today

so far, here’s what’s happening:

  • fantastic God time this morn – quiet, dark & close
  • tv taping: interviewed the Picones who are in the top 5 coolest people in the world, some good finance stuff & cool time w Curt!
  • ran to the seminary to look for a pocket greek NT – can you pls help me find one?!?!?
  • crossing guard
  • off to work out
  • Parent Senate at my kids school
  • finish tomorrow’s message for church

I feel eclectic – wonder why??? 😉

lessons from snowboarding

Last weekend, i had an exciting time snowboarding.  it was really overcast & i couldn’t read the snow on the ground from the air above it, no contrast (no line on the horizon) & so i couldn’t tell what the ground was doing.  i couldn’t see if it was rising or falling, if the snow was bunched up or iced out.  initially, it was pretty scarey to ride this, not being able to really see where you’re going very well, or determine what the snow’s like.  but i discovered a trick – if i didn’t use my eyes as much, i could focus on how my board felt, how the snow felt under the board & how the board & i worked together.  so i’m trying to learn how to ride without my eyes as much & more by feel. 

This goes along w what Paul says in 2Cor 5:7 – we walk by faith & not sight.  if we let our eyes tell us where we’re going, then the world is in a sad state of affairs.  i like what Bono says: vision over visibility.

friends

Ok, really crazy, lively & interesting dialogue from my facebook page about friendships.  In a recent status update, i said, “who you pick as friends can reflect your future.”  A sentence w less than 10 words but has generated lots of feedback!!

So, i want your opinion:  agree, disagree & why

“who you pick as friends can reflect your future.”

 

focus grasshopper

Life has LOTS of distractions.  Since i’ve sit down to write this blog, i’ve erased it 3 times, turned on my itunes, checked my blackberry, told David to be nice to Benji while playing chess & thought about the funny story of construction men looking in my window after i gave birth to Benji (its funny now but it wasn’t at the time).

Focus is a big deal.  Right now, there’s alot of bad news you could focus on or you could chose to keep your eyes on God.  I find that when i focus on God, its easier to give myself to Him, even during the busy-ness of the day.  When i get my eyes & thoughts on other things, like concerns, worries, uncertainties, people frustrations, work issues, etc, i find that my heart gets jittery & unsettled.  I pray that you would have God’s grace to give Him your focus throughout your day, its activities & demands.

plates, plates & more plates

ever feel like you should be in a circus act for plate spinning? 

Everyone has busy lives – sometimes less, sometimes more.  Today, is a plate spinning day for me, so i think its even more essential than normal to consider what Paul says in Phil 4:6-7,  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

For every concern, frustration, request we pass along to God, and He tells us to do this, please be sure to include a thanksgiving as well.  Then allow God’s peace to guard your heart & your mind.  Then spin away baby & trust God to help you spin & catch a plate if it falls.  😉

isolation versus community

what a deadly experience isolation can be.  i read a book a few months ago about a Mt Everest climbing expedition in the ’90s that was a DISASTER!  About 1/3 of the team died on the mountain they were trying to conquer and many because they got disconnected from their team. 

We all need community in alot of different ways:  work, friendships, health, Jesus, specific issues, support groups, etc.  Community, I believe, is part of God’s plan for redemption.  Furthermore, thanks to the input from my friend Chris Hill, i believe that community on earth is just a trial run for the community that already exists in heaven.  Consider Revelation 4 – everything around God’s throne is plural (24 elders, 24 thrones, 7 spirits, cherubim, . . . . ).

So given all of this, here are some community principles Jesus discusses in Matt 13 with several parables:

  1. stay planted:  in Jesus’ parable on the wheat & the tares, the whole point of the exercise was to let the wheat keep growing.  To do this, it needed to stay planted & not be disturbed by having the weed / tares removed.
  2. be changed:  in Jesus’ parable on the mustard seed, even though this seed is the smallest seed, Jesus says its changed into a large tree.  The seed is changed into a tree & community helps us grow & change – becoming who God has made us to be.
  3. spend yourself:  Jesus’ last parable to the mass of people who were listening to Him was about yeast.  Simply put, yeast spends itself to become infused w something greater than it is by itself.  When bread is made, you can separate out the yeast.  Community is about spending one’s self, even being worn out, for something bigger than our selves – the Kingdom of God.

So, let me encourage you to plug into some Jesus communities – they’re an essential ingredient for God’s kingdom to grow in your life.  If you go to Orchard Road Christian Center, check out the link to see some community opportunties! 🙂