Friday, May 22, 2009

American Idol



I've had several people send this to me and so if you haven't seen it - here is Kris Allen leading worship in his home church. The footage shown is Little Rock, AR.

I'm sure if he would have sang this (and I wish he could have) - Simon and Randy would have been like "Dog - I don't get that song at ALL". "Bad song choice". One of my college friends told me her mom and Kris' mom are friends and that he had told his mom before he got to the final that he needed one more week there because he had been witnessing to Adam and felt like he needed just a little more time with him.

That's the kind of American Idol I can be proud of. No person is perfect and we should never idolize anyone but God because every human will let us down. Your pastor, Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Chris Tomlin, your Sunday School teacher - they are all sinners and come short of the glory of God. He alone is Holy.



I love this song by Addison Road "What do I know of Holy". As we struggle to understand the sadness in this world and we try to put God in a box and question him........we know NOTHING of His Holiness. We can't begin to understand Him.......we can only trust Him and know that His love is wider and deeper and higher than we can ever imagine.

102 comments:

laura said...

Amen, sister! What a great word to start my day. Kelly, I just love your heart and passion for God! You honor Him and bless us all. :)

A mom and one princess said...

That is so awesome of Kris!

Beth said...

What an awesome way to start the day!!! I am also so glad to hear that Kris's heart is in the right place. I said to my boyfriend that he'll be the kind of guy that won't let Hollywood go to his head, and people will respect the heck out of that! Just think of the people that will hear about Christ through our American Idol! That is so cool to think about! :)

Linda said...

Thanks for the video of Kris leading praise....loved it. We are so glad he won.....hope he uses his platform to praise God. Already have our tickets for the Idol contestants in Dallas.

Kappa Prep said...

Thank you for sharing this song and the information about Kris witnessing to Adam! I had no idea! However, like you said, that is the type of American Idol we can all be proud of!!

Traci said...

Okay, I just got chills! You're right- that's who I want my American Idol to be, too!

You even looked precious in bed head!! I still feel bad about seeing you in WMart a couple of weeks ago. I was sick and miserable and when I turned around, there was this smiley, cute girl that looked oddly familiar. I think I was in shock and so embarrassed that I didn't know what to do.ha!

Maybe next time! I knew we probably lived close since Melissa said y'all lived by our new school!

Makila said...

GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing!

Laurie said...

I cannot get the website to stay pulled up to add my dinning room through linky--as a matter of fact--your website will not even show mr linky now. Here is my blog address for the friday edition, please let me know what I need to do. http://thefuturelooksbusy.blogspot.com/

Hope you and the fam have a great memorial weekend!

Todd and Courtney said...

I love that video of Kris Allen singing. I posted it on my blog too. Im so proud of him & voted all 4 hours the other night. Great post today, Love it!

TV Watching Mama said...

1st time commenting... I am so glad you listen to Addison Road. They are awesome. I went to high school and college with Jenny. She recently had a precious baby girl! Many Blessings!

Becky said...

My Dad told me the same thing...he said Kris was witnessing to Adam. Hopefully he was able to make an impression on him. Kris used to sing on the worship team at a church we went to. I'm so proud of him!!!! I hope he makes a Christian record, that would be awesome!

skywalker9 said...

Dining Room linky is not working for me either :(

I just figured that there is a stampede right now in getting dining room pix up.

Elizabeth said...

Very well said Kelly! Hopefully, the seeds that Kris planted in Adam will take root and grow.

P.S. I enjoyed the videos of little Harper! I know you and your hubby are so proud of her. What a sweetie :)

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

oh i was wanting him to win then i liked how he almost looked like i need to refuse this cause well my partner should win too . the look of shock was amazing i'll say this clip of hearing him praise our god makes me love him even more. love it thanks kelly for sharing girl this is amazing .

David and Regina White said...

well said! love the song and video. thanks for sharing!

harmonysong said...

I had no idea about Kris! That makes me love him even more! I wanted him to win since the beginning.

Loved that second song. I was just cleaning the kitchen and played it several times. Thanks for sharing and leading me in worship while I cleaned!

The Frisco Russells said...

What a great post! I was so happy when he won - I have always loved him - this is the icing on the cake!! Thanks for sharing!

DramaCity said...

I was trying to add a comment to your show us where you live post, but it keeps getting aborted. I don't know what's up with that.
I'm happy to join in!! Plus Harper is such a cutie, how could I miss out!

Justin and Jenn said...

This is really weird! I can see this post just fine- but the home tour still doesn't work!

Sarah Joy said...

