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Do People Expect More From You?

A friend recently saw a movie that was the result of collaboration between two Hollywood giants. The results were disappointing. My friend expected better from them.

At the end of the day have you lived up to your reputation for better or worse? Have you left it all on the field, on the stage, in the hearts of those you love?

Was today memorable because you gave it your best?  

Can you keep a secret?

Me, too.

Is Your Name On Your Paper?

So the first full week of 2012 is now history. How did you spend your time? Most of my week was spent at the hospital and I am happy to say the results of our time there couldn’t have been better.

Before releasing my husband the nurse had a stack of papers to go over with him and a couple of prescriptions for us to have filled. After listening to him talk non-stop for several minutes I was able to let him know he had misspelled our last name. When the clerk put the information in the computer in ER early Tuesday morning she had made the mistake. I had brought it up to one person’s attention but they said not to worry about it. Knowing how exacting they are at our pharmacy I knew a prescription that was not a match with our insurance card was not going to be filled. So the nurse had to make changes to the paperwork.

At the end of the day, when you look back over how you spent the precious waking hours are you please to put your name on it? Was the work you did your best? Were you the person you wanted to be today? Or do you look back and wonder “who was that?”

Tomorrow is a blank sheet. How will you fill it? Don’t forget you’re putting your name on it. It’s your Monday and the only January 9th you get this year. If you are very lucky you will make it through.

See you tomorrow?

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

My goal at the beginning of the year was to write a question a day for the whole 366. I missed yesterday. It’s been a crazy first week of the year and like most good New Year’s intentions I didn’t make 7/7.

So I find myself with a self-imposed standard that no one but me will notice or care if I make unless I manage to shine a big old glaring light on it.

But isn’t that so often what we do? We set and hold ourselves to a standard or to do list or life plan and when we fail instead of just adjusting our course and continuing on we let others know just what a failure we think we are. What if this year all you talked about were the blessings in your life and the success of the people around you? What if you let yourself be less than perfect? What if your goal was to be more genuine and open? What if there was a great reward for being comfortable in your own skin and whatever size jeans it takes to cover than skin?

What would you do for a Klondike bar?

 

(And, yes, I see the irony of doubling up on posts today to get back on my 366/366)

What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is…

and neither are you?

 

This is the question on the front of the new book by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol and Bill Thrall.

Authors of the ground breaking Bo’s Cafe ,The Cure takes a fresh conversational look at who God is and who we are.

About 25 years ago I started examining what I believed because it was what I had been taught and what the Bible actually says. I found a lot of things didn’t match up. About that time I was introduced to Kay Arthur and began systematically asking questions. Eight years ago I was introduced to a ministry out of Colorado and through it to an amazing group of people who have become close friends even from great distances.

 

It was through one of these friends I was introduced to John Lynch and the challenging questions the Truefaced Ministry was encouraging believers to ask for themselves. I’ve read all of their books and listened to many of the podcasts. They don’t offer answers as much as they offer and encourage good questions.

So today I’m asking their question…”What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you?” How much would that change your life? Are you open to even considering the question?

Did You Miss Me?

Yesterday I was fortunate to have a great friend post his story and the question of the day. He was filling in for me because my life was being  disrupted.

Tuesday morning my husband woke me up just before 5 am and said he needed my help. Turns out my help was just the start of all the help he would need over the past two days. He was having a mild cardio infarction. After an angiogram and inserting a stint in one of the major arteries to his heart he is much better and home tonight snoring on the couch.

It’s probably not surprising the vast number of questions that have been running through my head the past two and a half days as we waited for test results and waited for doctors to translate test results and then waited for the actions generated by the test results to kick in before testing again so we could wait and see if it worked.

I have to say for all the negatives there may be about it, Facebook was a lifeline for me. In just a matter of moments I was able to notify some of the best prayer warriors and amazing support system. Keeping everyone updated and the flood of encouragement flowed back and forth faster than ever possible before. While I may not have been home doing whatever it is I do, I was still connected to those who love me and travel this part of my journey with me.

On the oven door of our travel trailer there is a magnet that says “I can’t miss you if you never go away.” Over the past two and a half days I realized just how incredible it is to have people who don’t go away when you walk through a valley.

In case of emergency, please call. Or have someone call. Or post it on Facebook.

Who would you miss if they went away? Who would miss you? Would you miss me?

Disruption Needed?

What disruption in your life will you eventually be thankful for?

It is a question I am pondering lately after I have experienced several disruptions to “the plan” I had scoped out for my life for the past five or so years. The most recent disruption involved my home. Both my wife and I have taken big career changes. And those changes have required us to work outside of the town we have lived in all 14 years of our marriage.

The plan was to spruce up our home and sell it since there was still a good market in our little college town. As soon as we put it up for sale the real-estate price dive that has effected the rest of the nation finally reached us. We dropped the price a bit but then finally decided to keep it as a rental.

