Here's where I spend most of my weekends!

I took this pic in between services this weekend. I am very blessed to be on staff at Community Of Faith. We have a wonderful church. To find out more about our church, you can log onto our website. You can even watch video of our sermon's online!

Most of my weekend is spent next to Matthew's sound board...I snapped a photo this weekend!



So I'm up late Saturday night cooking after a few eventful trips to the grocery store! We are having a holiday party with my small group for lunch tomorrow (well...today) after church. I was at work all day Saturday, so I needed to go to the grocery store tonight after church to get eggs to make my dessert. Well, I went to the store and bought everything BUT eggs. I got home, put my PJ's on, and got ready to begin cooking and realized I didn't have the eggs. So I had to get dressed again and go back to the store. FRUSTRATING! But it was worth it...we will have fun tomorrow!



For the first time since I can remember I wasn't home in Mississippi with family this Thanksgiving! But I did have my Houston family here that took me in and shared a wonderful time together. I'm so thankful for the Shool's and how God placed them in my life from the beginning of my time here in Texas. Actually I met and connected with my "Mama Marianne" even before that, when I came here on an interview. They are precious to me and certainly have the gift of hospitality! Here's a pic of our Thanksgiving table...

After lunch/dinner...we played games. I try to spend one night a week with the Shool's for what we call family dinner night. They have us all hooked on this dice game called 10,000. It's a fun game to play with alot of people! Well, Marianne gave me some dice of my own yesterday...so now I can start getting all my friends here hooked on it too :)

So my next Thanksgiving/Christmas party is Sunday...and we will be playing 10,000 with my new dice!!


What Does it All Mean?

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this video! I know what this means to me, but what does this mean to you?


Chickens Have Hatched!

Ok, I still have a couple more Oaxaca blogs to update you with, and I'll get to it soon (I promise!) Hopefully you've already read my Oaxaca Day 3 blog so this makes sense. If not, please click here and read it first.

I'm so excited to tell you that the chickens have finally hatched!!!! YAAAY!! It's really cool what these little chickens will mean to this community. I remember the last night sitting at Kerry & Mauri's dinner table praying for the chickens to hatch...well, now they have! Check them out!


Thoughts for the Day (Post Election)

OK...a friend of a friend posted this on facebook. I am reposting this here because it's exactly what I am feeling at the moment and I couldn't have written it any better myself, so why try....

I'm writing primarily to Christians.

I was thinking just today about all the expectations that people had of Jesus when he rode a donkey into Jerusalem. For many, the cry "Hosanna" (meaning "God save us") had very little to do with salvation from sin and self in the terms Christians are so familiar with, compared with how much it had to do with being freed from Roman rule.

Jesus came to bring a whole different kind of kingdom.

We have a new group of politicians in Washington now. I don't have a terrifically large amount of faith in any group of politicians. This new group will at some point fail even their most ardent supporters along the way. If we are expecting, especially as Christians, for some politicians, regardless of their stripe, to save us, and that if the wrong group of politicians is elected that somehow all is lost, then we are placing our faith in the wrong things.

The church, when it is at its best, has never depended on political power to thrive. Every time it has (think Constantine), it has ended up in a very ungodly place over the long term. Jesus spent precious little time being concerned with what the political rulers of the day thought or did. Ironically, those in the Jewish hierarchy who spent considerable time trying to maneuver amongst and manipulate the levers of political power- the Pharisees and Sadducees- were the only groups of people Jesus continually and consistently criticized.

The church is today at its strongest and most vibrant in some of the most politically-oppressed corners of the world. In its early, formative days, it was always on the fringe- a counterculture. It neither sought nor sat in the halls of power.

We should be thankful every day for the political system we have in America, and the freedoms we enjoy . But as much as those things are an American right, they are not necessarily a Christian "right." They are a gift.

How will we use that gift? Certainly, voting, in whatever way, is a civic responsibility. But if we were expecting Barack Obama or John McCain to change the world we find every day just beyond our door for the better, we are expecting the wrong things, and too much. It's not up to them to change our world. It's up to us to change our world. God working in us and through us to be sure, but it's up to us.

Tomorrow, whether the events of tonight were a loss or a victory for each of us, we will each open our front door and face a world- people, circumstances, situations, relationships, needs, hope, despair- that we have individually been given the opportunity and the chance to change. The president-elect can not affect each of our highly unique worlds nearly as well as we can, and with the power of God in us, we each have far more than even the greatest world ruler.

Either or any political party can only bring a new flavor of empire, just like the Romans did of old. We- you and I- have the chance to be part of bringing a kingdom, a new kind of kingdom, which both shatters and exceeds any empire.



My friend, Kat, is a stylist who lives below me in my apartment complex. She cuts my hair, but she's always re-scheduling for this or that...and tonight her excuse was that she forgot to bring her sissors home. Well...I was having NONE of that! LOL!! So tonight, I got my hair cut.

You'll have to see this for yourself, so check out the video below. Our apologies for the pajamas and no makeup, but this was just tooo funny not to share!