Lifestyle Learning

One of the things I greatly admire about my mom is that she is continually learning & her learning isn’t limited to just small pockets of interest. She’s recently started using emojis in her text messages & she’s more than excited about using periscope in her latest social media adventure. 
Learning is a BLAST, particularly when you have a good teacher – my first major at college was physics because my high school physics teacher was so amazing! Having a good teacher is half the battle in getting to enjoy learning & Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher. Truth be known, there’s no one in our lives who can teach us better than the Helper. 

The other half of learning is the determination to be a good learner. You can have the best teacher on the world & learn virtually nothing if you decide not to learn or grow, full stop. 

So let’s decide to be awesome learners! Here are a few suggestions about how to be a good learner:

  • Be flexible – decide to learn regardless of the “classroom” or the lesson 🙂
  • Don’t let shame or discouragement color your learning
  • Buy my book, Heavenly Help, and learn about the Holy Spirit, your Teacher, Comforter & Helper 🙂

  

Grace to Grow

I just had the privilege to catch up w an old friend & it was delightful to chat over coffee & remember some fun times together. It was also interesting to see how each of us has changed, grown and matured.
In all of or relationships, there are things that can bug us about the other person & clearly we have plenty of our own weakspots that can be very bothersome.
Let’s give each other grace to grow & then enjoy the journey. Only Jesus is the completed human masterpiece. The rest of us are works in progress 🙂

totally exciting!!!!!

I’m really pumped because today is the launch of something new & uber cool with Saving Moses!!  We are taking our first ever Saving Moses Team Adventure where we get to join our nightcare work in Cambodia!  We have 15 people joining this adventure for the next week & we’ll be doing all kinds of cool stuff!  Keep your eyes peeled for some awesome updates, pictures, fresh & new points of view (POV) & possibly an occassional short video.  Our team is from various places in the US but we’re united in heart to join in to help with our nightcare work in Cambodia.  If you’re into the hashtag thing, you can follow along with #nightcare 🙂

We are SO EXCITED!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

Hot Topic: March Madness

You may not be a college basketball fan, so just in case you wondered, today is not only the 1st day of Spring, but it’s also the launch of a 64 team tournie of the “best” college basketball teams, with some outrageous skill & heart. Personally, this is my absolute favorite sports season of the whole year & yes, I’ve filled out my tournament bracket.
For those of you interested in knowing what kind of spiritual correlation connects with March Madness, I’m still trying to figure that out – maybe something about idolatry, endurance, confidence, dedication, teamwork, commitment, . . . . . 🙂
Happy March Madness!! Let the games begin – YAHOOO!!!

hot topic: laughter

Life can be very serious & ever so often, we all need a good laugh.  So today’s hot topic is an attempt to provide some comic relief.  Here are just a few brief & funny traveling stories:

  • wrong week:  last year, I was scheduled to go to Dallas & had a 7am flight (which means that I leave my house no later than 5am).  When I got to the airport, I was having trouble getting the kiosk to print my boarding pass.  When I went to the airline person to help me, she ran my confirmation number through the computer & helped me to see that I was a week early – my flight was booked for the following week;  I chalked it up in the “practice” column.  Consider my husband’s surprise when I walked in the house less than an hour after I left, ready to take the kids to school that morning ,)
  • buddhist monks:  one time I was in the waiting lounge in the Calcutta airport & there were around 6-12 monks who were all seated together.  My friend dared me to jump in the middle of them so he could take a picture of me with them.  I took the dare & the monks scattered faster than cockroaches running away from light.  I learned that they had all taken a vow not to touch a woman & I almost caused them to break this vow with my silliness
  • chief safety officer:  I flew on a commercial plane once (oversees) when the pilot came out of the cockpit on an active runway to close the front door of our airplane – he seemed pretty casual about the whole thing

be brave

Yesterday, my husband & I celebrated Valentines Day by doing some skiining / snowboarding together & we had a blast!  During the day, I kept seeing this run that I wanted to try because it had lots of powder on it & looked like it could be really fun!  So on my last run, we tried it & it was more than what I thought:  there was part of it that was a tiny bit of a steep drop between a couple of trees.  Ok, here’s the deal – I’ve been snowboarding for more than 7 years now & while I have zero olympic aspirations, I’m also better than I think sometimes.  When I looked at the miniature drop between the trees, I got really nervous, but then I thought about it, did some mental coaching & came through uninjured 🙂

Here are a few helpful ideas from my snowboarding adventure yesterday about being brave:

  • don’t psych yourself out – sometimes we make things bigger than they are
  • think about your successes from the past – this helps to build present confidence
  • be with “can-do” people – my husband was cheering for me, “Sarah, you got this!!”
  • fundamentals – think about what you need to do rather than what you shouldn’t do (this helps ALOT when you get in really intense moments)
  • remember the Sara Bareilles song, “Brave”  🙂

Don’t Freak Out!!

“LET GO!!!!!”  When I was younger, I went paragliding in China & had virtually no instruction for the paragliding adventure.  Whatever training the paragliding “company” did was in Mandarin & my Mandarin skills don’t have any paragliding vocabulary.  Needless to say, I wasn’t prepared for this undertaking, which of course didn’t stop me – smile.  I strapped into the harness thing, proceeded to jump off the mountain and I had this TOTALLY SHOCKING experience, which I later learned was a thermal.  I caught a wind gust that was like rocket thrusting me straight up!  My mind said, “LET GO!!” and then I thought about my options: let go & fall or hold on & keep going up.  I decided that I preferred the lifting experience over the falling experience, so I held on.  Let’s make the same kind of decision about Jesus when we get in a crisis.  Hold on to Jesus & He will lift us up!

ps – I had an amazing ride with my paragliding experience 🙂

basketball update

My daughter’s basketball game was postponed on Thurs night because of weather complications, so I’ve got some time to work on my self-control efforts (her next game isn’t until Dec).  In the meantime, watch this video for how I think about myself with basketball (laugh, laugh, chuckle, chuckle)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 

Loving People

Whenever I get my hair fixed, it’s always lots of fun because of the different kinds of people I get to meet – some are intense, some are bubbly, some have an über dry whit, others are reflective & observant . . . . . So many different kinda of people & all uniquely wonderful. So whenever I get my hair done, it’s always like a party day to celebrate people & enjoy such unique & delightful personalities. It makes me thankful that God is amazingly creative, extravagant, gracious & most of all, loving!