Monday, October 30, 2006

White & Nerdy

This is a hysterical video...I thought some of you might enjoy it! If not, then just pretend like I didn't post it.

"Weird Al" Yankovic's music video from his new album "Straight Outta Lynwood" (in stores Sept. 26)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mabel Hands: A Living Lesson on Ecclesisates 12

Last night I went to visit a 95-year-old woman named Mabel Hands. Since Mabel can no longer physically come to church, it's nice when church members can come to her. Mabel had a stroke a few months ago. She can't talk well--she knows what she wants to say, but it wont come out. Mabel told us how she loved to cook and knit and travel with her family, "but I can't do that anymore," she kept saying. And all I could think about was how our eyes will grow dim, our hearing will grow weak, and our bodies will grow frail. But only one thing matters in the end: fear God and keep His commandments. The things I worry about today will have no concequence in 40, 50, 60 years. So why should I be so concerned about things that don't really matter in the end? Thank you Mabel Hands.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

What A Week!

1 Timothy 5:17
“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and doctrine.”

GMI missionaries are worthy of double honor! And it was a privilege and joy for me to watch their precious children for the week while they enjoyed teaching, seminars, fellowship, technical training, doctor’s appointments, hair cuts--whatever they needed to be refreshed and prepared to go back onto the missions field.

I was in the nursery (0-2 year-olds). My week consisted of playing, changing diapers, preparing and feeding the little ones food, rocking crying and sleeping babies, going on walks with strollers, giving piggy-back rides, reading stories, singing songs, and blowing bubbles. I baby-sat, teddy-sat, cat-napped, cuddled, wrestled, hugged, laughed, smiled, and even scolded.

I also got to spend a little time with the older kids. I sang on the worship team and joined in on a fieldtrip to the Maritime Museum and to Sea World. I had a blast dressing up like Cat in the Hat at picnic day and doing face paints and balloons for the kids.

The late nights, early mornings, and long days did take a toll on me--I got sick--but others picked up my slack, and I was ready to go again full force the next day. I was with an amazing team and I had a wonderful roommate. I am constantly amazed at God’s sustaining grace and I was blessed beyond words by the example of the missionaries who give up the comforts of home to serve a living and powerful God in different places all over the world. My love for the body of Christ and for these missionaries has grown exponentially as the Lord continues to reveal to me more and more of His heart for a lost and dying world.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Quotes from a Friend

"For every need in our emotional or mental or spiritual life, for every problem in our relationships, for every trial we go through, God offers something (such as His love, His power, His provision) that can bring us through triumphantly--if we know and believe and count on Him in the hour of need. God is our first Source, and ultimately the only Source, of all we need for a full and satisfied life. And we have such a great advantage in this relationship with God because it's internal. Every other love is limited by some degree of distance and by the barriers imposed by our physical bodies. But God dwells within us, so that our relationship with Him has unlimited potential for constant closeness and joy and fulfillment. Here indeed is love."
-Ruth Myers, The Satisfied Heart

"God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful, that He can without anything other than Himself meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is."
-A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of Holiness