Thank you SO much for sharing this Kris video. I always kind of liked him from the beginning, but was rooting for Danny Gokey - he's from my home state of WI, and the fact that he was a worship singer and worked with kids at his church made me root for him as well.

I was happy that Kris ended up winning, but after seeing this video I am ecstatic for him. He was always such a humble, nice guy throughout the show - and I had no idea he was such a Godly man. God has wonderful plans for him, I'm sure - and now I'm positive it is no coincidence that he won.

Loving the pictures and videos of Harper, she's just too cute!!

beccad said...

Thanks Kelly for this post you are so awesome. That is amazing about him being a witness to Adam. I sure hope we hear some Christian music from Kris. Oh and I will be posting my dining room here soon as I take pictures. Love you!!!

Emily said...

What a mighty God we serve! Praise God! Glory to God!

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Erica said...

i just posted that same video on my facebook last night! it gave me goosebumps. i titled it "THIS is why kris won american idol." makes me tear up thinking of how he's singing of greater things are yet to come & greater things are still to be done... and just LOOK at the greater things God has done in him already. he has such an influence now... think about it, almost 100million people voted for him & he got the majority of the votes... that's a LOT of influence! thanks for sharing :)

ps we all need to remember to pray for him. a lot of pressure & attack comes onto all christians, and i think even more so those with great influence.

Amberdawn said...

I think we all should be praying for Adam and his soul. I live in Conway and know people who are close to Kris and his family. According to Kris, when he witnessed to Adam, some of the things he said to him was Adam's first time hearing those things. Kris didn't want prayers to win, he asked for prayers for Adam's soul. If you can't be behind a guy like that, then who can you? What an amazing testament of a Christian who never judged Adam and was there for him throughout their journey. God works wonders!

Jessica said...

I am glad I am not the only one having problems seeing the dining room post and no my linky....I keep getting the "aborted" thing too. Its weird because I can see this post though...hmmm...

KZ said...

Remember these guys will be on tour together all summer. Pray for Kris and his witness to the entire cast.

Pam said...

The video of Kris was amazing.

I can not see Mr. Linky either and I keep getting kicked off your site when on that post.

giraffegirl524 said...

thank you SO MUCH for sharing! i've been watching American Idol for a while now, and i've watched this season (almost every episode, but this time zone change really messed me up for a while lol!), and i honestly thought adam would win. i was rooting for kris, but thought since adam was such a hit with everyone, he would definitely get it. what a surprise (even to kris) that KRIS won! God works in mysterious ways and i'm so glad you shared that about him witnessing to adam. that is wonderful!!

thank you again so much!

Joycee said...

What a great example he will make this year for Idol. I'm proud and excited!
joy c. at grannymountain

AJ said...

Wow! I had no idea about him! This song gives me chills every time I hear it. I posted it to my Facebook to share with everyone :0)

Jess :) said...

All I can say is "AMEN!" I couldn't be ANY happier or more proud that Kris is our newest American Idol! :)

I just hope and pray that somehow, by the Grace of God, he can get through to Adam.

Thanks for sharing that. I have seen it before but could watch it over and over!!

Have a marvelous Friday, sweet friend!

Love and Hugs

*~! megs !~* said...

I posted this video this morning too...

I liked this kid before, but even more so now. I hope he continues to stand up for what he believes in in this crazy new world he's now going to live in!

Amy Bennett said...

That is so awesome about Kris and Adam. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

That video was AWESOME! I wonder though...since he's the new AI if he will still be allowed to lead worship at churches or if that would be against his contract. I sure hope not!

Jacquie said...

You're exactly right. And, thank goodness, we serve a God of second chances!

Rikki said...

He goes to the same church we do, New Life Church in Conway, Arkansas. He is even more amazing in person.

I am so proud and excited that this years American Idol is a man with deep Chrisitan values, that is exactly what an American Idol should!

Amber Schmidt said...

I am not even an American Idol fan but I am SO completely glad that Kris won. Seeing this video just reinforces that America made the right decision!

Carly Winborne said...

thanks for sharing.

i have sensed something "different" about kris allen from the very beginning. so glad to see a portion of his heart here in this video. now we just need to begin praying for him and his new bride as they launch into this new territory.

what a winner. in every sense of the word.

JB said...

Thanks for the song links...not an Idol fan, but I do love that song! The second one is just what I needed to hear today. I am very impatiently waiting for adoption news...I needed to hear that today.
You are a blessing!

Elle's Mom said...

I think I might be the only person that did not watch American Idol this year! Too distracted by Real Housewives of New York and now New Jersey. Yes, I am ashamed that I love those shows so much. Off to watch the videos you posted!

