Thursday, April 24, 2014

Do you want to build...

Transition periods.

Turning a home from warm colors to cool colors.

Changing from Hymns and Hymn books to Worship & Praise songs.

Switching from fat free milk to whole milk.

Giving up caffeine to slowing sneaking it back in ( and I wonder why I can't sleep anymore!)

Turning into a runner after walking/ jogging for miles.

Realizing it's National Infertility Week and starting the adoption process in July.

Changing my views and respect for people that once earned them, but are slowing GIVING them away without realizing it.

 There's always a transition between the here and now or the here and there principles. We can't stay the same if we want to go there and not stay here. Change is inevitable. We must get rid of the junk holding us back to move forward into a new adventure and promised land.

I often feel a lot like the Israelites wandering. A seven day journey that lasts for 40 years. (and actually 80); or sometimes feel like Paul shipwrecked. Or the disciples stuck in a storm on the water.  They all waited, which is sometimes the hardest part. Their needs were physical, but guaranteed the spiritual and emotional far outweighed the physical. And yet, the blessings from all those trials and tribulations far outweighed the physical, spiritual, and emotional discomfort they encountered. Can you imagine what that promised land must have looked like to the weary eyes? to the sunburned feet? to the homeless desert generations? Did they even KNOW how to set up a home anymore?
Can you imagine what the disciples felt like when Jesus woke up and calmed the storm? Or Paul got off an island? All the troubles, worries, stress, unanswered questions melted away as they entered into God's place for them.

It's quite similar to moving. You have the stress of selling the home (or telling the rental company last days, and get deposits etc back), tell all the utility companies, sort through all the baggage we have picked up along the way, box up the earthly possessions and physically move and say good-bye to people we became accustomed to doing life with. Then you settled into a new home which is usually exciting. You set up the home, and the utilities, and wait FOREVER for internet/cable guys, and once everything is unpacked; the journey begins with doctors, dentists, gynecologists, school systems, career/job search, church search, and you wait. Is this the right church? the right school setting? the doctor that will FINALLY listen? And then it becomes routine and normal after some time and you find people to do life with again. And you're no longer wandering in the desert.

But what happens in the DASH...the time in between? That's where I feel like I am located.

What do you do when you come across the land in between?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

do great things with...

What a weekend.
The Marine's birthday was Friday. So we celebrated and honored him.
Then it was also Good Friday so we had a Good Friday service, too.
Then we had Life Group right after that.
The night ended around midnight as people filtered out of our home to go back to their homes.
We have been discussing service.
Service to other people so that in the end, we can share Christ. (Which, is kinda sneaky and selfish of us if that's our only motivation. )

We need to balance our service with love. We serve because of love.
We love because He loved and commanded that we do, too.
Love God, Love Others. Simple.

I find the hardest people to love are the ones inside the church walls, though.
Which is maybe why Jesus rarely hung out with "those people". The ones that NEEDED Him weren't there. He went to them and didn't make others COME to Him. He shook things up in a radical way and questioned motives with LOVE.

Let me be BOLD for Jesus.

If that has to be inside the church, outside the church, in a prison, out in my neighborhood. Let me DO IT.
 "My flesh may fail, but my God you never will..
Give me faith to trust what you say..."

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

There's always a good-bye

After a week of no internets/home network, it is BACK!
I couldn't even print, which was driving me bananas as I had Sunday School and a Parent Meeting last Sunday. They had to write everything down instead of handouts, which isn't the end of the world, but now I have all these pretty papers designed and sitting on my desk top awaiting printing. #firstworldproblems

I also can officially share that my pastor and family will be heading out to New Mexico for a new church starting in June. And that my downtown pastor is now PAID part-time starting June 1 and then will move into Full-time in January. As part of the leadership team, we will sit down and discuss what this means for the future of our church.  We currently have three campuses and four pastors. Only one is technically paid via the church. All the other "ministry directors" are volunteer positions except the worship leader. SO, please add our church to your prayer list. Transitions are never easy, but always produce good things when God's people say YES to Him.

And my youthins are losing one of their great friends and sole student leader to this transition. They've never had any of the  youth move away before yeah, heartache. But also a teaching lesson. And next year, I'll be the one moving away and leaving them in capable hands {hopefully}.
Many prayers are appreciated.

So, this summer is full of adventures, mission trips, and see ya laters. I've never been on the receiving end of people moving away. It's usually the Marine and I moving away from good friends, so now I finally know what it's like when good friends move away; or at least announce that they're moving away. But I am excited for them. It sounds like a new adventure and great community. AND it has me missing the desert community just a little bit. It's a completely different culture than the fast paced, go -go-go, don't talk to anyone, rush around here and there pace of Indianapolis. And Mission Trip 2015, SOLVED. That is super easy.

Oh, and Saturday we went to the Indianapolis ZOO, in which I was sunburnt in 90 minutes in the sun since it was almost 80 degrees. And today, snow. It did not stick today but it was pretty. Tomorrow it'll be 60, so there's that bi-polar weather.

And now Peter Pan time with my niece.

What's your favorite Disney Movie?

tick-tock tick-tock.