Monthly Archives: August 2012

God of the Awesome, God of the Everyday

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee (Photo credit:

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

–Matthew 4:18-20, NAS

It was a familiar scene: Fishermen out on the sea, working hard. Laughter as they bring in the nets, straining with the catch. Birds wheeling in close, trying to sneak an easy meal.

And then came the Rabbi, calling the brothers to be His disciples.

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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday!

This week’s video reminds me of the time Roger and I were in NYC with our younger son. He was a dancer–an accomplished dancer–and he had taken a couple of classes at a studio there that morning. Afterward, he wanted to remember a particular routine to teach at his local studio. So we ducked around a corner by a Starbucks in the theatre district. He started to rehearse the routine–kind of quietly, not full-out–while I videoed. Several people looked on as he rehearsed the steps; and two women came over, cameras on the ready, to ask us if he was rehearsing, and for which show.

We were honest … But what if we hadn’t been? We might have been just a couple of bouncers short of this.

Hmm … I think I’m just as glad we didn’t go that route. All that posing for photos with all those girls might have been too exhausting for him!

Also, the video is called “Fake Celebrity.” It seems that “My 15 Minutes” or something of the sort might have been a better title. After all, he was a celebrity … for one evening.

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I Can Do ALL Things?!


superman (Photo credit: scottfeldstein) (No, not my Superman!)

“I can do all things, all things, all things. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13!”

My son sang this verse when he was quite young. It always made me smile. What mom wouldn’t want to hear her son singing the Scriptures, learning them so they can help and guide him later? It just warms the heart, doesn’t it?

That’s all well and good–until said young son catches sight of Superman. Then the really deep theological questions start to flow.

“Mom, why can’t I fly? Should I try from someplace higher? Will Jesus help me jump over buildings?”

“Well, what does ‘all things’ mean, anyway?”

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome to this week’s Intermission. I hope you’re having a great week!

After taking some time off over the summer, I’m beginning my fall work schedule. I’ll be doing some editing from home for a company located in another state, which means any project discussions will take place over email or by phone. Let’s see, how can we more easily communicate editing changes? Perhaps Victor Borge can help.

Hmm… I can just imagine those phone conversations!

My work isn’t just about the mundane polishing of words on pages, though. No, it’s much more important than that. Remember, commas can save lives.

And a final reminder of why my job is so crucial:

Well, I must run. There’s work to be done!

Thanks for joining me. See you tomorrow!

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A Bookish Afternoon

The cats have been uneasy this afternoon, Lucy finally slinking away to hide in her sanctuary. She nestles among my shoes until she finds the small blanket that’s been placed there for her, a soft spot in the wardrobe that serves as her refuge during scary thunderstorms.

The great room is slightly darkened. Thunder rumbles, but no rain has come
so far.

And I’m sitting beside a bookcase, sifting through the books.

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Listening to Dolphins

A dusky dolphin named "Nox".

A dusky dolphin named “Nox”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Mom! We heard the dolphins talking! It was amazing! They sounded like ‘click, click, click’!”

The boys were excited, and I didn’t blame them. Eavesdropping on dolphins is pretty amazing.

We were at the beach, and the dolphins had come in to feed, as they did twice each day. The boys were quite young, and they and their dad were in the water during one of the feeding times. I was on the shore, watching the dolphins leap.

So how do you listen to dolphins? Simple: You lean into the water. You immerse yourself—or at least your ears–in their world. You get wet.

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Thursday Intermission

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve gotten a case of the summer lazies. I’ve taken several brief trips this summer, and worked on various projects; soon I’ll be busy with work again.

But today, I’m feeling a little lazy.

Or, as Louis Armstrong put it in the intro to this clip: “I ain’t lazy. I’m just blessed with a lack of ambition.” (Sorry. I couldn’t find the extended version on video. Or maybe I just got tired of looking.)

This clip is by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, two great artists and friends. So, if you’re already in a lazy frame of mind, here’s some mood music. If you’re not … well, be careful. It could be contagious.

Whatever life brings you today, enjoy your day!


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Motivated or Committed?

Women's Olympic Road Race- 29th July 2012

Women’s Olympic Road Race- 29th July 2012 (Photo credit: MrHunnybun)

Daily Bible reading. Prayer. Exercise. Eating healthfully. Learning. Working toward our dreams.

Sometimes we need to make changes in our lives, in the way we do things, in what we’re committed to.

And, often, it’s not too hard to see what it is that we need to change.

“I’ll need to stay ahead on the readings if I want to do well in this class.”

“I need to cut the desserts and hit the gym so I can lose that extra weight.”

“I need to earn some extra money if I want to travel.”

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Thursday Intermission

Hey, there! Welcome to Thursday Intermission, your chance to relax and take a break.

This week I commiserated with my sister about the policy of compulsory change of passwords at her office. There are certain requirements, the passwords have to be changed every few weeks, and they can’t be reused. So I sent her this helpful documentary:

I also sent out a couple of birthday cards, being careful not to select any that might be objectionable to family pets:

And while playing with my cats, I contemplated the fact that, while they might perhaps not be the most highly intelligent of animals, at least they aren’t trying to play fetch with statues.

Thanks for joining me this week. See you tomorrow!

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I Need You; I Don’t Need You

Sometimes life seems full of difficulties; troubles loom, disaster awaits. And so we turn to God. We need Him.

And other times, things go well for us. We know ourselves to be blessed; we see that we can make our way on our own. No need to trouble God at the moment; we have all we need. We don’t need Him.

The only problem is that we do need Him. Every day. All the time. Even when we think we don’t.

We need His grace poured out. We need His life and light in our lives. We need His forgiveness and His strength to move on and to grow.

Fortunately, He’s there to catch us … even when we don’t think we need Him. And we do need Him–even when we think we don’t.

“In Him we live, and move, and are [have our being] …”

— Acts 17:28

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