Free Music. Spring Tour. Music Video. Lauryn Hill.

1. Free Music – Updated our Noisetrade widget. Go to noisetrade.com/jennyandtyler
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2. Spring Tour – Started a few days ago and will end in mid-May. Check out jennyandtylermusic.com and click “tour.”

3. Music Video – We shot a video to the “Deepest Parts of Me” in Fort Worth TX at the Botanical Gardens. Jenny rocked it. We look forward to it’s completion.

4. Lauryn Hill – Here I sit in the passenger seat of our tour bus, a 2003 Honda Element, listening to Lauryn Hill’s live MTV performance. It’s absolutely fantastic! Please, please, listen to it.

Track 6 or 7 says this:

“Just repent, turn from selfish motivation, so iniquity will not cause your demise.
He’ll make you a new heart and a new spirit – for why would He(Jesus) die? O Jerusalem, please tell me why! “I have no pleasure in the death and in the dying,” says the Lord God, “Therefore turn yourselves and live.” It’s not the talkers, but the walkers in His word, are the only ones to follow Him, if we care.

Looks a lot like Ezekiel 18:31-32(NIV) “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!”

And Ezekiel 33:11(NIV) “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'”

Track 9:
“Are you satisfied?” “Rebel” “Repent”

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I’ve read the following passage a bunch, but the black and white nature of it hit me a little harder when Jenny’s dad read it yesterday (1 John 5:1-13NIV):

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.

Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

– Tyler

Baby it’s COLD outside!

So it’s not Christmas. But it’s cold. If it’s going to be cold it should at least be Christmas. Then there would be something to celebrate. Oh well.

I’m sitting in my new home in Nashville contemplating whether or not I should bake some cookies. I love cookies. Especially cookie dough. Who doesn’t right? We moved in with some friends earlier this week and have been busy unpacking. Our little space is finally in order and I’m really pleased with the outcome. It’s like living in a glorified dorm room. I haven’t had roommates (other than Tyler) in a long time so I’m slowly getting used to having other people in the house. I baked brownies two days ago so I’m almost nervous that if I start baking cookies today they’ll think I have a serious addiction to baking and sweet things…which I probably do.

A lot of people have been asking us why we moved in with our friends. The short answer is this: we tour a lot, meaning we’re not home half the time so we feel that we’re wasting a lot of money renting a whole apartment. The decision was obvious, but it wasn’t easy to make. I went back and forth about whether or not it was a good idea quite a few times before we moved in and was even looking for cheap one bedrooms on Craigslist the day before! But throughout the process I realized something about myself: I feel entitled to things. Most people would say that it’s perfectly normal to want to live in your own space and have your own kitchen and use your own dishes. In fact I think I would say that. But as I thought about my desires to use “my” things and be in “my” space I realized that they are selfish ones. Selfish because we don’t need these things. I started thinking about how there are a lot of people who are thankful to have a roof over their head—any roof. We sponsor two kids through Compassion International and I started thinking about them and their families and what their living conditions are like. I realized that I don’t need a whole apartment all to myself (and Tyler). And better yet, I shouldn’t feel like I deserve it.

We have a song called Love Through Me and I am often convicted of not living out the lyrics that we wrote. It talks about sacrificing for others and just loving people for who they are, where they are. Something that I’m really terrible at. I guess that’s why it’s a prayer. We’re saying, Lord, l am incapable of loving people the way that you do, so please, love through me.

Just something to think about today.

I hope it isn’t as cold where you are!
-jenny