it's the journey

it's the journey

Thursday, April 22, 2010

God Made it And Said It is Good So We Should Probably Take Care of It!

Happy Earth Day!
Not in some weird-- I think you should abandon your house to a family of tree squirrels because it's clearly in nature's best interest for them to create a habitat there--kinda way. But more like a cheerful Woodsy The Owl , "Give a hoot don't pollute sort of way." (and if you are familiar with THAT reference, I'm guessing you're reading this through some pretty serious bifocals!)

God did create the earth for us and gave us responsibility for it. Throughout the bible we're taught many examples of good stewardship.

SO what is a steward anyway? A steward is a person who manages another's property, financial affairs or anything really, as the agent of another. He or she is held accountable by the owner for the wise or unwise management of that property. Well, in this case, the owner is God. “The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm24:1

We all heard the parable of the "talents" as a child. The master goes on a trip and leaves each servant in charge of a portion of his wealth. One servant did really well and made a huge increase, the next one did a pretty good job, but the third guy--not so much. He buried it in a hole and when the master returned, he was not too happy about it.

There are a lot of lessons we can take from this, but I think the main one is: Whatever God gives us is to be used wisely and in a way that brings honor to him.

We should treasure His creation just as any grateful child should revere a gift their loving father has given. Afterall, aren't the very best gifts handmade?

Genesis 1:26-31 The Message

Heaven and Earth

God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God's nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
"Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth."

Then God said, "I've given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food."
And there it was.

God looked over everything he had made;
it was so good, so very good!
It was evening, it was morning—
Day Six.

-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Our friend Mark Lowry invited Michael and me to tag along on a quick trip to Charlotte, NC this weekend.  Much laughter, singing, reminiscing, and eating ensued.   What there wasn't much of was sleep.  But that's quite alright, we had a blast!

Mark playing with his new iPad.  Is it still a sin if you only covet a teeny bit?
Another LOONG time friend, Norman Holland.  We go back at least 30 years!

Also present, Norman's adorable pooch, Bella

Mark mesmerizing the crowd as usual. 
Bob and Jeannie Johnson stopped by to say hello.  Jeannie of course is as beautiful as ever!

Texas Steakhouse
The aftermath...
Um, were the ribs good Michael?
Mark and Me

I did manage to squeeze in about 2 hours of this Saturday night...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's The Little Things

It's been a long, long day and the house will be empty when I get home. So I'll share my thoughts with Jesus and the 3 people who might read this...

Today I'm really thankful for good Chinese take-out, comfortable shoes, a quiet night and possibly 1/2 price Easter candy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Look For Me

Of all the songs I have sung in my lifetime, Look for Me is definitely the most requested.  Some time back, I was asked to write about it for Homecoming Magazine's "The Song Says It," so I decided it to share it here with you.

After you've been there ten thousand years, a million, maybe two, look for me, for I will be there too.  

When my father first penned those words in 1982, I was barely out of my teens.  To me, they were just further evidence that my dad could paint a lovely picture with his words.  They would make a nice addition to the new recording we were working on. 

What a difference 20 years can make.  In the time that's transpired, my father has moved from this world to the next, joined by his siblings and countless other friends and family members.  Since then, I've stood over many of them and sung the words to this song.  On more than a few quiet evenings alone, I've found myself turning those bitter sweet lyrics over and over in my mind.  They hold sweet promise for all of us who know what it is to be separated from those we love.  Someday soon, we'll be reunited.

When we were taping the Heaven video, my Uncle Howard said to me, "When we sing about heaven, we're not longing for our past, we're just excited about our future."

Amen, Uncle Howard, amen. 


When you finally make your 
entrance to that city
Of jasper walls and bright
golden avenues
As you behold all its beauty
and its splendor
Remember there's just one request
I make of you

Look for me, for I will be there too
I realize when you arrive
there'll be so much to view
After you've been there 
ten thousand years
A million, maybe two
Look for me, for I will be there too

As you go down your list of first things
there's no question
You'll want to see your loved ones 
waiting there for you
And when you feel you've 
shared your story with the last one
That wants to hear you tell
just how you made it through
Look for me, for I will be there too

I realize when you arrive
there'll be so much to view
After you've been there 
ten thousand years
A million, maybe two
Look for me, for I will be there too
 --Rusty Goodman

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thank you Tori for the cutest thing I've seen in like FOREVER!

My friend Tori posted this on her blog today and it is SO awesome I had to share it.

I'm sure all you parents can TOTALLY relate.

PS: Click on the link below and check Tori out, she is AMAZING and I love her so much--when I'm not being absolutely green with envy because she is so stinking funny AND beautiful! Dang it!