That Oswald!

I am not a risk-taker. I don't do roller coasters or donuts in parking lots. I don't like being in water over my head and I certainly don't surf! I know that for some people, the picture below would be inspiring. I know people that would be grabbing their boards and going for it. It makes me think of how nice it is to relax on the beach and watch the waves roll in and be slowly lulled to sleep by the rhythm of the surf.
Waves Posted by Hello
A few days ago we were doing morning devotions with the kids. One of the books we are using is "Jesus Wants All of Me" which is basically "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers for kids. This is what the entry said:
Surf's Up "Trouble will come. But I will not be afraid. The wind will blow. The waves will crash. I will not run away. I will grab my surfboard. I will run for the water. I will stand up and ride. Whee! Nothing can separate me from the love of God."

Yikes! This is NOT my reaction to waves, or to trouble. I am afraid, I do run away. I cower on the beach with my towel over my head. I ask God to take the trouble away and bring out the sun again. I do not own a surfboard and it's not on my list of things to buy. And even if I did, I would probably cling to it for dear life, flat on my belly. There would be no standing up and riding.

There are all kinds of waves in my life. Some are small and can break against me without me really noticing. But there are some that tower over my head and threaten to crush me as they break. What am I going to do with those waves when they come?

I think the Lord is challenging me. And you know what? He doesn't expect me to become an expert surfer with the first wave that hits. But he IS asking me to at least maybe go browse in a surf shop. I bet they have a board my size.


The Eternal Questionnaire (Which I stole from my husband's blog)

OK, my goal is to blog more but it's late (for me) and I'm tired and want to go to bed but I promised myself I would post something, so I stole this from my hubby and other friends!

Three names you go by:

1. Heather
2. Feather Ant
3. Little Foot

Three screen names you have:

1. exgrantgirl
2. heather the sage
3. heathercady

Three things you like about yourself:

1. My sense of humor (mine is really better than my hubby's.)
2. My editorial comments.
3. My heart.

Three things you hate about yourself:

1. My fears
2. When I'm scattered
3. When I take out frustration on my family

Three parts of your heritage:

1. Scottish
2. English
3. Ecuadorian

Three things that scare you:

1. Driving on icy, snowy roads.
2. Being in a subway car that stops in the tunnel for no reason.
3. Cable cars (the ones that dangle from a wire)

Three of your everyday essentials:

1. Coffee
2. Chocolate
3. Snuggles from my family

Three of your favorite bands/artists (at the moment):

1. David Crowder band (best worship band I know) (No comments from you music snobs out there...you know who you are and I have words for you!)
2. The Nylons (60's music)
3. Selah

Three of your favorite songs at present:

1. "Beautiful One" - Jeremy Camp
2. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (don't ask me how to say his name, he's from Hawaii)
3. "500 Miles" - The Proclaimers

Three new things you want to try in the next 12 months:

1. Blogging 5 days a week
2. Exercising regularly
3. ?

Three things you want in a relationship (love is a given):

1. Intimacy
2. Trust
3. Humor

Two truths and a lie:

1. I am not a risk-taker
2. I love chocolate
3. I am as skinny as I was in high school

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeal to you: Sorry, this one gets no answers.


Three things you just can't do:

1. Roller-coasters
2. Karaoke
3. Eat peas without gagging

Three of your favorite hobbies:

1. Scrapbooking
2. Reading
3. Crafty things

Three things you want to do really badly right now:

1. Eat sushi
2. Go to Ecuador to meet someone new that will be arriving there.
3. Lose weight

Three careers you're considering:

1. Chocolate Tester
2. Reader of books
3. Spa Tester

Three places you want to go on vacation:

1. Greek Islands
2. Ecuador with my family
3. Some tropical island

Three kid's names:

1. Meaghan
2. Nicolas

Three things you want to do before you die:

1. Publish something
2. Hold my grandchildren
3. Own a brand new car