Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Letter 2013

Hello, friends and family! This year, Peter and I sent out 100 Christmas letters--but we didn't nearly send them to everyone we wanted to. For all those we weren't able to send it to, here it is! We love you all and we're so thankful you're in our lives. (Full Text & Pictures Below)

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS,
FRIENDS & FAMILY!


If I were to sum up 2013 in one sentence it would be: God is faithful. In every area of our life, from our jobs, to our friends and family, to our personal stories, the theme has been His faithfulness. Take our jobs: at New Day, where I am the Administrator, God called our church to start a second campus in Vandalia. This year we went from practically nothing to having a building, remodeling it, and meeting weekly--and He provided it all miraculously! In WorshipArts, God’s brought new vision, new families, and new opportunities for us to bless our community. It’s been Peter’s full time job for the past 3 ½ years and it’s been only by God’s faithfulness that it has grown and flourished!


In every situation, He has comforted, provided, and encouraged. This February, my great-grandma went to be with the Lord at the age of 101. His presence of peace and comfort was right by my family’s side as we remembered this great woman. She stayed faithful to Christ through everything--and she experienced just about everything you could, living for a century!  His provision has been evident is so many ways--a major one was when our “Old Faithful” 1995 Honda’s front tire gave out and was perpendicular to the rest of the car. It was sudden and unexpected, and if it had happened on the highway or in traffic we could have been seriously injured--but it happened practically in a parking spot at our apartment! In April, I went through a season of intense stress. We had so much on our plates that for a few days I had difficulty eating--but God was so faithful and our community supported us through prayer and picking up all sorts of loose ends. I never want to take for granted the blessing and encouragement I find in our Kalamazoo community. It is incredible! Speaking of Kalamazoo, Peter and I have been overjoyed to be a part of the greater community of Christians in our city--we participated in a city-wide prayer and outreach event with over 50 other churches, and we’ve been able to help in the start of what will someday be a house of 24/7 prayer and worship in Kalamazoo.


On October 11th, we bought a house! What a testimony to God’s faithfulness! The world says, “these days you cannot buy a home without a good credit score” and yet He provided: this young couple, working in full-time ministry, with no credit score at all, purchased a lovely first home together this year!


This year we’ve also devoted time to sharing our lives online, with the goal of encouraging others, and we plan to continue doing so in 2014! If you’d be blessed to see it, you can see my photos (I try to post at least 4 or 5 pictures a week) at www.instagram.com/torikwebb. Peter and I both write regularly on our blogs, too, at www.torikwebb.com and www.peterdwebb.com.


If you know us even a little bit, we hope it comes as no surprise to you that we love seeing God’s Kingdom grow and it’s been a major desire of ours for years. It is beyond encouraging to us to see it happening personally, in WorshipArts, at New Day, and in our city. We hope and pray that the testimonies of His faithfulness we’ve shared will encourage you to keep trusting Him for provision in your life.  If you’re in a season where you are praying for change, be encouraged by this story.  Your prayers are heard and God is moving, even if you may not see it now. Keep trusting, keep pressing in--He is faithful.


MERRY CHRISTMAS
& HAPPY NEW YEAR,
Peter & Tori Webb




Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Your Mrs.

Twelve and a half years. I've known my husband longer than I've not known him. And today we celebrate his birth.

I am so blessed. So many memories with you, my love. So many adventures together. I love that we get to have each other, and hold each other, every day. That every day, going forward, I can count on you as my constant friend. You blow me away with your faithfulness. You win my heart more and more with your love. I'm so thankful that we do life with community--with God, our family, and our friends. And I promise you, Peter Webb, to love you faithfully every day of our lives. We've had our adventures in sickness--some more unpleasant than others--and our adventures in full, joyful health. We've had fantastic good times together--trips together, jokes together, television shows and movies, pulling off so many events, parties, relaxing evenings at home together alone. And we've dealt with our own bad times, struggles, problems, and fears. We share the highest of joys together, and we are by each other's side to weather the sorrows, too.

Peter Webb, on your birthday, I want you to know I mean my vows.  I promise to love you unconditionally, when you're in a good mood and when you're not, when you are strong and when you don't feel so strong, when you are kind to me, when you aren't, when you're forgetful or distracted, when you're passionate, when you're inspired--no matter what, I love you.

I promise to support you in your goals, to do everything I can to cheer you on, to help you win at life. I will be by your side, physically whenever I can, but always in spirit. If anyone can make your crazy big dreams a reality, it's you, empowered by Jesus. I can't wait to see what goals you achieve in this next year, and the years to come.

I promise to honor and respect you. You are my man, you are the head of my family, and I will respect you unconditionally. You have what it takes. You are so full of wisdom. I am honored to be your wife and I want to be a treasure and a joy for you, to be your "good thing" every day.

I promise to laugh with you--thank you for making me laugh so easily! Your humor makes my life a joy, and I think I've laughed happily because of you every day since we've been married. I am unbelievably blessed to have my own personal stellar comedian as my HUSBAND! How cool is that?! And baby, I promise to cry with you. I pray those times are few and far between, but when sorrow comes, I'll be there--you don't have to face it alone.

I promise to cherish you, treasure you, value you, admire you, until the day I die.

And Peter Webb, I promise these things to you for as long as we both shall live--each day, I will be your wife, I'll love you passionately, fully, wholeheartedly, as we run this race, each day into the future, each minute older together, until Jesus takes us home.

Thank you for letting me be your Mrs. Webb.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Finishing

Today is the day, my friends! I definitely cut it close on a few of my posts, but I met my goal: 30 posts, 30 days.

Finding that balance between a goal that challenges me and a goal that I can actually obtain is pretty tricky; (I suspect it's difficult for a lot of people...) it's a rare occurrence when I finish a goal without needing to make modifications. (For example...that whole Beginner Workout goal? Heh. At least I worked out four more days this month than I would have otherwise, right? I'm not giving up though. Those were good workouts.) My ambitious, perfectionist side often gets the better of me--so when I can complete a goal like this one, it's cause for celebration!

I finished this goal. Finishing is so important. It's something that I want to take more seriously. I want to be able to say what Paul said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful."

I want to be better at letting my yes's mean yes, and my no's mean no, and I don't want that to lead to a lifestyle of saying "no" more because of fear, worry or laziness. I want to be someone who knows what needs to be done to stretch myself, and does it to completion.

