Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Zach Williams

I've been keeping him on "Repeat" on the ipod lately. Check this Georgia boy out. You Athens folks have probably seen him a time or two. He just led worship at the Catalyst West conference and is about to help start a church plant in Brooklyn. He has a crazy story that includes his wife overcoming paralysis after falling off of a horse. Just look at it for yourself....


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Worth the Weight

So, I got the title from the back of a Lady and Sons t-shirt, but it still makes my point. The last two months I have been in one of those seasons in life where there seems to be one recurring theme…..WAIT. Isn’t learning to wait such a hard lesson? I can remember learning this lesson before and here I am, many years later, learning it again. Over the past two months there have been many lessons, both small and large, that involved what Elisabeth Elliot calls a “holding pattern”-a required stillness. If you think about it, it isn’t actually waiting that we are learning to do, it is learning how to wait. We don’t have a choice in the waiting. All we can do is learn how to wait well. So, instead of boring you with all of the opportunities we have had to learn this lately, I thought I would share the words, (most from Elisabeth Elliot and scripture) that have brought so much encouragement to our home as we learn how to wait well all over again.

"So long as our idea of surrender is limited to the renouncing of unlawful things, we have never grasped its true meaning."

"If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will satisfy only a little lad."

"How can God work His will in me if I am clogged with wishes of my own? Thy will be done."

"The heart set to do the Father's will need never fear defeat."

"Lead me in thy truth...on thee do I wait all the day." Psalms 25:5

"To wait on the Lord is to stand perfectly still...Can we two trust His words, 'Is not the Lord your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side?'"
1 Chronicles 22:18

"Even here He can refresh us, even here He can renew us."

"Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts."

"Waiting silently is the hardest thing of all...things we feel most deeply we ought to learn to be silent about, at least until we have talked them over thoroughly with God."

"Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut."

"Tomorrow was not our business; it was His. Letting it rest with Him was the discipline of the day, and it was enough."

"How long, Lord, must I wait?
Never mind, child. Trust me."

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bum Bum

I know I have been MIA for the last week or so, but things have been busy in the Mitchell house. With Duke making it all the way in the NCAA tourney, having guests in town, and starting a new workout, I haven't had much time to blog. There is much to say about Duke's amazing victory last night and our time with Justin and Katie but this post is going to focus on the new workout I've been doing.....The Brazilian Butt Lift. That's right...butt lift. We all gain our weight in different areas. Everything I eat goes straight to my thighs and bum bum (the brazilian word for "butt"), so I figured I should try it. Let me say....it is awesome. It is a 4 week workout and you have the option of doing one extra week at the beginning with an intensive 6 day eating plan, which sucks in the best of ways. I am just starting my 3rd week and haven't missed a day. I do have to warn you that the girls in the video drive me crazy. They are over the top and a tad annoying. What annoys me the most? Besides their perfect bodies, belly button rings and crazy dance moves? They are legitimately fit. Ugg. Regardless, I love the workout because it is fun, painful and I can already see my legs smoothing out. I love seeing results, but I will definitely need to do this for more than 4 weeks to get my butt in gear...literally. Next workout on the list? The 60 day Insanity workout.