Katy S said...

Kelly, Thanks for sharing that about Kris!! I actually go to church with Kris and was there when he sang this song. We all knew Kris' great passion and how he was witnessing to Adam, and thats why probably half the 38 million votes came from Conway. He chose to room with Adam because others didn't have such nice things to say about his relationship status. Kris say it as an opportunity to bring one more to Christ!

He did alot of other amazing things while there in Hollywood, and it really is a God thing that is was there. When he sang this song at church it was right before our new campus was launched and our pastor was telling us how he just has this vision to continue to reach out across the nation. He not only wants our church to grow from city to city, but he said his plan is to bring to word to the Nation. Which was so amazing to me that here Kris is with all of America watching week after week and he is truly reaching the nation. Sorry to ramble on but the whole time Kris was in ideal it gave me chills to see how great God's plan is. We prayed and one of our church members did reach across the nation. Not only that, but Adam and Kris till the end. So amazing!!

Holly said...

I'm glad Kris won!

jenn said...

love this video...
a friend sent it to me last night and i posted on my facebook page!

i pray that the 'seed' kris planted with adam will begin to grow. we serve a BIG GOD!!

thanks for sharing...

Southern Fried Gal said...

Kris is a friend of a friend and I had heard that same thing. I was so excited that he won know God will use this to his glory! I bet Kris' win spoke volumes to Adam as well!

amywelborn said...

AWESOME!! thanks for sharing! Makes me proud of Arkansas!

winstead family said...

kelly, thanks for sharing this video. i had not seen it and i got all teary-eyed watching it. i love the fact that he is going to be an example for the nation to follow.

Julie said...

Love the video...just wanted to suggest a small change. The original artist of this song is actually a band from Northern Ireland called "Bluetree". What a phenomenal testimony of how this song came about. Might want to change the reference and give credit where its due :~)

Sara@i.Sass said...

Enjoyed your post, I normally just lurk.
I agree with the other comments. I hadn't heard that Kris was witnessing, it not the hot "gossip" you'd see on Entertainment Tonight. But it sure makes me smile to see it being pasted at blazing speed around bloggyland. Praise God, for his hand reaches everywhere. I loved hearing about this. Thanks for sharing. Now I'm going steal it and post the video on my blog so I can pass it along more. :)

Danielle said...

Thanks for sharing! His "underdog" victory just proves that when we honor God, He blesses us beyond measure. Kinda reminds me of a certain boy who defeated a giant after others scoffed his wanting to try ;)

Manda said...

Thank you for posting the Kris video. I had been looking for something like that on Youtube yesterday, but couldn't find anything. Praise God that he won and so awesome the story about Adam!

Alicia said...

Awesome post!

Life with Boys said...

We didn't watch AI much this season but I am excited to hear the outcome! Our church used this song when announcing our new name. It is awesome seeing Kris leading his church singing this powerful song.

Jenn said...

This is just awesome. Thanks for sharing it Kelly!

fmattso said...

You know Mandisa was on American Idol. She sang Shackles from the Women of Faith tour and the judges didn't get it. Read her book if you want some interesting behind the scene happenings on Idol. It was really good. And she never waivered from her Faith and her belief in God.

Alex(andra) said...

Definitely love that Addison Road song!! Awesome post all around.

Kristin said...

I read that on your facebook about Kris and I just knew after reading that, that he would win! God is going to use him to do big things, I just know it! I just hope he does end up making Christian music eventually....I'm sure the Idol people won't let him at first though. I love that song by Addison Road too.

Amy said...

I knew there was something that I loved about Kris!!! That's awesome that he could and still can use this experience to witness to those that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior!!! Amazing!!!!

Cathy said...

Hey Kelly, love your blog. You need to watch this young woman's testimony and witness to our God.
http://deathisnotdying.com/fullvideo/
You will want to share this message with all your blogging friends for sure as this is one powerful voice and she gives the very best definition of a life devoted to God. Also, we all need to be praying for her and her family as she walks the valley of death.
many blessings,
Cathy in NC

Christy said...

It's so awesome about Kris and I'm praying that GOD will just place BOLD Christian's around Adam and that Kris will continue to be encouraged.

I just bought the sheet music to "What Do I Know of Holy" so I can sing it at church as a special. Just gave me chills!

Linda said...

Didn't watch the show only the last 8 mins. when they announced the winner. It was pretty exciting to watch regardless of who one since I hadn't watched the whole season. I was having problems connecting to your blog for about 2 days now. Just now I tried and got through just fine. Have a great weekend.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

Thanks for that great post Kelly! It was so touching and I always appreciate your posts.

