Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A John 10:10 Life

The New Living Translation of John 10:10 states "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." Last Sunday, April 20, we had the experience of that kinds of life.

After attending worship we came home and got ourselves ready for the Mighty Kite Flight 2008. We piled in the Surburban and drove to Flat Rock, NC for this free kite flying event. Jesse has just recently become obsessed with kites. He has a thing for items that go up (umbrellas, balloons, kites). It is quite cute. He used his own birthday money to buy a Buzz Lightyear kite from Target especially for this event. We took our other kites that MeMaw purchased for us and were looking forward to the day. God blessed us with clear, beautiful, blue skies and plenty of WIND!!!

ALL of us had a blast. The kids had their pics taken by two different photographers (which was a blessing since our camera battery died at the event). Jesse has "kite face" from looking up into the sky for 3 hours. He doesn't even mind the sunburn. Joseph tried flying a kite and Jesse and JoyAnn worked very well as a team. Nathan thouroughly enjoyed himself also flying both his bi-plane kite and Jesse's Buzz kite. We met a delightful famly from Table Rock, SC and exchanged information. They had three gorgeous girls very close in age to our own kiddos.

What I am getting at is, God desires for us to enjoy Him. That is what we did that day. We didn't care how much gas cost. We didn't care if the kids made a mess, had an accident or got sick. I wasn't afraid of the crowds. We completely and passionaltely enjoyed ourselves, our family and the creation that OUR God had made. It was "life to the fullest". I treasure the memory and pray for many more days like this!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This song is a beautiful reminder that life is more then just what happens in our own little corner. I have never had the opportunity to go overseas on a mission trip and have NEVER been to a third world country. Yet, watching this video made me realize that I have so many fears. I have so many selfish, irrational thoughts. I feel entitled sometimes to a life of ease and privilege because of who I am and where I live. How utterly disgusting is that? How unlike Christ is that attitude? God forgive me for thinking that I somehow have achieved something, earned something, deserve something.

My heart is pricked by this video. My mind challenged. My faith tested. I hope you enjoy the video. Sara Groves is one of my FAVORITE artists. Have a good day.

Here are the lyrics to I Saw what I Saw:

I saw what I saw and I can’t forget it
I heard what I heard and I can’t go back
I know what I know and I can’t deny it

Something on the road, cut me to the soul

Your pain has changed me
your dream inspires
your face a memory
your hope a fire
your courage asks me what I’m afraid of
(what I am made of)
and what I know of love

we’ve done what we’ve done and we can’t erase it
we are what we are and it’s more than enough
we have what we have but it’s no substitution

Something on the road, touched my very soul

I say what I say with no hesitation
I have what I have and I’m giving it up
I do what I do with deep conviction

Something on the road, changed my world....

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