e diel, 13 shtator 2009

Tim Nash

Not sure that I'm ready to share all of this, and honestly, my thoughts aren't collected, but here goes...

This has been an incredibly tough week for so many people I know and love. On Tuesday afternoon we lost an incredible Christian man from this life - Tim Nash. Tim was a lot of things to a lot of people - a good husband, a good father, a good brother, a good son, a good friend, and a good business man. He was also an incredibly good servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am privileged enough to say that Tim was a good friend, a very close friend. I have so many great memories of him - my mind has been flooded over the past several days of all of our times together. It has been mentioned so many times that Tim did the jobs no one else wanted to do. Brooke and I have moved several times over the past few years - and guess who the first one was to always show up and help - even if he did scratch our dining room table on a door one time. Brooke forgave him for that one.

There were the numerous times we sat beside each other in class on Sunday morning or Sunday night. He was probably trying to pay attention, and I'd lean over and try to be funny. He would just grin - even if my comment wasn't funny.

There were the times over the past several years we've planned our Baja trips together. Tim and Ben and I always seemed to end up as roomies. And when we'd get there, Tim did the jobs no one else wanted to do. Two years ago Tim and I got to be roofers...we really screwed that one up. We got half way done with one side before we were told to start over. Thankfully Rex let us stay up there. As we were about to begin, Ryan Cagle was there to tie us off from slipping off the tin roof. As he tied us off, I remember Tim telling everyone not to tell Kacey that he was up there. She probably wouldn't have been thrilled.

I remember our trip to Baja this past spring when Tim volunteered to run all of the children's activities (even when Kacey couldn't make the trip at the last minute). He pulled it off without complaint. As he and I taught one of the children's lessons, I made him "play" the role of Jesus when the children came to him. Believe me when I say that Tim didn't need any acting lessons - he was a perfect fit. After returning from the trip, Tim sent me an email letting me know how well he thought the trip had gone - I emailed him back to thank him for all of his efforts and his servant attitude. I wrote..."I look forward to many more trips together." My heart aches to know that I won't be his sidekick in the future.

I remember how he loved the church...he spent so many hours in serving others of our church. Only God (and Kacey) know the time, energy, and money he sunk into other people's lives. He did it without flare, without pomp and circumstance...only with gentleness and humility.

I remember the times that we studied and prayed together. We had a small guys group that met together over this past year to encourage one another and pray for each other. I'll never share some of the things that were shared amongst that group, but I know where Tim's heart was - and he was constantly striving to be exactly what God called him to be. Tim was a trusted friend and confidant, the kind that don't come along very often. If I'm candid, I guess I secretly hoped that our group would one day be serving the church as Shepherds together. Tim was living it out each day.

I remember his one liners, his quick wit, and his ridiculously funny emails the morning after something humourous happened.

I remember how much he loved Kacey and the girls. He worked hard to make his marriage and family strong. That legacy will be carried out for generations to come.

Tim's legacy will carry on long after this week of events is over. His love for God, family, and others is something for us all to emulate. And as we look upon our own lives and how we can become better, Tim wouldn't want us to model him. He would tell us to model his Perfect Savior, for that's what Tim did each and every day.

e martë, 29 korrik 2008

Stars Game

Last night Carter and I took a trip to the Stars game - he was the only one up for it so we went by ourselves. Carter has been asking to do the "Rocket Race" but is technically too young. I figured out a way to get him in and he ended up racing two big kids, twice his size. He was so excited because he got to go in the dugout with the players and he kept telling me how he was going to beat the big kids - the winner got a $10 gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods. When he lined up to race, everyone in the stands were cheering for him because he was so small...it was the funniest thing I've ever seen. See for yourselves...


I've never seen a kid so happy and proud of himself in my life...definitely a good memory I won't soon forget.

e diel, 15 qershor 2008

e mërkurë, 11 qershor 2008

The End of an Era

Tonight was the official end of a great era, also known as the 10 game T Ball season for the Bad News Bears. We ended it on a high note, spanking the Braves in a blowout. The past two weeks have had their share of highlights. Last week Carter was playing pitcher while Camden played first base. Carter made a play on a ground ball and subsequently turned around to throw a two (or three or four) hopper to Camden for an out. Anytime your son makes a good play you are proud, but when they're both involved in the same good play you tend to beam with joy. I know this sounds corny, but it was pretty special to see them be involved together in that. The chances for them to play together on the same team down the road will be fewer, so I cherished the moment. Tonight a similar play almost happened. Same scenario with Carter at second base this time. He made a great stop on a ball and threw to Camden who couldn't quite handle it. A close call, but no out.

