Somos Sagrados

Somos Sagrados…..We Are Holiness

I just got home from a weekend in Indianapolis attending the 28th General Assembly for the Church of the Nazarene, and let me tell you….it was amazing! 20,000 Nazarene clergy and laypeople from around the globe converged on Indy, for the quadrennial meeting of the denominational leaders, delegates, and guests (like myself!).

My favorite part of the whole time I spent down there was the worship services, being able to worship the Lord surrounded by so many different languages, hearing voices lifted in prayer in more languages and dialects than I can count, and the fact that there is something so powerful connecting each and every one of us!

One of my very favorite speakers is General Superintendent, Dr. J.K. Warrick. Dr. Warrick was assigned the topic: We Are Holiness. Guys, this message was amazing! Not only did it completely embody the whole focus of the Nazarene Church, but it was presented in a way that was so accessible to all of us. It was a message on salvation, and sanctification. Heart Holiness. God wants all of us, not just what we are willing to give, he wants everything we have, everything that we are. He wants our plans, our lives, ALL.OF.US. He wants us to surrender everything to Him so that we can be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit!

If we surrender to Him, there will be nothing that can hold us back from the in-filling of the Spirit! Guys! This is what it’s all about! We are HOLINESS! God wants us to have entire sanctification, heart holiness…this is what the Nazarene Church is about, what we were founded on, THIS…THIS RIGHT HERE is what we believe!!!

WE ARE HOLINESS!!! SOMOS SAGRADOS!!

Blessings all,
Megan

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7 Quick Takes: Spring Training Edition

I have discovered that I pay much more attention to what I do during the week when I know that I am going to blog about it later on….So, because it is Friday once again I will be joining Jen over at Conversion Diary…if you haven’t watched her show Minor Revisions, find the archived episodes and be prepared to have lots of fun, they are wonderful!

Let’s get to it. You may notice that I gave it the title ‘Spring Training Edition’ that’s because the light at the end of the endless winter tunnel is finally in sight. That light is called Spring Training….and when we finally step out of that tunnel in April it will be opening day and the beauty of spring will be upon us, with the sound of a ball connecting with  a wooden bat, the cheers of fans, the aroma that can only come from a combination of hot dogs, pizza, and popcorn. I’m sorry, I’ve gotten carried away and should probably get to the takes, after all that is the point of this post….here we go. 
1.) Baseball for me is all about family, and instead of going into detail here I did two Talkin’ Baseball posts this week here is Part One, and here is Part Two
2.) Some facts for you about my beloved Detroit Tigers: 
  • The Tigers have four World Series wins
  • In 2011 Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander won both the Cy Young award and MVP 
  • In 2012 Miguel Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to win the Triple Crown
  • There are eight men in the Hall of Fame that played the majority of their career in Detroit
  • Al Kaline hit 399 Home Runs in his career before he retired, that’s the kind of man he was. He didn’t want to be defined by his stats.

so, there are some little tidbits I find interesting…….

