Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jimbo and Kari JOBE

Birthday lists are life-savers for those of us who are not good at coming up with gift ideas on our own. I’m not a creative gift-giver, and my husband, Jim, is not the most gracious gift receiver of items he doesn’t really want. The combination has made for some disappointing celebratory occasions around the home place. The best successes I’ve had on those days have been when he’s given me a list of things he’d like me to choose from.

Online wish lists have made Christmas and birthday shopping for family members a breeze in recent years, whether created on ordering sites like Amazon or just composed and shared in a Facebook message with a select group of recipients. It was just such a message I was operating from when I saw that he wanted to go to the Chris Tomlin Burning Lights Tour concert in northern Kentucky tonight.

Excited beyond belief that he picked an event I wanted to attend as well, I eagerly bought the tickets. Chris Tomlin has long been at the top of my list of favorite Christian artists. But for Jim the highlight of the evening will be hearing singer and songwriter Kari Jobe, who will be appearing onstage along with the headliner of the event.

Her music has revolutionized our worship experiences ever since we first heard her name. There is a purity of heart that comes through in her voice that draws the listener in to an intimate expression of love for God of their own. On occasion I’ve gotten so lost in her singing while walking on the treadmill that I’ve very nearly fallen off the equipment as a result! Thankfully tonight I will be safely seated and can zone out to my heart’s content.

Making the evening even more special is the fact that the oldest of my three sons will be attending the concert with us. Any chance to visit with him now that he’s moved into a home of his own is a cause for celebration, and his presence tonight will add to the fun of the evening.

I should have known without checking a list that a night in the presence of God and His Son would be a gift guaranteed to surprise and delight.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
(James 1:17 NIV)


  1. I adore giving thoughtful gifts, and like your husband I am not all that gracious about receiving something I don't like. I am working on the latter as I know not everyone listens and observes as it relates to gifts. Obviously it is easier to shop for someone you see often, but you are right in that wish lists are certainly helpful--even for one who pays attention!

    Hope you have fun at the concert tonight!

  2. I'll have to try that idea of a gift wish list--I found what I thought was the most fabulous gift for you-know-who and he absolutely hated it...made for a disappointing day all the way around. Have fun and enjoy the music. Love you!

  3. I love wish lists too! One of my dear daughters has always had extensive lists, and even though it's hard to choose from all of the great options she gives me, it's so much fun to shop for her.
    I hope you had a wonderful evening with your family!

  4. What a lovely post thank you and how wonderful that your son could attend as well!
    Gift giving and receiving are sometimes difficult to do - a bit of out of the box thinking is sometimes required! And the scripture is beautiful thank you!

    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

  5. Elaine, I have not heard of Kari Jobe, but will look her up! Always looking for new worship music to listen to! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I'm not a great gifter either.


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