Saturday, August 30, 2008

Flashback Friday

I'm starting to do the Flashback Friday too. Everyone's doing I might as well too!!!
Here are a few pics of my nephews...rockin' it out at Christmas.
Noah on guitar...Will on drums and Jack on harmonica! (sorry Jack!)
Now Will on guitar...Noah rockin' hardcore on drums and Sam is....backup dancer?!
Noah really got into the drums. He's a rocker.
They are all so little! I'm not sure what year this is...or how old they all are. But they are little!

Friday, August 29, 2008


Here is a video of a news story regarding Mike G. where he is interviewed about his story.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Creator, My Friend

It has happened again.
Can't sleep.
Head pounding.
Mind racing.
Neck hurting.
Eyes stinging.

I grabbed my bible. God usually has something to say when this happens.

Nehemiah 9
"Stand up and praise the Lord your God, who is from everlasting to everlasting.
Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you...You have kept your promise because you are are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love therefore you did not desert them, even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, 'This is your god, who brought you out of Egypt,' or when they committed awful blasphemies...Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take. You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. For forty years you sustained them in the desert; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear nor did their feet become swollen...."

Oh faithful God. You are compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. You have hands that provide, hands that instruct, hands that clothe and feed, hands that comfort. You are gracious and forgiving, You are my Sustainer.
Thank You for sustaining me in my 27 years of life. You have never once left, You are faithful time after time. Blessed be Your glorious name. Thank You for life and for being a creative creator, filling Your children with Your creativity. You are living in me. The God who created the heavens, even the highest of heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. In me. I'm in awe.
I stand in awe and worship You, joining the multitudes of heaven. What an honor to be with You, my Creator, my Friend.
I love You.
In Jesus' name I pray

Monday, August 25, 2008


Here is an updated article with a statment from Mike G.'s dad regarding this man's untrue claim of cancer.
Continue to pray for Mike G. and his family and all who have been affected by this.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sweet Ella!

Welcome to the world sweet girl!
Eleanor June Nelson
Congratulations Cody and Vanessa!!

Worship, Pogo Sticks and an Armadillo Story

Last night I had the honor of leading worship for the community group of my good friend Charlotte. It was an awesome night of worship and prayer. I got to meet an amazing group of women who are all so beautiful! It was also special because Charlotte left today for India for 18 days. It was good to spend this time with her worshiping and praying together before she left.
We met at Charlotte's office which is the Austin Baptist Association, and I'll say that the night ended with some unexpected fun.
One of my new favorite persons, Jen, captured the moment and you can read about it on her blog here. She is sort of a midwest girl and just moved here 3 months ago.
Also, Jen shared an amazing story with us about her experience with an Armadillo. For all of you who have asked me if I have seen any armadillos, I am sad to say that I have not experienced anything quite like this...but I'll say that I about peed my pants when she was telling this story.
Check it out!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


I was saddened to read this article this morning, as I was moved by this story that they are now saying is untrue.
Pray for this man and his heart and pray for all of the people who have been touched by this.
God can use anything for His glory.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Max is 1 year old!

Happy Birthday sweet boy!!
Emmy loves you very much!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Do Not Fear

I just got done reading some sections from a John Piper sermon on Isaiah 41:10.
"You are my servant. I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

I am your God--over you.
I am with you--by your side.
I will strengthen you--from inside of you.
I will help you--all around you from wherever the enemy comes
I will uphold you--from underneath you.

Over you, by you, inside of you, around you, underneath you.
Therefore do not fear.

I call you this morning to stop defining and limiting your future in terms of your past and start defining it in terms of your God.
I call you to recognize that God is greater than your personality. God is greater than your past experiences of timidity. God is greater than your "family of origin". And God calls you to joyful fearlessness.
The crucial factor in your fearless living is not your family but your God.
"Let not your hearts be troubled, BELIEVE IN GOD." Believe in God! Trust God! Let God be your God! Your help. Your strength. He will uphold you with his righteous right hand.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Proverbs 30:7-9

Proverbs 30:7-9 "Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise I may have too much and disown you and say, "Who is the Lord?" Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."

Slip Sliding Away

Sorry Mom. I had to!
Here is a video of my mom going down a couple of different slides at the park when I was back home. She is so cute!

