That first drive – 10 years Later

Ten years ago (June 2004) Chilly & I, our three young daughters
and 8 young adults moved to Detroit. Over the next few months
I will be posting parts of that history – my history- possibly
your history, too. Each post will include “10 years later” in
the title. (If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any of
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That First Drive

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When Chilly first drove me into the strange and ever-so unique
city-within-the-city-of- Detroit known as
The City of Hamtramck, I was praying.
Desperately.
Franticly.
In a horrible panic.
“Oh, Jesus! Please hurry & help me love this place!”

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Oddly-shaped,unusually decorated buildings.
Muslim call-to-pray blasting over city-wide loud speakers.
Men in dresses.
Homeless & needy people in every direction.
More cultures and religions in one tiny place
than I could’ve imagined. (and I’d done my homework!)
“Help me, Jesus! How on earth can I possibly live here?”
“Is this even America?”

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I dug deep and found positive things to say
to Chilly, anything besides what I was really thinking.
He knew. But how could we voice it. If God was sending us
here, to this pocket of Detroit to begin a new ministry,
then how could we do anything but look for the good…
to hunt diligently for it.

Chains & a gate on the building when we first saw it

Chains & a gate on the building when we first saw it

Walking into the building that had been “given” to us
did nothing to erase the panicked flipping of my stomach.
The once-Polish nightclub, turned church, turned abandoned
building would become a second home to us…
but at that moment we were greeted by mold, dirt
and fragments of what had once been something.
It was now “nothing.”
It would become a thing that would change lives.
But first Jesus had to begin that change in ME!

(To be continued…)

Menu Plan Monday, June 9, 2014

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MONDAY
Lunch- Homemade Biscuits w/eggs & sausage
Dinner – Taco Soup, Blue Chips

TUESDAY
Lunch- Grilled Cheesy Tortillas
Dinner- Stuffed Shells, Salad

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Turkey Sandwiches, veggies, strawberries
Dinner- Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

THURSDAY
Lunch- Tomato Salad
Dinner- Ham & Veggie Hand Pies

FRIDAY
Lunch – Deli Meat Sandwiches
Dinner- Pineapple Hamburgers, Fruit

SATURDAY
Lunch- Chicken Grape Salad
Dinner- Pizza

SUNDAY
Lunch – ?
Dinner – Crock Pot Enchiladas

More ideas at www.orgjunkie.com

That Word – Humility

When you think of words that make your tummy turn a
little flip and your heart utter a little prayer of
forgiveness, one of those words would most certainly
be HUMILITY. Am I right?

This difficult quality will not grow in us as long
as we are thinking about ourselves.
“How do I look?”
“Did I do that right? Are they noticing?”
“How will this affect me?”
“Why are they doing that? That’s not even right!”
“They’re so insensitive!”

Insecurity kills humility.
Cuz thinking about ourselves all the time
is pride… the enemy of humility.

A purposeful effort must be made to
NOT be full of self-thoughts.

Make an effort to…
– be gentle (deciding to be kind)
– be patient (cuz impatience is selfishness!)
– work without a title
– not depend on others’ affirmation
– choose the “invisible” jobs
– recognize others when you’re craving recognition
– be alone without being lonely (quote from our mentor Jeannie)
– stop rating other people
– remember Who you serve & why

Humility is the inside-out virtue that’s produced
by comparing ourselves to the Lord rather than to others.

“Always be humble and gentle.
Be patient with each other,
making allowance for each other’s faults
because of your love.”

Ephesians 4:2

Soak in The Water

Dishes!
We have LOTS of dishes!
My hands know the kitchen sink all too well.
This weekend I was washing a stack of dishes & grabbed
a pan coated in yucky, dried grossness. (How is it possible
that this icky mess was once tasty food?)

As I filled that pot with water I said to myself,
“Soaking in water does wonders. It chips away the
crusty grossness.”
And then the Holy Spirit cleared His throat.
“Ehh Hem.”

What, Lord?

“If you’d sit more quietly in my presence I could
chip away at the crusty stuff in your life; the
attitudes that are old, dried, itchy & really
bothering you.”

Oh.

