• Church Ministry

    Watching Somebody Love

    “Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.” Donald Miller in Blue Like Jazz I love this line from Donald Miller’s book and was stoked it made it into the movie by the same name. Miller was talking about sometimes people learn to love something – like jazz music or God – because they witness someone loving jazz music or God and it moves you. You can’t argue with it and sometimes it doesn’t make sense at all yet the proof is in front of you in how a person loves. Like that odd…

  • Faith Reflections

    Time to Ski

    Several years ago I attempted to learn to water ski. Some friends had the cabin and the connections – an awesome lady who was a professional water skier and a ski instructor. The plan came together with ease and I said yes – eager to try something to new. But there was a big part of me that was afraid. I wanted to learn to ski but water skiing involves water apparently. I’m not a fan of water since a rafting trip went terribly wrong in 1997. I was a volunteer on a youth mission trip to Wyoming and we were rafting the Snake River. My raft of youth and…

  • Faith Reflections

    Make a Date with Redbox

    I watched the “Blue Like Jazz” movie on DVD this week thanks to our local Redbox. I loved it even more than the first time I saw it in the theater. If you have a Redbox in your town, go rent the movie. Better yet – go buy it, watch it and share it with others. The movie is based on the same titled book which is a New York times best seller. It was published in 2003 and I read it not long after it.  I echo thousands of others who said upon reading BLJ – “I’m not alone!” Author Donald Miller courageously wrote what so many of us, especially…

  • Church Ministry,  My Life

    What the World Needs Now

    “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Not just for some, but for everyone.” Hal David, Song writer I was reading about a church plant, Imago, the other day in the book, Blue Like Jazz. In the book, author Don Miller talks about their humble beginning and the difficulty they experienced in growing because of their focus internally. Then the group committed itself to simply loving others because they deserve to be loved. No other agenda, no other motivation, no outreach plan for the church. Just love. In a short time. their community grew and within two years,…

  • Faith Reflections

    Faulty Foundations

    I remember when I was a little girl attending Sunday School, church, Vacation Bible School and pretty much any other event or program that a church could offer. I learned a lot of things from these programs. I had the Bible stories down pat. I could recite a lot of verses. I was proficient in the use of craft sticks, glue, pipe cleaners and play dough. It is probably where my love for generic, sandwich cookies began and CNN has nothing on my magic wall – the flannel board. One Bible story I remember hearing a lot was about the poor schmuck who built his house upon the sand. I mostly remember…

  • My Life

    45 Lessons from 45 Years

    Today, August 12, 2012, is my parent’s 45th wedding anniversary.  It was legal to wed when you were five years old back then. That is why they’re so young. 45 years with another person.  As I flippantly said to them on their 30th wedding anniversary, “Wow.  30 years together.  That’s longer than I’ve been alive.”  One obvious result of their marriage is a brilliant daughter.  My sister, of course.  But I am serious when I say that I’m so glad they got together. Because even though I use to think I would have just been born to some other random parents, I know better now – my parents were my only shot…

  • Faith Reflections

    Getting Myself Lost

    In April, I was in Atlanta attending a conference. My hotel was downtown so I just took the train from the airport and then schlepped my way to the hotel with my luggage. When I travel to larger cities, I love to use public transportation to get around. It makes me feel a part of things rather than an outsider. I had some extra time on that first evening and I discovered that the Blue Like Jazz movie was playing in a suburb of Atlanta. I really wanted to see the movie while it was in the theaters to support it and it wasn’t near my area at home. I…

  • Church Ministry,  Faith Reflections

    Giving Jesus a Ride (Repost)

    A couple of years ago, I gave Jesus a ride.  He was a middle-aged woman with a yellow backpack and a cane walking north on Highway 63. I almost missed him.   After finishing the second service at church, I was running late for a meeting in Ashland, a little town 15 minutes away.  Speeding up the highway, I was on him before I knew it.  I quickly recognized the woman walking with her thumb outstretched as the woman who had visited our church earlier in the day looking for help. She was passing through mid-Missouri on her way from Portland, Oregon, to wherever the road took her.  After one…

  • My Life

    Crushing

    It is no secret that I have a major (bordering on fanatical) human crush on Bob Goff.  And to be honest, nearly every person I know who has met Bob or read his book, Love Does, is crushing on him, too.  Why?  Because Bob is attractive. Oh, yes – I am definitely a sucker for baby blues that twinkle with life, love and mischief but it is so much more than that. (Side note: If you have baby blues that twinkle with life, love and mischief, I’m single and not completely unstable. Call me maybe.) Bob lives and loves in goliath-size style. Seriously. If I told you half of his…

  • My Life

    Unexpected Blessings

    A few years ago, I posted often about unexpected blessings. Nearly every day I’d have a blog post that would include something random that happened that day that blessed me. It was a conscious effort on my part to live a life of gratitude and to expectantly look for good in each day. Then, I hit a rough patch with work stress and hurtful breakups and no matter how badly I tried, I struggled to find the unexpected blessings in life. It has been a long road back (much longer than I wish) but this past year especially has been an amazing time of healing, strengthening and reflecting. There have…