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Eowyn's Heart

The name of this blog is based on the character Eowyn from Lord of the Rings because I strongly identify with her on many levels. The purpose of this blog is to proclaim the glory of my Lord and King through His work in conforming me into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus. In all things, I trust you will see His hand at work.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

How long has it been?

Once again, I turn around and it's been more than a month since my last post. Where does the time go?? Life has been busy but, as I told a friend recently, that's no excuse - we all have the same number of hours - the challenge is in what we choose to do with those hours.

I wish I could say I'd simply been putting those hours I could have spent blogging to a more productive use and there are times in the last several weeks when that would be very true - but there are also times (too many of them) when the almighty "boob tube" has been given the preference - and that is not a good thing.

So - what's God been doing in my life recently? A great deal - mostly just one blessing after another. He continually provides for my needs - even when I don't make the wisest choices with the resources He has already provided - His patience does not cease to amaze me.

The most major things that have happened in the last few weeks include the Christmas "Fiesta" party for my Fellowship Group from church, my brother's new ministry position, and the continuing drama in my sister's family. First, the Fiesta :-)

The party was tons of fun. I had the honor of helping out in little bits of the set up and clean up - it's such a joy to work with so many servant-hearted people! I also had the responsibility to create and run the game for the evening. Last year I had this responsibility for the first time and we did a carol contest that went over very well - so the pressure was on to equal, if not surpass, the "fun" level. I'm telling you - involving 200+ people in one organized game is not an easy task! We ended up with Jeopardy. I owe that idea entirely to the Holy Spirit and I'm grateful for it.

I used a PowerPoint presentation to duplicate the jeopardy board and I pulled Christmas-related trivia off the internet to formulate the questions. We divided the room into three sections and each section had 2 minutes to select a representative to play for them. Since we didn't have buzzers, we simply had each player take a turn and if they got the question right, they got the points, if they didn't, they didn't get the points (no deductions as I wanted the game to stay positive). During each players turn, once the question was asked, they got 15 seconds to listen to their section shouting out answers before they had to provide an answer - this kept everyone in the room involved, not just spectating :-)

It went over very well. It wasn't perfect - I had to make some judgement calls about the validity of responses and not everybody agreed with my decision - but in the end, all had fun and I ended up with the nickname "Alex" for the next couple of Sundays :-)

My brother is now the senior pastor of Worship Ministries. We are all very excited that he gets to follow his heart in music ministry and that the Lord has provided this position for him and his family. The church offers much more than their previous ministry (which was focused primarily on youth - something Dan *could* do, but was not his primary calling) - including a strong nursery program that will allow his wife to attend church services more regularly.

The church has three morning worship services and Dan will lead music for the first two (traditional and blended). The contemporary service will be led by one of the associate pastors of worship. I'm looking forward to visiting them during the Christmas/New Years holiday.

Originally, I planned to spend part of the holiday with my brother and part with my sister - but things came up that made it a better decision just to stay with my brother this time. My sister and I will take some time alone together sometime next year - she and I need some "just us" time to delve into some spiritual matters. I won't go into the detail of the drama their family is dealing with here - far too public - it would be indiscreet - but I will ask for prayer from any of my friends reading this as the situation *may* significantly impact my life. If so, I will need all the support I can get to manage the situation in wisdom.

So, that's about it for life. I have another post to do on a different topic so I'll close this one off for now. I should be more regular from this point forward :-)

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