Friday, October 31, 2008
Seinfeld on Halloween!
And this is about as Halloween as I get! lol Have a happy n safe night! : )
Thursday, October 30, 2008
www.brandonheath.net / www.myspace.com/brandonheath
I can’t walk without watching where I’m going
I can’t speak without knowing what to say
I can’t love and have any hesitation
Cause I know that you don’t work that way
I can’t reach without something to offer
I can’t come now I am so ashamed
I can’t hold out from you any longer
Cause I know that you don’t work that way
I’m not gonna fight you anymore
Not gonna try to lock the door
You took your life and gave me yours
There’s no reason why
I shouldn’t trust you with mine
It’s never easy changing my direction
It’s so unnatural to loosen up my grip
Are you growing weary of all my good intentions
Cause I know that You don’t work that way
This wait upon my shoulder
Is my shame
I know I should know better
Cause you say
That I must now surrender
There’s no other way
(C) 2008 Brandon Heath, Jason Ingram, Chad Cates
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The results come from careerbuilder. Thirty-one percent of the employers surveyed said they follow up with employees who call in sick, some require doctor's notes, others check in by calling, and a creepy percentage drives by the employee's home (eeewww, that's a bit over the top wouldn't you say?) Employers reported the most unusual responses which are below. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but really, most of these are ridiculous:
Employee didn’t want to lose the parking space in front of his house.
Employee hit a turkey while riding a bike. (I'm still cracking up over this one!)
Employee said he had a heart attack early that morning, but that he was “all better now."
Employee donated too much blood.
Employee’s dog was stressed out after a family reunion.
Employee was kicked by a deer. (After I was all better from the heart attack I had that morning, I still went into work despite the assault from the deer. Why can't there be more people like me? True martyrs! lol)
Employee contracted mono after kissing a mailroom intern at the company holiday party and suggested the company post some sort of notice to warn others who may have kissed him.
Employee swallowed too much mouthwash.
Employee’s wife burned all his clothes and he had nothing to wear to work. (Someone didn't pick up after himself now did he! Oh how many times I've been tempted to do this! ; )
Employee’s toe was injured when a soda can fell out of the refrigerator.
Employee was up all night because the police were investigating the death of someone discovered behind her house.
Employee’s psychic told her to stay home.
So which one(s) do you think are the worst or best excuses?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Room to Read began working with rural communities in Nepal in 2000 to build schools and establish libraries. The organization's geographic reach expanded rapidly as significant needs and opportunities were identified in Vietnam (2001), Cambodia (2002) and India (2003). The Asian Tsunami in December 2004 provided a catalyst for entry into Sri Lanka followed shortly by Laos. In 2006, we expanded to our second continent by launching Room to Read in South Africa, and we began work in Zambia in 2007. In 2008, we began operations in Bangladesh and will commence program activities in 2009.
Please check out their website http://www.roomtoread.org/index.html
Also check out John Wood's book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. This book comes highly recommended. Another one to add to my ever growing book order! http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Microsoft-Change-World-Entrepreneurs/dp/0061121088/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225088847&sr=1-1
1. What baseball team was the first to introduce numbers as a permanent part of their players' uniforms?
2. Under what weather conditions does a baseball travel the farthest?
3. Who threw baseball's last legal spitball?
When you're wearing corduroy pants and you walk really fast, you could spontaneously burst into flames at any moment. It's very dangerous, be careful! ~ My friend, Belinda http://7throw.spaces.live.com/
Friday, October 24, 2008
Hmmm....just musing and wondering if I should have done what this guy is doing since I didn't have a handle or a clue on what I wanted to do with my life (especially since the career path I was on came to a very unexpected halt...a topic for another post), and so I ended up in college because it was expected and also it was suppose to be a default plan. I often wonder if I would have saved myself a whole lot of grief and pain (and yes, money too) I inevitably have gone through trying to find my course in life. After 4 years of a stellar college education, I walked away more aimless and more in debt than I had walked in!
But please don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-college by any means, because I do think it has a ton of value and merit for one's future. My degree did open a lot of doors that otherwise would have remained closed to me. And I do believe college is the right path for those that do know exactly or have some sense of what they want to do with their lives. I think for me I should have taken some time to re-group after losing my career path and direction rather than plunge right into school, hit or miss hoping for the answers. I know now I didn't want to deal with the pain and loss of identity. It was just too overwhelming and all I wanted was for someone, anyone to point me in the right direction and tell me what to do next. Well, obviously that's no way to lead and live a life, and as a result I found myself doing and working in positions I hated and resented, and of course blaming everyone else in the process (that was just so much easier to do.) Of course there were many mitigating factors from my upbringing that played into this scenario (only child, first one of the family to go to a top notch school, I was type A and driven, etc.), but I think it's primarily because I caved and allowed myself to be and do what others expected of me and never quite found myself in that given 4 year time period. For me college should have been postponed until I had a better sense of who I was and what God was asking of me. Unfortunately, I never put God into the equation at all until later on in my life and that's when things finally started coming together. Fancy that! ; )
Well I've rambled on long enough (thanks to those of you who've made it this far! lol) and obviously there are pro and con to both paths. I'm curious to hear what you all think on this topic...
