Here's Bob hard at work looking over this quarter's numbers. With a high-stress job like that, no wonder he has a good stiff drink at the ready!
And of course there's a Frank in every office - always on a break. Get back to work Mr. Silly Whiskers!! JM
Here's Frank doing his evening workout. Evidently tonight was a "legs" night.
And of course, the ever-safety-conscious Bob is ready at the fire extinguisher. I sleep well at night knowing that Bob is always at the ready!! JM
This is Ana's dresser and the kids closet. The fan is in there to generate white noise and help the kids sleep.
This is Ana's crib. We're debating moving her into the toddler bed that we have, but we'll probably hold off for a couple more weeks, especially if our house sells soon.
And here's Noah's dresser and bed. Really it's all the space we need. It's amazing how much space and stuff we think we need, when really you can get by with so much less. JM
Oh, and if you would like to buy a house in the Newnan, GA area, buy this one. JM
This is part of the toy corner. The futon acts as our couch and the wicker chair is just uncomfortable additional seating. We store some toys under the futon so that it doesn't feel crazy cluttered in there.
This is the other corner of the room. The TV is to the right of the dollhouse. Underneath the futon you can see Noah's racetrack and Ana's doggie is sitting on the end of the futon. We're not in here a ton, but it's a nice little place to go if we need to get our family alone for a little while. JM
I think that makes God feel like some guy who's doing tricks. We say the magic words, and then BOOM, the person gets saved. I'd rather take that conversation and build on it while I share life with somebody. To me, that seems like the better way to make disciples, to really care about them. The other way seems more like all I care about is myself and getting another tick mark on my salvation wall. JM
This is our master bedroom. It's pretty much just a bed, a closet, and a dresser, but that's all you really need.
And this is the dresser in our bedroom. We went from a fairly large dresser and a large walk-in closet to a medium sized dresser and a regular sized closet with sliding doors, so it's a little bit tight, but it definitely works. It definitely forces us to be more organized because things can get messy quickly. JM
I'm already way behind on my book reading plan for the year. I should have already finished my second book, and I haven't even started my first. Time to do some catching up. JM
Then we translate this impatience over to our relationships. We don't want to wait. We want to get out of it what we're going to get out of it right then and there. Even if we want to help, we want to do it right then and there. We don't want to have to stick around. We will stay around, but only if it's by our choice, not by necessity.
But the biblical example seems to be to wait for the opportunity to share. To wait until we're asked. And you can't be asked to share if you don't wait around for people to do the asking. You have to wait for the awkward pause. For the tension to mount. For people to desire to have the spiritual conversation. But it's the waiting part that is so hard. JM
And here's cat number 2, Bob:
It's so cold here right now, Bob sat on the air vent. I bet he had some toasty buns!! JM
When Anna Kozlov caught sight of the elderly man clambering out of a car in her home village of Borovlyanka in Siberia, she stopped dead in her tracks, convinced her eyes were playing tricks.
There, in front of her, was Boris, the man she had fallen in love with and married 60 years earlier. The last time she had seen him was three days after their wedding, when she kissed him goodbye and sent him off to rejoin his Red Army unit.
This would be a great movie. I'll take my wife to see it when it comes out. JM
Hand also expressed hope for ethnic solidarity among the non-European peoples of the world. "All the people of color in this world will go for unity and understanding and peace" if they overthrow the Europeans and establish their own governments, he said.
Never going to happen. JM
Love this post by Kem Meyer that contained this picture of some guys that boxed their work truck in their work area. Great analogy about how we need to evaluate where we are in our context and not just be impressed that we did the job. We can get so consumed with just finishing the job that we forget to evaluate overall progress. JM
The boarding pass guy wonders how the church could use this for childcare check-in. Sounds cool and would probably be fairly efficient. I know the two things that I'm looking for in a check-in system are safety and efficiency. JM
One of the things that I love about where I work is that the high school guy is awesome. The kids love him, he speaks well, he's a strong leader, and he's relevant. So I can't just coast along and do as well as he does. God has gifted me in student ministry, but if I want to be successful comparatively, I'm going to have to work hard. It's challenging, but it's so much better. Sort of makes you feel alive. JM
I got new running shoes the other day. I'm so pumped about trying them out. I haven't run consistently in years. I still love it immensely, but struggle to find the time to do it. Hopefully having new, comfy, squishy shoes will help. In case your curious, I got the New Balance 767's, my fifth generation of this shoe. JM
I love watching this Nanny 911 show. I think the only reason I like it though is because it shows me that I'm not the worst parent in all of America. I wish that Nanny would tell the parents to just whoop their kids sometimes though. Love this little post by Steve McCollum with the picture above. JM