Monthly Archives: August 2011

Yawn.

I just didn’t want to forget today. It started with pancakes and omelets made from our basil plant and everybody’s shared ingredients. It continued with worship, prayer and then lying around. It had a moment with neighbors where we handed them brownies so they could get through the rest of the storm. Then painting, a long time. (Africa). Now 4PM. Need lunch.
Soup.
Then prayer in the PRAYER ROOM :).
Then hanging around, cleaning and organizing! Praying with Arricka. Bollywood with the ladies. :).

mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Overwhelmed with thankfulness every second when I think about his love. He is so good all the time–not sure how to handle it.

Today He taught me that we ARENT GOING TO DIE. yep. 2 corinthians. part about our tent and being swallowed up by life.

And how about this verse for those of us working on self-control?

2 cor. 5:14: For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;

I always learned compels not controls. Amazing.

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Big Projects

“Attempt projects so big that
they are bound to fail without
God. Let those projects be so big
that you can’t possibly, humanly
do them yourselves. God has to
do them for you. it is then to His
glory and not to ours or yours.”

—Stan Mooneyham

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Are we at the beach dad—hey dad!?

Are we at the beach?

Last weekend, I had the great opportunity to go with my dad on a whale watch :D.

For those who understand Boston geography:

• We started in JP (Boston, pretty south/west). Drove north and east.
• We left from Gloucester (north shore)
• We went for 2 hours on a boat just to get to the whales (south…)
• We ended up being able to see, ever so faintly, the tip of Cape Cod (P-town). We were very south.

So while we sailed from the North Shore to Cape Cod, we could see NO land at all. I’ve never been out so far in the middle of the ocean. IT was fascinating. Just sea, sea sea as far as my new lasik-improved eyes could see —
It was somewhere within the first hr or two that this one kid started looking REALLY confused. He looked up at his Dad and asked (repeatedly): DAD?!
ARE WE AT THE BEACH?
Dad!
Are we at the beach?
Dad! Dad! Are we at the beach!?
I laughed, because NO we are not at the beach, we are in an ocean, in the middle of the sea, and the beach is where land MEETS sea.. Beaches are a little different from shores and coasts and there are big words explaining how. (All of this I had to google later).
With God, I am that kid. I’m like “I THINK THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON! God! God! Is this what is going on!? Hey! Hey Are we ______?”
All the people on the boat thought he was cute, and confused. I think I am silly sometimes, and need to stop trying to define everything, but just enjoy the scenery.

I’ve been more and more ok with knowing how tiny my brain is and how BIG God is recently. He is a wise, all knowing God, who is bigger than the entire ocean.

So he may spend time explaining to me, “no daughter, this is the ocean, and a beach is a geological formation I created where the water meets the land and forms…etc…” but other times he might not—he might just have me watch and learn and enjoy and be.

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Jam?

I bought a “tippr” deal that expires end of September.

Let’s celebrate my bday by cashing it in and recording (or just playing) tunes!

Comment with 1.) days that work for you before end of September (i’m thinkin labor day weekend after church). 2.) what you wanna play! 3.) songs you wanna do?

Deal Information
Bad news for PB&J aficionados hoping to score some discount preserves: This is a different kind of jam. Good news for budding rock stars: With today’s deal, $30 rents you two hours of rehearsal time in one of JamSpot’s Player Rooms—an $80 value! To sweeten the deal, once five people buy in, every purchaser will have the option to secure a third hour at half price, bringing the total value to $100!

JamSpot is New England’s largest and best-known rehearsal company, providing great rooms, professional gear, and exceptional customer service for every musician. Clean, comfortable, great-sounding studios are fully equipped with high end equipment from Fender, Marshall, Ampeg, Yamaha, and Zildjian. JamSpot is a fantastic space to make music, whether you’re rehearsing, recording, or just jamming with friends. The Player Room can accommodate up to 10 musicians, and includes a full-sized drum kit, two guitar amps, a bass rig, three mic setups, a PA system, and a CD recording system.

These jams are sweet, but they won’t leave you sticky. Pick up today’s deal from JamSpot for a rockin’ good time.

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true or false

True or false:

God is glorified by us bearing much fruit.

True or false:

Jesus wants us to PROVE that we are his disciples.

1. True 2.) True.

I can’t make this stuff up–I never would have thought #2 was true, but it makes sense. Here’s the verse:

John 15:8:
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Jesus is here talking about how He is the vine and we are the branches and apart from Him we are dead twigs. I think maybe I had never read it in the ESV before.

It all strikes me as extremely “one or the other”. A branch that is connected will bear fruit. A branch that is NOT connected will lie on the ground unfruitful. Why do I feel like so many believers think of themselves as some sort of dormant mostly attached twig that is waiting to grow? If you are in Him, he is pruning you and preparing you or currently using you to bear fruit. If that is not happening, then make sure you’re connected.

What’s fruit? Not works, not doing nice things. Just love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. He can bear that in you when you’re zoomed in on him even if you’re not focused on “doing”. If you feel like nothing is working/changing in ministry or outside stuff, maybe that is because he is making more fruit during your inside times with just Him and you.

And just so we do not stress out about it, Jesus follows verse 8 (Prove you are disciples) immediately with:

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”

So far he had not been talking about love, but just about Him and God and the Word (remain in me, and have my words remain in you and bear fruit and be disciples). Then all of a sudden he explains that:

1.) Jesus loves us AS MUCH AS the FATHER loves Him!
2.) We should abide (stay, remain) in His love.

I would love to go verse by verse here, but it’s late, I’ve got beach-tiredness against me and besides, this way you may be inspired to go read all of John 15. You may ask, “WAIT. HOW do i remain in his love?” Go check it out! Send me a comment, FB message, tweet or email (nelson.rebecca@gmail.com) telling me how to remain in his love.

http://www.youversion.com/bible/esv/john/15/1

Night!

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