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Monday, March 16, 2009

great writers CREATE

...and not just describe. Massive difference there. I've heard this before from a friend. Because I truly want to become a better writer, I will be trying to take this advice. Perhaps it will serve as a great help to you too.

from wilmore, with Love.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

sabbath prayer

Heard this jaw-dropping line this week from JD Walt as he told me a story about a friend of his. A monk told her to pray this one-lined prayer. May it unravel something in you today to better grasp the love God has for you, His beloved child.

"Lord, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is."

from wilmore, with Love.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

guilty as charged

Read this today in our Community Reader. It made me stop and take a deep breath this morning. This needed to be passed along to others.
"Lifted up from the earth"
We are tempted to find, in such language, a method or formula to "draw all people." We warp His words into something we can do- sing, dance, praise, and thus "lift Him high." But there is no mistake what He means; "He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die."
It is not in the safety of musical worship services that all will be drawn to Jesus, but in the agony of crucifixion. It's not in something we can do, some formula we can master; it's something HE did. Only by the cross will all be drawn to Him. And so He does not bid us, "Exalt me in song," but, "Deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow Me."
*raising my hand sheepishly for warping His words many times in the past*

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from wilmore, with Love.

Friday, March 13, 2009

your top 5?

These conversations has been going on with a few friends for a couple weeks now. Lindsay and I talked about it last night on our hot date too. Ironically, the team I get work with for chapel discussed it last week at their meeting, and I missed it! So, thought I would unleash these great topics in this space, could be pretty fun.

Your top 5, in no particular order, dinner guests, living?

Your top 5, in no particular order, dinner guests, dead?

Mine so far:
Living- Bill Cosby, Bono, Michael Jordan, Coach K, and Fred Beuchner
Dead- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Pistol" Pete Maravich, John the Beloved, Thomas Merton, Abraham Lincoln

Your turn. Leave in the comments, let's get to talking.

from wilmore, with Love.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

confessions, part 5

I knew this would happen - the semester would start and blogging would come to nearly a screeching halt.

More to come though, not to worry.
Just thought I would pop in and confess...I just knew this would happen.

from wilmore, with Love.