Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
A good trip. A great night to cowboy camp. I counted 3 shooting stars, a couple satellites and I think the space station go whizzing by... And a chilly 27 degrees. But back in shorts and T-shirt today.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The male cat is Smokey, he also has the title, "The Mighty Hunter." He often brings presents of various animal parts to our back door. It's just his way of showing us some love. However, these parts that are treasures to him are often greeted with "Eeeewwwwwwws" from a household made up predominantly of women...
Back to the story... Being that our cabin is in the middle of the woods, Smokey must have thought he'd been miraculously transported back to Eden. Truly a kid in a candy shop...
As often the case, the time comes when it is time to go. And when the time comes... no Smokey... And as sad as it is, even without Smokey we have to leave.
Fastforward 40 days. A phone call. He has been found! Six miles away from the cabin and on the other side of a major highway. And a glorious reunion.
What must it have been like for the Father in Luke 15...
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It bugged him enough that he did something about it. He created a.... movement... that makes shoes. But the cool part is, when you buy a pair of these sporty shoes, they'll personally put a pair on a kid who needs them.
And here's another cool part of the story. It's kind of a long story and no doubt a God-story, but Toms Shoes wants to partner with the student ministry at Grayson UMC. What does that mean? That means they gave us this code: SOUL1ST (that is a "one"). When ANYONE (even you) goes to www.tomsshoes.com and orders a pair of these sporty shoes, as I understands it, you won't have to pay for shipping AND the people at Toms Shoes will send GUMC student ministry 8 bucks!
So what is the student ministry at GUMC thinking about doing with all of these 8 bucks? Well... A thought is to save up a bunch of them (about 375 of them) and dig a well in Africa that will provide fresh water for a whole village!
What a great thing. I think it may be a "win trifecta": 375 kids will be cured of a foot disease by receiving a brand new pair of shoes, a village will get a well of fresh water, you get a pair of sporty shoes...
Actually there is a fourth thing: you'll get to be part of a... movement... something much bigger than just you. So, right now, get on over to www.tomsshoes.com And cut and paste SOUL1ST into the code box. Become a part....
Oh, and Christmas is coming. You know those folks on your list who have everything? Hook them up with a movement.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
In the book of Ephesians in the Bible, the writer Paul says to make the most of every opportunity...
Here's a great picture of that being lived out...
(Yes, those are two chicken boxes.)
I'll be putting on a black and white striped shirt shortly... These two are pretty competitive about their Phase 10.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I like it. Experiencing this 4-way is restoring my faith in people. People at the 4-way do things like take turns. They motion to each other, "no, you go next."
It's like a little dance. And it seems to brings out the best in folks.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Let me start 30 years back. I'm in high school at Avondale High School in Decatur, GA. I am really enjoying this band that's playing at our dance. A band named Fragile. That's enough on that.
Flash forward to, say, 2005. I've been in ministry with this pretty cool dude who's the worship leader at the church I was serving. I've known for the six years we've been together that he played in a rock band before he became a Christ-Follower, but it's just now dawned on me that I've never asked him the name of his band...
Are you sensing how the 30 years are about to collide in this story?
Last night I had the opportunity to, well ROCK OUT to an awesome band at their 30 year reunion gig. Yep, Fragile. And yeah, they still got it.
Oh, and said worship leader is the hot one on the far left...
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
People would capitalize on this time and load up the wood-burning stove on the wagon and tie up the milk cow to the same wagon and head out to a clearing with water nearby and chill out. Friends and relatives would join them and it would be a grand old time. When a particular spot that especially tickled their fancy was happened upon, they'd return to the spot year after year. While there they would build crude little structures to make life a little simpler while away from home.
You know how it goes, when people gather, eventually a preacher shows up. Over the years folks would build a "brush arbor", made from tree branches. The arbor would serve as a sanctuary, a tabernacle in the wilderness if you will, a place set-apart, consecrated for coming into God's Presence.
And 172 years later, we're still at it. Still removing ourselves from the normal rhythms of our lives to rest and Listen for His still small voice.
And He still speaks...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
We stand in a long tradition of those who have gone before us, taking a break from routine to focus on family, the blessing of old friends, rest and worship. Oh, and eating. Lots of eating. Oh and sweating. Lots of sweating.
Miss Gracie has figured out this Campmeeting thing. Now move over girl.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Wilson's Soul Food. Nothing like it.
As you can tell from some, we've been doing it a while...
Today: pork chop, mac and cheese, green beans, roll, sweet tea. Desert: cherry pie.
Literally, a slice of heaven.
And we had a first-timer on the trip. Welcome to the fraternity Terry.
Hey, I'm in the picture too...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Bob-O did his magic again last night. He caused the whole shelter to decide to Cowboy-camp". ( well, two guys and another was dead to the world, even Bob's chainsaw.) I was already in my hamock, but i'm used to him anyway.
Packing up and heading back out to Hogpen Gap, the to the Wagon Wheel in Dahlonega.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here we are at Low gap shelter. It rained coming in then got humid. The flies are bad so I'll be glad to be hammocking tonite!
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I confess... I hesitated... But I came to my senses. A 1/2 lb. Wndys Baconator... And of course I had a Frosty...
Heading back up to the trail and hiking on...