Archive for January, 2013

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Blind date, and silent

HOW TO TALK TO PRACTICALLY ANYONE ABOUT PRACTICALLY ANYTHING

 

I have a terrible time remembering the titles of books I’ve read. But decades later I still remember this one: How to Talk with Practically Anybody About Practically Anything, by Barbara Walters.

I also have a terrible time remember much about what I’ve read. But I still remember one point from that long-ago book: Show interest in your conversation partner by asking questions. When I remember that advice, I get along much better.

But I will never be as adept as the young woman in this Kid History video (“kids talk, adults act”). Maybe I should be glad I don’t have her “skill,” and I’m definitely glad that my dating days are behind me. Conversationally, I was much more like the guy here.

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

65 is the new ___

Almost 2 weeks ago, my husband stepped out of the role of Pastor of Preaching and Vision, moving into several years, Lord willing, of different kinds of work and ministry.

Almost 3 weeks ago was my birthday. Which one? The Medicare one.

Tonight a group of 8 people stood in front of the congregation to receive prayer as we send them off on a short term mission to Senegal. That’s not unusual. But something was very unusual about this group. The average age among them was 65. And that’s with one young man of 21 wildly skewing the figures downward.

So Char, Brad, Keith and all, as we prayed that you be encouraged in your mission and ministry, you yourselves were ministering encouragement to me in our transition to a new chapter.

 

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Along the Way: Travels through Africa from a Christian Perspective

 

 

Question for you:

What is something you dream of doing, no matter what your age will be before it can happen?

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

How do you feel?

Beginning August 1, Jason Meyer was Associate Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist alongside my husband, the Pastor of Preaching and Vision. Now, as a result of resounding congregational approval, as of yesterday those roles are switched. Now Jason is Pastor  for Preaching and Vision with Johnny as his associate.

This is the next-to-last step in our transition to our next chapter, when–as of the end of March–Johnny no longer is part of the pastoral staff of Bethlehem. We are thrilled with God’s guidance and work in all of this.

Last weekend was Johnny’s last sermon as “senior” pastor. Last night, during his last minutes in that role, he led Bethlehem into the New Year in communion together at the Lord’s table.

As we walked into the house at 12:30 am, he asked, “How does it feel to be the wife of an associate pastor?” Considering that I’ve spent exactly half my life as the wife of one man in one position in one place, that could have been a jarring question. But it wasn’t.

I answered, “Feels just the same. It’s you that matters, you who are my husband.”

One of the things about the he who is my husband is that he’s a man who expresses thoughts of love and life and life events and changes with poetry, as he did in his end-of-the-year blog post at Desiring God.

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