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Melting (Down) on Memorial Day

It was a big weekend.My boy turned 4.My dad and step-mom visited from Tennessee.It was a 4-day weekend.And I was homeless…kinda. On Friday morning, our air conditioner stopped working.It was 78 degrees for the birthday party.It’s been 80 degrees in the house the last few days. We spent all of Saturday out and about to avoid our sauna of a home.Sammy and I kinda-sorta “slept” there that evening; we pawned off the kids on family members. We spent all of Sunday out and about to avoid our sauna of a home.We all spent the night at my mother-in-law’s. We spent all of Monday and Monday evening at my mom’s. We may sleep at home tonight; we may not. We hope our air conditioning will be fixed tomorrow. And I don’t like any of this!I don’t like living out of my car.I don’t like eating out this much. I am thankful for family who has hosted us during the day and overnight; that has saved us LOTS of money. But I want to go home…and sleep in my 70-degree bedroom with the fan running, on my queen-size bed, w…

Cloud of Witnesses

I'm still reading Hebrews.  I know it's taking me a long time, and I'm okay with that.  I love to read, and I read slowly.

I finally read Hebrews 11, the only chapter of Hebrews I'd read before tackling the whole book.  It's a well-known passage about the heroes of the Bible, the great cloud of witnesses, those who have gone before preparing our way, showing us how to be people of faith.  I was so humbled by list of Bible heroes and their brave feats that I felt nauseous.  I am so painfully short of their example.

As I reflected on that chapter in the Bible, I was reminded of another cloud of witnesses--people who have witnessed my attempt to live a life of faith, people who have inspired me and stood with me. 

I say with full disclosure and no exaggeration that I would not be in ministry today without these people.
(I must also acknowledge my husband here.  Without his steadfast support and faithfulness, even when it was really hard, I wouldn't be in ministry tod…

Being in God's Hands

Well, it’s been a while, but there’s still not much time to write. So, a quick word about something I find amusing… I’ve been reading Hebrews this year and really enjoying it.I found chapter 10 so applicable, that I’ve camped out in it…for months.I keep re-reading it and soaking it up.It’s like what our theology professor called “marinating.”She’d challenge us with difficult theological ideas and readings, and then ask us to respond.When we didn’t, she said we were marinating in the ideas.But we never were prepared.We just stayed in the marinade, much to her dismay. So, I’m coming out of the marinade of Hebrews 10, and leaving you with a few words on Hebrews 10:31:It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This makes me re-think a few churchy mantras, like… ·A favorite children’s ministry song:  "He’s got the whole world in His hands.He’s got the whole wide world in His hands.” ·The Footprints poem that decorates millions of restrooms:  "The times when you h…