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Does He Jiggle? September 8, 2009

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I struggled with how to explain the Trinity to my 2 oldest children (they are 3 1/2 and 5). My friend told me to use the egg analogy and another friend said to use the water analogy. Eggs are still eggs when they are shell, yolk, and white. Water is still water when it is steam, ice, and liquid. God is still God when the Father, Son, and Spirit.

It worked, sorta.

Jeremy, my 3 1/2 yr old, is my comic. He is always making me laugh with his honesty. He may have the same problem I do when he grows up — no filter for the inappropriate. Ha!

Brianna, my 5 yr old, is much more quiet and contemplative. She observes far more than she speaks.

Jeremy told me in the car today, “Mom, God’s Spirit is in my heart.”
I said, “where did you learn that, Jeremy?”
He said, “I just know it, Mom.”

I get no credit. Heh.

Brianna was quiet, as usual. After a few minutes she piped up.
“Yeah, sweetie?”
“Does He jiggle?”
“Does who jiggle?”
“Does the Holy Spirit jiggle when I walk?”


I didn’t want to laugh. I just said, “well, maybe He does since He is in your heart and all.”
“That’s what I was thinking,” she said.

Simply adorable.


Change November 24, 2008

Something is brewing. I can feel it. I have felt like this before.
I’m on the edge of something new. Old is fading. New is hatching.

It’s a God thing. Of course it is. It always is when these things stir within.

Here’s the deal. I want several things. I mean I really want them. Like a side-by-side front load washer and dryer combo. And not the cheap versions either. No. I want the ones that cost upwards of 3 grand. However, my current washer and dryer work just fine.

I want a new digital camera. But not just any digital camera. No. I want one that costs almost $1000. Why? Because photography is my hobby. I will never try to be a paid photog. But I love taking pictures and editing them and looking at them over and over being amazed that God gave me such a keen eye for detail. It’s fun. It’s my artistic outlet.

I want jewelry. I’ll tell you what. I need another piece of jewelry like I need punched in the eyeball. But still I look and I deal and I get the price I want and then I buy.

What is wrong with this? I’m not sure there is anything wrong with it.
Everybody wants things. More things. Better things. We all do.

Three more people I care very much about lost their jobs in the past 2 weeks. They are all married and they all have children. One got a severence package. One lost his entire pension along with his job. I’m not sure about the third one, but losing your job is bad enough.

As I stand there like a deer caught in the headlights when I’ve been told these things, deep down inside of me I am thanking God with every fiber in my body that Rich is doing well. And for some weird reason I also feel guilty. Grateful and guilty. Why guilty? Because we are fine and they are afraid.

This is the story of America right now. Someone has something going down. Someone will lose their job today. Someone will lose their house today. Someone will lose their car today. Someone will declare bankruptcy today. Someone will lose. A lot of someones.

Change is happening. Sometimes I look at this and I think it’s not such a bad thing for Americans to relearn budgeting and living within their means. I mean, what the heck is wrong with that? That’s how it should have been all along. But we got greedy. We all did. Me, you, them. Everyone.

Change isn’t just happening in our society. It’s happening within me.

The things I want are starting to pale in comparison with the things that are needed globally. I have a washer and dryer. They both work fine. What right do I have wanting a luxury combo when there are many, many women around our world who have never even seen a washer or a dryer? What a selfish thing to want.

I can no longer see my wants and just go for it. What I now see are the hungry, dirty faces of poverty stricken people. They need shoes. They need food. They need medicine. They need love. They need homes. They need help. They need us.

I can’t help but think — even in our current economic “crisis” — that if Americans would stop spending so much money on themselves and step out to help the hurting people in this world that our world would look a whole lot like it should.

If Christians would walk the talk. I mean really do it. Stop storing up rotting treasures on earth and start storing up glorious treasures in heaven… Imagine the impact that would have globally.


Imagine if I dropped the whole boob job issue, the material wants, the dinners and lunches out, the random toys for my kids, and the whole nonsensical way I sometimes spend our money. What if I donated more instead? What if I bought and cooked an ENTIRE Thanksgiving dinner for the family down the street? What if I ate normal food on Thanksgiving and gave someone in need my feast? What if I bought more shoes? What if I sponsored more missionaries? What if I gave a flip more for humanity than I do for my clean clothes? What if?

What if you did?

What if we all did?

Change is good.


What Do You Believe? June 19, 2008

Thank you to everyone who responded to my post yesterday and answered my questions. Who says nobody wants to discuss religion (or lack thereof)? What a diverse set of answers! I enjoyed reading each one.

I leave on my short trip tomorrow morning. This will be my last post until I return. So while I’m gone I’d like you all to chew on this one. Maybe those of you who answered yesterday can respond to these again? Thanks.

  1. If you believe in the God of Abraham (Christian/Jew), why? How is He real to you?
  2. If you believe in a different god, who is it (or who are they)? How is he or she real to you?
  3. If you do NOT believe in any God/god, why not? What convinces you of the absence of one?

Again, this is for my own curiousity. I have never had a forum in which to ask these questions to such a multifarious audience. I sincerely want to know what people think about this subject and why. I am going to temporarily remove the moderation restriction for these next few days so this topic can be openly discussed. Please remember my “rules” — be mature, be wise, and don’t cut anyone down. You guys can handle this. I know you can! 😉

I’ll see you in a few days.
Until then, blow my mind.
Let’s see if we can get 10+ comments this time.


So Tell Me the Truth June 18, 2008

I have some questions for you. They are serious and I am curious. I have been in conversation through e-mail with a couple of people close to my heart. It’s been very enlightening for me to be exposed to their beliefs. So it got me thinking…

  1. Do you believe in God?
  2. Do you think you are going to heaven? Why or why not?
  3. Are you a good person?
  4. Do you think hell exists?
  5. Do you think Satan exists?
  6. Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? If so, do you read it?
  7. Do you believe in angels? If so, what is their purpose?
  8. Do you believe in Jesus? If so, who is He to you?
  9. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? If so, who is He to you?
  10. What is your view of baptism? Is it necessary? If so, why?

Thank you to everyone who answers. I am not posting this for judgment. I am sincerely curious. I’d like to see this discussion get WIDE open — Christians, non-Christians alike.

So who goes first?
Be courageous. What you write might touch someone.