I'll claim the unofficial T Ball Championship this year. For the year, Camden ended with four home runs (including one tonight), one of which was a grand salami. Carter led the league in batting and fielding percentage (for four year olds). They were unanimous selections to the All Star Game (unanimous because Brooke and I were the only voters) that I fictitiously made up. All in all, a great season. I'm very proud of my boys, not just because of their fine baseball skills, but for the boys that they are becoming. Case in point, a number of people have told me that Camden led prayer at the VBS opener Sunday night at Mayfair. They told me what a terrific job he did and how he jumped up to pray without hesitation. That, my friends, really makes me proud. I'll take that over a homer any day.
We've got a big weekend coming up, Cousin Cort's big wedding. The whole fam will be tuxed up and dressed up, so I'll have lots of pictures next week.

e hënë, 12 maj 2008

Mothers Day Weekend

We had quite a busy Mothers Day Weekend...

It all started Friday night with our First Annual Make A Wish Gala. I am fortunate enough to serve on the local advisory board for the Make A Wish Foundation. As you may know, MAW grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. This typically includes a trip to Disney World or meeting their favorite celebrity. The Gala was a huge success...we raised over $75,000 for the night and had over 450 people in attendance at the new Westin Hotel. This will allow us to grant almost 15 new wishes. Brooke was my date hot date (she looked beautiful!) and helped me out with all of my duties for the night. We had Gene Stallings as our keynote speaker, and although I'm not a Bammer, he was extremely impressive. Thanks to my mom and dad for coming over to spend the night with the kids while we were out.

Saturday was a full day with the annual Johnson family reunion in the big city of Vernon, Alabama. Honestly, this is not my favorite thing in the world to do, but I know how much it means to Brooke's grandmother to have everyone there so that makes it worth it. We did have a good time...we played lots of baseball with the kids and even snuck in a little Guitar Hero on grandmother's 1955 TV. A long day, but a good day.

Sunday we celebrated Mothers Day. It's fair to say that Camden, Carter, & Caley have the best mommy in the whole wide world (I'm sure others reading this will have their own opinion). We enjoyed worship together and then spent the afternoon at home. Brooke got a gift card for Mothers Day (wow, I'm so creative) but then she got her big present that afternoon...a new trampoline! She's been begging for one so she could turn flips and practice her famous back handsprings. Actually, she's been begging for one so the kids would go in the backyard and leave her alone for a while! So in essence, yes, it was her present as well.

I spent hours putting the thing together...long after the kids went to bed. Who knows if it's actually put together right...guess we'll find out when one of the kids gets hurt. Good thing we only live 1/2 mile from the ER now.

Back to Mothers Day...I didn't get to share it with my Mom, but let it be known that she is loved very much. She and my grandmother were two of my pillars of faith growing up, and similar to Timothy as described by Paul in II Timothy, instilled their faith in me. I'll always be grateful for their example.

e diel, 27 prill 2008


Pretty quiet weekend around here...

Friday night was spent with friends at the Wallis' house for dinner. We had a great time there and enjoyed a great meal together while talking a little politics. It always humors me to hear everyone's opinions. Yesterday morning the Bears may have met their match with the Royals. Not sure of the final score, but I have a feeling they snuck by us. The Bash Brothers perhaps played their best game of the year so far though. Camden had two stand up triples after smoking the outfielders with a line drive and Carter hit the ball well too. One inning Camden was playing second and Carter was at short...pretty funny seeing them play next to each other on the dirt. Hope this will be the start of a great double-play combination for years to come!

Last night we went to Bridge Street to goof off. We ate at Red Robin, took a twirl on the carousel, and finished the night off with ice cream.

The week to come should be pretty busy. Caley's family birthday party is Saturday, so I'm sure we'll have plenty of cleaning up to do. For her birthday present, we're thinking of putting her in gymnastics or ballet...any suggestions?

e enjte, 24 prill 2008

3-0...Other News of Note

No pics from tonight's game, but the Bears pulled out another victory. The Busby Bash Brothers both played a great game tonight. Carter got the game ball for his efforts at the plate tonight.

In other news around the house, we took the plunge last week and bought Guitar Hero III for PS2. I pawned it off as being for the kids, but if the truth be told, I really wanted it too. I'm not, nor have I ever been, a big video game fan. This, however, rocks! As usual, Brooke is much better than me, but I'll keep practicing.

