Monday, July 28, 2008

The Ascent

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I honestly do not know where to begin. There's only one word that comes to mind…INCREDIBLE. According to the dictionary, “incredible” means SO extraordinary as to seem impossible. That pretty much sums up what happened this summer.

To make a long story short, after much prayer and certain impending circumstances, it was revealed to my heart that God wanted me to be part of another Women’s Bible Study at Asbury (my home church). After four years of facilitating summer Bible Studies, this was not something out of the ordinary. But, little did I know that God was going to take what could have been yet another “ordinary” summer Bible Study and turn it into an extraordinary experience!

I was just going along my own little merry way when God continued to put women in my path that He wanted to help with this summer’s venture. One by one each precious woman fell into place. I remember at one point thinking that we were going to have too many “helpers” for the size of the study we would be facilitating. In the past, I either facilitated alone or with one other person. Our leadership team was growing rapidly…no explanation…just growing. Only God knew why.

By the time we had our prep meeting, one week prior to the onset of the study, we had just been informed that the registration number had reached around 60. We were ecstatic!
As the next 6 days went by, I received updated registration lists from our Discipleship Director. I kid you not, each and every day the numbers increased by almost ten! My heart would nearly jump out of my body…both with JOY and with ANTICIPATION!

As my all time favorite Bible Study, Experiencing God, teaches…find where God is working and join Him. Well, there is no doubt God is at work in the lives of women in Tulsa! I was once again praising God for this AMAZING opportunity and honor. I simply could not believe He was allowing an imperfect person like me to be a part of this incredible endeavor.

The day arrived. Wednesday, June 4th, 2008. I was filled with such anticipation…I was frenzied to say the least. I was going over and over in my head about what I could possibly say that night that would allow every woman present to know that they were there for a DIVINE purpose. I couldn’t come up with anything. I wanted to be funny…but, I’m just not.

The bottom line…it did not matter what I said or how I said it. God was there. God was in each of these women…He courted each and every one of them to come be a part of this journey.

When I arrived at the church that night every ounce of my anxiety dissipated. In its place came excitement, energy, and joy. My two dear friends Brent & Lisa, a.k.a. The “Administrative Gurus,” had thought of everything. The registration process went off without a hitch! Each of the Small Group Leaders were glowing with that Jesus kind of glow…you know the one.
It was time. The night was here. 110 WOMEN present. GLORY TO GOD! History was in the

Our seven week journey together passed so quickly. A journey I shall never forget. For where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! I felt such freedom this summer! When you get 100 + women in one room, for one purpose…there is freedom! We are so fortunate to be given this opportunity to have freedom to learn about our Lord, to have precious childcare workers care for our children, to have a video system that shows the incomparable Beth Moore speak to us on two screens while munching on delicious homemade cookies. (Thank You Cookie Mama!!)

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Do we realize how very BLESSED we are?! Do we truly comprehend that God had His hand on every single detail of this summer’s study?? He showed up…every Wednesday night…I know, I felt Him. He was there in the midst of the small groups. He was there during fellowship time. He was there during Beth’s lessons. He was there during our Ascent.

The Ascent? What is that you might be wondering. The pilgrims in the Old Testaments traveled miles and miles to the Temple three times a year to celebrate the Feasts. Just like them, we too are all on an Ascent. The whole point to this thing we call “life” is to make our way to the Father. As Beth states, “Is anything quite like getting where we’re going and not being disappointed? Beloved, if you and I only knew what we have ahead, our hearts would race and our pace quicken.”

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It wasn’t Asbury. It wasn’t the workbook. It wasn’t even Beth Moore. It was the Great Almighty that made this summer so incredible. Lord, you never cease to amaze me. Asking You to Show me Your Glory is an understatement. Your Glory was shown. Your divine plan was fulfilled. Your daughters were united. Your kingdom grew. My spirit soared.

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But this I know: I cannot live without Your presence. You are everything to me. You are worthy of my praise, Lord. Worth everything I have to do to adjust and alter my life to draw close to You. Giving up nearness to You is out of the question. Knowing You is what I live for. You are my love, my light, my salvation. I will do anything to make my way to You, and I will move anything that slows Your way to me. Teach me Your ways, O Lord. Clear the path. Arise, my God, and come to me.” (prayer taken from Psalms of the Ascent by Beth Moore).


p.s. Hoping to add VIDEO tomorrow!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Us Together Always


I want to dedicate today’s entry to you…the girl with whom I have had the honor of sharing my longest lasting friendship…33 years this summer!
You have been one of those gifts in my life that words cannot do justice. So…I have found some quotes that I thought might help convey what my heart feels.

"I don't remember how we happened to meet each other.I don't remember who got along with whom first. All I can remember is us together...always."
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Us around age 2 in our matching nightgowns!

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Our 1st Day of Kindergarten at Eisenhower Elementary!

Us “posing” for each other during our 1st trip to Camp Takatoka! (Check out your SWEET “O.P.” tee!)
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"I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh. But I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry."

Roxanne’s photo session of us in our matching “Jams” & Lotto’s!
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The College Days…oh, those cropped shirts are SO HOT!!
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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Eccl 4:9-12

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You were there by my side…
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And I by yours…

Few delights can equal the mere presence of someone we utterly trust.
~ George MacDonald
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Our most recent journey together…Motherhood.

• Riding our Bike down to Paper Chase to get stickers for our sticker books
• Rehearsing our favorite song “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”
• O.P., Izod, Benetton, Lotto’s, Keds, Jams, Laura Ashley
• Playing softball together at Eliot
• Making our egg salad with a baby food grinder
• Going through the backyard to go swim at your Grandma’s pool
• Roller skating up and down the Hartmeyer’s driveway
• Praying that Sarah would be our “friend”
• Having lunch at Steve’s Sundry back at the soda fountain counter
• Singing “Jesus Loves Me” at night when we were scared
• Our cat fight over the burnt marshmallow at our campfire
• The “Cici” Club
• Watching movies at your house…but I always fell asleep
• Our cheerleading days
• Riding our bikes down to Swenson’s & Snow Goose at Utica
• Loving when you let me drive your stick shift car
• Collecting lost balls outside the Tulsa Tennis Club
• Borrowing your Name Brand Clothes for “free dress days”
• Sledding at John Knox
• OU and OSU visits
• Late night Taco Bueno/Bell runs
• Taking my first Beth Moore study “David” with you
• Being pregnant together with our baby boys
• “Sweet Ellie” & “Kool Kate” Forever

"Never shall I forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours."
~ Ludwig van Beethoven


Monday, July 14, 2008

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. ~Mother Teresa

I cannot believe this day has finally arrived! I am SO grateful for the opportunity to use the incredible technology that God has given us to be able to potentially communicate with the world!

I want this first blog entry to be simple and sweet. LIFE IS HARD, But…GOD IS GOOD.



We have a role to play in how many MOMENTS we have in this life. It’s so often all about our perspective. My prayer is that God will continue to help me create, seek, and cherish all the MOMENTS in my life. Many of which I hope to share with you in the days ahead.

Is Life Beautiful? I CHOOSE to think so. I hope you will too.


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