Saturday, July 31, 2010

You know you live in the city when... Part 1

(I've been writing these ideas down for months...
and this is first of two blogs. The statements in here are real,
and the purpose is for entertainment and encouragement

You know you live in the city when...

Your 3 year old puts a baseball cap on the Potato Head, tips it
sideways and starts to beat box!

When you show up at a McDonald's just as the police
drive away & you find out that there was a huge fight
and two people were arrested.
(This is the point where I say,
"Oh man, I always miss the good stuff!")

During the quiet morning time that you're hanging out
with Jesus you suddenly hear a low rumbly noise...
"boom, boom, kaboom, chaka boom boom." At first
you think maybe your heating system has gone nuts,
then you realize that the neighbors (only feet away)
are playing music... loudly! already!
I can just block it out.

When the library is more of a tutoring center
& place to use the internet than anything else.
(Our local library has really kind & caring employees!
I give them huge props for all the ways they help
the kids of this area!)

When you give your 3 yr. & 5 yr. old boys a little toy
farm tractor and truck and they pick it up, turn it
around and then say,
"What am I supposed to do with this?"

When you get text messages from ladies in your church
that begin with, "Wat up?"

When your 3 year old asks you "What's a Driveway?"

When you give money to a person on the street
and then dive into a "You- forgot- to -say- thank-you"
speech after they roll their eyes at the "small amount"
you gave them.

(Where is this sign when you need it?)

When your kids ride their bikes in the alley cuz there's too
many cars on your street & the sidewalks are actually used
for walking.

You're thankful for even a little snow (in the winter) cuz
it makes the views outside your windows much "prettier."

When you're out of town & people ask where you're from
and then after you answer them they sorta gasp & then
just stare at you... they stare out of awe, or respect or
pity or just straight disgust that we'd be so foolish to
move our family to that city.

When you totally love this city and the people!
And find it amazing how God has turned His calling into
the desire of your heart.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Ok, here’s a BIG announcement for those that haven’t heard…

now has a permanent home!

Real Church ~ Detroit


That’s right, beginning August 8th 2010, we will be meeting in the Majestic Theater property

right on Woodward Avenue in the heart of Detroit! Our adults will meet in the “Magic Stick”

and will feature Music, Bible Study and Billiards each Sunday morning at 10:30am.

Our children’s ministry, known as “Alley Kids”, will meet in the “Garden Bowl” –

bowling alley in main level of property. How cool is that?!

Real Church

This property is one of, if not the most, well known venues in all of Metro Detroit!

Yes, six days a week it’s a bar, concert venue, nightclub & restaurant.

If that’s a problem, pray & decide if this is the place for you. We believe in redemption

(of people & places) – this location will be an easy place to invite the unchurched to visit.

And, trust me, we won’t be watering down our message!

God has placed us here & we can’t wait to get started (again)! We’re going to be a church like

you’ve never seen before! Not because we are trying to be different but simply because

we’re being obedient. God’s the creative One – always has been. We’re all being

stretched like never before… and I’M LOVIN’ IT!

Real Church would love to have you with us on August 8th! We will offer Starbuck’s Coffee,

Avalon Pastries & Krispy Kreme donuts from 10-10:30am and then the service will be 10:30-Noon

(never later). Please look for updates to our website:

Note: Real Church Hamtramck will continue to meet on it’s own under the leadership of

Pastor TJ Reid & his wife Jess. They have a great team and a great plan to reach Hamtown!

IF you live there, I encourage you to get involved! IF you live anywhere else in Metro Detroit,

please join us at the Majestic!


Living a REAL love, from a REAL God, in a REAL world! Chilly

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Low Expectations

When you're obeying God with all your heart, soul,
mind & strength (Mark 12:29) then you CANNOT
expect people to understand.

That's OK

Keep loving.
Love is language people understand.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Menu Plan Monday, July 12, 2010

It's KID Friendly food like crazy this week!

Lunch- Pasta w/creamy parmesan sause, cucumbers
Dinner- Grilled Cream Cheese & Tomato Sandwiches
(Kids may have Turkey & cheese)

Lunch- Hot Dogs, Carrots & Broccoli w/dip
Dinner- Chunky Soup over Rice

Lunch- Grilled Chicken & Tossed Green Salad
Dinner- Cheesy Roll-ups, Cantelope

Lunch- Veggies & Grilled Chicken and Potatoes
Dinner- Bean Burritos

Lunch- TBA
Dinner- Grilled Pita Bread Pizzas

Lunch- Potatoes & Scrambled Eggs

Lunch- TBA
Dinner- Hot Dogs (hey, they're cheap right now!)

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Like a 3 year old

This week our church has been fasting & praying...
and I ventured out with my three youngest to attend
group prayer in front of the Detroit Institute of Art (that's
the art museum).

In the car I was prepping my kids:
"We'll sit or walk together. We're gunna praise Jesus
and pray for all sorts of things and people. OK? We
are there ONLY to pray!"

Then, my three year old says,
"I love JESUS, but I'm not gunna pray!"

Moments later he said,
"But don't worry Mommy, I obey sometimes. SOMETIMES!"
(Like I was supposed to find comfort in that!)

Ok, My little guy is only three years old... but how many
"grown up" Christians are exactly the same?
Are you one of them?
When & how much have you prayed lately?
How often do you obey Christ?
NOW... the REST of the STORY...

