Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chase the Goose

As we come to Pentecost Sunday, I'm reminded how His strength does not come from something in ourselves. If we long to be used, God will give us the power. Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ (Thanks Mark Batterson...www.chasethegoose.com). The Goose certainly hints at the mystery and the excitement of living a Spirit led life.

I love how author Henry Nouwen puts it in Bread for the Journey.

When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God, breathing in us. The Greek word for "spirit" is pneuma, which means "breath." We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it.

The Spirit of God is like our breath. God's spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a "spiritual life." It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray: "Come, Holy Spirit, come."

Monday, May 18, 2009

Celebrating 10 years

I called a travel agent for the first time and said, "I need a special trip." Daisy and I are celebrating ten years of marriage in a few weeks. The special trip ended up being a vacation in sunny San Diego. This picture is from our dinner cruise the last night before returning to Springfield. I was amazed and what a little rest and relaxation will do for a relationship...and did I mention the absence of two little children.

Below are a few of the most important nuggets of truth that I have learned/acquired over 10 years:

1. It's alright to ask "is this person is right for me" until you exchange vows. Then the question should change to "how can I be the right person for them." - Jim Bradford

2. Spend at least as much time intentionally planning objectives and memorable moments for your family as you do for your ministry. - Jeanne Mayo

3. Get a marriage coach and listen! - Experience

Love you Daisy and may God 10 more just like the first 10!
- M

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Teamwork makes my golf dream work!

Going to play golf for AGTS. I'm not much of a golfer but we shot -5 for the day.

The last time I played was last year. I was not looking forward to seeing my own game this tournament. And at the end of the day, I didn't play the course, the course played me. I only had 4 shots that we used including a putt! Painful memory!

Having said that, I love best ball tournaments because they compensate for my weaknesses in driving, chipping, and putting. And you gotta love all monies going to a great school!

Time to Tee Off. Keep it in the short grass.