Yes… indeed.
The next morning when I was reading The Word I forced
my mind to shush up, to be still, to soak in the Words
I was reading. Then quietly He whispered to my heart,
proving that He sees me better than I see myself;
showing me the yucky junk that has attached itself to
my thoughts; pointing out how those thoughts lead
to patterns that look nothing like Him. Things I
truly had not even realized were there!

Water does do wonders!
Sitting in His presence;
allowing His wonderfulness wash over me:
soften my heart;

letting my tears be a relief instead of
a frustrated outcry;
loving Him because I’m suddenly awe-struck
by His graciousness to me!

Thank you, Jesus, for speaking to me anytime,
anywhere, through any situation…
every situation…
even the kitchen sink!

John 4:14
But those who drink the water I give will
never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh,
bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Ezekiel 36:25
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away…”

Menu Plan Monday, May 12, 2014

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MONDAY
Lunch- Layered Salad
(cuz I didn’t make it last week)
Dinner – Grilled Hamburgers w/out buns
Fresh Salsa, Steamed Broccoli,
Green Bean Salad

TUESDAY
Lunch- Egg Salad (deli meat wraps for kids), fresh pineapple
Dinner- Crock Pot Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice, Three Pepper Salad

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Chicken & Grape Salad
Dinner-BBQ Meatballs, W. Wheat Noodles, Cole Slaw Green Beans

THURSDAY
Lunch – Tuna Salad with Chickpeas
Dinner – Cheese Enchiladas, Texas Caviar, bell pepper sticks

FRIDAY
Lunch – Texas Caviar (from Thursday night)
Dinner – Homemade Pizza

SATURDAY
Lunch- Veggies & dip, Turkey Sandwiches
Dinner- Mac & Cheese, carrot & celery sticks

SUNDAY
Lunch- TBA
Dinner- Do Overs

More ideas at www.orgjunkie.com

You know you live in the city when… (with pictures)

You know you live in the city when…

-your son asks you to finish this
sentence in his language book, “The school nurse checked …”
and you immediately replied, “everyones’ head for lice!”

-your 13 year old tells you she just heard of a girls
program called “4-H” and goes online to figure out what it is.
(All my cousins who are farmers & ranchers
are stunned right now! ha!)

-your young children enjoy the “farm animal” section
of the zoo as much or more than the wild animals because
the only place they see any of them is at the ZOO!

Photo via detroitzoo.org

Photo via detroitzoo.org

-you close your curtains the second the sun begins
to go down because your neighbors are just a few inches
from your windows.

-your mailman is not only terrified by your dog,
but yells at it through the door while putting mail into
into your box that’s right outside your front door.

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– your neighbors come in all different nationalities,
combinations of colors, ages, accents and opinions, and
you are SO THANKFUL to raise your children in a place
with such variety!

– it’s unusual to go a whole day without hearing another
language besides English (well, this is only true if I
actually leave the house on that particular day! ha!)

-you can make last minute plans to attend the big game
because the stadium/ball park is only minutes away

Photo credit Mariah Chilton

Photo credit Mariah Chilton

-your mail has been stolen several times

– you have an arranged “hiding place” where the UPS guy
puts your deliveries if you’re not home

– your neighbor works at the Opera House a couple miles away
and hooks you up with tickets for you & few friends

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– driving by the park reveals a group of men in “dresses”
playing cricket (this is my kids’ description)

-you have access to foods from all around the world in local
restaurants and ethnic little grocery stores

– you know all the best parking spots for the big games
that the “suburbanites” are too afraid to use

– you get really excited that the street lights are
being repaired and will actually work! (Thanks, Major
Mike Duggan!)

– you can decide to go to a museum on the spur of the
moment because it’s just down the street (and quite possibly
FREE because you live in the right place or can print out
free passes from the library!) SWEEEET!

– the local Cinco de Mayo parade is abruptly halted
due to a fatal shooting

– your children and friends from church are involved
in that parade & you were a spectator, yet no one really knows
why the police sent everyone to their cars until later (when
local news tweeted it)

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– God sends you to live in and love the people of
that city, He also provides for you & cares for you
in a way that other people just don’t understand

– people ask where you live and you proudly
say, “DETROIT!”

