Monday, March 25, 2013

What's on your mind? (part two)

Last week, I introduced a fun small group activity, "what's on your mind?"  I know you have been waiting with bated breath to know what is on my mind, right? 

Well ... here it is (drum roll, please) ...


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What's on your mind? (part one)

I woke up this morning, thinking about one of my favorite college professors. She rather broke the mold for the private Christian college that I attended (and loved.)

As a social science major (whatever that is), I took her juvenile delinquency class. I can't remember her name, so I will call her Mrs. jd.

Mrs. jd was really young and cute. Kinda funky, before we even knew what that was. And she loved to shake things up. 

One class she brought in some kids from her cases. They came to interview us. They did not look, act or smell like the typical student in our class. They asked us hard questions.

At the end of the class, she told us they were really just some friends of hers that were coming to mess with us and our way of thinking. It worked. :)

She taught us a tool she used with her kids and I have used it many times in my small groups. It is a great way to know what is going on in each others lives. Mrs. jd called it "What's on your mind?"

Here is how it works: Give each person a blank piece of paper. Have them draw a silhouette of their head. (mine never looks like a head) Allow about 10 minutes to draw pictures, inside the drawing, of what they are thinking about? Then each person shares from their page.

It is a great small group activity ... try it sometime.

In my next blog post, I will share with you my current version of "What's on your mind?"

ps. Another favorite was my literature teacher who read aloud to us every Friday. 

And, my linguistics teacher, who had just returned from years of service in Africa, and was struggling with how to let African christians be African, not western. Super good discussions.

And a Bible teacher that was notorious for giving a hard to pass final exam. Once, early in the semester, in a poorly attended class, he casually mentioned that if you brought a red pen to the final and wrote your name across the test page ... would give you and A. You did not even have to take the exam. He never mentioned it again.

Why? He wanted to illustrate that if you hear good news and don't share it with others ... it doesn't help anyone.

Oh yes, and my children's literature teacher who tried to read part of Uncle Tom's Cabin to us, but could never make it through a page without crying.

I had better stop here ... I had some creative professors.

Any favorite teachers?  


Monday, March 11, 2013


speaking to 120 lovely young women
My weekend was busy. Sharing "how to have a quiet time" with the beautiful young women at our church was so fun. This was the last of our nine week series. 

I woke up, this Monday morning, with my mind full of wedding plans, the book of Nehemiah (studying for a retreat in April), and an urge to rearrange the living/dining room furniture. (making the space work better for enjoying some meals, playing games and watching movies with Christy, Jenny and Daniel and us.)

I lifted weights with Dave (a fun shared experience), ate breakfast (turkey bacon and egg on Ezekiel bread), had my quiet time in Acts 15 (one should practice what ones teaches), moved the furniture ... and was about to settle in for several hours of study.

When ... Christy invited me to go to Barnes and Noble with her to browse, read and drink coffee. She often knows just what I need, before I do. A wonderful, creative break after a busy weekend. Perfection.

ps. I looked at a wedding magazine with three goofy/dumb ideas. (no offense if you love the idea)  
          *pass out a feather to each wedding guest, a
            different color for each table, and guests will 
            "flock" to the correct table.

           *cut huge circles of colored paper and cover
             the wall behind your wedding cake.

            *make your own flower pots out of cement
              and plant a cactus for each guest. 

Sorry, Martha ... I usually love your ideas.

pss. If you would like to have my teaching on how to have a quiet time, e.mail me, I would be glad to send you my notes. (write "requesting notes" in the subject line, so I do not think you  are spam) 

Linking with the lovely Soli sisters, wondering how was your Monday?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Why I think Cornelius is very cool (Acts10)

A few weeks ago, I told you about the book Listening to Madeleine, which was my beach read. Fifty people who knew her wrote essays about Madeleine L'Engle.
(They were pretty honest, too, since they wrote after she died.)

This morning in my Bible reading, (Acts 10) I was impressed with an even more important essay, and it was written about Cornelius.

When God was looking for someone to use for an important task, he chose Cornelius, who was:

          *a thoroughly good man

          *who led everyone in his house to live
            worshipfully before God

          *who always helped people in need, and

          *had the habit of prayer.

What great things to be known for ~ helping my family to worship God, helping my neighbors and having a habit of prayer.

Very cool, Cornelius!         

Monday, March 4, 2013

Reverse Culture Shock and Wedding Culture Shock

Christy flew back from England last Monday. She has been living in a flat with five friends. They share a small (according to American standards) refrigerator.

When she saw our Costco sized bag of potato chips and described it as "a bag of chips the size of her torso" ... I knew she was experiencing reverse culture shock.

And a second quote of the weekend came while the girls and I were shopping for Jenny's wedding dress. 

The sales gal (who was friendly and helpful) seemed surprised when Jenny told her she did not want a train on her dress. That was nothing compared to Jenny saying she also did not want a veil.
"But, but ... it is the veil that makes you a bride." Really?

We found the dress!

ps. Still chewing very carefully, but my mouth is on the mend. Thanks for your sweet comments.  
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