3.) We (mom,dad, and I) have what some may call a ritual when we get to the ball park. I always stop at the first vendor I find, and purchase a score card. After I have made my purchase, we find our seats. No matter where we sit, whether it’s the last row of the upper deck, or halfway down the first baseline in the lower section, we go to our seats and just watch. We watch batting practice, I fill out the lineups for both teams on my scorecard and then we get food! 
Photo Credit: Me, with the super zoom on my camera. Taken from the last row of the upper deck .
4.) I love baseball food, and each park I’ve been in seems to have their own signature kind of food available. The Tigers have Little Caesar’s Pizza (LC Pizza is owned by the same family that owns the Tigers). Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Little Caesar’s but there is a small little Gyro stand in Comerica park. There is only one, and that is where I always get my food; I will either get the traditional gyro or the gyro “nachos” (pita chips, and all of the fixings of a traditional gyro…YUM). In Pittsburgh at PNC Park it’s Perogies: All types, potato, cheese, onion, you name it! Of course there is the classic Ballpark hot dog, and an ice cold Pepsi!
5.) Other than Detroit my favorite baseball city that we have visited was Pittsburgh. The people were pleasant and didn’t seem to care that we were the opposing fans. We toured the ballpark and it was gorgeous! Not just was the baseball great but in general there is so much to do! We went to the science center, did our own little walking tour of the city, and drove of Mt. Washington (grandma, mom, and I flat out refused to ride up the Duquesne Incline). I highly recommend Pittsburgh for a family get away!
6.) My grandma (not the one that vacations with us) for some reason still after many, many years of not explaining it to me (or anyone for that matter) is a HUGE Derek Jeter fan. Derek Jeter is a Yankee. The name Yankee is not often said in this home, and when it is it’s not usually in a nice way (sorry to any of you readers that may be Yankees fans….). Years ago, we took Grandma K and Grandpa to go see the Tigers. It was going to be great, we were going to have a great night at the game, all was well….until we got to our seats. We were sitting maybe ten rows up from the visiting dugout, and the visiting team just happened to be the Yankees. Derek Jeter was down there signing autographs and Gram wanted to go down there…but not alone. Oh no, she wanted me to go with her…I refused, vehemently. I noticed the shadow of a smile on dad’s face, and Gramp’s too not Gram….to this day she still brings it up “Do you remember that time we could have gotten Derek Jeter’s autograph but you wouldn’t come with me?” Yes, yes I do. I regret nothing! I love my Gram, just not her choice of players to cheer for. Once again, Sorry Yankee fans! 
Gram and I
7.) This post is to kind of prepare you for whats to come for about six months. Once baseball season officially begins I will somehow find a way to mention it in just about every post that I publish…even if that post is about what I read that day in my devotions! Take this as an apology in advance. However on the topic of my daily devotions (I’m not going to relate this to baseball in anyway) today’s was pretty great I’d like to share it with you…..It was all about prayer. Praying continually as we are told to do in Thesselonians. It said that prayer is a two way street. That continued praying “refines our awareness of God when he answers us” (Perry, 18)*. I was struck by the phrase that said “God only asks for a small portion of our day and gives us eternity in return” (Perry, 18)*. I’ve had a lot on my prayer list, and I’d like to ask you to please pray for a dear family friend. He was out early this week letting his dog out at about 10:30 at night. They have a pretty steep driveway, and it was still really icy. He took a really bad fall, has a severe concussion, and bruised pretty much the entire left side of his body. Please pray for him, and his wife, pray that he will heal quickly, and without complication…but especially pray for the pain to go away, I have a feeling he’s going to be pretty sore for a while. Thanks so much! 
Enjoy the beginning of baseball, but not only that, the Lenten season has begun and so begins the preparation for the Easter season, and Pentecost. I so love this time of year! I wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Megan 
*Delight Yourself in the Lord….Even on Bad Hair Days By: Sandra Bricker, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Debby Mayne, and Trish Perry. 

Talkin’ Baseball: Part Two

If you missed Part One, you can find it HERE.

Let’s get right to it…..here is part two.

We were driving down to a game about seven years ago. We had just gotten off of the highway and turned onto Woodward Avenue in Detroit…up until this point I’d had my nose stuck in a book (big surprise). I put down the book, and looked up to see dad turn his head and glance out the passenger side window. It was just for a split second, but he got this look of sadness in his eyes. Wondering what it was that he saw I turned and looked out too. It was the old Tiger Stadium, which is now just an empty lot and distant memories.

