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Dear Friend,
i am happy to inform you about my soccessful in getting a new partner in Aguru whom help me to transfered the fund into his i am in Bangkok now to use my own share of $20,000000.00usd for investment.but i do not forget your effort that you made last time to make sure that this fund had transferred into your account but at the end it seem to been in vain due to the bank charges.Because of the effort i had made the check of $1,000,000.00usd which i had kept for your contact my secretary to send the check to you whose name is REV,UBAKA EZEH / His email adress is,
phone 0022993792475 free to contact or call him.make sure that if you recieve it you do let me know to share the joy together.finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money.

Hold the phones! I think I’m gonna be rich! I received this email recently and apparently, Mr. Atiku has been soccessful in getting a new partner in Agura who help him transfered $20,000000 into his account! (I guess when you’re dealing with that much money, commas are no longer necessary.) Anyhoo, once I received my ONE MILLION LARGE as compersation for my efforts, I’m gonna fly all of you down to Texas for a big ol’ phat party to share the joy together. I can hardly wait!!!

Hurricane Ike: They were not kidding…

Update: As of 4:00 a.m. this morning, our power is out again and it’s been raining pretty hard since about midnight. Our yard looks like a wetland habitat, but we are still counting our blessings. We were spared the worst of Ike’s fury. I dare not complain about the minor inconvenience of lost electricity since many lost much, much more…

Hang in there, my soggy neighbors.

A Trip to Sam’s Club: Part One

I went to Sam’s Club yesterday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sam’s Club, it’s a big warehouse store that sells things in bulk. Just picture a Walmart store on steroids. I’m not one to buy many things in bulk, but you can never have too many paper towels and rolls of toilet paper. You NEVER want to run out of toilet paper! I also needed to get some communion supplies for Convergence Christian Church. I know I haven’t blogged about it, but we’ve been meeting as a core group since July, and began meeting on Sunday mornings (and evenings) on August 3. It is our practice to celebrate communion each Sunday. We have been using the disposal type communion with the wafer (Styrofoam) and grape (rancid) juice (diluted) conveniently wrapped in one container. We have priced traditional communion trays, but have decided to hold off on this particular purchase. I have also come to the realization that those gold trays must actually be made of gold, because they are priced accordingly.
I’m kinda known as the “go to” gal when it comes to finding creative solutions or just finding stuff in general. I’ve even been compared to Red — Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption. (If you remember the movie, Red could find anything and smuggle it inside the prison.) I’m actually pretty proud of this distinction, and so I consider each request a personal challenge. Our senior pastor (hee-hee, I still can’t get used to that) Jeff called and asked if I could find some small cups for communion. He would bring the grape juice and the bread/wafers. This is what I came up with: At Sam’s, I picked up some 1 ounce plastic containers (like the ones they might provide to squirt ketchup into at some of your finer eating establishments). We now have communion cups for at least the next couple of Sundays, as these particular containers come in boxes of 2000.
I am now three paragraphs into the post and haven’t even mentioned what I originally intended to write about. (Shocking, I know.) But that cool. I’ll save it for another post. (It’s really good, so check back!) I’ve gone too far down this rabbit trail to turn back now. I’ll let you know how the little one ounce containers work out. Our worship begins in a mere 4 hours. And since Sunday morning services are currently being held at la casa, I need to check the floors for dog poop and put the coffee on. I can’t wait!
Whether you are meeting at a church of 5000 or 5 today, or no church at all, may you experience the power of worship that brings you into His presence and — above all — glorifies His Holy Name. Because despite what you may have been lead to believe by Larry LaPrise, noted lyricist of “The Hokey Pokey”, THAT’s really what it’s all about…

And speaking of Larry LaPrise, I came across this obit while researching this blog post:
What with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the almost unnoticed death of a very important person. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote “The Hokey Pokey”, died peacefully at home. He was 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in… and then the trouble started.
Thanks for indulging my silliness (again). Be blessed!

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me,
Just turned forty-three
I’m old and distinguished,
Having often to pee!
Incontinence: the gift that keeps on giving!
It’s my birthday. Yes, I’m old, but incredibly immature. That’s gotta count for something, huh? Here’s a few celebs who share this day with me.
Katdish: wife, mother, painter,
church planter, internationally
read blogger with readers
numbering in the high
single digits every day!
John Huston: (screenwriter and
director, Angelica’s dad)
Neil Armstrong:
Loni Anderson:
Maureen McCormick:
(actress, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!)
Patrick Ewing :
(basketball superstar)
Adam aka
MCA Yaunch:
(rapper –
Beastie Boys)
Tawny Kitaen: (actress, best know
for writhing on car in White Snake
video and numerous arrests.)
Eddie “Fingers” Ojeda:
(guitarist, Twisted Sister)
Jonathan Silverman:
sassy, sarcastic commenter
on Jon Acuff’s blog,
“Stuff Christians Like”

THIS JUST IN…..also born on my birthday Barak Obama (who knew? well, kris actually)

Lost in translation

This past Monday, I attended my small group bible study. We went through 2 John. My friend Karol brought this bible that belongs to her son. According to the preface, it is directly translated from Aramaic to English. Here’s something I found interesting. The following is from the King James Version, 2 John 1:
1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth;…

When we looked up the same passage in the Aramaic bible, the words “elect lady” were replaced with “mother church”. While the NIV and KJV commentaries suggest that the verse might be talking about the church, the Aramaic version seems to state this quite clearly. I’m not going to comment on the accuracy of this particular translation because I honestly don’t know enough about the book or its author to make any intelligent argument one way or another. Like I said…I just found it interesting.

If you read this blog on a regular basis (thank you), you know that the past few posts have primarily been about books written by Christian authors and my thoughts about said books. This is not one of those posts. I returned Sunday from vacation, started a new painting gig on Monday, and have been breathing paint fumes for the past 3 days. I am looking at my suitcase that remains unpacked and on the floor, thinking about “Birthday Palooza”, which begins tomorrow, and lamenting the fact that I ran out of my ritalin prescription two days ago. BTW – Birthday Palooza is an annual event that begins with my son’s birthday (7/31), dad’s (8/1), sister’s (8/2), daughter’s (8/2) and, typically just an afterthought 3 days later, my birthday (8/5). Deep thought and careful consideration of blog content just ain’t happening right now.

Instead, I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pics from If you’ve never visited, I would highly recommend it! Enjoy!

Rob Bell/Chris Farley: Separated at Birth?

In the interest of full disclosure (whatever that means), this post is basically me repeating a comment I made on one of my favorite blogs, But since I’ve got nothing else in particular to write about today, and I’m kinda lazy like that, Here’s my stellar observation:
Is it just me, or does watching a Rob Bell video remind anyone else of “The Chris Farley Show” of SNL fame? Here’s what I mean:
Rob Bell:
Do you remember the story,
when Jesus walks up to those dudes,
and says,
“Follow me,
and I will make you fishers of men?”
and then,
the dudes, like
drop their nets,
and follow Him?…
That was awesome!
Now before anyone shoots me a comment about how Rob Bell is just the coolest, most relevant dude of the 21st century, and shame on me for making fun of him, I’m not dissing the message, just the delivery. I only say this because I once shared this observation with a youth pastor friend of mine and he looked at me like I had just said, “Jesus sucks!” And let’s be honest…he does kinda talk like that! Thoughts?
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