Whiskey On My Breath

If you were to ask a room full of people to raise a hand if they had personally been affected by a loved one that has struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction, I’d be willing to bet that 8 out of 10 would raise their hand. Killer of families, destroyer of lives… drugs and alcohol are ruthless. I have a precious aunt that once told me to love the person, not the disease. Easier said than done.

On my way to work every morning, I listen to The Bobby Bones Show. This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about a song that they featured, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Why, you might ask? Music runs through my veins. It is my heart and soul and it speaks to me in a way that I can’t describe to someone who isn’t wired this way.

Love and Theft is a country duo composed of Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. Not necessarily a new song, but Whiskey on my Breath has taken off in the past couple of days and when I heard it this morning, I felt like it reached into my chest and ripped my heart out. I HAD to share it! There’s something very real about an alcoholic singing about meeting Jesus with whiskey on his breath; It just gets you. It’s honest.

And those old school church hymn harmonies that haunt the chorus… CHILLS.

I woke up with a pounding head
With a bottle laying in the bed
There was a little, a little bit left
So I picked it up and I killed the rest

Oh I know I’m going to heaven
But I can’t go with me like this
I need to pull myself together
Before then
No and I ain’t afraid of dying
But what scares me to death
Is meeting Jesus
With whiskey on my breath.

 

Smoke Break

It took everything I had to roll out of bed this morning.

Just yesterday I blogged about “being in the moment” and how important that is, but today, this morning… I wanted to remain in the moment that was before my alarm went off at 5:45AM.

I have been so emotional lately. Like, what is wrong with me?! Maybe it’s this season of my life. Maybe it’s just the reality of how tender my heart really is. I just can’t seem to get a grip on how special my life is. It is my most sincere confession that I am overwhelmed daily with the responsibilities in my lap. I take GREAT pride and accountability in the task at hand. It would crush my soul if I ever felt that I could no longer stand at the plate, eyes up, ready for the pitch. I don’t really know why I went with baseball there… I hate baseball. But, you get it. If you don’t take your life head-on, you’re going to get hit in the head with it.

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Hang On.

I listen to The Bobby Bones Show every morning on my way to work. It’s a syndicated show on country radio that always has me laughing and/or crying. They do this thing they call #PIMPINJOY and if there’s anything in the world that gets ya in the feels, it’s doing something good for others. He encourages humans to be kind to one another! You can’t get better than that! I’m a loyal listener, for sure.

You’ve probably heard the emerging hit, “Buy Me a Boat,” by Chris Janson, which recently topped the iTunes Country Songs chart. Chris was Bobby’s guest today and after playing the song that just landed him a major record deal, he did an acoustic version of his song “Hang On,” per Bobby’s request. Unable to hear the back story on this song, I wasn’t sure what it was about, but being a self-proclaimed music geek, I instantly listen for the stoutness of a lyric to draw me in.

Did it ever draw me in!

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