Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lovin' The Light


"Light is sweet and it pleases the eye to see the sun."
~Ecclesiastes 11:7~


I can't let the first days of summer slip by without quoting one of my favorite verses.  I went to bed around 10:30pm last night and there was still the faintest hint of light in the sky.  At 3:30am the dog woke me up to go outside.  (Bogey, not Jack.  Yeesh--he should know better by now)  I stood on the porch in my slippers and looked in amazement.  It was light out!  Awesome.

Enjoy the long days of summer, but if you, like me, cringe at the fact that the days are already beginning to get shorter, remember to keep your eyes on the true light.  The one that shines regardless of what time of year it is. 

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 
~John 8:12~


Walk in the light, my friend,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This Won't Hurt A Bit

Recently a friend of mine took something called the Ghost Chili Challenge at a local Sushi restaurant. The Ghost Chili, who's real name is Bhut Jolokia, has been named the world's hottest pepper. At Oishii Sushi, Sandpoint's hottest, and I think only, Sushi bar, they have some crazy challenge that if you eat a ginormous sushi roll made with Ghost Chili in 20 minutes or less, you receive a T-shirt and some sort of monetary  compensation that I'm sure isn't worth the pain. At any rate, my friend, I'll call him Cody (cause that's his name), decided to take this challenge. Thanks to wonder of YouTube, last night, I actually got to view his attempt even though it happened back in December.

So they bring out the roll and Cody starts in. He's very calm, cool, and collected as he methodically begins eating the pieces. He doesn't break so much as a sweat, let alone admit the peppers are even hot. Even if the thing was killing him, he was determined not to let it show.  Slowly, one by one he eats away at the pieces. He didn't complete the challenge, but swears it's due to the fact that he was too full because he had already eaten a full dinner before the challenge and not because the peppers were too hot. 

He was cool as a cucumber and if it weren't for the other people at the table who tried the Ghost Chili roll flailing about and carrying on, you'd have never known the thing was even the slightest bit spicy. The other's looked like they were dying, but Cody didn't bat an eye at the whole thing. Here's the kicker, though. He had to call in sick to work the next day because he describes what followed the challenge as, "The worst night of my life." He got hit by the aftermath of the Ghost Chili. Sickness and pain wracked his body and he suffered through the night with things that he didn't describe to me and I definitely didn't ask about.

I thought it was pretty hysterical, but it reminded me of something not quite so funny. We often have the same experience with sin that Cody had with the Ghost Chili. We act nonchalant, like it's no big deal. It doesn't hurt. We don't feel any negative consequences. We're cool and we can handle it. At least that's what we think at first. But then, later, the effects of what we've done start to kick in. They always do. We beg and plead for mercy from God, but even if he's gracious enough to grant it, the damage has been done. We have no choice but to face the consequences. Sin always comes at a price. You may  think you have the sin in your life under control. You're wrong. You may be sure God's not concerned with what you're doing or that it's too small of a thing for him to notice. Don't be so sure. You will have to deal with the aftermath of your sin.

So, if there's something you're harboring that you need to get rid of, do it today! Throw off that sin that so easily entangles you, and if someone offers you a sushi roll made with Ghost Chilies, I'd suggest you run the other way.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Jackson Brown

I know.  I spelled it wrong.  It's not Jackson Brown....It's Jackson Browne.  But, it's only Browne if you're talking about the singer.  I'm not. I'm talking about the Springer.  My puppy.  Aka Max, who didn't stay Max very long because when I brought him home he just didn't feel like a Max.  He really felt more like a Jack.  Our whole family liked the name Jackson and since he's a liver and white English Springer Spaniel, I thought the Brown was a nice touch.  Jack is settling in nicely and I think we're still in that honeymoon stage.  You know the one.  It's sort of like when you bring a new baby home and all it really does is eat and sleep so you can take it anywhere or do anything and people compliment you all the time--"What a good baby you have!"  We've had Jack all over town this afternoon and everyone is cooing, "Oh, he's such a wonderfully mellow puppy!"  Yeah.  We'll see about that, but so far, so good.  I'm sure he has some faults and very shortly you'll be seeing posts ranting and raving about this being the stupidest thing I've ever done, but what he may lack in any other area, he totally makes up for in cuteness. I'd love to go on and on about him, but it's been a long day and I expect some interruption to my sleep tonight, so without further ado, I'm pleased to introduce you all to Jackson Brown....




Everyone please add me to your prayer lists!  I think I'm in for a bumpy ride!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Just For Fun

While in Missouri last week, we spent a day at Silver Dollar City, which is a theme park in Branson.  It's affectionately referred to by the locals as "Take Your Dollar City".  We had a fantastic day and The Pastor's cousin graciously gave us free tickets into the park, so they didn't take too many of our dollars at all.  Highlights include riding fun rides, eating some darn good BBQ pulled pork, and listening to a little Bluegrass music. Downsides were the fact that my son purchased the Bluegrass CD and played it for 27 hours straight in the car on the road trip home.  (OK, there's possibly a little hyperbole in that last statement).   There were no bun guys, so it wasn't exactly on the same level as Lambert's, but all in all an awesome day.   Here's a little proof of our good time.  Sharing hats in NOT my cup of tea, so I must have been overcome with family fun and the joy of Southern BBQ.


Blessings,

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