31. August 2009 23:09
This is one of my favorite songs by Rodney, and probably the first one I really saw myself in. Even though I do live in the country, it's a quite frequent occurance to look out the kitchen window or off the front porch and see how much "more" there is to life than what I've already got. In that moment I've felt myself longing for this or that, only to come back to reality a while later and realize "that's not me." In a way, that was very disappointing. You see someone who's "got it together," maybe in their little farm on 5 acres, or even beyond the realm of stuff to the man and wife sitting on the front porch, relaxing, just enjoying life. And I wonder, "can I have that?" I think that's what this song is all about. Coming to that realization that while there are an infinite number of other lives out there for us to idolize or wish we had, there is only one that we do have, and that's our own. The question is, what will we do with it? Will we "make the most of it," but still alway... [More]
28. August 2009 23:18
Another story on the power of prayer... in this one, though, I was mainly an observer. This occured earlier this summer, while my wife, son, and I were over at my mom's house one Sunday afternoon.
We're all just taking it easy, hanging out at my mom's house, when my cell phone rang. It was Nancy, my neighbor in "the big house" just around the corner (the best set of neighbors I've ever known, I might add). I figured she had a computer question for me, as that's the "going rate" for me borrowing farm equipment every now and then. But we were in for a bit more drama than that this time.
"Your horses are running loose," she told me. "Some other neighbors down the road came to us thinking they were ours, but they're yours. They said they last saw them galloping east down the road, running as fast as they could towards freedom. Are you guys nearby?"
Of course we weren't. We were around 30 minutes away, under normal conditions. So we pack up real quick, and take off. What can we even do... [More]
28. August 2009 06:39
Prayer has been all over my map this year. In teaching, in being taught, in reading, and even in applying, trying, failing, and succeeding. I was remided yesterday about how "informal" we can be with God in terms of the whole "process," but how much He just loves to hear from us and also, how much he longs to answer us.
At the beginning of September, we start a new Sunday School "year" at our church. Being the team leader for that ministry has put me into a number of situations, but the one I love the most is raising up new leaders into spots of ministry that are just right for them. While I say that, I also love the opportunity to watch these people be raised up by others... it's a wonderful opportunity to watch miracles in action. This event yesterday showed me both sides of this, how prayer fit in, and how wonderful God is to us.
One of our preschool classes (the one my son is in, it so happens) has been in need of a helper for the teacher. It's not at all that Kelley (their tea... [More]
27. August 2009 08:43
We're having a Sunday School "commissioning" service this Sunday at church as we launch into a new year of reaching, teaching, and ministering to our community. As part of this we're going to bring all the leaders, teachers, and helpers up front, both to be recognized, but more importantly, to be visibly "set apart' by our church to do the work God has called them to. These 35+ people in our church touch lives in ways no other single person could, and I love them all.
We're coming up with a bulletin insert talking about the importance of "commissioning" and a little "responsive reading" to get everyone involved in the service, and I thought I'd post the reading here:
Pastor: Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” (Matthew 28:19)SS Workers: We will make disciples, and we will be disciples.Pastor: Whatever your assignment may be – leader, teacher, or helper – your ministry is important to our Sunday School.SS Workers: We believe that we are guides for the ... [More]
23. August 2009 21:23
I am tired. I don't know but perhaps it's been such a full week I need to refresh. For now, some memory joggers for later.
Talked to the neighbor kid about his drummer. He sees where I'm coming from, what my complaint is, and where we can compromise.
Played quite a bit of softball; had a blast, and finished strong.
Helped Erin husk and freezer-prep 2-3 bushels of sweet corn.
Brought in another key spot to our Sunday School leadership team that we've been praying for. PERFECT FIT, I think.
Made it through the weekend of softball without compromising my desires but at the same time refusing to allow any conflict of interest with other "real" priorities.
Made some serious progress on projects, alone and with help: retaining wall, garden fence, mowing grass.
Talked to my next door neighbor.
Prayed with my wife and feel leading / direction with her mother.
Rode horses... by my self, with my son, and with my wife.
Had lunch with a TON of friends today. I am so blessed.
And now... [More]