happy monday #3

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

this is a big hooray for monday! because i just had a yummy brunch, it’s the week of thanksgiving, my kiddos are coming home from college and family will be arriving wednesday and thursday!! 

and i have more super cool music to share: the blackthorn project’s new cd, reckless! tim and laurie are not just great friends of ours but are also fabulously talented musicians and they love Jesus like crazy. you will adore this cd and probably want to hunt me down personally to thank you for telling you about it. not kidding. getcha a copy fast!

and happy thanksgiving to you!

Reckless Cover Art

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a gift

November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

this week our small group was meeting for the first time in about 6 weeks. busy lives and the challenge of getting 8 calendars to match with an unscheduled friday night led us to a drought of get-togethers. so on monday i decided that instead of our usual pot luck style dinner, i wanted to cook the whole meal, a harvest feast, as a gift. i had all the recipes that i wanted to try. and i wanted everyone to just come and receive. using the good china, creating a beautiful centerpiece, lots of candles, and some of my favorite people at our table…it just sounded like a perfect idea.

 
and then the week began. and what felt like a gift on monday turned into a burden.
 
how does that happen, that the challenge, the difficulty of carrying out the plan, completely overshadows and swallows up the joy that set the whole thing in motion? as soon as i recognized the shifting in my heart i decided to fight back. to stand firm in the joy of giving the gift instead of collapsing into the earthquake of toil and hassle.
 
and there was some hassle. like my carrot cake mysteriously exploding in my oven. that was a huge mess. and an enormous inconvenience. but with a little perspective and gratefully having all the ingredients to make another one, i was able to chuckle about it. not a martha stewart moment. more like seinfeld which i actually like better anyway.
 
the dinner was wonderful. just like i hoped. fantastic food, wonderful friends, authentic and vulnerable conversation, beauty all around, a glorious harvest feast.

busy, busy

November 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

i am slammed today, stuff back to back to back. and that’s great. it makes me appreciate and depend on the power of the Holy Spirit and recognize how God surprises me with beauty to encourage me in the hard places of life.

 
like this glorious bush which reminded me of the burning bush. beautiful!
 
hope your day is full of His power and beauty too.

hooray for mondays #2

November 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

seriously lame title. not feeling so hooray this morning. but i do have the next of my 3 music faves to tell you about.

 
jj heller. i listened to her cd painted red repeatedly a year ago while in africa. it was a beautiful soundtrack to an amazing trip. she has a rich, full voice and her song lyrics are thick with meaning. love it.
 
and now she has a new cd! hooray!
available on itunes.
 
 
 

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