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passion 2010

While so many people are thinking of New Year’s Eve plans, over 20,000 college students are preparing to head to Atlanta, GA for a gathering of worship,study, and celebration of all that God is.  It is one of the most phenomenal things I’ve ever seen.  Brings tears to my eyes.  God must be so eager to see it as well!  I mean, seriously, so many young people gathering together to edify the name of Jesus – it’s stunning to say the least.  God honoring.  Spirit strengthening.

I have the wonderful gift of being able to go serve this generation of Christ followers, and I can hardly wait.  I’ve volunteered a couple of times before, and look so forward to this whole experience.   Thank you to my understanding husband, who lavishes me with this gift of time away from him so that I can serve my Jesus in this way.

Excitingly, you can join along, not with live stream, but a few hours delayed streamed video.  Go to 268generation.com/passion2010 to see the video – I’ve been told that it will only be available for about 24 hours afterwards, so check it out periodically between Jan 2-5th.  Will you please pray?  For those traveling to Atlanta for this great gathering, for Louie Giglio and the entire Passion team, and all speakers and leaders – there are so many! – also for the volunteers, and even event staff, who work at the venue for any event – may they be touched, and brought to Christ.

I believe this is a powerful way to start the new year, and am thrilled to be able to share it with my Adam.  Happy New Year – remember to start it with God – to Him be all glory, honor, and praise!

“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. ”  Isaiah 26:8

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Trust the Lord

Perhaps I will have time for a Christmas update soon, but until then, here’s one of the ways the Lord spoke to me this morning.  From the devotional book, Jesus Calling.

“Trust Me with every fiber of your being!  What I can accomplish in and through you is proportional to how much you depend on Me.  One aspect of this is the degree to which you trust Me in a crisis or major decision.  Some people fail miserably here, while others are at their best in tough times.  Another aspect is even more telling: the constancy of your trust in Me.  People who rely on Me in the midst of adversity may forget about Me when life is flowing smoothly.  Difficult times can jolt you into awareness of your need for Me, whereas smooth sailing can lull you into the stupor of self-sufficiency.

I care as much about your tiny trust-steps through daily life as about your dramatic leaps of faith.  You may think that no one notices, but the One who is always beside you sees everything – and rejoices.  Consistently trusting in Me is vital to flourishing in My Presence.”

Psalm 40:4; Psalm 56:3-4; Psalm 62:8; Isaiah 26:3-4

Enjoy your day.  Trust the Lord.

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i didn’t cry!

After telling you about Mitch’s birthday yesterday, I wasn’t sure how I would report about today.  today.  ahhhhh.  Such a BIG day.  Such a monumental life event!  Adam graduated from Texas A&M University, with his masters in accounting! with honors.

Congratulations, Adam!  You certainly have made me happy, joyful, thankful, and proud.  To watch you walk across that stage was such a great moment – so profound.  But  I certainly think it’s like so many big moments of your life have been – it goes by so very fast. It seems like you just began this journey.

You have much to look forward to – God has such great plans for you!  For you and Laura.  I will just remind you, however, to let Him. Let Him show you the plans, and execute the plans in you and through you.  Let Him have full access and authority to your mind, heart, body and spirit.  Let Him guide you.  Let Him mold you.  Let Him delight you.  (for I just know He has much to delight you with!)  Keeping your eyes on Him keeps your own self in perspective – staying humble is certainly a key to living as He would have us live.

You have done exactly what you went to A&M to do – now enjoy the fun and excitement of the rest of the adventure!  Thank you.  For being such a great son.  And for pursuing the Lord.  Keep at it – the best is yet to come.

Psalm 119:9
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.”

oh, and by the way, Adam – I didn’t cry. what’s up with that?!!

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200! and happy birthday!

This is just crazy!!!  This particular post, this one right here, is actually my 200th post!  Time flies when you are having fun, right?!!   I actually was just stopping by to mention that today is my dear husband’s birthday!!!  Happy birthday Mitch! So happy and thankful that we get to share life together!

