•Thursday, January 14, 2010 • 3 Comments

There are multiple reasons why I love Amy (Christine) Haddock. However, she made my day slash blew my mind the other day when she called me and left me a voicemail which contained the following topics in 3 minutes:

American Idol
Driving like someone’s grandmother
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Stay Green
Her niece Karis
Dr. Stuart Scott
My worship team at COC
Nancy Drew
People who use weird punctuation
The airport
Those old roly-dial telephones that gave your hand a real workout
Todd & Noelle
Numbering choir music for church
Keith & Kristin Getty
The new Casting Crowns CD
Snow in Colorado
Iced milk
Her new coat & scarf
Wearing flip-flops
My 2010 trip to Colorado

She can also knit (crochet? SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS ALREADY) 4 scarves in under an hour, bake the best white chocolate cranberry cookies you’ve ever eaten in all your born days, and quote the entire Jerry Seinfeld CD without missing a beat. She’s talented, folks! I couldn’t make this up or even steal it off the internet if I tried.


10 Questions to Ask in the New Year

•Wednesday, December 30, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Earlier today, I was thinking about my goals for 2010 and I read a post at The Gospel Coalition that is really helping me to narrow my focus as I think through the many goal “options” from which to choose. Of course, my list always seems to be littered with the standard eat-healthier-and-get-up-earlier-in-the-morning-type goals but as I read through this list I was reminded that nothing is more important than increased dependence on Jesus Christ and developing a deeper love for Him. Sure, eating healthier and getting up earlier can definitely be part of this. But I am thankful for the reminder that discipline for the sake of discipline will be joyless and fruitless without living by the Spirit and depending on His provision in each moment to accomplish these things.

“Don Whitney:

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

  1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
  2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
  3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
  4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
  5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
  6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
  8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
  9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

Whitney writes:

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.

Whitney also offers an additional 21 questions to help us “consider our ways.”

Read [Don Whitney’s] whole article here.”

There are also some additional questions (21 more, to be exact) at the end of Whitney’s original article if you REALLY want to get crazy. And I just might!

Article by Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition can be found here.

And I Quote,

•Thursday, December 24, 2009 • 1 Comment

“You have SO much food in the pantry for just the two of you.”

“Well, never know when you’ll need funeral potatoes.”

“I’m sorry, ‘funeral potatoes’?”

“People die with less than a moment’s notice and you need to be able to whip together a casserole or au gratin potatoes when you get the call. Why else would we have all that?”

“Right… That TOTALLY should have been my first guess…”

-Mom (on why her pantry is filled to the brim)

The Winds of Change are Blowing

•Friday, August 21, 2009 • 2 Comments

I walked into my parents’ house and saw the DirecTV music channel was on…

“Are you REALLY listening to Air Supply? You, who grounded me for sneaking DC Talk and Petra into the house?”

“I’m being subjected to this. It isn’t my choice. I don’t even know who Air Supply IS.”

Blink, blink.

“I’m not buying it. I caught you listening to the devil’s music red-handed. I expect you to go burn all your tapes now.”

“This is silly.”

What’s SILLY is that I had to hide my New Kids On The Block posters and Debbie Gibson “Electric Youth” perfume under my bed. We could’ve skipped all that. Next thing you know, they’ll be using playing cards.

And I Quote,

•Monday, May 18, 2009 • 1 Comment

“We have two men up in space repairing the Hubble telescope and we still can’t turn poop into fuel?”

-Eric Geoffrey Margrave

And I Quote,

•Thursday, April 30, 2009 • 1 Comment

“It’s weird to me that they’re so muscular but they really don’t seem to run around much.”

-Eric Geoffrey Margrave (on cows)


•Monday, December 22, 2008 • 2 Comments

This picture of our skyline makes me feel all calm and serene on the inside.

Santa Clarita Skyline, 12/19/08

Santa Clarita Skyline, 12/19/08