Friday, February 3, 2012

Flashback Friday: Favorite Fads

I am a kid of the 80's. I love the 80's. The music, the movies, not so much the clothes...On today's FBF, I want to look back on some of the fun fads from my fave decade and please let me know yours in the Comments section.

The Rubik's Cube--I never solved mine but I sure tried. Many hours...I know you can still pick one of these up at your local discount store but the original is always best.

Ah, the simplicity of the Atari...Space Invaders, Pac-Man and of course, Pong. And let's face it, kids will never know the joy of blowing the dust out of the cartridges if they started acting squirrly. 

The bigger the hair the better... 
Hair spray, preferably Rave or Aqua Net and a hairdryer = wings

Who didn't have a couple of these items in your closet back in the day?

Blue eyeshadow and liner...James Cameron's inspiration for Avatar???

Looking back I remember how cool we were with these fads. But as they do, fads fade. And just as quick as they caught fire, they fizzle out to make room for the next big thing. Anybody ever treat your spiritual experiences like that? Ever look back and wonder where all that enthusiasm for your walk with Christ went?  Never allow yourself to treat Jesus as a fad. So comforting to know He is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Flashback Friday: "Our song"

I made an executive decision today. I have hearby dubbed Fridays here on the blog as Flashback Friday. Each week we will look back at the good old days with great affection and nostalgia. And possibly other emotions.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sunday Enhancements

I love our church. That’s not just something I have to say because my husband is on staff.
 I truly, madly, deeply love our church.
I also love our pastors. Yes, I am partial to one of them since my kids look like him. ;) They each have their own unique style of preaching/teaching but they are always on the same page. They are a great team.  
Our senior pastor is a tremendous student of the Word.  He has shared insight about the Word that I have never known even though I have read the text he is speaking on many times. He is genuinely concerned about the people he shepherds.  He notices when people are not in services, makes an effort to know everyone by name, visits them in the hospital, takes time with them when they need guidance, he’s patient almost to a fault. 
Having said that and meaning it, let me also tell you that I listen to and read material from other pastors and speakers during the week.  Why? Because I can’t rely on what I hear on Sunday to carry me all week long.  Neither can you.  That’s not what pastors are called to do. They are not personally responsible for your daily bread. You wouldn’t ask your pastor to come cook your meals all week. You wouldn’t just eat once or twice a week. Why do we treat our spiritual food differently?
Of course, as a Christian, you must read the Word and pray daily. (I personally love the Bible reading plans offered by YouVersion online. Right now I am reading The One Year Bible plan as well as one called “A Jolt of Joy” that is a 31 day plan. You can find one for yourself here.) But in addition to these essentials in your walk, I encourage you to find other pastors and speakers who enhance what you hear on Sundays. The most amazing thing is to hear your pastor speak a message on Sunday and then hear another pastor via podcast or sermon replay online that speaks the same word in his own style with his perspective. No pastor, church, or denomination has a monopoly on the Word or the Spirit. It is only as a global Church with Jesus as the Head that we can fully carry out the Great Commission. In fact as we each use our own unique gifts and talents that we can reach the maximum amount of people.
I will list below some links to the pastors and speakers I am listening to and learning from currently.  Let me know in the comments what pastors and speakers you are learning from right now. 

Pastor Steven Furtick - Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC

Pastor Perry Noble - New Spring Church, Anderson, SC

Christine Caine - international speaker from Hillsong Church, Sydney, Australia

Lysa TerKeurst - author of Made to Crave & president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Leading and Loving It - a virtual community for pastor's wives & women in ministry

Monday, January 23, 2012

JustONE Virtual Conference

Ever wanted to attend a conference full of wisdom and encouragement in your PJ's? Now you can! Grab a cup of coffee, your notebook and pen (because you are going to want to take notes!) and join the Leading & Loving It ladies for the JustONE Virtual Conference starting today.
The link above as it boasts has "all you need to know" about the conference. You are going to hear from some amazing ladies that are guaranteed to bless sand encourage you. Many of these ladies have become very dear "virtual friends" to me in the last couple of years. And for that I am grateful.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

If I Ruled the Virtual World…

"Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?" 
Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.'
This is the most important, the first on any list.
Matthew 22:36-38 MSG

I know it’s never gonna happen, because let’s face it—the world is not ready for that and I’m not sure how I would look in a virtual tiara. But, I am just gonna play out this little fantasy here on the blog.

First, let’s give some of you that are tech challenged a little primer:
Facebook=a social media site to interact with friends and family and share updates from your world and pictures of your cute kids and dogs and whatnot
Twitter=all that in only 140 characters
Instagram=iPhone app for sharing photos that you can edit in hipster ways and post to the two above sites and impress your friends (and in this Halloween season, scare the heck outta your friends when they open their app—stop that!)

Now, back to the fantasy…if I ruled the virtual world, these incredible tools that were obviously created by remarkably intelligent people would only be used to benefit the world and spread the Gospel.

