Today I’m excited to be doing the “My Favorite Things” Tag!
The Sound of Music is a movie that has been cherished by my family from when I was little. “My Favorite Things” is one of my favorite songs, and I know it by heart. Even though my list of seven things below doesn’t rhyme like the song (that would be some feat) there’s nothing like an opportunity to share with you guys the things I love best.
- Link back to and thank the person who tagged you.
- Link back to and thank the blogger who began the tag.
- List and picture seven of your favorite things.
- Tag at least seven people (or as many as you can).
- Use the picture above (at Beth’s request).
- List the seven rules.
And without further ado, here’s the (non-rhyming) list of what I consider to be the most wonderful-lest things this world has to offer:
1. The Psalms
Now, this is recent, but having read one (almost) every day for a few months now, it only makes me wonder why two-thirds of them aren’t as loved and cherished as Psalm 23 or 139. The fact that this beautiful poetry is addressed to and exalting the King of Kings makes them food for the longing soul and a great place to start turning your heart to desire Jesus.
2. Music videos
You can probably deduce from this one that I love both music and film. And I do.
But when you add one to the other, I think the emotion and the spectacle can blend so wonderfully (*squeals*) that it adds a new level of meaning to both. If you weren’t around for my previous tag, I’ll reiterate that it is a personal ambition of mine to design and shoot one of these. Someday… hopefully 🙂
*breaks personal Youtube ban to find wonderful examples*
Like, Pioneers by for KING & COUNTRY, where both choruses start with shots of breathtaking scenery.
Or The Greatest Showman’s Rewrite the Stars, where most of the first verse and chorus are made up of two single shots, while there’s an entire 24 seconds (beginning 1:22) that is also one shot, and ALL THE CAMERA MOVEMENTS AND CHOREOGRAPHY IS JUST–
Yes, I fangirl like this. A lot.
Finally, Anthem Lights’ The Greatest Showman Medley overlaid with Disney Clips, which is weird in one sense but totally wonderful in everything else. It’s also a good example of how film and music can work together beautifully.
3. The Taiwanese countryside
As much as I find cities and skyscrapers exhilarating, I think rural Taiwan is just so authentic and wonderful in its imperfections. I think I fell in love with it at some point in the past few years, not even knowing why.
4. Writing by hand
Because there’s nothing like lines and lines of neat (I mean, I hope it’s neat) handwriting.
5. The Lord of the Rings
I loved both the books and the movies. The whole saga is just so epic, heartfelt, beautiful, vast, and meticulously done. It is beauty, queerness, the jolly ol’ nature of hobbits, and the elegance of the elves.
6. The Two Waters
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. — Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV)
So yes, I am going to cheat (but not really, if you count the Bible verse as an excuse) and name the sky and the sea as two more of my favorite things — both for their vast beauty and the majesty of God we can see in them. One for the foaming waves and dancing rivulets in the tide, the other for stunning cloud formations and scattering sunlight.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. — Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea– the LORD on high is mighty. — Psalm 93:3-4 (NIV)
Now a lot of people will have knee-jerk reactions to this.
“Home? You’re a third culture kid, a missionary kid, someone who’s lived overseas for most of your life. You’re not supposed to know what home is.”
I do actually. Even though I know that the only place where I truly belong is in heaven, with Christ, and I continually realize that true rest will come after death, the concept of an earthly home is surprisingly real for me.
A bed. A place for my things. A place with basic comforts and that I know I will consistently come back to, where I know family and friends. A place I can come to love — this is home.
I did not think I was capable of this; everything in TCK culture screams otherwise. But even here, back in the States, I have a home and know the contentment of coming back to it. And to our Heavenly Father who always has surprises like this up his sleeve — I am thankful.
Phew! That was fun. And without further ado, I tag:
Micaiah at Notebooks and Novels
Ben at …And Another Thing
Catwing at The Catwing Has Landed
Kate at The Inky Notebook
Quinn at Quinn O’Fallon
Bekah at The Narrow Road for Teens
RJ Caitlin at Moon Ink
Any questions about the weird mass of human flesh I guess is me? Do you share a love for the things I’ve brought up as well? Comment below!