Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Overnighter in the Camper

Ladies and Gentlemen: Miss Jo Dee Messina....

Baby, what do you say we just get lost?

 Leave this one horse town like two rebels without a cause.
I got people in Boston.  Ain't your daddy still in Des Moines?
We can pack up tomorrow.  Tonight, let's flip a coin!
Heads, Carolina Tails, California.  Somewhere greener, somewhere warmer.
 Up in the mountains, down by the ocean.
 Where? It don't matter, as long as we're goin'....
 Somewhere together. I've got a quarter.

 Heads, Carolina Tails, California!
 We can load what we own in the back of a U-haul van.
 Couple modern day Moses', searchin for the promised land.
 We can go four hundred miles before we stop for gas. 
 We can drive for a day, and then we'll take a look at the map.
 Heads, Carolina Tails, California.
 Somewhere greener, somewhere warmer.
 Up in the mountains, down by the ocean.
 Where? It don't matter, as long as we're goin'...,
 Somewhere together. I've got a quarter.
 Heads, Carolina Tails, California!
 We're gonna get outta here if we gotta ride a Greyhound bus.
 Boy, we're bound to outrun the bad luck that's tailin' us!
 Heads, Carolina Tails, California.
 Somewhere greener, somewhere warmer.
 Up in the mountains, down by the ocean.
 Where? It don't matter, as long as we're goin'....
 Somewhere together. I've got a quarter.
 Heads, Carolina Tails, California.
 OOOOO-----oh, California!
Carolina! California!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Team Colorado

A delightful group from Colorado came with serving hearts to help our church for a week with Vacation Bible School (VBS).  

Enter Wikipedia: Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a specialized form of religious education which focuses on childrenChurches usually hold the week long events during the summer, though the lengths of such programs may vary, and they are sometimes held during other times of the year.  

I'm here to help.

While the folks were in town, our Pastor Loren brought Pastor Wes' team over to our crib.
 B-Lowe and I told our stories of how we came to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  We told them about how relationship verses religion changed everything for us.  Our chains are gone.  We've been set free.
 And they listened with grace and kindness.
 B-Lowe talked about the day he finally cried out to God.  
 And God answered.
 He came to the rescue.  
Because that's what God does.

It was a sweet time together.  
With sweet people who love the Lord and were here to glorify only Him.  They ate my cookies.  I like people who eat my cookies.  I hope they come back.

Sing for joy to God our Strength; Shout aloud to the God of Jacob!  Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.  I heard an unknown voice say: "I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.  In your distress you called and I rescued you." From Psalm 81.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hen House Study Week 5 Re-Cap

 Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
 Oh where, oh where can he be?
 With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?
 Oh, hello!  Welcome to our re-cap of Hen House Study Week 5.
 Desserts were tiered.  My apron was worn.
 We feasted on Carrie Cornflower's Tamale Pie recipe.  It was a smashing number one hit!
 Then we dove right into Ruth chapter 3.
 Chelsey Daylilly brought her baby.  I could have my eyes closed--my ovaries would still tell me when he arrived.
Hen House Study welcomed first timer, Amanda Buttercup over there in the navy blue top. 
 The best part about these pictures is I handed off the camera to a couple different ladies to click away.  I couldn't wait to see the study through another's eyes.
 Salome Calla Lily nestled in the corner.  
 That's Pam Bellflower visiting us for the first time in the cute kaki trousers.  She's Chelsey's mamma.  
 That's me hanging on Amanda Freesia's every word.  She's always got something good to say.  She makes me think till my brain hurts.  
 More first timers next to Pam: That's Christie with the cute sunglasses on her head (which coincidentally is my favorite way of keeping my hair out of my face) and then to her left is Julie Curly Willow in the white shirt.
We talked.
 Chelsey rocked (her baby).
I made Amanda frequently repeat herself for the group.  She's one of those gals who has amazing insights and says them quietly to herself then I come along and ruin her silence and yell, "Hey!  Amanda has something profound to say!"  I haven't heard from Amanda since.   
 She barely spoke to me at church yesterday. 
 And no Hen House Study would be complete without somebody wearing fabulous shoes.  Once again, my neighbor, Kristen Lily of the Nile, did not disappoint us this week.  It's only her second time with us and I can tell she's completely dependable.
 There's my favorite ladies from UtahStangs club.  I love them.  
We focused on Ruth 3:1-7.  I ate up the gals comments....."We should set our husband's up to succeed."
 "When we read the Word everyday (the bible) it keeps things off ourselves."
 About praising God: "It's what we were made for!"
 I love these gals so much.
Ruth 2:19 says: "And her mother-in-law said to her, 'Where have you gleaned today?  And where did you work?  Blessed be the one who took notice of you."  I got to glean with a dozen lovers of Jesus in Ruth chapter 3.  I'm sure our praise, our muscling through His Word together, rose up as a sweet aroma to God.
 Some drive an hour.  Some drive a few miles.  Some drive around the corner.
 Some car pool.
 I never know who's going to come.  It's the best surprise ever.
 Every woman who walks in the door is God's own uniquely wrapped gift to me. Chelsey is wrapped in pretty pink wrapping paper with a cream satin ribbon.
 Amanda is wrapped in black wrapping paper donned with shiny silver sparkles and a silver bow.
 The mother and daughter-in-law came in a gift inside a gift style present wrapped in red paper.
Amanda on your left came wrapped in an orange paisley gift wrap.  
 There's my Sara.  "Sara, Sara, storms are brewing in your eyes."  She makes me re-live my Starship days.
 The fellowship was sweet.
The food was good.
 The conversations resulted in bonding.
Diet Coke and strawberry lemonade was consumed.
 Friends laughed.
I remembered to wear my bra.
 And my underwear were not inside out.
 I checked.
 If you haven't been to a Hen House Study or it's been a while, come on down!
All you'll get is love.

Next Hen House Study is August 18th.