Wednesday, October 01, 2008

"Is my hair out?"

I just love the Disney Movie is classic humor to which I laugh out loud. One of the main characters, Hades, is voiced by the actor James Woods. There is a part in the end where there is so much chaos going on that Hades doesn't even realize that he has NO hair (in the movie his hair is a constant blue flame.) Suddenly, he stops and says, "Hey, whoa, is my hair out?!" I just die laughing at that part...not sure why it is so funny to me but it is.

I will say that I can finally relate to that statement. No, I haven't done anything drastic to my hair but my life is so chaotic right now that I'm not sure I would even notice if somebody were to sneek into my bedroom tonight and shave me bald.

We truly enjoyed being abroad and it was so nice to just be a family but then we came home. Now stop for a minute and let me clarify...I am THRILLED to be home, wouldn't trade it for the world. However, I am having difficulty adjusting to life here in the good ole USA. Life seems to have snuck up on me and I haven't figured out how to put it all in balance. Is there a lesson in all of this, is God trying to teach me something or force me to grow in some area? I'm not sure but I want to feel like myself again. My friends keep mentioning that I don't seem right and maybe they are right. But how do I find that balance again? I'll keep praying, you keep praying and I'm sure between the two of us (or three or four or eight) He will answer me and life will return to normal.

I will say that I truly believe I have caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like. Have you ever noticed that heaven is always refer to as "going home?" There are so many Christian songs whose lyrics say it so beautifully:

  • Nichole Nordeman - "When life had begun, I was woven and spun. You let the angels dance around the throne. And who can say when, but they'll dance again. When I am free and finally headed home."
  • Mercy Me - "I close my eyes and I see your face, if home's where my heart is then I'm out of place, Lord won't you give me strength to make it through some how, I've never been more homesick than now."
  • Mark Schultz - "So when it comes the time That heaven calls They'll come running to see the ones who've gone before, And made the journey home to find waiting for them at the finish line, Cheerin happily they will run and they will see "

And one of my personal favorites...

  • Philips, Craig & Dean - "I know there is a place Where arms of compassion welcome me home Sweet mercy falls like rain I know there’s a place called grace"

The people of Grace allowed me to see that glimpse of what heaven will be like when I go "home" someday. There were people with hands held high praising God without pretense or whatever you want to call it. They all welcomed me "home" after a long journey and have helped me regain my footing.

Even tonight, after leaving Ignite, I just PRAISE GOD for my family at Grace. Just as David Phelps sings, "Now they say the only time God sings is when a lost soul believes. And they say that there’s a celebration there beside the Crystal Sea. And God, Himself, directs the choir and the welcome band. And then He sings out once again. Open up the Pearly Gates of Heaven. Build another mansion next to mine. Everybody dance and shout for joy around the throne. Set another place at the table. Sound the trumpet loud and clear this time. Hallelujah, my child is comin’ home."

Chaotic or not, I am happy to be home and I get chills at the thought of having a slight glimpse of heaven. If you are ever in KC and want to catch a glimpse for yourself...come on home!

Peace Out!


Blogger Addie said...

Welcome HOME girlfrien'! I loved whoopin it up with you last night ... even if it was interrupted every 10 seconds by a small person. :D

Don't worry Stella got her groove back and so will you!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

hey! So glad to see you there last night. I don't know about Stella's groove...but your's will surely be back.

See you!

8:46 AM  
Blogger Daneen said...

oh hon, there's no two ways about it: it takes a while to readjust to the speed and reality of our lives in the USofA. I remember it from our 2 WEEK trip out of the states -- and you were gone 2 MONTHS! ;o)

Call it 8 weeks or whatever; you were away from HOME a long time. Take all the time you need to readjust. I, for one, am more than thrilled to have you HOME. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to "retreat"ing with you this weekend!

Love you girl. And you are definitely HOME in KC

ps. I won't point out that many of your best people live in an adjacent city with a lot of homes available. I'm just sayin'.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Rob the Blog Ninja said...

Hey there! I have always thought that life would just continue where we had left it once we got back home but I think maybe I was fooling myself. I'll keep you in my prayers and hopefully we will have a stroller brigade reunion when everyone gets home.


10:26 AM  

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