Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Jimmy Buffett Concert

Wordless Wednesday
Fred and I went to the Jimmy Buffett concert on Saturday night.
We had not planned on doing so, but when we went to the gym on Saturday morning,
there was a guy in my cycle class who had tickets that he won and could not use.
we could!
So off we went to enjoy the evening.
Here are some photos of our fun time!

Ready to Go!

A little tail-gating before the concert.

What is a tail-gate party without new friends?

We enjoyed getting to know our neighbors.

Let the show begin.

Fun times!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Pages in the story of my life turn every day, every minute every day. And every so often, a chapter is closed. Sometimes I rejoice at the end of a chapter, glad that it is over and other times, I feel sad.

Sunday night, a chapter closed and I spent my last evening as Home Group leader to a group of women who have become very special to me - some over several years and some over just a short period of time.

It is difficult for me to look back and determine the exact start of this chapter, but I recall vividly the story that God wrote on my heart as I lived it. And it will remain one of my favorite chapters, loved and cherished like a favorite book - one you hang on to forever, read over and over again, and lovingly caress when you run across it on the shelf.

It is a story of a question and an answer. A prayer and God's plan. Fear and courage, anger and forgiveness, uncertainty and enlightenment and most importantly God's amazing grace.

And even though I know the story is not about me (it never is), parts of it include the ways that God showed me how much He loves me. He did that by allowing me to pull away from Him and to feel like I was alone. And just when I was certain that I would always be "alone", He would show up so big that I ran back to Him as fast as I could. And when I asked Him what He wanted me to do, He whispered, "Follow Me" and then made the path so bright and so wide that I couldn't see any other way. On the days that I felt I had nothing good in me, He reminded me that I have His spirit.

He used a group of women, from every back ground, ranging in age from 22 to 53, to teach me, to bless me, and show me His love. I think all I did was read a book, or select a scripture, or type an email, or make a phone call. Every two weeks, I ran the vacuum, dusted my family room, and chilled bottles of water and opened my home. I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. And He loved me through these women.

A beautiful leather journal sits on the table beside the quiet place where I spend time with God most mornings. A journal, a gift...a perfect gift for me who loves to record prayer, answers, questions. In that journal are notes from these ladies that confirm the work that God is doing - in my life and in theirs. A scripture was read to me when the gift was presented and so it was the first recording of God's truth as I wrote it down in the book. And I read the notes from these women and prayers are prayed, God's word comes to mind, and love swells as I allow the words to start the new chapter in my life.

These women will always be a part of my life, woven into the story of God's grace and mercy.

I am so grateful and so blessed.

(Here are some of the sweet women from this group.)

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.
2 Cor 3:2

Thank you, God.
Thank you, sweet friends.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ever Learning

My children, two of whom are now grown and one almost finished with High School, rarely answered the question, "How was school today?" with any sort of satisfactory answer. It was always, "Fine" or "Boring" or "The same..." - you get the picture. So, somewhere along the way, someone suggested to me that instead of asking, "How was school today?" I ask, "What did you learn in school today?"
What a difference that made. (sometimes)
It was a way of transforming the question, to get to the answer that would really help me understand what was (sort of) going on with my kids.
Now, I find myself asking ME that question, but with a twist.
What did I learn today?
or What did I learn from that?
Today, I feel like I have learned a lot.
I have learned that even though I think I know something, I still need to be reminded. Especially when it comes to things about God - and myself - and obedience.
And I learned that I might think I know something and I really didn't know anything at all.
May I never stop being a learner.