Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Friday, May 6, 2005

Well, at practice tonight we rehearsed some of the new background harmonies, but mainly we talked about the need to renew our individual commitments to the ministry. As is the case for anyone involved in any ministry, we must go before the Lord and seek to discern if it is His Will that we continue in this ministry. We acknowledge that all things happen in seasons and that sometimes God places people in a ministry for a period of time and then calls them to serve in another ministry. We realize that where He has placed us in the past is not always where He is leading us in the future and where we are at the present is not a reflection of where He may want us to be permanently.

Michael ended the practice by informing us that we would be taking the rest of the month of May "off" - meaning that we will not be holding Wednesday and Friday night practices. We will continue the nursing home servces on Sunday morning, but as of this moment we will not be performing anywhere the remainder of this month. We are to take this time to take care of ourselves and grow both spiritually and vocally.

After practice we went upsatirs to celebrate Scarlett's 54th birthday. Scarlett is an amazing testimony to the goodness, mercy, love and grace of God. Although her disease (MS) keeps her in bed or in a wheelchair and it limits her physical movements, Scarlett is always generous in her praise and love that she pours out to other people. She never resents the fact of what is happening to her body, but always makes sure to give God glory, honor and praise. She is always quick to tell you how much she loves you and is always ready to give you a smile.

The life-changing power of God is evident through Scarlett because she is able to give a heartfelt testimony of God's goodness to her and her life. I praise God for allowing Scarlett to be such a wonderful example of praising God through hardships and honoring Him in your current situation.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Lisa and I travelled down to the Cincinatti area this weekend for my sister Jessica's wedding to Mike. My sister Sarah and her husband Matt joined us as we drove down. We left at 8am on Friday and arrived mid afternoon. My parents had rented one of the show apartments in the same complex that Jessi and Mikle live in. Actually, it was directly across the parking lot from them. It was a nice three bedroom, two bath arrangement and over the course of the weekend it proved to function well as a gathering place for family and friends. At my parents ivitation, Lisa and I stayed with them. We slept in one of the bedrooms on a bed that was actually fairly comfortable, which was nice.

Friday night we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. We arrived back at the apartment fairly late and Lisa was tired and went to bed. I stayed up and my Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Keith (who live in St. Charles and we see from time to time) came over and brought my cousin Chuck (whom I haven't seen in a long time). We sat around the living room doing some catching up and sharing stories. It was good to see Chuck again. We used to visit my grandparents who lived in the same small town as my cousins Chuck and Jason all the time. Chuck, Brooks (another cousin who lived nearby) and I are all roughly the same age. We got along really well and we played army, built forts, shot off fireworks, played wiffle ball and "hotbox"(AKA "pickle"), drank a ton of Vess soda and basically just wandered all around that little town during the summer.

Saturday moirning Lisa and I went with Tyler (Emily's husband) to the Gap Clearance Outlet store which was a couple of miles down the road. I bought a pair of khaki pants, a pair of shorts and a belt while Lisa found a few more items to her liking. Overall, we found some good deals and saw a little bit more of the Kentucky side of the Cincinatti area.

The wedding party was at the church by 4pm, ready for pictures. There was quite the development when the florist delivered the Bridal bouquet, which contained flowers that had specifically been requested left out of it. So the call went out to the florist who came back to the church and did a quick fix on the spot. The ceremony was simply and elegant, with the largest wedding party I have ever seen or been a part of. There were the bride, groom, matron of honor, best man, 7 bridesmaids, 7 groomsmen, 2 junior brides, one ring bearer and one flower girl. Wowsers!

After the wedding went off without any major problems and the remainder of the pictures were taken, it was off to the reception. Jessi and Mike had hired a caricaturist to draw guests for a period of time, so Lisa and I got our caricature done. We ate a wonderful buffet meal and then proceeded to dance the night away.

We left early Sunday morning in order to get home early, because I was scheduled to head back down to Nashville, leaving at 3am Monday morning. We got home early afternoon and began to do a little garden work on the house. Michael called and said that Sonni had become ill and was not going to be able to record. Our engineer, Gary, had been really busy lately, so it was decided that we should just reschedule for a time when Sonni and I could both record. So Lisa and I spent the remainder of the day doing yard work.