Friday, June 20, 2008

Meeting at Mimi's

Friends... our Bible study group is meeting at Mimi's Cafe in Grapevine on Tuesday, June 24 from 8:30-9:30. We'll be back at 121 Community Church the following week. Remember to read the first two chapters of Sacred Marriage for our discussion. Contact me at for more information. See you there! Love, Sarah

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Cookie Secret (Shhh....)

The cookie cake I just baked for Todd's department was such a hit, I received a request for the recipe. Here we go:

1. Find the dairy aisle at your nearest WalMart.

2. Pick up a big tub of "Nestle's Tollhouse Cookie Dough"

3. Get it home and smoosh w/spoon to a depth of ~1/2 inch in the bottom of a greased pie pan.

4. Follow baking instructions for "Make a Big Cookie" on the label (don't over-bake).

5. Delight in the fact something yummy just came out of your kitchen and you only have a spoon to wash!

Finished reading... Love in the Time of Cholera... famed author has a way with words... but I had a bit of trouble immersing into the messier character elements of this protracted passion play... in the end I was left wondering who to cheer for...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What Dreams May Come

Next Sonrise Session: How Are You Planning for the Future?

Question 1: Describe your dream for the future.





Question 2: Who is served by your dream? (Circle all that apply.)

  • God
  • Me
  • Others

Question 3: Can you accomplish your goals without advanced planning? (Circle one.)

  • Yes
  • No

Question 4: If you answered "no" to question 3, describe some tangible tactics you could pursue right now to advance your distant goals (i.e., education, networking, counseling, lifestyle changes, etc.)




Question 5: Can you accomplish your goals without the help of God? (Circle one.)

  • Yes
  • No

Hint: "Yes" is the wrong answer...

Question 6: If you answered "no" to question 5, describe your plan for spiritual development (i.e., informal or formal Bible study, prayer, find a church, service to others, find quiet spaces for reflection, etc.)





Finally, where is the synergy or integration between your answers in 4 & 6?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Summer Reading Club!

Our Sonrsie Bible Study Group will be reading Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas this summer. (We'll be picking up where we left off this fall with "How To Study the Bible.") Sonrisers, please order or pick up a copy of your book this week so we can dive in. I'll try to get a copy myself today and map out a liesurely reading pace for the summer.

If you are looking for a ladies Bible study group in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, this is a great time to join us! We're very friendly and casual (got to be that time of the morning...)... but committed to growing our spiritual maturity and love for God and one another. Some of our best moments are along "side roads" that sometimes become the "main road" of a given session (this is not BSF). So if you want a highly stuctured study group, we might drive you crazy. But we do try to hold to a firm end point (1 hour) so that busy ladies can move onto the next leg of the day. Please come and check us out one Tuesday this summer!

What: Sonrise Bible Study Group
Where: 121 Community Church in Grapevine, TX:
When: Tuesday's from 8:30-9:30 (except next week... we meet at 8:00 a.m.)

Next Week: I was admiring some Mexican feather grass the other day. Swaying back and forth with the wind. But it made me wonder how many of us are like that grass... at the mercy of the "winds" of life... living defensively... ill equipped to endure life's major transitions... stuck in a perpetual "reaction" rut... waiting passively for opportunities or solutions that may or may not come... focused on the past or the present but oblivious to the potential for the future. This week, I'd like you to think about your dreams for this life. What are they? And how are you preparing today... in tangible, purposeful ways... to ultimately realize those dreams?

On my iPod... Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits (I'm on a Mark Knopfler kick...)

Saturday, June 07, 2008

An interesting theological ponderable inside this excerpt about human creativity...

The artist is the creator of beautiful things.
To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.

From the Preface To The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

On my iPod... Telegraph Road by Dire Straits... a long song that speeds away with an amazing guitar and keyboard duel at the end... though lamenting lyrics would seem at times to play a blame game with God...