Dad told me on the way into the stadium of all the games that he attended there, I was at one of them too long ago now to remember. He told me about the seats, and the smells, and how “they don’t build ’em like that any more.” Walking into Comerica Park, we came in the center field gate, and walked across the right field walkway. If you’ve ever been to Comerica you know that in right field is a row of statues. 
Dad made it a point to stop at each statue and tell me a little bit about each player. Not only did he teach me about these six, but the history of the game and of the Tigers along the way. Somewhere I have a picture of when we got to our seats, mom took a great picture of dad and I sitting together; he’s pointing out to me something on the field and I’m just sitting there listening to him teach me something new about the game. He bought me a scorecard that night, and taught me how to keep an official score during the game. I was enthralled! The Tigers lost, and it was a bad one but that didn’t matter to me at all. That night, sitting between mom and dad I connected in a new way to my dad. It was so much fun! 
This was a connection we had never had before, I finally had something that I could do with my dad! Baseball became so much more than a game to me. It became a way of life, an ongoing love story with a game that was so unpredictable. You never knew from one game to the next, or even from one inning to the next what may happen. Mom, Dad, and I would sit on the couch at home, pop popcorn and enjoy being together. Sure, dad would still yell at the T.V. but it didn’t bother me, and sometimes (depending on the reason for the yelling) mom and I would join in! 
It was the 2006 season, and the Tigers were heading for the playoffs. My grandma had a viewing party at her house on the night that the Tigers won the American League Championship! We watched the game together, all of us, as a family. From my (now 93 year old) great grandmother, down to my now 14 year old cousin and everyone in between. Baseball is a game that transcends the boundaries of age, gender, and race. It brings people together in a way that nothing else can. This was something that we could share as a family, something that brought all of us together. Now, we make it a point to go to at least one game a season….the whole family anywhere from 12-15 of us depending on when we go. The Tigers lost the World Series that year, and in 2007 we had a partial season ticket package…we went to Opening Day, and 17 other games over the course of the season…it was AWESOME! 
With Mom, Dad, and Grandma across the river from PNC Park in Pittsburgh
In 2008 a tradition started in our family. Dad planned our summer vacation to be in Cleveland Ohio that year. He got us tickets to see the Tigers play their division rivals the Cleveland Indians. The next summer we found ourselves in St. Louis Missouri watching the Tigers play the Cardinals, we stayed in town for two games that week. This past summer we went to a game in Chicago, then we followed our Tigers to Pittsburgh and had tickets for the entire three game series. No matter where we go, we are not alone. The people around us may not be Tiger fans, but they are baseball fans, and somehow we can all look past the team names we wear, and just enjoy being with other people who are as in love with the game as we are. The Tigers were swept this year in the World Series, and made some interesting off season moves but as they begin Spring Training this week at this house we are looking forward to a great season to come! 
You don’t have to be a die hard to understand the connection between a father and daughter that night during something as simple as a baseball game. A connection that to this day is shared in the whole family. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. We all get together and share the love of a game that brought us closer as a family. 
So whether you are a fan or not (and if you’re a Yankees fan I won’t hold it against you) I hope you understand that this is about more than a game. It’s ultimately about our family. Get ready folks, there will be many more baseball related posts in the months to come….don’t say I didn’t warn you! 
Blessings,
Megan   
Oh, and here is the reason for the title of these posts… Two Versions, take some time a watch them both!

Talkin’ Baseball (Willie, Mickey, and The Duke): By Terry Cashman

Talkin’ Baseball (Detroit Tigers Version): also by Terry Cashman…enjoy!

7 Quick Takes: 1/18/13

Once again joining Jen @ Conversion Diary, I’m going to get right to it today since I still have to pack, find my study questions, re-read them, and cross-reference the scripture that goes with them before I head off to my weekend of leading the eight grade girls in discipleship…Disciple Now (the retreat I’ve been telling you about) begins tonight at 5 P.M…..allow me to use up some of my takes telling you all about it……again.

1.) The theme for the weekend is “One Louder”, referring to Paul’s challenge to not be ashamed ofthe life-changing gospel in today’s world. This is pretty exciting…..eighth grade is that weird year where you want desperately to fit in, and sometimes, unfortunately, you’ll try to change yourself to do that….I want these girls to know that they have nothing to be ashamed of, and that they are perfect just as they are! I am so looking forward to leading their discussions, and seeing what God does for them this weekend!

