Sunday, February 19, 2012

Art Car Museum

Benjamin and I tend to take opportunities to explore things in Houston when visitors come into town.  Jeff and Jessica came down to visit us and so naturally, we took them to the Art Car Museum!  The museum gallery was featuring work from local artists.  I was hoping that there would be more art cars than there was, but since there was only a few I guess I'll have to go to the Parade in May!

 This guy is made of hundreds of spoons!
A 12 year old kid designed and built this with his Dad!  The pop looks a little to be desired...
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Grand Dexter Adventure

One Friday night we received a notice that our dear friend Dexter had been entered into his first Wiener Dog race ever and would we like to attend to cheer him on?

Our answer was an emphatic yes!  We bundled up and drove to the Sam Houston Race Park where this sign greeted us.
We found Dexter, Kala and Luke walking down the sidewalk, ready for their first racing adventure.  We entered the building where all of the little competitors were waiting and were overwhelmed with a buzz of excitement and what seemed like hundreds of doxies in racing t-shirts!

In honor of the races, the park was selling $1 hot dogs!  Kinda morbid in one way and creative in another.  Dexter was in the first heat.  While they were lining up, Jeff and Diana met us to get a spot to watch Dexter in his debut race!

Once the doors opened, there was mass pandemonium!  Turns out Dexter didn't quite get the hang of it like we had hoped it would...however he did make it across the finish line {even if Kala had to chase him there!}.

Thanks to Dexter, Kala and Luke for a fun night of cold, cheap and very entertainment!

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Slow Me Down

Slow me down, oh Lord, slow me down.
Help my heart to hear Your sound.
Speak into my life, Lord, speak now.
Slow me down, oh Lord, slow me down.

Clear my mind, oh Lord, clear my mind.
Bring me peace that I cannot find.
Take my worried thoughts, break my pride.
Clear my mind, oh Lord, clear my mind.

Wake my soul, oh Lord, wake my soul.
With this mess I've made make me whole.
Of this life called mine, take control.
Wake my soul, oh Lord, wake my soul.

Slow me down, oh Lord, slow me down.
Help my heart to hear Your sound.
Speak into my life, Lord, speak now.
Slow me down, oh Lord, slow me down.

Robbie Seay Band
Rich & Poor

We sing this song quite a bit in church.  It's a poignant reminder of the need to slow down, a need for the desire to be broken and made whole.  A reminder that life is messy and painful, but that He speaks when we slow down and whole heartedly seek His face.  Every day is a constant battle against the urge to allow Self to win.  Sometimes its not even daily, but hourly or by the minute.  It is exhausting.

"Seek my face, and you will find not only My Presence, but also My Peace.  To receive My Peace you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust.  The only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul is My hand.  Ask my Spirit within you to order your day and control your thoughts for the mind controlled by the Spirit is Life and Peace.  You can have as much of Me and My Peace as you want, through thousands of correct choices each day.  The most persistent choice you face is whether to trust Me or to worry.  You will never run out of things to worry about, but you can choose to trust Me no matter what.  I am an ever-present help in trouble.  Trust me, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea." 
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young; pg 38

The constant struggle of surrender.  The thousands of decisions that affect our moods, our personalities, the way that we love others well.  Praise God that we are not alone if we choose to grasp, cling to His hand.  It was never promised to be easy, just that He would be there when we cry out to Him.
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