Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dreams vs. Reality

A few days ago, while I was working on waking Davis, with eyes closed, he sleepily said, "This might be a silly question, but are you playing tic-tac-toe with me?" I laughed. "No. Guess you were dreaming." He smiled and nodded.

Sometimes what is actually going on isn't what I see. It might look like one thing to me, but God, who never sleeps, is fully aware of what is really happening. (Psalm 121:3-4)

Disappointments come. Emergencies happen. Life changes. But, not without the watchful eye of our Father who isn't just sitting around playing tic-tac-toe, but is actively involved in the events of our days.

I'm trying to remember that today. Maybe what I've been counting on hasn't been grounded in God's reality, but rather in my dreams. Have I made idols of my aspirations? Probably. Today, as I long to do everyday, I'm clinging to Him...the author and perfecter of my faith.

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition...so that you do not grow weary and lose heart." Heb. 12:2


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One Soda Leads to Another


We are about to launch a new t-shirt for my parent's shop. The shirt is the picture of how our parents relationship began. I wanted to include a verse on the back of the shirt. When I asked my dad, he thought for a while and then said, Ephesians 3:20-21.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

This verse fits the lives of our mom and dad perfectly. Dad lived a tough life as a child; he lost his daddy early on, smoked cigarette butts off the street when he was 5, lived with several step-fathers, and had very little money even though his mom worked up to 3 jobs at a time.

He met our mom at a soda fountain on Main Street in Whitesboro, Texas. They married, had three kids, both worked with mom's parents (his in-laws---pretty amazing), took over the business in the 80's, and have transformed the place little by little.

51 years after they said "I do", they are about to open a soda fountain of their own on Main Street in Whitesboro. God has done in my parents' lives more than they could have imagined. From a desperate situation at age 5, to a joyful life of following Jesus at 71, God has been at work for all those years doing immeasurably more than any of us could have dreamed. So, God gets the glory!

If you're in a desperate spot, turn your eyes to the one who was able yesterday, who is able today, and who will be able tomorrow to turn the darkness you feel into bright light...for His glory.

Contact us if you want directions to Lovejoy's on Main Street or if you want a great t-shirt. Tasty lunch, beautiful (fun!) store, and free wi-fi! What more could you ask for! Soda Fountain coming soon!