be fresh ,)

These are a few of my favorite things:  peaches, pho, fresh coffee, clean sheets, snuggling with my kids, a good read, a heartfelt conversation, prayer,  . . . . . And one generality that holds true for all of these things is “staying fresh”.  For example, I recently bought like two boxes of peaches because I know that we are coming to the end of peach season & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE peaches.  But the problem is that these peaches are getting “tired” – not as good as when they’re at the peak of freshness & season.  Pho is another example of keeping stuff fresh – whenever I bring home leftover pho & it sits in the refrigerator, it gets gross.

I think this is also true in our relationship with Jesus.  A stale, old and tired walk with Jesus can get pretty ugly.  So here are a few ideas that could be helpful in keeping fresh with Jesus:

  • Bible reading:  change your translation from time to time
  • spiritual conversations:  talk with a friend about Jesus and what you like about Him
  • take a bath:  sometimes we need to wash off some dirt & road wear;
  • fasting / prayer:  periodically, it helps me to do something extra (fast a meal or a few days, take a lunch to pray, look for someone for whom to pray
  • time:  it always takes my breath away when I consider that God considers my presence to be a present ,)

some thoughts to digest

Here’s some things I’ve been thinking of lately:

  • I want to start writing books again – this has been on pause since I jumped into Greek
  • uncertainty can be debilitating or exciting (fear would be the debilitating slant, trusting God would be the exciting version)
  • I had a bad pho experience – my 1st one
  • temptation could be a God desire filtered through a fleshy prism
  • I can make a really tastey homemade pumpkin pie that’s not too hard!
  • different people affect me different ways – this realization is very healthy for me as I used to be a really detached person
  • I’m ongoingly amazed by the goodness of God, including His patience
  • I’ve got Greek tomorrow night & need to make a decision about what to do next semester
  • I’ve been sensing God around me more – this is great because it raises my awareness of my need for Him more blatantly

May God speak to you today such that you hear & understand Him well.  🙂

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! 😉