I want to find the balance between all the crazy goals we women put on ourselves--I don't want to aim at perfection, but I do want to aim at a whole, healthy life. I don't want to obsess over myself, but I do want to take care of myself. I want to find a way to faithfully spend time with God, serve my church and community, (And someday we'll throw being a mom in that mix...dear lord!). Yes, it's a lot. I can't do it all. But with Christ I can live this life He's given me to the fullest, and I can finish well.
prioritize my marriage, keep my home in decent order, exercise, be wise about what I eat, give my best at my job, be a good friend, spend time with my family, pour into the youth we minister to, continue to value reading and learning, and make time to be creative in writing and art

And writing 30 posts in 30 days? That's one small victory, one small encouragement, to keep me going!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Worship, Paul Baloche | Christmas Versions - Your Name and What Can I Do


Paul Baloche is a phenomenal Christian song-writer who God has used to greatly influence modern Christian worship. I can almost guarantee you've sung at least one of his songs in worship--he wrote "Open the Eyes of my Heart," "Above All," and "Hosanna," to name just three of the songs on his 13 album releases.

Baloche's most recent CD is simply called, "Christmas Worship" and I've really been enjoying it this holiday season. In addition to some nice carol/worship song mashups and new original songs, he released two of his popular worship songs, "Your Name" and "What can I do", re-written as Christmas renditions. I wanted to see the lyrics for these, so I wrote them out this evening, and thought I'd share them with you.

Your Name - Christmas Version Lyrics
Paul Baloche 

Verse 1 (New Lyrics)
Humbly to the earth You came
Born into this world to save
God with us, Emmanuel
Now we adore Your Name

 Chorus:
Your Name is a strong and mighty tower
Your Name is a shelter like no other
Your Name, let the nations sing it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your Name


Verse 2: (Original Verse 2)
Jesus, in Your Name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today Lord,
give us strength to live for You
and glorify Your Name

 (Chorus)

 Bridge: Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace

 (Repeat Chorus)

Ending:
God with us, Emmanuel
God with us, Emmanuel
God with us, Emmanuel
Now we adore Your Name


What Can I Do - Christmas Version Lyrics
Paul Baloche

Verse 1: (New Lyrics)
From the High and Holy to a manger lowly
The greatest mystery the world has ever known
How You left Your majesty to embrace humanity
It awes and humbles me to be loved by a God so High

Chorus:
What can I do but thank You, What can I do but give my life to You
Hallelujah, hallelujah
What can I do but praise You, Everyday make everything I do
a hallelujah A hallelujah, hallelujah

Verse 2 (New Lyrics)
To the least and lowest You became as one of us
In our grief and brokenness You suffered by our side
From the cradle to the cross, rising up victorious
Messiah, Jesus, unto us on that Holy Night

(Chorus)
(Ends with a piano rendition of Oh Come Let Us Adore Him)

Support Paul Baloche and purchase the album in iTunes or from his website, leadworship.com. You can also listen to the album on Spotify.

I received nothing for this review and recommendation--I just liked this music and wanted to let you know about it!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving

I never want to get so caught up in my own life, my own problems, my own circumstances, that I forget how ridiculously, fully, obnoxiously blessed I am.

That's one of the things I love about holidays, especially thanksgiving--it's a perfect opportunity to step back, look at all that I have, and give thanks.

I do not deserve the life that I have.  I'm blessed with a flexible job, so I can easily have time off for holidays and family time. I have the ability to sleep in on a holiday, in our own, warm, home, have a leisurely breakfast before hopping in our faithful car, to head over to eat a true abundance of food and spend time with a family that loves each other and loves the Lord. I know many people that are lucky to have just one of those blessings--job, car, family that get along... And then I have the luxury of living in the same city as both sides of our family, so it's easy to spend the afternoon with one set and the evening with the other. To curl up under lots of blankets and watch a movie with my parents and brothers. To laugh and smile and relax together.

I don't deserve this. God doesn't promise that life will always be easy as we follow Him, and so I am abundantly thankful for the blessings and privileges I have, and I try to stay aware that this may just be a season. I want to give Him all the glory. To use the abundance that I have to encourage and strengthen others. To be ridiculously thankful--giving God the thanks, to the point that others thank Him more than they would originally.

We are so blessed. Enjoy the rest and the blessings that you have, and don't shy away from sharing what you have with others. Let's spread the love and abundance we've been given this season.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

75 Ways


Today marks 75 Months of being in a committed relationship with my best friend, lover, and husband--Peter Webb.

75 Months ago today, Peter and I sat on a picnic bench in his back yard and I told him, that after 6 years of knowing him, and 2 years of having feelings for him, I was finally ready to be his girl. It was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made.

75 months later, Peter has changed my life completely. Through his love, leadership, and wisdom, he has opened the door for Christ to transform me, and I'm so grateful.

I've learned, through Peter's life, so many things. Here are 75 of the ways you've challenge me, stretched me, taught me that life is wonderful. Thank you.

