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Guest Post For Jason – A Friend From Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

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A few days ago I was featured as a guest on Jason Stasyszen’s Blog. It is always an honor to be featured. To read the article he featured about “trees” from my pastor’s message last fall – you can find it here.

I know Jason because of his wonderful blog and because he is a pastor in Juneau Alaska, where Greg and I used to be in youth ministry – many years ago.  I found him when I read a guest post that featured Jason – I learned he was a pastor there.  It has brought some interesting conversation and we feel connected somehow by Alaska.  We have never met in person – but we have Christ in common with each other and  our hearts are unified.

Greg and I went to Juneau, Alaska as our first ministry position right out of college in 1983.  They were wild and scary times for us.  Greg had never been a youth pastor before – and he was also serving as the bus driver for the Christian School.  I was learning to be the bookkeeper for the school – something I had NOT been trained for and clearly did NOT do well.  But I tried.  We were young and made many mistakes – including thinking that the job would last beyond a year.  And  we bought a townhouse.  Wrong decision.  The job did not last beyond a year, the market was in recession and when we left town – we could not sell it.  We moved to Fairbanks and rented out our place.  In the end we had to give the townhouse back to the bank because we could not sell it and we couldn’t handle the payments.  Lesson learned.  We did not buy a home for 20 years after that.

We eventually moved on in ministry – living in PA, CA, TX, FL and then back to Washington.  And although we had been back to Fairbanks for the occasional visit because Greg’s parents lived there – we had not been back to Juneau in 20 years.  When my parents, sister, brother-in-law, Greg and myself went on an Alaska cruise in 2004, one of our stops was Juneau.  We rented a vehicle and drove around to all our own “haunts” including the church where we served and the Mendenhall Glacier we once saw from our street in town.  It felt like time had stood still – but strangely familiar too.  Once you live in Alaska – even for a brief amount of time – it gets inside of you and stays with you.

We go back to visit this September – as my husband and I celebrate 30 years of marriage.  I would love to show my daughter and son-in-law where we had our humble beginnings.  And I would love to meet Jason in person – because we share something.  Christ and Alaska.

God Bless



Little Moments

I can’t remember where I heard it – but I know it’s true.  Life is made up of many “little moments all strung together”.  We wait for the BIG moments to find us – or for us to find them – and we take a lifetime searching for and waiting for something to happen to us.  Something bigger than ourselves that will propel us into another level of existence.  Something that will preclude our present circumstances.  And all along – while we are waiting – we live our little moments – over and over again – unrecognized and insignificant. 

I have had many of these moments, though at the time – they did not seem like much – nothing to write home about, and nothing worthy of any attention – or worth mentioning.  However as I think about where I am today and the significant changes along my journey – they are because of many little moments along the way.

These frozen moments in time are unique and personal – and no one can live them for me.  No one can experience the joy and pain of being me.  No one sees things in exactly the same way – no one loves and expresses like I do.  God made me just the way I am.  And my “little moments” are special and just for me.

I had one of these last weekend at the close of “Bugsy Malone”.  I have been a musical theater director for the last 7 or 8 years at a local Christian School and this was my final production.  I did not know – but several Alumni were invited to come for the final production and all were given a single rose.  At the end when the teachers and those in charge came up to the stage for the final applause – the students started singing one of the songs from the musical, “You give a little love and it all comes back to you – you know you’re gonna be remembered by the things that you say and do…”  And they stood in the audience and one by one came up on the stage and presented the rose and gave a hug while still singing.  It was what I call a “little moment” in time.  Frozen in my memory forever.

I’ve had many such moments like this.  Here are just a few:

When I accepted the Lord at age 4

When my family moved to Seattle from Canada when I was 8

My first day of Junior High

My first day of High School

When I knew I was in love for the first time

When I met Greg

My wedding day

When both babies were born

When my friend lost her husband to cancer

When I had to say goodbye to a friend

When a struggle became a strength

Each one of my student recitals

Spending time with friends

Speaking encouragement into someones life

Living out a difficult family issue

These are some of my “little moments”.

What are some of yours?  How have they defined you?

God Bless

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