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One Flu Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Posted by admin in December 7th, 2009
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I’ve been bit! Help me! I’ve been bit by the flu bug and I can’t get up! Six days of this stuff (and being homebound) has made me slightly more cuckoo than usual. And while I’ve been under the weather, Big D’s been down under in Australia. (Sorry. It’s the Nyquil). He’ll be home Wednesday. He’s been speaking at an InterVarsity conference there and has had a great time. Weather? Ninety-five degrees and sunny. Here? Cold. Very cold. And they’re predicting snow. Lots of it.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We celebrated at SGC Donna’s lovely home and we had 28! Lots of fun; lots of food. Fun and food are synonymous. Funny thing, my book arrived the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was so strange to be worrying about mashed taters, sweet potato casserole and smoking two enormous turkey breasts when the box from the publisher arrived. It’s odd how real life propels us on. Daryl wanted to take my picture with the book and all I could think about was, “Are the potatoes boiling over?” I feel badly for Romanowski, my writing buddy. He lives in the Middle East and the book can’t be delivered there. So, he hasn’t seen it. Remember how in February I was crying and asking everyone for prayer–deadlines, creativity, follow through? And now it’s done. IVP did a good job. I’m grateful.

Urbana 2009 is just 19 days away. This is the big triennial (don’t be too impressed, I had to look that word up) missions conference held in St. Louis. They’re expecting over 20,000 college students. It lasts six days and is one of my favorite things on earth. Can you imagine? TWENTY THOUSAND college students all gathered together in one place over Christmas break to seek God and to find out how they can be a part of the Great Commission?!? Amazing. The worship times are out of this world and I love visiting with the students and hearing their stories and seeing how God is working in their lives. I heard a statistic today that over 50% of tenth graders here in the US have been sexually active! Scary. Depressing. Heartbreaking. But nothing gives me more hope for this world or more excitement than to see the faces of (and to interact with) college kids at Urbana. God is still on the Throne and He’s still moving among His people. And these university students who give up their Christmas break to come to Urbana are proof of that!

On New Year’s Eve they have a huge communion service and it’s so…well…holy. I love Urbana. I love missions. I love college students. (Sorry. It’s the Nyquil again). Margaret, my BFF and coworker, Spence, my BWB (best working buddy), Daryl and I all head out December 26th for St. Louis. We are all super pumped. IICS will have a booth there. Please be praying for us during this time. We need health and energy and we want to minister to these college students who are earnestly trying to discern God’s will for their lives.

Being sick these last few days I had to cross off several things on my “Getting Ready for Christmas” to do list. Things that just aren’t going to get done! Losing a week was tough. But the truth of the matter is Christmas isn’t about how much I get done, or how perfectly the house is decorated, or even about how many cookies get baked. Christmas is about staying focused on the most important event in all of mankind’s history–the birth of Jesus Christ. He alone is the hope for the human race. He alone is our Redeemer. He alone is Savior, Lord and King. Christmas is, and should always be, about Him and Him alone. So even though I lost a week, I feel I gained some perspective. This year I’m just gonna relax and breathe and celebrate the birth of my Beautiful Jesus and rest in His Peace. Peace.

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303. Carolyn said,
December 8th, 2009 at 7:38 am

God is sooo good. I love being your cousin and His child.

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304. Laura Savage-Rains said,
December 8th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Get better and I’ll see you in January. Can’t wait!!!

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305. Lisa said,
December 8th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Hope you’re feeling better, my friend! Praying that your conference will go well And that God will use you to bless the college students you encounter!

Want to meet for lunch sometime in January?

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