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Where’d You Park Your Broom, Dear? (Part 1 of 2 from Grace Filled Marriage—The Missing Piece. The Place to Start. By Dr. Tim Kimmel with Darcy Kimmel)

Ahhh,  blissful matrimony.

Some could argue those two preceding words, “blissful matrimony” are an oxymoron.  Anybody???

Silver Wedding Bells

Now that hubster and I have celebrated our 30th anniversary, we’ve come to acquire certain phrases for certain scenarios.  They make for quite an artillery.

Exhibit A:

Should I accidentally snap at John rather than ooze words of love and comfort, John will many times say, “Where’d you park your broom, dear?”  Insinuating my resemblance of a big, bad, scary witch.

Halloween Pumpkin Witch Dog

(Apropos’ given it’s Halloween week.  Forget the ghouls, just hand over the candy, preferably of the chocolate persuasion.)

Exhibit B:

Should John accidentally snap at me rather than ooze words of love and comfort, I will many times say, “Stop!  Just a minute while I pick my head up off the floor, SINCE YOU BIT IT OFF!”  Insinuating he may have just bitten my head off with some kind of  terrifying tone of voice.

I know, it’s hard to believe publishers aren’t bustin’ our door down to grab some more wisdom on our blissful matrimony.  Thanks be to God, literally, we’ve learned how to handle conflict.  Nine times out of ten, grace is the answer.

Since people are already Christmas shopping (Kinda weird seeing Christmas décor along with Halloween candy), I’d like to suggest you add this book to your shopping list: 

Grace Filled Marriage: The Missing Piece, the Place to Start by Dr. Tim Kimmel with Darcy Kimmel.  As a friend said, “This book is for all married couples: newlyweds and nearly deads!”  Dear friends, we all fall in there somewhere!

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Dr. Tim Kimmel tells us his book explores “the daily reality of living out a commitment to treating our spouse the way God treats us—with grace.”  Tim and his wife Darcy share their stories along the way, no holes barred.  Some are hysterical funny while others are sadly poignant, lessons of which benefit us readers.

He begins to open our eyes with several other married couple’s situations.  He shows us that “Marriages without grace have a way of feeling tired and old much faster than we would ever have thought going in.” 

Tim gives us several definitions of grace:

Grace is….

“The equilibrium we apply to all the conditions and challenges that allow our marital love to improve with age.

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The  plus sign to counter all of the negatives inherent in a partnership.

The vintage agent to a covenant love that otherwise becomes flat.

The dealmaker in a ‘till death do us part’ commitment.

Grace is about Jesus:  He’s the God of grace,

The wellspring of grace,

The beginning,

The delivery system,

The follow-thru’ program of grace.”

Grace Road Sign

One experience opened Tim’s eyes after he learned to braid his daughter’s hair.  (This story is one not to miss.)  He realized that once you’ve braided hair, the braid appears to only have two strands.  But if you were doing the braiding, you know you used three.

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He adds, “A grace-filled marriage is more about weaving together three people than it is joining together a man and a woman.”  In Mark 10:8, Ephesians 5:31, Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5, the Bible tells us that two shall become one.  Tim explains, “but God also wants those two to be one with him.  In grace-filled marriages, three lives weave together to look like two, presenting themselves as one complete and beautiful braid.”

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My guess is you’ve been to a wedding or two where the minister reads the above verse, Ecclesiastes 4:12.  It tells us the husband, wife, and God work in tandem together, strengthening their marriage as they go.

Grace “needs to be the active ingredient of our marriage covenant.”  Tim continues by addressing the plethora of problems we married couples create.  He talks about certain lenses in which we view our marriage.

Magnifying Glass

For example, with the “Love If Lens”, we make things in our marriage conditional.  (“I’ll love you if….”)  With the “Me Lens”, it’s the ole’ my-way-or-the-highway scenario.  The worst, Tim writes, is viewing your marriage with the “Pious Lens”…holier-than-thou comes to mind.  He calls this when you think you have a “biblical black belt in superiority.” Oh dear, I’ve soooo been there….

View your marriage with the Grace Lens, and things will quickly clear up.  Tim says, “This fresh, freeing, grace-filled perspective brings new energy, respect, contentment and passion to a relationship.”  This makes me think of having the wind at your back, zipping your sailboat along as you exhale and drink in His peace.

