Monthly Archives: October 2012

“i want to help God”

before we took our offering …

each heart represents an offering given for Samedy’s Heart

Got this tweet from a parent/servant/leader leigh clark: 

@rbcwrites @lhkidz thankful for a church who shows tangible love. My kindergartener told me last night “I’m going to help God, help Samdey”

This week we launched an awesome offering plan to raise money for Samedy. I already blogged about it so i won’t repeat it… but i know this. after sunday… every kids at long hollow knows who samedy is… and they want to help his heart.

this little one said they wanted to help God help Samedy.

it echoes something i’ve been thinking about since i got to back from haiti in the spring.

God is going to do what God is going to do.

Miracles are happening.

You choose if you want to participate.

What miracles are you “helping” God do today?

here is samedy’s story:

and here is a song about what it means to be wrecked:

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all about a broken heart

lhkidz have a heart campaign


our church is starting something huge and new this weekend… and our lhkidz will be a part of things.

we will be launching with a offering push to raise money for the heart care for one of our orphans in haiti.

this is near and dear to my heart- no pun intended – because i happen to have a “heart baby” myself.

blaikie, if you don’t know, had open heart surgery at 6 months old. she had amazing doctors, incredible prayer support, and is doing really really well… and we are exceedingly grateful. they warned us that “heart babies” are fiesty, because they have to work to survive… they were right.

but what if…… we didn’t know she had a fatal heart disease. or what if we did know but couldn’t afford to take her to a hospital. and what if we could take her to a hospital but we couldn’t afford the after care that is involved…. it would be a very different story.

it would be like samedy’s story. first… he was orphaned at birth. then, they didn’t know he was sick. when they found out he was sick, they still couldn’t care for him. he’s in that limbo right now… dr. exil has agreed to do the necessary surgery at vanderbilt children’s hospital at no cost which is insane and awesome and only-God. … but that doesn’t cover the living expenses, the follow up care expenses or anything else he will need. that’s where lhkidz come in. we get to bring offerings for this time. to heal his broken heart.

our prayer is that people would give generously… but while we are saving samedy’s physical heart … that spiritual hearts would be healed as well.

how’s your spiritual heart? are you heartbroken? there’s a solution for you… and it’s totally free.




did you see what robyn was wearing?

passing notes in church


this past weekend i had a reunion with my high school youth group. some of us were there. we came together to honor our leader, bill cole.

we ate together often, that’s what baptist people do.

we talked alot, that’s what friends do.

everyone… is pretty much the same. personalities just don’t change. it was so fun to laugh and hug these people that i’ve loved for so long.

we hung out and ate at nostalgic places, then we went to church together… when mark paul passed this note to ann baker and she added her two cents… we were all right back to being teenager.

it was hilarious. and wonderful. and i’m grateful to have these people in my life.

you see, when you have a friend that knows jesus… you have a friend for eternity. which makes every time you invest in the friendship, an eternal investment. i like that type of investment.

other stuff that i got to do:

worship at calvary chapel ft. lauderdale, listen to ravi zacharias, and share the super ninja gummy bear witnessing tool with their kidmin.  visit with chris and wendy lane, and their boys. especially their artist Jake 🙂

attend a beautiful funeral at fbc ft. lauderdale. the father-in-law of a dear friend went to heaven unexpectedly … it was a blessing to mourn with a different group of friends that i love so much. (edith, morris, mike, sarah, cam, dwight, susan, bob, candace, romney, john … so sad with you, but so glad to see you)

paddleboard with two of my childhood friends. i had been wanting to do that. (thanks jen and steph)

visit Church of the Glades and my kidmin friend Christopher Sykes. Got to have a little brainstorm session.

the best mexican lunch ever at la bamba.

visit with chris and wendy lane, and their boys. especially their artist Jake 🙂

icing on the cake was being picked up by kristen sisk (who knew all of the people and places i was bubbling over about when i got home because she’s from ft. lauderdale too).

my cup is overflowing… can’t wait to let it spill into some fun projects this week.

also – super glad to love nashville so much. it was a blessing to be able to keep telling people how much we love this wonderful place – and made it less sad to leave south florida.


who ever heard of a youth group reunion? wack.

because… that’s where i am headed tomorrow.

my kids asked me about it, because they thought it was weird to have a reunion with your church friends and not your high school friends.

but really… who better to keep up with, than the people you will likely spend eternity with. where we will have an even bigger reunion.

it was called : S.A.L.T. – sharing abundant life with teens …

that was the name of my youth group from 6-10th grade at first baptist pompano beach and our fearless leader was bill cole.

tomorrow i will once again step into the gym (that i know will smell the same) where i went to lockins, made lifelong friends, watched people play basketball … skated… and i will see people that impacted my life over 20 years ago. we are going to spend the whole weekend hanging out and remembering why we loved each other to begin with. some will be missing, and that is a total bummer…

i watched my son at lunch yesterday with his youth pastor, and about 15-20 friends… i was so grateful. almost in tears at buffalo wild wings in my booth as i thought about the memories he is making and the people he is going to have in his life for eternity.

i’m too overwhelmed to write clearly or succinctly. you might say i’m kind of wrecked…

more on that later – but i wrote a song with ben today, about being wrecked.