Jazz Hands Anyone?

This is a pretty useless post–unless you have the same sense of humor I do and need a chuckle. Chuckle chuckle. That’s a really weird word.

So jazz hands…what in this great world is better than that shimmery motion? Nothing! Except maybe the thrill of wearing khakis with white kicks. That’s a rush.

I love jazz hands. It’s a guaranteed smile. Any dance that incorporates clap bursts and double dream hands cannot be bad for your soul.

I’ve always known Gary Busey had it in him. His smile is infectious.

Happy weekend!

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*Thanks to BooMama for the inspiration of a Jazz Hands post

**In case you are wondering, the jazz hands instructor is John Jacobson, and I really love him. Here’s his website.  #doubledreamhandsforlife

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Sisters

I am briefly pausing from the Beautiful Mess of the Church series because today I got to meet a very special little girl, Baby Ruthie. My sister gave our family another precious little one.

I have never been one to go nuts over babies. I have a huge extended family, so new babies have been the norm in my life. Even still, newborns scare me to death. I don’t really want to hold someone’s fresh pride and joy. But there is something about my sister’s children. Both my older sisters have had babies, and each time I have experienced a unique love for these children when I meet them. I have certainly never felt this way about any other babies.

I love both my older sisters so much. SO MUCH! Christy and Connie are the perfect siblings. This is why:

A long time ago they taught me how to dress. Modestly. How to wear make up so I wouldn’t look like a 14 year old clown. These are important things you know.

They have taught me how to love a husband and be a good wife. I understand the need to confess sin and pursue forgiveness because they have done it with me. They are wonderful examples of being a great mom. Oh how they love their families! They each devote themselves to their separate churches. Tirelessly.  They fight their sin. Every day. They are not fake. They are not vain. They are consumed by grace. It sets the pace of their days. They love Jesus. Really they do. I watch them love Him.

I want to be just like them.

Many of my best childhood memories are with Connie. Even though she is six years older, she would entertain my silly games. Countless hours we played together. We scarred the ground riding double on my banana seat bike. She wrote me stacks of letters and notes–always affirming her love for me and telling me I was the best. She made me feel like the best. She still does. Even today, while holding her new baby, in pain, and medicated, she encouraged me to the whole room. “We are going to have a seminary graduate. It’s amazing Lorrie Beth.”

There is no one like her.

I feel great responsibility for my two younger siblings. They are watching me, and learning from me. Luckily, I’ve been taught by the best.

Welcome to the world Little Ruthie. I love you.

The Hospital and a Prayer

Jesus came for the sinner, not the righteous…the sick, not the well. Jesus is our main teacher and model for ministry. Therefore, church is for the sick.

Saved or not, we are all sick. We all need the local church.

Mark 2:13-17
He went out again besides the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as he reclined at the table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for the example you gave of how to live and what ministry should look like. Thank you for associating with the rejects, “sinners,” and despised. Please help the churches in Birmingham to become a hospital for the sick. Please allow your grace to overpower the failures of the church in the eyes of the people who do not know you. Help those who love you, obey you, and serve the church week-in and week-out to continue with renewed joy. You never stopped in ministry. Rest came seldom for you, but you always felt compassion for the crowd. Please Holy Spirit overwhelm us with compassionate hearts. Lord God, help a2 church to be a hospital, rehab and home. Help and guide our efforts to serve you. Forgive our imperfections and help us to boast of your great perfection that has set us free from shame. Help  us to tell the truth of your cross no matter how offensive. Do not bless us so that we can play with fame, no matter how attractive it looks, but give us what we need for the sake of the sick. This is how the world will know we are yours, that we love. Amen.

2013 and Nerdville

It never fails, as soon as we enter December I start thinking about my must-have New Year’s resolution list. It’s not a dreaded thing for me. I like doing it. And this year, I am going to attempt at making my list a possible thing (sometimes I go way over board and make item #5 a trip to Italy, Rome and Paris). Anyway, here’s this year’s list:

1) Books. For the past several years I have given myself of number of books to finish. This year I’m just going to make a list of my must-reads. I think that’s more fun.

Count of Monte Cristo
Tess of the d’Urbervilles
-St. Augustine’s Confessions
The Habit of Being
Madame Bovary
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
-Chronicles of Narnia
-Washington: A Life
Informed Consent

2) Piano. Practice five days a week. Scales everyday. That’s pretty cut and dry. BTW, I have been practicing so much my thumb is raw. I’ve never been happier.

3) Bible. I just started a new Bible plan on YouVersion. It’s a one year plan. Like everyone else, I usually find myself defeated by a year plan and just end up reading Psalm and multiple NT books. This year I’m doing a few things differently…1) Reading the passages first thing when I get to work. I have the ability to do this at my job, and I’m going to take advantage. 2) Robert is going to read as well. I am also going to invite my small group starting in February to join in. A good dose of accountability never hurt. (3) Sunday will be my catch up day if I have fallen behind any days. 4) I’m going to keep a simple journal, for meditation purposes, on the things I am reading.

4) Writing. Post on this blog once a week. That’s 52 posts. Surely I can come up with 52 topics. I have a lot of aspirations for myself as far as writing goes. I know from experience that inspiration doesn’t usually come in a sudden burst and bam you have a great piece. It’s a like a daily muscle that needs to be exercised. Sometimes though, a never ending space with a blinking cursor can be very daunting, so I may use my journal for Bible reading as a writing place as well. I have done this before and remember how beneficial it was.

5) Trip to…just kidding. But really.

Clearly, the most important thing to me is becoming a nerd.

Happy New Year!

What’s Going on:

Here’s what’s going on in my world:

Long awaited decision: It’s been 13 years since I last took one. Stopping is the biggest regret I have in life. What is it? PIANO LESSONS. I’m starting back the piano this week. I’m so excited I can hardly sleep. Finally, I can cross it off my New Year’s resolution list. I’m sure I’ll be talking about this endeavor much in the future.

Speaking of sleep: I had two nightmares last night… one that caused me to wake up crying. In this particular one, my entire family was hacked to death. Yep. Hacked. And no I haven’t been watching Criminal Minds or any of that mess. I have had a problem with nightmares for as long as I can remember. They are always the most horrific thing that can happen in life, and it always takes me days to get over them.  Dreams are so weird.

Small Group: My small group at church has one more meeting left before the semester ends. This was my third group to lead, and we studied The Beloved Disciple by Beth Moore. It wasn’t the best video series she has ever done (actually, I think it’s the worst) but I still learned a lot and had a great time with some great girls!  I am especially thankful for the group of friends I made this time around. Making new friends in small group is my favorite part, and it makes me really look forward to the new semester.

Spiritual: The past couple of weeks I have really struggled with making my time with the Lord a priority. There is nothing that frustrates me more about myself than this seasonal cycle I find myself in it year after year. Starting right before Thanksgiving, my routine got all crazy and my prayer time went right down the proverbial drain. If all it takes is a holiday for my time with the Lord to get disrupted, then maybe it’s not as high on my priority list as I thought. This matter may need some more exploration. Hmm…

So, what’s going on in your world?

On Your Mark, Get Set

Welcome to Servant Living! I am so glad you are here. Writing is a wonderful outlet to think clearly and deliberately, and your sister here could use some clarity and deliberation. I am passionate about the work of God’s grace in my life, and that has caused me to–among other things–create this blog.

With Jesus, we find the perfect model of a servant’s life; Jesus embodied servant living. Only by the grace of God do I even desire to pursue that kind of life. I am so thankful.

Thanks for stopping by!

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:43-45, ESV).