Archive for June, 2010

Rabbit Poop and Character

When I was young, my dad used to always tell me,

“If you do one thing everyday that you’d rather not do, over time, it will build character.”

As my young brain begin to make the connections I observed that my parents lived out this statement. I remember the day that I realized dad didn’t always want to go to work, but he did it anyway because he provided for our family. I watched as my older siblings learned this lesson and realized they were living out the big word: RESPONSIBILITY. There were days when my mom wanted to send us all to public school, but she kept to her calling to homeschool us. Rabbit

So I tried it out one day. Growing up, we had what we call chore cards. Small individual note cards that had the job written out on them. As kids, we would look through our stack of chore cards and grumble over the ones that were particularly difficult and time consuming. One such chore was changing out the rabbit cage. (Could I sound more “Little House on the Prairie? Sheesh!) Yes, we had a pet rabbit, her name was Satin, and all of us hated changing out the cage. It was nasty and smelly and the goal was always to get it done as fast as we could. Of course that meant cutting some corners. So one day, as I was learning the importance of character, I decided I was going to do this job, and I was going to do it to the best of my ability, no matter how long it took. I felt good about myself that day. Very grown up and accomplished, but the truth of the lesson has followed me ever since.

Character. The traits and qualities that make up who we are. Having strong character is the ability to silence the excuses that come when you’re faced with responsibility. It is the strength of character that enables us to do what is right even when it would be easier to take the short cuts. And sometimes, when things get tough it is our character that will be the only thing we have left to stand on. You see, my dad had learned the importance that a fulfilled life was one of sacrifice, service and selflessness. I have remembered his words and carried them into my adulthood where they couldn’t be closer to the truth.

So, today, I challenge you: Do something that you would rather not do, and do it to the best of your ability. Over time, you will begin to build character, and character will always stand.

5 in 1

So I didn’t get a chance to blog all week. It has been a crazy, busy, long week. So I decided to wrap up all the blog posts I would’ve written into one. Don’t worry, it won’t be too long. Some awesome things are happening, check it out!

Monday, June 7

Cody and I celebrated 10 months of marriage. (Yes, I know, counting months is very Jr. Highish of me, but until we reach one year, we count months. It’s just more fun that way!)

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 I started working out with a trainer this week. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She is kicking my booty, but I’ve already lost 2 pounds this week! My goal is 10-15. I’ll keep you posted.

Tuesday, June 8

I spent this whole day at the hospital, waiting for my new niece, Olivia Grace to arrive. My sister-in-law, (Cody’s sister) Madi labored all day. I was there from 9am-9pm and she finally arrived around 7:55pm. She is a beautiful baby girl, with lots of hair!

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Wednesday, June 9th

After another booty kicking workout, I spend the rest of the day at our Central campus learning about coaching. Biggest take-a-way:

“Mentoring is about what I can teach you, coaching is about what I can pull out of you that’s already there.”

Learned a lot and got to see some old co-workers from different campuses.

At SWITCH, we celebrated Tony’s last night at the N-Dub. He is moving on to be the youth pastor at the Edmond Campus. We’re still looking at possible new roles to fill, but it looks like I’ll step into the position of youth pastor in the next few weeks.

Thursday, June 10

I spent the morning shut up in an old office building, with other members of the SAG board. We listened to 15 different groups come and present their programs. We had $250,000 to award to the top 5 programs. We listened and discussed from 10am-2pm and finally came up with our top 5. Getting to work with the SAG has been an amazing opportunity, and I have learned a lot!

Friday, June 11

the_loop2And today… I’m at the office, filling in for one of my co-workers. I have a four week series to write for the LOOP, called “I AM” it’s an identity message and we’re taking our scriptures from Ephesians chapter 1. Here is the rough outline of the four weeks.

  • I AM Blessed (Eph. 1:3)
  • I AM Forgiven (Eph. 1:7)
  • I AM Included (Eph. 1:13)
  • I AM Secure (Eph. 1:13-14)

Too Young to Baptize?

BaptismI had the opportunity yesterday to talk with a mother and her daughter about getting baptized. Her daughter was nine years old. The purpose of the meeting was to make sure the young girl understood what baptism was all about. After asking her a question about what being baptized meant to her, I waited. And waited and waited. The girl might have been shy, or scared to talk to me, but I was never able to get an answer from her. It was evident that the mother was encouraging her child to make this decision, but in my opinion, the child was not ready.

