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O Happy Day

Posted by hrgarippa on 3 April, 2009

For the last couple of years I’ve known of this guy, Danny. He’s served at Mercy Street on occasion, he was present when the Watermark Chuckwagon almost blew Trey and Johnny to smithereens. Our lives have intersected for a while now, but on February 12 we had a head-on collision.

That morning I got my hair done (or did, as the kids over here say) and afterward decided to get some coffee and do a bit of work at Starbucks, as I found my place a guy says to me…”I know you, I know I know you…from where?” I’m totally surprised because this is not my neighborhood Starbucks and he was a little intense, but I quickly realize it is Danny and say, “Mercy Street” and we proceed to talk for the next 45 minutes.

I was speaking that Saturday at Mercy Street, and he asked to hear about it…was super encouraging and then as I was leaving said, “Can I get your number, I’d love to call you and see how it goes on Saturday?” I said sure. (note to any guys out there…this is how it is done, you are suppose to pursue the girl).

And I left. Little did I know that as soon as I walked out of Starbucks he put my number in his phone and marked the date and time we met…because as he says, “He just knew it was important.”

Ladies and any gentleman out there…its been important ever since.

I am SO thankful that God has brought this man into my life. This man that loves Jesus, and has the most amazing heart. This man that cares for me and prays for me. This man that wants what God wants for me…before he wants what he wants for me.  He is so kind and selfless. And in the words of a friend who endorsed him in the beginning, “he is one of the most heavenly-minded men I know.”

It is so much fun to be in a new relationship, to be learning about each other…to be learning to love each other. God is good, all the time…this we know…this we trust. I do my best to savor each moment of these days, they are so wonderful and filled with such happiness, giddiness and sheer joy.

Here is my sweet Danny….with his kind eyes and that amazing smile….oh, and there’s me…CHEESY!!!!!



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Memorial Stones

Posted by hrgarippa on 12 March, 2009


It’s been 11 years since I was introduced the world of Epilepsy and Colloidal Cysts, Nuerologists, MRI’s and EEG’s. Sunday, March 8 marked the anniversary of my first seizure and Friday, March 13 marks the anniversary of my brain surgery.


On Sunday, a dear friend asked me what I was going to do to commemorate the occasion. I hadn’t really thought about it, in fact most years pass without me even realizing, so I said, I’ll probably just thank the Lord.


But then I thought about it…First of all, how sweet that he remembered and wanted to commemorate the day. Secondly, how sad that I don’t commemorate the day…something so significant, so life changing. Third, I thought about memorial stones….Joshua 4.


When I worked at Park Cities Presbyterian Church I had the great privilege of working for Skip Ryan, the senior pastor. I also had the great privilege of typing his sermons and hearing them preached on Sunday morning. Skip would handwrite each sermon in hieroglyphics and then I would translate and type them into English, (I kid…he did have some serious chicken scratch though or genius handwriting). The three years I worked with Skip were so great because I learned so much about service, ministry and God’s word. I sincerely love that man and his heart for the Lord.


So now, whenever I’m in a life-situation my mind recalls much of God’s word thru these sermons. Like on Sunday with the memorial stones. As I thought of commemorating this occasion and the day that will follow, this Friday, I thought of the amazing miracle that God performed as he allowed the Israelites to walk across the Jordan on dry ground. I thought of the 12 men representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, of their walking out of the Jordan each carrying a stone. And of their placing it in front of the city of Jericho and building a pile of sorts as a reminder to all future generations of the Might of God.


“When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground…so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.’” Joshua 4.21-22, 24


Skip brought that story to life for me, helped to sear it in my mind and heart.                      


He also reminded me that I am a living stone. My life, my every days tell the coming generation who God is. (1 Peter 2)


I pray that all of my days would commemorate God’s great mercy to me. That I would live in such a way that does show the next generation His mercy and His grace and His love.  


If you have the time and the inclination download Skip’s sermon, here. By the way, Skip has an entire serious on the book of Joshua…all very good.



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aaaa lot

Posted by hrgarippa on 3 February, 2009

There is a story that my family tells, it has to do with my Uncle Chazz, and a large amount of something…the situation happened so long ago that I don’t remember what happened exactly I only remember the punch line in which he answered “aaaalot.” So now when you ask anyone in my super large family a question in which the answer is a lot, the answer is always “aaaa lot.”

So you might ask, “What’s going on at Mercy Street right now?”

Well, the answer…”aaaa lot”

Things that are beautiful, and I can’t wait to share some of these wonderful stories.

Please be in prayer for all of us…we need it.

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Bread Making

Posted by hrgarippa on 5 January, 2009

 I made bread yesterday, something I’ve always enjoyed doing but something I’m not very good at. Cooking is more of an artistic expression, baking on the other hand is more scientific. You must stick to a formula, or at least certain fundamental proportions, in order for goods to turn out. This is where baking and I conflict. I don’t like to stick to formulas….but I’m learning.


Making bread is simple and complex, much like life.


When you get to know the formulas, the basic fundamental proportions it’s a breeze and all sorts of wonderful things happen.


This isn’t to say that formulas shouldn’t be experimented with…thrown completely out the window sometimes. The hard part is knowing when and where and how…that’s when things get complex.