  1. Love is patient. He waited years and years for me, in so many areas.
  2. Being selfless despite circumstance is possible. He blows my mind in this area daily.
  3. You can truly be anxious for nothing. He lives it.
  4. Cleaning as you go makes a difference. He's so great at it.
  5. Give away your smile freely. Peter is always ready with a massive grin for anyone and just about any occasion.
  6. Humor makes life better. He doses it out in abundance daily.
  7. The relationship is most important. In any situation, that's his motto.
  8. Small stuff doesn't matter. 
  9. Big stuff doesn't matter.
  10. Time is invaluable--think about where you spend it.
  11. Being intense about everything makes life exciting.
  12. What people think can truly have no effect on your mood.
  13. Pour everything you have into what you love, and you'll impact more lives than you can imagine. Peter does this and his reach is growing exponentially. 
  14. Christ beats fear as soon as you're ready to believe it.
  15. People over problems.
  16. Clothes don't define you.
  17. You can make people laugh, loud and often, without being dirty or vulgar. He's a pro.
  18. No matter where you are, do what you're doing wholeheartedly, with abundant passion. It changes the world.
  19. Happiness isn't from the stuff you buy.
  20. Jesus beats worry as soon as you're ready to believe it.
  21. The Word of God always has an answer.
  22. Being content in every circumstance brings you more joy.
  23. Everything is a choice.
  24. Being all things to all people isn't as impossible as it sounds.
  25. Work hard, wholeheartedly, every day.
  26. Play hard, it's more fun that way.
  27. Be intentional in every moment. 
  28. Every one has influence.
  29. People's opinions do not define you.
  30. Being confident has nothing to do with what you've done.
  31. Grace doesn't run out.
  32. Worn out shoes don't matter.
  33. Always forgive.
  34. You can be intense and emphatic without vulgarity.
  35. Gaming can be very productive.
  36. Spending time with people is even more important than you realize.
  37. Every word you say makes an impact.
  38. Keeping your mouth shut is often a good plan.
  39. Looking into people's eyes makes a world of difference.
  40. Happiness isn't dependent on trips or where you go.
  41. Food isn't as important as most people think it is.
  42. Kindness is never out of fashion.
  43. Taking time to manage your money makes a difference.
  44. Don't take "risks" that are actually stepping stones to foolishness.
  45. Wisdom can be pretty simple.
  46. Practicing is worth it. Skill comes with time.
  47. Supporting your spouse will make anything possible.
  48. Real men can love musicals.
  49. Board games are cool.
  50. You don't have to tell everyone everything.
  51. Serving people is worth it.
  52. You don't have to hang out with your peers to have an awesome time.
  53. Showing off isn't worth it.
  54. Sometimes it's better to not tell people your goals and keep them between you and God.
  55. Media doesn't have to effect you.
  56. The state of your environment doesn't have to change how you act.
  57. You don't have to hide God from your conversations.
  58. Thank God for and in everything.
  59. Putting other people before yourself can be a lifestyle.
  60. You can praise God even when you're in physical pain.
  61. Just because other people like it doesn't mean it's worth your time.
  62. Challenging others to greatness and supporting them in their growth is a recipe for success.
  63. Being quick to laugh makes your life better.
  64. Being less curious than others can actually be a great thing.
  65. Simple things that others do without thinking can easily lead to addiction, and they don't have to be something you even try out.
  66. There are MANY genres of awesome worship.
  67. No dream is too big for God.
  68. Family is awesome.
  69. Trust God. It changes everything.
  70. Memorizing scripture will change your life.
  71. Treating little kids like adults blesses them and blesses you.
  72. People can do more than they think.
  73. Being selfless brings out the best in others.
  74. Choose to love your life.
  75.                                  
    And basically, to sum them all up:


  76. Christ is enough.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Three Books

Reading is something I absolutely love--there are few things in this world better than cuddling up next to a candle (or fireplace!) with a cozy blanket, cup of tea, relaxing music and a good, paper book. I've always loved reading--I remember many a night growing up reading for 3 or 4 hours on end. The joy of experiencing a great story is one of the highlights of life.

Over the holidays, I'm hoping to get back into reading a bit more. As I've gotten older I've developed a bit of Starteritis--starting things, but not always finishing them, particularly when it comes to books. Here are three books that I've started that I'd like to finish reading:

1. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell
I started this book in January, was so challenged by the first few pages that I stopped, digested that, and then got so full in life that I forgot about it. Time to pick it back up and sow into growing myself, so I can be a better leader, friend, and mentor!
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I love Divergent--literally read it in a day or two. It had the things about Hunger Games that I loved, but in a world created around valuing good morals, which was intriguing and so well done! I listened to Divergent as an audio book, and started reading Insurgent online, but I'm really not into reading books on screens...I'd love to get a paper version of this series, or at least get the second one on Audible. 
3. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
I've been inspired by Ann Voskamp's blog so many times. She is such an encouragement, and the concept of thanksgiving in this book changed her life. I want to learn it and apply it to mine...but I need to finish the book!

I'm not sure I'll get to it by the end of the year, but those are three books I want to finish soon! What book(s) are you reading?

Have you missed some of my NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) posts? Get caught up here!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nostalgia

One of my favorite things is nostalgia. I love the joy that can come from reminiscing, reliving great memories, and enjoying sharing life with others. I love thinking back on my childhood--playing neopets with Peter, Lindsay, Emily and our friends, writing on xanga, playing outside in the fort dad built us; going to prom together; so many card games and fun gifts throughout the years...who-sir-me-sir, four on a couch, north america south america, and all the other big group games we played. Trips to Disney World, Epcot, the strawberry ice cream treats, Caribbean beach resort, hidden mickeys. Traveling overseas, or to South Haven, or up to Cedar Campus.

I love memories, and capturing memories. I love creating memories, and recording them. That's one big benefit I've found from social media and the way I use the internet--I can use my instagram, facebook, and google calendar to find out so many things that I would otherwise forget about.

Often I berate myself for not doing better at keeping a diary, or a "one line a day" journal (which I do want to do) or blogging just about life. But the truth is, I am capturing a lot of the moments that I experience, and I have things to look back on and remember. I have ways to trigger that joyful, happy nostalgia feeling, that are pretty easy compared to the olden days of digging through boxes for damaged photos (...though that is a pretty great way to experience nostalgia!).

And the Holidays are coming! Such a fun season all about celebrating the life we've been living, given to us by a life that was born in a manger and given as a gift for all, so that we may all have life, and life abundantly. Here's to a Christmas season full of the best kinds of nostalgia, friends!


Sunday, November 24, 2013

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes...

Now that we've been in our house for over a month, the classic suggestive eyebrow raise has practically been a plague, everywhere I go.


We have been married almost 3 1/2 years now, so I can't blame you--It's a question that's practically tied to wearing a wedding ring: "So...when are you going to have kids?"

I appreciate the interest, and I'm grateful beyond words to live in such a caring, loving community. However, Peter and I, though normally very open people, want privacy when it comes to this. We both want children--anyone who knows us personally can attest to our love of babies and youth. We are very excited to build a family together, and start adding little Webbs to the world. We just want to do it between us and God.

So my friends, family, and everyone else--if you ask me, I'm not going to tell you. No matter how close you are to me, I want you to know I love you dearly--but no, we aren't going to tell when we start trying, or when we have conceived, until we're ready. Personally I'd really like to wait at least a month if not more after conceiving before we tell anyone--even our closest friends and family. That's means I'll probably start using the word, "soon" like Jesus does. ;-)

To those of you who know me, I'm a rotten liar. (Which works for me--honesty is super important to me, so I don't even mind at all that I can't break that code easily.) So that could potentially make our wishes a bit hard for me to carry out...

So help us out--when I'm ready to tell you, I will! If it crosses your mind, pray for us. Pray that we conceive easily when God gives us the go-ahead. Pray for whole, healthy bodies for each of us. Pray for wisdom, provision, blessing on WorshipArts and my job.

