You Have NO Idea

This week, it has been “hot” here in San Diego…it has gotten up to 84. Seriously. Folks are complaining, telling us how unusual this is, assuring us it’ll get back to normal soon. We just laugh. Floridians would kill for a high of 83 in July! New friends from Arizona shake their heads – they don’t even see a low of 84 where they’re from. These San Diegans have NO idea what hot really is. It reminded me of something I learned at a youth leaders’ conference several years ago. The speaker was addressing those of us who worked with middle schoolers. He said when we see our youth crying about broken relationships, we often minimize their heartache — come on, a 7th grade break up?? They have NO idea! Just wait...

You Stink

Last night, I was walking what has become “my route” – out of my neighborhood and down the street, past the elementary school, to the stop light, and back. It’s a nice walk with great views. Mountains in the distance, ocean breeze blowing, desert plants blooming all around… But what I really kept noticing were the smells. Barbecue smells, laundry smells, someone-didn’t-pick-up-after-his-dog smells. The cooking smells were my favorite! I would walk past someone’s back yard, and my mouth would water. I seriously considered inviting myself to dinner, it smelled so good! That made me think of our first night here. Our neighborhood was visited by a skunk. And we sleep with our windows open. Yep…nasty! The smell...

Obey or Die

Being a Christ-follower is becoming increasingly difficult. It used to be that Christians were respected in our country. Then, we were merely accepted (“Aw, you’re a Christian. That’s great…for you.”) Now, however, it seems that we are becoming quite unpopular. As a people pleaser, this terrifies me! But as a student of the Bible, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve been studying the book of Daniel in my devotions, lately. Yesterday, I read about Daniel’s three friends refusing to bow down to the idol the king had built. This King was the great ruler of the then-known world, the Head of Gold in Daniel 2. What he said was law. Literally. And refusing was not an option. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego submitted to a...

Divine Butler or Holy God?

I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s holiness, lately. I’ve been convicted that I don’t think about it enough. Like most people, I think about myself and my issues and my desires far more than I think about who God is and what He desires. My husband teaches that, too often, Christians see God as a Divine Butler — we ask Him for things we want, and He gives them to us, or we “fire” him and look for another. That thought may seem offensive to us, but as I examine my prayer life, I have to acknowledge that is far too often true. I pray for things I want, things my friends want — not “bad” things, but just very creation-centered. I pray the way I live – as if this life is all I have, as if I am Deity...

We’re In!

What a week. My muscles are screaming, but my heart is soaring. We have a house! And not just any house, a house that is absolutely perfect for our family. For the first time ever, my daughters have their own rooms. And for my kids, this is the first time ever having a two story house. We’re in a great neighborhood – close to lots of stores and just three miles from our new school. As with everything else associated with this move, God directed us to this house. We looked everywhere, and nothing in our price range was appealing. We really wanted a 4 bedroom, and all the homes we saw were 3 bedrooms (First World Problems, I know…). As the days went by, God convicted me that, rather than praying for what I wanted, I need to focus on what HE wants...

We’re Here….Sort Of

I was going to wait and post an update when everything was all worked out. But I decided I might as well do what I’ve been doing — write in the Waiting. And that’s what we’re doing…waiting. Because our original housing in San Diego fell through, and because we had to be out of our home in Largo by June 14, we moved out here with no house and no prospects for a house. A scary thought, with three kids! But we believe this is where God wants us, and we know, if He wants us here, He will provide us a place to live. So the kids and I left Florida for San Diego over a week ago. We stopped for a few days in Tennessee to visit my grandmother, my sister, my niece and nephew. Dave left last Monday and started driving straight across the...