Jul 02 2012

Family Vacation

When you go on vacation you have fun, but the things you remember always seem to be the things that went wrong.  My kids will never forget this one.

Last week, I got to represent K-LOVE at KingsFest, a Christian Music Festival in Virginia at Kings Dominion amusement park.  I had a chance to meet many of you, and also had my kids with me.

But, there was one day, that did not go as planned.

Saturday morning we woke up to storm damage.  It’s the reason why millions in the east coast are without power right now. The big K-LOVE tent was damaged and everything in it soaked.  The plan was to spend the day meeting you at the tent, but it became a salvage operation.

We were in clean up mode at 6:30 in the morning.

So to save the day, I decided to hit the park with the kids and ride some roller coasters.  At about 7pm kids were in line for the last ride, after that we had plans to go see Toby Mac perform on stage.  I was excited because I got the honor of representing K-LOVE and introducing him to the crowd.

But, the clouds got dark, I spotted lightening, and I went into Mama Bear mode.

I yelled, “kids there’s a bad storm coming get out of this line now!!!”   There was no arguing with that tone of voice.  I crammed all 3 into the stroller and ran toward the stage, because I had this pass that would let us backstage, where I knew we could be covered and out of the storm.

Everyone else (6,000 people) went running away from the stage, but me and my stroller were running towards it.  We were like salmon swimming upstream.

It was like something out of that movie Twister.  Leaves were flying, and trash randomly swept up out of the trash cans.

We finally get backstage, which is like this basement literally under where the artists perform outdoors, and whoosh the rain hits.

So here we are, my 3 little kids, my stroller, and rock stars.  The basement was full of musicians, guitar players, roadies, and my rambunctious brood.  In a way it worked.

So then Toby Mac comes down to wait out the storm too.  He had to cancel his performance. I tried to play it cool and not be a fan and chat it up with him.  I introduced him to my kids, and my 6 year old,

Emily says, “Mommy who’s Toby Mac?”

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Jun 27 2012

Lose Your Life to Find It

When you don't know what to say.  

Maybe you've had this experience too, when a friend has unloaded or confided in you and you were left speechless.  

That happened to me yesterday when a friend of mine sent me a text that said, "I just got fired!"  I felt so bad, and I didn't want to say the wrong thing like well God must have something else planned for you!  I don't think she was ready for that.  In the moment she was hurting.  

It reminded me of this thing I read in the book "Love Does" by Bob Goff.  So, I shared it with her.

He was fired from one of his first jobs as a waiter after a very embarrassing accident.  Here is what he learned from that experience:

"The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure…Failure is just part of the process, and it's not just okay; it's better than okay.  God doesn't want failure to shut us down.  God didn't make it a three-strikes-and-you're-out sort of thing.  It's more about how God helps us dust ourselves off so that we can swing for the fences again.  And all of this without keeping a meticulous record of our screw-ups…Finding things and losing things is what the Bible is all about.  God even seemed to encourage it.  He talked about losing your job, or even your life, if you want to find it."

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