Beach With Sailboat In Ocean

Bottom line?

This is all well and good information, if you fully grasp grace.  Tim adds, “We must grasp the part of how the grace that saved us can also redefine us and transform how we treat others, especially in our marriage.  We must accept Christ’s work as it truly is.”

“CHOOSE to embrace this grace as the defining factor of your relationship with your spouse.”

Sidebar:  If you are having trouble grasping grace, the best book out right now on grace is by my buddy Liz Curtis Higgs, Embrace Grace. Even tho’ she’s written thirty-plus books, this is still my all-time favorite.

Liz Curtis Higgs Embrace Grace

Here’s a sampling of the outstanding, life-giving, grace-filled list of Scriptures Tim gives us in his chapter on “A Grace-Filled Perspective” :

Jesus is “empathetic and understanding when all we can muster is fear and doubt. (Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 4:15-16)

Jesus sees us for what we can be instead of judging us for what we are. (Luke 15:21-22; John 8:10-11)

Jesus imputes value in us long after we feel we don’t have any left. (Romans 5:8)

Jesus unleashes his mercy and hope in order to rescue us when we’re at our worst. (Ephesians 2:4-7; Philippians 2:5-8)

Jesus rescues us from that sin and shame, even at the expense of his own life.” (Romans 8:31-33)

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Killer question for us all (until we hit part 2 next week!!!) :

“Why are we so quick to deny grace to our spouse for things Jesus couldn’t wait to extend grace to us for?”

Let’s pray about that this week.

‘Til next time!

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When You’re Paralyzed by Procrastination…(Part 3 of 3 from The Red Sea Rules—The God Who Led You in Will Lead You Out by Robert J. Morgan)

COME MEET AND HEAR ROB MORGAN, NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 27TH!

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Middletown United Methodist Church!!!

 

Calling all procrastinators!!!….

Guessing there are a few of us…

I recently was a valiant procrastinator. There was a dress I especially liked in a catalog. By the time I finally phoned to place an order, it was fifty percent off! (That never happens.)

This time of year, our mailbox begins to list to the left. Caused of course, to the incredulous deluge of catalogs. Some unknown illness runs thru’ my brain and I’m paralyzed to throw them away.

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My annual challenge drives me crazy…every single year, I pile up a bunch of dog-eared catalogs with that “perfect gift” for a loved one. I always tell myself to order before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving comes and goes, and into the trash go the catalogs. Sigh…

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One wise friend suggested we start giving consumable gifts rather than “stuff”. Edible or drinkable or spreadable somethings are smart options. Don’t forget all the “go local” ideas in your town. (Chocolate could do me just fine…)

Let’s get past the catalogs and go straight to the problem of “we” procrastinators…

One book I keep in my office is a fantastic visual. Motivational speaker Brian Tracy is the author of Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.

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Brian tells us, “Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go thru’ the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

No, we don’t really have to eat a real-live frog, but if you’ll go for accomplishing your least favorite task on your to-do list, everything else will fall into place easier. Theoretically….

Brian’s book is by and large for people in the business world, but it can also apply to us trying to run a household and family. One of my favorite quotes deals with creative procrastination. (I’d rather be a creative procrastinator, wouldn’t you???!!!)

Reality is we simply cannot every get everything on our to-do list complete. “Therefore,” says Brian, “procrastinate on your small tasks, low-value activities. Get rid of the tadpoles and focus on the frogs.” God bless the tadpoles…

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Let’s jump back into Rob Morgan’s excellent book, The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times. And get this on your calendar!!! Rob is driving in from Nashville to be with us at Middletown United Methodist Church, next Monday, October 27th!

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 www.middletownumc.org

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

Bring your neighbors and friends! Men are welcome! We’ll meet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The past two weeks we’ve discussed a handful of the “Ten God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times” from The Red Sea Rules. Two weeks ago we discussed Rule #3 and #4 in “We Need to Test for Leukemia”.  Last week we discussed Rule #5 in “When Your Safety Net Gets Clipped

This week we’ll discuss Rule #6 – “When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.” (Don’t forget I’ve only given you four of the amazing ten rules. Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and grab this book and bring it next Monday to get Rob to sign it!!! It’s a handbook we all need.)

