Monthly Archives: April 2010

random last half of week in review

Didn’t know what else to call this.

On Wednesday, the girls met the dogs.  They gave the dogs some interesting names based on the bodily functions they displayed as we walked.  For once, I will spare you the details,

On Thursday, Brotey joined us only one dog.  Now they call them Hachi and Scratchy.  I’m so proud of our kids.  They got up at 5:30 a.m., spent time in the Word, then walked with me as we discussed that and all kinds of things.

Today, same thing.  No dogs.  I let them jump in the pool for the first time this season (video coming later) and Kate sported a great yogurt mustache.  It has been a great day.

Side note, food never tastes better than when you’re coming off of a fast.  Praising God for the sense of taste.

Brian

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today’s friends

These ladies accompanied me on my walk this morning.

I must say that they are much lovelier than the dogs.  And better conversationalists as well.  In fact, I don’t think I had to say much.  They rose early this morning to spend time with the Lord, then went with me on my walk.  All on their own.  It was a very pleasant surprise.

God was challenging me from a very familiar passage this morning.  Matthew 6:25-34.  He told us four times not to be anxious.  He told me not to be anxious.  He told me once again to trust.  Trust Him.  Trust His Word.  Trust His provision.  Trust His love.  God, help me to trust You.

And, for those of you who know our girls, they did get haircuts yesterday.  Big ones.  They are so beautiful.

Brian


new friends

I met these guys on a morning walk.  Seemed like an odd pair to me.  After the initial growling, they walked with my for about 15 minutes.  I tried to get them to pose for a better picture to no avail.

Yes, I said morning walk.  Remember last week when I was contemplating a break because of a lack of motivation to blog or work out.  Just kind of feeling down in some areas.  Well, God has challenged me to devote this week to Him.  Fasting, praying, and taking morning walks with Him – and perhaps these guys.  I really enjoyed it.  I love the clouds that are only lit on one side as the sun comes up.  The way the shadows are broken by beams of sun light coming in low over houses and hills and trees.  There’s really nothing else like the morning.  God is good and His mercies are in deed new every morning.  Can’t wait until tomorrow.

If you remember, I would appreciate it if you would pray for me this week.  My goal: to know Him more.  Thanks.

Brian


4.25.10 @ MeadowBrook

Pastor Randy and a team from MeadowBrook are in Costa Rica so Josh Malone will be bringing the Word.  It is always powerful and full of the Holy Spirit.  Here’s what we will sing:

Let the Praises Ring

Friend of God

Old Rugged Cross

Jesus Paid It All (Oh praise the one…)

Worthy the Lamb (choir)

Let’s do it!

Brian


uncommon

There’s a great song by Greg Long and Kristi Starling called Uncommon.  Here are the lyrics:

What if there’s something bigger for me out there
Than the comfort of a life on this middle ground
I’ve played it safe but now I can’t help but wonder
If maybe I’ve been missing out

‘Cause I look around and see a sea of people
Everybody’s moving in the same direction
And I think it’s time for me to break away, break away

Chorus

I want to finally take the road less traveled
I want to run away from anything typical
I want the world to see the life I’m living
And call it uncommon

What if the right thing was harder than the wrong thing
But I did it anyway
Standing strong even when no one else was watching
What if I really lived that way

Every heart has its defining moment
This is mine and I’m not gonna miss it

I want to finally take the road less traveled
I want to run away from anything typical
I want the world to see the life I’m living
And call it uncommon

I don’t care if it makes me look different
I’m never letting go of my conviction
Let the world see the life I’m living
And call it uncommon

I’m done with the easy way out
I’m done with the easy way out
Done with the easy way out
With the easy way out

What if I made it to the end of my days here
Only to find that my legacy was nowhere to be found
I don’t want to waste another second
Give me the strength to start right now
Right now, right now, right now, right now, right now, right now

I take the road less traveled
I want to run away from anything typical
I want the world to see the life I’m living
And call it uncommon

I don’t care if it makes me look different
I’m never letting go of my conviction
Let the world see the life I’m living
And call it uncommon

Uncommon
Call it uncommon
I’m done with the easy way out

This is where God has been challenging us for several months now.  I’ve wanted to blog about it but couldn’t.  It’s too big a subject.  So, I’m going to try to start breaking it down.  Here’s the thing:

The Christian life should be different, uncommon.  Not in a weird way.  Not in a cultish, odd way.  Not in a condemning, judgmental way.

In a God way.  In a radical, sold out to Jesus way.   In a way that our love for each other, our love for the lost, and our charity shows the world that we are different.  In a way that causes them to seek and glorify God.  We should be different in a way that the even the world respects.  Acts 2 and 4 describe a church that is radically different from ours.  But Acts 2:47 says that they “had favor with all of the people.”  They were different and the people of Jerusalem noticed.  And liked it.  And daily, people were saved.  Daily.

So, what does this mean?  How do we get there?  That’s what I’ve been seeking in the Word for several months now.  That’s what, through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I’m going to explore with you for the next several weeks.  I’ll call this series uncommon.

Are you ready to go with me?  Let’s do it.  Help us Holy Spirit to be uncommon for you.

Brian


motivation

I’m having a hard time finding it these days with several things I’ve loved for years.

I can’t get up and work out right now.  I set the alarm.  When it goes off, I reset it.

I’m having a hard time blogging right now.  It’s like work.  I’ve got so much to say and share about family, life, and the Word.  But I can’t get it done.

What should I do?  Should I take a break?  What would you do?

Just keeping it real.

Brian


I think she likes it

Ellie loves Sonya’s homemade buttermilk pancakes.

Brian