is well

Cause the flowers and birds they don’t worry a bit
And a good God takes good care of them
And he loves you and me so much more than this
So don’t worry, don’t worry

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

To the weary moms and worn out dads
And the middle school kid who’s always picked last
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the downcast and doubters and misfits like me
To the addicts who are fighting through recovery
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To the struggling saints on the narrow road
When you’re anxious, depressed and feeling alone
You gotta take it, you gotta take it
One day at a time

To all of God’s children, let’s never forget
We’re forgiven and free, but we are not home yet
We gotta take it, we gotta take it
One day, one day, one day

Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
You’ll only double your sorrow
You’ll only worry your mind
Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow
If you’re gonna learn to follow
You gotta take it
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say
One day, one day at a time, say

 

Banana Cream Mini-Pies

The other night, my brilliant wife put together these banana cream mini-pies that rocked my family’s world.

Luscious? Check. Delicious? Check.

I brought a couple of these with me to the Canberra graphic design studio where I work, and I didn’t share. Sorry, boys. 

Can’t wait to try this Canberra wine!

Today, I got hold of a magnificent bottle of Australian wine from Canberra winemakers Kerralee Wines.

Darryl’s Drop is a 2013 Merlot Rosé created by Kerralee for their friend, Daryl Lawrence, “a good family friend who passed away on Canberra’s Centenary whilst our Merlot harvest was underway.”

This Merlot Rosé has a beautiful colour, with shades of orange, pink, and gold, depending on your light. Grown in their Canberra vineyard from cool climate grapes, Darryl’s Drop also features  lovely artwork done in pastels and watercolours by Dana Stewart-Thompson.

My mouth is literally watering.

[Darryl’s Drop and other fine Australian wines may be ordered on their website. I received no remuneration from Kerralee for this blog post.]

New seasons

This week marks the first week of my new job at Fresh Creative, a Canberra design studio that specialises in total communications solutions for print, marketing, digital, and signage across the ACT.

In the one week I’ve been working for Fresh Creative, I feel like I’ve been more productive than I’ve been in weeks. The people I work with are absolutely lovely, and we’re churning out quality work day in and day out.

As Little Orphan Annie sang, “I think I’m gonna like it here.” And she and I aren’t orphans anymore. Cheers to that!

Asian Chicken Stir-fry with Snow Peas

Last night, I wanted to put together a dish that had vegetables in it since I had a lot of veggies–including snow peas that I got at Coles for less than two dollars–and didn’t want them to go to waste.

So I decided to put together an Asian-inspired stir-fry with chicken as the star and colorful ingredients in phenomenal supporting roles. The end result was quite delicious.

Ingredients

  • Half a kilo of cubed chicken breast
  • Three tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • One cup of organic chicken stock
  • Four tablespoons soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons cornflour
  • Four tablespoons of minced garlic
  • One cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Two cups snow peas
  • Half a cup of broccoli florets
  • One red capsicum, chopped julien
  • One tablespoon sesame oil
  1. In a measuring cup, combine the chicken stock, soy sauce, and cornflour.
  2. In a large saucepan, sauté the chicken and garlic until the chicken is cooked. Add mushrooms, broccoli, capsicum, and chicken stock mixture. Cook until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add snow peas, cover the saucepan, and cook about five minutes. Add the sesame oil and stir about a minute, transfer to a large serving bowl, and serve.