Monthly Archives: April 2008

Overheard in the Hyatt parking lot


“Thayat’s whut weee neeeeed, ya’ll….a Georrrrrgya flaaaaayug fo-ur ow-ur vaaaaay-uuuun.” 

I can tell, even though I’m a southern girl on the inside, my 14 years in Michigan is going to take a while to re-southernize in Virginia!

Reminds me of the time Sis and I were in Wal-Mart (aka “Waaawl-Mard”) in TN and overheard a gal walking by a mirror (aka “meer”) and she said, to no one in particular,

“Aaaaaaaaw.   Moh Hor luks aaaawfooooool.”

So we say that to each other all the time.  You canNOT overdo the length of time it takes to utter that sentence.

More educational ministry stuff later.

Cupeth Overfloweth Mucho


Yes, it is a 5 post blogworthy day, indeed!  I am on the fringe enjoying worship in the atrium with the live worship I heard this morning as my background–how great is our God?

The “minivan years” are the years families are the most busy and the least intentional about the spiritual foundations (conversations, Bible reading, discussions after church, praying together). 

A great illustration by Kurt Bruner from The Center for Strong Families in Arizona…he held a bouquet of cut flowers in his hand which represented his children.   He began to pour water on the blossoms from a watering can which represented “church.”  “Wait a minute…they’re not thriving…not taking root…what’s the problem?  We must need a bigger church!”  (bigger watering can)  Nope.  The living water is poured into the context of family (flower pot, rich soil) which then extends to flowers (children).  AWESOME!

Here’s a great quote:  “The Word becomes Flesh & blood in the home.”

Glen Keane, Disney Animator and middle son of Bill Keane (Family Circus…so that makes him Billy?  PJ?)  gave his testimony of coming to Christ as a 20 something young new animator at Disney after seeing some huge bald fu-manchu bearded guy reading his Bible at lunchtime.  Glen described the longing he felt for God and he began to sketch a figure.  He spoke of a heaviness, not being able to breathe, felling like he couldn’t really walk…collecting but not attaining what he wanted.  As he spoke, The Little Mermaid began to become recognizable!  He played the clip “Part of Your World” which I saw with Spirit eyes the longing that seekers feel every moment until they find their friend Jesus.

After the clip, Glen humbly shrugged off the applause, and continued his story.  He spoke of his moment of change and the knowledge that God had renewed his life.  Then went back to the drawing board and spoke of the war that began to take place inside him, as he wanted so badly to live a righteous life, but his human nature and habits kept him from doing what he desired.  The pencil figure of the Beast began to take shape and Glen shared how the Beast was made up of parts of many beasts:  the brow of a gorilla, the muzzle of a boar, shaggy buffalo, lions mane, bear-like body….

…but with the eyes of a prince.  When he drew those eyes, that 15 second sketch became like him…and us!  The beast on the outside with the potential locked away inside.  Glen played the clip, and again, with spirit eyes now we watch Mrs. Pots and Lumiere give Beast all the “rules” necessary for good behavior (very Pharisaical!) and of course, Beast’s anger and frustration over-rule every good intention.  Heavy Sigh.  The great conclusion, though, was when Glen brought our attention to 2 Cor 5:17 and how our beastly bodies and actions are constantly being transformed into the image of Christ, and the hope we all have of becoming like Jesus and seeing Him face to face one day.  We watched the clip of the beast’s transformation–the light coming from each finger and toe, the change happening in mid-air.  Glen planted the thought of bursting through our outer jar of clay and releasing inner treasure one sweet day! 

Today has been One Sweet Day!  I feel like I got my money’s worth just today.  Tomorrow are the breakouts…WHEW! 

Oh, for Heaven’s Sake!


Would you believe PUPPETS opened the conference?  Hilarious old-lady puppets in the empty auditorium (video) with names like Winifred, talking about driving 3200 miles in the church van.  One thought she was at “Hannah Montana on Ice!”  They kept calling the conference “Perspire!”  Mike would’ve been blissed out.

We sang “You are Amazing God” and then a rocked out version of “All Creatures of our God & King”  then a bluesy “Nothing But the Blood”  I love the old hymns and done in Willow style–outstanding!

Christine Yount Jones reminds me so much of you, Anita.  She was funny, wise and so deeply touching.  She spoke of erasing fears and read from her journal from the loss of her husband in a snowmobile accident.  Ecc 11:4 (waiting for perfect never gets anything done), Psalm 23:4 (do not fear even the shadow of death), and Deut 31:8  The Lord goes before you.  How encouraging this is to me!  And even as I stay on the fringe here, concerned about the current state of affairs in DI.  God is never surprised.  Gotta run!

OH YEAH!  I sat with Va Beach people…very sweet (reserved) while the group from Sis’ church in St. Louis is WILD & CRAZY…hmmmm wonder who I’ll sit with next….

Conspire 2008


The REAL reason I’m beginning my blog journey is to bring my hard-working, dedicated NorthRidge friends and co-workers (you know who you are) along with me to Willow Creek.  Now that I’m here, it has dawned on me that I can’t really afford this!  Remember when I made the color copies of my Christmas card 100 @ .69 and thought that would be a reasonable $6.90?  I did the same thing with my hotel!  The posted rate on the WCA website didn’t sound so bad…(forgot I had to multiply it by 3 nights!)  AUTOMATIC 7!  See how great that works?

Anyway, I had a lovely flight and cab right with Mouses from Africa who benefited from hearing my phone prayer 🙂  I went to leave a message for the Virginia Beach Children’s Ministry Staff from Spring Branch (where Chris has been attending) and they called the room, (we haven’t met yet but we’re at the same hotel so now she thinks I’m a stalker).  AUTOMATIC 7!  They know to avoid me now.

My desire is to bring back something for each one of you and myself as a bonus.  My breakouts tomorrow are:  Planning an Event from Start to Finish, Leading Creative People (Stacey, Amy, Gina, this ones for you!) and Exploring the Multiple Intelligence Levels and Learning Styles of Kids.  All the downloads for ALL the breakouts are on there are some great ones…like creating a blog for your ministry!  Lots of good info.  Anyway, I’m off to breakfast and stalking!  Have a great Wednesday and I’ll be checking in later.  Wish you were here.



Title Explanation:  The closest, cheapest  putt putt to Samford University in Birmingham, AL (I can’t remember the name…let’s just call it “Goofy Golf” this was waaaay before the concept of glow golf was invented…at least in Alabama)  my buds and I would often play just to socialize.  None of us were very competitive, so we were often going over the number of maximum strokes allowed.  This became a battle cry for all of college life…”I’m just taking the Automatic 7″ as in, “I didn’t really study for my Music Appreciation class…I’m taking the Automatic 7” or “He didn’t call me back…guess I’ll take the Automatic 7.”  It has acutally become quite a useful attitude.  Like now when I don’t know when I’m moving, where I’ll be living, where I’ll be working, where the kids will go to school next year (or IF some of them will PASS the 7th grade)  Automatic 7.  It’s my little version of “oh well, I tried…sorta.”