Saturday, February 20, 2010

wait for the Lord

i was afraid of last night.

two weeks ago, we tried getting together with some new neighbors who are wanting to build intentional community and try being "missional" together.

lots of awkward silences, culminating in a rousing discussion about how to most effectively get rid of raccoons in your attic.

not exactly what i had pictured, and i was really not looking forward to last nights second meeting.

ah, but isn't that where the Lord meets us?  in the places we do not want to be (jonah)...

the best part is, it wasn't even perfect.  we still talked about the raccoons, but this time it was much more entertaining and playful as we felt so much more comfortable with each other.

there were lots of awkward silences as we sat around eating hot dogs and drinking beer.  we kept using babies to get us out of tough spots ("she is just SO cute!  look at her little expression right now!  i think she just burped...").

but then, magic.

we decided to share our stories, how we grew up and how we got to san antonio (there must be some reason why we are all here)...

as we prayed, the Presence came in through closed doors.

scripture seeped into hearts and was then spilled out to share and encourage, inspire.

psalm 27.  wait for the Lord.

and i realized that david and i  had been waiting for the Lord.  waiting in what felt like exile in texas, for this night--for believers to meet with in our neighborhood who wanted to open us and themselves up to a grand Adventure.

i am finally excited about the future again.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

i love...

last night, we watched adventureland.

not what we had expected, but we liked it for sure.

the two main characters reminded us of what it was like to be falling in love.

for us, in college at whitworth , when we would just stare at each other in the car and be so in tune with how we felt about the other person that we could think of nothing else.

we talked about how funny and annoying it would be now to find the other one staring at us while we drove.  but back then, we could have just stared at each other for hours, feeling the music of our souls and drinking it all in.  and that is exactly what we did back then.

so after the movie, we talked a lot about where we were and where we are now in our love.

tonight, i was listening to david wilcox , one of our absolute favorite artists.  i was reminded of this beautiful song that was supposed to be our first dance together at our wedding, but we forgot to put it on the playlist.



enjoy and think of the one you sing this to.


I love your sense of humor
I love to see you smile
I love your sense of balance
I love your sense of time

I love your music in the morning
Your rhythm in the night
But it's your kindness
That shines so bright

Yes I love your beauty
I love your sexy moves
But more I love your honesty
You always tell the truth

I love your vision of the future
Your hope that never dies
But it's your kindness that clears my skies

Yes I love your wisdom
Your knowledge of the past
Your willingness to listen
And taste for what will last

Your compassion for the suffering
And your solid happiness
But it's your kindness that I love best

I love...
I love...
I love...