(I think Chilly took this pic)

(I think Chilly took this pic)

Menu Plan Monday, May 5, 2014

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MONDAY- Cinco De Mayo
Lunch- Crock Pot Taco meat in Homemade Tortillas
Dinner – Crockpot Beans with Cornbread

TUESDAY
Lunch- Black Bean & Corn Salad
Dinner- Turkey Meatball Calzones, salad

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Grilled Bread Salad
Dinner- Fish Fillets, Rice, Green Beans

THURSDAY
Lunch- Egg Salad, carrots & celery
Dinner- Chili over oven-fries

FRIDAY
Lunch- Chicken & Grape Salad
Dinner- Homemade Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

SATURDAY
Lunch- deli meat sandwiches, fruit
Dinner- Grilled Chicken & Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

SUNDAY, Mother’s Day!
Lunch- Ham, New Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Dinner – Layered Salad
(I used to tell my Mom that this salad was “gross”
every time she made it, but in honor of Mom’s Day
I want to eat it. By the way, I no longer think it’s gross!)

More ideas at orgjunkie.com

Savvy?

When I was growing up my Dad would often explain
something to me and then ask, “Savvy?” This means,
“Get it? Do you understand the whole of it?”

Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

God promises to TAKE CARE of us when we fling
our
assignments back onto Him.
(In previous posts I discussed these Words.) In this case,
TAKE CARE implies that God will sustain, provide or to
comprehend. COMPREHEND?

YES! God not only provides, but He provides
in a way that keeps the whole picture in mind.
He gets it! I certainly do NOT!
He sees the future. I only see the now.
He understands what is unseen. I can’t even
understand what’s smack in my face.

Jesus asks me to stop trying to “handle” my life…
He most certainly is “savvy!”
Me… not so much…um, not AT ALL!

Your comments are welcome

Meat Platters on the Floor

If you thought yesterday had some unusual analogies in it,
this post will probably leaving you thinking more of the same.

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Psalm 55:22 NLT

The word “GIVE” was yesterday.
Today… “BURDENS.”

BURDENS in this case means “a lot” or “what is assigned or given,”
Wait! WHAT? God has assigned burdens for me? Not the bright
encouragement I’d hoped to find. Hmm, then God gave me the mind
picture of a child & parent situation. (I’ve experienced a few
of those situations before.. ha!) If I, the parent, asked a toddler
to help me put dinner on the table I’d certainly have EVERY inte
ntion
of helping that little one complete this assignment! I would not
want my child to grab the heavy platter of meat and zip around
towards the table. That meat would splat right on the floor and the
child would be crying because I gave him a super hard job.

So, if I’d assign the job to the toddler & as he reaches for the platter
I’d say, “Give it back to me now. Let me help you. Give it back to me!”
If he lets me help he’ll find excitement, joy and satisfaction
from his assigned “burden.”

Uh… ouch, Lord!
How many times does God place an assignment in front of me,
totally wanting me to give it right back to you. He’s saying,
“Give it back. Give it back.” But I often
scoop it up & attempt it alone. I need to work on my “giving
back” skills. Flinging it back to JESUS.

“Oh, Lord, I’m so sorry for grabbing the meat platters you’ve
assigned to me and failing to wait for your help. Then I’ve
become frustrated & angry that “You did that to me!” (Sigh)
Please help me to quickly fling my thoughts onto you
and wait for your assistance!”

(the next part of this verse is here)

Menu Plan Monday, April 28, 2014

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MONDAY
Lunch- Tomato & Cheese Salad
Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Green Beans, Cubed Potatoes

TUESDAY
Lunch- Waldorf Salad
Dinner- Taco Bowls

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Chicken & Grape Salad
Dinner- Ma Chilton Goulosh

THURSDAY
Lunch- Sandwiches, fruit
Dinner- Crock Pot Meatballs, Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli

FRIDAY
Lunch- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Dinner- Homemade Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

SATURDAY
Lunch- Pizza Do-Overs from last night
Dinner- Chicken Pot Pie

SUNDAY – Cinco de Mayo
Lunch- Mexican Food!
Dinner- Buffalo Corn Chowder

Zillions of menu ideas can be found at www.orgjunkie.com

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