Monday, September 27, 2010
8 years ago I left home and headed to Arlington, TX to begin my college career at UTA and had been looking for a church. I moved into the dorms in August, had tried several churches, then connected with old family friends of my parents to see if they knew of a church. Donna Wright had told me about her church (I'd not seen Donna since I was 5 years old) and I decided I would try it out.
I came that Sunday and the first person I met upon arrival was Tim Wright. Donna had informed him that I would be coming and asked him to keep an eye out for me.
Tim DID in fact keep an eye out for me and greeted me.
This story is true for SO many people who walked through the doors of Grace Community Church in Arlington, TX. Tim was always out front waiting to meet whomever would walk through the door.
This past week, Tim went to be with the Lord after a year long battle with cancer. I just finished watching a memorial video created by my old college pastor and as I watched and listened, I couldn't help but cry. Tim was an amazing man of God and a bright light in any room. He had one of the most welcoming spirits I'd ever encountered. He was an example to so many people at Grace Community and lived his life in such a way that matched his words. He was the biggest romantic and there was no doubt that Tim was head over heels in love with his wife.
As I finished watching the video, I just couldn't help but smile through my tears knowing that heaven has just gained THE BEST door greeter heaven has ever seen.
I am so grateful for my 5 years at Grace Community Church and was reminded today how rich my life has been made because of the friendships I forged there at Grace. They know how to love people well and share life together.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Not this year, my friends! The apple cider candles are out....The autumn leaves candles are out....The pumpkins have been chosen and placed, the fall leaves are strung, the fall centerpiece is ready to be put together....My special fall baking pans are out and waiting to have pumpkin bread baked in them....
My decorations WILL get used this year :-)
I typically buy all of my seasonal decorations after the season is over....I get them on clearance for like 70%off or more....Then I bring them home and wrap them up and put them into storage. Sad, right? But no! It's awesome when the season comes around the next year and I've forgotton what i'd purchased....So it's like unwrapping presents! :-)
So this year....The fall decor is out and will be waiting on the cold weather to hit :-)
BRING ON THE CHANGING OF LEAVES!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Well….it's official. I'm crazy. And I'm admitting it.
I went to bed last night in a bad mood- and basically woke up this morning not even realizing I'd fallen asleep. ….aka…I woke up in my clothes that I'd worn yesterday. I'd sprawled out on my bed in a pout last night and evidently fell asleep.
So I woke up to find 6 text messages on my phone and 2 missed calls. So if you were one of those- sorry about that!
I woke up- got ready for work and headed out the door at 6:40am….
I arrived at Starbucks- got my drink- and settled in for some quiet time and started journaling.
As I was journaling and telling God why I was in a bad mood…(as if He needed me to explain)….I wrote in frustration…. "so! What do you think about THAT, God?...hmmm?"…..I kid you not….I'd not even finished putting the question mark at the end of that sentence when I heard this come through the speakers overhead…
"I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
And here comes the "minda is crazy" part. My eyes filled up with tears! Boooo. Why am I at Starbucks crying over hearing the song "my girl" ????
Because that's what I needed to hear. The Lord just said "Minda…you're my girl. And I love talking about you…and talking WITH you."
So often if I'm frustrated with the Lord (and believe me. This happens more often than you'd think!) I will sometimes spout off- "You already know what I'm thinking so there's no point in even telling you!"
But there IS a point. He wants to talk with me. And if I don't open up conversation- I'll miss an opportunity to hear His voice. So- if you're upset with Him….tell him. If you're in a pouty mood…tell Him. He just might surprise you and tell you something you need to hear. :-)
He is good.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- coffee in the morning
- more importantly- SHARING my coffee-time with someone in the morning.
- a good book
- cold weather
- cold weather AND a blanket
- fire in a fireplace
- knowing people that take note of the small things
- colored pens
- Diet Dr. Pepper
- considerate people
- random text messages from friends
- when people use my name...for instance. instead of just saying "bye"...when people say "Bye, Minda!"... i like it when things are personalized.
- having people around my dinner table with me
- making OTHER people smile
Saturday, September 11, 2010
When I met Amy- she was pregnant with her first baby, Robby, and during that pregnancy- I watched that girl put down so many footlong cheese coney's from sonic that I just knew her baby would come out craving a hot dog with chili and cheese!
Amy and I have shared gallons....and I really do mean that- GALLONS upon gallons of sonic beverages...(tea for her- diet dr pepper for me) as we would spend our lunch breaks together, pretty much every day.
Not only did we share sonic drinks- but we shared life. She took me for lunch my first week at the new job- filled me in on what I would need to know- and thus it began. Amy was a much needed friend in a transitional time in my life. I don't trust people very easily- but for some reason- I knew she was someone I could trust and we shared more than 'work life.' We became really great friends even outside of work.
I was at the hospital when Amy delivered Robby....I was (i think) his first babysitter...Amy taught me the ropes of fantasy football... I was at Robby's first birthday party...I was at his baby dedication...When it was time to put up Christmas decorations at her house- I came over and we had hot chocolate and watched Elf....
The point of all that is to say- we shared life together.
Birthday's were a BIG deal to us! :-) Decorating offices...chick-fil-a breakfast...cupcakes....On The Border....(this year- even though she wasn't working anymore- Amy still came to the office and made it THE BEST DAY EVER!!!....and this year- I totally stunk on celebrating her!!! ah!!! i'm such a terrible person.....better late than never, though, right???;-) yeah. she's amazing, people.)
