Saturday, August 29, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
(Disclaimer: This is not a blog to give you an "out" so that you never have to win people. This is just something that was spoken to my heart :)
I realized that maybe we should begin to give credit to the conversations in our life ...
Like last week where the guy outside Applebee's asked me where I was from. When I said Pensacola, he asked if I was military. I got the oppurtunity to say "No, my husband and I moved here to be youth pastors at a church right down the road".
Or the cashier at Wal-Mart who saw the craft supplies she was ringing up and asked if I was a teacher. I got the chance to explain to her that my husband & I are youth pastors. And that I was buying all the "blue" stuff because we were taking a bunch of students to camp, and blue was our team color. She thought that was awesome.
Or the times we go out for girls night ... and the waiters can't understand why we don't have to drink to have a good time. They're astounded to see a group of young women laughing, joking and having fun ... sans alcohol. Not everyone asks, but occasionally we get the chance to explain. Sometimes we get to plant a seed without saying anything at all.
Today we were out tubing at Bonita Bay. I couldn't help but remember the lady a few years ago who was out at Bonita Bay with her young daughter. My Autumn started playing with her. Then the lady came over and after she saw we were all nice people, she started opening up to us. She got info on our church. She rode the tube with us. You know, we never saw her or her daughter again ... but I can't help but thinking that through that conversation we made a small difference.
These things get me to thinking. You never know what "small" difference your "small" conversations mean in a persons life. You may not be winning a soul to Christ, but sometimes you're simply laying the foundation, or watering a seed someones already planted. And sometimes you are the one who gets to see that person won to Christ.
There's a perfect order to everything. So, the next time you talk with the checkout lady about church, or smile at the drive thru lady after she's been chewed out by her boss, or chat with the chic-fil-a guy about how he "recognizes you from somewhere" .... know that these conversations are making big differences. We need to step out and be more inviting of these convserations.
Who knows, maybe your conversation might one day lead to a conversion. But for now, start creditting yourself for the things you are doing .... Jesus was a great conversationalist!
6) He lets me have Tuesday nights to myself every week ... Zumba class, then dinner with the girls!
5) He stops 90% of the time when we see someone whose car is broke down. Lil' old ladies love him.
4) He is awesome at graphic design. I think he should have a business on the side. I even keep a portfolio of all his stuff that gets put to print.
3) He is an amazing Daddy to our children. He raises them according to Ephesians 6:4.
2) If I were a teenager, I'd want him to be my Youth Pastor. He's real, relational and relevant.
1) He knows my flaws, imperfections, and downfalls ... yet loves me the same.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
We ate shrimp, rice, deer sausage, garlic bread and veggie skewers. A fruit tray with homeade dip was for dessert. (Thanks Jon Locke for trying it despite the cream cheese). I was proud that my fruit tray was devoured. It means they like to eat semi healthy.
The whole dinner was simply yummy!
We swam, played catch phrase and re-enacted some game from "whose line is it anyway".
Then the "talk" came. The theme for this summers internship has been "With Everything".
.... and I would tell you what that talk entailed, except that internship is so amazing
that you have to earn these "talks". Really, they are that good.
(Some time in the near future I will be posting my "Last Lecture" ...
and that's all I'm gonna say about that!)
The picture of the week is our '09 interns.
Cory & I are privileged and honored to be a small part of their lives. We pray that we invest in them as much as they invest in us. We also owe great gratitude to our Assistants this year: Rebecca Wesley & Justin Churukian. They truly are our armor bearers.