Foundations and Essentials

And Speaking of Prayer…

I have been asked by many friends what we do with our children to teach them how to pray.  I thought that for now, I would share with you a supplemental devotion that I wrote to directors and kids who are learning The Word Connection Musical this season. ...

Prayer

A precious prayer time that I will write about someday. Tonight I am thankful for intercessors.  As we approach the weekend and walk into a new season, we know that of all building materials, prayer is the most essential.   Something exciting happened...

Ready? Set? F.A.I.L.

Last night Mr. Condo was full of friends who are beginning to Cre8 with us NEXT SUNDAY.  You may wonder why 2011 came and went without a whole lot of public activity being displayed.  That was intentional on our part. A friend of mine whose husband runs a...

Time for T

If you are like me, you will never hear your children say, "It's time for you to work now Mom.  I've had enough play time for today.  In fact, I can go for quite a while without playing with you or Dad, so please—go do your thing." No.  Every day we...

Cre8 Home: A Place to Begin

Our family is counting down the days alongside other friends and families; soon we will begin to gather together... and Cre8.  For months now, Mike and I have been searching for a place to meet, and a few times it has appeared that we were close to moving out of...

Handel’s Messiah

It dawned on me last month that I have a third grader!  You see, when I taught classical music classes at Deo Preparatory School, one of my favorite cycles to teach was with the third graders—Handel's Messiah.  All creativity was unleashed in the classroom...

iHope Christmas

Today I awoke extra early to pray for the kids and leaders around the country who are presenting iHope Christmas to their families and friends in December.  Please join me in praying for their lives and learning, and for the Spirit of God to love their hearts and...

Sunday Brunch

Being raised a pastor's daughter, Sunday mornings were ALWAYS early-to-rise.  When I traveled and sang, Sundays were exceptionally early in order to include travel time, set up, and sound check.  When Mike and I served on staff in churches, we were always...

That’s What it’s All About!

After a few months of some throw-away, I am about to pick up a handful of topics, pick up the pace with this blog, and throw them your way... 1) We've been quiet on the Cre8 front for a while, and the season of silence is coming to a close:  You will soon be up...

Emmy Spicer Meets HOPE (and Reminds us of it)

Throughout Memorial Day Weekend, a question whirled around in my mind: "How do you teach your kids to be spiritual?" Three Moms leading up to that weekend had asked me that exact same question, and my answers back to them were just sort of a jumble of, "Uh. Hmmmm....

Walk in the YES

I just read a Facebook status update posted by a woman I work with from Lifeway: Know your "yeses" and the "nos" will take care of themselves.~Mike Glenn Mike and I have had a tremendous amount of change over the last several months, and I have not done a fabulous job...

Time Out Update (Day 10)

So it's Day 10 of the "No Whining, Grumbling, Complaining" Challenge, and I thought I'd give a quick update.  We have been put to the test.  Last week, Mike and I were brought up against a really big hurdle, thus pausing a major decision that we were...

Need A Time Out?

Our Family Challenge over the next 40 days really resembles a big TIME OUT!We've prayed over the kids (from the time in the womb) for them to have "a happy heart, a healthy body, a teachable spirit, a peaceful soul and awareness—an understanding of the world around...

Identity

Remember when "fast shoes" really made you fast?   JMan at 2. When kids play dress up, they do much more than pretend; they believe.  There is an all-out change of identity, and that internal change can send a very timid child to leap from a front porch...

Contented Nostalgia?

A nap at a host home during an interview weekend Life is spinning along rapidly right now, and today I had to stop and take a breath.  I was browsing through iPhoto, looking at the kids and how MUCH they've grown since we've been in North Carolina.  I came...

Cre8: Vision Meeting

So, what do a trip to Texas, a wise man, pine needles, trees, an old warehouse, a cruise ship, a musician co-op, home, church, and The Family Table ALL have in common?!? We invite you to the first open Vision Meeting for Cre8 on June 10th!Please email for details;...

Remembering A Smelly Easter Basket

It's rather sad that my kids are 3 and 8 this Easter and I have NEVER made Easter baskets!  They don't even know that when I was a kid, I would wake on Easter morning and hunt with excitement for a brightly decorated basket, one that was full of Easter...

Cre8: A Need for Pine Straw?

They say that money doesn't grow on trees.  Yet with our heart-cry before the Lord to build this ministry both steady and debt-free, He seems to have a different idea!  You see, the God Who made the trees, made them to cre8 these little things called...

40,000 Reasons to be Clock Wise

I have rewritten this post so many times since... January!  How QUICKLY time has flown, and it is now APRIL! Because so much with Cre8 is shaping up and specific posts will come soon, I'll keep this brief. "By the time you knew what to call it, you were neck deep...

