Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
While our students had lots of fun volunteering---handing out glow sticks to cancer patients, cheering runners on, being Chip Officials and clipping chips off their ankles, and handing out bottles of water to those who crossed the finish line---yes, it was a fun volunteer project, but it was a visible presence in our community of a group of LCCS high school students who cared about making a difference in someone else’s lives. Teens today are so self-obsessed in how they feel, how they look, how they dress, how they come across. But here was a group of 25 teens who cared to offer their time and smiles and help for those who are quite desperate at this moment in their lives.
There was a local teen named Trent who didn’t make it to the race this year---he passed away a short few weeks ago. But 50 of his loyal supporters donned red T-shirts and ran the race in Trent ’s honor. You can’t pass out water and witness something like 50 red-shirted runners passing you by without evaluating why am I here and what will I do with my life? What an honor to Trent's name to have such loyal family and friends show up and carry the torch, so to speak. It moved me deeply.
A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating---overnight, normal lives turn upside down. But these 25 students helped make this race successful and they were actually a small part of raising thousands of dollars that will go toward the Candlelighters programs and services in our community. Our kids may say that all I did was pass out a glowstick or a bottle of water or clipped a chip…but it is the light that we have in our hearts that we give away. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14. Thank you for letting your light shine before men on a Fort Worth night. You were noticed!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Than nothing would matter more than LISTENING…” Brennan Manning
God is speaking through His WONDERFUL WORD …
Not for us to master knowledge for knowledge puffs up but love changes…I Cor 8:1
But to ENCOUNTER MY BEAUTIFUL GOD…
And that’s what Beth Moore brings to the table or should I say altar...
How to read my Bible to meet my POWERFULLY PRESENT GOD…
If God exists and He so poignantly powerfully does, then I must think about how I pitifully and powerfully and poorly and pristinely relate to my husband, my children, my church, my ministry, my friends, my community…not in a self obsessed way but in a self broken way….and this woman makes me want to think about how I want to relate to them in a God-obsessed way. A wild woman of the Word as she said…”www”…and it’s because Deut 32:47 – God’s words are not idle words, they are our very life!
There were, among many, three things that lingered with me from Beth’s opening session on Esther in Houston last Tuesday…
NO PLACE GOD CAN’T GO WITH SCARED WILLING VESSELS…
“No place God can’t move into, no place God can’t go with scared-half-to-death but willing, ill-equipped vessels.” She asked us if we would be willing to go with God? Her opening words made me want to know “the whole Megillot” looking into the life of a woman like Esther feeling fear and inadequacy just like me.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY RED SEA PARTS…
Beth asked what happens when your Red Sea parts or doesn’t part and you can’t find Him but you know He’s there…what HOPE God gives Romans 15:4 that despite appearances we have not been given a stone but bread…Living Bread of Life…God has not lost me but I sometimes feel lost at times…and Beth went on to talk about God being anonymous working through the natural in our ordinary events in our lives, …a “coincidence”---not really, it’s God preferring to remain anonymous, God building our faith…ANXIOUS EXPECTATION---when I am out of my mind with fear and anxiety, I can look through eyes of faith…and our faith is putting God in every fill in the blank…oh my…nothing happens by chance…and when she talked about her own dark night of the soul and reflecting on what we know that we know that we know that we know in the darkness…it was one of those moments for me in my own darkness that I knew something that moment I didn’t know the moment before…and I walked away a little more convinced that “He is working out everything in conformity with His Providential Will”…you seek Him and His will finds you…oh my
ANOTHER WOMAN’S SHADOW…
It’s tough being a woman in another woman’s shadow…Miss Perfect or Miss Monster…and you know, I thought, my biggest problem is not other people but it is my failure to commune with my awesome God in the midst of my relational failures with my husband, children and friends…it’s my failure to find my Good God. Beth said the World Bible Commentary said God parts the Red Sea with you or without you…He is calling me to His Word and I can’t get enough of it, can’t get enough of Him…trust His providence even when there is no miracle…God is calling me to courage.
As I finish my first week of Bible study lessons in Esther and see how I am born for trouble…and what will I do with it? I loved it when Beth said: “Trust your life to the Hand and Pen of an UNSEEN, EVER-PRESENT GOD who is writing my life into His Story."
You can catch the aroma of this precious woman of God…II Cor. 2:14 – thanks be to God who is the fragrance of Jesus Christ through Beth. When I smell the fear, and I do, I also am finding a pungent smell of my Christ in the words of this Bible Study...and that changed the direction of my week a little as I related a tad differently to my husband and kids and world. Little by little Deut 7:22…He is changing me through His Word…I am listening and so grateful for this journey through Esther.
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Sunday, September 9, 2007
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Monday, September 3, 2007
I don't remember reading about Balaam's oracles before...but as I opened the Scriptures to have my Quiet Time, the Scriptures in Numbers 22 and 23 read me...for I didn't realize it was You, my beautiful God, standing in my path...
1. Speak only the words I put in your mouth 23:12
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 8:20 AM
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Happy Birthday in Thailand dear girl...Acts 17:26 are the verses God gave me on that day you were born..."God determined the times set for you and the exact places where you should live (Benbrook, College Station, Chiang-Mai Thailand) so that you would seek Him and reach out for Him and find Him and He is not far from you."
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 2:30 PM
The diploma insert said: "No Matter Where You Go, You'll Always Be a SOONER!" Blair walked in May and we witnessed the day. Blair finished all of the coursework in July and that chapter highlights how time flies. Our baby girl is a graduate. Sooner Blair.
This is what this mom remembers about Blair's four year college visit in Norman, Oklahoma (and I may have something wrong on my list) but here goes a mom's perspective...BSU...touched for life at Trinity Church...touched by kids where you worked...Pursuit Bible Studies...football games...loving challenging political science classes...walking in the snow to class...four fabulous roommates...sand volleyball...President's Leadership Class...meeting Queen Noor of Jordan...themed house parties...dinner with Rudy Guiliani...making a million friends...Ronald Reagan Ranch...awesome Ghana mission trip...Pioneer missions...SCI delegate to Hungary & Budapest...road trips from California to New York...campus-wide Capture the Flag...two summer internships with Kay Granger and Kay Bailey Hutchison...but best of all, a mighty God who showed up for Blair in Norman! Your beauty is beautiful Blair!
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 1:21 PM