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Interesting chain of events. I have this situation that has been nagging me try as I might to ignore the details. A question from the book my small group is studying (Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Brauns) referred to the urgency or at times lack there of regarding forgiving others. An example would be holding back forgiveness because you feel hurt by the other person until that person has a catastrophic event that makes the disagreement appear trivial. I must admit that I do not know where my situation stands. While I do not think it on the level of supreme evil I also do not place it in the altogether trivial category. So this book was in the back of my mind when I walked into a restaurant tonight only to be figuratively smacked in the face by this “situation.” The experience left me feeling panicky at first and then a little convicted as I struggled to determine what course of action I should take. Tonight I read the next chapter assigned to me for small group and was confronted with Proverbs 17:14 “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.” Such an interesting picture…once you pour water onto the ground it would be pretty difficult to put it all back in your cup. Obviously not all conflicts in life will need such deliberation. Sometimes issues are black and white…but in this gray area I am left to scratch my head. I want to put this situation behind me, but what would be the next step…contact the other person? let him/her know that forgiveness is available? The jury is still out on which way I am headed. My tendency is toward being too sensitive…I don’t want to make too much of small things because honestly people have been through much worse and I don’t need to be the center of attention (or shouldn’t)! You can read more about this topic on another blog

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milestones

My Grandmother turned 80 recently…and after scanning multiple photos of her throughout her life I came up with this scrapbook page. Digital scrapbooking has become a hobby ever since I was on bedrest with my first son Grant. I love layering in photoshop elements and the ability to alter images. Oh, and I really HATE to use scissors…and clean up after myself! Check out http://www.oscraps.com and get ready to be inspired. Also http://www.wearestorytellers.com, which is where I purchased the kit for this project (Reason to Smile by Spotted Dog Designs). Back to the topic of my Grandmother…it is amazing where life can take you and the experiences you have! I hope that if I am blessed to live as long as she has that I can look back on a life well lived and time well spent. God, please help me to focus on the things that are important and leave the distractions behind…Amen!

Happy 80th Birthday

Happy 80th Birthday

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Ok….I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while and Josh (pastor) even suggested this on Sunday so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I wasn’t really sure about the name, but it is really hot outside and that reminds me of summer camp.  As a staff member at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center (www.ligoniercamp.org) I was strongly encouraged that “early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable.”  Abiding by that “rule” would keep things running smoothly and keep us from getting behind.  I must admit I think about that rule every time I am going to an appointment, meeting a friend, or just need to be somewhere by a certain time.  Unfortunately I probably fall in the “unacceptable” category more often than not…so my supervisor at camp would probably not be happy with me.  And come to think of it…just being early or “on time” does not mean things will always run smoothly, it might just give you a better shot…something to think about anyway.

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