>Tin Man

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My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.
 – Jesus (Matthew 26:38)

Now I know I’ve got a heart, ’cause it’s breaking. –The Tin Man (Wizard of Oz)


We are so different, aren’t we?
But we ARE made in the image of God,
so there ARE some commonalities:
We all have a heart, & we’ve all had it broken.
So has Jesus.
No heart broke more, no heart hurt more, no heart anguished more…than His.
One of the times I feel the loneliest is when my heart is breaking. During those times, it seems like nobody runs parallel to my pain. You too?
But Jesus does.
When our heart is breaking, He runs parallel to our pain because He knows what its like
and only HE can get into our heart to fix it.
A clogged heart can be medicated by a doctor.
A hurting heart IS mended by God.
He doesn’t need a knife, or anesthesia, or even time.
As soon as your heart is breaking…His is too
and He is immediately there to begin mending.
Surely we WILL have a heart that breaks (just ask the Tin Man) but we don’t need to travel on brick roads and HOPE the man is behind the curtain.
We merely travel as far as a whisper of a prayer, and God’s already waiting in our heart to heal it.

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>Guest Blogger: My Mom!!

>My Mom sent this email to me a few days ago. She gave me her permission to post it. I”d like to say something after you read this….

HEATHER …. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY YOU WERE BORN ….MY FIRST BORN ..IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL FALL DAY AND I WENT INTO LABOR THAT MORNING . YOUR BIRTH WAS UNIQUE BECAUSE YOU WERE GOING TO BE BORN AT HOME. AS LABOR PROGRESSED I BECAME MORE AND MORE EXCITED TO SEE MY BABY !! THE PRESENCE OF GOD WAS SO STRONG IN OUR LIVES THAT DAY . A FRIEND CAME OVER AND MADE A COMMENT ABOUT THE ATMOSPHERE OF OUR HOME WHEN SHE WALKED IN .SHE SAID, “I SENSE SUCH PEACE HERE TODAY.” I AM CONVINCED JESUS WAS THERE AND HIS ANGELS WERE BUSY !! SOON THE TIME CAME TO GIVE BIRTH ..FIVE GOOD PUSHES AND THERE YOU WERE ..A BABY GIRL !!!! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !! LITTLE PINK CHEEKS PERFECT ROUND FACE ..JUST A BEAUTIFUL NEWBORN ..I WAS ON CLOUD NINE ..I JUST COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU WERE FINALLY HERE. I WAS A MOM FOR THE FIRST TIME AND THE LOVE WAS IMMEDIATE . ….HERE YOU ARE TODAY . I CAN NOW SEE WHERE GOD ANSWERED THAT PRAYER I PRAYED MANY YEARS AGO. LOVE , MOM
This was neat to hear from my mom. It meant a whole bunch to me. Do you have someone who speaks value and hope into your life? You say you don’t? I can hear you, and I am so sorry. But please hear this: If nobody on Earth is speaking the miracle of YOUR life…God already has, God is, and God always will. If you can’t hear other’s voices of value and hope in your ears, listen to your heart – God always wants to speak to you there.

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>BDAY RECAP

>Hey Everybody! Sorry for the blog-delay. I am at this SWEETconference in Indiana with my church fam. Tomorrow, my pastoris speaking at it! Of course you can go on this adventure with me AND watch my pastor if you tune intohttp://www.mynakedpastor.com/.

I had an unexpectedly wonderful birthday. I’d like to send out HUMONGOUS props to:
Raul, my Cuban for the iPhone and the surprise bday party.
Allen & Sharon for helping the Cuban pull it off.
Kelli, Sharon, & Steph for taking me out to lunch and hooking me up with something
leopard-y & pumpkin-y!
Melissa & Ansley for the most aromatic roses.
Heredes & Marcy for sucking helium, killing brain cells just to sing Happy Bday.
My CHURCH FAM, who were kind enough to take time out of their significant lives to take notice of a seemingly insignificant day to them…Sept. 25.
My relatives, for celebrating this day for 34 years with me…and never getting tired of it.
Felicia, Oana, and Damaris – for going above and beyond the call of friendship to celebrate with me, to make me laugh, to make me cry, to include me in your lives.


Here are some pix. I hope you enjoy them, we enjoyed taking them for you!


God Bless You,
and know…
EVERY DAY you are the BIGGEST blessing to Him

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>What’s 34 in 12 hours?

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ME!
In 12 hours I will be 34 years old!
Stay tuned for some bday pix!!

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>Humpty Dumpty Heather

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As of late, this is the best way I can explain my life:
Humpty Heather sat on a wall
Humpty Heather had a great fall
All the kings horses, all the kings men
Didn’t put Humpty Heather back again.
But Humpty Heather is in God’s plan
And Humpty Heather has her Cuban
They’re working hard & working together
Ain’t gonna have a broken Humpty Heather!


