Archive for September, 2006

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Smile because…

September 29, 2006

I felt lost a lot this week.  On the verge of tears but unable to cry.  Lots to do but too overwhelmed to start doing it.  Full of emotion but unable to define exactly what those emotions were.  Someone once said ministry is not rocket science, it’s just dang hard.  And if you’re a believer, you’re in ministry, even if you don’t work at the church.

And so this morning I’m finding myself SO thankful for God’s Word.  And so thankful..for God.  After spending some time just now reading the Bible and talking to Him, I feel weight lifted off of me, I feel my heart rate slow, and I breathe a sigh of relief, because He reigns and He will accomplish His purposes.   And even with a week like I had, I smile alone in my office, a genuine smile as I experience God’s love.

Don’t live life today without Him.  Don’t go back to a place where you were “on your own” and “managing fine”. Don’t neglect to glean from His teaching, take Him up on His offer to talk to Him, worship Him in awe for any of a million reasons today.  He’s your best friend.  He’s your Holy God.  He’s your counselor.  And He loves you.  He longs to generate a smile on your face today. 

Psalm 100:2

2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
       come before him with joyful songs.

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THE CALLING

September 21, 2006

Imagine for a moment you are going to an opera.  You made the reservations, purchased your tickets, got the baby sitter, and you and your special someone are going to enjoy some high class society for an evening. 

Consider what a shock it would be if the opera started, and when the star of the show opened their mouth to bless us with their voice…they couldn’t sing to save their life!  Imagine the uneasiness in the crowd that would eventually end with everyone getting up in protest and leaving, because they didn’t get what they paid for.  Would it have even crossed your mind that the person or persons you are going to hear sing wouldn’t be prepared?  Or are you sub-consciously expecting to be blown away by a professional, prepared, and polished opera singer?  I know personally when I go to listen to someone; I never wonder if they are prepared…I always assume they are.   I assume people will live up to their calling.

I imagine that must be a little what it is like when you and I do not live out what we believe.   We claim Jesus.  We claim His grace, His forgiveness.   We talk about being Christ followers.  We talk about faith, hope and love.  We sing songs about putting Him and others first.  But…when the time comes to prove it…to live it…to show it…to our friends, our families, and the world…do we live up to the calling?  Or is what they see in reality so opposite from what a Christian is, and who Jesus is, that at first they are uneasy and eventually they walk away from “religion” and ultimately Christ forever?

I write this first and foremost to me.  I so badly want my faith to live through me, and so often I shut it out and live contrary to my calling.  I keep waiting for that big dramatic event in my life where everything after that will be different, and I’ll live different with better priorities and more focus on Christ and others instead of myself.  God wants me to live in line with my calling right now…in the hundreds of little decisions I face every day. 

I’m heading to the coast tonight with extended family.  To live up to my calling as a Christian means I will seek to love and honor them first this trip instead of being self centered and selfish.   If you read this say a prayer that I will bring glory to Christ by the way I love and treat my family. 

2 Thessalonians  1

11And so we keep on praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of the life to which he called you. And we pray that God, by his power, will fulfill all your good intentions and faithful deeds. 12Then everyone will give honor to the name of our Lord Jesus because of you, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the undeserved favor of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.[c]

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One year

September 20, 2006

                                                                   Pop

So…one of the dumbest things I do is make unrealistic goals that I can’t keep, particulary when it comes to eating.  It doesn’t work, never has.  The only thing dumber than that is telling everyone so they can watch me fail.  And the only thing dumber than that is hooking money to the goal.

In light of all that, I have decided to stop drinking pop (soda, or whatever you want to call it depending on where you live), for one year.  I also have a bet with Donna Kennish going…first one to give in owes the other $20.

Please reply with how long you think I will make it.

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Sweet Nectar of love

September 18, 2006

Not too long ago a tragic event happened in my life that I’m still coping with today.  The Subway by the church discontinued BBQ sauce as one of their condiments.  I know.  I’m sorry.  Believe me, I feel you’re pain. 

If you know me you know that BBQ sauce ranks number 1 among the world of sauces.  Yes, its true that among BBQ fluids there is a vast selection of brands and flavors, ranging from good to outstanding and everything in between.  But the worst BBQ sauce is a step up from ketchup on its worst day.  And I like ketchup. 

So tonight, you can imagine my joy when the following took place:

I order a whopper with cheese from Burger King, and forgot to ask for BBQ sauce.  I came back to the counter to rectify my error and was told there was none behind the counter……that it was now IN THE DISPENSER AT THE CONDIMENT BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!  I staggered over to the counter not wanting to get my hopes up that what I just heard could actually be true.  But there….like a pot at the end of the rainbow…was the realization of a great dream.  Bbq_sauce

This is a very fuzzy picture taken from my phone…but on the right…..complete with its own push button dispenser is a tub of BBQ sauce. 

Don’t ever say there’s no hope in this world.  America is a good place to live.

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Sweet Nectar of love

September 18, 2006

Not too long ago a tragic event happened in my life that I’m still coping with today.  The Subway by the church discontinued BBQ sauce as one of their condiments.  I know.  I’m sorry.  Believe me, I feel you’re pain. 

If you know me you know that BBQ sauce ranks number 1 among the world of sauces.  Yes, its true that among BBQ fluids there is a vast selection of brands and flavors, ranging from good to outstanding and everything in between.  But the worst BBQ sauce is a step up from ketchup on its worst day.  And I like ketchup. 

