Archive | December, 2012

I got out of the truck!

25 Dec

How many of us have ever said or thought “If I could do that again I would do it differently.”?  And how many of us actually get the opportunity to do it again?  Well I’m very fortunate and I got my second chance; and I got out of the truck.

I’m sure right now some of you are like “um…you got out of the truck…great…..did you fall out last time?”  No!  I sat in it and cried the whole time.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

My church is a new (we launched it in Sept 2011) and small church.  However, we are NOT letting the adjetives new and small define us and prevent us from doing what Jesus flat out told us to do.  Last Christmas morning, we headed downtown with backpacks filled with toiletries and breakfast burritos and handed them out to the homeless community here in Austin.  I was terrified.  I stayed in the truck.  I cried the whole way home b/c I was ashamed of myself.  I allowed fear to cripple me and prevent me from helping out in something beautiful.  That day I vowed that next year would be different.  Read that blog here.

Fast forward one year.

We headed downtown with backpacks and breakfast burritos again this year.  We did it a little differently and bypassed the toiletries and put gift cards to McDonalds and bus passes in the back packs. For those of you that are horrified that we gave out McDonalds gift cards get over it.  McDonalds is delicious and $10 goes a long way there and people will be able to eat or get scolding hot coffee for days.

We were a little more organized and prepared this year; last year we didn’t have a clue!  I’m not saying we are all of a sudden experts at this but we were able to form a line and have crown control and last longer than 5 minutes.

This is a family event.  Many of us have small children and we put them to work.  We had bags of homemade cookies and we had the kids hand them out to people while they we in line waiting for backpacks.  Once everyone went through the line we still had a ton of burritos left.  We let the kids help us hand them out as well.  They walked up to the adults, asked if they wanted some burritos.  Everyone was so polite; they said thank you, the kids said your welcome.  They gave smiles and high fives.   Not everyone got a backpack but everyone got something to eat!!!!

This wasn’t just about handing out stuff; it’s also about going down to their community and taking the time out of our busy lives and sharing a morning with them.  The homeless community is an invisible community.  Sure we all “see” them on the corner with a sign, but do we really see them.  Do we roll down our window and talk to them?  Do homeless people actually have conversations with those of us that have homes?

A man asked me how old Danica was.  I had D answer him and she said “5.”  He then proceded to tell me he has a 5 year old daughter and and when he and his wife get their home next month they will get her back.  He then pulled out some pictures and showed me his kids.  They have 5 kids and will get them all back in January!!!!  The tears filled the mom eyes as she said “all I want for Christmas is my babies.”

Another man asked me if I heard about the tragedy in Connecticut.  We talked about that for a little while and it turned into a gun control conversation.

There was a man there with a guitar and D was scoping him out but was too embarrassed to ask him to play something.  Later we saw him playing and she was so excited and we went over and he was singing worship songs with Tracy.

One guy told Anthony he likes his Texas Longhorns shirt.  So Anthony gave it to him.  He literally gave him the shirt off his back.

I love my church!  We aren’t letting our size prevent us from doing what we know we should. No excuses!  I failed epically last year and I’m so thankful I got a second chance.  And next year I’ll get a third chance and then a forth chance the following year…get the idea?

By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:35

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you….welcome to my brain.

Ear Pleasure

15 Dec

I wanted to do something fun for a Christmas blog.  If you read my blog regularly, you know I primarily blog about blessings and God and what He’s teaching me.  So I’m sure you’re expecting some sort of “Jesus blog” from me regarding Christmas and the fact that’s it’s Jesus’ birthday and He is full of love for us. Well sorry to disappoint, but you won’t be reading that today.

Stay tuned b/c on the 23rd, Revive Church is doing a homeless outreach and handing out backpacks and hot food to homeless people.  I have full expectations that it will be like last last year and I will leave changed.  So if you’re wanting a meaningful blog, tune back in in a few weeks.

Today, however, lets have some meaningless fun!!!  I wanted to share my favorite Christmas songs with you.  I’m too cheap to pay for my blog so I wasn’t able to add youtube videos to my blog where you can actually see them.  You will have to click on each one to watch it.  Please take a few minutes and watch them and smile!!  🙂

Maria Carey’s – All I Want For Christmas

U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Leann Rimes – O Holy Night

Trans Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon

John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

Wham! – Last Christmas

Since I just listed my favorite; it’s only fair to include the worst Christmas song ever…..listen is you must….

Christmas Shoes

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…welcome to my brain.

What do you want?

12 Dec

What do you want?

A very simple yet complex question.  Jesus asks it in John 1:38.  Why did He ask that?  Isn’t He the creator of the universe?  Doesn’t He know my inner most thoughts before I even think them?

Was he asking with attitude or annoyance?  Like a mother who has a 5 year old daughter who doesn’t realize she’s being ignored and won’t stop and the mother finally  yells at her?  That was totally hypothetical of course!

He knows the answer but I believe He asks us so that we have to think about it and answer it….so here goes….

What do you want?  (I read this last night and it slapped me across the face.)

I want a new job.  I’m not happy at my current job so that’s why I want a new one.  I also want to live my life according to God’s will; I know this last statement sounds like a pretty padded answer but it’s true and it’s hard.

Here’s why the slapping.

I want a new job b/c something needs to change.  I don’t see my current job changing anytime soon; hence wanting the new one.  What if the places I apply at don’t call me?  What if the places I interview at don’t hire me?  What if I don’t get a new job?  I know something needs to change so if my situation doesn’t change then that means I have too…..OUCH!!!!!

Change is a result of self reflection. For me, self reflection is a result of being slapped and once I figure out what needs to be changed it’s hard to peel back the layers and get after it.

I want to live according to God’s will.  If I don’t find a new job is it God’s will for me to remain at the current one or was it a result of  me sucking at the interviews?  I don’t know.  All I know is I’m currently at a place where I don’t want to be and it hit me this morning; I could be exactly where God wants me to be.

Crap…Now what?!?

I have no idea.  That’s what I need to figure out.

Thanks for allowing me to share my world with you…..welcome to my brain.

OMG. D is 5!!!

3 Dec

I can’t believe Danica is 5!  I thought I would have some fun today and post a bunch of pictures….this was surprisingly hard…enjoy!

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Daisy totally photo bombed our picture! I love the look on D’s face.

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She can make any hat look good!

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3 years old…..seriously obsessed with this dress.

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Philadelphia. Almost 5

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Madagascar Ice. 2 days before 5th birthday