Happy Mother’s Day wherever you are! You could celebrate like these ladies if you lived near Sugar Hill, Georgia. I recommend the white chocolate raspberry cake.
(Notice the bears on the umbrellas? It’s windy today.)
[taken with iPhone at Solomons Island, MD, June, 2012.]
This Photo Friday of me and my grandson, Cole, reminds me that sometimes ya’ just gotta take a break.
I ran along this boardwalk holding Cole’s hand, and he, hands waving in the air, laughed and squealed with delight. BTW — at what age does the simple act of running stop being so much fun?
Cole joined me for a break when Papa “needed” to catch his breath, and my wonderful
daughter-in-law, Ellie, daughter, Haley, (sorry Haley!) snapped this photo with her iPhone. Priceless.
Lessons learned: Get some exercise. Have fun with family. Take a break.
We have seen a recent flood of traffic and comments on our more controversial posts on tithing, and another on tithing, and pentecostalism. And while we are grateful for this interest, we want to remind our readers that Average Us exists to encourage average people like you (and us) to hope more deeply in God who is great — even when our lives aren’t. We hope the Holy Spirit uses Average Us in some small way to nurture in you a more soul-satisfying, God-honoring faith in Jesus Christ whatever difficulties you may face.
So, if you are here to see what all the fuss is about, Dawn and I sincerely thank you for visiting. And we hope you’ll also take a moment to read, comment on, and share one of our helpful archived posts on being average, spiritual life, or emotional health. Here’s a few of our favorites:
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Lon & Dawn
[photo taken with Nikon D40 at the Newell Lodge, Folkston, GA on February 16, 2013]
Here’s a Photo Friday look at God’s great creation through the lens of my daddy-daughter tour of south Georgia with Heidi last weekend. I’ve taken a bonding trip (aka preventative maintenance) with each of our children during their middle school years.
We stayed at the Newell Lodge in Folkston, Georgia where Heidi enjoyed a trail ride on Star, the mare you see here. A few hours before I took this photo, I witnessed a fascinating sight: hundreds and hundreds of robins feeding on the ground together. From Folkston we toured the Okefenokee Swamp, visited Saint Marys on the coast, and enjoyed some shopping in historic Savannah.
To see a photo gallery of our tour of south Geogia, click the “continue reading” link.
Today, the popular satirical blog, Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff, features a guest post by Lon called, The Church Picker. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at how technology could take the pain out of church shopping.
“Church Picker: It’s like God’s guidance on your smartphone.”
If you’re visiting from SCL, welcome to Average Us! We write about the rubber-meets-the-road side of Christianity, where we believe God is great, even when life isn’t.
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Thanks for stopping by,
Lon & Dawn
[photo taken at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC on April 1, 2012.]
For today’s Photo Friday, Dawn and I want to remind you that Spring will come.
If you have a case of the winter blues due to cold, flu, sniffles, Mondays, February, gray sky, blizzard or slush, just remember that Spring is not so far away. Soon the sun will warm your skin and your soul’s hope for the new year. God is great, and 2013 is ripe with hope even if 2012 was less than average. Here’s how to make the most of the new year.
And for your mild amusement, here’s a little rhyme Dawn always liked:
Tulips in the garden
Tulips in the park
But the tulips I love best
Are the two lips in the dark
See! Made you smile!
[iPhone photo taken through a shop window at the Grove Arcade, Asheville, NC on January 26.]
For today’s Photo Friday we bring you, the Chicken Purse.
Seriously. What woman could call her spring ensemble complete without a chicken purse?
And speaking of farm animals, have you read about the trouble with pigs? It’s a crazy story, with a sensible ending.