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Archive for October, 2006

GOODNESS

This last weekend was packed, but this last weekend was soooo good.  I have a great life! 
Friday-wrote an offer for a client.  Saturday am-negotiated through counter offers and got a ‘fully executed’ contract (ie. both parties accepted and signed).  Saturday pm-drove 2 hours to visit a dear family friend and her family, we talked, laughed, caught up, pondered God’s intense goodness through extreme trial, and I spent the night.  Sunday am-went to church with them…which is the same church where the Burns, Spansels, Flowers, Blakey, and more go.  I sat in Burns’ high school session then went to big church where Hegg was preaching.  Then we had lunch, went home with family friend and just talked for more hours.  Sunday pm-I drove home in silence.  Got home and started working when Forrest called and we talked and laughed and enjoyed that friendship.  Then I went downstairs and hung out with my roommates and debriefed, and laughed, and then went to bed to get ready for the next day where I subbed 7th grade Science!

My reflections, with a full heart, are centered on that God has given me such immense blessing through the body of Christ!  In one weekend, I can be at home, then drive less than 2 hours and be in the midst of yet another scene where God is passionatley loved and served and where truth and grace and authenticity are prized.   
There are hundreds of associated thoughts, but that’s the gist.  He is good and kind and I feel so thankful to be called His.

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SPECIAL REQUEST

It’s come to my attention that there is a prized group of artists that do not allow the miles between them to quench the spirit of competition in which they so richly delight.
The current competition: PumpkinCarving Contests…The main page is on the FLOWERS blog.  They have links to all the contestant’s pages (and I HIGHLY recommend Jessi Gates’) AND you can place your votes.  In fact, please vote.  Let’s see the power of the people!  Rock the Vote!

GOT CONVICTION?

Kristin shared this with me.  She was told that it is displayed on the desk of a prominent pastor to remind him of humilty and dying to self.  Please join me in the spanking.

To regularly remind myself of the essence of self-sacrificing love, I have on my desk the following words from an unknown source:
“One of the greatest proofs you’re drawing on God’s grace is that you can be humiliated without manifesting the slightest trace of anything but His grace.”-Oswald Chambers
      When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught and you sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ-that is dying to self.
       When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice Read the rest of this entry »

WE WALKED FOR GULU!

Gulu Walk 2006-Woodland HillsLast year about 15,000 people in over 30 locations particpated in the Gulu Walk to raise awareness for the children of Uganda.  This year, last Saturday, over 30,000 people in over 80 locations participated!  We made up about 14 of them! 

It was great.  We got to know our ICU students more, met some new people, FOX news was there and aired a longer piece than last year (look for us, especially Eric Margrave)…click HERE to view the news piece.  CLICK HERE for more GuluWalk pictures.  Someday they will be on my flickr, but for now, please enjoy Holly’s. 

…WHO DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED

img_0965.JPGSometimes I wonder if I’m spending my time and energies exactly where God wants me to.  It’s hard to know for sure, but I rely on the Spirit, not living in lifestyle sin and the grace of God to make it known to me…oft times it’s only retrospect that confirms it. 

One such moment came today when Jennene, Eric, Holly and I had lunch with last year’s student president of ICU, Michael.  We had just finished the Gulu Walk in Woodland Hills where we had a great time raising awareness for Northern Uganda.  It’s Northern Uganda (watching Invisible Children)  that originally brought Michael and us together.  Over the course of ICU last year and ICU during the summer we got to have lots and lots of conversations with him about grace, God’s forgiveness, His resurrection and eternity.  He came to church with us and just recently accepted God’s free gift of grace and is now added to our eternal family in Christ!!!!!  God is kind and used many different people in Michael’s life to explain and demonstrate the compelling love of Christ!  So, now in retrospect, I think that my time c0-leading ICU is worth it…the LORD clearly is using it and has given us a platform to reach the highschoolers in SCV.   I am excited to see who He will save this year through the club (through Christ, really)!

Please be praying for us!  AND, please pray for Michael’s new birth in Christ.  Please pray that he would be able to come to church, be baptized, be discipled, understand Scripture and live a life abundant in and for Christ!   

ICU GULU WALK DETAILS

OK, here are the GuluWalk details for anyone who wants to join our group.  Click HERE.
Tell a friend.  Bring a friend. Tell lots of friends.  Bring lots of friends.

WOMEN. RETREATING.

I leave in about 8 hours to drive up to Hume Lake to attend a Women’s Conference for the weekend-someone paid for me to go.  I am trying to have a great attitude.  It’s not easy (being easy) (or like Sunday morning…that one’s for you Sean…and Lionel).  I’m sure the LORD will allow me to have the time of my life (and i owe all to yooooou ooooo) and that I’ll be humbled and quieted about how I ever doubted it.  I’m sure of it.  So, I suspect there will be a follow-up post sometime next week. 

If nothing else, I intend on going on the high ropes course…good stewardship- getting the donor’s money’s worth.