2.) The verse that we are focusing on for the weekend is Romans 1:16

“16 I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”

This is a wonderful passage, and one that I hope will inspire these kids this week to live their lives for God no matter what society may say about them!

3.) Along with worship services, small group time, and service projects….we do get to have some activity time as a large group; this year it is ice skating. I am 20 years old, born and raised in Michigan, and NEVER, not a day in my life, have I ever been ice skating….your prayers are appreciated!

4.) I had the opportunity to go to three Disciple Now’s as a student, and had some wonderful experiences with my friends. It was always great to spend the weekend living with sometimes twenty other girls, and just being able to share how God was working in our lives, and talking freely about what was happening. Worshiping alongside your best friends, and acting like fools playing your typical “youth group” games! I am so excited to be on the other side now as a leader….watching someone else look like a fool playing the games, and leading those discussions.

5.) The service project is one of my favorite things to do on retreat…I have no idea what it will be, but I’m game for anything and I can’t wait! We are called to be Jesus’ hands and feet, and what better way than to go out and serve in your community!

6.) So, that whole 5 take lead in brings me to this….take #7

7.) I would like to ask you to please pray! We have filled slots for 43 hours of prayer for this weekend! From the time we start tonight, ’till the time we finish on Sunday afternoon we will be covered in the prayers of our church family! I ask that sometime in those 43 hours, you remember us, and you say a prayer. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, it doesn’t have to be a whole hour….just pray that God opens our hearts, and prepares us for the work that he can do in us this weekend! Please join me in praying:

  •  for the 85 students (grades 7-12) that will be participating. 
  • For the 24+ College students that are small group leaders
  • the 12 families that have opened their homes to us this weekend
  • the hands that prepare our meals
  • the band that will lead us in worship
  • that hearts will be opened
  • that healing will take place
  • that love will come where there is none
  • that HIS light will shine in the darkness
  • that we will be ONE LOUDER!

I know I said it doesn’t have to be specific, and then added this list….it still doesn’t need to be specific. Just knowing that we are covered in prayer for the weekend is a wonderful feeling! I will try to keep you updated as much as possible throughout the weekend…and if I’m not able to do that, I will do one big “Disciple Now Recap Post” on Monday.

Until then, thank you for your prayers thanks for stopping by, and like always I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Let me leave you with this throwback picture….

I’m the one on the bottom left….five years have gone by since Disciple Now 10….this will be the first one in FIVE years! I can’t wait….have I said that yet?! I really can’t wait!

Blessings,
Megan

Just an update as of 8 am this morning….we have one student and two leaders down for the count with the flu. Please pray for them, and the rest of us as we scramble to fill their shoes.

Christmas Traditions

For today’s post I am joining Janssen, Landen, and Merrick for: Christmas Traditions….check out theirs, or, if that is how you found me, thanks for stopping by!

It has been tradition in my family, that on Christmas Eve mom kicks dad and I out of the house….

Me and Mom.

Now, it’s not what it sounds like. Mom gets us out of the house so that she can wrap gifts, and do some last minute food prep. While mom has the house to herself, dad and I go out to the mall…not for any shopping, but for coffee.

Every year for as long as I can remember, dad and I go out early on Christmas Eve and walk the mall. As a young girl he would buy me a hot chocolate, and himself a coffee, and we would walk the mall and just watch people. Men in a hurry for that one last thing, women looking frazzled, kids getting their wishes to Santa right at the last minute. I love it! Now we go, and each of us get a coffee, and we walk, and talk, and laugh with each other. It’s a chance for my dad and I to hang out, and create memories…..when dad and I come home, we wrap mom’s presents. At night we have a big Italian dinner; lasagna, salad, bread- then we head to church for the candlelight service. When service is over, we go out for dessert, then we’re home for the night. Every year it’s the same, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Me and Dad

I have so many wonderful Christmas memories with my family, and I look forward to many more to come!

Merry Christmas!
Megan