Monday, September 24, 2018

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Though You Slay Me (feat. John Piper)- Shane

Though You Slay Me (feat. John Piper) Sermon Jam

When PMR rears it's ugly head . . .

Yesterday I wasn't quite sure if it was putting too many zippers on the line the day before that made my chest hurt or if it was PMR (polymyalgia rheumatica), but today I know without a doubt - PRM has reared it's ugly head!

I'm waiting to hear from my internist.  What should I do?  I see the rheumatologist next Wednesday.  He may have better ideas.

In the meantime, my dear friend Heidi sent me this back on June 28 and I FINALLY listened to it today.  I'm not sure that I agree with the thought that "He slays me . . . ", but I like the premise of what my response should be!  

I've enclosed the less then three minute version and the over six minute version - your choice, maybe both!  

"11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Jeremiah 29:11 (RSV)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Only at Sand Creek . . .

It was another amazing day at Sand Creek!  Let me hit the bullet points for you:
  • Every year Bethesda Church in Prior Lake has a mission's conference.  The owner of the land that Sand Creek sits on is a member of Bethesda so every fall we get to meet missionaries from around the world.  This year we had a couple who are missionaries in Puerto Rico and a woman who is a missionary in Cambodia.  They were quite fun - and talkative!
  • Unfortunately, I didn't make it into platform two the first time I zipped today.  Tim was determined to come out and rescue me and I was equally determined to get in to the platform BEFORE he could rescue me.  All that swimming must be paying off because I won!
  • Sadly, I didn't quite make it into platform three either.  I told Tim it must be the weight I've been losing!  And yes, I let Tim help me this time.
  • We only had one " pseudo rescue" on the high ropes today.  The youngest of the three brothers, a third grader, went first.  His brothers all said he would be fine.  He got through the hardest part of the course and had a breakdown.  A very loud screaming and crying breakdown.  Mark climbed up and took care of him.  All ended well.
  • We had a GD from St. Paul on the high ropes today.  That would be "Gangster Disciple".  I learned a lot about gangs and the GD's, explaining to him that I come from "Lilywhite Lakeville" and really knew very little.  I challenged him on one of the six key points of the GD's - love.  I told him I could not understand how "love" was one of their premises when they killed other gang members.  That wasn't love the way I understood it.  Sadly, it was love only for other GD's.  If you read this, pray that he would question his understanding of love, especially as he's hoping to get married in a Catholic Church sometime soon.  
  • We had a group from Evergreen Church in Bloomington join our last zip.  Their pastor is married to our New Life social worker, Brita.  She'll be getting a hug and a greeting from me via them tomorrow!
  • Mary drove in from Marshall by HERSELF to go zip lining for the first time in her life.  She liked it so much that she asked if she could go again when she got up the hill.  Of course she could, because we all were enjoying her enthusiasm!  Great way to end a great (albeit educational) day . . .

Mercy Ships History and Overview

Only at Sand Creek!

I had a group of six from Stakkers yesterday for a team build.  It turns out one of the things they do is print t-shirts.  So I asked their boss - he was the first to arrive - if they could do tank tops and sweatshirts with the Sand Creek logo on them.  I only had my own comfort in mind!  Tanks for the summer, sweatshirts for yesterday!  You'll be glad to know they can and our course manager will be calling for an estimate! 

They were an absolutely delightful group.  They were hard working, contemplative and insightful.  However, once we hit the zigzag all laughter broke loose.  One of the ladies had the most amazing/annoying/hilarious laughs any of us had ever heard - we're talking honking, braying and snorting all rolled into one - and it didn't stop!  We were all rolling!  And it kept going down the zip line!  Excellent day with a generous tip!