Also, if I'm sick, or moody, or _____, I've already thought about the possibility that I could be pregnant. Go ahead and pray for me, don't make it awkward for me to stick to our goals to keep this private and remind me that it's an option. Cause I'll just say "maybe" or "I don't think so" until we're ready to share.

Thanks for hearing this out! I'm not upset at anyone--I've been planning on getting the word out about this since we moved out of our apartment, actually, so please no one take this personally. =) I just needed a NaBloPoMo topic and this came to mind. =)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Today

Today:

Sleeping...and hitting the snooze more times than I should.
Experiencing ice on our street's hill for the first time.
Thanking God for giftcards and delicious local coffee shops.
Critiquing and encouraging human video teams.
Snapping photographs of awesome youth.
Baking deliciousness for the Women's Bake sale at church tomorrow.
Wrapping said yummy-ness with yarn that matches their muffin cups.
Driving to Vandalia with my lover and my parents.
Snowing lots more down south-east than up here--practically a blizzard.
Worshiping with my New Day Vandalia family.
Videoing clips of service down there.
Mingling and meeting new people. 
Eating yummy food with my parents and talking about church and tech stuff.
Grabbing coffee and creamer on the way home.
Writing this post.
Sleeping again!

Friday, November 22, 2013

My Week in Pictures

Enjoyed this beauty.


Filmed an awesome video shoot for a music video.


Found my crocheting stuff and watched Peter design lights.


WorshipArts led worship and human videos at a youth group.


Went to see Catching Fire.


Hung out with the bros and ladies.






Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday

Ah, Thursday.

Somehow, you manage to trick me into thinking you'll be nice, that I'll like you. But without fail you kick my tail, week after week. You would think you'd be like a "hump day"--the day that means you're finally closer to the weekend than you were away from it. But it truth, you're like a bait and switch--you say "the weekend is soon" except weekends aren't relaxing for me--they are my busiest days.

I don't want to complain. My personal code for posting things online includes, "keep it positive." I don't think complaining online is wise.

But I am ok with being real, and today wasn't so hot. I've gotten in the habit of staying up past midnight, which means my days are starting super late, I feel rushed and not ready, I've gotten less hours in at work so I feel behind (not to mention I keep adding more responsibility to my job so I have more to do...). On top of that,  Other things have been going wrong... Because I was in a hurry and didn't take the extra 2 minutes to put something away in the right spot, I misplaced $1200+ worth of brand new equipment (which was found, thank Jesus). Then I forgot that I put Peter's keys in my pocket, took both sets of our car keys with me, and got a ride from someone else home. So Peter got stranded with our car, without keys, and I'm at home, without a car, with keys. And we're going to a movie tonight (that's good thing for today!) so it's a bit of a jumble figuring that out. I also had a work meeting tonight, which overall was super positive and really great--but I've got a few personal nagging thoughts about things I should have seen or fixed earlier weren't taken care of... I don't know. I guess I'm a bit discouraged.

God is enough. I should quit writing and complaining and just go spend time with Him.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Exercising

Well, I tried that Pilates workout.

Ahem.

I. Hate. Working out.

(Every time I say that, I think "You should write a cover to "I Love Rock and Roll" with that theme....)

You don't even know. I become a whole different person. I snapped at Peter mid-workout. It wasn't pretty.

I hate feeling like I'm failing. It's probably the absolute worst feeling ever. In the moment of not being able to achieve a particular move, all I can think about is how I'd rather do some disgusting, smelly, downright gross task over putting my body in so much discomfort and not even be able to get the move right. I don't even know how to explain it to you. It's embarrassing. And pretty pitiful.

But I attempted it. And somehow my abs are sore today. So all my flailing around like a dying worm actually did something I guess. I can't believe I thought that wouldn't be too hard... (If you're lost, I'm trying this workout plan for three weeks. If I can handle the humiliation that long. And you all think that last sentence was a joke...)

In other news, I started our Christmas letter, but haven't been able to work on it too much lately. I unpacked my crocheting and was able to get back into that tonight! And I've been working on finding a new auto-back up for my phone pictures (so far the flickr app seems to be working pretty well) because the Google+ app stopped working. I also want to get Christmas lights up and find another way to do some Christmas decor at our house--it's our first Christmas here and I'd love to make it festive!

Now to stop procrastinating through this post and go do that arm workout..............

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blessed

I love this.

I'm cozy under a super soft blanket, cuddle up on our new couch in our little home. Peter is sitting near by, designing lights for WorshipArts. I can hear the soft clicking of the heater, and a little rattle of the refrigerator. My favorite Lady Grey tea is just within reach. The lights he's working on give the room so much color--it's like I'm in a rosy warm rainbow, right in my living room.

I'm so blessed. These are some of my favorite evenings--when we can just be together at home, working on our own projects in the quiet and comfort, yet still be near to each other. It's such a blessing to have this season of just the two of us, and I do to want to take it for granted.

I am so blessed.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Beginner Workout

I have been looking for a simple workout routine for quite a while. I feel like it's been a bit like Goldilocks...that workout is too intense, this workout requires so many exercises I don't really know how to do, that workout is just too long...and it continues on and on until I give up and go get some dark chocolate.

So today I took a few hours, scoured the interwebs, found some short video routines that I'm going to try, and made myself this nice little poster to print out and keep me motivated. My goal was a challenge for me, but still manageable. It needed to be quick, simple, easy workouts so I can actually fit time for exercise in. Not so wimpy I'm not really doing anything, but a doable, effective workout.

I'm also planning on giving myself lots of grace--going from nothing to this routine will probably be a bit killer. So if I can only do 5 reps instead of ten? It's ok--grace-based exercising is the way to go! My goal is to do this for three weeks, and then re-evaluate it. Can I actually stick with a workout plan for 21-days? I hope so!

Here's the poster, if you'd like to use it, too. The videos I'm using are embedded below. The only other thing you'll need are some 3lb & 5lb weights (I'm not using a Pilates mat either at this point).






(Videos may take a while to load--sorry! Click on the title above to see them on the original websites)

Here's to getting healthy--one day at a time!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Have vs. Get

So often when I think about my life, I get overwhelmed with all the to-dos. This probably isn't a shock to those of you that know us personally--Peter and I live very full lives. 