Here is my question: Do you think she is too young to be baptized? Is there an appropriate age to be baptized, or is it more of a maturity level?

Baptism is not salvation. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward decision. If the individual person does not make the decision to be baptized and understands what it means, how can they understand the meaning of salvation?

What are your thoughts on baptizing children?

Top Ten Things to Know as a Woman Pastor

Top Ten

10. Don’t forget an extra bra if you are going into the baptism pool!

9. Never say “Period” “Tampon” or “Menstrual Cycle” in the office.

8. Always have someone else with you when you pray with the opposite sex!

7. Keep a bottle of Aleve or IB-prophen in your desk.

6. When you make a call and a woman answers and you ask for her husband, be sure to say you’re from the church!

5. If you’re on the first day of your period, it’s probably better just to stay home.

4. Whatever you do, try NOT to cry when discussing things with your boss or fellow co-workers.

3. If you’re single, men may find you intimidating. If you’re married, or in a serious relationship, he must be a strong guy!

2. Don’t take things personally. They never are!

And the # 1 thing to know if you’re a woman pastor…

1. Don’t kiss random strangers in Brick Town… it could come back to haunt you!

Only Ugly Girls Talk About Inner Beauty

Have you ever seen that reality show, where they gather the most beautiful girls from all over America? I think it was called “Beauty from the Inside, Out.”

They tell these girls that they are in a contest to see who is the most beautiful. What the contestants don’t know is that the show is really about their inner beauty.

The show sets up scenarios that unknowingly tests the girl’s character. Scenarios range from helping an elderly man into a cab, to helping a lost child find his mother, and everything in between. When these girls get eliminated from the contest, they bring them in and show them footage of how they acted in these scenarios. Let me tell you, most of it was not what you’d call “beautiful”. Beautiful

My co-workers were talking about the show yesterday and it got me to thinking how much attention our society puts on outward beauty. The sad part is, if we’re not intentional, we let society decide what is important for us. I noticed this happening in my own life recently.

For the past month I have been working my booty off at the gym. I worked out for nine days straight one week, most of those days I was doing two, 1 hour workouts. I was killing myself because I knew bathing suit weather was just around the corner. Many of those days, if I didn’t have enough time to squeeze in my workout and my Bible reading, it was the Bible reading that got skipped. I know I started to drive my husband crazy when every other conversation we had was something about my body or how unhappy I was with how I looked. I even started comparing myself to every skinny, beautiful girl I saw, letting my inner dialogue take me to a place I’m not proud to share. I was getting off track, following a path that only led to disappointment and discontentment.

I tell you this for many reasons. A. It’s cheaper than therapy. B. I want to show you how caught up I got in what the world has labeled “beautiful,” and hope that we can drop the the masks for a bit and find some common ground.

We have to take back the lie that says Only Ugly Girls Talk About Inner Beauty and realize that we will never be satisfied striving for the perfect image. We must except the truth that we’ve already been given the perfect image if we are living in Christ’s. Yes, I know we’ve all heard this before, but don’t you think it’s because it might be true? Beauty from the outside only lasts as long as your money holds out. Beauty from the inside is a priceless gem that if truly sought for, will last well past your life.

When will we stop putting the focus on what only goes skin deep and start purposefully growing our beauty from the inside out? I’m starting now.

Our Memorial Weekend Project–Completed!

The guys worked on the deck Sunday from 11:30am to 9:30pm. It started out looking like this:

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And turned into this:

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I’ll show you how we did it!

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Sonray Enterprises (a wielding and fabrication company) came out and wielded pipe from the gas line of our house.

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He wielded pipe underneath the deck so that we could have a gas fire pit, instead of a wood burning fire pit. This cuts down on smoke, and always having to have fire wood on hand.

Deck 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this little gas pipe sticking up from out of the deck is all we needed to make this happen:

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We added a few details:

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Upgraded the aesthetics:

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Used a little spray paint to fix up an old table and chairs:

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Lava rocks for even more eye catching fun:

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And a little pop of color:

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For an amazing outdoor oasis:

Deck 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck 4

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