Twitter and the Body of Christ


It’s about being in relationship with each other. 
It’s about sharing in our joys and sorrows. 
It has been such a joy to meet my Twitter peeps in real life here at Churchwide Assembly. There is something so incredibly holy about having friends scattered to and fro in this church. It is a beautiful tapestry of who we are as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are more than faces on a screen. I love we can always be real with one another.
Brene Brown says “The bravest thing you’ll ever do is share your story!” It took me a really long time to share my families story. But now I cannot not tell my story. I am a daughter of a woman who has lived most of my life with a mental illness. Its core to who I am and is heart of my call to Diakonia. 
Meeting my people allows me to tell that story; allows us all to tell our stories. I wish more of us could move beyond where we don’t agree and simply embrace each other’s unique gifts. It’s a beautiful testimony to the body of Christ. 
A beautiful community of brothers and sisters who listen to one each other, 
Who grab coffee for each other, 
Who talk about the important issues in this church
Who allow the Holy Spirit to move, breathe and blow in this place. 
Thank you friends for being who you are! 

Sunday Blessings 139

(1) A Vox from Marie

(2) Voxing with TM

(3) A phone call from my friend JL

(4) Receiving fun mail. The piece of plunder jewelry I ordered at my party and finally got. Thanks KG!

(5) Bible study at the nursing home

(6) Thd best sister in the world!!

(7) IBC Cherry Limeade Soda

(8) Opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

(9) An unexpected call from JH

(10) Supper with JL

(11) Texting with AD.

(12) Meeting up with some of the WND crew headed to CWA at the Minot airport

(13) Finding out KW is on the same flight to NOLA.

(14) Time in NOLA with great friends

(15) Seeing my friend KW

(16) Meeting a blog friend CM InRL

A Tapestry of Where I Come From

I am from my German Russian ancestors who came to America; coming to find new opportunities and newfound freedom. 

I am from the prairies of North Dakota where my dad, uncles and aunts, and grandparents steward the land. I am from the prairie dirt being caked against my face on a hot humid summer day or from the crazy wild prairie wind. I am from the land of wheat, soybeans, and so much more. I am from farmers who place food upon your tables. 
I am from family who stick together even when the going gets tough. I am the little girl dressed in the precious pale yellow dress; the first dress her daddy ever bought for her. I am from Kentucky Fried Chicken and macaroni salad. 
I am from a woman who has lived most of my life with a mental illness. I am her daughter! I am from  knowing the highest highs and lowest lows. I am from a little house on 1st Ave SE where I grew up quickly helping care for my sister when mom was sick and dad was busy on the farm. 
I am from Ashley Public School, the University of Mary and Wartburg Theological Seminary. I am from teachers, professors and advisors who helped me see my gifts. I am from Martin Luther, systematic theology, and the theology of the cross. I am from Zion Lutheran, Camp of the Cross, Dilworth Lutheran, and First Lutheran Church. I am from all those people and places who shaped me in my faith. 
I am from…..  
There are so many people and places that have shaped and continue to shape who I am. And in who I am, I show every piece of where I come from.
 For where I come from is a tapestry of who I am as a beloved child of God. 

Happy and Holy

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “happy,” This flash mob of writers makes me so happy. I love them to pieces! We would love to have you join us.  

I couldn’t get Pharrel’s song Happy out of my mind tonight. Mostly it was because Jennifer Dukes Lee was at the FMF Party and her new book The Happiness Dare has us all thinking about our happiness. And then Kate told us the word and of course it was happy. I just knew that was going to be the prompt.

So what makes you truly happy? Are you a giver, a doer, a relater, a thinker or an Experiencer?  I myself am a giver with relater being one point behind. For me “shared happiness is double happiness.” I would much rather give than receive.

Sometimes in our world, it can be so hard to be happy. But in her book, Jennifer helps us look at happiness in a new way. Happiness and holiness are two sides to the same coin. One can be happy and holy at the same time. One of my fave quotes from the book is “The God who gave you your smile is the same God who gave you your tear ducts.” Yes! In other words, we can be happy in the midst of our sadness and in the midst of our joy. “Happiness is an outward expression of an inward joy found in Jesus.”–Jennifer Dukes Lee

For me, my happiness is found in cuddling with a tiny baby. Happiness is in spending time with those I love. Happiness is in the sweet summer sun kissing my skin. Happiness is found in jamming out to some of my favorite happy songs. Happiness is a reminder that I can be happy trusting and clinging to the promise of inward joy found in Jesus. I’ll happy dance to that

                                                          I just had to include this!