I just realized that I don't often think about my week in a super positive way though, and that's something I think would be a good thing to change. Instead of thinking about focusing on all of the things that I have to do, I want to remind myself of the things I get to do. It's practically a cliche now--but wisdom often lies in the cliche.

This week, for example, I get to work on making a video for my job with some amazing shots that I was able to film this morning at church. I'm so excited about the footage I was able to capture, and I can't wait to share the final project with our church and put it on our website!

Also this week, I really want to make space for some girl time. There are a few ladies that have been on my mind, and I hope to at least shoot them a few more texts than normal, or maybe even give them a call or meet for coffee. 

WorshipArts will be ministering at Lighthouse Community Church's youth group Wednesday, and I'm excited for them--I hope it'll work out for me to go this time, and I missed out on the Horizon Worship Night.

I definitely still have a lot of things I have to do... But if I can keep this perspective, "get to" is happier than "has to", then I know this week will be so much more positive.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Seven


  1. I didn't get much sleep last night. Probably about four hours. The start was mine own fault... but then I woke up at 1, and couldn't get back to sleep for well over an hour, so I went upstairs. I was occupying myself catching up on a favorite youtube channel, when I heard a scuttle a few feet to the right of my ear. Naturally, I leaped across the room and turned on a few extra lights. Gingerly, I peeked around the side of the couch, and I most definitely saw a creature skitter out of sight. It was a matter of second before my poor sleeping husband heard, "HONEY! THERE IS A CREATURE IN HERE!" As he blearily walked up the stairs, I told him we either had a bat or a mouse in the house, I was nearly certain. He was a bit skeptical, so we pulled the couch out, and low and behold, clinging to the back of the couch...was a mouse. After our bewildered 3 AM minds cleared up a bit, we put a box in the corner of the room and scared it into it, and then disposed of the little guy outside. (I'm not too worried that we have an infestation or anything at this point--we were working with the door open for over an hour on a cold day back and forth between the garage and I suspect it slipped in then...but we're going to look into some prevention/traps.)
  2. Despite our lack of sleep, we headed out to drama and dance and they went quite well. I snuck away near the end and got caught up on a handful of photos I had been meaning to post on Instagram, which felt like quite an accomplishment (the whole editing process takes a lot longer now that I use multiple apps, and my phone is getting slower...plus my google auto back up has stopped working, so that's meant more photos on my phone and less space on it to work...).
  3. I started knocking off a few of my holiday bucket list items--I've worked on my Christmas Playlists, and I must say they are coming along quite well. =)
  4. I began our Christmas Update Letter today! WOOT WOOT!
  5. Peter was a sweetheart and bought me a Starbucks holiday drink--my first red cup of the season! I tried the gingerbread latte with the new molasses topping. I realized I'm not a huge molasses fan, but when it melted into the drink it was good.
  6. We got the house quite cleaned up this afternoon, and we were both able to take a little nap too--it felt so productive!
  7. We had a BLAST hanging out with Peter's cousins, Kelsey, Kim and Kevin. They are such good, fun people and I'm so honored to call them family. I was able to use up some of the massive amounts of salsa I have leftover from our housewarming party on a new recipe I tried--Salsa Baked Chicken. It was delicious! Kelsey brought some retro games from the 70s & 80s and together we spent over 3 hours playing together to save the world--and we did it! Super fun. She also brought us a nifty little room divider that we can use to block off our laundry space down stairs--it should work perfect! And Kim & Kels brought along some yummy fruit, veggies and cake to compliment the evenings festivities. It was such an honor to have them down as one of our first house guests! 
I hope you've had a great, restful, productive Saturday too, my friends. Here's to a lovely Sunday!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Papa & Mama

A home where there is always more than enough food in the cupboards, a back yard with a playhouse (that has roof access!), plenty of clothes and books, Christmas after Christmas with a literal avalanche of gifts under the tree, ballet, gymnastics, and theater classes, vacations either up north, across the country, or to Disney World almost every year, a homeschool education, a sister and two brothers that all LOVE spending time together--my childhood was beyond blessed.


But you know what I'm most thankful for from my childhood? My papa and mama love Jesus, and they loved me fueled by the love of Father God. They were always--ALWAYS--ready to listen to anything I wanted or needed to say. When I was little, that pretty much meant more than their fair share of my non-stop chatter. (What can I say? I like to communicate!) As I got older, that meant a safe place to work through my teenage years. And that hasn't stopped today--I know they will drop everything if I need to talk.

My mom is so loving, and always roots for the underdog--turns out I'm the same way. No matter what, she finds the good, looks for the reason why, and truly lives out 1 Corinthians 13: she aims to believe the best of others, situations, and intentions. I'm so thankful to have inherited that trait.

My dad is living proof of James 1:5--I know he asked God for wisdom, and God gave him probably just about a teaspoon less than He gave Solomon. I love that it's not "lofty" wisdom either. It's practical, real, and manifests in any problem, from technology to theology, recreation to relationships--my dad has an answer. And it's pretty much always the right one. I love that we often approach things the same way, and see solutions in the same light--I hope someday I'll have as much practical wisdom as he does.

Mama and Papa, I love that you keep growing. I love that your marriage is real--that you use your testimony of a rocky season, and coming out so triumphant, to encourage others to never give up. You're inspiring. You see that God has big things to do, and you're finding ways to get it done--you're planting another whole church, and that isn't where the vision ends. I'm so honored to get to partner with you as you spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  And yet, you make it evident that God is first, marriage is second, family is third, resting is critical, and then everything else will fall into place.

You've taught me that I must work hard, but that I also must rest and play hard. You've lived a life that has proven that honesty and openness are our biggest defense against the enemy. You've shown how to create a church culture, and a home life, where unity thrives, gossip withers away, and the Holy Spirit is so welcome.

Happy birthday, Papa and Mama. I love you and I'm honored to be your daughter. Thank you.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dump

Being in community can be like being in gorgeous, sunny apple orchard--that also happens to be a minefield. So often, it’s beautiful, nourishing, and joyful. But every once in a while, when you reach out to trim that branch or pick that scrumptious honeycrisp, there’s a blinding flash of light, dirt and shrapnel are thrown in your face, and you’re yards away from where you were two seconds ago.

It can be painful, and surprising, to say the least.

So what can we do to help each other avoid the minefields? To open our eyes to the triggers the enemy tries to have us stumble into? I’ve learned lots of different things--and there are lots of different things we can do to make this journey easier. This post is by no means all-encompassing. But there is one key element I want to focus on, one thing I’ve learned that’s been truly helpful for me.

