Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween treats!

The most awesome pumpkin contest site ever!!!

Seinfeld on Halloween!

Look who it is!

Hey looks like Tony the Tiger is heading out for some trick or treatin'!!

And this is about as Halloween as I get! lol Have a happy n safe night! : )

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Trust You

This song, "Trust You" from Brandon Heath's latest CD "What If We" is about the personal inner struggle that happens when we hold on to whatever it is that doesn’t allow us to seek after God. I think that trust has a lot to do with love. And I don’t think that you can really love someone unless you trust them. Ultimately, I don’t know that I would have the courage or strength to do half of what I do without the trust I’ve developed with God. He’s shown me through countless situations that I have no reason not to trust that He will keep me safe. I think it starts with being stripped and broken in His presence. This song is all about that process. /

Trust You

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


Some days
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

Falling into grace

This is such a great devo by one of my favorite writers, John Fishcer! In it he shares a really "new" and "fresh" way to see what GRACE truly means! I love it and of course had to share it!

"This weekend I got a new take on an old phrase. I had the privilege of being at a church that was born out of failure. Its pastor had a fall from grace forcing him to lose his high position as heir apparent to a 6,000-member congregation and requiring him to give back a very lucrative book deal, but out of the broken pieces of his life, a new thing has begun. I had the opportunity to participate in the new thing that now has gained a level of legitimacy as a new congregation about ready to move into its first building, and it was an eye-opener.

As a result of its unique beginning, this church has attracted people whose life histories have not exactly followed the good Christian housekeeping seal of approval. They are, many of them, rejects from other churches – dropouts due to their own falls from grace.

And as I pondered this, I wondered why it was the exception to the rule to have a church full of broken people. What are churches supposed to be anyway if not communities of those who need Jesus on a regular basis? Unfortunately in many places, church has become more like a group of people who are all fixed up instead of those who are broken. At least that's what we try to be… The First Church of All the Fixed Up People.

The problem with supposedly being fixed is that you have to do something with the knowledge that deep down inside, you know that you are not – that not everybody is telling the truth about themselves, yourself included, but because we are all "fixed," we can't face the truth. In this light, a fall isn't the worst thing that could happen. If it brings you in touch with the real truth about yourself, and a true understanding of God's grace because you need it so much, it could be the best thing that could ever happen to you.

All I can say is, the place where this pastor has fallen to is a much better place than where he was before he fell. And the more I think about this, the more I am convinced that we have the phrase all wrong. You don't fall from grace; you fall into grace. Grace is not up; grace is down. Grace is what you finally understand when you fall. In fact, until you're down and broken, you can't even know what grace is. Oh you may be able to define it, and illustrate it so that it sounds like you know what you're talking about, but you never know grace until it reaches you personally in the depths of your own brokenness. Thus a fall into grace is really a fall into your salvation. "

Fall from grace? Impossible. Grace is already down. Grace is what catches you. You can't fall from grace because there's nowhere else to fall. You're already in the arms of God.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Monday and crack me up silly!

These were too, too funny....the most ridiculous excuses for missing work! I still can't believe people actually think their bosses would believe them! Seriously, is this as inventive as people get!?? lol

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

Talk about being a good steward!

A friend recently told me about a non-profit organization, Room to Read that's really making a positive impact in the world. So I thought I'd share it with you all. John Wood, Founder and CEO, launched Room to Read after a trek through Nepal. He visited several local schools and was amazed by the warmth and enthusiasm of the students and teachers, but also saddened by the shocking lack of resources. Driven to help, John quit his senior executive position with Microsoft and built a global team to work with rural villages to build sustainable solutions to their educational challenges. Founding Room to Read, John wove proven corporate business practices with his inspiring vision to provide educational access to 10 million children in the developing world.

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

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!

Baseball trivia anyone?

Because THE best team is not playing in the World Series this year, I don't know about you but I'm just not really interested in watching the Phillies & Rays going at it (sorry, it's just not right!) So, I thought it would be fun to play some baseball trivia. So here you go (and no looking up the answers, k?)

