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Probation Officer and Adult Volunteer Leader for the High School Ministry of Granger Community Church.

Monday, July 31, 2006

7 Years and Counting!

Jami and I celebrated our 7-year wedding anniversary today. Neither of us really felt like going anywhere to eat – maybe because it was so pit-sweat hot. So we decided on Famous Dave's. The whole evening we felt like the pig was stalking us. He finally came up to our table... I didn't look at him, and Jami gave a half-hearted smile. I think he got the pig-point and moved on. Hope we didn't hurt his feelings. Oh wait, I don't care. No restaurant should be allowed to have a pig wondering aimlessly about... unless that is, we're allowed to pull it's pig-tail.

Happy anniversary! It's been a great 7 years. I can't wait for the next 70.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Staggering Under Burden of Compassion

Great article from the Los Angeles Times: Staggering Under Burden of Compassion: An Episcopal priest burns out, finds a new approach to faith and writes a book about it.

Favorite response to question in article, "Who does Jesus think you are?"
The answer changes daily. Basically, I'm a middle-aged white woman who's never broken a bone. I'm a child of God on par with anybody sitting on death row. I'm not as wonderful or important as I think I am, nor as wretched.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Live A Revolution b-Votional 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 9, 10

The following are a few of my thoughts from a homework assignment our Mexico Team received last week.

Christian brothers, we ask you, because of the Lord Jesus, to keep on living in a way that will please God. I have already told you how to grow in the Christian life. 1 Thess. 4v1
It's so easy to get caught up in life. It's easy to get comfortable to the point of simply going through the motions. And I think Paul knew that. He wanted to remind the believers in Thesolonica that living in a way that pleases God is a daily thing. He was saying, "I know that it's easy to forget. It's easy to get caught up in the daily routine. But I'm writing you because I want to remind you that Jesus has taught us how to live. And I'm writing you to remind you there's a way to live that pleases God. Live that way!" It's easy for me to get caught up in my daily routine. And I need to be reminded that there's a way to live that pleases God. Jesus, help me to remember that there's a way to live that pleases and glorifies you... and help me to live that way!
Regarding life together and getting along with each other, you don't need me to tell you what to do. You're God-taught in these matters. Just love one another!You're already good at it; your friends all over the province of Macedonia are the evidence. Keep it up; get better and better at it. 1 Thess. 4v9-10
Paul, instead of just saying, "Yo guys. Keep on loving." and that be the end of it, instead encouraged them and commended them for loving others... but not for loving others with just the love they have - for loving others with the love of God - with the love that God taught. It's love that's bigger than we could ever offer on our own. In essence, Paul is saying, "great job for letting the Spirit of God work through you!" "Great job for being Spirit-led!" How many times do I love with the love that Todd has to give. God wants us to love with the love that He has to give... which is much bigger than I could ever love. God wants me to be Spirit led in my love that I give. In addition, when we address others, we can learn from Paul. Not only does he tell these dudes to keep on loving. He encourages them and commends them for what they've done and allowed God to do through them. How many times do I simply tell people what to do... or simply ask someone to do something. God wants us to encourage and commend people for what they've already done. Secondly, these guys are loving on people who are close to them in likeness, proximity or social status. These guys are loving on people who are not like them - who are different then they are - who are far away from them in distant lands. Very practically, God is asking me to love on people who are very different than I am - who are very far from where I live - He is asking me to love the very people we are going to see in a few short days... not only when I get there. But God is asking that I love them now... in praying for them now... in how I prepare my heart now... in how I handle my relationship with God now... because it's now that I begin to love these people we are going to. It's now that I put myself in a place to be able to love on them when we get down there physically. Jesus, help me to get to the place where I am loving on these people we are going to see now. Help me to prepare my heart and my mind. Put these people on my heart so heavy that I can't help but pray for them. And Jesus, help me to love others with a love that's bigger than me - with your love.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

What A Difference A Year Makes

So, I'm went back and checked out old blog posts that I had posted a year ago and came across these photos we took of Carter last July... it's pretty cool to see how he's changed. He couldn't even walk this time last year!

Last July.

This July.

Last July – And still one of my all time favorites.

This July – One of my new all time favorites.

Last July in the sand.

This July – Still likes the sand!

Carter and Wes – Jessica's boyfriend. Carter likes him... he's in!

Carter and Jessica. Good picture Jess!