When we arrived at the DIA to pray outside for our city,
church & team, my little 3 yr. old rocked it!!!
He knew exactly who he wanted to pray for, had
lots of amazingly insightful things to pray about
and had very little trouble staying focused!


What's "the rest of the story" for you?

(now, keeping him & his big brother from climbing into
the fountains after prayer... a whole 'nother story!)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Netta's NICHE- Use THAT for WHAT?

These are NOT original.
Truthfully, I have no idea where I got most of these ideas.
Perhaps one or more of them will save you time and/or money.

Gel dishwasher detergent is good for...
- Cleaning tiles & grout in bathroom (rinse well)
- Cleaning inside toilet bowls
- Bleach for Laundry (Can apply directly to stain
on WHITES only! or add to water for whites)

Rubbing Alcohol works well in a squirt bottle for...
- cleaning mirrors
- cleaning windows
- cleaning sinks, countertops, tiles
- cleaning toilets

- Add 1 pt Peroxide to 1 pt rubbing alcohol & spray
on cuts & scraps (kills infection)
- Add above mixture to swimmers ear or ear aches
(the bubbly noise is kinda fun, too)

NOTE: a well ventilated room is needed when using
this to clean... the strong smell doesn't last long, but
it IS strong.

Happy Weekend!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Motoring with Mama!

Tonight I ran into a young mom of 3 who is taking a short
road trip this week (3 or 4 hrs. one way). She was stocking
up on things to entertain & feed the kids....
and I found myself spouting off several ideas off the top
of my head. She said, "If you have anymore
ideas, please let me know."

So I am listing ideas for her....
and any of the rest of you that can benefit from these ideas, too.

1. Take toys that they haven't played with in a while- they'll seem new

2. Keep toys & snacks outa sight. Bring out something new every hour
or so... as needed

3. Pipe cleaners are fun. Kids can make creatures, things they see out
the window, etc... (the ends are a little sharp, so not a good idea for
really young children)

4. Even regular snacks can seen new & exciting if put into tiny baggies,
or grouped together in a different way.
Example: Raisins & Cheerios put in a baggie & tied w/cute ribbon.

5. Get some new kids music! It's worth the money... and keeps
you from wanting to poke snack food in your ears!!

6. Listen to adult music sometimes, too. (Hey, kids aren't the only
ones in the car!... and you're the boss!)

7. Tell silly stories. Start one & then pass it on to the next child
and they add more & so on.

8. Play the "I'm thinking of something ___" Game (It's like "I Spy" but
you're thinking of it instead of seeing it, since scenery is changing)

9. Play Word Association games. Take turns saying a random word.
Then everyone in the car has to say the first thing that comes to
their minds. (My oldest daughter used to say, "fun" after everything...)
Use various themes: places, people, famous people, Bible People, etc

10. Play "Alphabet Game." Look for A on a sign, then B, etc... you can
play as a group or by yourself & try to find all the letters before everyone
else finds them.

11. Younger kids often enjoy the "Category Game". Ask them to look
for things that are Green, then old, then things with letters on them,
things that move, things that have food on them, barns, flowers, etc...

12. Ping-Pong (or Round the World) is taking turns around the car
saying something you all know. Example: Books of the Bible, 1st
person says "Genesis", 2nd person says, "Exodus" and so on.
Other ideas: Bible memory verses, song lyrics, etc...

13. License Plate game: keeping a list of all the states you see on
cars & trucks.

14. Schedule. Give kids a verbal list of the next 2 or 3 things happening
next. Example: "We're gunna go through 2 more towns & then we'll stop."
or "We're gunna listen to some music, then have a snack, then stop & run."

15. Stay calm. Crying kids can work up serious stress in no time.
(To my knowledge, no one has been seriously screwed up from sitting
in a car seat for a while, even when crying. )

16. Be in charge! You ARE the adult & you don't have to turn around
every time someone wants you to (keep your eyes on the road)!
You don't have to turn music up or down every time someone asks.

17. Pull over. When all craziness and/or crying & screaming
has taken over... don't try the "reach behind you & swatch the kids."
It usually only take ONE time for me to pull off the road
(or take the next exit), take my "unruly" child out of the car & administer
some tough love... then the remainder of the trip goes well & the
children are happier & I am still sane! "

18. Talk. Take advantage of the this uninterrupted time by turning
off the music and talking... (see #9 for great conversation starter...
just don't TELL then you're trying to "have a talking time now!")

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20. Make memories! Remember that even the craziest roadtrip
will someday be a funny memory & a great story to tell....
so enjoy it all. Laughing now is even better than waiting til later!

Related story...
Example: When my oldest daughter was a year old she
hated the car seat & proceeded to scream all the way to the airport
from Canton, Ohio to Cleveland...
the ONLY thing that made her stop crying was me...
hanging a baby blanket across the front seats
to create a puppet stage & then holding my right hand in a painfully
awkward angle to do puppet shows. When my hand cramped up
& I would shop & she'd scream bloody murder.
When the hand puppet (literally) reappeared she stop screaming!
In hindsight, some screaming may have been less painful for me,
but hey, I was a first-time parent then.

Happy Summer Travels!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

American Heros make History

America! I love you.

Jesus! I love you!!!

With freedom comes responsibility...

Are you living like & talking about JESUS?

If you are living for the purpose that God's called you to
(to tell people about JESUS), then you're enjoying
and you're changing history!
You're an American Hero!

"But my life is worth nothing to me unless

I use it for finishing the work assigned me

by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others

the Good News about the wonderful grace of God."

Acts. 20:24

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