Category Archives: Spring Green

Prayer Letter – July 2012


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Guitars and Cheese

I learned a valuable lesson today:  being a talented Tetris player is usually a very valuable asset when packing, however, if you’re flying with a guitar and cheddar cheese, you may want to put that skill on hold.

For my flight to Bucharest, I had two extra check bags plus a guitar, and when I called Aer Lingus, they told me it would cost me $240 extra for all the extra bags. So, I figured, “Hey, I can probably pack some of that into my guitar case and spread the rest among the other bags, cutting down on one extra bag.” And thus my guitar found itself packed with cheese, good old Wisconsin cheddar cheese.

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I was “Too Much Coffee Man” yesterday, and boy did I get a lot done!

So, I was cleaning my cupboards yesterday, getting rid of just about everything in preparation for my move to Romania.  And I came across an old can of coffee.

I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I sure was yesterday.

I may have OD’d on coffee.

But, man, did I get a ton of stuff done!  I spent all day wrapping up odds-and-ends and getting things ready for Romania.  I squared things away with my bank and the post office, cleaned out all the old food, unpacked the pile of stuff left out the camping trip, called a ton of kids to come pick up their lost-and-found items, sorted and packed all my stuff into bags for the plane, and so much more!

Although the twitching hands made delicate tasks difficult (no open-heart surgery for sure), the sheer ability of coffee to get stuff done was awesome!  I couldn’t sit still.

So, yeah, I felt a little like a super hero yesterday.

And like a kid with ADHD.

When I get overwhelmed… I escape

Everybody responds differently when they feel overwhelmed.  Some people grit their teeth and just keep plugging away, doing what they’ve always done and beating the hare like the tortoise.  Others freak out and do something crazy, sometimes even ending up with awesome results.  Others are like me.  They flee.

When I get overwhelmed, I need to get away.  I need to take a breather, get away with God, find his perspective on things, and then come back full of the faith and confidence that he will do what he promised.

So this week, I took a couple days to relax, hang out with some of the guys, and seek God in the woods.

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Wish I had a little more time…

I like to say that I work well under pressure, but really the truth is that I am a procrastinator.  Big time.  (In fact, I procrastinate my procrastinating.  Errr….  Maybe not…  I may have just confused myself.)

But here I am with 4 hours to get packed for the big camping trip I’m taking the boys on (starting this afternoon!), and I also have to figure out what stuff I’m bringing back go Green Bay for storing while I’m in Romania.  That means I have to get my stuff packed so that my bags are all under 50 pounds.

I had planned to take care of all of this yesterday (my procrastination method), and that would’ve worked out fine.  But when my church bought me Logos, a Bible study software, I was obligated to install it and then explore its vastness.  Of course, installations never work right the first time, so I had a few issues there that I had to tackle.  But by that time it was noon, and I had to get the house cleaned for our last CL meeting of the year (and my last one ever).  And then I had to get supper ready.  And counsel a student….  And after CL, I met with Seth and James to help them deal with some apartment renting issues….  And by that time it was almost 2 a.m.

So here I am with 4 hours (okay, now it’s 3 hours and 45 minutes) left to get stuff done.

Maybe tomorrow I’ll stop procrastinating.

All He Says I Am – Cody Carnes

I’m sitting here at our Prayer Weekend, and the CD has been stuck on one song for the last hour.  I just can’t get enough of “All He Says I Am” by Cody Carnes lately. I love the simplicity of the song’s declaration:  I am all he says I am.

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When God Shows Up

Last night was our last ever meeting of REALife, and it was awesome.  Although I’m going to miss everyone incredibly, I can’t think of a better way to end our two years of ministry on Thursday nights.  (And, actually, it may not be the end; the kids were talking to Josiah about keeping things going on over summer.)

But I can’t really think of any better way to describe tonight than to say God showed up.  (Yes, he’s always here (Matthew 28:20, Matthew 18:20, Deuteronomy 31:6), but there are also times when he’s more here (2 Corinthians 3:17, Exodus 19:18-20, Luke 5:17, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 57:15, Acts 2:4, 2 Chronicles 5:11-14) or, at the very least, when we notice him more.)

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