Should be a pretty calm weekend...looks like we're in for plenty of rain. We've got a game scheduled Saturday morning, but we may get washed out. Friday night is our monthly Welcome Home Dinner with friends from church. This is a great time to get together with friends and hang out. We're looking forward to that.

Saw today where the tax rebates should be on their way shortly. I've got plans to sock away for Christmas and vacation. Anybody have big plans for their money?

Brooke and I have been trying to spend more time in the Word. We've made a commitment to read the Bible to the kids each night. We're also trying to spend more time alone in Scripture as well. I know this will pay big dividends for our family.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

e enjte, 17 prill 2008

Chalk Another One Up...

The Bad News Bears are 2-0 for the season. We pulled out a hard fought victory versus the Red Sox tonight with an 18-14 nailbiter. Not the best game for the Bash Brothers (aka Camden & Carter), but Carter did come up with a crucial ribbie in the 3rd inning. It's funny stuff watching these kids play!

In other matters, Brooke will be heading to Birmingham for her cuz's lingerie shower on Saturday, so I'll be on Official Dad Duty. We'll find lots of cool stuff to do and lots of junk food to eat.

I've recently started "training" for the Cotton Row Run, the Memorial Day 10K in Huntsville. Brooke and I ran it last year and had a blast. If you've ever thought about doing something like this, it's tons of fun so you should sign up. Just google Cotton Row Run Huntsville.

Now when I say training, I mean running once a week...nothing serious. I ran the entire course on Wednesday morning at 5:30 and could barely walk the rest of the day...it's official; I'm getting old. For those of you who believe in accountability, my goal for the race is to break 50 minutes...we'll see.

Hope everyone has a great week.

e enjte, 10 prill 2008

Baseball Season is Upon Us...

It's T-Ball Season in the Busby house...Camden & Carter had their first game of the season tonight against the mighty Indians. The Bad News Bears (yes, we're the BNB), however, took them down with ease. T Ball may be one of the purest forms of fun a parent can have watching their child. I'm helping my good buddy John Stephens coach this year and we're having a blast so far. We've got a great group of kids. The Busby Boys (aka the Bash Brothers) were stroking the ball tonight and also made some great plays in the field. Owen Stephens was like a vacuum cleaner at first base as well. We actually made 6 or 7 outs during the game...it's pretty rare to make one at this age.

This is Camden's favorite (and best) sport. He seems to have a natural knack for it. I must admit that I was a little worried about Carter "playing" up with some kids a little older than him, but he's more than held his own. He's improved a ton in the past month and is going to turn out just fine. They both played well tonight and had a blast.

I'll keep you posted as we move through the season, but for now we are atop the standings and have no plans of giving up first place. Go Bears!

e enjte, 20 mars 2008


I've been a little slack in posting lately. We returned from Baja last Wednesday night...a great trip but always glad to be back home with my fam. I can't begin to tell you how great an experience it was to have my dad with me on the trip. I know that he really enjoyed it and looks forward to going back again. I spent most of the three days on a roof with my friends Michael, Tim, Luke, & Ryan. At one point, Ryan Cagle had to tie Tim & I off with a rope just so we could walk the tin we were putting on the roof. His comment as he was getting us ready..."if you don't know a knot, tie a lot". We felt really confident after that! The knots held up though, as Tim and I both would have ended up in Mexican hospitals without them.

On the homefront, we are planning to move next Tuesday. Our current house is in shambles with boxes and miscellaneous stuff stewn everywhere. I hate moving! We're excited about being back closer to downtown though. Camden & Carter have both started the tball season. They love baseball, especially Camden. The other night he went and found my glove and took me out for us to throw together. We probably threw for an hour...he loved it, and I did too! It's the kind of moments that you look forward to when they're screaming three month olds. Special times and good memories I'll never forget.

Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great Easter...

e hënë, 3 mars 2008

Baja Bound

This Friday I'll be leaving for my annual pilgrimmage to the Baja. Without a doubt, this is one of the biggest highlights of my year. I look forward to this trip from the time I get back home from the last one. There's something about the people in Baja that really touch my heart deep down. Their spirits transcend simple happiness, for happiness is dictated by circumstances. As Americans, we would not typically consider their circumstances something to be "happy" about. Their spirits exude joy...I think that in the last four years or so I have learned more about the word joy from these sweet people than from any other place. Their smiles, laughter, faithfulness, and love for the Lord encourage me. I look forward to seeing my Baja brethren that I've now seen six or seven times...the bonds grow deeper with each trip.