Friends, sometimes we fall. And lest we do, we mustn’t feel like it’s over.
It’s just like us to fall & break– 
but it’s just like God to put us back together.
If you feel like Humpty, don’t despair.
It only means you get Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, the Alpha, the Omega, the Savior, the One and Only…..
to put wonderful, priceless, beautiful you back together again.
It’s His honor to do it, 
it’s our honor to have Him.

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>Get Dunked

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This Sunday, our church is having Beach Baptism at 3pm on Fort Lauderdale Beach. 
It’s a big event in our church AND in my home. We love to go to God’s blue ocean, sit in God’s seashelly sand, and see 100s of God’s people wade into the water. We don’t just love to see this, we love to celebrate this. When the dunkees come up out of the water, my kids clap! They want to see, “More! More!” Here’s a pic when Raul gotthe chance to baptize my youngest bro, Chris:


Baptism is a Holy Moment that stands apart:
Where an audience is cheering for you on Earth,
AND an audience is cheering for you in Heaven.
I have no clue who reads this crazy blog of mine, but if you do & you haven’t been baptized, show up at the beach this Sunday….please.
Give Andy and DJ a reason to clap and cheer.
Give God a reason to rejoice.
Give yourself a reason to restart.

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>Too Big For Big Wheels

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The other day, DJ challenged me to a Big Wheel contest. Being of an extreme competitive nature, I took him on. He took a picture of me trying to go uber-fast on the Big Wheel. Yikes! 
Hey, though a body can get too big for a Big Wheel; laughter & spirit can never get big enough!

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>Race Cars in the Mailbox

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For a year I’ve prayed, “God, give me eyes to see things You’d see.” He’s answered. 
And it’s not an easy answer–‘cause some of the things I see that compel me to do what I need to do are tough. 
On Sunday, after leaving Barnes & Noble, a beggar approached me and asked for money. I showed her the inside of my purse, proving that I meant it when I said, “I don’t have any.” She said, “At least pray for me.” I assured her, as a pastor’s wife, I would. Then, I got in my car and could have hit myself on the head with a mallet, ’cause true, I didn’t have any cash, but I DID have $6 in change. Determined to find this beggar so I could give her my change, I hit the parking lot. For 15 minutes I searched for her on foot. Fruitless, I got in my car and drove around searching for her. Fruitless again. She had vanished. Frustrated and rueful, I headed home.
FAST FORWARD… 
Yesterday, DJ was smashing his little race car…the one that, “doesn’t go fast anymore. ” I motherly explained to him that some boys don’t have any race cars and they’d be grateful to have just one…even if it isn’t fast. After this heartfelt chat, DJ and I settled on the idea that he could mail his slow race car to one of those boys. I went back in the house.
This morning, I noticed the red flag on the mailbox was up. “Funny” I thought to myself, “I didn’t do that.” When I opened the mailbox, I found not 1, but 3 race cars, waiting to be picked up and delivered to those boys.

God will give us His eyes to see people who need us to do things for Him. 
My missed-opportunity was in the parking lot on Sunday, but I’m fulfilled 
by the made-opportunity I’m vicariously having thru my son.

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>YOU!

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YOU will make a difference in the world today, just by being YOU. Close YOUR eyes, see in YOUR mind: What is YOUR mix? YOUR coloring, YOUR height, YOUR expression, YOUR experience, YOUR name. This all mixes together to make YOU. God says He knew YOU before YOU were born. He has a plan for YOUR life. If YOU were to die today, nobody else could be YOU. for there are no more YOU’s. YOU are not a clone, YOU are not a mistake, YOU are not another, YOU never have been, YOU never will be. YOU have to be YOU to make YOUR difference in this world. Don’t hope someone else will; don’t think someone else can. Now stand up. Roll YOUR shoulders back, tilt YOUR head up. And before YOU walk away from YOUR computer to be YOU for the rest of this day, ask God to give YOU the confidence to do it. And then go out there and make YOUR difference…YOU’RE the only one who can.

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>The Dirt-Road Quote

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For years, I’ve collected famous sayings/quotes in a little word doc. Not to long ago, I shared my all-time favorite, see “My Favorite Quote.” 

But here’s another:
“I was born at the dead end of a dirt road that had no name and no number. You can go anywhere from nowhere.” –Robert Schuller

To me, the irony of its profoundness is the simplicity of its encouragement.

What it says to me is that no matter where I came from, I can always go somewhere.
My pastor always says that life is a journey. He’s right.
My life, your life….they aren’t periods at the ends of sentences.
They are the dot-dot-dot’s at the ends of sentences
And no matter where we start,
as long as God’s leading us,
there’s always some place we can go.

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