Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Birthday Marissa Rose

"Hearts connected: We are connected in heart and spirit no matter the distance. As the threads of life weave a pattern of love between us, may we always be in each other's hearts."

So Blessed......

I had a few tears this morning as I read this book. One more year at home with us, and now we begin the years of "lasts". It will most likely find me in tears more often than baby, my last, my has gone so quickly and I am so proud of the young woman you have become. Never change. Never lose your love, your passion, your intelligence, your zest for life, your love of the Lord. I love you forever Marissa Rose, the sweetest flower that grows!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011


My friend Marilyn asked me if I could work some magic with a wall, some bronze paint and a verse... "Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, with all your Soul and all your Strength."
I struggled with how to get this verse placed on the wall exactly where it needed to be to make it be somewhat centered. I printed out the verse and measured it. I found out that the exact center of that verse is the word "Heart". I began drawing the letters at the center.
I measured.
I marked.
I began with "Heart".
I spent hours in the quiet of the sanctuary, scrawling out the words to the verse, as straight and as perfectly as I could. I penciled the word at the center of it all:"heart", I penciled "soul" and I penciled"strength".
I felt ministered to as I recited the words over and over and over...each pencil mark, each stroke of the brush, over and over and over I said, "Heart", "Soul" and "Strength" and "Love the Lord your God".

After the words were sufficiently written, came the task of erasing mistakes. I kept thinking of how these actions were so representative of our lives and the workings of our church.
We have "Heart"....don't we?
We have Soul and Strength and...Love....don't we?
Last night and today, in the quiet of the sanctuary, scrawling, climbing up and down the ladder, drawing, painting, reciting....I am questioning...
Do we really DO those things God has asked us to do?
There are mistakes. There have been mistakes. Trying as hard as I could, I was unable to erase my mistakes. I erased and erased, but those mistakes still were there. I got out the soap and water and scrubbed....still not clean. I had to get out the original wall color and paint over the mistakes.....several coats sometimes to get them to go away, but I know, deep down under the layers, the mistakes remain.
I also had the opportunity, in the quiet of the sanctuary, to listen, to feel pain and sorrow and loss and grief and disappointment. What part did I play in this? Did I cause pain? Did you?
"Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, with all your Soul and with all your Strength."
"Whatever you have done unto the least of have done unto Me".
Have you shown that love, have you shown that "HEART" that God has asked of you?
He showed me today in the quiet of the sanctuary...."HEART" is at the center of it all. We all make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can not be taken away. Sometimes the hurt can not be erased. It takes His cleansing blood to wash us clean. I am praying that He will.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


What happens when a pack of fun-loving panda bears invades your community? PandaMania VBS, a wild celebration of God's unconditional love! At PandaMania, kids will discover that God has a purpose and a plan for everyone and that he crafted each of us with his own loving hands.

All systems are a go! Gearing up for summer means Vacation Bible School. This year, we are discovering "PandaMania, where God is WILD about YOU"! ... young or old, rich or poor, with each of our struggles, with each of our joys, God is WILD about each and every one of us!!! It is especially wonderful to be able to share this message with our children. Each year, we are able to share our stash with the churches in Inwood. I made my way over tonight to check it out.

I was not able to see them in action, but I may just make it over there another night so I can get in on some more of that joy!!! For now, check out some of the gear and decorations made to cause a stir and get the kids ready to ROAR!!! Through songs, theatre, treetop treats, Bamboo Blast Games,God Sightings, crafts, activities, and wild bible adventures, kids are reminded over and over and over again that God is Wild about each and every one of them!

Crews are like families-everyone has a job-
Bible Memory Buddies-
God Sightings-
Bible Point Crafts-

Cooperation, not competition-
Kids serving kids

"It's so amazing to read about God's love
The God of creation, He loves, us, He hears us, God is right here with us
and He's wild, He's wild....God is wild about us!"