Amy was the one I could go to for advice about all kinds of stuff! I'm sure the girl got tired of all my drama- but I knew that no matter what- busy or not busy- I could go in- prop my feet up on her desk in her office- and tell her what was going on. Crying on the floor of her office? Yeah, I'd done that too! I also knew that I could call Amy at any time and it would be ok. Thankfully, her husband, Bryan, is also amazing and didn't mind his wife getting phone calls from me at who knows what time of day. :-)
Amy eventually went part-time at work and that nearly KILLED Me!!! :-) I always looked forward to the days she would be in the office!!! But...I guess it was good because that also eventually transitioned into her leaving work to stay at home for good. And it made the transition a little bit easier for me. I was so proud of her decision to be at home and proud of her for what she was doing- but can't deny that I was SOOOOO bummed.....Who in the heck was I going to share Sonic drinks with? Who would I do lunch with? I'm not kidding you all when I say we did lunch every. freaking. day. It was awesome.
When it was time for baby #2 to be born- I was ecstatic- and even more so that it would be a little girl!!! I didn't get to make it to the hospital- but I did celebrate her 1 week- 2- week- and 3 week birthdays with her :-)
And today! I got to celebrate her 1 year birthday and her baby dedication!
Robby and Juliet are the closest I have to a niece and nephew- so I'm claiming to be their aunt :-) But here are some pictures from Juliet's birthday!!!
Amy, I am so proud of you and your family! You are one of my most favorite people and I am so thankful I can call you friend. You've helped keep me sane- You've allowed me to love on your babies- You've let me come to your house and spend all day and practically all night when I needed a place to get away.....You have made my life better.
(and i miss daily lunch with you.)
So! Here's a picture of one of the sweetest baby girls I know :-)
Friday, September 10, 2010
This morning I got a little frustrated with my bible....not gonna lie.
In Jeremiah chapter 1 we find out that the Lord has called Jeremiah to bring a word to the people of Israel. And this word is NOT pretty, people. Not pretty at all.
The people have been unfaithful to the Lord and He's tired and fed up.
Jeremiah does as the LORD commands him to do and he continues to hear the Lord and speak what he is commanded to speak.
We get to chapter 30 and 31 and we finally see relief. There is a message of restoration for the people. (or at least, I was relieved.)
Weeeelllll. Jeremiah keeps doing as commanded and he ends up in some sticky situations....basically because of the Word of the Lord. It's not him they are upset with...they just don't like the Word he is bringing.
In chapter 37, Jeremiah is doing his thing when he is captured and put in prison....and as verse 16 says..."for a long time."
My first thought, is how long is a long time?!!??!
And secondly- I think HE WAS JUST BEING OBEDIENT! WHY THE HECK DOES HE HAVE TO GO TO PRISON!?!?!?!
Ugh. I kinda, maybe, halfway, sorta wrote that really big in my bible next to that passage....oops.
Either way. I keep reading.
We go through a couple more chapters and end up in chapter 39 in which Babylon has come and taken over the land...just like Jeremiah had spoken would happen.
BUT! In verse 12. The king gives orders to his commanders and says "Take him and look after him(Jeremiah). Don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."
As soon as I read that...The Lord quickly spoke and said "see, Minda....I still took care of him!....Just as I will you."
Some of you may need or want to insert your name where i just put my own name.....go ahead. I needed to hear that this morning. Do you?
The Lord said: "I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the sky I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13-16
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A year and a half ago- I wrote a blog post titled "Hope."
That blog post was brought to memory this morning when the Lord quickly reminded me (again) that my hope had been misplaced.
In the past month or two- I have been quite disappointed. By people…by situations…. And this morning as I was 'lamenting' that loss of friendship/trust/fuzzy feeling- or whatever the heck you want to call it- I was reminded of the blog post I wrote.
This morning- I was journaling and pretty much just beating myself up. How could I so easily put hope in people other than Jesus?!?!
Here I was, again, disappointed… frustrated….
And HATING the fact that I was disappointed and frustrated.
I put my journal away…continued reading in Isaiah where I've been for the past week- and found the morning verse that I would send out.
I typed it up and sent it- but yet felt inclined to keep reading.
As I finished up the chapter I was in- I honestly felt like the Lord said to me: I'm giving you your OWN personal verse of the day. Here it is:
And as I finished up that chapter- I read- "Those who hope IN ME will NOT be disappointed." Isaiah 49:23b
He is OOOOH- so-aware of my heart. And how I feel. And what I'm thinking. And what I'm walking through. He knows.
He is good.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
It IS September and I have to wonder where this year has gone.
I honestly feel as though just last month I was at a New Year's Eve party in Dallas with hundreds of friends.
But no. It's freaking September.
5 years ago in September- I was beginning my final year of college.
10 years ago in September. I was starting my Junior year of high school.
We have already completed the first DECADE of the new millennium.
THAT is bizarre.
You know what this calls for? This calls for a movie night at my place complete with popcorn, coffee (or hot chocolate for you crazies that don't like coffee), and comfy pj's as I watch You've Got Mail. It REALLY is a 'fall' movie. This can't be denied. So I'll be welcoming in Fall with a movie this weekend.
Happy Labor Day....to me.