Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
last year i wrote a post about lent. with fat tuesday happening tomorrow, i figured it would be appropriate to repost it.
do you give something up for lent?
Lent, in some Christian denominations, is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. the forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible He endured temptation by Satan (thanks wikipedia).
historically, it is during Lent that people give up something... in order to be reminded of spiritual things when "it" (whatever has been given up) crosses their mind. it is a forty day fast.
i can remember times when i would hear people say that they were giving up something that wasn't a daily part of their life. for example, i remember someone saying they were giving up beer for Lent. for some, this would be a sacrifice... for this person... they had never had a drink. how could that be considered a willing sacrifice made in order to glorify God? that seemed very hypocritical to me.
i am not good at giving things up. i struggle with commitment. for some reason, God continues to work on the lack of discipline that is what i call my life. so for the first time in my 28 years, i am going to give something up for Lent.
the Bible says to not 'broadcast' when you are fasting to people (that's the stephanie paraphrase)... so i have decided to keep this sacrifice to myself. i will reveal what i am giving up after the 40 days... in that same post, i will report to you if i stuck to it. stay tuned... and check back around Easter.
the new job title brought a new office with it. here are the before, during and after pictures. many thanks to my friends and students for all of their help painting and getting everything settled in.
click here to view the entire album.
Friday, February 12, 2010
here is the video update on matt from today:
also, here's part of the email that matt sent out today:
I pray you are staying warm and safe with all the snow. Today I finished my last day of radiation so we'll spend the next five weeks regaining strength and bolstering my immune system before taking an MRI on March 15. From there, I have six months of chemotherapy scheduled. It will be done as an outpatient, five days on, 23 days off. We won't know a lot until the six months of chemo are over.
I continue to covet your prayers. God has been unbelievably gracious these last few months, and we are doing well. I have especially enjoyed preaching and am looking forward to resuming a somewhat "normal" schedule next week now that I don't have to drive to Baylor Dallas for radiation every day. I have provided another video update that you can view on our pastor's blog on our church Web site.
The Flower Mound campus has been a blessing in hundreds of ways, but we are still having a few kinks and here is how you can help us.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
i have been serving as the interim UNT BSM director since july 2009... today, i officially became the director. i'm excited to serve here and to have the opportunity to watch God move in the lives of these students.
the BSM students and staff were excited with me and helped me celebrate with pink cupcakes and a balloon-filled office.
tomorrow, i'll start painting and moving into a new office. i'm pretty sure the process will be an adventure with all of the helping hands, but i'm excited that they want to be involved. i'm blessed.
Friday, February 5, 2010
tonight while driving to and from fort worth for a wedding rehearsal, i listened to this sermon (sanctification in marriage) by matt chandler... twice.
if you are married... engaged... dating... or single... you should, actually need to, listen to this.
click here to listen.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
-- Sent from my Palm Pre
Monday, February 1, 2010
sarah cunningham's book, picking dandelions, hits shelves today. stay tuned for a book review on this site in the very near future.
the book is available on amazon.com.
also, i recommend follow the author on twitter.