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He gives me love, love, love, love, crazy love.

My Valentine left yesterday for a trip.  I asked him before he left if he’d like his Valentine gift today, or if he preferred waiting until Monday upon his return home.

“Err, Monday will be good.”  He answered.

“Aha!  You want to wait until Monday, because you do not have me a gift!”  I responded, aware of my own marital trap.

“Exactly.”  He said.

“That’s okay.  I was just messin’.  I don’t have you one either.”  I told him.

I laughed.  He thought I was kind of mean.  I thought I was kind of funny.

I’ll miss him on Cupid’s little holiday.  But, I always miss him when he’s not sitting right beside me.  And, I can look into those Scandinavian eyes anytime and celebrate our crazy love.

While Kris’ love for me is pretty wonderful, it cannot compare to the love God has for me or for you.  He lavishes us with extravagance every single day.  Perhaps, we become jaded from over-exposure to things such as a bird chirping, a sunrise, or even our child’s laughter.  But, His love is extravagant. 

Even, when we mess up unbelievably, He still loves us.  Much like when our own children make a mess of things, our love for them never wanes.  Don’t we love them more today than we did the day before?  {Okay, so don’t answer that if you couldn’t get your kids in bed fast enough last night.  I feel your pain.}

I am forever amazed that we are the center of a divine love.  Wow.  It’s really hard to grasp sometimes.

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  Ephesians 3:18

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, Kris Takle.  You are my favorite person, and I love you big.


Filed under God Stuff, Love, Marriage, Relationships

What do you think?

Y’all know I love Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love.  It really did a number on me.  Well, there is one part in his book where he quotes John Piper from God Is the Gospel.  It went something like this.  Actually it went exactly like this:

The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this:  If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?

I asked around….Okay, so I asked two people this very question.  Here were my answers:

Kris Takle (Husband, Father, Pilot Extraordinaire):  “Yes!”  (He’s so dang cute, he could say anything.)

Buren Goss (Pastor, Husband, Dad, Ga-Ga, Best Fish Fryer in the Southeast):  “It’s not a fair question.”

My thoughts:

I agree that it is an unfair question.  Bottom line is that we all know none of the above could exist without Christ.  Scripture also tells us that He will be our ultimate enjoyment and contentment.  I think these questions are good in causing us to self-evaluate – to check our hearts to see that we desire Christ above all else.  But, I still find the question’s intent a bit unfair.  And, I mean no disrespect to one awesome John Piper. 

Makes ya reflect, though. 

What do you think?


Filed under God Stuff

And the winner is…

I know the anticipation of the first ever randomness give-away has been just flat out overwhelming.  I’m not all too familiar with those online pick it for you tech machines that the professional bloggers use.   So, we’re kicking it back old school with our hat drawing. 

I had hoped that Kris would be home from his trip in time to video the drawing.  But, in order to post the results today, I had to recruit John Henry and Anna.  Never mind any child labor laws.

Then, YouTube decided to be a thorn in my side and kept giving me some sort of error message.  Um, hello YouTube!  I’ve uploaded to you a gazillion times.  The error is not coming from this side of the computer!  I made friends with Vimeo instead.

So, without any further ado, let’s draw.

Who would’ve thought? 

Congratulations you!  Crazy Love is on its way J



Filed under Randomness

First Ever Randomness Give-Away!

I said that I would share what I feel that God is doing in me through Crazy Love once I was able to wrap my head around it myself.  I haven’t yet.   So, don’t let this post lead you to believe that I’ve figured it all out just yet.  But, I can share this much…….

I don’t feel like I’m falling in love with Jesus all over again.

I feel like I’m falling in love with Him for the very first time.

There are so many things that God has been working in me that I find it difficult to condense into one blog post every single thing.  But, let me share the first thing that caught my attention in Francis Chan’s amazing book.

Psalm 115:3 says, “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”  Chan is describing that God is all-powerful.  He writes, “Yet we keep on questioning Him: ‘Why did you make me with this body, instead of that one?’  ‘Why are so many people dying of starvation?’  Why are there so many planets with nothing living on them?’  ‘Why is my family so messed up?’  ‘Why don’t You make Yourself more obvious to the people who need You?’”

Or, if you’re like me, you might ask, “Why couldn’t chocolate be one of the major food groups?”

Chan goes on to explain, “Because He’s God.  He has more of a right to ask us why so many people are starving……Can you worship a God who isn’t obligated to explain His actions to you?”

How many times have I said or you said or we heard someone say, “When I get to heaven I’m going to ask Jesus why He let this happen” or “why he let that happen.” 

We can all make such ridiculous proclamations.  But the truth is this.  When we meet our Savior, the Creator of all things, face to face, the only words I think will come out of our mouths are “Holy, Holy, Holy.” 

Because, He is.

Now, I do part from Chan a bit in Chapter Five.  While, I understand the heart of what he saying, my theological foundation – or better said, my heart – does not bear witness with part of it.  However, the bottom line in this chapter is simply that God wants us to live wholly-committed to Him.  And, I cannot argue that point.

To be honest, I enjoyed being challenged in Chapter Five.  It caused me to search my own heart and search scriptures.  We should never come to a place in our spiritual journey where we are resistant to challenge or closed to change.  It’s a catalyst for growth.

So, do I recommend Francis Chan’s Crazy Love?  You bet I do.  And, one of you fortunate commenters are gonna win your very own copy!  Woo-hoo! 

By leaving a comment you are automatically entered into my very untechnological drawing – but honest one.  (Mom, you are not allowed to enter.  It could look suspicious if you win.  And, if you won, I’d draw again for my own integrity’s sake.  I’m sure you understand.)

Comments close on Monday, July 28th at 11:00 AM CST.  Winner will be announced on or around the following Tuesday.  Yep.  On or around. 

Get to commenting!


Filed under Spiritual Journey

Seeking the One.

The one thing I ask of the Lord–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections.
 Psalm 27:4

Wow.  What a desire.  To live in the presence of God.  To have such a love for Him that we are constantly running after Him. 

I cannot tell you how much I want to live my life this way.  Where daily devotions and spending time with my Father are not a struggle.  Where I don’t say or feel exhaustively, “I have to go read.”  “I have to go pray.”  But, I run – I mean really run to Him.  Because, I am in love with this massive, incomprehensible, extraordinary Creator. 

What’s even more astounding is that this massive, incomprehensible, extraordinary Creator wants to spend time with me.  When, I am nothing.  And, He is everything.

I am reading Francis Chan’s Crazy Love right now.  It is chalked full of God’s Word – how truly great He is – and what it really means to live a surrendered life.  Whenever I can get my brain to wrap around what God is doing in me through this book, I will definitely share more.

I want to seek Him more than anything else.

What are you seeking most right now?


Filed under Spiritual Journey