Storybook: Through Rainy Eyes

Below is a simple 8 page story book I made for my kids last night (swipe right to read it). All about perspective.

And Yes! I’m aware how fantastic my art is. My stick figures are legendary down the halls of Partin Elementary.

 

SYS Podcast 2

A conversation with my friend and known superhero expert, Lou VanSickle, on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's storytelling styles, why we are attracted to them so much, and, ultimately, any underlying themes about what they say about our own stories.

2 Recent Stories For What’s Right with the World

Andre Ingram

The best underdog story you need to remember.

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A shooting guard who was drafted into the NBA Developmental League (similar to minor league baseball) 10 years ago. And for 10 years straight he kept playing. Kept pushing. Kept believing that he was going to get his shot to reach his dream, to play in the NBA. And for the last 2 games, he was finally given the opportunity.

But it wasn’t just that he played. He dominated in his debut, scoring 19 points off of one of the quickest-triggered three point shots in recent memory. The 32 year old (older by pro basketball standards) took the world by storm showing everyone that if you keep working, keep grinding, and keep believing, it just might actually pay off.

Take a look for yourself.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber led worship at Cochella. Yes, you read that correctly.

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Something is definitely happening in this guy’s heart. He’s been doing this quite frequently as of late, singing songs of worship at various events and concerts here and there. He even has given near-mini-sermons along with them about God’s hope.

Here at this past weekend’s world renown party concert festival, Cochella, Bieber woke up Sunday morning to do a different kind of musical number. Leading a group of people into God’s presence through various songs of worship. It’s pretty powerful.

Check it out.

May these stories inspire you to look for what is right in the world this week.


 

What others did I miss? Let me know in the comments here or on social media!

4 Musicians That Will Move Your Soul
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With so many choices out there, it's hard to find new music that's full of both talent & inspiration.

Here are three artists for you to check out now that will move you in one way or another:

1. The Oh Hellos

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Brother & sister Tyler and Maggie Heath started this up-tempo folk band of around 13 people from Texas. Their anthemic rhythms and choir-sounding backgrounds will have you smiling and dancing in no time. Through The Deep, Dark Valley is definitely an album worth starting on. And their Christmas Album just might become a favorite year round. They just released a new EP with 3 more to come out this year. LISTEN HERE

2. Lilly Van Sickle

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One of the truest forms of singer-songwriters you will find. With a voice that speaks light and carries comfort, she delivers something very rare in so many songs today: a good story. Hers are songs of truth, of hope and of reflection that will challenge you. I dare you to try to listen only once to her new album Parade. LISTEN HERE

3. Leon Bridges

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A man who has revived soul music for this century. The open recordings and classic voice will make you think this is something straight from 1970s soul, though it might even be better. Lyrically deeper than one might anticipate on some tracks, it does not disappoint in the slightest. Smooth Sailing and River are songs that just might be able to stand the test of time. LISTEN HERE

 

4. LandMark

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A band that many have anticipated to start for years, even before their marriage. Phil & Casey Coleman are experienced artists that have finally put their heads together to make something special. Their echoing harmonies and rounded out rhythms are backed up by some excellent songwriting that speaks unspoken truths. They are something that today’s music industry desperately needs. Home is a single they just released as they are currently working on new music. LISTEN HERE

 

What are some other new artists that move your soul?  Share in the comments or on the link to this article on social media.

ALOHA from Lou: Hero

I know haven’t posted in while, but here is quick recap: work, meteor shower, work,  work, camp, work, waterfalls, whales, work, family and more work.  

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But today I don’t want to share with you about all the fun and joy I'm having, but something I am still chewing on and processing.

Earlier this month, I was reading on the lanai at night when all the sudden I heard a loud bang. It was one those sounds where I knew exactly what happened. It was a car accident. I set my book down and began to run. 