Stress & Worry

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan:
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again Rejoice!".
You'll notice that it doesn't end with "...unless you're doing something extremely important." No, it's a command for all of us, and it follows with the charge, "Do not be anxious about anything" (v.6).
That came as a pretty staggering realization. But what I realized next was even more staggering.
When I am consumed by my problems-stressed out about my life, my family, my job-I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God's command to always rejoice. In other words, that I have a "right" to disobey God because of the magnitude of my responsibilities.
Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.
Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we're forgiven, that our lives here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won't be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God's strength, our problems are small, indeed.
Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?
I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God's holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all.

God is Fair and Just

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
One definition of justice is "reward and/or penalty as deserved." If what we truly deserved were up to us, we would end up with as many different answers as people who responded. But it isn't up to us, mostly because none of us are good.
God is the only Being who is good, and the standards are set by Him. Because God hates sin, He has to punish those guilty of sin. Maybe that's not an appealing standard. But to put it bluntly, when you get your own universe, you can make your own standards. When we disagree, let's not assume it's His reasoning that needs correction.
It takes a lot for us to comprehend God's total hatred for sin. We make excuses like, "Yes, I am prideful at times, but everyone struggles with pride." However, God says in Proverbs 8:13, "I hate pride and arrogance." You and I are not allowed to tell Him how much He can hate it. He can hate and punish it as severely as His justice demands.
God never excuses sin. And He is always consistent with that ethic. Whenever we start to question whether God really hates sin, we have only to think of the cross, where His Son was tortured, mocked, and beaten because of sin. Our sin.
No question about it: God hates and must punish sin. And he is totally just and fair in doing so.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dip the Watermark Wake-up Clown

My friend used to go to a church in Dallas called Watermark.
Tonight she was showing me some videos that her youth group put together.
They are probably the most frightening, most ridiculous, most hilarious, most heart breaking, videos I have ever seen.
For all of you clown may not want to watch.
What they do is they have Dip the "Watermark Wake-up Clown" that will go to the kids houses and "shake and wake" them. Their junior high meets on Sundays at 11:ooam called "The Wake"
If this were to happen to me...even a 27 year old...I would...
#1 pee my pants
#2 scream a scream of blood curdling horror
#3 flail, slap and kick
#4 be scarred for life
Here are a few videos...

You may have to watch it a couple of times, if you aren't too scared, to get some of the lines down that are ridiculously funny.
"Are you gonna tell them to shake and wake?"...."shake and wake're on me...ow"
"Ty screamed three times! A scream of blood curdling horror!"
"wakey wakey...eggs and bakey"
They don't just scar kids for life. They really are a great ministry!

There's Something About Your Eyes...

This morning I had to take my car into the Ford dealership.
It was not very fun.
The only fun thing about it was that Gary told me that I looked like a young Elizabeth Taylor. He just kept saying..."there's something about your eyes."

No Way!

This happened at the Iowa State Fair. I laughed so hard and squirmed a lot.

Friday, August 15, 2008


My friend, Nancilea, is a diver on the USA Olympic team! She has been training for awhile and this year she is there!
If you want to watch her events, she should be on tonight (8/15) anytime between 11:00pm-1:00am; Saturday (8/16) anytime between 3pm-5pm; Sunday (8/17) anytime between 6pm-11pm.
She has had a great time so far and it's so exciting that she gets to be a part of this. You can check out her blog for more details.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Psalm 40

I waited and waited for God. At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
To make sure I wouldn't slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
A praise-song to our God.
More and more people are seeing this:
they enter the mystery,
abandoning themselves to God.

Blessed are you who give yourselves over to God,
turn your backs on the world's "sure thing"
ignore what the world worships;
The world's a huge stockpile
of God-wonders and God-thoughts.
Nothing and no one
comes close to You!
I start talking about you, telling what I know,
and quickly run out of words.
Neither numbers nor words account for You.

Doing something for You, bringing something to You-
that's not what you're after.
Being religious, action pious-
that's not what You're asking for.
You've opened my ears
so I can listen.

So I answered, "I'm coming.
I read in Your letter what you wrote about me,
And I'm coming to the party
you're throwing for me."
That's when God's Word entered my life,
became part of my very being.

I've preached you to the whole congregation,
I've kept back nothing, God-You know that.
I didn't keep the news of your ways
a secret, didn't keep it to myself.
I told it all, how dependable You are, how thorough.
I didn't hold back pieces of love and truth
For myself alone. I told it all,
let the congregation know the whole story.

