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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

looking for church?


So you find yourself without a church home.  What do you do?  Usually a person would start church shopping.  Checking out the list in the yellow pages, eliminating by location or denomination or what programs may be offered.  But what if you are someone like me who chooses to not join in on institutional assemblies but I do want to meet with other Christians in some format.  How do I find a home church/organic church/simple church? 

This is a question that has been rolling around in my mind for quite some time now.  How do non-conforming Christians find others to be in community with?  How do they find others to meet with for encouragement and fulfilling Acts 2:42?

Today I had a epiphany.  I all of the sudden saw that perhaps I have been looking at this situation in the wrong way. 

Should we be looking for an established group to join OR should we look to build relationships (love our neighbor) as we share God’s love (loving God with all we are) and build community, grow a Christ family that is tied together only by the Father (not by buildings or labels or programs).

Wouldn’t this methodology create more authentic relationships and Christ communities?

Tuesday afternoon …



1.  What should an education accomplish? -

Michael Altarriba says:

Education should teach students how to think logically, how to find the accurate answers to their questions, how to learn about what they're interested in, how to critically examine what is seen and heard. Education should also provide a solid foundation of knowledge in a variety of subjects.
Such an education should include learning a facility with the available tools... and the most accurate, most reliable tool we have for questions along the lines of "How does reality work?" is the scientific method.

2.  I need to make a Home Management Notebook -

3.  BOOK = Not so Fast Slow Down Solutions - --

Product Description

Frenzied families find themselves fragmented in this high-speed, fast-paced, goal-oriented society. Even while racing to second jobs, appointments, lessons, practices, games and clubs, we crave an antidote. How do we counteract the effects of our over-committed culture? Replenish our depleted selves? Restore our rushed relationships?

Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families explores the jarring effects of our high-speed, high-pressured, highly-scheduled lives and offers refreshing alternatives. Author Ann Kroeker relates her own story of how embracing a slower everyday pace has resulted in a richer, fuller, and more meaningful life.

Practical ideas and insight will spark creativity and personal reflection. Plus, ponder real-life stories from parents who put the brakes on the high-speed lifestyle and reaped the rewards of richer relationships. Not So Fast offers hope that families struggling with hurried hearts and frantic souls can discover the rejuvenating power of an unrushed life.

4.  Great resource for all things boys - 

5.  You will be happier with less -

6.  The fine art of napping -

Christmas Top 5 List

Answer as many as you wish!!

Top 5 things your kids want for Christmas

1.  iPod Touch (Deanna)
2.  Ugg Boots (Deanna)
3.  Horse supplies (Jordan)
4.  Family visitors (both kids)
5.  Books or a Kindle  (Jordan)

Top 5 Things you want for Christmas

1.  Peace
2.  Nice weather (I have family driving in from BC Xmas day)
3.  a clean house
4.  time with friends and family
5.  Rest

Top 5 Christmas Goodies that must be eaten by you and yours this season (Home-made or bought)

1.  turkey
2.  pumpkin pie
3.  my sister-in-law's broccoli salad
4.  short bread cookies
5.  stuffing

Top 5 Christmas Songs
1.  Mary did you Know? by Clay Aiken
2.  Silent Night
3.  Frosty the Snowman
4.  I want a Hippotamus for Christmas
5.  Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

Top 5 Christmas Movies you watch as a family

Top 5 Christmas Movies you love (Example...cheesy made for TV Chrismtas Romance Specials -- New one coming out is Christmas Cupid ,FYI) or....Love Actually ect.)


Good morning

I am not feeling very well this morning, so I am going to cozy up in my chair with my big brown blanket and do some internet reading.  Be warned there could be a lot of rabbit trails today.


1.  On Missing School - – I always thought my kids (who went to public school for a few years – Jordan grade 4, Deanna grade 2) would miss school, well at the very least miss the kids at school.  I always awaited the day they would ask to go back.  But that day never came.  The love the freedom and experiences of home education. 

