The Heart of the Father – Brad & Rebekah

May 14, 2014

It’s an honor and privilege for me to write today’s post about my dear friends Brad & Rebekah. Our friendship began a little over 6 years ago when this amazingly talented couple came to serve as worship leaders at my church. After a couple years they felt the Lord leading them in the direction of traveling as worship leaders and seeing how much God has blessed their ministry has been incredible to watch. This couple is very dear to my heart and I’m so thankful for their friendship.

Brad & Rebekah have released 4 worship albums since 2008 {one of which I got to sing back up on a little bit; no, I’m not bragging *wink, wink*} with several of those songs making radio play, but today I want to tell you about one particular song of theirs that has touched my heart; “The Heart of the Father”. As a friend of this couple I’m fan of each and every song they write, but when I first heard “The Heart of the Father” I couldn’t stop listening to it. After listening to it about 10x I watched the video about where this song came from and what it meant. It’s then that I knew I had to share the story, the ministry, and the opportunity that comes with this song.

5 years ago Brad & Rebekah began a partnership with Watoto by sending musical instruments and helping with other needs through a portion of their CD sales. In 2013 they began selling the Watoto Paper Bead Necklaces and have raised over $30,000 for the children in addition to their CD sales.

Watoto is a holistic care program that was initiated in response to the overwhelming number of children and vulnerable women in Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation. For more information on how to get involved or sponsor a life please visit Watoto’s website.

“The Heart of the Father” was birthed over 2 years ago out of a desire to share the story of Watoto. We never imagined it would take this long, but we are so excited to finally see this song come to life! We love Watoto and all the work they're doing in the lives of orphans in Uganda. We've been honored to see the ministry in action, sing with the choir, and visit with our sponsor child multiple times. We can't wait to go back this June and share in the 20 year celebration of Watoto Child Care!

God really has his hand on Watoto. It’s an honor for us to play a small part and be an advocate for their mission to Rescue Raise Up and Rebuild a Nation.” –Brad & Rebekah

You can view a video where Brad & Rebekah talk more about their story behind the writing of "The Heart of the Father" here.

Today this incredible song has been released on iTunes and 100% of all proceeds will go to support the Children of Watoto. Go to iTunes today to purchase this song and then share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging @bradandrebekah @Watoto #TheHeartOfTheFather 

Lets do our part in changing the lives of children in Uganda and lets help Watoto rescue, raise up, and rebuild a nation.

For more information on how to purchase Brad & Rebekah’s worship albums please visit iTunes or their website.

Now, sit back, take a few minutes, and listen to this song I've been going on about. ;) 


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Look Up

May 5, 2014

I have seen this video being shared on Facebook the last week and I kept avoiding it. I didn't want to watch it. Share after share after share I kept ignoring it. Why? I knew that if I watched it I would feel conviction, I would feel sadness, I knew I would have to admit that I am one of those dumb people with a smart phone, and I knew that I would have to change.

I finally watched that video that kept popping up on my Facebook every time I looked down at my phone to check all my social media apps. Guess what? I was right. I felt all those things I knew I would feel once I watched it and I felt a lot more than just those feelings. I hate admitting when I’m wrong or when I’m doing something wrong or when I’m not being the best I can be. Really though, who does like admitting those things?

The first thing that came to mind was just how much I miss my friends. I remember before smart phones took over the world I talked on the phone with my friends more often, I spent time with them by hanging out at their house or going to dinner or getting coffee, and I actually saw them face to face. I am one of those people that values friendship. I appreciate the friends I get to “see” and “talk” to via Facebook, but the friendships I value even more are the ones where they actually want to spend time with me in person. I have asked countless times for coffee dates, dinner dates, anything really; and the unfortunate pace of life has rendered those real moments and then when we feel a tinge of guilt for not going to actually spend time with a friend we justify it by texting or posting on Facebook and feeling better because we “see” them there.

Then I began to feel guilt for the moments, looks, and conversations that I have missed out on with my husband. There have been times when we get a chance to spend time with one another and we both end up on our phones. I have seriously begun to hate our phones. It has been the stem of some arguments and has made a wedge between us at times.

