Aug 25 2007

Projects ‘R Us

I’m in the middle of three major projects:

  • Technology Project – for our current campus and first launch site
  • Branding Project – logo development, website, print media development
  • Film Short – for our upcoming campaign

These three projects have been incredibly exciting and awesome to work on, but they have also consumed a great deal of time and energy. My wife can sense those times when I seem to be running on empty after a long day. When I came home the other night she handed me a piece of paper and told me to keep it and read when necessary. Here’s what it said:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (Msg)

That sounds like some pretty incredible advice!! Many of you have heard that passage before, but I encourage you to find comfort with the words of Jesus when you find yourself tired at the end of the day, worn out from a stressful situation or looking for that freedom that has eluded you for so long!

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Aug 22 2007

Guest Blogger – Melissa Goldsmith

Let me start by saying I’m honored that anyone would invite me to be a guest blogger. It makes it even more special that it is a request from someone I respect and love dearly. I have had a couple of days to think about what I might write. It’s pretty easy to whip things up and drop them on your own page. (I’m not even sure more than 2 people read my blog!) It’s a little overwhelming writing on someone’s page when you know a lot of people might read this. So here goes! I was asked to talk a little bit about how I started blogging and what it means to me.

Let me start by saying, my blog page was accidental. I had the opportunity to spend time with a friend I had not seen in years. When we parted ways she gave me her “blog address”. I did know at that time what a blog was because Michael was blogging. Anyway, I checked out her site and was attempting to leave her a message and it asked me to have a login. I filled out all the info and before I really understood what was going on I had started my own blog. I really wasn’t sure what I would have to say but right now I’m up to 29 posts and going strong! The evolution of my blog has been very interesting to experience. My blog address is amazingfreedom.blogspot.com, that phrase has been my anthem of sorts for 2007. I started the year really wanting to grow in my relationship with God, my family, and my close friends. In January I sat down and wrote out my Life Plan and in March I started my blog. I went back last night and read several of my posts. I realize I am a very emotional blogger. I’m not sure if that’s more a female perspective or it’s just my personality. I love writing about how God’s growing me as a person. One particular post stood out. I wrote it right after I returned from the Women of Faith Conference. The impactful point of that post was a verse I read during my quiet time. It rocked my way of thinking even though to anyone else it might have been such a small detail they wouldn’t even have noticed. The verse said, “They agreed they were in this for good, completely together in prayer, the women included…”(Acts 1:12,13) I have spent my whole life with all this crazy baggage about never measuring up to people’s expectations. That verse was like a lightning bolt, a catalyst for change. It gave me a strength in ministry I had never experienced before, it said women were included. My husband will tell you I say what’s on my mind. That’s true! I’m thankful to have my blog be a positive outlet for who I am. I feel very strongly that God’s preparing me for something down the road. I’ve had opportunity for spiritual growth over the last several months and I have taken it all in no matter how painful or difficult.

I promised God and myself that when I started this blog it wouldn’t be a place for me to rant about things that made me unhappy. It would be a place where I would be honest and vulnerable. It would be a place to share information and life. To me it has been a blessing and I realize that my blog was not “an accident”. See, God knows my heart and my gifts and where my strength is. He knew that I would be careful before posting anything, unlike my mouth which blurts out things sometimes before I can stop it. I read posts a minimum of 10 times before I post anything. I’m obsessive about writing, it has to be correct. Thankfully that gives me the time I need to get my thoughts in order. Even if I am the only person that reads my blog I realize how okay that is. Going back and reading my posts again showed me where I’ve been on this journey and what I’ve learned. I love that there are some really amazing women that are blogging. I get some great insight from their words. Women in ministry like Nancy Beach and Kim Meyer. Women I live life with like Elaine and Ragen. An exciting new discussion blog called “Church Planting Wives” was started by women to help empower women whose husbands are in ministry. It’s a whole new world! I’m excited to stand beside my husband and look forward to what God has planned for our lives.

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Aug 21 2007

The "Big" Announcement!

Okay…so here it is – the “big” announcement.

Starting tomorrow Bucketology will be hijacked. That’s right. For several posts a week I will be having “Guest Bloggers” here at Bucketland. I’ve not placed any restrictions on the guests. Sometimes I have asked them to talk about specific areas, other times I’ve let ’em loose. You won’t want to miss them!

Who will be first out of the gate? Tune in tomorrow…same Bat Time, same Bat Channel!

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Aug 20 2007

‘Round and ‘Round

It’s Monday and I promised an update from last week, so here it is:

Tuesday – meetings…and more meetings…

Wednesday – worked from home part of the morning and then hit it hard the rest of the day including a leadership team meeting and then music practice the rest of the evening.

Thursday – major work day and prep for our a/v consultant. Small video editing project as well as a LARGE visual arts project (props to Melissa and her team for pulling this off!!)

Friday – prep for the weekend followed by the arrival of our consultant (this guy was the bomb!)…oh yeah, I played in the Fredericktown World Softball Championship (man were we spanked!)

Saturday – up at 5:30am to get work done for the weekend followed by spending the entire day with our consultant (did I mention this guy was the bomb?). We visited a potential location for our multi-site campus. Then a music rehearsal followed by our two weekend gatherings. And finally a debrief meeting with our consultant. Arrived home and in bed at midnight.

Sunday – up at 5:30am again and headed to music rehearsal. Three Sunday gatherings and I was totally wiped out. The afternoon was a bit better – some fun time followed by a 30 minute nap! The evening? We had a much needed “family meeting” to establish our mission statement and vision for the future.

Monday – up early to get some work done. Tear down of our visual arts from our youth kickoff event and then a rushed trip to St. Louis to return some gear. Return home for more research to prepare for staff meeting in the morning.

As you can tell, there hasn’t been a heck of a lot going on (and if you believe that…I’ll come up with some land in Florida for you to purchase)!! Since life is somewhat hectic, I’ll have a big announcement tomorrow so stay tuned – you won’t want to miss it!!

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Aug 18 2007

Still Crazy After All These Years

Yes…I’m still here. It’s VERY RARE for me to go more than a few days without a post. It’s certainly NOT because I don’t have something to say!!

I’ll have more details later, but look for something “new” starting Monday!! Until then…have a great weekend!

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