I am particularly excited about this trip because, as I mentioned in my last post, my dad will be joining me. It's exciting to share your love for a ministry with someone who's never experienced it before. We'll be doing a lot of construction while we're there, and that's right up his alley. You'd never know I was his son by my lack of carpentry skills. I fall far short of being like Christ when it comes to woodworking. I will, however, take a stab and driving a nail or two while we're there.

Me and My Parents

I ask that you pray for our trip. Pray for our safety, but more importantly, pray that God's kingdom will grow through this work. I have no idea what God has in store with our team, but I do know that His ways are much higher than our ways (Isaiah 55: 8-9). It's fun to sit back at the end of the day and see how He has worked. Until next time...God bless.

e diel, 24 shkurt 2008

I'm Back...

Well, it's only been 7 months since my last post. The chance that anyone actually navigates back to read this is slim to none. Things are a little hectic right now. We sold our house last weekend and are starting to pack up for our move. We're moving back over the mountain to Blossomwood. I am very thankful as this will put me about 3 minutes from my office. This should give me more time at home, which I cherish. A picture of the new house is below. In the meantime, we're leaving on our trip to Baja on March 7th. I can't tell you how excited I am about this trip. A couple of reasons...first, the people there always steal my heart. The joy they exuberate brings a warmth to my soul. Second, my dad is joining me on the trip. I'm so excited to serve side by side with him. At home, things are pretty good. Camden has been having some trouble with leaving us and going to school each day. This has been a source of stress for all of us, but this too shall pass. Carter and Caley are doing well...it's amazing how all three are getting so big. I'm so proud of each of them. Molly, our 3 month old golden retriever, continues to terrorize the house, but she's been a blessing as well. We wrap up basketball this coming Saturday. We've had a fun season and the boys have both enjoyed it. T-Ball season is fast approaching! That's it for now...I promise to be more faithful in my posting, so check back soon for more. Until then, have a blessed week.

e shtunë, 7 korrik 2007

Birthday Boy

During this past week, as the Country celebrated its Birthday, our oldest son celebrated his as well. It's so hard to believe that Camden turned 5 on July 4th. I know how cliched this sounds, but it literally seems like yesterday when I witnessed his birth. I can vividly remember the pictures we took of him laying on my forearm in his first few weeks of life. And today, he's this independent little boy about to enter through the halls of Kindergarten. Where did the time go?

Camden, I am so proud of you. I know that I often lose my patience with you (because you're as hardheaded as me), but know that I love you and your brother and sister more than life itself. It gives me such a sense of pride and joy to sit back and watch you as you interact with the world. Your spirit and personality bring a warmth to my heart. My prayer is that your mother and I will guide you in the right direction from boyhood to manhood, and that the Lord will take the seeds we plant and make you His Man, a man that serves Him and others with passion and vigor.

e shtunë, 16 qershor 2007

Fathers Day Weekend

I'm back...unofficially at least. It's Fathers Day weekend and it's been great so far. Friday night we took advantage of Parents Night Out at church, and today was a great day spent with my kiddos. We definitely had a highlight today - Carter took his first airplane ride. He's been begging to go for months, so today was the day. Actually, I've been wanting to go just as bad as he has, so he was a good excuse for me! We went up in a small yellow and red Piper. Carter and I sat in the back seat and had a blast.

I've attached a few pics of the experience. We were only up in the air for about 40 minutes, but he had a smile on the whole time. It's always great capturing and savoring those moments as a dad. He was so excited! We couldn't quite coax his older brother along for the ride, but we'll keep working on him. Carter now has new career aspirations - you guessed it - a pilot.

e hënë, 19 mars 2007

Latest Update/Baja Bound

Has it really been almost a month since I've posted anything? Life has been a little hectic lately, with no signs of slowing down much anytime soon. Here's the latest update...Camden wrapped up basketball season and is gearing up for his first season of T-Ball. I think the little guy's a natural center fielder. He's doing great with catching the ball and his arm is getting much better as well. He seems to love it so far, so we'll see if it lasts. Carter is ready for soccer (he's begging to play), but unfortunately, it doesn't start until the Fall. Until then, he got a pair of cleats so he could keep up with Big Brother. Caley, our beautiful resident Drama Queen, is holding her own in the house. She's getting big and has big aspirations of "go potty" right now.

