Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Let's Try This Blogging Thing Again...

So i really think it would be healthy for me to blog, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I think part of my problem in the past has been that I had no purpose or set agenda for blogging, which is fine for some people but probably not for my unorganized self.  Let me give you an example:  I've tried to diet/exercise many times in the last several years and it just doesn't work for me.  I don't stick to it.  But we started tracking our food and exercise on and suddenly I've lost 15 pounds, have exercised every day, and am watching what I eat closely.  And like I said, 15 pounds in a couple weeks and keeping it off during Christmas is nothing to take for granted.  I think it's worked because I have to plug it in everyday.  I have set things I need to accomplish daily to track it.  So i think i'll apply that to blogging.

Here's what I'll try: 
I'm off Monday's, so Tuesday morning I will debrief the weekend services on here not only so someone else might see what we did, but so that I will metaphorically walk through our services step-by-step and see where we could've done better.  I'll also post what I'm currently listening to, reading, and any videos or stories I've found during the week that inspire me, make me laugh, or make it into my message for Awaken.  Then maybe on Friday I will review a book if I finish one or a movie if I watch one or even a TV show.  Sounds like fun and a healthy output for my thoughts. 

So here goes:
Listening to: A Random Playlist, but right this moment it's needtobreathe!
Reading: Generation iY by Tim Elmore

This past weekend was Christmas weekend.  We rocked the Christmas Eve services with Andrew Peterson's "Behold The Lamb of God."  I'm proud to say we had a banjo on stage for the first time(at least since I've been here).  We've heard nothing but great response to that service and our Sunday morning combined service.  More than 220 people in our sanctuary at once Sunday was definitely a stretch, but it was awesome.  The kids opened the service with Go Tell It On The Mountain and we did very updated versions of some classic Christmas songs.  Larry brought us a unique but very challenging message called "Christmas Number Two" where he reminded us that Christ will be returning and we must be ready.  Closing the service with a song from the Christmas Eve service added a fun element to send people out to enjoy the rest of their Christmas Day celebrations.

My parents left today so our house is back to "normal" but we leave for Stacy's parents Sunday after church.  Lots to do before then to prepare.

This Sunday is a one-off message for Awaken called "New Years Resolution." 

This isn't quite what my new format will look like, but either way, I'm back and going to stick to it!