Archive for December, 2006

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Jeans in church

December 31, 2006

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Today was a historic day…I led worship in jeans from the platform at Sunset Pres.

May not seem like a big deal to you…but it is to me.  It’s a big deal because I have always believed that God looks at my heart, not my outward appearance, and that when He talks about offering Him my best it has far more to do with my actions and thoughts then my slacks or hair color.  And since I’m way more comfortable in jeans personally then in dress pants, it was a good day.

Starting in January jeans will be acceptable platform wear in the 11am service.  The 9am service will still be a little more formal, and I get that.  For some people what jeans symbolize to them would be distracting in worship, and the last thing any of us want who serve at Sunset is to be a distraction in worship. 

As if this even needs prompting…do you have thoughts on dress codes at churches?? (all opinions valid!!)

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Like mother like daughter

December 29, 2006

There are so many ways Macy is like me.  Silly, optimistic and social to name a few.  But there are many more ways that she is exactly like Allison.  Detailed, organized, and afraid of dirt and dogs just to name a few.  And lately…..she has picked up Allison’s love for taking pictures.

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092405_168 Our friend Jody got Macy a REAL DIGITAL CAMERA!!!!!!!!  Its a fisher price digital camera for kids…and Macy has been taking pictures non-stop since….and constantly asking us to "download the pictures" onto the computer.  She’ll be scrapbooking by age 5.

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Like mother like daughter

December 29, 2006

There are so many ways Macy is like me.  Silly, optimistic and social to name a few.  But there are many more ways that she is exactly like Allison.  Detailed, organized, and afraid of dirt and dogs just to name a few.  And lately…..she has picked up Allison’s love for taking pictures.

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092405_168 Our friend Jody got Macy a REAL DIGITAL CAMERA!!!!!!!!  Its a fisher price digital camera for kids…and Macy has been taking pictures non-stop since….and constantly asking us to "download the pictures" onto the computer.  She’ll be scrapbooking by age 5.

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Christmas Eve

December 26, 2006

Christmas Eve…5 services at my church. 9,11,3,5 and 10pm.  Up at 5am, to church by 6:30.  The day was a whirlwind from start to finish,  ending when I rolled into bed after midnight.  Over the years I’ve become very used to these types of days.  And when I say used to them, I mean used to God showing up and being there for me, being my strength, each and every time. 

This Christmas Eve, He helped me so much that at times it was like I was physically feeling His hand grab mine to give me strength and let me know He was with me.

Helped with what you ask?  I lead worship at Sunset Presbyterian.  I am a normal, scared, insecure, prideful, self-absorbed, self-conscious, sinner of a human being just like you.   And the only hope that I have in this world and for eternity is that Christ loves me and died for me and was raised to life for me and has forgiven me and still works with me and changes my heart. 

So knowing what I know about myself, the thought of being used by God to do anything at times seems ridiculous to me.  And the mental and spiritual mind games that I go through on a day like Christmas Eve are intense.  The stakes are HUGE in the realm of eternity.  We are proclaiming truth and light in the midst of darkness, we are talking about Christ and I believe with all my heart there is a spiritual battle going on in the room that if we could see with our eyes we would melt like wax.  The thoughts that roll through my head at times are so loud I have to shout prayers in my brain to God for clarity and peace and perspective.  And He is SO FAITHFUL to give me just enough of all three of those to make it through.  He is my helper.  I don’t deserve it.  I can’t earn it.  But I’m so thankful for Him.    

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Control/Alt/Delete

December 20, 2006

LogocadcomicSo most PC users know what happens when we hit control+alt+delete at the same time and then click on our task manager.  It brings up a window that shows us what applications and processes are currently running on our computer. 

I’m always amazed when someone smarter than I am on computers comes and shows me all the needless programs that are running, slowing and bogging it down from efficiency in the basic functions I need it to do.

For the past few weeks, imperceptibly, a “program” at a time….my life has begun taking on many needless processes at once, my brain spinning on several selfish ambitions, pointless goals, prioritizing things to own over things to give etc. This has been bogging me down and keeping me from the basics…my relationship with Christ, family and friends.  Been there?

So today as I was reading the first few chapters of Ephesians…I could literally feel the Holy Spirit pulling up control/alt/delete….and one by one turning off some background thoughts, noise, unneeded pollution and worry.  What a gift.  Thank you Jesus for being so faithful to minister to me through Your Word.  How lost I am without You.  What peace You give when my soul needs it most. 

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Control/Alt/Delete

December 20, 2006

LogocadcomicSo most PC users know what happens when we hit control+alt+delete at the same time and then click on our task manager.  It brings up a window that shows us what applications and processes are currently running on our computer. 

I’m always amazed when someone smarter than I am on computers comes and shows me all the needless programs that are running, slowing and bogging it down from efficiency in the basic functions I need it to do.

For the past few weeks, imperceptibly, a “program” at a time….my life has begun taking on many needless processes at once, my brain spinning on several selfish ambitions, pointless goals, prioritizing things to own over things to give etc. This has been bogging me down and keeping me from the basics…my relationship with Christ, family and friends.  Been there?

So today as I was reading the first few chapters of Ephesians…I could literally feel the Holy Spirit pulling up control/alt/delete….and one by one turning off some background thoughts, noise, unneeded pollution and worry.  What a gift.  Thank you Jesus for being so faithful to minister to me through Your Word.  How lost I am without You.  What peace You give when my soul needs it most. 

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Mystery solved

December 18, 2006

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A couple posts ago I talked about someone who has been pranking me for awhile….sending all kinds of things to my work.  Well…..she finally came clean.  My sister-in-law Kim gave me a present the other night at her house.  When I opened the box..it was full of many of the types of items I had been receiving at work.  That’s when I put two and two together because I am a genius. 

Apparently she claims she was just getting me back for drugging her husband with sleeping pills one time when he asked for aspirin at my house.  Some people are so sensitive. I’m just thankful another case has been solved and soon justice will be served, that will be another blog.

She told me that her prank was actually quite time consuming…lots of surveys and things to fill out to get companies to send me samples of stuff…

So…mystery solved.  All this time I had thought for sure it was someone at work.  I was wrong!