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Archive for June 6th, 2013

It has been over a year since I put together a set list and led a team in worship.  Due to various health issues and job conflicts since our move I have not been on a worship team more times than I can count on my fingers.  I must confess that I am nervous about it.  I have a small team for a visit to a local prison.  The halau has graciously offered to perform a dance during the services.  Our pastor of prison ministry will share a message on the subject of “forgiveness.”  I pray that my hands have strength to play then notes.  I pray that my voice has the strength to carry the notes.   I pray that our music would not be a distraction from but an attraction to Jesus. I pray that God keeps my humble in the process.  Yes husband, I am praying that prayer again.  He always wants me to let him know when I pray that prayer.

Tomorrow I have my first run through with the other worship leader for this service.  He’ll play the guitar and lead out on a couple of songs.  I’ll lead out on a couple of songs.  Looking forward to sitting behind a piano as I sing.  I feel a little rusty, but practicing will help.  Working the kinks out of the set list will help.  Getting this first run through out of the way will help.

The set list:

  1. Our God
  2. The Glorious Cross (a fabulous original by one of the team)
  3. All Who Are Thirsty
  4. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (chorus only)
  5. What Joy

Prayers are appreciated for the upcoming worship services at the prison.

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Bedtime by Oreo

This reminds me of our youngest.

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Eat Pray Love

I’ve been working through a book titled “Decisive.”  It is a great book on making better decisions in life and work.  It’s also more like doing work than just relaxing, so yesterday, at the library, I checked out what I consider to be a decadent read, “Eat, Pray, Love.”

I enjoyed the movie.  The idea of traveling the world is a life long dream of mine.  Seeking a deeper understanding of how I fit into the larger cosmos is for me a constant.  I have no issues with eating really good food.

As I started reading the book I found two things that I don’t relate to.  The first is that I’m not looking for a way out of my marriage.  I made the mistake of mentioning this part of the book to my husband by saying, “You know there is a part in the book where the author says that she doesn’t want to be married anymore…”  The look on his face said that I needed to quickly make my point.  I said, “Don’t worry Honey.  I was going to finish by saying that I don’t want out of my marriage.”  Make sure you preface statements like that better than I did.  The second is that I call myself a Christian because I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  This is a statement I have complete faith in saying, and I hope that it doesn’t mean I can’t engage in a meaningful conversation with a person who doesn’t share my faith.  That last statement is a whole other blog post.

Anyway, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book.  Any good reads that you want to share?

Currently working through these books:

  1. Decisive: How To Make Better Choices In Life And Work by Chip and Dan Heath
  2. Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s last queen, The Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure by Julia Flynn Siler
  3. Every Body Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul by Gary Thomas
  4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

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After well over a year, I’m back in the blogisphere.  I’ve been wanting to get back to posting since we decided to make the big move to the islands.  I’m still working out the format.  Should each day be a different topic?

We have experienced so much since moving here.  Ministry life in itself as a topic can fill volumes.  So much can be said about homeschooling.  Uprooting our family from a culture we’ve known our entire lives and transplanting into Polynesia is a topic I never thought I could address.  If you know me then you know I’ll share a little on each and probably a whole lot more.

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