Archive for April, 2011

9 Things Running has Taught Me

Posted by    |    April 28th, 2011 at 5:40 am

I’m a runner. I love pounding the road with friends while the rest of the world sleeps. It all started 16 years ago when my weight ballooned to 260 lbs and one of my greatest friends in this life, Robert Blevins, introduced me to running. Sixteen years later, I’m still running strong … and about 60 lbs lighter.

This weekend a big group of Childress runners are heading to Oklahoma City for the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon. I’m going to run Sunday’s race in Robert’s memory. Everyone needs a Robert in their life.

All this got me to thinking about the different lessons that running has taught me. Here are 9 things … (more…)

4 Ways You Can Make Dump Day a Success.

Posted by    |    April 26th, 2011 at 5:40 am

  1. Make a Donation. By far the most important thing you can do is give. By making a donation, your funds go directly to help the people at the dump. The best time to give is on May 4th, Dump Day. I will have posted on this blog on Dump Day the details of “How you can give?” and “Where to send your donation?”
  2. Pray about Dump Day. Prayer is powerful. Dump Day and the people at the dump need your prayers. Ask specifically that God will do something GREAT on May 4th.
  3. Spread the Word. This is the KEY to making Dump Day a success. We need you to use your Facebook page, Twitter page, blog, your church bulletin, your email, send letters or any other way of getting the word out. The more people that know, the more people that can help. Spreading the word to as many as possible is the key. (more…)

It’s Okay, You Can Put the Words ‘Tavern’ and ‘Church’ in the Same Sentence

Posted by    |    April 22nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm

A traditional church service can be intimidating for some, but The Tavern Church, located at City Tavern in Downtown Dallas, welcomes all, and holds a laidback, ego-free vibe. Offered on the last Sunday of each month, The Tavern Church starts with live music by local musicians, such as John David Kent, and rounds out with Steve Bezner speaking His word. Bezner’s engaging style makes for inspiring cheers and toasts at the wrap of his lecture.

Come solo or bring your friends – you’ll meet the nicest people in the Big D here. Also, their hamburgers are pretty much the tastiest of dishes.

The Tavern Church delivers His word in a non-denominational service. Everyone is welcome. Hallelujah, let’s grab a beer.

The next Tavern Church is happening this Sunday, April 24 at 8pm

A Story of Grace from the Dump

Posted by    |    April 21st, 2011 at 5:40 am

 

People at the dump in line to get food.

(My friend, Jeff Smith, who is the college minister at the Sunset church in Lubbock wrote the following story after his trip to Honduras. While there Jeff witnessed something take place at the dump that was worth sharing … and I’m glad he did.)

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

The old adage, “Two wrongs don’t make a right” is always true – well, almost. I recently experienced a bizarre situation that proved otherwise while on a mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  I was leading a group of students on a Spring Break mission trip with our host, Marc Tindall.  Five years ago, Marc and his wife, Terri, left a successful business career to dedicate themselves to the needs of the poor in this Central American country.  Among their many good works is a ministry to some of the poorest of the poor – people who scrounge through the city’s waste and refuse, a place known as “the dump.”  I had heard about the dump and Marc’s pledge to feed people there at least once a week.  The dump was on my “to do” list and I was blessed to experience it with my group on my 49th birthday.  It was a profound experience.  A few days later, Marc invited me to go back and I jumped at the chance.  Little did either of us know the chaos that was about to ensue! (more…)

4 Things You’ve Got to See

Posted by    |    April 19th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Four Must Reads!

Here are 4 things I’m glad I saw this weekend. You may want to check them out…

  • Former minister, Dan Bouchelle writes a piece called “Why are there so many angry minister’s wives?” The post is excellent, the comments are just as good. He’s obviously touched on a “hot” topic. I’m not sure how Lea feels about all of this, but I’m going to get her to read the article and then ask her.
  • Jull Slatery has an excellent little article called, “Understanding your husband’s sexuality.” She states, “According to a poll of 150 Christian married men, 83 percent stated that they don’t believe that women understand a man’s sex drive.” This would be a great article to read and discuss with your spouse.
  • “Society’s Invisible People” is a short, but powerful little article about the dignity and disconnect of the homeless. It’s a very good read with a challenging conclusion.
  • I have never received roses as a gift, and I’m not sure I’d want to, BUT if I did, these would be the roses I’d want. YUM!