This was not part of the plan. Instead I am now a landlord. We were disrupted.

But let me be clear. I am so grateful. Yes it is inconvenient. We own and manage property in another town. It can be risky but there are also a many reasons it is a good choice. Most of all we are fortunate to have the choice. To many friends have foreclosed or shortsold.

My wife and I joke that we never seem to grow up. Even though we are both successful individuals we are also both babies in our family birth order. Just yesterday she turned to me and said “I think we are grown up now”.

So again, what disruption in your life will you eventually be thankful for?

Don’t You Remember

There are some songs that really stick with me. This one posses a question that many hearts ask and for many there is no answer.

When will I see you again?
You left with no goodbye, not a single word was said,
No final kiss to seal any seams,
I had no idea of the state we were in,

I know I have a fickle heart and bitterness,
And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head,

But don’t you remember?
Don’t you remember?
The reason you loved me before,
Baby, please remember me once more,

When was the last time you thought of me?
Or have you completely erased me from your memory?
I often think about where I went wrong,
The more I do, the less I know,

But I know I have a fickle heart and bitterness,
And a wandering eye, and a heaviness in my head,

But don’t you remember?
Don’t you remember?
The reason you loved me before,
Baby, please remember me once more,

Gave you the space so you could breathe,
I kept my distance so you would be free,
And hope that you find the missing piece,
To bring you back to me,

Why don’t you remember?
Don’t you remember?
The reason you loved me before,
Baby, please remember me once more,

When will I see you again?

Who do you think of when you hear this song? Who thinks of you?
Do you remember?

1-2 Punch

So, you made it through yesterday and have arrived at today without the countdown, the confetti poppers or the champagne. Yesterday is history. But was it memorable?

Kicking off my year of questions yesterday I was greatly encouraged and blessed by the response. With permission I am sharing one of them as today’s guest blog. I’d like to introduce my sister, Linda Humbert. She is the mother of 3 and a proud grandmother. She has served her country in the Army and now serves the artistic community as a major supply resource.  Until yesterday I had no idea she saw me the way she describes. It was an unexpected blessing and her question was really good. I hope it gives you as much to think about as it did me.

I’d love to hear your answers to….

 

I have a question for you. It’s a little long in the explaining, but worth it.

Who is in your arsenal? And what weapon are you in others weapons cabinets?

At Kevin’s funeral Ron compared Kevin’s battle with alcohol to David and Goliath. How through the power of God he won the battle against a larger and stronger foe. After the funeral I went up to the woman he used to be with before me. She is the one who saw him through getting sober. She never really understood how the new woman in his life could be okay with their strong friendship. I think she finally understood when I put my arms around her and told her that if the booze was his Goliath, then she was the slingshot. And I told her that I love her for helping Kevin be the man I fell in love with.

During our lives God has given us His armour, but He has also blessed us with an outstanding arsenal!!! One of my favorite weapons is the woman who is asking questions this year… my big sister! When life hits me with an atom bomb she’s been my bomb shelter. When life throws stones she is the baseball bat that hit them out of the park. When the rains come down, she has been the umbrella keeping my head dry, even when I’m up to my neck in the flood….

There are other weapons in my arsenal… some that I’ve had to let go, because the weight of them drug me down more than their firepower was worth… that doesn’t mean they didn’t do the best they could, just that they weren’t designed for my particular battles, but I hope I’ve been an effective weapon in their weapons locker.

So…. my question is: Who is in your arsenal? And what weapon are you in others weapons cabinets?

A Year In Questions

While it’s true every year and every day that we don’t know what lies ahead the year we are all facing seems to be dragging some pretty heavy luggage this time. And with that luggage come a lot of questions.

About 25 years ago I was introduced to a woman who changed the direction of my journey and not only said questioning was good, she built an entire ministry based on questions.  Learning Inductive Study was a major foundation for exploring what I believed because it was what I was taught and what I believed because it was Truth. As you can imagine there were some huge discrepancies.

This past week a wise woman asked a question. She had gotten the blogging prompt from WordPress about focusing on writing about one thing for the next year. Wise Woman asked what the bloggers she was addressing would choose to write about if they narrowed it down to one focus. Without much, if any, hesitation I knew my theme would be questions.

So for the next 366 I will be asking questions. Some you may want to answer and others you may want to ponder and keep the answer to yourself. The goal isn’t to necessarily find “THE ANSWER” but to learn to ask better questions.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.

You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

  Naguib Mahfouz

So each day I will pose a new question. I would love to hear your answers and see what the questions are prompting not only in your thoughts but in your actions. I will be adding a special page to list all of the questions in case you miss some or want to go back over them.

Starting off with a big one…

Have you prepared for tomorrow today?

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