Monday, October 22, 2012

a blue mountain {giveaway} y'all!

 sometimes it's just obvious God wants us at a specific place at a specific time.  as i sat under the bright lights with tears in my eyes last night, i realized what i have to do.  i need to pull myself up by the bootstraps and do what He's telling me to do...even in the midst of fear.  paralyzing, heart-thudding-in-my-chest, red faced fear.

but, this post isn't about me {should it really ever be?}.  it's about someone who doesn't even know my name but has impacted me just the same.  he's blessed me through his songs, through his transparency, faith and brokeness. 

i'm talking about brandon heath.

so many times i've heard one of his songs and thought...has brandon been spying on me?  that's how i feel...those are my exact thoughts!  but, how does he know?  how does he know that is my prayer?  how does he know that's what the Lord means to me? 

his parents divorced when he was young like mine. divorce is not just something a kid gets's takes forgive and heal in different stages in one's life.  maybe that is why i can identify with him.  

he also loves africa, uses his talents to glorify God and is humble.  where is the honor of those who use their talents to glorify themselves?  to gain riches and fame only.  i just don't know.

over two years ago i told my friend heather who works in radio, and has interviewed brandon, that "one day i will meet this man"   to tell him how he's impacted my life.

well, i didn't get to meet him last night {that's what y'all were thinking, huh?} but he sang three feet away from my cousin and me surprising us, i think we even giggled.  i felt silly but i took a pic to show you.  i even bought a tour t-shirt, something i have never, ever done. i might even have it on right now.  i know, i know...but when i believe in something or someone's mission...then...well, there's no quieting me.

i heard on the radio that he was coming to town but buying tickets wouldn't be wise for our budget right now.  so, i did the only thing a mountain mama could do.  i picked up the phone and won me a pair!  i had no idea until last night that his tour and new album are titled "blue mountain."  mountain...did someone say mountain?

you see, in life there are blue mountains as C.S. Lewis wrote.  people seen at a distance who look like they have it all together...but when you get up close you realize they are just like you...brown and green.  they, like us, are not perfect.  so many times my girlfriends and i have said to one another, "you know...i think you have it all together.  you are so happy and relaxed."  we look at each other and one has it all together.  but, we know the One who does.

“But when day came, with a sprinkle of rain, and he looked about him and saw on every side an unknown woods, wild heaths, and blue mountain, he thought how large and strange the world was and felt frightened and small.” ~C.S. Lewis

blue mountain is an imaginary place brandon heath created to tell stories of the fictional people who live on blue mountain.  someone on death row, a miner, a couple who lives on a mountain...people we can all identify with.

the concert rocked...there was even a touch of blue grass to keep with the mountain theme. i picked up a copy of brandon heath's "blue mountain" CD to give to you!  just leave a comment on this post to won't be disappointed! 

here's his tour schedule in case you get the itch to check him out in person...he had some very talented people on stage with him. 

love y'all.  

and don't worry, i'll letcha know when i shake his hand.  there may even be a hug involved.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love your faith and the way you live for HIM!! I would love to be in the 'draw'!

  2. What a fun blessing!!! So happy for you!
    God truly cares about EVERYTHING!

  3. Wow, what a blessings. God does want to give us the desires of our heart.
    I am so glad you were able to go...Blessings and thanks for sharing your
    wonderful blessed story.

  4. I'm always amazed at how you win things. =)

  5. Oooh ooh, I wanna win! I never win anything but am so happy that you did and have introduced me to this uplifting music. Your blog is the same and I always leave moved and inspired!

  6. I have never heard of him before, but I would love to! I love being introduced to new artists.

  7. ok, gotta hear this guy! Do I know him? I'm not sure I do! I think I will get on Itunes right now and check him out! Thanks!

    Oh, and the fear thing that you were talking about? That is what happens when Satan is trying to keep you from being obedient to His call. (from experience) so dig in girl, and go for it!

  8. I love Brandon Heath! I have, "I'm Not Who I Was" and "The Light in Me." He's awesome! I didn't know anything about his history though. Very interesting. Glad you got to go, how cool! I haven't been to a concert in ages, let alone buy a tour T-shirt! I bet you felt like a teenager again :-)

  9. Our family would LOVE the cd! We listen to K-love daily as we homeschool, and really enjoy Brandon Heath. SO glad you were able to go to his concert!

  10. I feel the same way often, a special connection w/ an artist when the words of their songs resonate w/ my life, circumstances. I hope you get to deliver that hug in person soon! So thankful you were blessed w/ this time, to enjoy his music in concert! What a blessing! I do love his music too!