when sleep isn't practical, coffee will suffice

here it is, the obligatory post-NA recap. It's always difficult to write these things. Partly because I'm still processing everything. Partially-processed thoughts don't translate well to words. But I'll try.

One word description of New Attitude '08: refreshing.

Longer version: Fellowship, worship, messages, small groups...they all combined to make one huge downpour of grace for my thirsty soul. I couldn't soak it up fast enough.
One night, Josh Harris read Isaiah 53 to a 17-member string section. It was breathtaking.
Worship was led by the NA band-led itself by Devon and Bob Kauflin. We learned "Nail My Glory", "All I Have is Christ" and a few other newish songs from the Looked Upon (Lu) album.

The theme this year was "The Word of God." "If the Bible really is God's word, Then we're called to delight in it and obey it." Good stuff, eh? Everything we heard was on this topic. I can't give you a rundown of every message. They all impacted me differently. Some encouraging, some convicting, some bringing truth to bear on my immediate circumstances. (immediate back home i mean) All had points I need to apply which is where the NA slogans come in handy. "Trying to drink from a fire hose" is how they describe trying to absorb and apply it all at once. Instead we should take "one bit of truth" and apply it to "one bit of life" to start with. If you want to know what we heard, visit the NA website. You can put CJ Mahaney, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, John Piper, Eric Simmons and Josh Harris on your ipod here. You can read Justin Buzzard's live blogging of the messages as well. Eventually they'll have some manuscripts up.

Of course we made some crazy memories too. There was never a lack of laughter in our room! {Or suburban} Bacon, egg and pancake breakfasts in our hotel room, late night CVS runs in the rain, giant twizzlers, the "penguin roof" restaurant in downtown Louisville, mini baseball bats... I'm blessed with good friends. Maybe I'll do a top ten highlight post. Probably not.
.end of scattered recap.



"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
romans 5.1-5

Mum, thank you for living out this verse. Thank for for living the gospel, loving the gospel, and teaching your kids the gospel. Thank you for being a living example of a Proverbs 31 woman.
I love you.

{{ps. this is not an obligatory holiday post. i wanted to do this one.}}


psalm 33

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him...
For the word of the Lord is upright, and
all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm...
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations...
The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength...
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love,
that he may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
~psalm 33~
I love the psalms. They comfort, convict, strengthen, refresh, and refocus my soul. No matter how dark the circumstances the authors faced, they never fail to proclaim truth. Truth of God's goodness, faithfulness, steadfastness, wisdom, grace, power...