So tonight, you can imagine my joy when the following took place:

I order a whopper with cheese from Burger King, and forgot to ask for BBQ sauce.  I came back to the counter to rectify my error and was told there was none behind the counter……that it was now IN THE DISPENSER AT THE CONDIMENT BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!  I staggered over to the counter not wanting to get my hopes up that what I just heard could actually be true.  But there….like a pot at the end of the rainbow…was the realization of a great dream.  Bbq_sauce

This is a very fuzzy picture taken from my phone…but on the right…..complete with its own push button dispenser is a tub of BBQ sauce. 

Don’t ever say there’s no hope in this world.  America is a good place to live.

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TRIPLETS

September 16, 2006

Today Allison and I went and helped my little 91606_feeding_triplets_004 brother and sister in law feed their triplets, Kynden, Adelynn, and Ellyanna.  They are SO SMALL!  My particular baby of the day crushed the others in how fast she drank the bottle.  I should have placed a bet.  Kind of of like horse racing but for babies. 

The smallest one at one point burped so loud a Hell’s Angel would have been jealous.  And one of them passed some gas that was so potent we’re pretty sure somehow she had eaten some raw sewage.

Random thoughts about triplets:

*That’s 60 fingers and toes!  One of them is getting smashed.

*The circus should always remain an option.

*Invest in a plunger.

*Thank you Lord for Veggie Tales.

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TRIPLETS

September 16, 2006

Today Allison and I went and helped my little 91606_feeding_triplets_004 brother and sister in law feed their triplets, Kynden, Adelynn, and Ellyanna.  They are SO SMALL!  My particular baby of the day crushed the others in how fast she drank the bottle.  I should have placed a bet.  Kind of of like horse racing but for babies. 

The smallest one at one point burped so loud a Hell’s Angel would have been jealous.  And one of them passed some gas that was so potent we’re pretty sure somehow she had eaten some raw sewage.

Random thoughts about triplets:

*That’s 60 fingers and toes!  One of them is getting smashed.

*The circus should always remain an option.

*Invest in a plunger.

*Thank you Lord for Veggie Tales.

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TUNE UP

September 15, 2006

Thumbtoyota_supra

That’s a picture of my new car.  I wanted something practical; just to get me from point A to point B.  O.K. seriously, that’s not my car, and recently I have discovered buying cars is no fun.  I guess it would be if money were no object, but when it is….the process is less enjoyable.   I keep waiting for Walmart to start selling cars but so far no luck. For now they just change my oil.  The problem is yes, it’s a cheap oil change, but I end up buying at least one thing I don’t need every time I’m there waiting for my car to get done.   Including donuts.   How did I go from cars to donuts so fast?  And why I am hungry?

I’ve always been supremely interested in how long a car will last.  Some cars with 100,000 miles are all but done, some are just warming up.   Shiny and fast means nothing if a car is in the shop. 

How many spiritual miles have you logged?  We all admire new, shiny Christians who are “on fire” and seemingly invincible in their faith.  But what about those who have been Christians for a while and have been through a few accidents?   What about you who have had countless door dings and fender benders in your faith?  And yes….to milk this analogy for all its worth…what about those who have neglected their maintenance to the point that their faith is sputtering and they are wondering if it will ever run like it did many miles ago?

Isaiah 40:28-31

28Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30Even youths will become exhausted and young men will give up. 31But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

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TUNE UP

September 15, 2006

Thumbtoyota_supra

That’s a picture of my new car.  I wanted something practical; just to get me from point A to point B.  O.K. seriously, that’s not my car, and recently I have discovered buying cars is no fun.  I guess it would be if money were no object, but when it is….the process is less enjoyable.   I keep waiting for Walmart to start selling cars but so far no luck. For now they just change my oil.  The problem is yes, it’s a cheap oil change, but I end up buying at least one thing I don’t need every time I’m there waiting for my car to get done.   Including donuts.   How did I go from cars to donuts so fast?  And why I am hungry?

I’ve always been supremely interested in how long a car will last.  Some cars with 100,000 miles are all but done, some are just warming up.   Shiny and fast means nothing if a car is in the shop. 

How many spiritual miles have you logged?  We all admire new, shiny Christians who are “on fire” and seemingly invincible in their faith.  But what about those who have been Christians for a while and have been through a few accidents?   What about you who have had countless door dings and fender benders in your faith?  And yes….to milk this analogy for all its worth…what about those who have neglected their maintenance to the point that their faith is sputtering and they are wondering if it will ever run like it did many miles ago?

Isaiah 40:28-31

28Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30Even youths will become exhausted and young men will give up. 31But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

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clown mimes

September 13, 2006

So…recently a staff member approached me and shared that she wanted to do something in staff prayer, and that she wanted me to sing a song out of it that would go with her skit.  She told me the song, and asked if I would lead it acappella when she gave me the cue.  I was reluctant in spirit, because I didn’t really fully grasp what she would be doing and how this would work, but I said sure I could help her out and I went for it.

So the day arrived, which was today.  There were about 40 people in a circle, and in came my co-worker dressed as a clown doing a mime routine.  People were guessing what she was acting out, which was basically miming about her missions trip to Russia.  She then gave me the nod.

At first nothing came out of my mouth.  40 people, looking at the clown, were about to hear me break out in song for no apparent reason. 

Finally, sound…but no one was singing with me..

I keep singing…a few join…

I then talk to some people afterwards who were quite sure I had spontaneously broken out in song during a mime routine.

Just another day at church.