freedom

Quote of the day…

Not all free acts lead to freedom /erwin mcmannus, uprising

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[if you search the word “freedom”…interestingly enough….you’ll get the steriotypical eagle flying or sky pictures, barbed wire, prayer…I’m just trying to figure out what the teletubbies have to do with it???]

worship/preaching confessional

One of my blogrolls is Carlos Whittaker, a worship pastor at Sandals Church in So Cal. I stumbled across him during one of my searches a while back and have been an avid reader ever since.

In his blogs he posts rough-edged, raw videos, which he calls his “confessionals”. His most recent confessional was referring to the weekend he had to preach at Sandals during their morning and evening services. I just really appreciate his honesty, his charisma and his character that he shows through his writings, his worship and these videos…if you have a few extra minutes, do something worthy of the moment and watch the video below.

aunt milly [1/27/1915 – 7/25/2007]

I am standing on the sea shore.
A ship spreads her sails to the morning breeze
And starts for the ocean.

I stand, watching her until she fades on the horizon,
And someone at my side says,“She’s gone!” 
Gone where?

The loss of sight is in ME, not in her.
Just at the moment when someone says,“She’s gone”
There are others who are watching her coming.
Other voices take up the glad shout,“Here she comes!” 

Jesus said . . . “I am the resurrection, and the life;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
John 11:25-26a

………………………………………

Thu 12/09/04 1:51 PM
Aunt Milly is still being evaluated in the nursing facility, to find the reason for her frequent falls.   

Monday, 4/16/07 1:47 PM
Aunt Milly continues to decline – not markedly since last visit, but does not respond except to nod her head to simple questions.  Even at the times that she is awake she is not alert and spends the majority of her time sleeping.  She gives no apparent response to attempts at conversation – even about memories.  She remains weak.Each life has a beginning – a middle – and an end.  It is my prayer that the end of her life here will be as peaceful and assuring to her as she has been to each of us over the years.   

Monday, 7/23/07 11:43 AM
It is becoming apparent that Aunt Milly’s time here is very limited.  Aunt Milly is moving toward the end stages of life here on earth.  She is now in bed, and unresponsive. 

Wed 7/25/07 9:04 PM
Just a few minutes before 11:00 pm (Ohio time) I got a call from Laclede Groves to say that Aunt Milly is gone from here.  Not gone altogether, but gone from here.  Now she is with her family and her Lord.  I am so glad for her . . . and so sad for those of us she has left behind with so many wonderful memories. 

………………………………………

SOMEDAY YOU WILL READ IN THE PAPERS THAT MOODY IS DEAD.  DON’T YOU BELIEVE A WORD OF IT.  AT THAT MOMENT I SHALL BE MORE ALIVE THAN I AM NOW.  I WAS BORN OF THE FLESH IN 1837, I WAS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IN 1855.  THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE FLESH MAY DIE.  THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT SHALL LIVE FOREVER.”
/
Dwight L. Moody 

This post is an arrangement of emails from my mom updating us
on the health of my Great-Aunt Milly.
She will be greatly missed.  
 
Mildred Wienke [1.27.1915 – 7.25.2007]

Two Truths and a Lie

Most of us have played the game two truths and a lie when on long road trips or in a large group. Just in case you haven’t, here’s the gist of the game:

Object of the Game: Guess which of the three “facts” is the lie.
Items Needed: None
Preparation: None
Directions: Everyone comes up with two truths about him/herself and one lie. The others have to guess which one is the lie.

Mark’s TV hero, Bear Grylls from the Discovery Channel’s show Man vs. Wild, played this proverbial game and lost. Here’s what the NY Post had to say in today’s publication:

On the program, Grylls appears to (1) camp out in quickly-built shelters deep in the wilderness while (2) battling hypothermia and dehydration. But when the cameras stop rolling, (3) Grylls has actually moved to luxurious hotels. 

Now, it’s pretty evident to see which two of these are true and which one is the BOLD FACED LIE! Needless to say, my Mark is crushed.

Let’s play again!!! That may have been too easy…what about this one: 

(1) Bear climbed Everest at the tender age of 23, the youngest British-man ever to do so. (2) He’s crossed frozen oceans and survived in the world’s hottest deserts. (3) He has the entire collection of He-man action figures from 1984-1987 on exhibit in a lighted shelving unit powered by local animal waste. The figurines are displayed amidst the stalagmites of the subterranean cave in the unknown dessert of who knows where. 

