Saturday, August 25, 2007

Keeping My Head

We had some fun one afternoon at the beach setting up this silly shot. The idea came from an article in Family Fun magazine, and my sweet sister was the photographer.

It serves as a good reminder to me, however. I am so quick to assume that I know exactly what is going on in any given situation. I am prone to making snap judgments which are sometimes completely and totally wrong. Things go so much better when I can sit back, relax, and allow a little time to pass before I go off the deep end. Frequently, the deep end is not even an eventuality. Some time and space often allow the problems to resolve themselves without stress or exertion of any kind on my behalf. How crazy is that?

I am certain that God just shakes his head as he watches me wear myself out.

"When will she learn?" He must wonder.

He has never forsaken me yet. Why would he start now? He won't. That's just it. He is faithful.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Friday, August 24, 2007

Things I Love

The real joy in my life comes from relationships with my Savior, my family, and my friends. I do not deny, however, that I take great pleasure in certain things. Is that incredibly shallow?

Maybe, but it is true. Here is a list of a few of the best:

1. Embroidered pillowcases
2. French fries
3. Family photos
4. Bright colors
5. Haircuts

*Sigh* What things do you enjoy? You know, the ones that give you a pick-me-up or provide an extra bit of comfort. Sometimes it just takes a small thing, like choosing to wear my favorite pink shirt on a gloomy day, to get me headed in the right direction. I'm all for that!

Monday, August 20, 2007

The Man Dinner

On Saturday night we celebrated our older son's passage from boyhood to manhood. He invited men who have impacted his life through the years to come and share a meal and celebrate with us. Each man had an opportunity to share a fun memory from the past or some sage advice for the future.

Everything was very simple. Dinner was chicken pie, green beans, pineapple casserole, fresh veggies, watermelon, and homemade biscuits. We finished with apple cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Centerpieces for the tables were collages of "man items": a pocketknife, money clip, small New Testament, pocket watch, electric shaver, etc. The grand finale was a digital slide show of photos chronicling the life of our dear son. It was truly amazing to watch him grow from a newborn to a young man in a matter of 15 minutes. In a way, that is exactly what it seems we have done since the beginning of his precious life.

I'm not sure who originally said it, but I heard it from Pastor Adrian Rogers:

Children don't make a rich man poor. They make a poor man rich.