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

Friday, October 24, 2008

Whatta wise guy....

And seriously, I'm not being facetious either! This link is from Shawn Groves blog...I really do think "brilliant guy" is on to something.

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

A Sundry of Firsts

1. My husband and I will have the absolute privilege and joy to baptize one of our daughters (Dana) on Sunday, November 2nd at the 6:30pm 3F service We'd so love it if you could come and share in this special time with us. Dana is and has always been such a special blessing and gift. From the get go she's had a huge passion and thirst for Jesus and for others to know Him. She's been like my little mentor all along. I'll never forget her encounter with a neighborhood friend when she was just 5 years old....I was doing some yard work while Dana was playing with her friend and I overheard their conversation (okay, I eavesdropped, sue me I'm a mom already! lol):
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

Top 5 Favs

Okay...heeere they are!

Fav Bands (at the moment & in no particular order):
~ Paramore
~ OneRepublic
~ Keith Urban
~ RED (their new album Innocence and Instinct will release 2/10/09 and it's soooo about time!!!)
~ Coldplay

Fav Songs from these bands:
~ Hallelujah
~ Goodbye Apathy
~ Days go by
~ Breathe into me
~ Clocks (just an incredible melody!)

Fav movies:
~ Gladiator
~ Dances with Wolves
~ Office Space
~ The Patriot
~ Out of Africa

Fav Trilogies:
~ Star Wars
~ Bourne movies
~ X-Men
~ Sister Hood of the Traveling Pants (I know there's only 2, but I'm sure there will be a 3rd)
~ Shrek

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:
~ Seinfeld
~ Macgyver
~ Star Trek: The Next Generation
~ 90210
~ 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)

Fav Restaurants:
~ Rigatony's
~ The Salt Cellar
~ Joe's BBQ
~ Applebee's
~ Pita Jungle

Fav Fast Food:
~ Chick-fil-A
~ Wendy's
~ Chipotle
~ Taco Bell
~ Subway

Fav Places I've Been in the World (:
~ Alaska
~ Nashville
~ Nantucket
~ 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

God and washing dishes

1 Lost Canyon retreat center
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
1 reason....Jesus!

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 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

It's a dog's life (or a cat's life)....

Of all the things I could be doing, like sleeping for instance, I'm sitting here surfing Craigslist checking out dog houses to be used for our outdoor kitten, Spanky Daniel. What I thought was going to be a ho hum, boring search process has actually turned out to be an extremely amusing and eye-opening experience! Who knew there were so many varied choices to choose from?! Seriously though, it doesn't take much to keep me entertained! So humor and indulge me already as I did put a lot of thought into each of the captions to the accompanying pic and ad.

Rufus doesn't live here anymore!

For the dog of steel...rotfl!!

Ooooh la, la....we have AC!


They failed to mention this is Barbie's toy poodle's home

So this is how dog house owners in Laveen apparently spell

The picture says it all. The dog in the background won't even go in it! lol

"Honey, stop the car!"

Oooh an exlusive in Scottsdale...all that's lacking is a mote!

Wow, ungrateful dog! Whelp, no blanket, no sale! Unless of course they're willing to throw in the birdbath too (kitty would like that!)

Okay, finally this one takes the cake....I'm crying, I'm laughing so hard...could also be the earliness of the morning too

Be sure to mention which one is your favorite!

Just discovered....

It's Blog Action Day today!! No foolin'! Check this out....

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Obviously, working in a word of mouth department, we understand the power of people talking. We are aware of people’s reliance on the internet for their information. Many of these people turn to multiple blogs daily for this information. If someone reads 5 different blogs a day, and 4 of them have a post about Blog Action Day, they will take notice. This year, with a goal of 20,000 bloggers, there will be a voice that cannot be ignored.