Now, that’s a toughie!
I’m so sorry, Mark, for the loss of your hero.

Insomnia strikes again

tiny & dezzie 

Yes…Insomnia strikes again, and out of the sheer desire to freak out those of you who may think I’m a bit too close to becoming the extra-toppings-eccentric-off-the-wall-lady-who-will-one-day-suffer-from-the-lipstick-on-her-teeth-syndrome…I’ve decided to take some of the left field survey questions from recent myspace bulletins and answer them as my kittens would…if they could speak, that is.

Do take note: I left some of the answers “as-is” from when I copied them off of the posted bulletins; oh, to know which ones are original answers from real people…the suspense is killing you, eh? This, my friend, is way too scary to reveal…though some of you may recognize your answers…just don’t kill me, that’s all…you remain anonymous, I swear!

tiny 

Name: Einstein
A.K.A.: Tiny, Queen of Sheeba, Fearless Wonder Acrocat, Teenie Tiny, No
Age: 4-ish…don’t you know that’s a rude question 

  1. ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT?
    My owners were cruel enough to give me two surgeries at one time…they took out my girl parts and my nails…I believe half of that is illegal in California…oh, I wish I was born in California.
  2. WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
    Well, I tend to make my own music…that is, when I’m not coaxing out a hairball
  3. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN?
    Good grief! I had 8 brothers and sisters! My guess is that we were squirted out somewhere behind someone’s garage…no clock there, my friend…it was timeless!
  4. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
    I collect milk rings from gallons of milk…yeah, they’re great
  5. WHAT DO YOU MISS?
    The lizards in Florida…as much as I loved them, every time I tried to play with them, they’d die. Sadness.
  6. HOW MANY KIDS DO YOU WANT?
    That’s a harsh question, seeing that I don’t have any parts! Thanks for reminding me.
  7. WHAT KIND OF SHAMPOO DO YOU USE?
    If you try to come near me w/ the stuff, I swear, I’ll sit on your face when you least expect it!
  8. IF YOU COULD EAT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
    Oh, definitely the leftover tuna in the bottom of the can…oh, it’s the closest thing to heaven I know
  9. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
    Never!!
  10. DO YOU HAVE ALL YOUR FINGERS AND TOES?
    not counting my harshly removed nails…yes
  11. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY?
    When I held up the sign “will cry for food”…I just had to follow through
  12. PLANS FOR TONIGHT?
    Play as loudly as I can, eat, sleep in the sink and hide in the tub to beg for water and freak out anyone coming for a late night bathroom break

  dezzie

Name: Archemedes
A.K.A.: Dezzie, ditsy, tisket, peanut butter, Dezzie Lou, No
Age: 4 ½ and aging beautifully, I might add  

  1. DO YOU SNORE, GRIND YOUR TEETH, OR TALK IN YOUR SLEEP?
    I guess I snore. I don’t think I do, but everyone asks me to roll over whenever I’m sleeping
  2. ARE YOU UGLY?
    Oh heavens, no. Don’t you know I was chosen b/c I was the most attractive one in the litter…I have “the gift”
  3. DO YOU GET SCARED IN THE DARK?
    There isn’t much that doesn’t scare me
  4. WHAT KIND OF HAIR/EYE COLOR DO YOU LIKE ON THE PREFERED
    SEX?

    what’s sex?
  5. HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A GOLDFISH?
    That would be nice!
  6. DO YOU HAVE A PET OF YOUR OWN?
    I have a greyhound who’s attempted to eat me TWICE…I don’t like her…she doesn’t like me. I have a restraining order but not the guts to enforce it.
  7. WHAT DO YOU GET COMPLIMENTED ABOUT MOST?
    Didn’t I mention before that I am a thing of beauty…my fur, my eyes, my eyelashes, my tail, my colors…I could go on, you know.
  8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
    Honey smoked turkey shaved 98% fat free
  9. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE IN THE OPPOSITE SEX?
    There’s that sex thing again…I’m really clueless on this one
  10. FAVORITE EYE COLOR?
    I’m beautiful, remember?
  11. LAST THING YOU WATCHED?
    The mouse on the computer screen…sheesh, that thing moves fast!
  12. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
    I fall asleep on top of books…right now, it’s Uprising by Erwin McManus…some of my greatest are a few C S Lewis books, Hannah Hurnard and Gary Thomas
  13. DO YOU LIKE ANYONE AT THE MOMENT?
    My sister when she’s not sniffing my butt

my bleak obsession

dominos black book

While few of my friends know how absolutely infatuated I am w/ the design world…you’d probably never be able to recognize this at first glance…seeing that I rarely hold the static neutrality of a designer, but I do, I do love that world…I swim in the cesspool of design often.