Did you know that if you want a light airy loaf of bread like Ciabatta you’ll want to do as little mixing or kneading as possible so that you don’t disturb the air pockets that form as the yeast works its magic. I didn’t know this until today. I love learning new things.


 Here is one of my favorite recipes, for one of my favorite kinds of bread….






2 ½ cups warm water ( 110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1 Tablespoon active dry yeast

½ cup honey

4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 Tablespoon salt

8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour



  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over barely warm water. Beat in honey, oil, 2 eggs, and salt. Add the flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition, graduating to kneading with hands as dough thickens. Knead until smooth and elastic and no longer sticky, adding flour as needed. Cover with a damp clean cloth and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until dough has doubled in bulk.
  2. Punch down the risen dough and turn out onto floured board. Divide in half and knead each half for five minutes or so, adding flour as needed to keep from getting sticky. Divide each half into thirds and roll into long snake about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together firmly and braid from middle. Either leave as braid or form into a round braided loaf by bringing ends together, curving braid into a circle, pinch ends together. Grease two baking trays and place finished braid or round on each. Cover with towel and let rise about one hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Beat the remaining egg and brush a generous amount over each braid.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40 minutes. Bread should have a nice hollow sound when thumped on the bottom. Cool on a rack for at least one hour before slicing.


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2009 Hope

Posted by hrgarippa on 1 January, 2009

January 1, 2009.

Not only is today a brand new day, but it is a brand year.

Oh the possibilities.

It was at the beginning of 2008 when Emily and I decided that 2008 would be our year of fabulousness. It was fabulous alright. It was fabulous and it was not so fabulous, which I suppose is how most years turn out.

I accomplished great things, I failed miserably at others. I loved well and I feared. I trusted and I doubted.

Recognizing that my years will be like this is important for me….it will never be all fabulous…not yet.

But I hope. I hope in what is to come. I hope in the moments that are better than the moments before. I hope in the love. I hope in the fear. I hope in the accomplishments. I hope in the failures. I hope in the faith I’ve been so graciously given. I hope in the doubt.

2009 will be my year of Hope. After all Hope is what makes all moments fabulous.

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Hot Jesus

Posted by hrgarippa on 17 December, 2008

Am I allowed to say that?


We (Mindy and I) just finished showing the movie, The Gospel of

John, to our Tuesday Night Bible Study Girls Group (which needs a

better name by the way, any ideas?). It is a great movie that very

accurately portrays that book. I loved seeing what I’ve been reading

come alive. We’ve prayed that it would help the girls better grasp

the things we are teaching, however I think we (or Hollywood or the

devil) might have compounded another issue; lust.


Here is the Jesus from The Gospel of John:



 Yes, That is Desmond from Lost.


At one point when he “laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist”…ya know to wash the disciple’s feet. I was completely distracted. (Ya’ll this is as real as it’s gonna get on this blog.) And the girls they were also distracted…I think Amber might have whooped at Jesus.


The only one who kept it together was Mindy…the only one she whoops at is Garrett.


How is it that I can be so easily distracted? One minute I’m totally tracking with Jesus (God, Incarnate), and the next I am completely thrown off the track by Henry Ian Cusick acting as Jesus and taking his outer garments off…Oh, my flesh is weak, so very weak.


I am so thankful for my Lord and Saviour…the absolute Real Jesus Christ who is beyond any sort of category like “hot”…he is Holy and Righteous and loves me beyond anything I can imagine. I pray that I would be more and more distracted by Him.

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Living Adventurously

Posted by hrgarippa on 8 November, 2008

****edited – picture added.



I’ve been feeling the need for adventure lately.  I think it all started with a conversation I had several months ago, in which I was asked what I see myself doing in 5 or 10 years. My answer was, “whatever God leads me to do. I’m content where I am and I just hope that I’ll be able to hear Him as He guides.” That prompted this…okay that’s great…but what do YOU hope for yourself in 5 or 10 years. “Well that’s easy, I hope to be married with kids, but obviously that isn’t up to me.”


I’ve been thinking about this attitude I have of just going wherever the Spirit moves. Wondering if I should be more proactive, not more proactive in the pursuit of marriage, but more proactive in the pursuit of life. In many ways I’ve been so scared of living life. Scared of who I am, of how God created me. Scared of wanting to getting married, scared of what that could mean. Scared of my past, scared of my future…even scared of my present.

But through that one question (and a series of events that followed) the wheels started turning and I started to remember a me that wasn’t afraid, that lived adventurously, that laughed out loud, that loved without expecting anything in return. I remembered a me that had a lot of expectations for my life, many I have fulfilled…many I have not.

I still believe that the place I’ll be in 5 to 10 years will be the place that the Lord wants me to be, but now I’m more of an active participant in getting there.

Today I got up early and drove South on I-35. I’ve lived in Texas for almost 8 years and I’ve never been to Austin, I thought it was about time I saw the city that people call “weird.” As I was looking up things to do, I saw an area just East of Austin called The Lost Pines and a State Park called Bastrop so I decided to go there too.

The Lost Pines

The Lost Pines

What a great place! There is a scenic drive that is just beautiful, and doesn’t feel very Texas to me. The sky was that perfect shade of blue and the pine needles smelled like Northern Arizona. With the air on my face and my “road trip” mix playing it was all good for my soul.

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