As for Brooke, she's hit a bump in the road with her running. A little over a week ago, she did 16 miles. Incredible! All this running, however, has taken its toll. Looks like she may have a stress fracture. The doc told her to stay off for a week, and it hasn't gotten any better yet. She may have it scanned tomorrow to find out for sure. I know how disappointed she'll be if she doesn't get to run the marathon, but her discipline and hard work are accomplishment enough for me. I'm extremely proud of her for how well she's done.

Me...works been chaotic lately, but a reprieve is near. I'll be leaving Thursday with our group to head to Baja. I think this will be my 6th trip, and it never seems to get old. This trip should be an interesting one. I'm excited about our team (although I'll miss my faithful sidekick Brooke on this one) and the opportunities for so many first-timers to go. It's always a blessing to see how this work touches them so much. After multiple trips, I don't so much care about the construction or building or working as I do about loving on the brothers and sisters of the church in Baja. The circumstances that they endure every day (after we've gone home to our comfortable lives) are tough to describe, and I hope that our presence is a drop of encouragement to them. One day, we'll all be together, where there are no dirt floors for beds or families worrying about how they will feed their children.

Please pray for our trip...for our safety and for the church in Baja to be encouraged. May Jesus be seen through the work that is done this weekend.

e diel, 18 shkurt 2007


Wow...what a weekend! The whole family just returned from an action packed weekend at Winterfest in Gatlinburg. We had an awesome time hanging out with the guys and gals from the Mayfair Youth Group. It's such a blessing to spend time with these young men and women and see the level of spiritual maturity they display. I'm always so impressed at how many of them have such a genuine, pure desire to enhance their personal relationship with Christ.

This weekend the theme for Winterfest was "The Prize". The theme was taken directly from Paul's letter to the church at Philipi, in which he urges his brothers and sisters to "press on toward the goal for THE PRIZE" which is found in Christ Jesus. There were so many great lessons from the weekend, and a lot of good discussion from the kids in the group as well. My favorite part of the sessions, however, was hearing 6,000 people praise God through song...it was powerful. I know that I was blessed immensely by being there, and my prayer is that the kids grew closer to each other, and more importantly, to Christ, over the weekend.

Some highlights and pictures from the weekend:

* Camden throwing up Friday night...not what we wanted on the first night there, but that's what we get for too much pizza and popcorn. He recovered for the remainder of the weekend, although I spent some of Saturday with Carter & Caley by myself. Thanks to Chris & Stacy, Joy, and all of the teens for helping me out that morning.

* The Snow...it was gorgeous. It snowed most of the day on Saturday, and other than us all freezing to death, I think it really helped the weekend out.

* Seeing my kids play in the snow. No, not just my real kids, but our high schoolers sledding down a nearly vertical hillside on a garbage can lid (Grant & May) and having an all out war of a snowball fight.

* The "Gallon Challenge". Four of the guys (Chris, Jared, Ross, and Michael) decided to try and separately down a gallon of chocolate milk in an hour. Needless to say, no one finished it off, but Chris came the closest for the win. The hour ended with the biggest barrage of brown puke I've ever seen. Did we really stay up until 3am to watch this? Yes, we've got it all on film.

* Hanging out with the Andersons and Cagles, our Huddle Leader cohorts. It's been a great blessing to spend time with their families this year.

* Watching the way my kids latch on and love the teenagers. If any of the teens happen to read this, little eyes and ears and watching and listening. By the way, I think my boys have a thing teenage girls.

* Seeing some of the teens be pricked by what they heard, and making a commitment to make a change in their hearts. No one in the group was baptized this weekend, but I trust that many seeds were planted and that the rest of us were re-energized and re-focused.

In summary, an incredible weekend. We pray for changed lives and renewed spirits. God, thank you for giving us just what we need just when we need it.

e martë, 13 shkurt 2007

Little Girls

Is this what I should expect every day for the next eighteen years?



e diel, 11 shkurt 2007

Marathon Bound

As some of you may know, Brooke got a wild hair about three months ago that she wanted to run a marathon. Honestly, I thought that this was another case of "one track mind" that would pass after the first couple of weeks. Don't get me wrong, Brooke is a great athlete, but running has never been her thing. In fact, she couldn't run a mile four months ago without being out of breath and tired. To my amazement, she completed a 13 mile run in the cold and wind yesterday. Yes, no period in there. Not 1 point 3, but thirteen miles. I am really proud of her for the discipline she has shown the past few months. Even with aches, pains, and time constraints, she has stuck diligently to her training schedule. Why can't I be that disciplined? I actually started out running with her, but a few aches in the knee gave me a good excuse to stop. I'll stick to basketball as my form of exercise for now.