 One of my most beloved resources for my infatuation with this said world is the recently produced Domino magazine. Their launching issue was in May of 2005, and I’ve been and avid devoted reader ever since. I rss their blog, subscribe to their magazine and hold their “do’s and do not’s” as my sub-commandments of living.This month’s publication focuses on their black book of decorating…from color pallets to international shopping, they truly fulfill their mission statement:

Equally authoritative as it is witty in tone, DOMINO acts as design consultant, personal shopper and friend. It’s an experience — not just a magazine — that’s inclusive, happy and always current. DOMINO gives readers the freedom, confidence and options to bring their unique style home.

A blogs intention is to bring a little of me to the little of you who actually care. As much as the Bible, marriage, ministry and Mark are a part of my life…design is a snid-bit as well.

Therefore, as narcissistic and narrow-minded as most blogs are…I’m cluing you into the me, myself and I of this here said blog.

Why is Domino so good, you ask…here are some pics from their online gallery…look and see, then you tell me.

 bold bathroom

eco friendly

khaki & tangerine

kitchen

small spaces

tradition with a twist

mixed passions

I’ve been on the mission for a good read.

I have come to the fierce realization that with grad school resuming in a few weeks, I have to get my hands on some good brain candy before my life gets turned back into the recluse of Vysha.

I decided to pick up one of the books we bought on our recent journey to San Diego, CA …side note on that one, we went to beautiful CA to experience the Mosaic church’s yello/origins/ethos conference [fantastic encounter, I might add]. Here are a few thoughts I took from that conference, which was posted on my other blog, and I thought the two or three of you who read this might enjoy the context…

            Thursday, May 03, 2007

church of the hills…launching trip to california

The only way to explain our amazing week thus far at the yello/origins/ethos conference here in Pasadena, California is through a few of the amazing quotes I’ve caught:

/God is looking for the one who would leave the thousands who are easily reached in order to get the one or two who are harder to reach.

/We’ve learned to reach, connect and communicate w/ the Pauls, Sarahs, Moses’ and Joshuas in our lives, but we have no idea how to communicate with the Dyonisis’ and the Damaris’ [Acts 17].

/True Biblical Community always looks to the outsider. However, our version of community is like walking in on a couple making out–it’s very intimate but you just don’t feel like you should be there.

/We usually have to structure something into our lives or programs b/c they’re not naturally there in our core.

/You can’t change history, but you can create the future.

/If you think you know something, you will not explore it.

/Many of our churches are irrelevant on Sunday b/c they’re irrelevant on Monday.

AND MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE…MY NEW LIFE MANTRA:

/the church isn’t here for us [Christians]–we are the church, and we’re here for the world

 

Now that you have enjoyed the smallest of my many rabbit trails…about the book I’ve decided to read. Uprising is a book by pastor and speaker, Erwin McManus…this book completely taps into the idea that this Christian life is an adventure of faith…it echos my heart when it says that faith is not synonymous with safety w/o any risk, voyage, chaos or the extreme.

You should have seen me reading this in the car yesterday…Mark thought I was insane. Literally, try to imagine me reading this out loud, at least three times in a row, with growing excitement each time and excessive fluctuation in my voice… I have issues…i.e., “drama queen”. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when Mark decided to park the car and get out of it to leave me to my moment.

I’ll share; he writes:

The furnace of our passions is our character, and while evil character burns hot for destructive passions that consume and destroy, the character of God ignites passion for what is good and true. Our quest is to have God’s character formed in us so that His passions might burn in us.

Can you now understand my reaction? It’s as though I was momentarily transported into the life of Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist, preacher and advocate of women’s rights…that’s the life of passion, adventure and altruistic character I’m talking about! Wew!

I’ll leave you with what I think my have been in Erwin’s head when he wrote the above words:

 Rom 5.3-5, msg   

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!