In Exodus 14, Rob reminds us, “The Israelites couldn’t see what was in the distance. They had no binoculars that could view Canaan or even the opposite shore. But the Lord gave them a simple plan: ‘Tell the children of Israel to GO FORWARD’.”

Rob shares about a nineteenth expositor, C. H. Mackintosh, who “believed the Red Sea did not divide throughout all at once, but opened progressively as Israel moved forward, so that they needed to trust God for each fresh step.”

One Step At A Time.

Mackintosh wrote, “God never gives guidance for two steps at a time. I must take one step, and then I get light for the next. This keeps the heart in abiding dependence upon God.”

This reminds me of another excellent book. While Stormie O’Martian is quite the prayer guru, she has also written a book that’s a huge source of comfort: Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On: Trusting God in the Tough Times.
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She says, “God says you are not to be anxious about tomorrow, for there will be plenty of things to concern you when you get there.

You are to walk as a child of light, knowing that your future can only be reached one step at a time today. And you are to trust that He will give you the light you need, where you are right now, to take the right step.”

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Let’s all choose to pray:   Ask God where He would like our next step.

Rob Morgan suggests, “When you don’t know what to do next, cast out fear and seek light for the next step.” He adds, “Sometimes plodding is better than plotting.”

Just take that next step. Rob closes out this chapter by saying, “At the moment of their greatest perplexity, the Red Sea divided before the Israelites, and they took their first hesitant steps into the midst of the piled-up waters, timidly testing the sea floor and finding it a highway of hope—one that had to be traveled step-by-step, moment by moment.”

Let’s close with a hymn Rob includes in this reassuring chapter:

“Never a trial that He is not there,

Never a burden that He does not bear,

Never a sorrow that He does not share,

Moment by moment, we’re under His care.”

(Moment by Moment by Daniel W. Whittle)

Take the next step.

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Eat the frog.

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God will guide you. Do you trust Him?

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‘Til next time!

We’d love to see you Monday, the 27th! You will be so blessed to hear from Rob Morgan! Every book he’s written is a tremendous gift to us readers. Come join us!

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When Your Safety Net Gets Clipped….(Part 2 of 3 from The Red Sea Rules–The God Who Led You in Will Lead You Out by Robert J. Morgan)

Ahhh, family vacation. We’d counted down the weeks of summer, anxiously awaiting our trip to Hilton Head Island in lovely South Carolina. We were all super excited as our oldest son had been living and working there all summer, and we missed him terribly.

We rented a condo’ right on the beach. We found the restaurant where John Jr. was working and made a mad dash there for dinner.

Every beautiful day we walked on the super wide expanse of beach, played in the surf, and even rode bikes on the beach. Life was good. John Jr. showed us all around the island and we ate our fill of fresh seafood daily. And did I say life was good?

Hilton Head

About halfway into our week, the phone rang…I saw the area code and recognized it was from Lexington. “Uh oh…” I said before answering.

We’d only recently found an Assisted Living place for my parents to live. Seemed like anytime the phone rang from Lexington, it typically involved a health issue, many times warranting a trip over there.

Sure enough, it was Dan-the-Man. (Forgive me, but some people just need a “phrase”. Dan was the director of this Assisted Living residence and I admit, I was not President of his Fan Club. Clearly he had a military background. Time was his god. His time, that is.)

“Hello Mrs. Hoagland?” Dan-the-Man said.

“Yes?” I squeaked out.

I’m calling to tell you, you have thirty days to find another place for your parents to live. They simply need more care than we can provide. We can no longer keep them here.”

BOOM….Just like that.  Safety net clipped….

I stared at the phone. “Huh, what just happened?”

It triggered something in me that quickly spewed, “Why thank you, Dan, you have just successfully RUINED OUR VACATION.” Yeah, I know….

Woman stressed is going crazy pulling her hair in frustration.

You can guess the majority of our remaining time in Hilton Head, a mere stone’s throw from the beach (whiney-whine-whine-whine-whine…) was spent calling nursing homes, getting on waiting lists, realizing we needed way more than any thirty days. This also solidified my chances of never being President of Dan-the-Man’s Fan Club.

The good news? God has a huge sense of humor. As He would orchestrate, I’d recently met a lovely author from Lexington named Jan Watson. In addition to discovering her excellent novels, Jan introduced me to a wonderful book by an ultra gifted author we’ve been talking about: The Promise: God Works All Things Together for Your Good by Robert J. Morgan.

