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110315: #CollinsForChrist

Last night, I chose to participate in a show of support for my local park. I came to a City Counsel board meeting, listened to people from my community and elsewhere get up and speak, and had a great time standing in agreeance with most everyone there. It feels good to be a part of the majority. It really does. 

Here’s my hope for all of this:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Or if you prefer:

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want my heart to be guarded. 
I want my mind to be constantly in Christ. 

If the decorations stay up- Praise God. 

If the decorations come down- Praise God. 
My faith isn’t in a statue. My faith isn’t in a lighted angel. 

My faith is in Jesus. 

Do I like the park? All lit up in its fanciness and sparling at night with Christmas music playing and hot chocolate in my mug, and hearing my children giggle from the backseat when they see the Baby in the manger?

Yes. I do. 

And I’d love for it to stay, because it’s become a tradition for our family to ride through and see the lights. It’s fun. It’s wholesome in a time where very little is wholesome. 

My kids even love all the Santas. Train Santa, sleigh Santa, the little cartwheel Santa. 

And I love that we have been free to display this. 

I even love that we have some decorations that stay up year round. I can take my children there and teach them about Jesus walking on the water, feeding the five thousand, about His love for us that drove Him to sacrifice his own life. 

But would I rather keep all of that, and lose one soul that is in Collins that is lost? 

Would I say, “If you hate Christmas, then just leave! We don’t want you here! Why are you here anyway?”

Never in a million years. 

A lost soul is so much more valuable than any set of Christmas lights. It’s so much more valuable than any decoration. It is a soul, and it is one of God’s children, whether they know it or believe it. 

And as Christians who love these displays, it’s on us to show love to people who are different than us.

This whole thing isn’t about getting mad at atheist. It’s about praying for them. 

It’s not about telling people who don’t like it, not to look at it. It’s about asking them how their day went, and then if it’s okay to pray for the situations that are bothering them. 

This “attack” isn’t an attack at all. 

It’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity for us to show Christs’ love in a bigger way. 

I used to joke about Collins being on the map. “Collins and it’s 2 red lights. You know, the one at Sonic and the one on Main Street. There’s 2 more but they just flash.” (A lot of you know which red lights I’m referring to! It’s been a while since it was just those 4.)

We are bigger now, with a few more red lights, and this story has put us on the Internet map, as well. 

I hope and pray, that when others look and see what we are standing up for, they don’t see Christmas lights or a big Jesus statue. 

I hope they see Christians. 

People who were once so very broken, who probably still slip up from time to time, but who love Jesus with a passion and have a heart to help and serve others just like Jesus did. 

I hope they see Christians, getting on their knees and praying for their officials, praying for their government. 

I hope they see Christians, showing love to one another, for nothing in return. 

Friends, neighbors, Collins residents… Let’s show Jesus the way He’s best shown off: by the way He makes us more into Himself. By our lives. Our lives should shine brighter than any of the lights in that park- with love, forgiveness, honor and peace. 

Collins is an amazing little town, and I’m so honored to call it home. 


062115: Marvel + NEW BLOG DESIGN!

Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference?
Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions.
Don’t worry about missing out.
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Matthew 6:27-34 MSG
Lucy and I were on our way to church Sunday, and she looked down and saw a weed, a small yellow flower, growing beside the door at church.
She gasped and ran over and picked it immediately and showed it to me and said something to the effect of, “Oh, it’s so beautiful! Look at this flower!”
I knew it was a weed. I see them all the time. I pass by them. I cut them with a lawn mower. But she was taken away by it’s beauty. And when I looked at the little yellow flower, I saw that it was indeed, a pretty little flower.
God spoke softly to me and asked me when I stopped gasping at the things he shows me. Lucy saw it, and ran to it. When did I stop being so overwhelmed with God and the things he has done for me? I know what sacrifice He made, I’ve known about it my whole life. I mean, I’ve been a Christian for twenty-two years now. But I don’t marvel anymore.
I don’t stand in awe anymore.
I don’t get my breath taken away anymore.
Not as often as I used to, anyway. And I have to change that. We have to change that.
Our God is amazing and marvelous. He is gasp-worthy. He is so far above, and we are so far below that we can’t even really comprehend how gasp-worthy He is!
Marvel with me today at our God, today as Creator, at how absolutely amazing He is…
No two people are alike. Every person’s fingerprint is different. That means there are 7.125 billion different sets of human fingerprints in the world today. There are over 2 million sets of monkey fingerprints in the world today. Monkeys have unique individual prints like humans.
Earth weighs about (Not kidding… it’s this many zeros…) 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds. And the only way we think we know that is because God gave us brains and math and gravity to figure it out. Obviously there isn’t a scale that goes up that high.
Your body runs off of blood. You have about 2.5 trillion red blood cells at any given moment in your body. To maintain this, your body makes about 2 million red blood cells every second.
When we touch something, the message sent to our brain through neurons travels at about 124mph. You had no idea you could think that fast did you?
Your aorta (or the main artery in your body) is about the size of a garden hose. Your capillaries? It takes 10 of them to equal the diameter of a human hair!
And as amazing and complex as our body is, a catipillar has more muscles in it’s body than we do!
Our God is crazy amazing. Marvel at Him today.

