Saturday, June 11, 2011

CAST 2011 - "Oh the places you'll go!"

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

This summer I will once again be joining the CAST.  A team I have been working with for the past five years.  Our new team consists of 16 people and we are going to do a production of the musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".  The team will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, June 14 in New Jersey.  From New Jersey we will be traveling to these locations:
Waymart, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Dayton, OH
Ashland, OH
Boston, MA
Newburyport, MA
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Suffern, NY

I will be posting our adventures on this blog along the way.  As you pray please keep us in mind, we covet your prayers.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Nanny Diaries - Chapter Six "The Final Frontier ?"

On Sunday evening at 3:20pm I got out of the little red Honda CR-V I had spent so many evenings in, strapped on all my luggage, hugged and said goodbye to two women who have ministered deeply in my life to head on to the next "Jesus Journey".
When I decided to Nanny in February I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I was pretty terrified of the experience eventhough I had a peace from God to do it.  I had no idea how I would manage being around two little boys 24/7, changing diapers, potty training, temper tantrums, etc. 
So, here I am at the end of that adventure having found out more about myself than I bargained for.  The Lord showed me more of the good, the bad and the ugly.  He edified me in ways I never would have imagined and showed me some things that I am really excited to see come to pass. 
I am walking into the next Jesus Journey that begins in two days with a hope and joy I have not had before.  I have a hope and excitement walking into it and a hope and excitement about what could come after.  I'm in a place I have never been before, a place where I truly believe anything can happen!  How exciting is that?!! 
Thank you Sam, Elijah, Jon and Becki for letting me into your world and allowing me to hang out with you all for a little while.  It was life changing and necessary.    I will never be the same.

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder

Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made from what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

(Excerpt from "For Good" from Wicked - written by Stephen Schwartz)