Archive for January, 2009

clarkbarcompoWill Smama writes

As some of you may know I am in the midst of my first home purchase. It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?

And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future…

1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?  hmm…that’s difficult, the bathrooms need help but i’ll have to go with my daughter’s room in the basement, i’d say it’s the most urgent.  the basement is partially finished, there were rug remnants from the church on the cement floor but someone along the line had cats and we’ve opted to remove the rugs cuz the smell was awful.  so poor merk has a cement floor!  yuck!  besides she’s 13 and deserves a colorful room rather than a dungeon! 

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?  back in KC there was a house that was the most putrid pink color i’ve ever seen–on the outside!  the whole house was that color!  the funniest thing i’ve ever seen was a house in Independence that was painted to look like cow skin–NO JOKE!  it was white with brown circles! 

kohler20shower20tiles3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?  hmmm…i really miss having a fireplace but i think i’d have to go with a large walk-in shower, one of those with the multiple shower heads.  how awesome would that be?  no, that’s not within our reach.  even if we didn’t live in a parsonage that wouldn’t be within our reach!

4) Your kitchen – love it or hate it? Why?  i LOVE our kitchen!  it’s wide open and spacious.  we don’t have a separate dining room so the table and chairs are in here.  we even have the computer desk in here!  it’s a wonderful gathering place.  i LOVE our kitchen!  thanks MC and Sharp’s Grove!

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?  I’d put wood flooring in throughout the basement, get some large area rugs, and paint as many walls as the money would allow.  the painting IS within our reach–we’ve just got to find the time to do it.

BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950’s right through the early 80’s?  maybe people were trying to get their minds off the cold war and fear of nuclear holocaust? 


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I’ve rearranged my schedule in hopes of being more productive.  It seems as if I just can’t get it right.  I like working on Sunday nights and Monday mornings–  things are still fresh from the service and I’m able to make good connections week to week with the sermons if I start working on the next one that Sunday. 

I’ve opted to scratch taking Mondays as my sabbath because I’d end up working anyway, I just couldn’t help it.  Fridays are my new sabbath but I’m thinking about tomorrow and thinking about all the stuff I still need to do and get done!  

It’s been a very busy and productive week as far as preparation for the 2 Methodism 101 classes and sermon prep, and paper work sort of stuff.  I’ve done lots of research for the sermon and have done lots of reading this week.

However, I’ve only made 1 pastoral visit!  That was today and it took up most of my day since she was out of town.  I’m missing a few of the folks I usually see every week and I’ve been totally neglecting the folks at the nursing home the past few weeks.

I’m not trying to be a whiner; I just want to use my time as wisely as possible, giving both my family and my churches what they need.  I feel like I’m failing at both.  How do you get everything done that needs to be done?  Am I just expecting too much or is there something I’m missing?   

So what do you do when you have a sabbath slated on your calendar and you know there’s plenty that needs to be done?  Or is it normal or healthy to do a little work every day and take a sabbath in an afternoon or evening?

Help me please!

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awe + full

I am constantly in awe of the people I visit pastorally.  We have some absolutely wonderful and amazing people in the church and in the community.

There is a great strength and faithfulness that I haven’t experienced in quite some time.  Truly elders in the faith to learn from.  I feel very blessed to be here.

Holy One,

You know those who are in my heart today.  Please bless these wonderful people give them the strength and courage to face whatever comes their way.  Thank you for your grace and generosity.  Praise be to God!  Amen.

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A brand new day!

ph20090120019291Wow!  I’m still in awe that Barack Obama is now President Obama!  Yesterday I watched the inauguration via cnn on facebook.  It was awesome to watch and also converse with my friends who were also watching.  I think most of us were crying with joy.

This morning as I have been watching the news everything still feels surreal.  It is just fabulous!

I realize that we still have a long ways to go, but inaugurating our first African-American president seems like a great step in racial reconcilation for our country. 

I know that we have high hopes for President Obama–perhaps unrealistically high, but what a feeling!  It is wonderful to feel hopeful about where we are going as a nation!