060915: AMAZING

So, I got up yesterday and I did my devotional. I really like the one I’m doing, and I’m not going to even lie – it had been a while since I had done it. Sunday kicked my butt back into gear and I really took time to stop and focus and pray, more than just a passing, “Morning God! Gotta get my day going!” The message was on “blessings” that God gives us – humility from losing a job, self control from a low bank account, etc.


So I prayed to God yesterday and I basically said, “I’m not going to worry about job stuff anymore. I know it will work out. I’m not going to stress out about it – I know you are our supplier.”

Then my heart was at peace and I went about my day.


I worked for the morning and came home. Lucy did her school work (she’s in summer school at Kirkley Academy) and then Wes suggested we go to the creek.

The water was cold and felt wonderful.




We had a nice time and even attempted to help pull a guy out of a stuck spot – but… he was way too stuck. You could barely see his tires. We leave, come home and I’m getting the kids all washed and clean and Wes goes to the mailbox.

A few of the things we ordered were in the mail, a little plug for a toy that I was given, some other stuff Wes had ordered for his bike/car/something. And then a bright yellow envelope from our mortgage company.

I opened it with a sunken heart thinking, “great, what do they want?” Did our online payment not go through, what is it now? You’re always kicked when you’re down right?


And it was a check. It was a cushion for when my job ends. It was an overpayment that we had made to escrow that they were crediting back to us.

I mean, God’s timing is so amazing!


It made my day, remembering that God fully shows his power when we are obedient. Don’t hold back. Jump in and follow him and He will make it great.

060715: a change

But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. (‭Psalm‬ ‭40‬:‭17‬ NIV)
Sunday was a great day in church. I don’t mean a good one, like the others, I mean a great one. Seriously great. The message was that we sell ourselves short, as saved by the blood Christians, when we live a life of, “well, I can’t be perfect, I’m going to sin eventually so I might as well settle in it.” 

We forget that Jesus that walked on water, Jesus that healed the sick, Jesus that raised himself from the dead, lives in us. We have a new heart, a new life. Our flesh still looks the same, but we are new! And with that comes the same power that Jesus had. 
We are not our old sinful selves anymore. We don’t have to live in bondage to sins we used to be bound to. Jesus has the power to free us from those. If only we accept it and apply it in our lives. We are saints, by the blood of Jesus. 

That message stirred in many hearts and our alters (both campuses) were full of people who wanted their zeal back, who wanted healing, who wanted inspiration. And I know that they got it, because I did. 

This job situation has had me messed up. I’m trapped, and ready to move forward, but I can’t. And I’ve lost momentum. Sunday morning I got it back. 

For all of you who came down, keep pushing toward him and his love. He is there and you will find it if you seek. 

051215: God’s little gifts

At one of our most recent Eve nights, I spoke about how God pursues us and guves us little delights in our searches for Him. 

Monday at the zoo Wes got to see the Tigers fight. They were growling and it was eye opening. Wes said if you’d heard that sound in the wild you would’ve cleaned out your intestines, and he wasn’t lying a bit. To hear a cat that big make sounds like that was straight terrifying. I immediately thought, “God gave that to Wes for his birthday!” 

Somehow I got a picture of it on my camera. The fight was brief, but everyone in a 5 block radius heard it. 

Then I selfishly thought, “what is God going to give me?” 

Our Tuesday went about as we’d planned. Packed up and moved to a new camp. Got set up, had some bay time, I got sunburned (as always) even after applying layers of SPF. 

On our way back to our campsite Wes stopped on the bridge because he thought he saw something move in the water. He did. 
River otters.
Real live, in the wild, river otters. And a few of them at that. I (thank God!!) had my SLR camera with my zoom lense. 

Best thing today: **

I got one in a cute little marshy pose. 

Why is this so cool? 
Otters are my favorite animal. Hands down. They are the cutest of all critters and the fact they hold hands and use tools only make them cooler. 

And God knew that. And he sent them to me. And I was selfish in thinking He’d give me a gift, and God let me know quickly that he delights in blessing his children with gifts. 

Especially when we least expect it. I stood on the bridge and watched the 3-4 otters (still unsure just how many there were) for several minutes welled with tears because of how much my God loves me and how much I don’t deserve it. I pray that you see the gifts He’s showing you. 
Be on the lookout for them. If you search, He will send.