Now God, don't hold out on me,
don't hold back Your passion.
Your love and truth
are all that keeps me together.
When troubles ganged up on me,
a mob of sins past counting,
I was so swamped by guilt
I couldn't see my way clear.
More guilt in my heart than hair on my head,
so heavy the guilt that my heart gave out.

Soften up, God, and intervene;
hurry and get me some help,
So those who are trying to kidnap my soul
will be embarrassed and lose face,
So anyone who gets a kick out of making me miserable
will be heckled and disgraced,
So those who pray for my ruin
will be booed and jeered without mercy.

But all who are hunting for you-
oh, let them sing and be happy.
Let those who know what You're all about
tell the world You're great and not quitting.
And me? I'm a mess. I'm nothing and have nothing:
make something of me.
You can do it; You've got what it takes-
but God, don't put it off.

Loyal Love

I'm in love with God's word. Isn't it GREAT!
I read this today and wanted to share it.
Take it in and let it bless you!

"I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all-oh, how well I remember-the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're new every morning. How great is your faithfulness! I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quitely hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times.
When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst.
Why? Because the Master won't ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.
I called out your name, O God, called from the bottom of the pit. You listened when I called out, 'Don't shut your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!' You came close when I called out. You said, 'It's going to be all right.'
You took my side, Master; you brought me back alive!"
---Lamentations 3:19-33, 57-60 (The Message)

Monday, August 11, 2008


So my hair is getting long. I can't decide what to do. Should I continue to grow it out? Should I cut it? Mohawk it? Color it? Dread it?
I do have to say that I am enjoying the pigtails a bit. (C'MON GROW UP ALREADY! I know some of you are thinkin' it.)

Don't Mess With Texas


Sending Some Love...

This is my nephew Sam. He is so precious. He has the sweetest heart! I love that he is so tender and that he loves to give anyone.
I received a special piece of mail a few weeks ago. This is what was in it...
The cutest little envelope you will ever see...
with this inside...
Here's what the note had to say...
Really...our love is not conditional...
My heart was full! I loved getting some love in the mail. It made my day!
So I of course had to send some love back...hopefully his heart was full!
I love my sweet Sam!

There Is Hope

I hope and pray this excerpt touches someone that needs to hear these words.
"Oh that I were as in months past."--Job 29:2

Numbers of Christians can view the past with pleasure, but regard the
present with dissatisfaction; they look back upon the days which they have
passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have
ever known, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom and
dreariness. Once they lived near to Jesus, but now they feel that they
have wandered from Him, and they say, "O that I were as in months past!"
They complain that they have lost their evidences, or that they have not present
peace of mind, or that they have no enjoyment in the means of grace, or that
conscience is not so tender, or that they have not so much zeal for God's
glory. The causes of this mournful state of things are manifold. It
may arise through a comparitive neglect of prayer, for a neglected closet is the
beginning of all spiritual decline. Or it may be the result of
idolatry. The heart has been occupied with something else, more than with
God; the affections have been set on the things of earth, instead of the things
of heaven. A jealous God will not be content with a divided heart; He must
be loved first and best. He will withdraw the sunshine of His presence
from a cold, wandering heart. Or the cause may be found in self-confidence
and self-righteousness. Pride is busy in the heart, and self is exalted
instead of lying low at the foot of the cross. Christian, if you are not
now as you "were in months past", do not rest satisfied with wishing for a
return of former happiness, but go at once to seek your Master, and tell Him
your sad state. Ask His grace and strength to help you to walk more
closely with Him; humble yourself before Him, and He will lift you up, and give
you yet again to enjoy the light of His countenance. Do not sit down to
sigh and lament; while the beloved Physician lives there is hope, nay there is a
certainty of recovery for the worst cases.