Sidenote: Can you imagine if the apostle Paul had a Facebook? Or you could read his Twitter feed? He had a quill, some ink and papyrus in a jail cell and is still changing the world.

The same tools that are used daily to cause drama and vent your frustrations and tell people what you are watching on tv can be used for such glorious causes as well.

Now, I am not saying you can’t offer up a funny from your day or share something lighthearted. (A cheerful heart is good medicine...Proverbs 17:22 NLT)

But if our intention is to carry out what the Message calls the most important law of God, shouldn’t we be doing that in our social media habits as well? I love the way the Message phrases that verse—with all your passion. I admit my personal passion is to encourage others, especially those in ministry. My goal is for my social media to reflect that. And I am a total tech geek, I am pretty sure that shines through as well.

While I may not be ruler of the entire virtual world, I am responsible for mine. And so are you. What does your social universe look like? It merely reflects its ruler.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


It’s been too long…

Maybe that’s why my thoughts are so jumbled and scattered at the same time, if that is even possible.

I am even having a hard time deciding what to focus on in this post. The emotional roller coaster of the past few weeks is making me dizzy.

God is doing some new and potentially life-changing things in side of me. And I would be lying if I said it doesn’t make me a little nervous.

I got to experience the burden an intercessor carries last week, and I have gained a whole new level of respect for that calling. It is gut-wrenching. That is the only way I can accurately describe it. I felt like I couldn’t eat, sleep, breathe, without crying out to God. I felt so heavy that I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other.

Then, after all that, my prayers weren’t answered in the way I thought they should have. Isn’t that crazy? Isn’t that just selfish? Who am I to judge the ways of God? And believe me, the Lord was quick to remind me, although quite gently, thankfully.

Isaiah 55:9 (New Living Translation) For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I felt so close to God as I carried this burden, perhaps because I was in what felt like nearly constant communication with Him. Perhaps because I was resembling Him at the time…
Romans 8:34 (Amplified Bible) … Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

Mind you, I am not comparing myself to Jesus…far from it. But I felt as though I were pleading…constantly, almost begging, for my prayer to be answered.

Then a release came. And I felt guilty. It felt like giving up, though I had not. But I thought God gave me the release because I couldn’t handle it anymore, like I was a wimp or something. Then when the prayer didn’t get the answer I wanted, I thought, “oh, no, it’s because I didn’t pray hard enough, long enough, have enough faith, have enough strength to carry the burden.”

Again, the gentle reminder…”my ways are higher than your ways.”

I don’t trust God any less or love Him any less today than I did last week. In fact, I have another level of appreciation for His grace, His love, His kindness, His ways. And a new understanding of just how much I don’t know or comprehend about Him. And knowing that means I have to get to know Him more and walk even closer and listen even more intently. And thinking that more life-altering events, thoughts, pursuits may develop in me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Purpose of High Heels

This post will speak to the girls. If it speaks to you guys, that’s a whole other blog post…

I am such a girlie girl when it comes to shoes. I LOVE them. If I had unlimited funding, I would have a closet the size of Rhode Island filled with them.
Lately, I have been wearing a lot of flats. They are comfortable. I have said on many occasions “if I have comfortable shoes (and pockets) I can conquer the world.” Today, I have an interview for a job much closer to home so I decided to wear heels. And as I walked from the parking deck this morning, I contemplated why I did this. Hey, God talks to me in unique ways. I don’t question it. I just listen.

Do you notice that when you are wearing high heels you walk differently? You are more conscious of the way you walk. At least I am. I am not what you call graceful. That was a bit of an understatement. I tend to be klutzy, that is more accurate. So while in theory, I love high heels, I tend to shy away from them for fear of falling on my face. Going back to my long walk in from the parking deck this morning, I noticed that when I walk in high heels that I am more aware of how I walk, I tend to stand up straighter, to be perfectly honest while they make me nervous on one hand, they actually make me feel more confident at the same time.

I think walking with God is a lot like walking in high heels.

High heels take me out of my comfort zone.
High heels make me focus more on my walk.
High heels give me added height and confidence.
High heels tend to make me walk slower and with more purpose.

High heels are good for my walk, even though there is a hint of fear in wearing them. I don’t fear the shoes themselves…I love them. It’s me walking in the shoes I fear. Will I make them look bad? Will I fall and scuff them horribly? Will I completely embarrass myself want to hide?

Ever taken a leap of faith? Feels a lot like that.

I started listening to the audio book of Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still in my car this morning during the long commute. He talks about “audacious faith.” I don’t think it was a coincidence that I began listening to this and wore high heels for the first time in a long time today. I think they go together. At least in my mind they do.

God is calling me out. I am excited, but I have that hint of fear that I will fall on my face. But I am not worried...

Faith makes me more aware of my walk, stand taller and more confidently, and makes me rely on Him to carry me and be my Grace.