As far as nyc6foot2's comment.....If you are upset by the blog post then don't read it. It's not your blog and no one is forcing you to read it. I am glad Kris Allen won and I am sure his career will last more than a few months.

Emily said...

I love that Addison Road song. If you look on my facebook page you'll see I just wrote something about it a couple days ago! Beautiful!

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kim_brough said...

I'm not an AI fan (I know, I know, but never could get into it) so I'm curious to know if they showed the Christian side of this winner guy (can't remember his name- sorry) on the show or if it was a story that just came out about him outside of the show.

CourtneyC said...

Thank you so much for sharing the that video of Kris singing. I am glad America chose someone with really good morals and values.

menley said...

Kelly, thank you so much for posting the YouTube of Kris Allen. I only saw it here. : )

A few Idol notes:

I remember Simon Cowell saying that it was "self-indulgent" when Mandisa sang "Shackles." I think he was referring to her spoken introduction to the song.

I saw Daughtry on television the week before the finale, and he said that he wanted Kris to win.

Clay Aiken has an interesting post about Idol, and he said that listening to Adam made his ears bleed.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!

Beth in NC said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I haven't seen it before now. Yay God!

I pray Kris will use this opportunity to glorify God.

Blessings,
Beth

Heidi Zawisza said...

I have had this video sent to me too several times this week. I cried when I saw it..... My prayer is that Kris will stay grounded in the Lord, his marriage, and just overall personality.
I too heard that he had been witnessing to Adam, if you hear anything else on that please share!! Maybe the three months they spend together on tour will be just what is needed. I have felt the need and urge to pray for Adam, and I am hoping that it is God who is laying him on my heart.
Thanks for posting this for everyone! LUV it!!!!!

oh, and ps.....I voted 1,500 times for Kris via text!! ha!ha! Glad it paid off:)

Kristy said...

Oooooh, I like Kris! I hope he makes a praise and worship CD. I would definitely buy it!!

bethany said...

Thanks for sharing Kelly! My friend Robin had recently asked me is Kris is a believer and apparently so! This was wonderful to see! I am so very happy for him and realize the need to cover him in prayer. Praying for Adam too as I totally loved him the whole time on the show. Felt the connection to him as a Californian!

Father's Grace Ministries said...

How wonderful for a Christian to win American Idol! We haven't heard of him (yet!) over here in Australia. I remember our excitement when Planetshakers singer Guy Sebastion won Australian Idol a few years back. Over here, heaps of Hillsongers enter every year.
Claire

Lyndsey said...

Kelly! I love that you love Addison Road! My freshman year college roomate and sorority sister is Jenny's (the lead singer) sister! Before they "made it" I knew who they were because we played their cd in our dorm room constantly! Anyways, she has a blog and I thought I'd pass it along to you - she's an amazing writer and just had a little baby girl, Anniston!

http://www.jennysimmons.blogspot.com/

enjoy! have a great holiday weekend!

John T. and Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm a huge Kris Allen fan, and seeing this makes me so much more proud of him. :o)

Faithfully Yours said...

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I hope you and your family have a wonderful memorial day weekend!

--Faith P.

Frazzled said...

Thank you for posting this about Kris. I haven't seen it. It gives me such hope!!! Praise God for his might work!

Dianne said...

I have been praising God all day after reading your post. God had put Adam so much on my heart to pray for his salvation, and was praying that Kris's life would be a testimony. All of this is simply amazing--what an awesome God we serve. Love the Addison Road song too. Thank you for your post--I'm sure I'm one of many who was lifted and encouraged by it today and is offering up continual praise and thanks to God.

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

Whats wrong with Adam?
I wish america wasnt so judgemental.
Kris is good but i thought Adam should of won

Paige said...

Amazing Blog. Thank you for sharing this about Kris. I was soo happy to see him win, I knew that he was the right one for America to pick!

Lynn said...

Great videos!
Know that I'm here praying!
Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Prayer BearsMy email address

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love Kris...so much..


I am new to the blog world, but have seen the miracle of the blogging community and prayer in the last two days. Hope you will stop by my blog and pray for little Maggie.

Steph said...

Thanks so much for posting that!! It makes me love Kris Allen that much more! 2 Christians in the top 3....LOVE that :)

Amy (the Happy Mom!) said...

Wow, thanks for sharing this!

(PS - I was Screamin_Deal/the Pregnancy Chronicles, but now I'm the Happy Mom at www.makesmomhappy.com - I'm not a stranger, I promise!)

