Friday, August 29, 2014


 I have always received the most relaxation and most physical grasp of The Lord outside in nature.  But there is one sound and site that fills me up more than any other location or audio - even more than my deck - waves!

I pay very close attention to sound - I love listening to voices often choosing someone for an audio recording just overhearing a conversation some where.  I love electronic music because I'm fascinated by the sounds I hear that I've never heard in my life before.  I love my families' noise - it's mostly the sound of laughing!  But the sound of waves has no comparison in the instant therapy-like affect it has on me!

God's genius is displayed in the waves - the consistency of tides, the rhythm and lapping they produce and the breathtaking life they conceal is simply a stroke of brilliance in it's self-sustaining ability and reproductive capabilities.  

 I'm convinced however, one of the main reasons He created it was for the therapeutic value it processes for us. 

Go somewhere and listen to the waves and you'll offer Him praise and thankfulness!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

islands are for friends and family

Today we went to the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay with our friends!

We were in capable hands with Mark and Ken bringing us back to dock!

Ken giving Mark the ok sign - my mom loved the day!

These 2 are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.
So proud of my daughter and daughter-in-law

In most situations these two would be questionable (ornery) -
but they were so gracious to us today!

The precious one!

Poor baby was so captive in this vest!

My dad, my son and my hubby - fishing off another boat !

Aunt Joci allowing Oliver to steer the boat
the town of Put-in-Bay filled with family
To have the kind of friends - two boat loads that would take a day off work, take a day away from their own families and come to take us out fishing and site seeing...well, there are no words to describe how blessed we all feel today!

The Lord blesses our lives with a few handfuls of special friends and today we spent the day with Chris, Ken, Mark and Clayton.  Thankful beyond words!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

you realize you're empty

There are several things that getting away does.

One of those things is it allows you to realize you're empty.

I have enjoyed this time away more than most I've had in recent years and it's because it's so simple.  No decisions more serious then 'where should we eat' ?

When your life gets too full, everything feels like a major decision or event.  Every nook and cranny of thinking space gets clogged.

And when something is full it means there isn't room for something else.   And the something could be the greatest thing, and you miss it.

God's greatest teaching times often happened when the rest of the world was shut out - when someone was forced out or forced in..

Blindness, belly of a whale, wilderness, the center of a storm, on a fish-less boat...

I'm listening...I'm alone...I'm resting in Him and praying to simplify

Monday, August 25, 2014

a day away

It's been a beautiful day away.

It's weird how you can just be a relatively short distance from home and yet it feels far away.  It feels good.

reading time

We saved Aaron and Joci's Christmas stockings and a few Christmas presents until they came
home from Cambodia Christmas in August.
We've had such a great day ending in fresh peach sundays and tons of talking and laughs…perfect.

weekend report

We had a great weekend at Crossroads worshipping and learning and fellowshipping - I loved all the sounds.   As I left the auditorium following worship I could hear the Student Ministry worshipping and the pre-teen room being excited about the Lord!

Our setlist:

Instrumental - Blessed Be The Name

Blessed Be The Name
Great Are You Lord
In Christ Alone
All My Fountains
Message:  Beyond Immaturity - Brian Boone
Exit Song:  Great Are You Lord

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

the day goes by

It doesn't take long for the euphoria of ministering to children who love you unconditionally to give-way to the rapid pace of moving forward.

I've lost the wonder of those eyes somewhere deep within the pile of my papers and folders…  I need them back again.

They've been replaced by many emergencies and plans and amazing things, it's just that I'm moving too fast to really see them.  I must slow the day…

Therein lies the battle - should I celebrate when the first time I look at the clock it's 4:40 p.m. - another day closer to eternity?

Or do I mourn the loss of yet another day.   It all depends on the content.

Today's frantic-ness was composed of mostly unschedule meetings, but they were meetings with people I value and people I do life with and people I respect.  These impromptu meetings lead to care for people, plans in place, and a few tears.  Things and people that make up my life.

It never fails when I take 2 steps forward in leadership - learning and striving for more excellence, I feel the push back from the enemy.  What is the Lord trying to teach me - I think I'm open - I don't think anything is in the way that He needs to remove?  But, I must be wrong because the push is hard.

And so tonight I lay my life in His hands, I ask for continued leading and direction on my life and this leads to praise I cannot stop.  How much, very much I have to be grateful for, I become overwhelmed by Him - covered by Him - and now I sleep in Him.

the day goes by...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

weekend report

It's difficult to believe that another weekend has come and gone.

As I looked at our team this weekend I was once again struck by how dedicated all the volunteers are as well as our staff.  The hours that go into a single service is more than I can calculate!  My appreciation for both the Praise Team as well as our Tech teams just can't adequately be expressed.  I am thankful, very thankful!

It was good to be in the House of the Lord!

Our setlist:

Instrumental of Lord I Need You - scripture reading with Baptism EP video
Lord I Need You
My Heart is Yours
We Believe
Man of Sorrows
Message:  Our Mission:   Our Part/God's Part - Wendell Anderson
Exit Song: We Believe

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Have a blessed week!