Don’t be the dump.

Yep, you heard me. Don’t be the place the garbage goes to stay. Don’t let yourself hoard the trash.

What does this look like? There is a difference between being trustworthy, and keeping secrets that suck your life blood. There is a difference between gossip, and submitting to authority.

You, at some point in your life, have probably believed this lie. This may come as a bit of a shock to you if you believe it now. It did to me.

When someone tells you a problem, and addendums it with, “but please don’t tell anyone”--you CAN actually tell someone, if you do it right. And you aren’t an awful friend. You aren’t being a bad Christian. You aren’t sinning.

You see, this is called a “confidentiality trap” and it can suck your life away. Avery comes in, tells you all about what Jackson did and how it affected those people, and oh my gosh please don’t tell anyone, mk? ‘cause I don’t want to ruin their reputation….I just needed to vent.

*WEE-OOO-WEE-OOO-WEE-OOO-wwwoooOOOOP-wwwooooOOOOp-HOOOONK-HOOOONK* Why yes, the car-that-is-your-life’s alarm IS going off, you’re being hijacked, and it’s not a detour you want to take.

You know who you can always call when your car is being stolen, about to be trashed? The cops. You know who you can call when your life is getting broken into? Your spiritual authority.

Let me say it straight: There is no secret, no story, no deed that you need to keep from your spiritual authority. In a healthy home, that’d be your pastor, your parents or your spouse. Parents aren’t safe? Don’t have a spouse? Find yourself a couple (not your peers) at your church who can look out for you. If you don’t have a church family, buckle down and find one, my friend. Jesus came to build the church--He loves it, and He wants you there. The church needs you--and you need the church, your Christian community. And in some circumstances, it can go beyond family & pastor--whoever is in authority where the problem is happening may need to know, too. Teachers, instructors, coaches, principle--you get the idea.

Please don’t get me wrong--I don’t mean you have to tell EVERYTHING to those in leadership in your life. But there are some triggers to tip you off for when it’s time to bring in the leaders (and these apply even if they didn’t turn on the “don’t tell” imaginary forcefield):

1. Obsessing. When all you can think about is the problem, or you can’t go a day (or a few hours) without the issue coming to mind--you’re obsessing. And that’s not healthy. My friend, the problem is holding the steering wheel of your life. Bring in the authority. 
2. Bitterness. When you think about the situation, or the people involved in the situation, and you’re getting bitter fruit in your life--anger, offense, avoidance, belittling, etc--it’s time to take it to your authority. 
3. Disunity. If what you know, or feel, is causing disunity, you need to confess to someone else and get free. Unforgiveness can cause this in a heartbeat. If what you know (or in many cases, what you’re believing--which may not be the whole truth) is keeping you from working with your fellow believers in any way, get it taken care of by bringing in your leaders. Don’t let it fester. It’ll just be like an infected wound, and cause more and more problems until you’re a leper, and that’s just not good. 
4. Danger. When the issue is about someone’s self harm, abuse, or if they have mentioned suicide, you CANNOT keep it a secret. In some cases, doing so is actually illegal.

Sometimes, like I said, those symptoms can originate in you, and not from Miss Don’t-Tell Dorothy. They can spread when you tell your friend, and that is a slippery slope to gossip--now you’re not just the dump, you’re becoming a sewage system. And no one wants to be that.

God gave you your leaders for your benefit. They will help you grow. Honor them with your honesty, and your communication. Honor your friends and co-laborers in Christ by being open, healthy, and protecting everyone by taking out the garbage.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Bucket List

It is so hard to believe there are only six weeks until Christmas!

I've had many a season that has come and gone, full of busy, every day life, and it passed so fast I didn't get to go to the beach, or pick apples, or plant flowers. This year, and I'm thinking that I need to start planning ahead--so I'm creating a Holiday Bucket List for these next 6 weeks. Here some things I want to do between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthdays and New Years in 2013:


1. Make a Pie. This year I want to make at least one of the traditional holiday pies--probably pumpkin or apple. Do you have any stellar recipes you'd recommend?

2. Write a Family Update Letter. In 2011, I wrote a this-is-what-the-Webbs-did letter. I got lots of feedback that it was really enjoyed, and I wanted to do one last year but my schedule was so stressful it just didn't happen. I really want to make this happen again for 2013.

3. Watch classic Christmas movies. I want to curl up with a nice cozy blanket and some friends and family and watch some movies that I remember from TV specials or family time as a kid. A definite must is White Christmas. Other ones could be Frosty the Snowman, The Snowman, The Santa Clause, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, and I may even watch It's a Wonderful Life for Peter's sake (I'm not a fan...but that's another post).

5. Give gifts to my neighbors. I still haven't met all of our neighbors, and I'd like to take cookies or something over to them all sometime doing the holidays to introduce ourselves.

6. Take a group caroling. Peter and I love caroling--it's so fun to sing with a group and Christmas songs can be so fun! I hope we can do this in our neighborhood, too. It's such a blessing to have an actual NEIGHBOORHOOD now that we've got a home!

7. Figure out gifts for all my friends and family. I usually do some sort of homemade something for my friends and family. Last year was a bit of a flop...a lot of people I loved didn't get gifts. This year I hope to get all the people close to me something. I prefer making gifts, but as I don't have a plan yet...that may not happen. We'll see!

9. Go to my church Christmas Party. I love New Day's Christmas party! We intentionally don't do a big show/production--so many other churches excel at that, so we don't want to get competitive--instead we do a dinner, talent show, and all the adults pick children from the church to buy a gift for, and the kids get to open the gifts at the party. It's going to be a blast...now I just need to decide if Peter and I will do something for the Talent Show or not...=)

10. Attend another church's Christmas production. I don't know if we'll get to it this year, but I've wanted for a while to attend a tradition liturgical church for their Christmas celebration, because I don't ever remember going to one and I'd like to see what it's like. I'd also really enjoy attending a production or two from some of the mega-churches in the area. I love getting a chance to visit different churches--I love the body of Christ!--so the holidays seems like a great opportunity to visit my "extended" church family.

11. Celebrate birthdays. This year I turn 24 (...wow!). Peter traditionally takes me to Easton Shopping center in Ohio for my birthday (this will be our 5th year in Ohio on my birthday!). I always enjoy it! I also want to do something special for Peter's birthday this year too... but I haven't come up with something yet--gotta get on that!