This week I have a handful of goodies lined up. We had an old-fashioned church potluck yesterday. You won’t BELIEVE the conversation that came up. Tomorrow we’ll talk about “The 10 Commandments of Church Potlucks.”  Wednesday I’ll post an incredible story that took place at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Blessings…

30 Hour Fast on Dump Day

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Are you up for a 30 hour fast?

How long could you go without food? Could you last 30 hours without food? There are some of us who can’t go a few hours without hollering, “I’m hungry.” As most of you know, on May 4th, we’re having our 3nd annual “Dump Day” to raise money to feed the hungry people who live and eat at the Tegucigalpa, Honduras dump.

This year I want to do more than just give to feed the hungry… I want to understand (to a very small degree) what it’s like to go hungry. I want to fast 30 hours during the “Dump Day” marathon, BUT I don’t want to do it alone. I want to challenge some of you to do it with me.

This year I’m challenging you to a Dump Day fast. A 30 hour fast that will coincide with Dump Day. It will remind us two things…

  • It will remind us that there are hungry people in this world, and we can’t ignore them or overlooked them. I’m not sure there’s ever been a day in the Tegucigalpa dump when the people have actually had more to eat than me … but on May 4th they will. I will be fasting and on that day (Dump Day, May 4th), and my friend Marc Tindall will be feeding rice, beans, tortillas, bananas and water to the people at the dump. They will eat more that day than I do.
  • It will also remind us that we are VERY blessed and we need to share what we have. Today 25,000 children under the age of 5 will die from a lack of food and from poverty. Sadly, that shouldn’t be.  “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” 1 John 3:17

So, my challenge you to fast from Tuesday night until Thursday morning. Then you can take the money you would have spent on meals and give that money to hungry people. What better way to spend the money you saved on meals? :)

So, who’s with me? Are you in? Leave me a comment and let me know.

 

Chuck Norris, Men and Man-Laws

Posted by    |    April 13th, 2011 at 5:40 am

There’s nothing like a good “Man Post,” to start the week off and get the testosterone flowing.

A few of us guys were visiting about man-laws after church recently and the importance of teaching them to our sons. For those women who might not know, man-law is an unwritten code which men live by. I’m not a man-law expert, but I do think I know a man-law when I see one. For example here are a few man-laws that real-men live by that might not make sense to women, but totally make sense to us …

  • Man-law says that on a road trip the most manly-man is the one with the strongest bladder.
  • Man-law says that no man shall EVER wear an article of women’s clothing unless they are the loser of a bet.
  • Man-law states that grilling, no matter the weather, is always the first choice of cooking.
  • Man-law clearly states that under NO circumstance do two men EVER share an umbrella.
  • Man-law says that men can watch chick-flicks on occasion, BUT they are never to be watched without the presence of a girlfriend or wife. And they should NEVER be seen crying.
  • Man-law has many rules of the public restrooms. First and foremost, men must follow the “buffer-zone” rule. That means where there are more than two urinals, there must always be one urinal of separation between you and the next man. You NEVER sidle-up to another man when there’s an empty urinal down the line. If you need help with this rule, here is a game you can play to teach you. This law is null-and-void when there are dividers between the urinals.
  • Another public restroom man-law is if you are first in the bathroom and there are only three urinals, you must not take the middle urinal because it would be impossible to follow the “buffer zone” rule if another man enters the bathroom. If you happen to encounter this simply clear your throat and say, “Dude!” Generally a man will realize their error and move down one, obeying the law of the urinal “buffer zone.”
  • One final restroom man-law is that being chatty in the bathroom is inappropriate, a simple head-nod is all the conversation that is needed.
  • Man-law states crying is okay when your team has just won the big game or a heroic dog dies saving his master from death.
  • There is NO reason for a man to EVER watch ice skating or men’s gymnastics. Man-law!
  • Man-law states that while walking with a group to the car, a soon-to-be occupant may reserve the front passenger seat by calling out “Shotgun.” All passengers must honor and respect the calling of shotgun. On those occasions where there is a tie while calling shotgun, a race to the car decides who gets the front.
  • Men can comment on how much they enjoy manly smells of things like a baseball glove, a new set of tires, the smell of gunpowder, campfire, sawdust and bar-b-que grills.
  • Man-law clearly states that no man shall ever watch a soap opera ever! Period! (That’s for you Matt.)
  • A man is allowed to scream ONLY when he is caught off guard and bitten by a large deadly snake.
  • The man-law official start date of the male shopping season is December 23rd, as compared to the female season, which opens on the day following Thanksgiving.
  • And under NO circumstances shall a man EVER defer control of the television remote to a female.

