pho phollow up

Just a quickie for all y’all who missed the raucous pho night on Sun!  We had a blast!!!  Nathan Malone has moved beyond a pho apprentice into the Master realm for ingesting a durian boba – ask him, that’s all I’m saying.  The delightful Allan Pan graced us with his presence, & humor, the delightful Gallant couple was truly gallant, Chelps drove in early from Kansas to make the evening (pho or kansas?  that’s a toughie), Justyn Regan was mighty in wit, Zach Hilbrich was as clever as always and the color of Bryan Kinney’s pho matched his hair (kind of orangish red).  Anyways, if you missed having phun with us, then make it a priority to be there the next time.  I’ll give you plenty of warning!

We had a blast & the only way it could have been more phun is if you had been there.  🙂  Now while pho may not be your bowl of noodles / cup of tea, its all about the people – so just come & have an iced coffee, salty lemonade, or whatever & enjoy the comphany!  Its wonderphul! 😉

hope

Hope is essential to life.  We all need hope – hope that today will have good things in it, hope that our hearts will stay connected to Christ, hope that the price of gas will stop rising, hope that my son David will stop trying to get me to like snakes, hope that I’m doing a good job as a wife & mom, hope that God is bigger than my doubts, hope that they’ll have decaffeinated coffee in Ethiopia, . . . .  hope. 

Obama wrote a book called, “The Audacity of Hope” – I have the audacity of hope that God is alive & working in every moment of each day through the good, medium & yucky.  Ps 146:5,  “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
What are your hopes?

consumption

I’ve been thinking about consumption alot lately.  As humans, we consume alot.  Some things are necessary, some are luxuries and some things we consume are non-sensical – look at the trash dumps.  I wonder if I consume too much and don’t give enough.  One of my reasons for not being generous or not giving is that I’ll run out or there’s not enough, or limited supplies and resources. 

It stresses me out when I run out of something – when I run out of time or ideas or money or energy or even myself.  I find that when I get spun out in this deadend of inadequacy, my problem, largeley, is that I’m neglecting to keep my eyes on God as my provision (of truth, direction, wisdom, strength, . . . ).    When I get my eyes off God, great darkness sneaks in and I find myself rapidly coming to the end of my self.  I’m human and I consume, but the ultimate truth is that my consumption needs to be grounded in God.  I need Him.