I think my favorite part of the inauguration was when Reverend Lowrey asked God to bless not just our nation but the world,

But because we know you got the whole world in your hands, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations.

It was awesome!  I’ve read where some white folks were offended by the part of the benediction that said:

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back . . . when brown can stick around . . . when yellow will be mellow . . . when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen. Say amen. And amen.

Why would they be offended?  Can we not look back at our history, those of us who are white, and realize that we have created great injustices for others, especially those whose skin is differently colored than ours?  Did they ever consider that it was all of us together who voted President Obama into office?   I heard Reverend Lowrey say that white has begun to regcongize what is right and that is a good thing! 

You can find Reverend Lowrey’s transcript here.  It’s an amazing prayer and benediction.  I still find myself shouting Amen and Amen!7bed7c3c-3ca2-46cc-ab5d-317daa222ffanews_ap_org_t3501

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Thanks be to God….

mlk-iconDr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been one of my “faith heroes” for a very long time.  He was a hero long before he became my “faith hero.”  Back in college one of my roommates would send me a MLK Jr. postcard to celebrate.

I was excited and nervous to preach about MLK Jr. yesterday.  We live in a very white and conservative community.   I knew that there was no way that I could not mention the Obama Inauguration in connection with MLK Jr.  Obama did not “win” the votes  in this area of the state.  One person I know was even harassed for having Obama signs in her yard and a bumper sticker on her car.  I’d been pretty anxious for the past few days and couldn’t even get a manuscript written for the sermon.

Thank goodness for the Holy Spirit, I think She was with us at both services.  While words flowed from my lips, I can’t really take credit for them.  Joel didn’t even notice any side trips or tangents!  That was for sure the Holy Spirit at work–I make side trips and go off on tangents. 

After the service I had some very positive comments which always helps me to breathe a bit easier.

Today I sing praises for the Holy Spirit  and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Tomorrow we will witness a wonderful event as Obama becomes our 44th president–we’ve come a long ways thanks to the Holy Spirit, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other saints who worked and sacrificed for the civil rights movement.

I pray that we continue the good work, we continue to be brave enough to listen when the Holy Spirit calls our name and gives us a special task.  I can’t even imagine what our world might look like if we do.  Amen.

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Songbird writes, “Although written by a young man, this song from “Rent” became an anthem for women of a certain age ready to be taken on their own terms. Maureen and Joanne love each other, but they are *very* different.

Whether it’s new friends or new loves or new employers, what are five things people should know about you?”

  1. I didn’t realize this was an issue but this May I found out is of ultimate importance to some folks in judging my character.  I have beautiful tattoos and I plan to get more when time and money allows (which may be a while given the circumstances!)  I LOVE beautiful tattoos!  I long to have my left arm as a “sleeve” with themes of my faith.  Perhaps even my right leg covered as well.
  2. When I’m scared it often comes out as anger.  Fear makes me feel weak and I don’t like that at all, so if you’ve made me afraid I’m likely to lash out in ugly ways.
  3. I like a good heated debate with a friend or acquaintence who doesn’t think like me.  I enjoy differences when we respect each other.  However, if we don’t  or I don’t feel respected, then I won’t even try to talk with you.
  4. Sometimes my filter breaks and I say things that should have been retained within my psyche.
  5. Often my frustrations with the world, my anger comes because I know this is not how life should be.  I believe that God intended us for greatness, for LOVE, for goodness.  Despite whatever ranting and raving I might do when I am frustrated at some injustice, I love life and our world.

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I should be cleaning the Karrsonage.  Today my youngest niece, Althea, and her momma are coming to stay with us.  As usual our house is a disaster!  Plus I need to do some pastoral visits today so it’s not going to get much better.  I just hope that it is clean enough.

I can’t wait to post after their visit and perhaps I can get permission to post some pics too!  Another added bonus is that my hubby will be home with us until Tuesday as well!  What a fantabulous week!

Peace and blessings to you.

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