Unfortunately, this is not a topic that lends to light reading. Each year, almost 50% of the world’s population lives on the equivalent of less than $2.50 per day, and the divide between the rich and poor is exponentially growing in the wrong direction. In 1960, the 20% of the world’s people in the richest countries had 30 times the income of the poorest 20% — in 1997, 74 times as much (Global Issues).

The issue of poverty is a world issue. It is not something that is just occurring in third world countries. It is prevalent in every city of every country in the world. What better time than now to reach out and make a difference. We believe that it all begins with education. Learn about the issues, and share that knowledge with others. Do a simple Google search for “poverty” and a wealth of information is at your fingertips.

From there, you can begin making a difference. It is true, all of us can make a difference on an individual level, but think of the difference we can make when we unite around an important social cause."

For more information on Blog Action Day and 88 ways you can help, visit:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Just as guilty

Jesus set a guilty woman free from her accusers by showing that the people who were judging her were just as guilty of sin as she was. "All right, stone her," He said to the religious leaders who were ready with stones to deliver the judgment she deserved. "But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones!" (John 8:7 NLT) This incident reveals something very important about our purpose as followers of Christ. Our job is not to nail judgment on people but instead to identify with them. The Pharisees and religious leaders were trying to separate themselves from this sinful woman they had found in the act of committing adultery. By judging her, they'd be able to feel much better about themselves. But Jesus put a stop to their little charade by putting them in the same boat with the woman they were accusing (I love how Jesus operates!) They were just as guilty.

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

Whatta cool concept!!

The general idea is to raise money and give it away quickly and easily to artists who just need some cash to get started on their projects.

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

A beeeautiful day in the neighborhood...

So many things I never knew about our red cardigan clad neighbor friend! Check this out
15 reasons Mr. Rogers was best neighbor ever -

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

Squash : (

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

Being afraid to use our gifts

I gotta tell you I like Jon Acuff’s writing a lot. His blog Stuff Christians Like has been one of my favorites of the past few months. One of posts which I've included below for your reading pleasure talks about the fear a lot of people have of using their gifts which I think some of us can all relate to.

"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?

Shine some hope

I know we were made to shine. There are colors and nuances yet to be exposed in all of us. We hide ourselves to fit into the darkness that has wrapped around this world, but every now and then light reflects off our surfaces and the beauty we were created with is revealed.

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

The Shower

So what is it about the shower? Have you ever asked yourself this? Why does so much creativity, “pile sorting” and convergent thought crystallize in the shower? Is it because I can keep my hands busy with rote activity and allow my mind to wander? Is it the steam? The organic pomegranate shower gel? The shower is nearly as important as prayer/meditation to keeping my brain organized and the creative activity prioritzed and moving forward. Now if I could only get all this creativity recorded so I don't forget it once I get out of the shower!

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

How cool is this??!!

I LOVE wordle....
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

Watch out for those random questions....

This was the funniest thing (because it happened to my husband and for those of you who do know my husband will understand why), but at the same time incredibly sobering about the world we're living in. So here's what happened....

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

Bicker, bicker, bicker

Bicker, bicker, bicker
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 me the willeys just thinking about that!! More power to 'em, but I could never do what they do!

Bad Face Day

Okay, I know you've all experienced "bad hair" days, but have you ever had a "bad face" day? And I'm not talking giant zits right in the middle of your nose and forehead that seem to magically appear overnight or that your makeup isn't right either. What I mean is that everything seems normal but you just don't feel your face looks right. Something is off and amiss. It's hard to explain, but I'm sure you've had those days that no matter what, you just look like poo! It just happens. Somedays I look in the mirror and I think I look good. The next day, I do everything the same, but when I look in the mirror something is off, but I can’t pinpoint why. So that's when I conclude I'm having a baaad face day and avoid mirrors like the plague! It's much easier that way and if someone should ask how my day is going, I simply say "I'm having a bad face day" and most people give you that "nod" of knowing and nothing more needs to be said. Completely uncomplicated.... ; )