The Promise

It just so happened I brought the book with me on vacation. I was into chapter three when Dan-the-Man’s phone call rang in. Never mind that Rob’s book is all about Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  (NIV) Note the all…

So, I had a little Come-to-Jesus meeting and we all said, “Ok, we’ll figure this thing out and trust God to help us.” You may recall my friend Liz Curtis Higgs’ favorite saying, “God’s got this.” Please tell my we forgot God is Sovereign???

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As of this writing, John and I have run away for a few days’ respite in Naples, Florida. We went to a Boat Show the other day after eating lunch at The Dock Restaurant. I nearly fell off the dock when we looked across the water to a tremendous yacht. Checkout its’ name:

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Ahhh, you can run, but you cannot hide from our Lord. And that’s a very good thing.

This week we’ll cover Rule # 5 from another excellent book by Rob Morgan, The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times (Last week we covered Rules # 3 and #4, please click on “We Need to Test for Leukemia” for more information.) 

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Before we dive in, don’t forget you have the fantastic opportunity to hear and meet Rob Morgan in person, Monday night, October 27th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. He’ll be at Middletown United Methodist Church, (at 11902 Old Shelbyville Road, in Louisville, KY 40243) Men and women are welcome. Spread the word!  Bring a friend!

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Red Sea Rule #5: “Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.” (This is one of the “Ten God-given Strategies for Difficult Times”. Each one is more powerful than the next.) 

This is one of the toughest rules to obey. I suspect most of us don’t cherish the waiting part, much less staying calm and confident while waiting!!! Rob says four words jumped out to him during a difficult time from Romans 12:19 which are: leave room for God.

Rob continues, “When someone harms us, we shouldn’t try to get even, but should leave room for God’s wrath. There are times when we need to let Him settle the score.”

He makes an excellent point: “…if we can leave room for God’s wrath, can we not, when facing other challenges, leave room for His other attributes?

…..for His power?

…..for His grace?

…..for His intervention

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He reminds us while we don’t have all the answers to problems, hurts, fears, we can all leave room for God to work.

Exodus 14:13-14 is where Moses is telling the Israelites: “Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” (Amplified) 

Rob teaches us that this is what the biblical phrase wait on the Lordis about: “committing our Red Sea situations to Him in prayer,

            trusting Him,

                     and waiting for Him to work.”

He concludes this chapter with: “If YOU are in a difficult place right now, perhaps you need to entrust the problem to the Lord and leave it in His hands awhile. ..

He alone can

    storm the impregnable,

           devise the improbable,

               and perform the impossible.  

He alone can part the waters.”

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Next week we’ll cover another helpful rule. They are all helpful! Grab the book to find out more and make plans to come hear Rob Morgan, Monday October 27th! You will be beyond blessed.

‘Til next time!

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“We Need to Test for Leukemia…” (Part 1 of 3 from The Red Sea Rules–The Same God Who Led You in Will Lead You Out by Robert J. Morgan).

Being a parent has its ups-n-downs. Show me a parent who says, “Wow, this is the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.” and I’ll show you a parent who’s not quite all there.

Many moons ago, we had our first major blip on our family radar.  I didn’t handle it well, either.  As in, I scared our entire family to death.

Our youngest son, Woody, who was only five years old at the time, suddenly became very ill.  He spiked a fever that did nothing but go up. Once it stayed in park at 104, we high-tailed it to the pediatrician.  Too many symptoms to count, the doc decided to draw some blood.

Blood Test

More waiting.  Thankfully our other two boys were in school that day.

Doc returned with gruesome news.  “His white counts are outlandishly high.  We need to test for leukemia.”

“What?”  I asked, thinking I’d not heard him correctly. The room began to spin.  Woody just looked up at me with his big, beautiful puppy-dog eyes.

Trying to put a big-girl face on, unbelievably we had to take Woody to the Children’s Hospital for tests as they couldn’t run them at the Pediatrician’s.

I drove to a nearby McDonald’s to call John.  No longer able to hold my composure, I had a major freak out.  Poor Woody began to cry upon witnessing my meltdown.