When I was younger I would walk to the bus stop or even to school, and sometimes would this horrible thought would creep in: that l hope something bad happens. Nothing too bad - just bad enough that they would need me, they would need a hero. 

That bad thing just happened.

As I approached the accident I can see a Challenger in shambles, headlights launched out of place, hood crushed, and there was a shadowy figure laying in the street. My heart dropped. As I got closer I realized it was just the light post the car had slammed into. Thank God.

I ran over to the man still clenching the steering wheel asked if he was okay. He nodded his head yes. Meanwhile these two Jehovah Witnesses came out of their building nearby, asking what happened. The light post was still in the street with cars passing by, so the other men and I moved it while I began to call 911. I talked to the operator and while I was still on the line, a cop showed up. The guy got out of the car. The cop asked me what I saw, and then I asked if they needed anything else.

 He said no, so I left. 

I had done my civic duty.
My 20 seconds of insane courage.
My brave act.
And I had a great story. 

I got back to the house told the other interns what happened. They were excited. I got high fives and I felt their praise. I would be lying if I told you it didn’t felt good, but I would also be lying if I told you it felt right. 

When I was explaining what had happened, I realized I didn’t know the man’s name. I didn't know the name because I didn’t ask. This man who was probably stressed, scared and in shock...I left. I had an opportunity to show this man the love of Christ and I chose to leave to tell my friends what I did. 

I was no hero.

Heroes run for the people. I ran for a story.

I was recently reading the Parable of the Good Samaritan I noticed something I had never seen it says:   

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

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Not only did this despised stranger have compassion and tend to his wounds. He stayed the night with him. He stopped his plans and chose to stay with a hurting stranger. 

Our "Christian duty" is not the same as our civic duty. 

I am learning that yes, it takes courage to get up and leave - but true courage takes more than 20 seconds. True courage is marked by the willingness to stay.

To stay when it is uncomfortable.
To stay with the hurting.
To stay longer than you expected.

I encourage you to be brave, to be bold, to get up and go - but don’t forget to learn the name, to comfort the hurting, to commit to the long haul and show the love of Christ.

Be the hero that God has called you to be.

Psalm 44:3It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face, for You loved them

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What I’m watching
Black panther—one of if not the best marvel movies!
This is us- One of the most constantly good shows I haven’t seen in awhile
Blackish- Just recently got into this show with some of the other interns.
Black mirror- A creepy yet accurate look in the mirror of our society. Really thought provoking!!

What I’m listening to
Parade by Lilly VanSickle!!! Not only is she my sister but the album is straight fire!!
Sleeping at Last- If you know anything about the enneagram or even if you don’t check out their song One, Two, Three

What I’m reading
Last arrow by Erwin McManus
Love Does by Bob Goff  

Hope as a Pen
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Hope is not a concept. 

It’s living. 

On the essence of your existence. 

 

 Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

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Listen with Silence
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Letters & Words.

Of the same roots.

Same Call to Action.

A satisfying reflection.

A lesson for humans like you. Like me.

 

 Proverbs 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding;

 

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Write With Your Breath
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You have one thing from the moment you’re born until the second you pass on.

Not money or possessions or accomplishments or even people. 

Simply the wind within our lungs.  

Our own constant writing utensil. 

Our breath. 

Something we don’t even have to consciously try. Yet something we often take for granted. It just keeps going without effort.

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And so often full effort we don’t give it. 

The Creator made you. Molded you. Filled you with breath in your lungs. Gave you life to your soul for a reason. For the sake of loving you. 

Give the Creator the same.

Give this life the same.

For one reason.

Because of your love.

Every moment is chance to be grateful for this gift. Stop writing with your status updates. Stop leaving your mark with hashtags. Stop waiting for approval from those you compare your life to online.

Do what you were made to do. 

Write with your breath.

And Seize Your Story ahead.

Hope Is The Anthem

May these words & graphics speak hope into you. Feel free to use and share (just be sure to give credit to Marshall Coleman).

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 Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”