Friday, September 02, 2016

Flame On.

Friday, time for some fun faves right now...

Captain America : Civil War is out on Amazon. That alone makes this day absolutely GREAT!
There's something about these Marvel movies that keep me watching and watching. I suppose it's the Comic Book stories from childhood, but I've still never read Comic Books, but I have heard of these characters for YEARS and now, can see them coming to life in EPIC proportions.

FLAMES. It is official, I am starting my Master's Degree program in October. Outdoor Adventure Sport Certificate followed by Sport Management Certificate and finally, a dual Masters Degree in BOTH Sports Management and Outdoor Adventure Sport. Sports Ministry is a class I get to take, so it's all ROOTED in God's Word, too.

FRESH THYME FARMERS MARKET.It is MAGICAL. I feel healthy just by walking in it. It's like a fresh cousin of Trader Joe's and a step down from stuffy Whole Foods and they're high fluting prices. We had the OFFICIAL grand opening yesterday. It was great. Albanese Gummis , fresh baked bread, salad bar, hot soups, deli counter, fresh sushi, and that's just one small side of the place. They're white cheddar mac and cheese is life changing and waist un-defining.

I may end up doing an entire post around the love I have for Fresh Thyme. My love grows deeper which each store they pop up around me. I mean large pumpkins for $3.99?! Mums, apples, seafood, beer, all fresh, natural, organic everything.  I gotta stop or I'll take over this post. 

I puffy heart Shauna and her gift of writing. This book is like a spring inside my soul. God has given her the wisdom and boldness to write about things that happen that we don't always give names, things that deep down unsettle our souls and unravel us bit by bit. This book not only names them, but settles on a rhythm of give it to God. Give him the Vinegar and taste his Oil. (you gotta read the book for that reference). 

THIS is a game changer. American church, this isn't the ONLY way to do church. There's so much wisdom in this book, so much heart. I want to learn globally so that my youth know this flavor of church isn't the only taste of it; there's more, so MUCH more. (which is why we LOVE mission trips, it shows us that besides the service aspect, too!) This book helps show how we have sometimes thrown an America Flag onto Jesus and called it good. 

And this podcast is amazing. It is like two girl friends sitting down and chatting over life's big questions like "what's your must haves" "what are you currently into" "what are you reading right now?" BIG questions and things like sex trafficking and dwarfism and stroke surviving. The guests are amazing and Jamie does a GREAT job easing any nerves out and asking the questions we want to know, but don't get to ask because we don't KNOW these people IRL. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

poke a what?

The word of advice from my daily calendar says CHILL. I'm pretty sure I don't even know what that means anymore. What I do know is that I am looking forward to the Wednesdays that I am home BEFORE 11:30pm after leaving the house at 8:00am for work. One more week to go to have that luxury. Or, I could kick youth out of my car as soon as I get to their homes. However, it changes things. I have family coming to the car to talk to me, family that watches their language around me, family that doesn't have a trusted adult to learn about life from that isn't biologically related. God is doing something BIG here. It's affecting the entire family unit and it's been interesting to see the dynamic change.

It's a lot like this Pokemon Go phenomenon. But really, is it any different than geocaching without the GPS unit? They have switched out the model a bit, but it's the same concept; walk around, find treasure/pokemon and record it while OUTSIDE. It's helping build family relationships, breaking down other walls because EVERYONE can do it, and helping foster moving.  On the other hand, it's also creating a world of poke-zombies. People endlessly staring at phones unaware of their surroundings. We see this a lot at church; where we typically have a LOT of turn around traffic; it has now doubled due to this game. I've seen several "lost" looking teenager boys with their phones out turning in circles in the back parking lot and then contemplating their next move.
And I sit and wonder HOW we can reach these people and show hospitality to them? It's HOT, like should be late August hot outside this past week. Maybe they need some water or candy or certain characters that only the church can provide? As the main employee into the media/communications/etc stuff, maybe I should download the game?

.... Maybe.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


I feel like I am drowning lately because it's been raining for the last two weeks and my garden needs weeding and my grass needs mowed, but every spare moment I have at home, it's either raining or night time.

And this next week is rummage sale prep at church, so I won't have much time then and Memorial Day creeps up and then Mission Trip. Yep, my next time/day off is in JULY!  JU-LY, people.
We aren't made to live like this at all...

I keep reading in Matthew about how the crowds always followed Jesus and He would just go away for a bit, pray, and come back. Whether it be in a boat or mountain or hill, He'd have to be alone...
He would have to PRAY to get His strength and endurance for the next day.  It's so easy to just let the days pile up upon each other and do MY will for God instead of letting God interrupt my will for His perfect purpose. And so I sit and wait on God. I sit and enjoy His presence, His perfect peace that only comes from Him and the day starts over. The week isn't as long, the youthies aren't as crazy.

So tonight, I run. Tonight I weed the garden, clean the house, pack up rummage sale goods and go. Tonight. While the Marine is sharing in Bachelor Party festivities, I'll be home. And I won't think about work very much, or ever. (sure sure). I can say that now...