Barely understanding my voice, John rushed to meet me and we dashed downtown.  After a multitude of tests, we were told to go home and wait. More waiting.  And pacing.

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Meanwhile our other two boys were dropped off from school.  Certain we scared them to death from our tear-streaked faces, my recollection was I had total tunnel vision.  I could only focus on Woody.  All they knew was something was very, very wrong.

We called my brother-in-law, who’s a doctor, and relayed Woody’s numbers from his blood work.  Billy said few words, but within minutes, his wife and my other sister-in-law were ringing the doorbell to hug and pray for us. We figured this was not a good sign.

Minutes turned into hours, and more than a day went by until we received the results.  Let’s just say waiting is not a gift of ours.  By God’s grace, Woody did not have leukemia.  It was just a terrible infection. We aged about ten years over that little incident!

Also by God’s grace, He carried us and held us even when we did not cry out to him nor pray to him first, which should’ve been our immediate go-to.

Prayer Road Sign

Rob Morgan, talented author and preacher, has written the best little book I’d like to suggest every single one of us should tote with us at all times.  Its’ perfect pocket size allows you to carry it with you easily.

Rob wrote The Red Sea Rules. It includes “Ten God-given Strategies for Difficult Times“.  Over the next few weeks, we’ll hit a few of them, and here’s the even better  news:  You have the primo opportunity to come meet the author and hear him speak and teach on The Red Sea Rules on Monday, October 27th, at Middletown United Methodist Church in Louisville, KY!

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On a flight home from overseas, Rob was reading thru’ Exodus 14.  Anxious over a situation at home, he began rereading about God saving the Israelites, parting the Red Sea.  He tells us, “As I worked thru’ the chapter, ten rules unfolded like rubber life rafts; ten ways of handling dilemmas and discouragements–a divine protocol for handling life when we find ourselves caught between the devil and the deep Red Sea.”

This week we’ll cover Rule #3:  “Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.” and Rule #4:  “Pray!” (Ahh, you must find the book or come hear Rob to find out the rules we don’t cover here on the blog….well worth your time!)

Rob says, “No sea is deeper than the ocean of His love.

There is no army stronger than His hosts,

No force greater than His throne of grace,

No enemy who can overcome His direct and indirect work in our lives.”

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Don’t miss this:  “The reality of the Red Sea…is this:  God will always make a way for His tired, yet trusting children, even if He must split the sea to do it.”

Rule # 3 reminds us to keep our focus on the Lord while acknowledging Satan, but not focusing on Satan.

How, you may ask, do we do this?

Rob suggests, “We rebuff the enemy in the name of Jesus Christ,

we stand our ground,

we resist his wiles and

claim the victory of faith

we shake off discouragement in the name of our Lord…”

Man on top of mountain. Conceptual design.

And when we do this watch what happens:

“Satan falls from heaven faster than lightening.  He is drowned in the Red Sea of the blood of Jesus Christ.”

You could easily see my panic with Woody’s  potential diagnosis of leukemia.  I focused on all the bad things, the “what ifs”.  Satan had a heyday with me.  I spun out of control.  Sadly, I forgot the answer to our troubles, Rule #4:  “pray!”

Rob says he finds two options, many times:  to panic or to pray.  He said, “The Lord has spent years trying to show me that prayer is the means by which I can, if I choose,

stay even-tempered,

      self-possessed,

             cool-headed, and

                     strong-spirited,

                              even in a crisis.”

James 5:16 reminds us, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”  Rob says, “That’s the great secret of those who put their hands in the hand of the One who can part the seas.”  We must all pray.

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Come join us at our next Book Club meeting, October 27th, and bring a friend!  Men are welcome.  You will all be blessed by spending time with Rob Morgan.  We will meet from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Middletown United Methodist Church.

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11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 www.middletownumc.org

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

Next week we will cover a couple more of the greatly beneficial Red Sea Rules.

‘Til next time!

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‘Tis Time for Toe-Tappin’ Fun….(Wedding pics at the end!)

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Oh, the power of music. It can bring tears, instantly.

Laughter.

Memories.

Anybody remember “Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall and John Oats? I can remember exactly where I was standing, by a window in my dorm room at UK, watching and waiting for John to pick me up on a date. This was one of many of “our songs”….

Once you hear it, you’re transported back in time, just like that: boom. It’s 1981….