"You have to know where you are before you can get where you want to go." ~ Nelson Searcy
Dana: "Do you go to church?"
Her friend: "Nah, our family doesn't do that stuff."
Dana: "So you don't know Jesus??! You need to know Jesus!"
Her friend: "Am I suppose to?"
Dana: "Yeah. I'll show you some pictures of Him from my Bible."
And now at 12, Dana has been talking about going into ministry....well, I should say she first wants to pursue acting and then ministry. Still, it just melts my heart to hear that!! And it's thanks to all the "fingerprints" from the people at Central that have cared enough to mold, shape, and refine her heart as well as our whole family's heart for Jesus. God is oh so good!!
And get this, the date we chose for her baptism appeared to be random, but come to find out one of her favorite and most impactful Sunday school teachers, the ever so lovely Ms. Brandy Baker, was baptized on the same date six years ago!! Talk about special!! : )
1. Me doing the PF Chang 1/2 Marathon in January!! I didn't think I'd be ready for it, probably because I purposely didn't focus or pressure myself to be ready, but somehow I'm fitter than I expected from my training. I'm averaging 6 + miles and will be uping that incrementally, so the hope is by January I should have no problem with 13 miles, barring any injuries, etc. We'll see....I'm cautiously optimistic and excited!!
1. I've discovered the "electric eyelash curler"!!! I'm so excited!! I had no idea such a wonder, miracle tool existed until the men's challenge weekend. Thank you, Stacey Gonzalez!! See what happens when you room with a bunch of women? You can't help but learn new things all the time! lol I know you're all laughing, but I bet you didn't know it existed either, did you?!
More firsts to come in future posts, but that's all for now! : )
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one!" ~ C.S. Lewis
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Fav Bands (at the moment & in no particular order):
~ Keith Urban
~ RED (their new album Innocence and Instinct will release 2/10/09 and it's soooo about time!!!)
Fav Songs from these bands:
~ Goodbye Apathy
~ Days go by
~ Breathe into me
~ Clocks (just an incredible melody!)
~ Dances with Wolves
~ Office Space
~ The Patriot
~ Out of Africa
~ Star Wars
~ Bourne movies
~ Sister Hood of the Traveling Pants (I know there's only 2, but I'm sure there will be a 3rd)
Fav TV Shows:
~ Any home design show
~ The Office
~ American Idol
~ Monday Night Football
~ Antiques Road Show (Yes, I hear you laughing....but it's really an interesting show)
Fav Classic TV Shows:
~ Star Trek: The Next Generation
~ Little House on the Prairie (I always wanted to be Laura, but look like Mary when I grew up...well that didn't happen! lol)
~ The Salt Cellar
~ Joe's BBQ
~ Pita Jungle
Fav Fast Food:
~ Taco Bell
Fav Places I've Been in the World (:
~ Los Angeles
(My travel wish list: Australia, England, Ireland, Africa, and Greece)
As for the fav book category, that's too hard to narrow down for me, so I may just need to post a running list of recommended reads.
Monday, October 20, 2008
1 weekend of beautiful AZ weather
350 men (not sure if this is an exact count)
33 women servant ministers
4 meals prepared, cooked, and served
1400 washed plates, glasses, platters, and silverware
This past weekend I had the absolute privilege to get to know and work alongside 32 incredible women to help serve the men from our church during their men's challenge up at Lost Canyon (a phenomenal Young Life facility http://sites.younglife.org/camps/LostCanyon/default.aspx) in Williams, AZ. I honestly had no idea what to expect other than a lot of hard work, but God was really calling me to go. And go I did and 2 1/2 days later, it was nothing short of AMAZING and RENEWING (and okay, admittedly exhausting too! ; ) But God was just so God in all the obvious ways He revealed Himself through the people and beauty of His creation, it was just profound.
But He also showed up in the unexpected....while doing dishes! I was assigned for the weekend to be part of the pit crew....better known as dish washing and kitchen clean-up duty. Mind you, I had no complaints whatsoever about this assignment. I've always been more comfortable working behind the scenes (hmmm, maybe I shouldn't say that too loudly because God might just put me as a server next year!) In anycase, Brother Lawrence (a 17th century Christian monk who viewed cooking and kitchen duties as a way of practicing the presence of God) came to mind quite a bit as I was doing my tasks which made me very mindful and intentional to pursue and commune with God. Of his kitchen, Brother Lawrence wrote: "The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament."