--Charles Spurgeon

Waiting, Not Running

"Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation." -- Psalm 62:1
Blessed posture! Waiting truly and only upon the LORD. Be this
our condition all this day and every day. Waiting His leisure, waiting in
His service, waiting in joyful expectation, waiting in prayer, and
content. When the very soul thus waits, it is in the best and truest
condition of a creature before his Creator, a servant before his Master, a child
before his Father. We allow no dictation to God, nor complaining of Him;
we will permit no petulance and no distrust. At the same time, we practice
no running before the cloud and no seeking to others for aid: neither of these
would be waiting upon God. God, and God alone, is the expectation of our
Blessed Assurance! From Him salvation is coming; it is on the road.
It will come from him and from no one else. He shall have all the glory of
it, for He alone can and will perform it. And He will perform it most
surely in His own time and manner. He will save from doubt, and suffering,
and slander, and distress. Though we see no sign of it as yet, we are
satisfied to bide the LORD'S will, for we have no suspicion of His love and
faithfulness. He will make sure work of it before long, and we will praise
Him at once for the coming mercy.
--Charles Spurgeon

Sunday, August 10, 2008

99 Balloons

I watched this video tonight. sweet little boy.

(HT Randy Alcorn)

God is All-Powerful

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created for God: "For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him."
Don't we live instead as though God is created for us, to do our bidding, to bless us, and to take care of our loved ones?
Psalm 115:3 reveals, "Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him." Yet we keep on questioning Him: "Why did You make me with this body, instead of that one?" "Why are so many people dying of starvation?" "Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?" "Why is my family so messed up?" "Why don't You make Yourself more obvious to the people who need You?"
The answer to each of those questions is simply this: because He's God. He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving. As much as we want God to explain Himself to us, His creation, we are in no place to demand that He give an account to us.
"All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?""--Daniel 4:35
Can you worship a God who isn't obligated to explain His actions to you? Could it be your arrogance that makes you think God owes you an explanation?
Do you really believe that compared to God, "all the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing," including you?

Fruity and Delicious

The next cereal I tried out was Fruity Pebbles. Good stuff. Although I think I prefer the Cocoa Pebbles better.
I forgot that I had taken this picture awhile ago when I had gotten Fruity Pebbles and I had a little accident. I can't even remember what happened...but I , of course, took a picture of it. It was all over the floor too. I think I was finding little pebbles in random places for months afterwards.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Some Lovely Pics and Videos

So here are some pictures and a couple of videos from the Brooke Fraser concert.
Hilary and I were so excited...this is our "BROOKE FRASER" face!
Hilary and I with Taylor and Carrie
Hilary and Travis :)
This dude opened for Brooke. He was awesome. William Fitzsimmons. Go get his stuff. He's awesome. He has done stuff with Ingrid Michaelson (another favorite singer of mine). Seriously, get his music. I couldn't stop looking at his beard. It's massive.
It was funny...when he started playing there was a guy behind me that must not have realized how quiet he was playing, or must not have realized how loud he was speaking but he said, "Tasty!" (in reference to his guitar playing) and I turned around to look at him and he apologized! I said, "dude, I agree." It was a moment I think. It was funny!
This is me ready for Brooke to come on...
My friend Jami...what an encourager she is! I love her!
Here she is...the beautiful Brooke Fraser...
She was just lovely. She has a great personality and she admitted to her not being very she bumped into mic stands and hit her guitar on the mic stand. It was great. She's cool.
Here is a video of her doing a cover of "Sound of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel.

Here is a video of her and Fitzsimmons doing a cover of "You Can Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor. I LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Spurgeon. Check It.

This touched my doubtful heart this morning...

"All things are possible to him that believeth."- Mark 9:23
Many professed Christians are always doubting and fearing, and they forlornly think that this is the necessary state of believers. This is a mistake, for "all things are possible to him that believeth"; and it is possible for us to mount into a state in which a doubt or a fear shall be but as a bird of passage flitting across the soul, but never lingering there. When you read of the high and sweet communions enjoyed by favoured saints, you sigh and murmur in the chamber of your heart, "Alas, these are not for me." O climber, if thou hast but faith, thou shalt yet stand upon the sunny pinnacle of the temple, for "all things are possible to him that believeth." You hear of exploits which holy men have done for Jesus; what they have enjoyed of Him; howmuch they have been like Him; how they have been able to endure great persecutions for His sake; and you say, "Ah, as for me, I am but a worm; I can never attain to this." But there is nothing which one saint was, that you may not be. There is no elevation of grace, no attainment of spirituality, no clearness of assurance, no post of duty, which is not open to you if you have but the power to believe. Lay aside your sackcloth and ashes, and rise to the dignity of your true position; you are little in Israel because you will be so, not because there is any necessity for it. It is not meet that thou shouldst grovel in the dust, O child of a King. Ascend! The golden throne of assurance is waiting for you! The crown of communion with Jesus is ready to bedeck your brow. Wrap yourself in scarlet and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day; for if thou believest, thou mayst eat the fat of kidneys of wheat; thy land shall flow with milk and honey, and thy soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. Gather golden sheaves of grace, for they await thee in the fields of faith. "All things are possible to him that believeth."