As much as I love man-laws, I must never forget that “God-laws” always trump all “man-laws.” And men who follow God-laws, such as the following, are ALWAYS the most manly-men of all …

  • A real man loves his wife and is faithful to her sexually, emotionally and mentally.
  • A real man prays with his wife.
  • A real man is involved in his children’s lives.
  • A real man puts his family before his job, hobbies and buddies.
  • A real man is the spiritual leader in his home.
  • A real man isn’t ashamed of his faith and puts God first in his life.
Can you think of any I’ve missed from either of these two lists?

New Dump Day Video (Dump Day 2011)

Posted by    |    April 9th, 2011 at 5:40 am

Please help us spread the word about this year’s Dump Day by posting or embedding this video on your blog, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Meet My New Friend Mark

Posted by    |    April 7th, 2011 at 5:40 am

This is my new friend Mark. He came through Childress hitchhiking his way towards New Mexico. My friend Glenna spotted him in town and asked if I’d check on him.

I found him on the edge of town looking for a ride. I picked him up and asked if he’d like some lunch. I found out that Mark loves McDonald’s. Fish sandwiches, Dr. Pepper and strawberry shakes are his favorites.  I told him if he didn’t get a ride out of town today, I’d find him a motel room for tonight. He immediately asked if he could pass up trying to get a ride today and just get the motel room now. He told me he hadn’t slept in a bed in a long time and really wanted to take a shower.

When I left him at his hotel room I asked for a picture. He was happy to obliged. I wish he would have smiled because he had the nicest smile. Looks can be deceiving … Mark was one of the nicest people I’ve ever helped.

I’m not telling you about Mark to say, “Look what I did.” I’m telling you about Mark to say, “Don’t miss out on the blessing of helping others.”

“Suppose someone has enough to live and sees a brother or sister in need, but does not help. Then God’s love is not living in that person.” ~1 John 3:17

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Posted by    |    April 6th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Motherhood has a way of holding a mirror up to your life – or at least, for me, it did.  I’m talking about one of those magnifying mirrors with extra light for added visibility.  Oh, the blemishes!  But it wasn’t the blemishes on my face that disgusted me – although I can assure you, they were there.  What became visible in that mirror of motherhood were the blemishes on the inside.  It was…gross.  My Bobbi Brown warm ivory creamy concealer worked wonders on my face, but I needed something for my heart.

I could no longer ignore that my life, for the most part, had been all about me.  Sure, I’d had moments of putting others needs ahead of my own.  But once that got too painful or uncomfortable, I’d quickly scamper back to my comfort zone.  Even my prayer life was selfish.  How often I prayed for my own needs with little mention of others.  I looked into the mirror and saw a tired, endless cycle of vain attempts to keep life happy, comfortable, carefree, painless…a life without growth.  A life all about me.

I felt God tugging on my heart, telling me to let go…of my own will…of my own way of doing things, of my desires, my excuses…even my failures.  The more my focus was on self, the more empty my life seemed.  I remembered the words Jesus spoke in Matthew - If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. That truth resonated in my head but had yet to make it’s transforming mark on my heart.

Over the last year, God has been faithful in showing me that real joy comes from pouring myself into the lives of others – and for me, that starts in the home with my husband and my son.  What an awesome responsibility He’s given me.  I get to be head cheerleader in the lives of my boys.  (And after not making the cheer leading squad twice in junior high – this is pretty cool.)  I’m asking God to develop within me a servant’s heart…a heart that delights in putting their needs ahead of my own.

As hard as it is to admit, this doesn’t come naturally.  I stumble often.  I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t get a heart transplant without spending some serious quality time with my Physician.  I’ve learned that the second I shift my focus off of Christ and onto myself, my new found joy vanishes and I’m left discontent.  My “selfish” self has not wanted to go quietly and comes up with all sorts of reasons why denying myself is just plain silly.  It’s put up one heck of a fight.  Seriously.  HBO should charge money on pay-per-view to see this fight…it’s a doozy.  But I know how the fight ends.  The Spirit is triumphant. He who created a good work in me will see it through to completion.

I hope I’m always looking into the magnifying mirror and not the one at Nordstroms that makes everything look good on me – because I know I don’t wear selfishness well.  It’s very unbecoming on me.  My desire is to always be clothed in the Spirit…to wear God well.