Monday, July 25, 2005

A time for silence

Yesterday in worship, we had a moment where the whole church was silent. The purpose of the silence was for people to find rest in God. I think we often times struggle to find quiet times to find rest in God. There is so much on everyone's plates. There is always something else to be acomplished or some project that needs to be started or another book to be read, etc.

I want to put out a challenge. This is a five minute challenge. Take 5 minutes of everyday and find a quiet place or a place that you can meditate on God. Maybe it will be before you go to bed or before everyone wakes up, or maybe in the middle of the day. This 5 minutes needs to be such that you are not doing anything else (i.e. driving, eating, working). It is important to give God every bit of your attention. In this time, seek God's rest. Nothing more. To get this rest all you need do is come near to God and He will give it to you.

Matt 11:28-30

28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

We're back from vacation!

Well we got back late last night. I won't recount all that we did because Summer did a nice job of that in her blog. Just click on her blog from my links section and you can read all about our vacation.

One thing I will say about our vacation is that Summer and I were able to define some things in our lives. It happens to everyone. You get so caught up into the here and now and sometimes you don't have the time to sit back from everything and figure things out.

This trip provided that for us. There were some things that both of us had feeling that we haven't been able to just contemplate and work out without the distraction of children. Most of it pertains to adjusting to Dallas life, a new church, and being so far from family. What this time of reflection has done for us is to help us see where we need to focus in our ministry.

It is good to be back in Dallas. I hate living out of a suitcase. I love the vacation, but not all the bags.


Saturday, July 02, 2005

Gone on Vacation

Well, Summer and I are headed to KY. We will be back on the 12th. Summer and I are dropping the kids off at my moms house and then are headed to St. Louis for some much needed R&R. We are excited about our trip. Pray for our safe travel. 10 hours there, 3 hours to St. Louis and back, 2 hours to Summer's mom's house, 10 hours back to Dallas. That's 28 hours on the road. 22 of them with young children in their car seats. Ok, especially pray for the kids to be content on the trip. We just bought one of those DVD players with two screens that attach to the back of the headrest. Dora and Disney movies to the rescue. Have a blessed week and I'll post when we get back.