Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Other Side of the World...

My head is full of thoughts that defy expression. Have I only been here a week? It feels like so much longer...
I sat cross legged in the little Khmer church this past Sabbath, trying to soak in every drop of the experience. A hot little body sitting in my lap, his head tucked under my chin. Singing (or attempting to sing) the hymns that sounded so different from the ones I’ve grown up on. The faces of the church planter and his wife riveted me. So earnest. So full of the Light and Life that I love too.
My little friend was trying to get me to help him color during the sermon. “I’m listening”, I whispered. He craned his neck around to look at me with wondering green-blue eyes. “But how can you listen? You don’t understand what they are saying!”
Good point. But I’ve found out this week that you don’t always have to comprehend to be able to listen. I’ve listened with my ears, eyes, and every other sense this week. And I’ve learned so much.
I’ve learned that the hearts of people are essentially the same the world over. At first glance, it seems that the gulf between their world and mine is so wide. Are we even living on the same great green earth? But as I’ve come closer to them in the past few days I’ve realized... We all live, hope, sorrow, rejoice. We are all part of this great web called humanity. And Jesus longs to call us all His own.

Have you ever been to a market in Cambodia with two blond kids to keep track of? If not, you have missed out on an adventure!

At church with a sweet Pnong lady we grew to love overnight.

The bus ride. Very benign experience compared to the taxi. :)

Preaching at the church at SALT.

Sunset over Siem Reap.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Life at Sweetwater

A day of rest... Beautiful.  Outside our balmy high 60s weather is blowing away and taking all of the dust in the county with it. Tomorrow winter is supposed to stop by for (hopefully) one last visit, and will camp out for a few days. 
As quickly as the whether changes around here, so do the circumstances we find ourselves in. One moment it’s the six of us at home; the next, only two. 
Today, Mom, Tash and I keep the hearth warm while Dad is back east for a board meeting and the other two are in Cambodia.  
It seems I’ve managed to remain in the “home group” every time for a month running. All good with me. But even the homies have been running.
In less than a month I take to the skies alone again on business, while the family attends an annual Family Camp in Oklahoma- the first I will have missed.
With everything a buzz as it is, I’ve started at least 3 blog posts that met circumstantial obsolescence before they went into circulation. So, I figured I’d just post a few random photos from our last few weeks to start, and worry about posting the reverie later. 

 A few weeks ago while the rest of the kids were gone, the dog and I set our sights on a summit. The snow kept us from reaching the top, but it was an adventure..

 Snapped a shot of the lake as we drove by

Spring Fever is in full swing

 A little Aussie friend perched over the nursery

 I helped the dear sister prepare a little celebration for Tash and a few others in the family before she and Sean left for Cambodia

Chantee made some absolutely exquisite gustatory delights

All for now. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Bigness" for the Little...

Sometimes things seem calculated to show you how little you are. Like fighting for your patient’s life for a hour and a half. Or well-timed reminders from true friends. Or dark nights under big skies (when you are already feeling overwhelmed). Or seeing something in yourself you didn’t know was there. Or many other things that couldn’t find expression on this blog...
The week before my birthday seemed to be just so calculated. And it only took a week of that to just about max me with my littleness. Ever thought something like, “I want to learn, Lord, really. But... maybe not quite so fast with all the lessons. Maybe a little break between them”? That was me - just last night.
Mama came to kiss me goodnight. With all those thoughts swimming in my head, I said with my head resting on her shoulder, “It doesn’t seem like I should be turning 21. I mean, I’ve always wanted to be 21- it’s my dream age. But now that it’s here... I’m not... I’m not... I’m not it,” I finished uncertainly.
Praise God for mamas that understand their children. She laughed and asked “So what age does it seem you should be?” “Uh, 16 maybe?” Mama laughed again and kissed me, and reminded me - as she is so good at doing - of the goodness and all-sufficiency of God. Even when I’m feeling mercilessly in-sufficient...
Today I can say with confidence that God never gives His lessons too fast, or too intense. Not even when it feels that way. And He always tucks a rose in my hands while He’s chiseling away at my rough edges. And today that was in the form of all of you wonderful people out there who wished me a happy birthday via phone calls, texts, email, and Google Plus. I can say with certainty that I received at least three times the amount of birthday wishes today that I have received on my birthday in years past. And all your thoughtful messages were more than just a shower of human love and care (though they were indeed that). They were the incessant whisper of the love of God to me, all day long. A thousand thanks to all of you for filling my day with brightness, and being God’s messengers to me in ways you can’t even imagine...
And listen, you Asian traveling sibbies of mine- you may be on the other side of the world today, but I see your hand in this. No one, and I mean no one, would confess to me how they knew it was my birthday. Your emails were “the sun in my sky” [ :) !!! ]  today, but every time I got another text or email or call I was reminded again of siblings whose love can reach across the Pacific Ocean. Love you, miss you, and praying for you. Can’t wait to see you again! 