Happiness and the Tear Duct Maker

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a crier! I have been known to cry at a Hallmark commercial or two. I have been known to cry happy tears but also I have been known to cry sad tears too. My tears are so much a part of who I am. In fact, I often find myself apologizing for those tears. But this summer, as part of the launch team for Jennifer Dukes Lee’s new book “The Happiness Dare,” her words have given new meaning to those tears.

“You have permission to feel sorrow. It’s okay to cry. The God who gave you your smile also gave you your tear ducts.” YES! Oh how life-giving and refreshing those words have been for me as they have washed over me like the refreshing life-giving waters that claimed me in the waters of Baptism.

Yet it can be so easy for us to get caught up in the world around us…to compare ourselves to everyone around us. Are you happy? Do you deserve to be happy? Do you sometimes see yourself wanting what everyone else has? I know that I have fallen into this trap more than once in my life.
If only….. I was as good as.
If only….I had (fill in the blanks)
If only…..
The truth is that happiness is a gift given to us by God especially when we truly remember who and whose we are. I have been reminded of this as I have read through JDL’s new book “The Happiness Dare” which launches TODAY! (I am telling you go pick up a copy for yourself and at least 5 of your closest friends)

“You find happiness by being the best version of you!–Jennifer Dukes Lee

Throughout the book, I found myself realizing that God made me and each of us uniquely. As I took the happiness dare quiz, I found out that I am a giver with relater being only one point behind. I love being around people, but more importantly, I love to help others. I would much rather give than receive. I love to encourage others and don’t even always realize that I am encouraging others until they point it out to me. These traits are core to who I am as a beloved child of God. (To find out your 
 happiness style, go here: What is Your Happiness Style?)
My happiness truly comes from knowing who and whose I am; a beloved child of God. There are times that I’ll admit that I forget who I am. But God has this way of reminding us how much God loves us. “For God so loved the world that God gave God’s only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send God’s son into the world to condemn the world, but rather to have life through it (John 3:16).”
“Happiness is an outward expression of an inward joy that is found in Jesus”–Jennifer Dukes Lee
And that joy comes in various shapes and sizes. It comes in the blessings that God bestows upon us each and every day. It comes in both our tears and our laughter. It comes in the friends and family who encourage us and love us daily. It comes in know that we are not on this journey called life alone. It comes in being brave together! “Together is what makes us brave when life makes us scared.”
There are days that it is hard to find happiness when we turn on our television to watch the news. There is war and violence. There is hatred. Yet God calls us to find our happiness; to find the happiness that is found in an inward joy that is ultimately found in Jesus. Now that is a promise I can cling to each and every day of my life. And because of that promise and Jennifer Dukes Lee’s words, I am choosing to be happy and to partake from this day forward in #thehappinessdare. Will you join me?
I am linking up with Holly and Testimony Tuesday; Kelly and the RaRa linkup; Jennifer and Tell His Story; Holley and Coffee for your Heart and Kristin and Three Word Wednesday.


Sunday Blessings 138

(1) Running into AN at the fairgrounds

(2) Enduro races with my sis

(3) Enjoying a Coke Icee at the fair

(4) Monster Truck races with my sis

(5) Receiving my new planner in the mail

(6) A high five from one of my fave little boys.

(7) Finding knoephla and kraut at the fair

(8) Old Dominion concert with my sis

(9) Texting with MW

(10) Awesome Kenny Chesney concert

(11) Working at FLC fair booth

(12) FLC peach pie

(13) Winning a frisbee at the Fido 500 show.

(14) Awesome Jake Owen concert

(15) A great week at the fair with my sissy.

(16) Running into my hair lady CC who used to do my hair.

(17) Cherry cola taffy from my fave taffy shop in Estes. Thanks to a sweet lady from church who brought it to me!!

(18) Awesome PLN

(19) Running into KD at the fair

(20) Seeing EG at the fair

(21) The sweet child who came up for the children’s sermon even though she was the only one today.

(22) Real food instead of fair food