Most importantly I realize just how selfish I can be when I’m on my phone when I should be spending time with my children. If I’m honest there have actually been several instances where Mason has taken my phone from me and put it on the table just so that I would play with him. {Again…I hate admitting stuff like this, but its real life and I’m not going to void it out just so you all think I’m a better person even though that’s what I wish you would do.}

Don’t get me wrong though. I’m not saying I have a desire to give up my phone or leave it behind because my phone is a blessing at times. Like when I’m playing with my kids and there’s a precious moment I want to capture on camera or when I’m celebrating a special moment in my life and want to document it or remember it by a post or a picture or when there’s a friend who lives across the country and is about to have her baby boy I can actually feel like I’m a part of things by reading her updates and seeing the pictures she posts or when someone is going through a hard time and needs support, encouragement, and prayers from anyone and everyone or when there’s a little girl who needs help raising money for something that could help save her life….our phones and social media are there. There are endless blessings that our phones and social media can provide and I don’t disregard those for one minute and I’m honestly not willing to give those up. I do however believe we have to have balance. We have to make balance and we have to set examples.

After watching that video I’m vowing here publicly several things that I feel I need to change.
I vow to spend less time checking up on all my social media apps and spending more time valuing the company I’m in.
I vow to stay off my phone while in the presence of my children.
I vow to look my husband in his eyes and talk to him when we have a moment to ourselves.
I vow to answer calls when my friends actually take the time to call me.
I vow to call them more often to see how they’re doing rather than texting them or posting on Facebook.
I vow to start conversations with strangers rather than getting on my phone to avoid them.
I vow to use social media the way it was intended instead of letting it take over so many parts of my life.

There you have it. Now feel free to hold me accountable to each of these and get on my case any time you see me not standing by my vows.

I know for me it’s almost like an addiction and I’m going to have to learn to change my habits, but I can honestly say that I’m excited to go home tonight and leave my phone in my room and focus on my family. I understand not everyone may feel the same way and that’s ok. I’m not trying to convict anyone else; I’m just trying to make sure that none of you miss out on real moments of your lives because you’re looking down at your phone.
{Look Up}
Take a few minutes and watch this video, think about its message, and reevaluate just how much time you need to spend looking down and think about how much you’re missing when you’re not looking up.

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I’m back!

May 1, 2014

I’m off of maternity leave, back to work, and back to blogging! I’m so excited to be back with all my readers! The next few months will be awesome. I've got some great posts in store. Recipes, giveaways, tips and tricks, advice for drained mamas, party ideas, and of course some posts where I open my heart to you on things I’m walking through. It’ll be great so be sure to keep following. :)

First, I’m going to give you a quick recap of the last 4 months. Christmas and New Year’s came and went as quickly as they always do and then I find myself missing the holidays for weeks. This year though I was so wore out and uncomfortable while enduring my 3rd trimester that I was almost glad for the holidays to be over.

Once January hit I was moving full steam ahead. I had a Super Hero party to plan (post to come) and I wanted to get as much done as I could before baby boy #2 made his arrival. However, the last couple weeks of my pregnancy I was so big and having such a hard time getting around that I pretty much crawled everywhere I needed to be within the house. When I was outside of the house running errands or working I barely could walk so moving full steam ahead was actually pretty slow, but I did get all I wanted to get done even if meant hiring someone to clean my house because I couldn't (thanks Candice). ;)

With Mason’s 3rd birthday over we had 10 days to prepare for the new addition to our family. I had a lot of mixed emotions about everything that was about to happen, but everything turned out beautifully and as you can see by the picture in this post, I ended up with another beautiful, healthy baby boy.

I spent the last 3 months at home with that precious little guy and it was such a blessing. It was definitely hard to come back to work this week, but mama’s gotta do what mama’s gotta do.

I hope you all have had a wonderful few months and I look forward to hearing from some of you again. Stayed tuned and get excited. There are some great things coming to Grateful Imperfections!


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