Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

I started out today hoping to get one basket of laundry done, namely the one in my bedroom. It wasn't even that full. Easy task for one day, right?

Going over to the washing machine, I noticed the clothes in it were dampish and not as sweet. They'd sat all night. I re-soaped and washed them. In the meantime, I'd unload what was in the dryer. When I took the clothes out of the dryer, I noticed there was a pile of unfolded clothes in the living room. As I walked past, I saw the movie that I'd been wanting to watch. "I'll fold clothes and keep doing laundry as I watch it", I rationalized. I even got someone else to do this with me. But I should clean up the kitchen up, first. So, I did. Then I sat down to fold clothes and watch the movie.  The person watching with me could only watch half of the movie, because she had to go somewhere at 12. I turned it off. By then I was hungry for lunch. I made myself a grilled cheese, and ate it, making a small list of things I didn't want to forget to do today.

While I made the list, my husband called, reminding me to send an e-mail I had forgotten about. Just then my daughters needed help getting a bike fixed so they could take a bike ride. As I settled in upstairs to send the e-mail,  my husband called. In the middle of that phone call, a piano student showed up unexpectedly at the door, so I taught a piano lesson. Then I came back upstairs to finish the e-mail, and I got a long distance call from my sister-in law. In the middle of that call I got a call from one of my daughters telling me she'd aced her job interview.

I just now remembered the laundry.

It is 3 pm. I decided posting about this is a much better use of my time than doing the laundry.

I'm going downstairs right now to finish the laundry.


Right after I take this phone call...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rumors of God Creates Hunger

Two friends who met in the southern hemisphere, and now have successful ministries in North America, deliver their own take on how the modern church can find God in the middle of today's culture. Looking in all the wrong places is the first barrier, they explain, and Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead have, as the forward by bill Hybels so aptly states, ‘succeeded in slipping 3-D glasses over our eyes’.

They share stories of prostitutes, rich young execs, drug addicts and harried young mothers, all finding an experience of God that transcends the typical and supporting their underlying premise - that the way up is down, and involves cultivating humility, forgiveness, and other unpopular values. The way to God, contrary to advertisement, Disney or Hollywood is not to be found in the seen, but rather the unseen. What often passes for evangelism or faith, often fails to go deeper than a personalized ‘Christian’ license plate. 

Often, while reading I felt a sense of envy, at the stories of people who’d found a deeper existence. Rumors, indeed. They abound. This book is for the seeking, hungry soul. 

I was given a complementary copy of this book from the booksneeze program in return for my honest opinion.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dread or Rest?

What do you do when you suspect there's tough going ahead? As the day dawns, you already see trouble, not opportunity. You have some things coming up, and you're just not sure how you're going to handle it all? Your resources are limited, and as far as you can see, you're in over your head?

Dreading it is one option. That uses emotional energy that you'll need for the upcoming difficulty. I've certainly done my share of that!

Ignoring it is another choice. You know, the ulcer and stomach trouble technique. I have friends who do that. 

The only really positive thing I know to do is look back on how God has helped me in the past and thank Him ahead of time for what He has planned. He is God, after all, whether the week is good or bad. It's all in the plan.

And who knows what miracles or surprises He has up His sleeve that I haven't even thought of?

"Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28 KJV

This is what he said to some other people a long time ago who might have been looking forward to some rough stuff ahead. It's still relevant.

Cheers to the coming week.  Bring it on!