March 31, 2009
My friend Nancy told me a story I have heard before. Its about a little girl who saved up for so long to buy a pair of plastic pearls. She loved those pearls. Wore them everyday and cherished them. Her dad asked her to give her the pearls. She told her dad he could have her favorite doll, her favorite dress, her favorite stuffed animal…but not her pearls. Dad kept asking until one day she said ok. Her dad took the pearls and she was sad. A few days later her dad came home with a gift. It was a strand of real pearls.
I know God wants me to give up my most cherished things. And even when I think I have given Him everything…he asks for more. Its a struggle. I’m not sure how to proceed. I fail at times. But I desire to give them.
So here are my plastic pearls God, I don’t know what my next step should be and sometimes I question whether you are as concerned about those pearls as I am. I find myself weak at times ready to throw in the towel. But your word says that you are concerned. So the only thing I can do is believe. Sometimes I feel foolish giving you those pearls. But your word says that you use the foolish things to confound the wise.
So my prayer is make me dangerous, make me deep and make me generous. Give me strength because its crazy hard. Help me believe. Guide my steps.
March 25, 2009
Today we experienced a huge letdown. Massive. The kind that makes you question everything.
I should be strong. I should have faith. I should trust. I’m finding it increasigly hard to do any of these things.
Im just so mad and I don’t know what to do next.
Ever been there? Have any advice? Not the sunday school advice. Any real, I’ve been there and here is how I came through advice?
March 21, 2009
The other day I took my two children on a date. Well, we were running errands but it was just the 3 of us. We were going to get Ethan’s hair cut, shop, eat. So we decided to eat at noodles. I ordered my meal and a mac n cheese for the kids to split and asked for an extra bowl. We sat down and when our food came, they handed me the two meals and a two rolls. I said “those must be for someone else” and she took them back. I then realized I needed an extra bowl and fork. So I went up to the counter and asked for bowl and fork. The girls said that I paid for the rolls and would I like a refund. I said no, I’ll just take the rolls no biggie. I was completely happy to have the rolls and it wasn’t an issue at all.
But then the manager came up to me and said that he was sorry for the mistake and gave me a free meal coupon.
That folks, is great customer service. Although it wasn’t an inconvience to me, they wanted to make it right. I wish more places were like that. Great job noodles!! Please build one in Liberty!
March 18, 2009
We just celebrated our first year as a church. What an amazing journey. I’m so glad I read a blog that lead us here. I’m so glad we left the comfort of two great jobs and two great churches and salaries to just be a apart of this. The staff of this church is truly amazing. Every single person brings so much and has defined who we are as a church. I have the utmost respect and love for each staff member and really, I only know them from a distance. And the church family…well I can’t even begin to say how amazed I am at the commitment that these people bring.
It was great to see over 600 people on Sunday. Yeah thats right, 600 people in our first year. Its bananas.
Janet said it best when she said “This is just the begining!!”
March 10, 2009
Just found out our renters will be leaving end of april. This is bad. But God is good. So I’m trying to believe for a miracle. Believe with me, would you? Pray for our house to sell soon. I’m not sure what the alternative will be. We need to get to liberty and can only do that if the house sells. I appreciate your prayers.
March 9, 2009
Did a great job of wrapping up the series on tough times this week. He is so funny. I think he is also great at bringing home the big idea into peoples everyday lives. Here was the key verse. I chose the message version just because I like it.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (The Message)
16-18So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
Oh how timely those words are.
March 4, 2009
Its normal for children to not tell the truth. But its not ok.
So the beginning of February Ethan brought home this teeth brushing chart from school. He was to check off when he brushed his teeth in the morning and before bed. He did really well. But somewhere around the 20th he stopped brushing before school. (he is 5 and probably should have been reminded but that is another post). Well the other day we were tucking him in bed and he said that he had forgot his chart and needed to bring it in the morning so he could get a prize. (the prize was fake teeth and he was desperate to have them.) He proceeded to grab a crayon and just check every box. We stopped him and reminded him that he didn’t acutally brush on those days and so we are not going to say that he did. That was lying.
Fastforward to the next day when Nate picked him up from school. Ethan says “hey dad, I fooled you, I took my chart to school and checked the boxes and got the prize!” Not very sneaky. So he got in big trouble…big talking to…no video game. But he is supposed to take the prize back to his teacher and tell her that he didn’t tell the truth.
Its just so weird how they know how to hide things. I want my children to be truth tellers. I don’t want them to feel like they have to hide the truth. I hope this is a lesson. But I think we might see more of this. Ah the joys of parenting.