Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to start Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  I'm not too far into it, but I thought I'd share a story I read last night.  Before I do, in case you're wondering, Francis Chan is a pastor of a church called Cornerstone in California.  When I googled him I read this about him on wikipedia--it's pretty cool. 
"After a three-month leave from Cornerstone, Francis said he felt convicted to sacrifice more for God. "Chan gives away about 90 percent of his income ... Chan doesn't take a salary from his church, and he has donated all of his book royalties, which total about $500,000 to various charities. Much of it goes to organizations which rescue sex slaves in foreign countries."  Furthermore, in 2008 it was reported that Cornerstone would give away 55% of its income to charitable causes."  What a great example. 
Okay, the story:
"As a pastor, I'm often called upon when life 'vanishes like a mist.'  One of the most powerful examples I've seen of this was Stan Gerlach, a successful businessman who was well known in the community.  Stan was giving a eulogy at a memorial service when he decided to share the gospel.  At the end of his message, Stan told the mourners, "You never know when God is going to take your life.  At that moment, there's nothing you can do about it.  Are you ready?"  Then Stan sat down, fell over, and died.  His wife and sons tried to resuscitate him, but there was nothing they could do--just as Stan had said a few minutes earlier. 
I'll never forget receiving that phone call and heading over to the Gerlach house.  One of his sons, John, stepped out of the car weeping.  He asked me, 'Did you hear the story?  Did you hear?  I'm so proud of him.  My dad died doing what he loved doing most.  He was telling people about Jesus.'
I was asked to share a word with everyone gathered.  There were children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends.  I opened my Bible to Matthew 10:32-33:  "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven." 
I asked everyone to imagine what it must have felt like for Stan.  One moment, he was at a memorial service saying to a crowd, "This is who Jesus is!"  The next, he was before God hearing Jesus say, "This is who Stan Gerlach is!"  One second he was confessing Jesus; a second later, Jesus was confessing him!  It happens that quickly.  And it could happen to any of us.  In the words of Stan Gerlach, "Are you ready?"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's been over a month now since my {not so} baby girl turned two, but with all the Christmas fun I've neglected to devote a post to her big milestone.
I really want to remember exactly how she is right now {well, most of it}. She is still super spunky and fun--a total mix of a girlie girl and a girl who spends almost all of her time with two older brothers, girl.

She loves baby dolls, puzzles, and play dough. She's constantly saying, "Tank you, Mama!" and "Sowwy, Mama!" and "Ecuse me, Mama!"--I just love her little manners. She loves animals and asks to go to the "Woo" all the time, but unfortunately I keep having to explain that it's way too cold {for mommy} to even think about going to the zoo right now. I did take her on a rare warmer day a couple weeks ago, and now when she sees the outfit she wore that day she thinks we're going back to the zoo--Michael says only a girl would remember what she wore that day :)

She can melt her daddy's heart.
She still loves her bath and has even started putting her face in the water some. She has a strong mind of her own and has mastered the use of the word, "NO!" Sometimes I refer to her as "Miss Independent" because she insists on doing everything herself. She gets excited and trots/skips around.She's started singing a lot--her favorite is "Jesus Loves Me." She doesn't get all the words, but she just substitutes the word "apple" for the ones she doesn't know.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that one of her favorite phrases right now is, "Whoa, Dude!" It makes me laugh every time.
She goes to Mother's Day Out one day a week, and she really loves it! She gets very excited to play with the baby dolls there. One day I came to pick her up and her diaper had leaked so they put her in a pair of gym shorts they had at the school. She was stylin' with her red shoes!
She is a joyful, delightful bundle of fun that blesses our lives each and every day.

Monday, January 11, 2010

In the next five minutes....

Monday, January 4, 2010


I've probably told many of you about my secret website with the unbelievable deals on boots--they literally have every style under the rainbow for such great prices! I just got an email that they're having a boot sale so they're even cheaper, so I had to pass it along. I've ordered several pairs from them over the past few years, and even the ones I've had the longest are still in great shape. If you need any boots you should check it out!

How cute are those? Only $22.49!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Reading Recommendations...

I've never been a big reader but lately I've been wanting to change that. My memory, or lack thereof, has been a bit alarming, so I decided that reading more might help me get it back. I thought I would pass these titles along in case you're concerned about your memory too or you just actually enjoy reading :)

A Mother's Heart by Jean Fleming

My all time favorite...I read it when Griffin was a baby but it's so good to read at all different stages of parenting, so I just reread it and loved it just as much!

Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

Pray Big for Your Child by Will Davis, Jr.
I really enjoyed this one--it's not too long and it gives great verses to pray for your children.

What Really Matters at Home by John and Susan Trent, subtitle Eight Crucial Elements for Building Character in Your Family

Okay, I also need to give a major plug for the greatest children's bible--The Jesus Storybook Bible. The subtitle is "Every story whispers His name." Even the Old Testament stories come full circle to Jesus, and they are just told in such an incredible way! I really think every child should have this Bible--I'm a huge fan!!

I read this sweet little book to Collier when I'm putting her to bed, and it has the most beautiful illustrations I've ever seen!

Next on my list are Same Kind of Different As Me and Crazy Love. If any of you have any book suggestions I'd love to hear them...