I just got home from the Brooke Fraser concert.
I love her.
She is just lovely.
I will post some pics and video soon, but I have to force myself to go to bed so that I can go to work tomorrow and be somewhat presentable. :(

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

God is All-Knowing

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
Isn't this an intimidating thought? Each of us, to some degree, fools our friends and family about who we really are. But it's impossible to do that with God. He knows each of us, deeply and specifically. He knows our thoughts before we think them, our actions before we commit them, whether we are lying down or sitting or walking around. He knows who we are and what we are about. We cannot escape Him, not even if we want to. When I grow weary of trying to be faithful to Him and want a break, it doesn't come as a surprise to God.
For David, God's knowledge led him to worship. He viewed it as wonderful and meaningful. He wrote in Psalm 139 that even in the darkness he couldn't hide from God; that while he was in his mother's womb, God was there.
Hebrews 4:13 says, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." It is sobering to realize that this is the same God who is holy and eternal, the Maker of the billions of galaxies and thousands of tree species in the rainforest. This is the God who takes the time to know all the little details about each of us. He does not have to know us so well, but He chooses to.

Singing with the Big Balls

So Hilary and I don't have cable. We get one channel...Fox.
I have found the joy of watching TV shows online and I have become quite fond of a few shows lately.
The first one...High School Musical: Get In the Picture.
I know what you are thinking. GROW UP!
I'm sorry. I started watching it and now I can't stop.
I found myself in tears tonight as they had to cut two of the kids from the leading role....they still get to be in the that makes it a little better...but it was still sad. Then at the end they all started singing "We're All In This Together". oh man...I lost it!
The second one...Wipeout.
Seriously. HILARIOUS!!! I just watched this week's episode. They did "The Wipey's"...awards for the best of....
It was hilarious. I counted and I think I snorted 4 times during the show from laughing so hard.
If you haven't seen this show yet. DO IT! Watch it can watch previous episodes too.
Here is a video of what it's like...

My favorite are the big balls. :)
the end.

Leg Sweep and Laugh.

So last night we had our First Tuesday prayer meeting with Austin Stone.
As we were leaving I decided that Hilary needed a little "Shhh...momma's here". So I grabbed her and was giving her some love, when out of nowhere she pulls out her tae-kwon-do moves.
Yes, miss sweet little Hilary Pepper was in tae-kwon-do. She does some sort of leg sweep and I'm on the ground. No joke. I'm on the ground.
Trying not to pee my pants, I get up and in complete shock say, "Dude. You just took me out! That was awesome!"
She apologized over and over again saying, "I don't know why I did that!"
It was hilarious.
She was an orange belt. Watch out.
I can't imagine what people were thinking as they left the building from being completely inspired by the Holy Spirit, to see this take place.
Maybe I could just say that my motherly instincts were just coming out, a God given instinct. And maybe Hilary could say that she was overtaken by the Spirit and her call to put on the armor of God to fight the battle against the evil one....and she mistakenly...thought...I was the evil one?
Well, was hilarious. I enjoy laughing...I do it a lot...most of you know that.
Enjoy life and laugh...even if someone who has an orange belt in tae-kwon-do takes you out.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

God Is Eternal

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
Most of us would probably agree with that statement. But have you ever seriously meditated on what it means? Each of us had a beginning; everything in existence began on a particular day, at a specific time.
Everything, that is, but God. He always has been, since before there was an earth, a universe, or even angels. God exists outside of time, and since we are within time, there is no way we will ever totally grasp that concept.
Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of comprehending. What a stunted, insignificant god that would be! If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can. God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time-encased, air/food/sleep-dependent lives.
Please stop here, even if just for a moment, and glorify the eternal God: "But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations...But you remain the same, and your years will never end." (Psalm 102:12,27)

