--Nicol finished Summer's room... did I mention she's amazing?
--I finished the "cutting in" part of painting the laundry room. It took 3 coats to cover the deep red/burgundy with "Huntington Beige"... which reminds me of a cup of coffee with plenty of cream in it. I may just be the worst cutter inner you've ever seen. But ptl that part is done. I just rolled the first coat and am waiting for it to dry so I can put the second coat on. Yep, it's going to take 3 coats too. Thought I'd update you while I wait.
--Nicol is working on the guest room and making good progress. We got a good start this morning... arrived at about 8:15 and started right in.
--I'll finish painting the laundry room.
--Somehow try to keep Summer occupied... she's watching Barney now so we're good!
--Given the state of the economy, the degree to which it has changed in the past year, record high gas prices, the poor housing market, the stock market's 500 point drop yesterday, the financial institutions that have been bailed out by the government in recent months with still others in deep trouble...
What might we anticipate for the future of our churches in these times?
In most places, giving has already been affected by the downturn in the economy. What should we expect if these trends continue?
I'm thinking of a number of places that have recently gone thru major building projects... I'm talking about places that have spent $90-100M, $30M, $25M, $8M... and one that I was told last week was beginning a long-term $50M capital campaign. That's a lot of dough and I wonder what will happen if our economy gets so bad that people can't continue to give at these levels... or even travel sometimes long distances to attend church, forcing them to stay closer to home.
Will we be looking at a bunch of very large, very empty buildings?
The church is the body, Your people. Lord Jesus, help us to remember that.
On a completely different note (I told you this would be random)...
--7 great questions for every husband to ask himself...
(1) Am I submitting to my wife out of reverence for Christ? (Eph. 5:21)
(2) Am I laying down my life for my bride as Christ did for His? (Eph. 5:25)
(3) Am I consistently sharing the Word with my wife? (Eph. 5:26)
(4) Am I looking out for my wife's needs and concerns like I tend to look out for my own? (Eph. 5:28)
(5) Am I united with my wife? (Eph. 5:31)
(6) Am I considerate and understanding with my wife? (1 Peter 3:7)
(7) Do I treat my wife with the respect she deserves as my partner and heir of the gift of life? (1 Peter 3:7)
A tall order. I wish I could say I have these things down. I wish I could say it all comes easy. But I can't.
Asking myself is one thing. Asking a friend for their observations would be another. Asking my wife would be to take this extremely seriously.
I have to go paint now... and ask Nicol a couple of questions.