And taking it a bit further, I've come to see the kitchen as a place that sharpens us. It's a place that wakes us up. Our senses become keener and more aware of not just the extraordinary, but more so of the ordinary. And it's in the ordinary that God reveals Himself the most if we'd just tune in and look! It's in that mindset that we taste with greater subtlety and see with more clarity. But there are also times when we're not as sensitive, intuitive, and just not as focused. We get distracted and numbed out to life. And just like in the kitchen that becomes most apparent....the sauce might burn, the bread won't rise, or the dishes may slip out of our hands. And likewise, if we don't stay focused on Him, we get distracted and lose our way only to bear the weight of getting "burned or hurt" to get our attention and draw us back to Him.
"In the very same way that the Chinese cook was able to sharpen his knives just by using them, we can sharpen our lives by living them with awareness, moment by moment in His presence." Seasons of your Heart
PS: My Top 5 will be coming soon....just postponed it because this had really been on my heart to share.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Rufus doesn't live here anymore! http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/grd/871660698.html
For the dog of steel...rotfl!! http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/zip/864065504.html
Ooooh la, la....we have AC! http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/for/871964502.html
They failed to mention this is Barbie's toy poodle's home http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/hsh/857535950.html
So this is how dog house owners in Laveen apparently spell http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/for/852566593.html
The picture says it all. The dog in the background won't even go in it! lol
"Honey, stop the car!" http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/mat/839252676.html
Oooh an exlusive in Scottsdale...all that's lacking is a mote! http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/for/836553800.html
Wow, ungrateful dog! Whelp, no blanket, no sale! Unless of course they're willing to throw in the birdbath too (kitty would like that!) http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/for/821465961.html
Okay, finally this one takes the cake....I'm crying, I'm laughing so hard...could also be the earliness of the morning too http://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/for/855460524.html
Be sure to mention which one is your favorite!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It is so tempting to think that we're better than other people. We love soap operas and reality shows where everyone's life is so messed up, we can feel better about our own lives. But whenever you start to separate yourself from sinners, you forget that it was your sin that brought you to Christ in the first place. The Gospel comes best from people who identify with the sins of others, because they have become so familiar with their own sin.
The self-righteous leaders were convicted by the presence of sin in their own lives, "they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest." (John 8:9 NLT) which makes sense. The oldest would be the ones most aware of their own sinfulness. There comes a time in your life when you can't fool yourself anymore. There were probably a few young, arrogant idealists who hung on as long as possible, but even they had to finally give in to the truth about their own guilt and drop their stones.
Christians are constantly trying to separate themselves from a world that Jesus wants them in. Jesus wants us to see our own sin and not make such a big fuss over everyone else's. Our sin nature is our connection with everyone else who struggles in life, our salvation is our hope, and the Good News of the Gospel is our message. Anyone can spot a mile away the hypocrisy of proclaiming a gospel about the forgiveness of everyone's sins but your own.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
From The Federation of Students and Nominally or Unemployed Artists website (pleeease be sure to watch the video clip too!):
The FSNUA aims to re-inspire creative thinking and action in everyday people by removing a small barrier and providing encouragement. We give small, unsecured grants in the form of $10-$60 for creative projects thought up on the spot by everyday people. In the past this has included a merchant marine, two 10 year old girls, a US soldier on leave from Iraq, an accordion player from Alaska, and around 40 others. We funded their new paintings, drawings, knitting, and photojournalism projects, and the repair of one accordion. Projects that may not have happened had they not come across 10 people in the park to support and inspire the thought.
Beyond the small amount of money, the project encourages people to see themselves as something other than workers or consumers even if it just for the length of time required to apply for the FSNUA grant. We also hope to re-inspire dormant desires to create while presenting an example of generosity without an ulterior motive.
Personally, I think this is an incredible thing! It’s hard to hear about people wistfully talk about some kind of art they would be doing if they could just afford X, Y or Z. It’s also a great picture of how to show love to our neighbors and community.
Wow! What the church could do with an idea like this!! What do you think?
Friday, October 10, 2008
15 reasons Mr. Rogers was best neighbor ever - CNN.com
I think these may be my favorites from the list:
2. He made thieves think twice. According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”
8. He could make a subway car full of strangers sing. Once while rushing to a New York meeting, there were no cabs available, so Rogers and one of his colleagues hopped on the subway. Esquire reported that the car was filled with people, and they assumed they wouldn't be noticed.
