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Sunday Morning Review; Neh 5:14-19 February 28, 2010

Nehemiah 5:14-19; Humility and Hospitality

It is interesting to be in the front row to watch Josh‘s sermons come together. Some weeks the creative process seems to come together effortlessly, and some weeks, like this past one, seem to rumble around and take on many forms before it is complete.

And so here it is, in the final form, if you would like to listen: Humility and Hospitality.

Josh started this weeks sermon asking everyone to write down their top 3 – 5 goals for life. He mentioned that there are typically 2 problems with our “bucket lists”, we want them done NOW or we start them, but never seem to find the time or energy to finish them. Typically great things in life do not happen instantly. (Think of your best glass of Kool-aid vs. if you are of age the best glass of wine you have ever tasted, or, and this is a no brainer, instant coffee vs. a french press cup)

But I digress: Nehemiah has lived his whole life in Persia, Jerusalem’s walls have been torn down for 141 years, but when Nehemiah hears from his friends about the plight of the walls he is broken. Josh then takes us  on Nehemiah’s journey into becoming what Jesus would have him become so that the doing flows out of that. This sermon is definitely worth a listen, especially if you are wanting to discern God’s will for your life. And who does not want to know what they should be doing with their lives!

 

Exiting gracefully. February 24, 2010

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Let me start out with a confession: I have not been a great friend. In the past I have used friendships for selfish gain, usually so that I did not have to eat lunch alone at school, and especially so that I could escape the pain that I was feeling in my own bones. High school is such an awkward time, especially when like most teenagers, you are not sure of yourself and the world is only reinforcing your bad thought patterns. As I got older my goals in relationships got a little more noble, but were still selfish; someone to have fun with, laugh with, a relationship that I could learn from, and grow from.

I know that many of the relationships that I have had, added so much to me in that specific season of life, but I wonder, “How do the people feel on the other side of that relationship?” Have they left our time together feeling encouraged or drained, feeling heard or used… Learning to love myself has been a LONG process, and learning to REALLY love other people has taken even longer. I know how to love my kids, and my husband, but how do you exit a relationship gracefully?

You move and so you keep in touch for a while, but then the communication becomes less frequent.

You are friends with someone because it is convenient, you are in the same stage of life, or you participate in the same activities, but then things change.

And worst of all there is a misunderstanding and then a breaking of that deep connection, you may or may not see each other, but the essence of that relationship is gone.

Does that mean that the relationship was not important? No… but how do you keep those cherished relationships and times in your heart if they are not active in your life? and more importantly how do you let the people in those relationships know that you care for them deeply, even if you do not do a good job of keeping in touch?

I have no answers just a deep feeling that I am missing a part of my Christian walk because I do not understand it in the context of community. I have been reading through 2 Corinthians very slowly and the other day I stumbled across a passage about prayer. It made me wonder if someone in my life did not receive a blessing from God because I did not pray for them, or we did not pray for them… How can a man be healed because of his friend’s faith?

I want to live in a community of believers who sees themselves as true brothers and sisters in Christ. Who pray for each other, encourage each other and keep each other accountable. I know that it will be a little messy, aren’t all families, but in doing that I think that I will be able to hold onto some of the relationships in my past. Giving grace to those who are where I was.

Thank you, for the MANY people who intentionally or not poured into my life to help me take on the character of Christ. So many of you were constants in my searching. Thank you for walking the early stages of my marriage with me, helping me to find freedom, wholeness, and most importantly myself in Christ.

Do you have someone you need to thank, or reach out to?

 

Sunday Morning Review; Nehemiah 4:15-23 February 14, 2010

Josh did a great job talking about building and defending last night, I thought at any moment he would break out in Y.M.C.A. because he was wearing a carpenter’s belt! He began by recapping last weeks message saying that if you do something great you will experience opposition. When we think about defending we normally have thoughts about defending ourselves or others physically, but what about defending ourselves emotionally or spiritually?

We are usually good at the trowel work; the work that we do to better and build ourselves. We are not as good at the sword work; the work that we need to do to defend ourselves. Our job is to defend what we have been given. Have you ever felt discouraged, depressed, or lacking faith? Then you know that Satan is real. By listening to Josh’s sermon here, you will hear some practical ways to defend yourself and those around you.

 

I am loving my family today… February 1, 2010

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I already know what you are thinking, shouldn’t she love her family all of the time? The answer is yes, and yes I do, but there are moments of contentedness and extra-fondness (is that a word) that sneak in and warm your heart. For instance;

  • Gavin has decided that he would rather wear underwear then pull-ups or diapers this week, and is in the process of mastering the toilet! The crowd goes wild.
  • Gavin also, has been coming out of his cranky two’s and has been entering a sweeter stage. He loves to snuggle under his letter blanket, and his personality is starting to show like crazy. Just the other night he told me he saw God in the wall, I have no idea what he was talking about, but he is funny.
  • Ava wonders the funniest things aloud. Like can we ever go to a restaurant church, I am not sure what that would look like, dinner theater? But we told her she would have to start it.
  • Ava wants to be a Mail lady, Fire fighter, and a pilot. I asked her where she would sleep and she informed me that she would stay with the other mail people. But she would deliver mail to Josh, myself, Gavin and Ashton.
  • The kids and myself have been taking walks around the neighborhood in the wagon, and Ava and Gavin like to pull Ashton instead of being pulled. On these same walks we are always on the lookout for trash in the neighborhood to pick up and throw away. Gavin and Ava “work as a team” to walk down into the wash to pick up bags stuck to bushes and such.
  • Gavin no longer says panpakes, for pancakes. He very clearly enunciated pancake this evening… he is growing up.
  • Ava got a booster seat and cannot believe that she gets to use a seatbelt like an adult!
  • Ava is also excited about starting Kindergarten in July. She keeps telling people that she is almost 5, but really she is only almost 4 1/2!
  • Ashton is walking around like a mad man. He can turn on a dime and become quite the walker.
  • Ashton’s nickname has changed from shoe (because he used to sleep in the pack n’ play in our closet) to bobblehead! If you have ever seen Ashton’s new dance then you would understand.
  • The kids have been recently practicing the Lord’s Prayer after we pray, and then we sing a Benediction. I love their sweet hearts and their spontaneous songs to God.

And most of all I have a husband who works hard for the church, and loves people, but ultimately wants to serve and bless his family and be a light to those who come in contact with us! Our family is far from perfect, but we love each other and are trying to enjoy the small things.