Sunday, October 27, 2013

His Grace in Making Memories

Before the college football season started, I purchased tickets to two games:  the Ole Miss game at UT and the game to be held at TCU.  For a variety of reasons, I decided not to attend the Ole Miss game after spending most of the week in Austin for a conference.  So my one and only chance to see my team play in person came down to this weekend's game.  The only problem:  the forecast. 

All week, the weather forecasters predicted rain would move in during the game.  And on the shuttle to the game, I thought the skies would explode at any minute.  But about thirty minutes after arriving, the sun came up and made it look like we were in the clear.

(Rob, whom I used to babysit, and I taking in the view from the endzone before making our way up to our seats.  At this point, I thought my rain boots were not going to be needed and probably looked out of place.)

(My friend Nick, who now works at Passion in Atlanta, came in for the game.  Our seats were eight rows from Heaven.)

With our lofty seats, we were in the perfect position to see the lightning move in shortly after it got dark.  And with a ton of time still left in the second quarter, we had to take cover as the deluge moved in.  The rain came down in sheets so thick that the other side of the stadium could not be seen.

Our "seats" for the next two hours ended up being standing-room only near the concession stand in one of the lower breezeways.  We passed the time by talking and watching portions of the World Series on the televisions mounted near the concession stand.  But we finally threw in the towel at the two-hour mark because Rob had friends with parking next to the stadium who offered to give us a ride to our vehicles, which saved me from having to walk to the shuttle stop in the downpour and the never-ending lighting. 

The rain delay ended up lasting three hours and six minutes, and the game finished around 12:30 this morning with a big W for the Longhorns.  Part of me wishes that I had stayed because it was open seating after the rain delay.  But the practical side of me was grateful to be dry and in my bed listening to the game as it wrapped up.

I can't say I've ever seen any game like this before, but now I've made new memories with my Longhorn buddies that will last a lifetime.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

His Grace in Carrying Me Through the Big 3-9

(Birthday fruit tart from Little Red Wasp was amazing!)

I'm not sure that I completely grasped that I was turning thirty-nine this year.  Age has always mystified me as I have no idea what any certain age should look like or feel like for me or anyone else.  I think the fact that I didn't spend much time thinking about this big birthday is God's grace because had I thought about it for very long, I'm quite sure that dread and disappointment would have set in. 

But this birthday was much like others.  I am blessed with loving family and friends who took time out of their busy schedules to call, text, email, or send messages via Facebook and snail mail to remind me that I am loved by them and by God.  And throughout the month, I've been treated to delightful lunches and dinners and have been showered with gifts that are practical, thoughtful, and meaningful.

I'm so very grateful for how the Lord carried me through this birthday and for how He appointed so many people to surround me and uplift me.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Update

Author Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky has a monthly segment about what she has learned the previous month.  Here are a few things I've learned (or re-learned) over the past month.

1.  Cursive is a dying art.  Our intern told me that he hasn't written anything in cursive since the fifth grade.  WHAT??  He then said that while I was taking handwriting in school, he was probably learning computers.  (For that response, yes, I did remind him to respect his elders.)  I wondered how he signs checks, and then I realized that he probably pays all of his bills online.  I wish I could articulate a reason why cursive is needed other than the fact that I like it.

2.  "Whatever money can't buy, death can't take away."  This nugget of wisdom was in a darling video of Ms. Betty Cox that my friend Krista shared on her blog. The short video is worth the watch here.

3.  I'm normally not a fan of how short the evenings feel now that we are inching closer to the time change.  But I'm reminded that God does much of His work in the dark, or at least where we can't see it, and so I'm dealing better with the shorter evenings.

4.  A text that I hastily type can compel a 400-word apology via email.  The mode of communication is important, and I need to choose the one that allows for the clearest possible communication of the message.  Lesson learned.

5.  A reminder from a friend that man looks at the outside while God looks at the heart.  Pointed me back to Truth.  (1 Sam. 16:7)

And here are a few of my favorite things right now:

Matt Redman's new cd

Three books I'm reading

The cure for leg dandruff 

An improbable win

Rushing home to beat a storm and finding a rainbow over my house

What are you learning or loving this fall?