Sundays have the potential to be the greatest day of the week. Unfortunately they also have the enormous potential to drive people like me to a life spent as a hermit. Yesterday was a mix of both. The day started out well enough. The girls are doing great at church. We haven’t had a situation with Savannah Grace in weeks. She gives us a hug and a kiss and then makes her way into Kidstown. Rylee still cries when we drop her off but she’s been in great spirits every time we pick her up.
Then we went to lunch. It wasn’t so much the behavior of the girls that was the problem. They were being good but they were going on all cylinders. Rylee was singing at the top of her lungs; Savannah Grace was exploring everything. We chose a particular “Apple-ish” restaurant to eat. The parking lot was near empty. On a Sunday that should have been a tip off for us. The server was nice enough but he just didn’t get that when we asked for something (napkins, correct drinks) we needed it pretty quickly. To make it short, I probably will never go back to that restaurant.
We had a great afternoon planned. Some of my students were coming over to watch the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany. Anita, being the phenomenal hostess that she is, went out to get some snacks for the guys. When she got back she was in near tears and had the Explorer’s info book in hand. I’ve never had to consult our vehicle books for good reasons. As fate would have it our transmission died. Anita managed to limp the Explorer home. I did a little research on our issue and found out that hundreds of 2002 Ford Explorer drivers have had transmission failures. Every story has been almost identical to ours. Unfortunately there is no recall on the transmission. So it looks like we’re going to have to come up with between $1500 – $5000 to fix it. YAY!!!
Thankfully we have a little four door Saturn that runs great and we can all fit in. So Spain won the game and it was time to get ready for The Gate (our High School Ministry meeting). We had a pretty incredible night of worship and learning. I’m so excited to be here at Northwood. I really believe God is going to use us to begin something huge in the city of Charleston. So I’m at the office and ready to work. I’m thankful to have my staff back home from the Mexico City Mission Trip. They probably need some rest but I’m too excited. Time to get to work!
I finally got this thing to work. Hope you enjoy it. As I said in an earlier post, this podcast will be targeted to the parents of our students. We want to make it as easy as possible for them to feel informed and involved with Student Ministry here at Northwood.
Here goes my second attempt at loading a podcast. Can you stand the suspense? Will it work? Can our hero overcome the evil internet and bring information to the masses? Will Batman beat….sorry, got caught up in the moment.
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As the new Student Pastor here at Northwood I want to make sure we as a staff are communicating well with parents. So my first step to partnering with the parents of our students is putting them in the room…at least virtually.
Each week we’ll put the messages from each of our student ministry environments online for you to listen to. Our hope is that this will spark some great conversation in the home about what God is doing in the lives of our students. I’m not exactly sure that I’m doing this correctly yet but here goes nothing. Patience please if everything doesn’t work the first time.
I was trying to post this and I’m apparently an idiot. Still working on getting this podcast thing working. My blog provider kept rejecting the file. I’ve gotten some great advice on the subject so I expect something to be up and running soon. Sorry for the pump fake.
I'm in my second week of work here at Northwood and it's very different this week. Almost all the members of my staff are in Mexico City with a team of our High School students. Like any new set of eyes, I'm seeing areas of our student ministry that I'm wanting to dig in and change or improve immediately. The thing I've realized is that it's impossible to do this all on my own. It's impossible for our staff team to do everything that is needed by ourselves. We have to have a team of volunteers who believe and support this church and are willing to get their hands dirty.
My personality is the kind that thrives on change. I get excited thinking about what could and should be. I want to be on the other side thinking we accomplished all we dreamed of and more. This morning I sat down in my office and was hit with the feeling of impatience. I'm ready to fix, adjust, change, overhaul. Then I read what God has to say via Tyler's blog
and then according to God's blog. Waiting has never been something I've been really good at in my life. I've always been eager to see the next step, the task accomplished or the stage of life realized (marriage). But over and over in the Bible I see God saying "wait." Patience is such a huge part of doing what God intends. My ambition and my eagerness for improvement often clouds my judgment and gives me tunnel vision. When these things happen I make mistakes and hurt people's feelings unintentionally. Possibly the worst result from my impatience is that I miss the valuable lessons God is trying to teach me through the circumstances He's bringing me through.
It's a great thing to be passionate in your pursuit of God's will and His victory. But when we disregard the idea that God may want us to "calm our anxious feet to walk beside Him" (old school Point of Grace lyric) we are not only in jeopardy of missing out on God's blessings, we're in danger of working without Him. When our ambition and drive pushes us past the point of focus to reckless and people are hurt continually, we have to take a hard look at our hearts.
Today I will diligently work to accomplish the task God has placed before me but I won't miss out on the depth of clarity and wisdom I can learn if I would only wait on God. Before you do anything else today stop…listen….read His word. There is a great thing waiting to happen if you are willing to wait for it.
Rylee is starting to come out of her shell. She's still much more reserved than her older sister and we're very thankful for that. Next week we'll be celebrating Rylee's second birthday. As a parent, I guess I'll always feel the tension of not going overboard celebrating my children's accomplishments and milestones. Over the last few weeks Anita and I have been trying to decide what the theme of Rylee's party will be. Last week it became clear.
After a near catastrophic meltdown over this toy in Target and her nap time toy obsession, we've decided that Rylee will be having a Little Einstein party. In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, Disney has a show called The Little Einsteins. It's a great show that exposes children to classical music. Anyway, just thought I'd share the news with you and I thought you'd get a chuckle out of the picture.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. It was really interesting to find out where some of you were from and what you do for a living. I also enjoyed hearing from some great old friends for the fist time in years. We officially hit 500 comments and this post is number 500. I can't believe I've actually stuck with this thing for a year and three months. In honor of hitting this blog milestone I'll share about a historic event that happened yesterday. Savannah Grace and my first "Daddy Date" here in Charleston.
During nap time yesterday while Rylee and Anita slept, Savannah Grace and I went up to old CSU and walked around the reflection pond looking at the ducks. Then we shot over to Brusters for a little ice cream. Gotta love the free "baby cone." We shot home and picked up Rylee and Anita and went to the water park. I really love living two miles from a water park. It's not a thrill ride place for adults but it's perfect my girls.
After the water park, SG and I got ready for the Battery game. The Charleston Battery is a minor league soccer team. They're pretty good and the stadium is a phenomenal place to watch a game. This was SG's first soccer game and she did pretty well. I was a little worried because the game didn't start until close to her bed time but with a fireworks show following the game I took the chance. We had a great time and the fireworks were great. You can't beat sitting at midfield with your daughter enjoying a beautiful Charleston night under some fireworks. Here are some pics.