Yep, for those of you who are wondering, that was my birthday cake up top- (the second one for this year, because Chantee made me one for my birthday celebration before they left). And yes, it was spectacular. :) Thank you Jeh Lou!! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Acts: The Revolution... Starts on Sunday.

Winter blurs into spring; projects blur into each other. And blogs sometimes fall silent while we trace the trail assigned us. (Texas and Minnesota being the destinations in the last 7 days.)
But always there are those moments in between...when we remember what's really important.

Seattle skyline as seen from the hotel that will be hosting GYC.

Into the midst of our overflowing life, Tasha brought back from the most recent trip an idea destined to radically change our summer... Exactly how it was born, I know not. But a friend (and fellow GYC ECOM member) from Canada had something to do with it, and now the 5 of us are getting geared up for a challenge. :)

In the simplest terms,

The book of Acts:
28 chapters
1,007 verses
24,308 words

in 300 days.

And not just because GYC 2012 is going to be all about the book of Acts.
Because we want to enter in to the life of Acts.
Since after all, the book is still being written.

So here's the big question: 

You want to join us?
Yes, you.

Consider it an investment in your mind. An investment in your spiritual life...
Three verses a day isn't really that many, but only the absolutely determined will actually pull it off. And it will take more than 10 minutes a day. But what if it changed your life forever?

You don't think you can. 
I know you can. You should. And we'd love to cheer you on. (and hear you cheer for us!) :)

So here's the plan: 

1: Subscribe to our memorization and review schedules with any calendar application (iCal, iPhone/pad/pod, Android, Google Calendar, Outlook, etc) using the subscription links below.

Download and import these two .ics files (calendar will be static however, and won't update if we change or adjust anything) (click the link, and on the page right click file and select "download") 

2: Just a suggestion... Get yourself an audio bible so you can listen at least an hour a day... to the chapter you're working on, plus ahead and behind.

3: Let us know you're with us!

GYC, here we come. :)

p.s. If you can't keep up the pace, or if you're reading this post late and we've already started, no worries! Take it at your own pace, or jump in in the middle... So what if you only have half the book memorized by December! You'll never be sorry. 

p.p.s. Hint #1:
You'll notice the memorization assignments fluctuate between 2 verses and 5. Three verses a day is the average. The daily dose is split by logical thought breaks, not by number of verses. But no worries, until the second half of Acts, 30% of the days have no new memorization assignments at all. They are just for just review. So if you can't seem to grasp 5 new verses in a day, do three. There are review days coming. Just check the schedule to make sure you're roughly on track. :)
Hint #2:
If you're jumping in in the middle, or you get way behind, skip a chapter and get back on schedule. (or ahead) Nobody said you couldn't come back to something. Your morale will stay higher if you don't feel like you're always trying to catch up. :)

Copy this link and subscribe to our memorization schedule here: (iCal)

And to the review schedule here: (iCal) (Yes, you will want both.)

Or subscribe with Google Calendar:
Memorization: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/8ko4ui9l5gjl6l825bencd20q0%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
Review: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/h0cet12jp99d2kufm7n97s615c%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Or check out the Acts: Memorization tab on either thenebblettfamily.com or seannebblett.com

Go get yourself an audio bible from a place like this.
Or, listen to it streamed on demand, here.
Or, download an audiobible app for your iDevice here.
Or your Android. here.

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