Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking for Signs

I finally can get around El Paso (well to familiar places) without my GPS! However the other day while driving to the church I missed my turn and I realized it just as I was passing the street. Even when we know how to get somewhere if we ignore the signs we won't get there the way we had planned to. Which made me think about John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. If we do not take time each day to be open to God's direction through prayer, reading our Bibles, and through conversations with other Christians we too might miss the signs God is giving us, that God has prepared for us. May we all be aware and alert.

Blessings, Leslie

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


This week was full of anticipation, beginning with putting up our Christmas tree. When we began my son asked "is it Christmas today?" Then on Monday we got snow! Beautiful big flakes in downtown. My children could hardly stand it Monday night (we had not gotten snow on the west side). The following morning we woke up to a couple of inches on our lawn. Everyone in the family was so excited to see and play in the snow. It helped us all get into the "Christmas spirit." And we are anticipating Christmas day, as we take time each day to talk about the meaning behind the season.

Blessings, Leslie

Monday, November 23, 2009

Giving Thanks, Again

I want to share with you some words from the psalmist for this week of giving thanks ...
Psalm 136 "O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever, O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever, O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever." God's love is amazing and during this week may we remember to thank God for all that God does for us each and every day!

blessings, Leslie

Friday, November 20, 2009

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is coming! There is much excitement in our house about this day and I hope it is because it has become a time for us to really be intentional about spending time together and for offering up words of thanks to each other. It is good to be thankful for what we have and I am not speaking of material things. When asked what you are thankful for, my children always list a person first not some toy or thing they possess.

May you give thanks this week for the people in your life. I know I am very thankful for my family and my larger faith family found at 901 Arizona Ave in El Paso Texas. I hope to see you at worship on Sunday, we will be giving thanks to God and having a huge feast, definitely something to be thankful for!

Blessings, Leslie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finding My Way

O.k. so I will openly admit that I am not good with directions and I believe that a good sense of direction is something you are either born with or not. My three year old son, Harry already knows his way about El Paso and I don't (he takes after his dad).

Almost every day I find that I am in the wrong lane of traffic, or think I know where I am going and drive right past my destination. It can become frustrating. And I have tried not to let it be, rather I try and see it as a learning experience and a reminder that ultimately I am not in control. Often we can feel lost, not just in getting around town, but in navigating through relationships. through hard situations, and new experiences.

I remind myself that God has provided for us all a blue print for how to live our lives in the pages of the Bible. And a lot of what God has to teach us, is about how we approach situations and how we are to treat one another. We are in all times, in all circumstances to embody the fruits of God's spirit are "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22) Driving around reminds me that the trip is not only about our final destination it is about the journey and the experience of getting there.

So with that I can with great pride say that I found my way to the pastor's lectionary study this morning (and my son's preschool) and now am off to find the place where the Downtown Connection meeting will be. I'll keep you posted!

Blessings, Leslie

If this is the worst thing that happens today ...

... then today won't be so bad. These were the words my husband Dan said to me as I left for the office yesterday. Famous last words, I might add. Let's go back over the past few weeks to get some perspective. Recently we found out that our son needs surgery, it ultimately is a good thing, but as a parent we are anticipating the stress and worry of the day of the surgery and recovery. In the mean time we had a leak in our bedroom ceiling, caused by a bad drainage hose that a rat had chewed through! The condensing coils need to be replaced ($$$$!) and on Saturday afternoon the ceiling fell in ...

... so on Tuesday when Dan said those famous last words, (after finding a lone maggot in our garage that really grossed me out) what came after was indeed worse, finding a dead bird full of maggots in our garage (I guess that was the cause for the horrible odor and the lone maggot) and his car that wouldn't start. I began to see dollar signs and a shrinking savings account and I stopped myself. I thought about having a pity party or taking everything in stride, including God in my frustration, and really, really seeing it as another day that ends as a good story. So surprisingly I say that while any day might not go as I had planned, at least (or perhaps at most) I worship and serve a God that is bigger than anything and everything I face each day. I trust that God will indeed take care of me and my family.

Blessings, Leslie (This was originally written in April of 2009)

Easter ... ready ... set ... go!

Matthew 28:1-10 About three years ago I committed to the Narrative Lectionary.   It is a four-year cycle that takes the congregation t...