A Little Blog about a little blog.

Truly, I am no expert blogger.   * This is an enjoyable way to get to know people whom I might not ever meet or have regular conversations with in real life (I love that there is a return-reader from Slovenia and that I had to look up that country to learn...

What on Earth is Peace? (Part 2)

Today in Science the kids were asked, "What are two kinds of energy?"  The answer: "Two kinds of energy are potential and kinetic."  We talked about what that meant and then played several crazy-fun rounds of the all-familiar game Duck-Duck-Goose, only in...

What On Earth is Peace? (Part 1)

Still feeling the "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men?"  Or are you already staring some tough situations or people in the face with a big sarcastic "WhatEVER!" We just passed the time of year when the word "peace" was everywhere — on billboards, in greeting...

There Once was a Santa. Then There was… More.

My Dad, one of JM's Biggest Heroes! This was bound to be the year.  While we have not ever dodged our son's questions about Santa Claus, his questions themselves have never been out to debunk the legend.  So balancing some mystery, the magical fun, a...

Cre8 Christmas (and visit the manger)

There are only a few photos to document our most recent Cre8 gatherings.  Some were too dark, and others were accidentally deleted.  It's okay though.  I'd rather something be left and treasured as sacred rather than used after-the-fact in even a...

Cre8:Christmas Nights

Our first Cre8:S'more event ended up with two http://cre8theblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/cre8-smore-first-family-night.html, so "twice as nice" seems to be the order of the season!  Now, to help us all enter the Christmas season in simplicity, Mike and I are so...

Cre8 S’More (the first Family Night)

First let me apologize for taking so long to post about the Cre8 S'More night in October!  Life has been exceptionally busy, and I am finally able to use some time to give an update.  Another funny reason for the delay?  People with cameras were into the experience so...

Cre8: The Climate

Last night was crazy!  It was scheduled to be our first-ever Cre8 Family Night, and it had become a "weather-permitting gathering" due to in-coming thunderstorms and the tornado threats.  I rarely watch weather forecasts as I can't change the weather anyway, but I...

Walking In His Own Shoes

What do a seven year old boy... a very special uncle... Chris Tomlin... and a night out with Mom all have to do with a pair of shoes? On October 15th, Mike and I went to see my brother Jeff in Spartanburg SC.  He works with Chris Tomlin, and the night of worship...

Cre8: Your Story (Part 3)

And finally Part Three... I really want to move into Your Story and how this ministry is not all about me, Mike, our kids and OUR story, so I'll skip the details surrounding the big "A-ha" prayer night in Atlanta that birthed this idea.  I will bypass the six...

Cre8: The Story (Part 2)

Now for Part Two... So many things began to happen in our early years of marriage.  Within the continued travel, both ministry and relationship moments were continuously weaving together camp-work, music, children's worship, and then full-time church work. ...

Cre8: The Back-Story (Part 1)

written together 12/31/1996 It's Time.  Time to talk about Cre8.  What is it?  Why attempt this venture?  I thought it would be fun to reveal a bit about our past, evidenced here on the golden rod paper with ink-jet print, written on New Year's...

Eating Through Childhood – Stop One, OHIO

Cooking is only enjoyed by this Mom when it is mixed in with a mound of fun, so the other day we decided to start something that is going to take us a while, and provide plenty of fun along the way... perhaps even some juicy stories. We are choosing meals that...

A Recipe for Mom?

My cousin Heather posted this quote on my facebook wall today:"There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread." (Mother Teresa)I have found so far that our family really does not eat very much actual bread (not even one loaf a week)... but...

When I Ran Out, Mike Ran Out

The kids and I are headed to The A-T-L tomorrow after church so that I can do some studio work with Jeff and see family.  Guess what that means?  School on-the-road, no grocery shopping for a few days, and very little cooking, if any! Here is what I looked...

A little Short Bread, On-the-Go

I wanted to write a short post for you, and yet this one took me forever to write!??!  Go figure! UPDATE: You'll be happy to know that Mike has not yet had to go to the grocery store since I started the Fresh Bread Challenge!    ***All manner of...

A FRESH BREAD Child, Rising

 From an old South Australian cookbook, Circa 1945. Yesterday something happened with our son that magnified the importance of creating daily FRESH BREAD moments in the home.  This is J. Michael.  He is a very caring boy with a magnetic...

The FRESH BREAD Challenge (My first blogpost ever!)

What do you think of when you hear the phrase Fresh Bread? I think of my huge desire to make fresh baked bread for my family, and my enormous failure to do so.  I have friends who store and grind their own grain, who have been baking bread for their families for...