12. Crochet. I miss crocheting! I can't wait to get out my hook and yarn and relax while creating.

13. See the Lights. I love driving or walking around the city and enjoying the Christmas decorations. I want to make time to do that this year.

14. Make a Christmas Playlist (or two). I want to help myself get in the holiday mood, so this year I want to freshen up my old, rather-thrown-together, playlists and intentionally find some of the music my family listened to and get that going as much as I can to help set the atmosphere.

15. Get back into taking care of myself. I know it's a weird time to try and start watching your weight and exercising...but I want to be doing those things, and it seems silly to wait 8 weeks to get started, when I could get on it now. Maybe I'm setting myself up to fail by trying to add this on in the midst of all the crazy holiday schedules, but I do want to start counting my calories again and start working out at least 2 times a week.

There's 15 things I want to do in the next...six weeks. I may not get to all of them, but writing it out has helped me get in the holiday mood more than I realized...and now I'm getting even more excited about this season. What about you? What something you want to do in the next six weeks?




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Corinthians

1 Corinthians keeps popping up in my life.

 Earlier this year, I got this special book for journaling out the Bible (they are conveniently called “Journibles”) so I could hand write my own copy of 1 & 2 Corinthians.

In our message team this year (also named “Corinthians”) one of our WorshipArts students chose to do a message on Love that centered around 1 Corinthians 13.

Peter and I were asked to speak at RooTs a few weeks ago, and we shared on Relationships--with the central theme being how to love others straight from 1 Corinthians 13.

Last Sunday, the sermon was on “Faith, Hope & Love”--also from that popular chapter in Corinthians. 

When something is repeated this much, I try to slow down and take notice. What are you saying, God? What do you not want me to miss?

Love. Love is key. Especially to this season.

Bring it back to the basics--that’s plenty enough to keep me growing, learning, forgiving and trying again...for a lifetime!


Be patient. Be kind. Don’t get jealous--others situations, opportunities, blessings, don’t define you or need to affect you. Don’t waste your words boasting--about your favorite things, or your favorite shows, or how well you friends can do this or your job let’s you do that. Pride hurts others, and it hurts you--don’t let it have a place in your thoughts. Don’t be thoughtless of those around you--don’t be rude. Don’t demand your own way. Don’t get irritated--ever. Don’t keep a list of the wrongs you’ve experienced. Injustice is not something to celebrate, especially when it benefits you. Instead, get excited, be joyful, about the truth coming to light--even when it hurts you. Don’t ever give up. Don’t lose faith--in others, yourself, and in God’s promises. Keep hoping--believe things will change. Believe God is faithful and He will do what He says He will do. Endure through your circumstances. With Christ in you, you have what it takes. That’s love.

Monday, November 11, 2013

5 Things I've Been Into

Here I am again, with just a few minutes to post. Here's five things I've been into lately:


1. Coconut Ice Cream bars from meijer. Man, these things are delicious!

2. Divergent, by Veronica Roth. I haven't quite finished it yet, but it's a similar "flavor" to the Hunger Games, except WAY BETTER. And I really enjoyed those stories, so that's a great thing.

3. Contigo Water Bottles - I just replaced mine (it broke after being dropped for about the 1012th time) and it's so great to be drinking more water again. I feel great.

4. Canva.com - It's an awesome graphic design site that's free. It's currently in it's beta stage, but I hope to write more about it at some point.

5. 1 Cor 13. I hope to write a full post on this at some point, but it's been a theme in a bunch of the christian circles I'm in. I think God is really wanting to tell me something through it...I'm still chewing on that. =)

There you go! 5 points with just a few minutes to spare. Phew!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Recap

This weekend...

We had a blast at our housewarming party.
I saw my beautiful cousin get married to the love of her life at a wonderful wedding and reception.
Our WorshipArts teams hosted the Horizon Worship night--I was at the wedding, but I heard there was a fantastic turnout and the students really used their gifts and skills to glorify God.
I started reading "Divergent" as an audiobook.
I learned that my phone GPS does not speak up reliably while listening to said audiobook.
I woke up with a sore thoat and other general "Tori Your Body Needs Rest" feelings.
I took part in a great worship service and heard a word on 1 Cor 13 that was quite timely.
We skyped my sister and her man--that was a blast!
We watched Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson act in a movie that really felt like it was the game "Portal", called "The Island." (Not a massive similarity to the game...just had the same vibe. It was humorous.)
I'm looking forward to a a day off tomorrow.

I really need to make time to rest. I want to be more intentional. *stops self* I know I'm overly tired and not thinking quite right when my mind just spirals into, "You need to do this, you want to be this way, You should do this, and you should do that, and why don't you just do this...." It's not a good cycle. This is me, catching myself, and stopping it.

So tonight I'll sit back and chill with my husband, and hopefully tomorrow I will feel a bit better and be able to write a proper post.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Change the World

This brought me to tears. My brother-in-law has severe downs, so it hits home even more. These boys are the men that will change the world--thankful to see hope and goodness rising up.

 

Let's change out focus--don't become ingrown. Look up, look out, bless the overlooked.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday

Phew.

I'm exhausted.

Yes, I know. Not an awesome way to start a post. But I gotta write before I can sleep.

What a crazy, full, blessed Friday!

I worked from home for a few hours this morning which was great. There was a lot going on at the church so getting a few things done in the quiet of our home was much more productive than the buzzing beehive of MOPS moms and other staff at church today. Then I went to church in the afternoon to finish up a few things, do some printing, before heading home to get ready for our housewarming party!

We had a great time and the space actually worked really well--I'd say throughout the day about 60 or 70 people came by, and at the most we had 30something people here at once which worked out really well!

Around 8 PM we did worship as a group with about 20 people. God is so faithful, and it was a beautiful time of welcoming the Lord into our home, surrounded by our friends.

Then after that people hung out and visited, there was lots of spontaneous jamming and worship, and it was a general blast!

A big thank you to everyone who came out--it was so great to see you all!

And now we know--this space works great for parties!

AND--gooooodnight world.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Prep

Lately we've been doing lots of preparing--prepping for next season of WorshipArts, prepping for 2014 at New Day, prepping for our housewarming party tomorrow. I spent today painting, Peter's spent this week wrangling dates and details for next season, and this evening the New Day leadership team spent an hour and a half planning out the first 6 months of 2014. I love that God is doing so much in all the areas of my life. I live what's happening in our city, our business, our church, and our lives!


