Monthly Archives: February 2010

I Wish I Were Irish

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Keith & Kristyn Getty came and sang at the office this week.  They’re Irish.  And they’re awesome. 

I heard them several times before when I was still at Liberty University.  They’re modern-day hymn writers.  Perhaps that sounds lame to you.  And while that may be your opinion, to which you are freely entitled, I’m going to go ahead and tell you that you’d be wrong in thinking that. 

You may have heard their song “In Christ Alone,” which is my personal favorite and if I could pick a song that was my “theme song” I would choose that one.  However, they sang one I hadn’t heard before Wednesday and now, I’m slightly obsessed.   Have a listen.

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Curling… what exactly?

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I do not get it. The strategy. The point system. The point of the game itself.

It’s called “curling” but ironically enough, the players in fact curl nothing. From the looks of it, they slide cylindrical rocks down an airstrip-looking lane of ice while sweeping vigorously in front of it.

Really?…. I mean really?

Aaaaaaannnd, have you seen the “athletes?” The only thing that they look like they have curled is… beer cans.

Amid all of this, I am totally and utterly fascinated.

Lighten Up, Will Ya

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Time for some quick comedic relief.  An entertaining way to remember that hey, life is short and it ain’t that bad in the long run.

So the next time you find yourself being hit on (for me it’s once in a blue moon, during the winter solstice, on a leap year), remember these handy little liners:

HE : Can I buy you a drink?                                               

SHE : Actually I’d rather have the money.                                 

HE : I’m a photographer. I’ve been looking for a face like yours.         

SHE : I’m a plastic surgeon. I’ve been looking for a face like yours.     

HE : Hi. Didn’t we go on a date once? Or was it twice?                    

SHE : Must’ve been once. I never make the same mistake twice.             

HE : How did you get to be so beautiful?                                   

SHE : I must’ve been given your share.                                    

HE : Will you go out with me this Saturday?                               

SHE : Sorry. I’m having a headache this weekend.                          

HE : Your face must turn a few heads.                                     

SHE : And your face must turn a few stomachs.                             

HE : Go on ,don’t be shy. Ask me out.                                     

SHE : Okay, get out.                                                       

HE : I think I could make you very happy.                                 

SHE : Why? Are you leaving?                                               

HE : What would you say if I asked you to marry me?                       

SHE : Nothing. I can’t talk and laugh at the same time.                   

HE : Can I have your name?                                                

SHE : Why? Don’t you already have one?                                    

HE : Shall we go see a movie?                                             

SHE : I’ve already seen it.                                               

HE : Where have you been all my life?                                     

SHE : Hiding from you.                                                    

HE : Haven’t I seen you some place before?                                

SHE : Yes. That’s why I don’t go there anymore.                           

HE : Is this seat empty?                                                   

SHE : Yes, and I want  to be empty, so leave.                             

HE : So, what do you do for a living?                                     

SHE : I’m a female impersonator.                                          

HE : Hey baby, what’s your sign?                                          

SHE : Do not enter.                                                        

HE : Your body is like a temple.                                          

SHE : Sorry, there are no services today.                                  

HE : If I could see you naked, I’d die happy.                             

SHE : If I saw you naked, I’d probably die laughing.

Heart Check

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In light of growing up in a christian home, going to christian schools and colleges and now working for a christian organization, I sometimes find I need to fight to remember the passion I have for my faith.  Not to say I have considered leaving it for another. To whom else would I turn?  Seeking another is not optional. Rather, having been so saturated by theology, doctrine, and scripture that I used to have to memorize for finals, I am weary that I will lose the aroma of the person of Christ that first captivated my heart.

What I have found to refresh and renew my heart’s affections is simply remembering who He is.  Because in remembering who He is, I discover who I am.  And in realizing my identity is not based on my own abilities or accomplishments but instead determined by His ownership of my soul, life and freedom are restored.

Praying Anyway

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I’ve been learning a lot lately, specifically about praying to a sovereign God, who has already ordained and orchestrated all of humanity for all time, because He may just decide to change His mind.  Think I’m crazy? You wouldn’t be the first. But let me attempt to show you what I mean.

I have been reading Paul’s letter to the Ephesians everyday, primarily focusing on chapter 1:3-10.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you hear the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

“In Him” appears six times.  “Predestined” appears twice, “He chose” appears twice, and “His purpose” appears twice.  And the phrase that stands the most to me,”To the praise of His glory” appears four times.  So if we break that down into Mere-Bear language it means this: The God of the universe who is outside of time, planned and purposed everything that would ever happen, within time, and it has all been and will continue to be, to show His grandeur, majesty, power, love and grace.

End of story. Period.

If I may, I would like to interject a little “but.” (I may be smirking at that terribly cheesy pun… whatever)

But what happens when you pray for a change of circumstances and God “relents” and says OK.  I only ask because it worked for Moses.  I swear. Look for yourself in Exodus 32:

9 “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”

11 But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “O LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand…? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

Is it just me for, or did the Great I Am just say “No, I won’t… since you asked”?

Remarkable. Why? Because  all the sudden prayer takes on a whole new meaning. Prayer suddenly has a weight, not against, but in addition to God’s will. Prayer now beacons us into a closer and more intimate relationship with Christ because He. Is. Listening. And He cares what you think. He cares about what you want and desire. He wants to hear from you, His beloved, about the inner workings of your heart. He wants to know how and what you are discovering about His spirit making itself manifest in yours.

So if He wants to know these things, it is only logical to assume then that He considers our prayers.

I am fully aware that while He will hear everything I ask for, He may not grant it. And I am also fully aware that I may never know why He didn’t answer this prayer or that prayer this side of heaven.  But He has given every reason on earth and in heaven to trust Him, rest in Him, hope in Him, and wait on His perfection provision and plan.

So while I wait on a clear yes or no, I will pray earnestly and fervently for a yes response because according to James “you do not because you do not ask.” I refuse to miss out because I wasn’t brave enough to have asked.

Happy Valentines Day

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The first bouquet I ever got from my Dad on V-Day.

1 John 4:7-19

7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.