Boz and Wet Socks

February 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today I had an errand in the Facilities office. Of the six desks in the room all were vacant. At least, there were no humans in there.  But one chair was filled by a very large – and by very large I mean life size – green stuffed bear. Noticing a FamilyLife name badge hung on his left shoulder, I looked closer, thinking someone had put their own badge or that of a former employee on it just for fun. But no. The picture on the tag was the same smiling, green, fuzzy face.  The name underneath was Boz. This didn’t concern me, until I saw the name plate on the desk. Boz.

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Sunday evening as I walked from my car to the church door I overheard, and joined, one of those conversations that reminds me I live in Arkansas. Jim had already made it halfway to the building but his 14-ish yr. old son was still standing by their car, barefoot.

Son: Should I just wear the socks then, and not the shoes?
Jim: They’re dry?
Son: Well, they’re . . . less wet than the shoes.
Me to Jim: Do I wanna know?
Jim: He wanted to go fishing earlier.

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A little distress for a little damsel.

February 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

In the past 24 hours I’ve been rescued out of some minor predicaments by random people. These bummer situations were of my own making due to poor decisions, but God was good enough to send help.
Poor decision #1: At the grocery store last night I chose a handbasket instead of a cart. Around 9:30pm I was staring at the milk section in some amount of pain while the overloaded basket dug into my forearem.  As I searched for the right kind of almond milk, a young man sauntered by with a rolling cart containing only one item. I tried to hide my envy as it passed and shifted the basket’s position yet again. A few moments later the guy sidled into my paripheral vision and said “Do you want this cart? Cuz I’ve only got one thing. I’ll take the basket.”  THANK YOU. He even helped transfer the groceries.

On Saturday I moved, and my name badge for work is missing. Not a huge deal, except that it also serves as a key to the building.  Co-workers were there to let me in this morning, but after work I needed to run two errands and then return for an evening event. (It starts in 11 minutes so I’d better hurry up this post.) By this time there was a solid wall of rain outside. Poor decisions #2, 3, and 4: this morning I did not bring an umbrella, nor a coat, and when I asked to borrow a colleague’s umbrella I didn’t think to also borrow a badge so that I could get back into the building. Cut 40 minutes later to me splashing around outside, thankfully in possession of an umbrella, but no badge, and trying various doors while my pant legs soaked up a bit more water than I usually like. Mercifully soon, I saw a car about to pull away from a spot near the east door and flagged it down. Through various hurried and soggy gesticulations, I communicated my problem. The driver handed his badge to his son and the kid ran out into the rain and let me inside.

Thanks, Lord. I’m more blonde some days than others but You still take care of me.

Don’t Drop The Ball

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Quoted and linked below, excellent article in Christianity Today. And it’s not very often we can say that. Sometimes in our house we call it “Christianity Astray”. But with this and their recent article on Michael Jordan, they’ve absolutely nailed two very important points: the need for Bible-believing Christians to take a firm public stand on the exclusivity of the Gospel and the sinfulness of sin, and that there is no peace apart from Christ. 

“Evangelical Christians are now called upon to think strategically about what it means to speak truthfully and lovingly to a society that increasingly sees us as the moral outlaws. Clearly, we must watch our speech carefully, measuring every word for truth and tone and avoiding incendiary sound bites. We must also guard our hearts toward the persistent temptation towards self-righteousness. But, at the same time, even the most humble statement of biblical truth can now be turned into a sound bite described as hate speech and a refusal to affirm the normalization of homosexuality is turned into repulsive intolerance. We now face no shortage of arguments for capitulation, but abandoning the truth of God’s Word is not an option. We deny the gospel if we deny the sinfulness of sin. That sin. Every sin. Our sin.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/february-web-only/tebows-big-fumble.html?start=1

Kleiner Wasserbär :)

February 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Kleiner Wasserbär :)

Now THIS is a tough little critter. These might be my new favorite animal, for sheer impressiveness.

(paraphrased/quoted from Wikipedia)
Tardigrades, commonly known as waterbears or moss piglets, are small, water-dwelling, segmented animals with eight legs. One of the most complex of all known extremophiles (organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth), they’re incredibly hardy!

Waterbears can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water. They can survive pressures greater than any found in the deepest ocean trenches and have lived through the vacuum of outer space. They can survive solar radiation, gamma radiation, ionic radiation — at doses hundreds of times higher than would kill a person. They can go without food or water for nearly 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce.

Can we say WOW?!

Amazing Grace

February 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Amazing Grace

It gets me every time.

Remember Your Chains

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Another favorite from Steven Curtis Chapman. Hope it encourages you today!

I couldn’t help but wonder what he was thinking
As he stared out the window through the sky
It seemed he was taking his last look at freedom
From the hopeless, longing look in his eyes
There were chains on his hands and chains on his feet
And as I passes him by the thought came to me

Remember your chains
Remember the prison that once held you
Before the love of God broke through
Remember the place you were without grace
When you see where you are now
Remember your chains
And remember your chains are gone

There’s no one more thankful to sit at the table
Than the one who best remembers hunger’s pain
And no heart loves greater than the one that is able
To recall the time when all it knew was the shame
The wings of forgiveness can take us to heights never seen
But the wisest ones, they will never lose sight of where they were set free
Love set them free

So remember your chains
Remember the prison that once held you
Before the love of God broke through
Remember the place you were without grace
When you see where you are now
Remember your chains
And remember your chains are gone

And in the light of all that we’ve been forgiven of
We will find our hearts fuller and freer
To give and receive God’s love

So remember your chains
Remember the prison that once held you
Before the love of God broke through
Remember the place you were without grace
When you see where you are now
Remember your chains
Oh, remember your chains
When you remember your chains
Remember your chains are gone
Imagine what your life would be
If Jesus had not set you free
Remember your chains are gone
Remember the prison that once held you
Before the love of God broke through
Remember your chains
And remember your chains are gone

A Friend and a Mummy

February 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

A Friend and a Mummy

You know you’ve found a like-minded friend when she leaves her home country to visit, and her idea of fun is the same as yours: to go to an Arts Center and look at mummies!

(*disclaimer/interesting fact* The mummy pictured is not the one we visited. In fact it’s the mummy of Hatshepsut, who is quite likely the woman who raised Moses)

It’s been a few years but I remember that great day with my K.L. Missing you Lester!

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