I don’t talk about him much, I suppose.  He tends (like me) to want to “fly below the radar”.  He is humble, such a hard worker, with a heart for others, and a deep love for his own.  He is generous to the needy, kind, and encouraging.  He’s hysterical at times, and just plain funny at others.  He makes me laugh, and always makes sure I know I am loved.  I am a very blessed woman.

I remember the moment I saw him, I liked him.  Then I prayed that he would sit beside me on the bus home from Young Life ski camp. A very long bus trip. He did.  Many more prayers answered, and he’s been mine for over 30 years.  He’s not perfect, (which is nice, cause neither am I!!) but he’s mine, and I’m so very grateful for the gift of my man!  Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful God-fearing mate you have given me!  I love you so much.  I look forward to the next 30 something years!

Jeremiah 17:7
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.”

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“Good news of great joy

For every woman, every man

This will be a sign to you

A baby born in Bethlehem.

Come and worship, do not be afraid

A company of angels

Glory in the highest

And on the Earth peace among

Those on whom His favor rests.

Come and worship, do not be afraid

My soul, my soul magnifies the Lord

My soul magnifies the Lord

He has done great things for me

Great things for me

Unto you a child is born

Unto you a Son is given

Let every heart prepare His throne

Let every nation under Heaven

Of His government

There will be no end

He’ll establish it with His righteousness

He shall reign on David’s throne

And His name shall be from this day on

Wonderful, Counselor, Everlasing Father.”

~Chris Tomlin, “Glory in the Highest” album

must hear to fully appreciate!

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facebook frenzy

Ok, so it wasn’t enough that we had a foot of SNOW on Friday!  (jk – it was like a couple inches! and it was glorious, by the way)  But yesterday, after spending a very full day helping to move my mother-in-law, I come home to find a girl so eager to start me a Facebook page, that she just starts it. I had not been avoiding it for too many reasons other than to give her a space to be without her mother. All her teen years, I’ve been involved in youth activities at the church.  Always at the church with her.  School activities? there with her.  Athletic events?  yep.  there.  Don’t get me wrong – we love to hang out, to be together.  I just didn’t want her to resent my being around.  So, I said no to facebook.  a lot.  People had asked me about getting one.  no, no thank you.  Sara would threaten to start me one – um, no thanks.  and so on.

Until last night.  I am not kidding when I say I have no idea anything else that could compare to this phenomena.  you put yourself out there, asking random people to be your friend.  Not really random people – actual family, friends, that you are asking to be your friend. interesting to me. Fortunately, a good bit of those I asked have said yes.  whew.  I mean, awkward, huh, if one of your best friends says “no, I won’t be your friend”?!!  Then there are the numbers.  yeah.  So, just noticing, not many people have less than 400-500 friends.  What is that all about?  Does the one who has the most friends win something?!  And yet, I can’t deny, there is a certain thrill to seeing that someone else said yes to being my friend.  I was really so very happy last night when I had 42 friends.  🙂  Seriously, very happy.

Before I went to bed, almost 100.  I couldn’t imagine –  wow.  that’s gotta be pretty much “it” for me, I thought.  I guess the numbers will increase a bit more before they stabilize.  (oh, yeah, and I forgot to ask whatzhisname to be my friend…. gotta add him….) So, should I just be happy wherever that number lands?  Or do I wrack my brain to figure out who else to be my friend?  ( oh, i do love some healthy competition!)  You know, I actually discovered last night, that I have a couple of friends (no names) who have way over 1500 friends.  They are so dear to me, that every time I’m with them, I don’t feel like one of the 1500 – I feel like the only one.  I guess many feel the same way.

Maybe that is what this craze is all about – just being friends.  one on one.  But with bunches of people.  Or maybe it’s about sharing this great adventure, with those you’ve met along the way.  I don’t know really – but I do indeed dearly love those particular people God has given me to share this adventure with – and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them.  No matter how many that ends up to be.

1 John 4:11
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

3 John 1:2
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

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snow!!!

My son from Crested Butte, CO called laughing his head off today.   I had sent him a couple (or ten!) pictures of our “snow” today (he said it was way below zero today when he was climbing!)  But indeed, we had snow here in South Texas.  Unparalleled joy in this delight from God! I just felt like squealing!  so I did. smile.  Such a fun day.

I pray God delights you today!

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