Monday, August 04, 2008

God is Holy

Excerpt from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan
A lot of people say that whatever you believe about God is fine, so long as you are sincere. But that is comparable to describing your friend in one instance as a three-hundred-pound sumo wrestler and in another as a five-foot-two, ninety pound gymnast. No matter how sincere you are in your explanations, both descriptions of your friend simply can't be true.
The preposterous part about our doing this to God is that He already has a name, an identity. We don't get to decide who God is. "God said to Moses, 'I am who I am" (Ex. 3:14). We don't change that.
To say that God is holy is to say that He is set apart, distinct from us. And because of His set apart-ness, there is no way we can ever fathom all of who He is. To the Jews, saying something three times demonstrated its perfection, so to call God, "Holy Holy Holy" is to say that He is perfectly set apart, with nothing and no one to compare Him to. That is what it means to be "holy".
Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can't contain Him. Isn't it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?

Crazy Love

I am reading the book "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan.
I love this dude.
He has a cool video blog that you can check out.
Check out this little dude who read this book. He's 9 years old. awesome!

Here are a couple of excerpts from the book from what I've read so far...
"I get nervous when I think of how we've missed who we are supposed to be, and sad when I think about how we're missing out on all that God wants for the people He loved enough to die for."

"Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies (and this is a conservative estimate) that generations of people never saw or even knew existed? Do you think maybe it was to make us say, "Wow, God is unfathomably big"? Or perhaps God wanted us to see these pictures so that our response would be, "Who do I think I am?"
R.C. Sproul writes, "Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.""

"There is an epidemic of spiritual amnesia going around, and none of us is immune. No matter how many fascinating details we learn about God's creation, no matter how many pictures we see of His galaxies, and no matter how many sunsets we watch, we still forget.
Most of us know that we are supposed to love and fear God; that we are supposed to read our Bibles and pray so that we can get to know Him better; that we are supposed to worship Him with our lives. But actually living it out is challenging.
It confuses us when loving God is so hard. Shouldn't it be easy to love a God so wonderful? When we love God because we feel we should love Him instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is. Our amnesia is flaring up again.
It may sound "un-Christian" to say that on some mornings I don't feel like loving God, or I just forget to. But I do. In our world, where hundreds of things distract us from God, we have to intentionally and consistently remind ourselves of Him."

Saturday, August 02, 2008

New Car!

So here are some pictures of my "new" car!
It needs a name. It's definitely a girl.
So bring it...any ideas?
I like her a lot. Especially the air conditioning.
I haven't had air conditioning in my truck for AWHILE. It's not really fun when you live in Texas and it's the summer. 3 digit temps makes me have sweat marks on my clothes when I get to work. NOT cool!
But I don't have to worry about that anymore! woo hoo!!! I had to represent....I hope that a crazy Longhorn fan doesn't do anything to me!This was already on the car and I was ok with that....:) Yes...I am now a HUGE Mac fan!I saw this outside of our apartment. It's a rat trap. Nice. I'm thankful they are no longer living in our apartment!

I Picked up my RX and Found Myself Wanting to Dance

I was in the pharmacy the other day waiting for my RX and I was checking out the magazines.
I picked up an InStyle magazine and was admiring a pretty purpley necklace when all of a sudden the music in the overhead speakers switched to the next song.
I immediately busted out laughing and felt my feet wanting to move and do some fancy footwork. My arms wanted to move around in circles and my body wanted to twirl.
But I refrained as an old woman walked down the aisle and smiled at me wondering what I was laughing at. Although, I'm sure she would have joined in...and she probably would have had some pretty sweet moves.
All I could think of was sparklers.

Crunch Berries

GLove has this's called Milk and Cereal.
It got me thinking about all the different kinds of fun cereal out there. I usually don't buy fun cereal. I usually stick to the Special K or the Raisin Bran Crunch. (but when I come home to Iowa...that's where the fun is!)
But what about the fun cereal? Why not start buying fun cereal? (let's not talk about the sugar)
I've decided I'm going to try it out. I'm going to go through the fun cereal.
The first one...
Cap'n Crunches Crunch Berries.You've got the different kinds of Cap'n Crunch cereals...the original...the peanut butter...but I definitely think the best on is the Crunch Berries.
I have also wondered why they don't give the prizes in the box anymore. Do you remember that?! They used to have fun toys hidden inside the box amidst the'd have to shake all of the sugar off of the toy before you opened it up.