Courtney said...

Just stopping by to let you know I have opened my blog. Feel free to stop by!


P.S- Are you watching SoapNets new reality Southern Belles Louisville?

Ashley said...

AMEN Kelly!!! I love Kris, what a witness!! GREAT POST!!! XOXO!!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing this! I love the video of Kris and Arkansas stepped up big time. I voted ALL night and only got thru 5 times. I hope a seed was planted in Adam...
:)Lisa
kssnnikkel.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

Hey Kelly- the problem is not with Mr. Linky- it's with Blogger, and lots of us are experiencing the same exact thing! The error lies within the "followers" gadget that we all have on our blogs. The only way to get rid of the problem is to remove this gadget from your blog. I had it on both of my blogs, and as soon as I took them off the problem went away, and I know others who did the same thing to fix their blogs! Not only are you having a hard time, but when people try to get on your blog, they get kicked off of it- they get some "error" message that says "internet explorer must close"- good luck!

Jenny said...

Hey again Kelly- I left the post above as well, but I just noticed that I'm not getting kicked off your blog anymore and it seems to be working, so maybe Blogger got the issue resolved and you won't have to remove your "followers" gadget! That will be nice since you have SO many!! BTW- I love your "tour" idea- awesome!

Goldielocks said...

HOLY COW, this just gave me chills, Girl! this is my FAVORITE song right now, i mean favorite- i was thinking how neat it is that God's been glorified thru American Idol thru using Kris. Just a few weeks ago, they were bashing Miss USA for her faith in Christ and how she was a "homophob" and that wasnt representing all the people in the Us, yet the tables were FLIPPED with AI and Kris was witnessing .. SUCH a STRONG strong testimony and how he says he hears the desires of our hearts.. WOW- May God continue to use Kris in his humbleness to glorify him, and may Adam be blessed by Kris and see the special gift of Jesus thru Kris!
You totally made my night with that post!!

Sallie said...

Hi Kelly...thanks for that tidbit about Kris!

LOve that you love Addison Road , too! I watched Ryan Simmons grow up in our church and his mom and I are very good friends. Jenny, his wife, who wrote the song, and sings it, is precious, and yes, she has a new baby girl, also. I have "referred" to your blog several times in making a few points about new motherhood! I am wanting Jenny to post updates on Annie like you do with Harper!

Elizabeth said...

It's kind of silly, but that video made me cry. Little Rock is my home (I grew up there) and I miss it. This video reminds me why. Arkansas is such a wonderful, beautiful place. I am praying everyday that God takes us back there.

And Kris is awesome. I am so proud of him!

~Nicole~ said...

I got that video of Kris in my email also and it's amazing! To all those who keep insisting that America made the wrong choice - they need to watch this video and I pray that their minds would be changed. Praise Jesus for our youth to have Kris Allen to show them that God does prevail!

Tom said...

Awesome performance. Kris.Adults In London

designdazzle.blogspot.com said...

I came across your blog via another blog and so glad I did. Thanks for sharing so many wonderful thoughts and stories. I'm also quite happy Kris won!!
I love your nursery - can we feature your darling nursery and the giraffe photo board you made on our blog? Our blog is about design and decorating ideas for babies, kids and teens:) I tried to look for your email address and couldn't find it...
Please let me know - thanks so much!
toni(at)designdazzle(dot)com

Julia D. Photography said...

I found this for you, for the next time you have to make low-fat desserts!!

http://lowcaldiner.com/Desserts/desstoc.html

ABCDE=Party of 5 for ME! said...

Hiyas! I found your blog today and just had to share with my readers and FB what you had to say about Kris Allen..... here's the link, hope you dont mind!!!

http://abcmomplus2.blogspot.com/2009/05/kris-allen-and-american-idol.html

Happy Sunday!

Dawn

A Truly Grand Haven said...

Thank You so much for sharing those video's they were both great!

ShannonE-momof3 said...

Awesome, simply AWESOME!

LuLu said...

I tagged you with an award on my blog!!!

Coffee Maker said...

love the footage in that Kris Allen video

Deborah said...

I don't follow American Idol (I don't even live in the US) but the day after when they were talking about the 'upset' I got caught up on what was happening. I listened to Kris and then to Adam and then I prayed for Adam because he truly does have God given talent and I know God is able to do anything. So I was thinking.. why don't we join Kris and put Adam on our prayer lists and watch God do His work. (Oh and I didn't have time to read all the comments so I don't know if someone suggested this before)