2.  The way to feed a hungry heart: letters about serving with words - -  Have I ever mentioned how much I love Ann Voskamp’s writing, it is just so soothing.  I look forward to her book coming out in January (I have even pre-ordered it.)  Although this entry was not written by her (it was by another favorite – Heart to Heart with Holley), it is still so beautiful.  Writers asking the Father if He has any words for His hungry daughters today…. beautiful.

3.  I love this quote from the above link - I am the servant and not the source.”

4.  Ann’s letter to Holley -

5.  Cooler than McGyver: a post about HOPE -

6.  “The Lord’s Supper is a feast of good and bountiful food with fellowship centered around Christ, a picture of the marriage banquet of the Lamb. It is a time to give and share liberally with our brothers and sisters in Christ.” --

7.  a HOLY church - 

8.  Elder Rule/Control vs Example -- (this article speaks very much to my friends trouble I wrote about last night) -“I knew he learned all his leadership ideas from well practiced systems that other men had widely taught.  It was clear to me that people who thought for themselves and tried to make a difference with their own faith might have a problem under these men's watchful eyes.  But where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  Too bad men like this are so suspicious of other Christians that they feel the need to control them.”

9.  Overlording: usurping God himself -

morning coffee time is over…. be back with more later.  :o)


You Are Seven!!!


kind of kickin’,


kind of fun,


kind of crazy,


on the run ---


seems like everything you do


is extra special just like you!


Have a happy 7th birthday Noah!



Feeling trapped and excluded by expectations and cultural norms

Expectations… Division… Not being accepted… Programs… Ceremony… Rules… Membership… Time constraints… Image… Guilt… Check lists… Peer pressure… Not knowing any different… CHURCH.


A friend recently wrote to me about a situation she is having with the religious organization she has been meeting with for some time now.  It seems that the paid leader of this organization is unhappy with her actions and decisions to not fall into place with the expectations of the organization.  She has been told she is not free to not make her own decisions while in this building of the religious organization.  She has been told that if she does not assimilate herself to the expectations that she will not be allowed to participate in other portions of their organization.  She has been told she is different and that she doesn’t fit.  This is suppose to be a group that represents the Heavenly Father, but so far I haven’t seen Him there from her experience.

I am sad to say I once was a part of an organization like this, that I thought this was the way to represent and serve the Father, that those who didn’t commit to it were lost and confused.  I didn’t know any different nor any better.  But Father slowly showed me a different way, with no rules, no men as rulers, do dividing fences, no expectations, no man made stuff.  I am free.  Oh how I wish all could find themselves free, living loved by the Father, encouraged by His family here on earth.

I see that God wants us to feel the love and acceptance and encouragement that comes from being in His family.  I see that it is meant to be simple in structure… think family size.  That yes we will come together from time to time in larger gatherings… family reunions, camping, picnics, work bees, celebrations, festivals of remembrance… but that true treasure is in the smallness and simplicity of being family and living LIFE together.  LIFE!! - not once a week gathering and being spoken to and singing.  LIFE… everydayness life!

And this LIFE is to not only be shared with others in His Family but with those who are not yet Family, those who the Father shows you need His love and He needs you to give them His love for Him.   Your neighbor, your grocery clerk, your children, your banker, your relatives, your fellow congregation members, … a stranger in need.  They need you to share His love so that they can see they have a Father as well that loves them.  He loves them and He wants them to know that and to learn to live loved so they can also pass on that love.

It is about LOVE… not rules, not ceremony, not programs and buildings.  Love in action, in everyday life.  It is so simple.  Yet we somehow miss it because of its simplicity.


So my friend if you are reading this… if you don’t fit in this organization, then feel free to leave… shake the dust from your sandals and move on to where God leads.  (Matthew 10 - 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.)  It sounds like this “house” does not welcome you… let your peace return to you.  <3