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Immanuel

Matthew 1:22-23 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and they shall call his name Immanuel”which means, God with us. 
Immanuel is my favorite Christmas word, because the idea of "God with us" is mind-blowing -- a Heavenly Father that chooses to be with you.
So I want to share some of the ways that God is truly "with us" in an everyday way. 
God was with us in servant hood. He was totally a servant and didn't seek to be the best and most popular. He had brothers and a family and learned a trade from his dad. In his ministry, he didn't hard-sell how great it would be to follow him and draw people with money or fame. He said, "Come follow me," and they came. Left it all behind. 
Jesus led by love and grace. And put a beatdown on sin every now and then. But he loved people and was a servant, even giving up the opportunity to save himself from terrible death, because he wa…

Jellyfish

Jellyfish.  The little, clear ones that don't really sting too bad. 

That's what I remember the most about staying at Cape May, New Jersey as a child.  We came out at dusk to walk on the beach and there were jellyfish everywhere, making walking kind of like trying to avoid the colored circles in Twister.  

But there was an enormous house a block off the ocean and we stayed there with another family.  It had a huge wooden banister, the kind that begs to be ridden, and lots of white bedrooms with white linens.  It was so unlike our house; we were very avocado and sunshine yellow and lots of other things the 70's are famous for.  Having a totally different environment was refreshing and renewing.

Fast forward roughly thirty years:  I am in a brand new environment that was very different, yet not refreshing and renewing.  Divorce has those ways about it.  But as I learned, I was building new habits that would become my "new normal."  

And now that I have stayed up enough…

The Beauty of the Here and Now, or My Catharsis from Children Going Away to College

Raising children is not only like a lot like herding cats, but it's also like trying to melt an iceberg with a hairdryer -- it takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of effort, and by the time you're finished what you thought you had to begin with is not the end product. A child starts out being tiny and cute; they go through these awkward years and they become wonderful young adults.  And THEN, virtually overnight in some cases, this child, who you rocked to sleep countless nights, cleaned up his vomit, looked at the same wiggly tooth a hundred times, and watched their amazing pool handstands over and over,wants to hang out with his friends and do his own thing.  (And I use his as a generic term.)How does this happen?  What goes on in the synapses of their brains?  I guess I did the same thing, but I was a lot more shallow and self-absorbed than any of my kids, even all my kids put together.  I only went away to college because I was dating someone fairly inappropriate and my pa…

A New Name

Don't change your middle initial on just one document. This is a hard lesson learned by a friend of mine who then had to change her passport, driver's license, and reapply for a Social Security card.

Also, don't let any bad nicknames live too long, and when they do die, go into the witness protection program. Or at least make sure people who know your embarrassing nickname have no reason to remember it.
Names can stick. But what also sticks are the names you have in your head, especially if part of your life was not your "best moment." What Satan wants to do is stick you with the names of regret, defeat, and shame. 
But what Jesus Christ came to do, and he lived his life and death to do, is provide new life for you. Abundant life. Forgiven life. Peaceful life that has purpose. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
So take those old names and throw them  away. Because w…

Part one of five

Hey howdy hey, it’s me again.Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the blogging water, I strike with the fierceness of a shark with marshmallow teeth.Fear me. I am actually going to start a five-part blog based on a breakout session I did for our middle schoolers at camp.It really does apply to everyone, so I hope you benefit from this in a way that you never thought possible. My breakout session was about denying the lie, and we talked about different media that misrepresents life as we know it.To help the girls make good media choices, I gave them five guidelines by which they can gauge the purity of a song, movie, TV show, etc.I’m going to expound on each of these five guidelines, each in their own pretty package of a blog. The first is this:Is this something that honors God and shows Him respect? It’s amazing how far the world we live in has drifted away from God.God’s original plan for man was wrecked by sin, because Adam and Eve wanted to be in control and be like God…

Walking in the Dark.

Amidst the Honey Boo Boos, storage container auction shows, and the car repossession shows, one would think that there isn't anything worth watching.  As a huge Downton Abbey fan, I of course would be inclined to say, yes, there is TV worth watching. 

The other night, however, I watched a show with younger daughter that made me think. 

A certain game show puts its players in complete darkness and they have to do various things, like identify objects with their tongues/mouths, feel objects and guess their weight, and the funniest, sit in a bathtub filled with water and have a bucket of something poured in and they have to guess what it is.

It is HYSTERICAL to watch grown men scream like girls while sitting in a bathtub and a bucket of artichokes (or sticks of butter, or frogs) are poured in  the tub.  The spiky ends made them think they were some kind of dangerous animal.  Seeing people respond to the unknown in the dark made us literally LOL.

Then I got to thinking about Daniel …