Thursday, June 23, 2011

Do not be afraid

I’m chasing you and I don’t know why.
I want you to see
I want you to hear
I want you to know

I write, do, go, say, work, try
Partly because I am afraid
Of what you think
Afraid you think wrong of me

Fear begets fear
And there is no fear in love
I’m so sorry. I don’t love you
When I’m afraid of you

I hate the me that chases after you
I know he’s afraid
He’s running hard after the boys who are laughing
His side hurts and his heart breaks

Stop! Let them go
Into the woods and catch your breath
Sit by the tree
Feel a love greater than the boy’s

It’s just for you
It’s wide and vast
Settling like a cool mist
“you’re enough”

I can’t
I might
I’ll try
Let go

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Psalms - Inspiration for Life

Next week will be John Wason's 4th tour to the Modesto area. John is from YWAM Canada's Word To Life Theatre Arts, he performs large portions of memorized scripture presented with excellent story telling. (Check out last year's tour HERE)

If you're a Modesto local, come on out Tuesday night for a live performance of...

Psalms - Inspiration for Life
Tues night, June 21, 7pm
New Hope Church
300 Trask Ln
Modesto, CA

A free-will offering will be taken. There will be no child care services but kids of all ages are welcome.

John will also be performing at Shelter Cove's M2 Saturday morning men's bible study at 4242 Coffee Rd in Modesto, June 18 at 8:30am

Thursday, June 09, 2011

An Evening of Justice and Worship

This week, I've been in San Diego with friends here teaching for a YWAM Mission Adventure team. Last night was a special evening for prayer, thinking about justice and the heart of God and responding through singing and commitment. This was put on by Phil Cunningham and Chris Wilson who are a part of Steps of Justice, an initiative to inspire the church to begin to take steps toward those living in poverty with our hearts, our minds, our choices and actions.

This fall, the Cunninghams and the Wilsons are taking Justice and Worship on the road all up and down the west coast (and beyond) and I'm happy to announce they will be stopping in Modesto (more to come on that). This evening is interactive, challenging and very helpful to inspire the "next step".

If you'd like more info on the tour and how you can book a night at your church, you can check out their site at

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Whitler World Tour Stats

32 Days
Over 8000 miles
23 States
2 nations
5 Whitlers
167,give or take, McDoubles (Just Josh)
2 times in a mechanic shop
9 concerts
6 national parks/monuments
11 cities
3 Man vs. Food restaurant locations (The Big Texan - Amarillo, Mothers - New Orleans and Matt's Bar - Minneapolis)
1 sprained ankle
1 10 year reunion comedy extravaganza
1 fox, 1 bear, 1 road runner, 2 armadillos, 6 buffalo, 2 guinea pigs and a chipmunk...oh, and a little baby rabbit.
2 sworn in junior park rangers
4 souvenir t-shirts (Joshua Tree, Preservation Hall, Duke the Duquesne Incline car, and Matt's Bar)
1 massive, with roller coasters and stuff
Approx. 100 Timbits
1 1/2 bags of sunflower seeds

And friendship, the one thing we wanted this trip to be about more than anything else, was to be found everywhere in ways that cannot be measured. We were supported, prayed for, sought out, loved, served, listened to, taken in and blessed in so many ways. Our hearts are full and we are rich beyond compare. Thank you friends for helping us go and meeting us along the way.

P.S. -

Our car served us well on this trip, becoming our slightly smelly home away from home. We ate, slept, laughed, watched movies, prayed, wondered and wandered in it. Our little Indy hat, the symbol of our adventure, held on till the last day when it was lost to strong winds in the Nevada mountains. We were sad to see it go but feel it appropriate that it leave us in such a noble way. Blowing out there on the road somewhere is the spirit of adventure, and we, the Whitlers, will go looking for it again.

You can see our last batch of pictures (from Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) on our facebook album HERE.