But man, sometimes it's exhausting. Hence this post is a little later than I want... but I'm giving myself grace. That's one thing I'm learning--in the seasons of preparation, you've simply got to give yourself grace, abundantly, or you'll make yourself--and everyone around you!--go crazy. Trying to follow Christ's example in that way.

So here's to a quickly scratched out post...and here's to a PACKED weekend!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Armor

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the quiet, reading Ephesians 6 over and over.

Lord, Lord! Why is this not connecting? How do I get this armor on me so it’ll stay?

I felt like a kid trying to fit into something too big for me. A breastplate doesn’t protect your heart when the metal is so big you’re getting nicked on the edges and practically crushed trying to get it in the right place.
God, I know attacks are happening. I know I need to be ready. I know You’ve given me everything I need to stand firm in this fight. But I feel so inadequate. Jesus, You say I need You. There is power in your name. How do I stand in the shoes of peace? How do I do this?

Quietly, faithfully. He opened my eyes:

My Daughter. Let Me put the armor on you--let the Holy Spirit be your armor bearer. You can’t put on armor by yourself--it’s essential to have help. Let me help you.

I sighed. Yes, God. I rest in You. I will stand and receive, and You can put the armor on me. You do the lifting. You make it fit.

I put Truth on you like a belt--it will hold everything in place. I cover your heart and your vital parts with My Righteousness. You are in right standing with Me, right by your heart, and that will protect you. 

I give you My shoes of peace--in them you will not stumble. Your steps are directed--no snare will catch you. You are fully prepared in the Good News--I have saved you! I have crafted your shield of faith specifically for you, so hold it high, and I will bear its weight for you. 

I put My salvation on your head. The work I have done is enough to guard your thoughts. When My Salvation is your filter, the enemy can’t touch your senses, thoughts, or mind. And I give you My Word. Scripture is the only method, strategy, or weapon you need, and it is your sword, always ready for you, to defend you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Experience

"May you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Ephesians 3:18-19

This stuck out to me as I spent time with Christ this morning. The writer's prayer for us was that we would understand the width, length, height and depth of Christ's love. That we would experience it.

So much of the world these days is hungering, longing, desperate for the next great experience. When someone really enjoys a vacation or a restaurant or a new place, the highest compliment you can give is "It was just a wonderful experience!" It's a big deal from a marketing perspective too--we passed from the product focused era ("toothpaste") to the service area ("cleaning"), and now we've entered the experience era--themed restaurants, classy grocery stores, eclectic coffee shops.

And yet right there is the answer--experience the love of Christ, that is too great to understand fully. Let it envelop you. Let it saturate you. Let it take the negativity in your life--the anxious, easily angered, fearful, stressed, uncertain, depressed, confused parts of you and make you complete. Make you peaceful. Make you able to let things slide right off your back. Turn you into someone who is secure and safe, relaxed, confident, joyful, clear-minded. That's experiencing Christ. When you come broken to the cross and He meets you in that weakness, and turns it into His strength. When He makes you complete, with all the fullness of life, and the fullness of power to overcome any circumstance the world may throw at you.

I don't have it figured out. I don't live this way every day. But I want to. I need to. I need to experience Christ's radical love each and every day.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Snack Time

I really love snack food. It can be a *slight* problem if I'm not careful, but generally I try to plan out having my salty or sweet cravings met, instead of just splurging on them, so it works out. Here are five treats I really love.

1. Popcorn. It's pretty much my all-time fave snack, and when you make it yourself (as opposed to microwave popcorn bags) it's really fairly healthy. 

2. Unfortunately, I was super excited about giving out the best candy ever to trick-or-treaters this year...and the rain kept *them all* away. So we've got a TON of candy around the house, and I've been munching on a few every now and then. Butterfingers, mounds and kit-kats are my fave. Not healthy at all, but sure is yummy!

3. Raspberry dark chocolate Popsicle--that only have 80 calories each!? These treats from weight watchers are SO good. I haven't bought them since our move, but they are on the "get soon" list.

4. Chips & Salsa. Another more on the healthy side snack, I really love interesting salsas--current fave is an artichoke garlic one. Delish!

5. Okios Pre-stirred Greek Yogurt. Key Lime? Orange Cream? Coconut Vanilla? Apple Pie? Yes. These are all yogurts. I love the texture of these ones--seriously tastes like they could be a cold cream pie. SO GOOD!



What satisfies your cravings lately? 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Weekend

Sunshine on my drives in. Leaves dancing around my windshield. Crisp, cool, morning air on my way into work. Writing, typing--then the warm paper, smelling of freshly printed ink. The slice and click of the paper cutter. Rustling as they sort and stack. Clank of metal chairs, set up and ready. Hugs, hellos, ooh-aahs of appreciation over new haircuts and new layouts. Sweet and savory sandwiches. Prayers and last minute adjustments. New faces, shared vision, eager eyes. Entering His presence, feeling Him enter the room as we sing, "Holy Spirit, you are welcome here" with arms raised, eyes closed, singing wholeheartedly. Click of the camera, capturing the moment, then they step on stage and share their heart. Standing in the foyer, half-hearing the message and half-directing those waiting, anticipating, their turn for ministry. The joy and some tears as they leave, God clearly leaving His mark--"I've moved here." The peace in our souls. Drives through fields of Sun-Bombs or Golden Trees, your pick. 
Big smiles with family, friends, celebrating 18 years well living and many more to come. Special moments one on one, followed by group laughter. Warmth under fuzzy blankets after rainy capture the flag. Caramel apples, brownies, meatballs, mini hot dogs. Who sir, Me Sir? Number 19 sir! Night drive, equipment pick up, under those covers into dreamland. Morning comes so quick these days, throw together an outfit and make a coffee and girl scout thin mint creamer deliciousness to go--to go to church to hear more deep blessing from Southernly friends. Lunch and steamy soup with good talks bringing good growth. Back to His house, tear down, lights up, stage set, here we go. Burning in my Soul to the Words of Satan, I am a Disciple to the Gospel, Awaken Me to How to Love, You are Beautiful, You and Me, Satan defeated--surrounded, saturated, in Christ's presence. The joy of knowing we did it all for Him and Jesus is so glorified.  A look between my love and I, "We're doing it. This is our calling." Then we load up and leave, and make the right call--we need us time so we slip away. Home again, rewatching moments from tonight and laughing, brainstorming, vision casting, loving each other, loving life.
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