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Sunday, February 5, 2012

say whatcha need to say

Apart from being a catchy song by John Mayer....today's post is about saying what needs to be said. I think it's pretty easy for me to just "talk" but not say anything important. Or sometimes even talking about "important matters" but never saying the truly hard things. Part of this is confrontation. I am scared to death to confront certain issues or certain people. I am mostly afraid of what they will think of me or losing the relationship altogether. The more life I live, the more I am challenged with how and when to confront, what to say, how to approach with love, etc. This can play out day to day in marriage, with friends, co-workers, etc. 

Recently, my church- Christ Central Church, has been doing a sermon series entitled "God _____ America". Howard Brown, our senior pastor, is preaching on issues that aren't usually addressed from the pulpit, but surround us everyday. The past few sermons have been: Freedom of Speech, Race and Ethnicity, Women's Rights, and Ageism. I would have never heard these sermons growing up, which is part of the reason I love this church. They have all been personally convicting and have started great conversations among the congregation. They are bold and his words are blunt, but I am proud that he is addressing these issues and has the courage to say hard things....things most of us don't want to hear. 

So in light of these sermons, I have been challenged and want to challenge others. Life is too short to NOT say what is needed to be said. 

Sermons can be found on iTunes or soundcloud

Monday, January 16, 2012

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

We just finished the best TV series EVER- Friday Night Lights. A lot of our friends have watched it and now my brother and sis-in-law have too. All recommend it. I haven't heard a negative thing about it yet....except for wishing it lasted longer!  If you have never seen it, WATCH it! You will thank me :) All 5 seasons are on Netflix. 

Here is a brief synopsis- 
Friday Night Lights is an American sports drama television series adapted from a book and film of the same name. The series details events surrounding a high school football team based in fictional Dillon, Texas, with particular focus given to coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his family. The show uses this small town backdrop to address many issues facing contemporary American culture, including school funding, racism, drugs, abortion, and lack of economic opportunities.

Coach Eric Taylor


Tim Riggins is Robert and I's favorite character. Don't be surprised if a pet or child is named after him at some point-- we love him that much. Riggins is reason enough to watch the show. 

"Moving, life-changing, Texas Forever"- Robert Akin

Friday, January 6, 2012

You Never Marry the Right Person

Don't get me started on Tim Keller.... he is AMAZING and can be quoted all day long. Here is an excerpt from his newer book The Meaning of Marriage. Enjoy!

You Never Marry the Right Person