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(Love the ‘80’s BIG HAIR, don’t y’all???)

Music is one of many of God’s soul-stirring gifts. It’s beneficial for one’s well-being therapeutically. (Sounds official, but please read: Music is a mood enhancer for this gal and it’s to everyone else’s benefit that I choose to listen, more often than not…if you catch my drift.)

When I’m stressed, I listen to classical music. When I want a mood lifter, I choose either worship music or jazz. Some worship songs I love so much I suddenly discover I’m speeding in my car, as if praising is going to get me there faster. (Certain an officer of the law would “get” that!!!???)Praise The Lord

Everybody has their own gig. Just ask my husband. He’d request country music 90% of the time. (He’s the one who bounces out of bed before the sunrise, feet hitting the floor, while simultaneously singing some crazy kinds of country…)

I could almost go as far as to say, “Music can be medicinal.”

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There’s a new song playing on the airwaves these days that is some fine kind of terrific toe-tappin’ tune, guaranteed to lift your spirits. It’s contagious. You cannot help yourself.

The best part? It’s all based on one Scripture from 1 John 4:4: “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (ESV)

Phillips’ version says, “You, my children, who belong to God have already defeated this spirit, because the one who lives in you is far stronger than the anti-Christ in the world….”

My favorite translation comes from The Living Bible: “Dear young friends, you belong to God and have already won your fight with those who are against Christ because there is someone in your hearts who is stronger than any evil teacher in this wicked world.”

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So what is this toe-tappin’ tune? Greater by Mercy Me. Please follow along with the powerfully equipping lyrics below: (Try this test: Before you start the four-minute fantabulous video, set both of your feet flat on the floor. See what happens….)

Mercy Me’s Lyrics to Greater:

“Bring your tired

Bring your shame

Bring your guilt

Bring your pain

Don’t you know that’s not your name

You will always be much more to me

Every day I wrestle with the voices

That keep telling me I’m not right

But that’s alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed

When others say I’ll never be enough

And greater is the One living inside of me

Than he who is living in the world

          In the world

In the world

And greater is the One living inside of me

Than he who is living in the world

 

Bring your doubts

Bring your fears

Bring your hurt

Bring your tears

There’ll be no condemnation here

You are Holy, righteous and redeemed

 

Every time I fall

There’ll be those who will call me

A mistake

Well that’s ok
There’ll be days I lose the battle

Grace says that it doesn’t matter

‘Cause the cross already won the war

          He’s Greater

          He’s Greater

 

I’m learning to run freely

Understanding just how He sees me

And it makes me love Him more and more

          He’s Greater

          He’s Greater”

 

1 John 4 4a

I pray you were blessed by the music as well as the lyrics. (I put key phrases and promises in bold. Don’t miss ‘em!)

This past weekend, in Lexington, KY, we were blessed to be part of our middle son’s wedding. Loads of toe-tappin’ opportunities filled us with grand excitement and a boatload of fun.

God was so gracious to orchestrate such a beautiful union between Gordy and Lauren. Lauren’s family is a huge blessing to our family. They have blessed her with a rich, Christian heritage.

God also blessed us with picture-perfect weather, a powerfully gifted preacher with a punch-packin’ message, gorgeous venue, and dear, dear friends and family to encircle us all with unspeakable joy. And did I mention there was JOY????

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(This was taken Saturday afternoon before the wedding. My last “goodbye with the groom” before we all got ready. Gulp.)

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(I was blessed to visit the bridesmaids and our Bride while they got ready. We had hair and make-up done, a wonderful treat. Funniest quote by Will Witherington, their preacher during the wedding was, “And here we are with all eighty-seven members of their bridal party….”, as they had a colossal sized wedding party!)

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(John and I are pictured here in the SAME BALLROOM of Lexington Country Club where we had our wedding reception thirty years ago this past July! Wow, we praise you Lord, and give you ALL the Glory.)

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(Here are Woody and LT, our little newlyweds from 6/28, havin’ some great toe-tappin’ time. They were both in Gordy and Lauren’s wedding.)

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(John Jr. gives Gordy some brotherly love and advice. He and Woody were Gordy’s Best Men.)

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(Our newest newlyweds!)

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(That handsome chauffeur for the newlyweds happens to be my better half…)

‘Til next time!

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