Monday, June 30, 2008

Well, no wonder!

Earlier this month, the Calgary Sun, among others, reported that 50% of the Calgary health region are overweight, bumping Calgary to the fattest city in Canada. As I'm pondering this (about the same time that I'm seriously considering getting my certification as a fitness instructor), the rest of Calgary is gearing up for the Stampede. One of the promo pieces that came in the mail to our house listed some of the places to eat on the grounds and some of the new and unique treats for 2008. Check out this list:
  • deep fried OREO
  • deep fried Twinkies
  • pizza on a stick
  • bacon on a bun
  • beignets
  • deep fried coke
  • taco in a bag
  • hot beef sundae
  • cinnamon buns
  • fried dough
  • Frozen chocolate bananas
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Bubble tea
  • Indian taco
  • calzones
  • London broil
  • roasted corn
  • dippin' dots
  • crepes
  • gyros
What else can we deep fry? We've resorted to deep frying dough, for pete's sake! Dough!! And we wonder why we're getting chubbier!?

I think I'm going to go for a run!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Prodigal Son

This past Sunday, I took the opportunity to go to Oak Park to share in their Sunday morning service. Steve spoke on the Father's love as depicted in the parable of the Prodigal son. It was one of those messages that I wish everyone could hear because it summed up the Gospel message so well. It's why I am passionate about the Kingdom. It's the Truth, the heart of the matter without all the crap that we insist on adding to it.

God is love.

End of story...and the beginning.

Go here and listen to the June 15th message OR find it on itunes. Just subscribe.

Thanks, Steve. I appreciate your words, your passion and your faith.

Coming in July...

...more change. That's right. Life is full of it. It's what keeps it exciting. It's what's been keeping me growing and changing and trusting in a God who's got it in control as I'm forced to admit over and over that I do not have it in control.

So yes, July is bringing more change for me. I have been hired by Journey to serve as Children's minister while our current minister is on maternity leave. I'm pretty excited...even though right now it still seems a little surreal. It's part time so I will continue to work for the City as an instructor and lifeguard.

My prayer is that I will be able to serve well in both capacities. I'm seeing both roles as a privilege, hopefully each making me better at the other, keeping me aware and thoughtful in both. I'm excited, too, about what I will learn and how I will be shaped by this next year.

I wonder what God has in store for me through it all.

One thing's for sure: I won't be the same when this year is done...and I'm glad.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

In Print

My good friend, Jo, just is now in print. You can find her writing in the summer 08 issue of Geez magazine or online here.

It's good.

I'm proud of her!