All in a gospel centered life

Average Joe

Each time I watch the Olympics, I always have the same thought- we need an average Joe.  If I was in charge I would insist we start each event with a random drawing from the list of spectators- “Would the person sitting in Section F, Row 16, Seat 7 please report to the starting line or the ice rink, whatever the event.”  Then we would all watch as the average Joe, someone like us, attempted the event.

3 Godly Goals

Micah was asking rhetorical questions and providing God’s answers.  In verse 8, he asks “what does the Lord require of you?”  In light of today’s topic, he is asking- “what are God’s goals for you this year?”  “How does God want you to live your life?” And then Micah states God’s answer.  It is simple, yet perfect- act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.  This, my friends, should be our top three goals this year and every year.  Keep reading.

Precious Lil' Idols

It was Christmas Eve 2013.  I was busy in the kitchen chopping the salad, mixing fondue seasonings and fretting over each detail of our traditional fondue meal when my daughter, Maddy, called me into the living room.  She had a surprise gift for me.  I saw the size of the package and immediately knew what it was – telescoping fondue forks.  I had seen them at the store the previous week.  Sweet, but not tradition.  I considered that Jody, her dad and keeper of all traditions, would not be happy with the change.  Nevertheless, I put on my brave face and opened the gift.  But as soon as I began to unwrap it, I realized that I was wrong.  This was not trendy fondue forks.  Instead, I found a picture of a POSITIVE pregnancy test! 

Communication is the Key!

I'm good at my job.  So by all accounts, I am a communication specialist.  So I'm sure it came as a big surprise to my sweet husband that when we first married, I was really bad at communicating with him.  Considering this early time in our marriage, you could compare Jody’s situation with someone who had just married a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America only to find out their new spouse couldn’t cook at home – their spouse could make delicious meals for strangers, but could hardly boil water in their own kitchen.  You would want your money back, right?!

Craving

We are seldom content.  Given the myriad of home improvement shows on TV, we all desire the perfect home, complete with the latest flooring, perfect shade of gray paint and stone counter tops.  And don't get me started on Facebook.  It lets us peek into the best moments of our friend's lives, and forces us to compare these with the undesirable parts of our own.  These cravings, and our lack of contentment, are not invisible to those around us.  People in your life know what you crave by your speech, by how you spend your time and money, and by what deeply moves your heart.  Your spouse knows the true desires of your heart.  So do your children and friends.

Count the Days

Last Friday I turned 20,000 days old.  I know, wow, huh?  Yes, that is a lot of days!  And yes, I loved every one.  I calculated this momentous occasion three years ago when it dawned on me that I was getting close.  I was also disappointed that I had missed the 10,000th anniversary of my days here on earth.  So I put the date (July 28, 2017) in my iPhone and set a reminder, so that I wouldn't forget to acknowledge the milestone and CELEBRATE it accordingly!  It reminded me at precisely 9:00 am, one week before, just as I had planned.  So for one week, I pondered the huge number and the state of my life.

Shark!

At that moment, the chicken side of me won, and I began to scream and splash about, and in general, pitch a panic!  Jody came up from snorkeling alarmed by my screaming and assumed the worse - SHARK!  He scrambled towards me.  I was attempting to get up the boat ladder, but my legs wouldn't make it happen.  I was paralyzed by fear!  The fish, combined with my own screaming, had convinced me I was soon to die!