Sunday, May 3, 2009

TGIF

You may be wondering why a post that's being written on a day other than Friday is entitled TGIF. One reason is that I love Fridays. I love Saturdays more, but I do love Fridays, the fact that the work week is over, and the anticipation of the weekend.

This past Friday Spencer and I went to see Mark Schultz in concert. Mark sings "He Will Carry Me," the namesake of this blog. He also sings "He's My Son," a song which has (and continues to) tug at my heart and brings me to tears. A talented singer and song writer, Mark's songs are poignant and have a way of relating to others in the deep and personal places of their hearts. There's literally not a single song of his that I don't like; and what you'll not know about him unless you see him in concert is that he's really, really funny.

It was good for Spencer and I to have gone on Friday... not just for the fact that we got to have a great date night, but also because so much of Mark's music reminds us of Isaac. He played "He's My Son" (which is on my playlist at the bottom) and I think the kids sitting in front of us thought something was seriously wrong with Spencer and I due to the number of tears I was shedding. I think it goes without saying that that song has really struck a chord with both of us through my pregnancy with Isaac and just crying out to God through it all.

Mark also played a few songs off his new album. One of the songs starts off about a woman who is pregnant and finds out that the baby (who in this song happens to be a little girl), may not live. Sound familiar? The refrain of the song says something about the woman just wanting the chance to be this little baby's mom. I, of course, and am tears listening to this and the words that were the cry of this mother's heart, knowing all too well that longing. The difference between the song and Isaac's story, though, was that the little girl in the song? She lived.

If you're not familiar with Mark Schultz's music, you need to be. Seriously. He has some songs that are so great and uplifting, and others that speak to the brokenness in people's lives and how God can be found in all of it. Click here to becoming more acquainted with Mark and his music.

After the show, we noticed an autograph line. We had nothing to be autographed, but I wanted the chance to tell Mark about Isaac, my blog (which is, after all, named after one of his songs!), and how much his music has meant to me. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do so... I even wrote down the url to this blog and gave it to him... not that he asked :) But maybe he'll find that little crumpled up piece of paper in his jeans pocket while on his tour bus and will get to "meet" Isaac. Anyhow... here are Spence and I with Mark himself...



20 comments:

Misty Rice said...

That is so cool. Its nice to see that smile on YOUR face also, girl friend.

Hugs

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

That's so awesome, Stacy. I'm so glad you and Spencer had such a special date night...and that you were able to share with Mark. What a cool picture, too! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Angela said...

Oh, that is just wonderful! Music truly is such a wonderful way that God can minister to us.

Kelli said...

So thankful for the gift of music. Still praying!!

Trennia said...

do you know what the song is called about the lady and her baby girl? i can't seem to find the song anywhere? thank you!

Seraphim said...

I'm a huge fan of Mark Schultz and often use his song "Remember me" as my introduction to new parents when the school year begins. I'm so happy you got to meet him and glad you and Spencer had a lovely date night.

Steph4309 said...

Stacy,
that is so awesome you got to hear Mark...I went to a concert here in Rochester, NY a few years back and loved it! I hope he comes here again! I finally signed up for a blogsite acct so now i can follow your blog easier.
I love reading your blog, i hope it encourages me to write out my feelings more. Everything you have written, i have thought those thoughts being a recent mom of an angel baby as of 4-3-09-i emailed you about it last month, not sure if you remember.
Nice to "get to know you" a little more by reading your blog. Thanks!

Julie said...

I am so glad you got to go to this concert, have a great date, and meet this special singer. How neat. And I just love his music, too!!!

Hugs to you!

Mary said...

I'm glad you got to meet him! I love his music too - and was completely unaware of it until I started reading your blog.

What a beautiful smile you have!

Melissa said...

How cool! I love his music too!

Leslie Craven said...

Music has always spoke to my soul. What an amazing evening you got to share. I love Mark's song "I Am".

Lorraine-bo said...

What a cool experience!

Danielle Holsapple said...

So neat that you were able to meet him!!!! WOW!
PS - i gave you an award on my blog!

The Potter's Hand said...

I love Mark...glad you got to meet him! I've ben missing somewhat from "Blogger World"...but I have to say again...thanks for the Chris Tomlin CD...AWESOME!!! God bless you!

That smile on your face is an amazing site! Keep smiling!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love his songs....What a neat story....

Tim and Jennifer said...

How fun! just catching up on your blog....UM, i love mark and i think he has the most beautiful eyes and YOU GUYS are such a beautiful couple...who WILL have beautiful, healthy babies (i read your older post too) you are definitely not at a period...i say a comma. God has big plans for you! im sure you know jer. 29:11. one verse i read the other day really spoke to me about my friend...she just lost her baby at 30 weeks suddenly from preeclampsia...."Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life". God knows that your heart is sick over the loss of your son and isn't waiting for you to "get it together". thanks for being to honest in your journey, im going to pass my friend along to your blog.

Kendra S-L said...

That is way cool. And you look great, dahlin'. I am thinking of you this Sunday. You are a mother, you have a mother's heart, and don't you forget it. Love, your friend in Boston, Kendra

~Kelli said...

How sweet that you got to meet Mark Shultz. I am jealous! Glad you had a nice time

KK said...

Love his music! Thanks for sharing your 'date night' with your readers. I am very thankful you were able to spend some time with him.
Praying for you always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

Rebecca Louise. said...

Lovely picture!!! xoxox.