The Nashville (Country Music) Marathon is coming up in late April, so Brooke is halfway to the 26.2 miles of torture. It seems like a long way to go, but she's squashed any of my doubts so far, so no reason to doubt her now. Brooke, when you read this, I'm proud of you. You're doing a great job.

e premte, 9 shkurt 2007


Here's a picture of the kiddos from last weekend. It's pretty easy to get frustrated at the little things they do sometimes, but it's also the little things that make me smile, laugh, and fill my heart with a joy I can't describe. I heard a song this morning that Steven Curtis Chapman sang called Cinderella. Its lyrics reminded us to savor the small things, because before we blink our eyes, our children will be grown. God, I thank you for the immense blessings we have in our children, and even more importantly, thank you for calling me your child.

e diel, 4 shkurt 2007


Saturday was yet another day in the land of Upward Basketball - Kindergarten style. Our team got hammered, but we've improved so much. I was extremely proud of Camden's improvement on defense...I really think he's starting to get the hang of it and understand the flow of the game. It's been exciting to watch how my five kids have improved so much since December. I told someone that I almost lost my religion trying to get them to listen and understand two weeks ago, but this season has taught me a lot about patience and encouragement - two critical elements for coaching five rambunctious 4 & 5 year old boys. In fact, I've probably learned a lot more than they have. Next up, a rematch of our Sharks against the Flash. It should be an epic battle. I've posted some pictures for your enjoyment.

e enjte, 1 shkurt 2007

Snow Day

Today was Snow Day at the house. No, not a winter wonderland, but enough to get the kids excited enough to go outside at 6:30 this morning. I can't even remember the last time it actually snowed here before today. In fact, Camden has probably never seen it really snow. They had a blast though...until their hands froze. They helped the neighbors make a snowman and through a few snowballs before the cold rain set in. Here are a couple of pics from this morning.

e shtunë, 27 janar 2007

Daddy Duty

Brooke was at Ladies Retreat Friday night and this morning, so the last 24 hours have been just Dad & the kiddos. We made it...no broken bones, no ER visits, no nothing. Man, I'm good at this. Actually, I really enjoy my time alone with the kids. It's a great chance for me to spend some good one-on-one time with them. Last night was dinner out and a movie (at home). This morning we spiffed up the house and went to Camden's basketball game. Not exactly sure who won, but Camden is really improving. I'll try to get a picture of him playing up soon. It can be a little chaotic coaching 4 and 5 year olds, but worth it in the end. That's it for now; hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday.

e hënë, 22 janar 2007

What is Worship?

Last night was one of mine and Brooke's (and the kids) favorite Sunday nights of the month. Huddles night! We can't say enough about what a wonderful ministry this is and how blessed we are to a part of it. I think we were literally the last couple added to the mix this year and it has turned out to be a great decision for us. We are so blessed to be working with the 9th graders at Mayfair. They are a great group of young people that we have the opportunity to help mentor. It's great having Chris & Stacy and Ryan & Joy there as our partners in this. I think each of our families have been blessed, and I hope we are somehow returning the favor to the kids.

Last night (after Pizza and before a rowdy game of "Honey I Love You but I Just Can't Smile! - thanks Chris!), we talked about the idea of Worship. When I was a 9th grader, worship to me was exactly what the world seems to define it as, going to church on Sunday morning. It was not until much later (and I'm still learning today), that God has called us to something so much greater than corporate worship. Our communal worship is often a highlight, but it's the ins and outs of our daily life that can be the sweet fragrance of worship to God. Paul defines it for us in Romans 12 where he tells us the true act of spiritual worship is to be Holy...set apart for God. That goes so much deeper than what many of us are willing to do. Being set apart for God is much more than calling ourselves a Christian because we attend church; it's a lifestyle characterized by not just knowing about God, but knowing God on a deep, relational level. It means being set apart in our speech and our actions. Did you do that today? As I reflect back on the day, there were many times where I just blended in. Just last night, I challenged the kids to be set apart, to be holy, but did I uphold myself to that same challenge? Probably not. The good news, however, is that God calls me back to His throne once again, just as He always has. Tonight and tomorrow, I'll try once again to present my life as a worship to our Creator.

e premte, 19 janar 2007

Welcome to My Blog

I never, ever thought I'd be doing this. My excuse is that it will be a great way to share pictures and stories with family and friends.