Sunday, December 30, 2007

Goatee or Not?


Well, I've had a goatee for the last few years and wanted to see what I'd look like it without it again. Here ya go or here I go! It seems like I do this whenever I have an extended period of time off... that way I can always grow it back if I don't like it.
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What do you think? Goatee or not? Leave a comment and let me know. You can click on the pictures to get the scary closeups.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Christmas

I'm two days late with this post, but I was having way too much fun! Merry Christmas, ya'll!

Here's our annual family picture before we head off to Christmas Eve service. After service, we did our usual drive through of checking out Christmas lights in the Willow Bend and Deerfield neighborhoods.

We got up nice and early on Christmas. As our Lindsley tradition has it, we read the Christmas story together and discussed it. We then commenced the unwrapping of gifts. Later in the day we went over to a dinner at one of our friends from church. It was great fun!

I hope you and your families had a Merry Christmas!

P.S. - Joseph is still missing.

Monday, December 24, 2007

GB Quote

I'm a huge fan of the senior pastor at our church, Grace Outreach Center. Gerald Brooks has over 30 years of ministry experience. He prides himself in a constant message of change and he is a leader among leaders.

I appreciate his messages and love how God is using him. Here's a quote from his teaching from yesterday... "If you don't like what you are getting, then change what you are saying." In his message, he referred to Proverbs 12:14 "A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man's hands will be rendered to him."

Simply put, our words affect our lives!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Joseph is Missing

One of our two cats, Joseph, is missing. He's been gone since about Thursday/Friday of last week. He's been gone for a few days before, but usually not this long - 1 week. I've gone out and hollered his name a few times, but to no avail. I don't think he would have gone off very far. He's not very adventerous. He also stays to the bushes as he's not too social. He's a big scaredy cat!

Joseph, also know as, Joe Joe, is a super cuddle cat. He helps me with all of my naps! I do hope that he turns up. I've been checking the local animal shelter website as they have pictures of all of the animals that they have. Up top is a picture of Joseph chillin' in my sink!

Marriage Unlimited Teaching

I was called up to the big leagues! My pal, Pastor Jesse needed someone to teach his class, Marriage Unlimited, on Saturday night. His son's high school football team, Plano, made it to the semifinals and would be playing at Texas Stadium. He called me up on Wednesday and asked if I'd fill in. He jokingly, and of course honestly, said that I wasn't the first choice. I can live with that! God knew that I was going to be teaching.

I taught on 10 Gifts to Give This Christmas... and all year long. I actually borrowed, stole, adopted this idea from David Foster at davidfoster.tv. I discussed each of his gift ideas and then put my spin on each of them. I've enjoyed Pastor David Foster's blog for a few months now. I love his posts, titled, "Hello, my name is __________ and I'm coming to your church tomorrow." It really makes you think about everyone that's coming to church. I made sure to give David Foster props and recognition for his blog post.

I first started out with the Ultimate Gift (God's gift to us, Jesus Christ) as described by Logan's Phone Call. This set the tone for the teaching. There was some serious points, but a lot of laughter as usual.

I enjoyed sharing so much that I asked if I could teach again on Sunday morning. Nobody left the church so I was in. It was a joy! The bonus was that Cairo helped me with A/V both times and Ursula & Briana checked out my message on Sunday morning.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wise Beyond His Years

Incredible to see how the youth actually understand God and relate to him better than we do.

Logan is a 13 year old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. He called a Christian Radio station to share his story - he was distraught because he had to take down a calf. His words have wisdom beyond his years.

Check out more information from the church that put the YouTube video together.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

She Did It! She Did It! She Did It!

Denise did it! She ran 26.2 miles in 5 hours, 10 minutes, and 10 seconds. Her personal best is 5 hours and 9 minutes. After the marathon, she jokingly said that maybe she could have beat her best time if she would not have stopped so many times to pet the dogs. In case you didn't know, she is huge dog lover and she counted 8 times that she stopped to visit with them. Want to check out how well she did? Click here

I am so proud of her! I cannot imagine the thoughts running through your head when you're body says, "No!". My response would be "You're right, let's stop and pet all of the dogs, cats, ducks, monkeys, etc.!"

Well, I did run, jog, crawl next to her for awhile. At one point I ran about a mile and a half with her. She was quite the motivator! She would tell me... OK, just a little bit to the corner... now, just a little bit to get up and over hill... now, the fun easy part, going down the hill... oh, goodie, a water checkpoint, you can make it to that... great! Now drink without spilling and throw the cup on the ground! ... Here comes a mile marker, you can surely make it there! I'm not the running type as I cannot stand hearing myself trying to breath. I sound awful! I prefer racquetball where there's a lot of running, but it's all start and stops.

What a fun experience to have with Denise and Gary. We all had fun driving from one location to another to track her down and to root for her. Also, you just couldn't help but root for everyone else. The look of appreciation from the runners as you called out their name and encouraged them was priceless. One thing that I noticed was that running created a common bond among the runners! It was one huge fellowship that the runners shared.

It's been awhile since I've had Denise here in Dallas to visit. I, of course have spent time with her when I've gone home to Cleveland. But, one thing sticks out in my head about her... she is so happy and friendly! I thought I say hello to a lot of people, which sometimes I do, but other times I don't. She takes the cake! She is naturally happy and friendly! It's just downright contagious!
Above are pictures that we took at the marathon. It was agreed that Gary took the best pictures! :)

If you want to experience something awesome! Go to a marathon and cheer the runners on! If you want to feel even better, run in the marathon! There's nothing like thousands of people cheering you on!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Denise is Coming to Town

It's been a couple of months since I started this blog and a couple of months since I've been waiting for my sister Denise to come to Big D. Up above is a picture taken of her about 14 years ago. Sad to say that her eyes are stuck like that... nah... not really!

As I mentioned in my first blog post, Denise will be running in the White Rock Lake Marathon. I'm so proud of her! Cool techie stuff going on there... I've signed up for cell phone alerts for whenever she passes a checkpoint.

Denise is an awesome sister and friend! She always puts a smile on my face when I call her. I think it's because she laughs at my jokes!

Syrup in the Fridge

Interesting topic, eh?

I loved having Debbie and kids out to visit last week. An interesting thing happened while she was here. She was making waffles for her kiddos on one of the mornings and told me that she couldn't find the syrup. She looked everywhere in the refrigerator. To some, this may sound weird as most people store their syrup in their pantry on a shelf. However, this is they way that our dear mother stored it and we were just doing the same thing as we were brought up. I actually remember having this same discussion with my wife, Ursula, over some 17 years ago. Of course, I defended my position very well, but in the end I saw it her way.

Debbie, being Debbie... she had to inspect the bottle of syrup and noticed that it said, "Refrigeration not required." She was content with that and even laughed it off.

This whole situation made me wonder how often we do something because we've always done it that way or because that's how we've been raised. If we only took the time to read the label! I don't mean to compare the Bible to a syrup label, but if we only took the time to read the Bible and apply it, we'd know the proper way to do things in life. God intended it that way.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite verses that I always try to strive for...
"...Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak,
and slow to become angry" - James 1:19