Monday, January 28, 2013

The Game Changer

It's the fierce strength and devotion of Lebron James on the court.

The presence of the closing pitches of Mariano Rivera on the mound.

The course-turning explosiveness of Calvin Johnson on the field.

It is a game changer.

The moment where you hold your breath and clench your hands because you know something huge is about to happen.

There is no way it couldn't.

They are forces to be reckoned with. The opposition has started to get slightly uncomfortable as they fall into position. Sweat on the brow. Fury in their hearts.

Passion in their bones.

Not that I am comparing my life to professional athletes...but kinda.

And let's just say...

The game changers are in the game.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Some Call It Nesting

If you have lived or do live in a small space, you understand.

You literally have a 1000% chance of losing your mind.

Or killing your spouse.

Or both.

And then when you add ministry into the mix, you are confronted with this life-long question...

"How do you set up a small living room to be conversational for the 10 high school girls that will be here for small groups and also have a space to write a paper on Barthonian Missiological Viewpoints on Evangelicalism ?"

Oh. You don't ask those questions? Weird.

We love where we live, with it's old charm and "city" living location. But we HATE that on any given day, the one big room in our apartment is our living, dining, office, library, conference room.

That is just straight stressful.

Especially for an "A-type" personality.

And if you are blessed with an incredible and amazing "B-type" husband whose passions and brainstorming sessions run much faster than his ability to clean up after himself...

Have you ever seen that movie called "The Perfect Storm"? Ya'll feel me?

With a Seminary-going husband, a home-based photography business, a High School Ministry and a second bedroom that will someday be for our sweet child, we started wondering if we could make our 700 square foot apartment work.

Insert IKEA...
and the small little genius rooms that they make in their showrooms to make you believe you could turn a hole in the backyard into luxury living. (That is our next project.)

So, with a few purchases and a lot of re-purposings...
We decided to stay put and see if we could make this ity-bity living space functional.

And so, without further adieu, I would like to share with you what some have called "nesting".
We like to call it "living wisely into your space".

And, Lord-willing, a few extra years added on to Erik's life.