But when the crowd spotted Rogers, they all simultaneously burst into song, chanting "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood." The result made Rogers smile wide.
Seriously, whatta guy!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I feel horrible!!! I can't believe this happened...I was walking my very hyper beagle this morning who was jumping and pulling all over the place. Needless to say, I was distracted by her and wasn't watching where I was stepping and the next thing I knew....squash, I stepped on a baby frog/toad. It just makes my heart hurt and I cringe thinking about it...poor li'l guy! If it makes me sad, I can only imagine how God feels....sigh...
Monday, October 6, 2008
"I saw Maya Angelou one time on TV. (If the question is, “were you watching the Martha Stewart show?” The answer is sadly enough, “yes.”) Angelou is perhaps America’s most treasured living poet and is known the world over for her ability to write and speak.
What was interesting about the short interview was that at one point in her life Angelou did not speak. In fact, from the ages of 7-13, she was a voluntary mute. Not a word escaped her lips, even when an elementary teacher tried to slap her face hard enough to make her speak.
You see, Angelou was molested as a child. When the man passed away, she thought she had killed him with her voice. So from that point on she did not speak.There are probably a million good ideas within the sadness of this tale but the one that struck me most was the lesson about gifts.
Angelou’s strongest passion, the thing she would call her reason to be, is her words. She is a public speaker, an orator that has moved presidents and even nations at times. And yet for six years she did not share a single word.
Her gift was stolen. Perhaps only temporarily, but it was stolen nonetheless. Maybe you’ve got a gift too that has been stolen. I think that happens more than we like to admit. Maybe there’s some hurt associated with that gift. You’re a musician that could never please your father so you gave up the piano. An artist whose work caused pain somehow so you gave up the paint brushes. I don’t know how it happened to you, but because I write this blog, I’ll tell you how it happened to me.
I used to use my words to interact with girls online. I used to post funny things, or insightful things in hopes that my approval addiction would get fed in some way. I even started sending out long, bibly emails to friends from church in hopes that they would tell me how holy I was. I misappropriated my greatest gift in a selfish desire to feed my massive ego and numb my wounds.
After a while, I realized what I was doing and decided to never do that again. The easiest way was to simply stop writing. The way I could control it without turning to God was to quit writing. I might have scribbled in a journal, but the swirling and twisting storm of words that seethed inside remained silent. My gift was stolen. There were too many thorn bushes planted by my one talent. I didn’t want to be anywhere near it.
I eventually couldn’t contain it any longer. The words inside me felt like soldiers dying inside a submarine that was running out of air. I asked God if I could write again. I asked him if he was cool with me writing, given my less than proud past. The answer was pretty simple. I felt like he said, “Do you know what I do when you write? I sing.”
That's the truth. I think we know that when we use our gift to hurt ourselves or others we understand that satan is winning. (I just gave him the middle finger of grammar by lower casingYay me!) But I think satan wins too when we refuse to use our gift at all. He loves to attack our gifts that matter most, the most. And when we lock them tightly in a chest under our bed, he wins.
So here’s my blog. And there’s your gift, waiting to be used. Don’t let it be stolen. You might have damaged it and bruised it in the past. Someone close to you may have tried to snuff it out.
But it’s there. Tired of being silent, desperate to sing."
So have any of you had similar struggles? Other thoughts?
As Believers we're to be voices of hope, encountering culture and relevantly communicating the purposes of God for all humanity. Today people are not looking for a hell to get out of or a heaven to get into, but a reason to live and to die, a purpose. The world must know that this is what the God of the living offers. Those who have come to know Jesus must see the hope of God in people. Just as God believes in us more than we believe in Him, we must believe in people more than they may believe in themselves. Hope is not something new to believe in, but a new life as it was intended to be lived. This hope is in a life before death, not just after.
Friday, October 3, 2008
So what about you? Where's your best thinking zone?
Next blog post....So what is it about driving in the car?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.
Book of Matthew
Sinners in the hands of an angry God
Martin Luther's 95 Theses
My husband went to give blood the other day in which he's pretty familiar with the drill and questions asked since he does this on a regular basis. Upon finishing up and munching on a snack, the tech proceeds to ask him one final random question. "Sir, are you still male?" To which my husband replied, "WHAT??!! Yeah, of course I'm still male!" The tech apologetically added "I'm so sorry and I know it's rather an unusual question, but we're now required to ask if males are still males and females still females." Yikes!! So be forewarned the next time you give blood! I'm still not sure if I should laugh or cry....
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Oh how my kids love to bicker
And drive this mama mad!!
Yep, it was one of those mornings today, but life is better now that they're off to school. Heaven help the moms that home school....gives me the willeys just thinking about that!! More power to 'em, but I could never do what they do!