Monday, December 28, 2009

I Wanna Be Like Ernie, But I Must Admit, I'm Burt

These days, I watch a lot of Sesame Street. And, if you haven't watched lately, I recommend you tune in. It has changed the way I present material when I teach, but beyond that, it is just really entertaining. I also find it very enlightening. But, of course, that is my thing. I'm seeking enlightenment, and I can even find it while tuning into Micah's favorite program.

The thing that struck me this morning is the segment entitled, "Burt and Ernie's Great Adventures". It starts with Ernie singing while Burt's bed sprouts legs and starts to stomp and dance around the bedroom. Ernie is singing about lying in bed and is excited for the next great adventure that is coming. Burt, however, sits up in bed, alarmed, crying, "Oh, no. Not again!"

I'm trying to greet life with the child-like excitement of Ernie... Wow! A new adventure! How great. Get on board! But sometimes, I find myself being stuffy old Burt... Oh, no. Again? I don't want an adventure. I just want to sleep.

Danielle is being admitted into UAB tomorrow. The admission was moved up from the 11th because she is struggling to breathe again, but this will expedite matters with a transplant team appointment. So, for today, I'm being Ernie. Get on board! It's exciting! We are up for a new adventure!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Yesterday, my friend, Amy, gave me a beautiful necklace inscribed with the words, "All the strength you need lies within you..." The charm on the necklace is shaped like a circle within a circle. And, of course, this is the Daily Word today:

Saturday, December 19, 2009- Journey- I am on a divine journey of peace and joy. Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem was likely difficult, both physically and mentally, requiring a great deal of strength and stamina. Throughout their journey, they had faith in God. At the end of their travels they experienced pure joy, for a new life was born! In my journey through life, I may encounter moments that require greater strength and stamina. I may be learning a new skill or coping with a challenging circumstance. I receive strength of spirit and stamina in mind and heart as I trust in God as my guide. With God my way is clear and my journey secure. In God's presence, I experience a new life, filled with joy and everlasting peace.

Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem. --Luke 2:4

Life's challenges have brought me into complete reliance on God... And, the funny thing about that is I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be in complete reliance all the time... Not just when things get rough. Maybe that's my life lesson right now. And, I have a sense that God is making smooth and perfect my way. He uses my friends for strength and support through it all.