Monthly Archives: January 2011

color me happy and call me nancy… or something like that

marked for greatness

oh… how beautiful are these colors. how enjoyable these markers. ahhhhhhh. i love it.

my administrative assistant came into my office today while i was taking pictures of my new collection of markers…(i rescued them from the space behind j-lo’s desk, where they were underappreciated… to a place of honor, on my desk.) she asked what i was doing, and i told her i was celebrating my new markers. i love to plan things out on a big giant post-it note pad on the wall, with colorful markers. then i stick them on the wall behind the door, so we can look back at things we’ve done well and things we’ll do better… and bascially track the faithfulness of god through our massive post-it posters.

so… these markers just gave me so many more ways to capture information. plus i feel like i can tast the colors.

speaking of planning, alot is up for this weekend. SATURDAY – ACTOR’s WORKSHOP – 1-3 PM; c’mon and bring a friend.

and SUNDAY night CRAZY LOVE PJ PARTY… bring a friend to that too.



thai-ing one on… in the very best way.

shine - creative arts camp

i dont know if you know this… but i’m going to thailand….

for a mission trip. i’ll be helping put on a kids camp for the children of missionaries.

you can imagine, this wont be their first rodeo. they’ve probably heard it all before. they dont need ME to tell them who esther is or what it means to put yourself on the line. they know. they are living it… so… i have been laboring over what to bring into their world – with joy. not like Laboring, laboring, more like… i’m really putting alot of effort into it. you know?! anyway…

we’re bringing them a creative arts experience!! shocking, i know! that i would go to that… but it was totally affirmed when i was trading messages today with the Long Hollow Creative Director, Jason Dyba. I asked if he thought we should focus on a bible character, or the idea of shining like stars in the universe…. not surprisingly, he too went for the stars!

so… these missionary kids in thailand are going experience a creative arts camp that i think is the beginning of something i’ve been thinking about for some time. as i was writing i was getting excited about it. i hope you will pray that they experience God in even a new way. and pray that they will feel honored by what we teach and learn together. pray that we will let them know how crucial their role is in the kingdom. pray that we have fun. for the love, pray that we have FUN!

i’ll post pics as soon as i have them. in the meantime… if you are a missionary kid or you know one… please tell me … what would you have wanted visitors to do or bring you?! i need to know. what games? what was fun to you? what was lame? what was cheesy? what should i never say? aside from the obvious, “oh, yeah, i know how you feel…” or “well, this one time, i got laughed at when i told someone i was going to church on a wednesday”….

enlightenen me, friends.

btw – i will be taking art supplies and one of my friends is still raising money for the trip – so if you are so inclined to send art supplies, or help my friend, email me and let me know. i would love to take them SHINE tshirts… if anyone wants to help with that…  if not, no worries…just remember, pray that we have FUN with Jesus.

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an altar of uncut stones

wow. i’m writing a devotion and lesson about joshua and the israellite people and i just read something that i saw new for the first time…

according to what had been told them, they built an altar of uncut stones… something untouched by iron.

i love that. something raw. and unaltered. it made me think about how God accepts us like that… raw and uncut, as he designed us.

in our ruff hewn state, i believe his glory and originality is revealed. the crevices and weathering are his doing… we are made to worship him… like the uncut stones, that was there job. and it is ours. so thankful for this thought today.

what thought are you grateful for today?

love filter, what?!

why cant we all just get along?

why cant we all just get along

its a new year. chance to think about new things. start new initiatives. decide on new resolutions… you know the drill.

this is what i want to think about… being nice to everybody.

this sounds, at first glance, kind of touchy feely, earthy, karma-ish… dont be scared of that… esp. if you are a christian and have been taught since birth to run from anything that might approach something that sounds “eastern-religion-ish”… embrace the concept.

recognize that “EVERYBODY SHOULD LIKE EVERYBODY”… it is totally in line with the very biblical themes like this:  God is Love, Love One another, don’t judge, lest ye be judged…

BUT, let’s talk about LIKE vs. LOVE. we have to love people… but it’s harder work to like them, sometimes. If you look at people through something i like to call a LOVE FILTER.

if i’m being redundant forgive me, we might not have talked about the love filter before. this is what i mean by a LOVE FILTER:

this is when you listen to others expecting them to be speaking to you out of love… you hear things differently. for example, if someone says to me, “really, 3 diet cokes today, really?” i have a choice to hear it two different ways. i can hear it as a judgement on my actions, or i can hear it as a loving concern for my health. it is all about putting a love filter in place when i listen.

then there is the love filter when i’m talking. am i saying things through a love filter… am i talking to others (esp. my kids) in a way that i would want to be talked to.

then there is the eternal love filter… we love, because he first loved us. if we can remember these two things:

1 – he loves us enough to allow his son to die for us.

2- he loves them too, and expects us to treat others like they are his.

i would contend that if we employ a LOVE FILTER in place when we speak and when we listen… we might be able to get here: where everybody likes everybody… even if they have to do it through a love filter.

so… not sure its a NEW thought… but let the LOVE FILTER be the new thing that you employ this year…